At the time of this news posting, the SNAG conference had just ended on May 26. We will give a conference report and thank everyone involved by name soon. In the meantime, check out the digital color copy of the conference program book online.
Were You There?
If you attended the SNAG conference in Phoenix/Scottsdale and took photos, then SNAG wants your best ones! For our website, online slideshows, and/or future conference marketing. Email Ellen Laing <firstname.lastname@example.org> to find out how to submit your photographs.
We Need Your Feedback
If you attended the Heat is On conference in Phoenix/Scottsdale, you will have just received a 10-minute online survey to tell us about your experiences while they’re still fresh. Your comments, both the good and the not so good, and your great ideas for future conferences are very important to SNAG! Please complete your survey as soon as you get it, before you unwind and memories fade.
2012 Lifetime Achievement Award
SNAG bestowed its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award on J. Fred Woell for a lifetime of exceptional service and achievement in art and education that spans 50+ years. The award ceremony took place at the SNAG conference, with Woell giving a short presentation of his life and work, and the conference was also dedicated to him. Read more about Woell and watch for the piece about him in Metalsmith later this year.
More than ten years ago, I began experimenting with the combination of paper and resin, which would ultimately become the material I have somewhat humorously named “Thurmanite®.” (Previously, I had referred to the material as “mokume-kami” but after numerous misunderstandings about the origin of the process/material, I decided to change it. In May 2012, the trademark of the material was finally approved!)
We are pleased to announce the results of the 2012 election
President-Elect: Renee Zettle-Sterling
Board Members: Brigette Martin and Marthe Le Van
Nominations & Elections Committee: Michael Dale Bernard
Obituary written by Richard Mawdsley
It is with great sadness we report the death of friend Garret DeRuiter, former SNAG board member and the first Editor of the SNAG Newsletter, after a three-year battle with bladder cancer. He fought this battle with strength, determination, and with the quirky, good-natured sense of humor that those of us who had the privilege to call him friend so admired. He died peacefully on the morning of May 1, 2012.
Garret was born in Evergreen Park, Illinois in 1940. He got his BA in design from Southern Illinois University in 1963, and was in Brent Kington’s second MFA class, graduating in 1965. He joined the faculty at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston where he taught from 1965 until his retirement in 2000.
I first got to know him at the blacksmithing workshop held at Southern Illinois University’s Little Grassy Lake summer camp in 1970. I don’t remember us introducing ourselves; we just started sharing a forge, getting filthy from the coal and the sweat. I immediately enjoyed his company. He was a generous, easy going, and his positive outlook was infectious.
At the business meeting at the end of the Tucson conference in 1980, the new SNAG Newsletter was presented to the membership for the first time. When Garret was introduced to the audience as the editor, he was fast asleep. The room was fairly large and my memory tells me it was well-populated. I don’t remember what prompted him to stir, but the entire crowd watched him sputter back to consciousness, and no one laughed more than he did. Under his leadership the newsletter became one of the important milestones that helped SNAG evolve into a more populist, relevant organization.
An accomplished artist, Garret, was an active metalsmith and exhibited extensively for many years. Garret is survived by his wife Marilyn, three daughters, and six grandchildren. One of his daughters, Margaret, followed in his footsteps. She was one of my students, graduated from SIU-C with a BFA in metals, and is an accomplished metalsmith.
William Frederick passed away on May 11, 2012. In 1946, Frederick began pursuing his BFA and MFA degrees in Art from The School of Art Institute of Chicago, where he subsequently taught for six years. He was a member of the Arts Club of Chicago and a member of Society of American Silversmiths. Among his many diverse projects as a silversmith are some 400 or more chalices that he created, never repeating a design. Consistent and distinctive in his designs is the use of the hammered surface; Frederick preferred the textured instead of the smooth, polished surface. His long career was sustained by word of mouth and the reception of many awards and articles in trade publications. Notable was the support afforded by his life partner of more than fifty years, the noted artist Ralph Arnold, who preceded him in death. Frederick’s creative importance is recognized by many clients, collectors, colleagues, and friends. His work is in several museums including the Art Institute of Chicago.