Hilary Jones-Wujcik – Volunteer Spotlight
Educated at Indiana University, I have lived and worked in Tucson, AZ since 1974. In my studio, I design and create jewelry working in gold, silver, copper, brass, bronze, diamonds, semi precious stones and random found objects. I have participated in the amazing Tucson Gem and Mineral Show since 1975. I have a retail booth and two special display cases: one with my work and one featuring my students’ works.
Metal has always remained a challenge to me. Even though I have worked in metal since 1971, I am still discovering new ways to approach it.
I have taught classes in Art, Jewelery Design and Art History since 1973. In May 2005, I retired from public education and now I am unretired, teaching Jewelry Fabrication, Lost Wax Casting and Enameling for Pima County NR Parks and Recreation.
My accomplishments include representing CDO High School in Arizona Teacher of the Year and in the Circle K Outstanding Faculty Awards program and receiving the honor or Outstanding Art Teacher of the Year in Arizona Congressional Arts program. I enjoy volunteering for causes I believe in: Art, Art Education, Metalsmithing…to meet people and get them involved in great organizations such as SNAG.
Teaching gives me balance, increasing my creativity and pushing me to learn new techniques. In some areas of study there are questions and answers. In Art, there are only more questions….”
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 <email@example.com> 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.