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Announcements and Events 34.2

CHARMING : BEDOUIN JEWELLERY AND VEILS, THE DUTCH NATIONAL MUSEUM OF ANTIQUITIES displays Charming: Bedouin Jewellery and Veils, through March 13, 2011. Silver jewelry and colorful veils from three private collections comprise this exhibition. Both the jewelry and the veils are from the Bedouin of Western Asia and Northern Africa. The pieces date from the end of the nineteenth to the middle of the twentieth century. Bedouin jewelry has more than just aesthetic and economic value. It also shows the status of the person wearing them and offer magical protection against evil. Amulets and symbols that have played an important role since antiquity are still used often in the Mid-East and Northern Africa. Shown are various silver jewelry and amulets from West Asia and North Africa.
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THE BEAD MUSEUM OF GLENDALE, ARIZONA is closing on March 12. The museum is having a final closing sale from March 21 – 25, 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. Anything left will be sold at garage sale prices. Price as marked. Among sale items will be office furniture, remaining store fixtures and inventory, books and periodicals, office supplies, art supplies, kitchen supplies, tables, chairs and various other items.

THE ARIZONA STATE MUSEUM hosts its eighteenth Annual Southwest Indian Art Fair from February 19 – 20, 2011. Two hundred southwestern Native American artists will present their works in the categories of basketry, jewelry, pottery, rugs, blankets, and Hopi katsina dolls. Artist demonstrations, Native food, music, and dance performances round out the two-day celebration. 1013 E. University Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85721; 520.621.6302.


THE PASADENA BEAD AND DESIGN SHOW runs from January 13 – 16, 2011. Three hundred exhibitors present work in the categories of wearable art, handmade beads, ceramics, glass art, jewelry, handwovens, and more. The show also features lectures and workshops, such as the Power of Adornment by fashion designer Suzi Click, a Steampunk Mini-Class by Christi Friesen, and a workshop, Photographic Techniques for Beads and Jewelry by Ornament Coeditor Robert K.Liu.

THE SAN DIEGO VISUAL ARTS NETWORK and FOCUS’s project Art Meets Fashion, designed to enliven the San Diego art scene by cross-pollinating the fashion and art worlds, has finalized the themes each participating team will be using. By putting together design teams consisting of an artist, fashion designer, teacher, and documentarian, SDVAN hopes to encourage products with immense creative energy. Team themes range from the future and our environment to beauty in the midst of loss. The collaborations will be showcased April 2011. Final events will include a VIP fashion show, in a series of independent exhibitions for each of the teams, and a group show, which presents highlights of each team at one venue.


THE FLORIDA SOCIETY OF GOLDSMITHS’ Southeast Chapter sponsors a juried jewelry exhibit, Jewelry as Art, at the Armory Art Center from January 14 to February 25, 2011. The Florida Society of Goldsmiths has multiple chapters in the state of Florida, several of which hold workshops and classes.


THE METAL CLAY WORLD CONFERENCE hosts its 2011 gathering at the Hilton Indian Lakes Resort in Chicago from July 14 – 16. Award winning goldsmith and studio jewelry artist Michael David Sturlin will be giving the keynote speech for the conference.


MARYLAND POLYMER CLAY FESTS holds Cabin Fever Clay Fest 2011 at the Holiday Inn West, 15101 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel, Maryland, February 20 – 23. A retreat featuring numerous workshops by polymer clay artists, classes include Thinking Outside the Box: Imaginative Hollowware Vessels by Jeffrey Lloyd Dever, Damascus Ladder Magic by Lindly Haunani, Intro to Bronze and Copper Metal Clays by Kathryn Jo Ottman, and Skinner Blend Potpourri by Judith Skinner. A registration form is available at the website.


THE ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF JEWELRY AND RELATED EVENTS announces its 2011 annual ASJRA event, running October 14 – 16. Co-Director Elyse Zorn Karlin has announced that instead of its usual all-day conference and study day, the 2011 event will take place all weekend with a smaller attendance. Among other activities there will be a curator’s tour of the Kaplan Jewelry Gallery at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, a tour of the jewelry in the museum’s new American wing, including selections from the Daphne Farago Collection, and a lecture by award-winning gem sculptor Helen Serras-Herman.


THE SURFACE DESIGN ASSOCIATION holds its 2011 International conference, Confluence, from June 9 – 12. Pat Hickman will be the keynote speaker, with a number of other lectures and demonstrations available. Some subjects include Ecologically Sustainable Color: Bio-regional Dyes for Cloth, given by India Flint; DIY Handmade: Ethos and Aesthetics of Today’s Craft Culture, by Faythe Levine; and Democratizing Fabric Design: The Internet and the Digital Textile Revolution, by Stephen Fraser.


RIO GRANDE now generates enough solar powered electricity to meet its annual business and manufacturing needs. After installing close to five acres of solar panels above the parking lot at their facility in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Rio Grande now operates the state’s largest commercial solar array. The system will supply most of the electrical power required by Rio Grande’s one hundred eighty thousand square foot facility, which produces items that serve every kind of artist, metalsmith and studio in the industry.


THE SCULPTURE OBJECTS & FUNCTIONAL ART FAIR presents its New York City show, from April 15 – 18, 2011, at the Park Avenue Armory. Almost sixty international galleries will present works in glass, metal, jewelry, sculpture, furniture, wood, and other media. Also available to attendees will be a series of lectures.


THE BELLEVUE ARTS MUSEUM hosts its sixty-fifth BAM artsfair, running from July 29 – 31, 2011. BAM artsfair includes work in drawing/pastels, fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, metal work, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, wearables, and wood. The artsfair is one of the longest-standing and most distinguished marketplaces in the region. BAM artsfair is a juried show and is limited to three hundred twenty-five exhibitors.

RINGS & THINGS, a wholesale supplier of jewelry and crafts supplies, will soon accept entries for its 2011 Your Designs Rock Contest. The jewelrymaking, beading and arts-crafts contest seeks new creations in six categories, glass and crystal, gemstones and pearls, mostly metal, metal clay, polymer clay, and mixed media. Creations do not have to be jewelry, but anything that includes components sold by Rings & Things. Winning designs will display excellence in aesthetics, craftsmanship and originality. Entries are accepted through February 28, 2011.

THE SOCIETY OF NORTH AMERICAN GOLDSMITHS hosts Flux, a conference taking place from May 26 – 29, 2011 in Seattle. The conference’s theme examines the effect of change on the metal arts. The goal of the conference is to ask questions, such as how do individuals contribute to change and what effect a state of flux has on how and what an artist chooses to make, teach and value. 2011’s SNAG conference seeks to come up with answers in an effort to utilize change in a positive fashion.


SCHMUCK hosts its fifty-second Special Jewellery Show at the sixty-third International Trade Fair in Munich. The show runs from March 16 – 22, 2011. This special exhibition is the oldest exhibit of contemporary jewelry in the world. The show has run every year since 1959 during the International Trade Fair. Three contributors to Schmuck 2011 will be awarded with the Herbert Hofmann Prize. The prize commemorates Dr. Herbert Hofmann, the founder of the special show in 1959.


THE WORLD CRAFTS COUNCIL hosts Abushan, an International Convention on Jewellery from Grass to Gold in New Delhi, India, from February 4 – 6, 2011. The conference’s theme for this year is Design: Dialogues for the 21st Century. Numerous seminars on traditional, contemporary and tribal jewelry will be held, as well as exhibits presenting work from Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, North America, and Latin America. There will also be a sales section, to facilitate a direct interface between craftspeople and potential buyers. A number of high-profile jewelers will attend, including Jamie Bennett, Robert Ebendorf, Thomas Gentille, Arline Fisch, Lisa Gralnick, Bruce Metcalf, Harold O’Connor, Joyce Scott, Kiff Slemmons, Denise Wallace, Nancy Worden, and Jan Yager.


AMBERIF 2011, an annual international amber exhibition and sale, announces the launch of the Amberif Design Award contest. The goal of the competition is to promote amber as a source of artistic expression. Deadline for entries is February 5, 2011. Amberif 2011 will be held March 9 – 11, 2011 in Gdansk, Poland.,en,.


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