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Announcements and Events 34.3

THE AMERICAN CRAFT EXPOSITION hosts its twenty-seventh annual show from August 26 – 28. Approximately one hundred fifty juried craftspeople from across the United States exhibit baskets, ceramics, fiber decorative, fiber wearable, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper and wood crafts. The show takes place at the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion on the Evanston campus of Northwestern University. All proceeds from the Exposition benefit ovarian cancer research at NorthShore University HealthSystem. Shown are bracelet by Tom Herman, glass sculpture by Josh Simpson, and necklace and earrings by Gabriel Ofiesh. The Henry Crown Sports Pavilion Northwestern University, 2311 North Campus Drive, Evanston, Illinois 60208;


THE BEAD MUSEUM OF GLENDALE closed its doors on March 12. After two decades of operation, the Bead Museum’s historic downtown Glendale collection is transitioning from Arizona to a new permanent home at Mingei International Museum in San Diego, California. For twenty-four years, the Bead Museum has operated to promote the appreciation of the art, history and culture surrounding beads and beaded artifacts. The museum closed due to the economic downturn and the decline in the number of visitors and donations.


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 28. 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 SAN FRANCISCO BEAD AND DESIGN SHOW holds its annual show from May 6 – 8. The show features artists, artisans and wholesale merchants, who are chosen by juried application and by invitation for traditional and contemporary handwork and artisanship, as well as showcasing handmade beads, wearable art, gemstones, gold and silver, lapidary, art jewelry, ceramics, ethnographic art, glass art, textiles, fiber arts, metalwork, enameling, art couture, handwovens, collectibles, decorative arts, and artisan supplies. Workshops, forums and demonstrations will be ongoing throughout the event. The show takes place at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport.


THE PALO ALTO ART CENTER FOUNDATION hosts its seventh annual show, Style 2011. Showing April 30, Style 2011 is making its debut at the historic Lucie Stern Community Center. Featuring unique artisan-made clothing, jewelry and accessories, this year’s showcase welcomes a host of new and returning artists from throughout California and beyond, live models and an opportunity to meet the designers in person. 1305 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto, CA 94301;


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.


THE BUYERS MARKET OF AMERICAN CRAFT shows from July 11 – 13 at the Baltimore Convention Center. For nearly thirty years, the Buyers Market of American Craft, a wholesale show, has provided a setting where makers and buyers of fine craft and art products develop contacts. On display are gold, silver and gemstone jewelry, art for homes and commercial spaces, ceramics and dinnerware, handcrafted handbags, scarves and fashion accessories, sculpture, blown glass vases and designer lighting, eco-art products made from recycled or sustainable materials, and more.


THE ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF JEWELRY AND RELATED EVENTS announces its 2011 Fall 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.


THE SANTA FE INDIAN MARKET takes place August 20 – 21 throughout the city of Santa Fe. The Santa Fe Indian Market hosts over eleven hundred artists from one hundred tribes and is the largest cultural event in New Mexico, attracting one hundred thousand visitors per year. The Indian Market features visual arts, literature, film, music, culinary arts, symposiums, and much more.


THE WESTCHESTER CRAFT SHOW celebrates its eighteenth anniversary from October 14 – 16, and will exhibit the work of one hundred fifteen outstanding artists in the fields of basketry, ceramics, glass, fiber decorative and wearable, furniture, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, and wood. The show will be held at the Westchester County Center. 198 Central Ave., Route 119 at Central Ave, White Plains, NY 10606; 914.995.4050;



THE SOCIETY FOR CONTEMPORARY CRAFT announces a call for entries for the 2011 Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize, a five thousand dollar cash prize plus award. The prize is presented in conjunction with a juried exhibition at the Society for Contemporary Craft, a corresponding catalog and a feature video on the winning artist. Artists are asked to submit a Mac compatible CD with four images, CV, support materials, and forty-five dollar application fee to SCC by June 3.


THE BELLEVUE ARTS MUSEUM hosts its sixty-fifth BAM artsfair, running from July 29 – 31. 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.


THE CRAFT EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND issues a fundraising challenge for donations; if CERF can raise two hundred thousand dollars by September 2011, the Windgate Charitable Foundation will donate one hundred thousand dollars to CERF. CERF is getting close to the halfway point of their fundraising goal and needs your support.


THE CHEONGJU INTERNATIONAL BIENNIALE CRAFT COMPETITION holds its seventh exhibition from September 21 through October 30, and is currently issuing a call for entries. The theme for this year is Not the New, Just the Necessary. Entries are due by June 8. The exhibit will be held at the Cheongju Cultural Industry Complex.


ART BASEL hosts its forty-second show from June 15 – 19. The world’s premier international art show for modern and contemporary works, Art Basel features nearly three hundred leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. More than twenty-five hundred artists, ranging from the great masters of Modern art to the latest generation of emerging stars, are represented in the show’s multiple sections. The exhibition includes paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, photographs, video and editioned works.



THE FESTIVAL OF LIVING CRAFTS, ART, DESIGN AND INNOVATION presents its thirty-seventh show from May 5 – 8 at the Hatfield House. Living Crafts, the largest show of its kind in Europe, attracts thousands of visitors. Hundreds of craftsmen and women from all over the United Kingdom will show their work in jewelry, ceramics, art, fashion, glass, and leather. There will be a wide variety of lectures, hands-on workshops and demonstrations. Hatfield Park, Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL9 5NQ, United Kingdom;


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