Collectors like you appreciate art as an international
language that articulates beliefs, explores ideas,
ultimately defines a culture.
For many of us it was an unexpected and powerful
experience of art that
sparked our desire to understand that language
and led us to explore
contemporary art jewelry. In this issue of
AJFconnection we feature a traveling
museum exhibition of contemporary jewelry by
Israeli women likely to capture your
If you missed this exhibition
at the Racine Art Museum, you'll be pleased
to learn that it has moved to the Bellevue Arts
Museum. Executive Director Michael Monroe, who left
the Renwick to lead BAM, is a committed advocate for
and brings the Israeli women jewelry exhibition on the
heels of its critically acclaimed Ron Ho retrospective.
If you happen to be in Seattle be sure to catch the
|Important News from the Board
Call for nominating committee volunteers:
Board is moving forward to develop a
nominating committee and process for bringing on
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either through participation on the nominating
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AJF website expanded: Our website now has
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across the horizontal top navigation bar. Called
Resources, it is designed as a place within the site
where you can connect to other resources in a
number of categories. We’ve launched this new page
with the following categories: Websites of interest;
Member Gallery Websites; Shows; Organizations; and
Publications. Member Gallery Websites as a link is
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know. We’re counting on the internet scanning
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resource over time.
AJF supports CERF: The Board has again
approved a $500 donation to
CERF (the Craft Emergency Relief Fund). This is a
group which does great work day-in-day-out
providing assistance to artists in need. The
needs have morphed exponentially with Katrina so we
chosen to give a $500 donation annually from AJF.
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Contemporary Israeli Jewelers Show Moves to BAM
Women’s Tales: Four Leading Israeli Jewelers, is the
first comprehensive study of Israeli contemporary
jewelry to focus on the careers of four of its leading
women jewelers. The show, featuring 127 jewelry
at the Bellevue Arts Museum this month. The
exhibition began an international tour at
the Racine Arts Museum, moves to Europe to
tour in 2008-09 and closes at
The Israel Museum in Jerusalem during 2009-2010.
The exhibition is the first in-depth study of the works
leading jewelry artists Bianca Eshel-Gershuni, Vered
Kaminski, Esther Knobel, and Deganit Stern
Schocken. Each of these artists has played a critical
role in forging an Israeli identity in the contemporary
jewelry movement, one that is distinctive of Europe
and America. Their work has brought international
attention to a country that was previously largely
unrecognized for its contribution to contemporary
jewelry. All four artist were trained in Europe and
looked for inspiration in other European contemporary
jewelry, which has a focus on non-precious materials.
These four artists' works are uniquely
reflecting their womanhood as individuals, wives and
mothers living in Israel and strongly impacted by its
A nationally distributed
by the Racine
Art Museum, will accompany the show and will be
available in the Bellevue Arts Museum Store.
IMAGE: Bianca Eshel-Gershuni, Belt Buckle, 1973
18k gold, pearls, semi precious stones, porcelain and
mirrors, 10 1/2" x 4 1/4", Courtesy of the Artist
Photography: Michael Tropea
IMAGE: Deganit Stern Schocken, Body Piece (City),
1993, Nickel silver, stainless steel, paper, silver, and
shell, courtesy of the Artist / Racine Art Museum.
Photography: Michael Tropea