|Boston: A Look Back
|Boston in Review
An enthusiastic group of twenty three AJF members
gathered in Boston in June to enjoy three days of non-
stop art jewelry activities. Like all AJF tours, the days
were filled with gallery events, artist presentations,
studio visits, stimulating lectures and museum
openings. And, as has become the custom, busy days
ended with convivial and delicious meals.
We started on the first day with a private showing of
Jaime Bennett's work hosted by Sienna Gallery.
Sienna Patti, the gallery's founder, invited Bennett to
discuss his work and asked decorative arts curator
Jeannine Falino, who is authoring the book that will
accompany an upcoming retrospective of Bennett's
work, to comment on the significant role Jaime's work
plays in the history of American jewelry.
We combined lunch with a tour of the innovative new
Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) museum on the
Boston waterfront and an exhibition of work by Louise
Bourgeois, one of our most influential living artists.
It seemed we went from one high point to the next,
with a rich and varied afternoon as guests of
Massachusetts College of Art. With Metals professor
Heather White as our host we
toured the metals studio, visited with students and
viewed a display of student work. Then we were
treated to a lively and provocative lecture by the
renowned Dutch master artist Ruudt Peters, which
was followed by a gallery reception and exhibition of
his latest "Sefiroth" series and work by MassArt faculty
|It just kept getting better
Early the next day we were off to Dan Jocz's studio:
everyone enjoyed seeing Dan's workspace and his
engaging description of his creative and technical
explorations. His demonstration of how he
electromagnetically applies the fiber flocking to his
bracelets was fascinating and fun to watch. Dan
joined us as we traveled to Mobilia Gallery in
Cambridge where owners Libby and JoAnne Cooper
had invited many artists to join us at the gallery for a
casual lunch. We took in the featured exhibitions by
Jennifer Trask and Joyce Scott. Jennifer discussed
her inspiration and motivation for her provocative new
body of work. Joe Wood, artist and MassArt
professor, discussed faculty work and the university
metals program. And, befitting our passion we spent a
good amount of time eagerly exploring the gallery
Back to Boston, where at the Museum of Fine Art we
were greeted by Kelly L'Ecuyer. Kelly is the curator
who worked closely with Daphne Farago to transfer
her extensive collection to the museum. As she
conducted our private tour of the first exhibition
entitled "Jewelry By Artists, The Daphne Farago
Collection," she explained the wide-ranging plans the
museum has for the collection. She also described
how Farago was convinced of the artistic importance
of the work and felt from the beginning that the
collection should be housed in a fine arts museum
which placed the jewelry in a large cultural context.
Later that evening our group returned to the museum
official opening reception to celebrate with the many
artists, collectors and educators. As our trip came to a
close we celebrated by sharing a wonderful meal
together and gave a thankful toast to Pat and Susan
for organizing such a terrific trip. As Orson Welles
once said, "If you want a happy ending, that depends,
on where you stop the story." So, on a happy note we
ended our trip to Boston. Next: Houston!
|Jewelry that makes you think
In the catalog that
accompanied the Daphne Farago Collection exhibition
we found this quote. It is too good not to be shared. Art
historian Blanche R. Brown recalled her attraction and
purchase of a brooch in 1947.
"... it looked great, I could afford it, and it identified
me with the group of my choice -- esthetically aware,
intellectually inclined, and politically progressive. That
pin (or one of a few others like it) was our badge, and
we wore it proudly. It celebrated the hand of the artist
rather than the market value of the material. Diamonds
were the badge of the philistine."
In the Forum
Kudos to Pat, Susan and Sharon. Among the
many benefits of being a member of AJF, the collector
trips are the most extraordinary and Boston proved the
point. This wonderful trip was flawlessly organized by
Pat Rodimer, Susan Cummins and Sharon Campbell.
Thank you for making the trip so wonderful.
Put Houston on your calendar and watch
the mail for reservation information. In
September we will travel to Houston for the grand
opening of the Helen Williams Drutt Collection at the
Museum of Fine Arts. Approximately 300 pieces of
jewelry, plus drawings, watercolors, constructions and
sculptures are included in the exhibition. The trip is
scheduled from the 26th to the 30th. Susan
Cummins, Sally von Bargen and Sharon Campbell
are working now to take maximum advantage of other
activities being planned in conjunction with the
opening and planning visits to other Houston
venues, including the Menil collection. Trip details
and reservation forms will be sent very soon.
"Golden Clogs, Dutch Mountains" on AJF
website. Andrea Wagner, a jewelry artist who lives
in Amsterdam curated an exhibition featuring cutting
edge work by 11 Dutch jewelry artists. The AJF
homepage is currently featuring Andrea's lecture and
images of work by Iris Eichenberg, Jantje Fleischhut,
Gesine Hackenberg, Ineke Heerkens, Stephanie
Jendis, Manon van Kouswijk, Iris Nieuwenburg, Katja
Prins, Constanze Schreiber, Francis
Willemstijn and Andrea Wagner. Use the "Quick Link"
below to explore this online presentation.
Next Month in AJF Connection.
- Houston Trip Preview
- Collecting with a Purpose: Gifts, Grants, &
- New Member Profiles
- And so much more
- Jaime Bennett, Brooch, 2007, 18k gold, enamel.
Photo courtesy of Sienna Gallery.
- Dan Jocz, Bracelet, 2003, aluminum, Rayon flock,.
courtesy Mobilia Gallery.
- Boston Trip Collage, (from R to L) Dan Jocz, Patti
Bleicher, Sienna Patti, Jaime Bennett, Jeannine
Falino, Susan Cummins, Ellen Ansel, Marion
Fulk, Ruudt Peters, Joan Dutton, Jennifer Trask, Rita
Newman, Joe Wood, Heather White, Sharon
Campbell, Sally von Bargen, JoAnne Cooper. Images
courtesy of Nancy
Worden, Patricia Faber & Sally von Bargen.
- Ruudt Peters, Sefiroth Series "Nezach" brooch,
2006, silver, mineral. Photo courtesy Ornamentum.
- Jennifer Trask, "Radiolaria" brooch, 2007, steel,
silver, shakudo, gold, spessartite, pyrope garnet, fire
opal, glass eyes. Photo courtesy Mobilia Gallery.
- Joyce Scott, "Lazy Girl" neckpiece, 2007, hand
stitched, glass and flameworked beads. Photo
courtesy Mobilia Gallery.
A tip for printing. Given the number of images
in this newsletter it is best to set the paper
to "landscape" before printing.