It's that time of year for resolutions, so let's all resolve
to take action in support of contemporary art jewelry in
2008. You can read a book, attend a lecture, take a
course, or visit a gallery; each activity will contribute to
your education. You can increase your AJF
membership level so you're contributing more to the
emerging artist fund, helping fund a curatorial
membership, or supporting a lecture at SOFA. You
can participate in one of our trips or related activities,
demonstrating your advocacy of contemporary
art jewelry. Happy New Year!
|In this issue:
- New AJF Membership Levels and Rates for
- Gail Hufjay's First Exhibition in West Palm
- Italian Jewelry Tour: Renaissance to
- Autumn in New York - AJF's Nest Trip Destination!
- AJF Awards $1500 Grant to U of Wisconsin -
- Mark Your 2008 Calendar
|New AJF Membership Levels and Rates for 2008
It's just about time to renew your AJF membership,
you'll be able to do soon on our website via PayPal.
When the system is up, you'll receive an e-mail
notification that you can renew on-line.
The AJF Board agreed to increase fees slightly, after
consulting with a variety of members, and we've
added new levels of membership so those
members who want to contribute more have a way to
do that. These changes will enable us to increase the
amount we award to our Emerging Artist, and to offer
grants at a higher level, too.
We're also looking at ways to increase your
benefits. For example, AJF members who own
will now get a 10% discount on all advertising in
Metalsmith magazine, and all AJF
discounts on subscriptions or renewals to
Please note that your membership fees and any
contributions you make to AJF are fully tax-deductible.
Here's an overview of the new categories and fees.
Collector $150 (one person) As a Collector,
- Contribute to the AJF mission as an advocate for
contemporary art jewelry.
- Travel to visit private collections, enjoy special
behind-the-scene tours at art museums, and visit top
- Learn more about contemporary art jewelry
through monthly e-mail newsletters, the AJF website,
and AJF-sponsored lectures.
- Receive VIP treatment at SOFA Chicago and New
York, and more to come.
Sponsors $500 (two people) Sponsor
memberships include all the benefits of the collector
membership for two members, plus you:
- Provide additional funds to increase the Emerging
- Receive recognition as a sponsor in our e-mail
newsletter and website.
Benefactor $1,000 (two people) A benefactor
membership includes all the benefits of the collector
and sponsor membership, plus you:
- Select two curators or educators to receive a year's
AJF membership at the curator level.
- Identify, with the AJF Board, an AJF program
(lecture series, grant, donation) for you to sponsor that
will bear your name for the year.
- Recieve recognition as a benefactor in our e-mail
newsletter and website
Curator (one person) $100 A curator
membership includes all the benefits of the collector
membership; the reduced cost acknowledges AJF's
appreciation for the educational support curators
share with us.
Gallery (two people) $250 A gallery
includes all the benefits of the collector membership,
Can contact AJF members with information about your
- Receive a 10% discount on advertising in
- Can partner with AJF to sponsor special events
during AJF trips, at SOFA, and at SNAG conferences.
- Will see your website included as a link from the
|Gail Hufjay's First Exhibition in West Palm Beach
This January, AJF member Gail Hufjay will travel from
snowy New York to sunny Florida for a big milestone:
first work she's ever submitted to a juried jewelry show
has been accepted.
Gail first started collecting art jewelry in the 1980s.
remembers seeing one traveling jewelry show and
fascinated by the work of Rebekah Laskin. "At another
show, I found myself falling in love with some
brooches by Bob Ebendorf," Gail recalls.
Fast forward to today, and both Rebekah and Bob
been instrumental in the fact that three of Gail's own
jewelry creations will be featured in the Armory Art
Center's Close to the Skin exhibit in West
from Jan. 24 to Feb. 23 (see calendar). Here's how
all came about.
Gail's enjoyment of art jewelry first led her to begin
collecting pieces. "I have a minor collection," she
believes, yet the names in her collection include Pier
Volkus, Marjorie Simon, Raissa Bump, Biba Schutz,
Donald, Roberta Williamson, Yoshiko Haesegawa,
Thomas Mann, and Rolando Negoita.
Gail began making her own jewelry in the 1990s after
she learned that Rebekah Laskin was teaching at the
Westchester Art Workshop near her home in
Westchester County, NY, and she signed up. Gail
works for her own pleasure, not for sale, even though
one persistent would-be customer once followed her
throughout a craft fair begging to buy the work off her
In addition to learning from Rebekah, Gail has studied
with artists Mary Beth Rozkewicz, David Butler, Robert
Dancik, and Rolando Negoita.
Gail entered this particular show for two reasons.
First, for some time Rebekah has been encouraging
her to enter her work in a juried show. "She basically
told me to 'Grow up and move on,' " Gail recalls. "The
reason I selected this particular show," Gail continues,
"is that two artists I admire so much, Bob Ebendorf
and Linda Darty, were the judges."
|Italian Jewelry Tour: Renaissance to Contemporary
Here's a combination sure to please:
- Italy (Venice, Vincenza, Padua, and Florence)
- Jewelry, past and present
- Food, glorious Italian food, plus
- Artists in their studios, as well as museums with
guides, it all adds up to molto bene!
Here's how you can participate.
Jonathan Wahl, director of the Jewelry Center, 92 St.
New York, NY, will lead a small group on a special
tour focusing on jewelry past and present from March
to April 10, 2008. The cost of the tour is $3,750,
You'll meet artists and professors in metalsmith, go
behind the scenes to view the Medici Treasury, tour
workshops and studios, and see the Uffizi without the
crowds. All this, and Italy, too!
To receive the full itinerary, call 212-415-5562.
|Autumn in New York-AJF's Next Trip Destination!
We can't share exact dates yet, but we can
you leave your fall agenda (late September/early
October) a bit free for an event sure to get you smiling,
just as these AJF members did on our 2007 trip to
Fall 2008 will see the opening of the Museum of Arts
Design's new building on Columbus Circle in New
and your AJF Board wants us to be there for all the
festivities. As soon as we have confirmed dates, we
let you know.
Board member Susan Kempin will orchestrate this
collaborating with AJF member Ursula Newman, who
serves as curator of the museum's jewelry collection.
|AJF Awards $1500 Grant to U. of Wisconsin
In November 2007, the then AJF Board, which
included Jo Lauria, Rika Mouw, Elizabeth Shypertt,
and Pat Rodimer, agreed to award a $1500 grant to
the U. of Wisconsin-Whitewater. This grant will
support jewelry artist Eleanor Moty's participation in a
special survey of women jewelers and metalsmiths
with a professional and educational relationship to
Wisconsin -- some participants graduated from
Wisconsin; some did not; all, however, taught
The Women of Metal project features a wide range of
activities with goals to:
- Celebrate the artwork of women jewelers and
- metalsmiths in Wisconsin;
- Examine their work and its evolution and
- Consider the role of education and mentorship in
- Increase public awareness of their contributions;
- Inspire further scholarship into the lives and work
these pioneering artists.
Central to this project will be the Women of Metal
exhibition opening in September 2008. The project's
co-curators Teresa Faris and Susan Messer also plan
week of public events at the same time, including a
visiting artists panel (which Eleanor Moty will
participate in; her work will also be featured in the
exhibition), an illustrated lecture by American Craft
Council Fellow and UW-Whitewater Professor
Emeritus Linda Threadgill, and a two-day studio
workshop conducted by Marcia Lewis, now a
California-based artist, author, and professor who
previously led the UW-Whitewater metals program.
In addition, the project will feature two permanent
records: a comprehensive exhibition catalog and an
oral history archive that will be housed in the
Edge of the Sublime: Enamels by Jamie Bennett--
Jan. 19 - May 4, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton,
New West Coast Design--Jan. 18-Apr. 27,
San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design, San
Francisco, CA. For more information, see
www.sfmcd.com. In conjunction with this show, Velvet
da Vinci Gallery features West Coast Design: Jewelry
and Metalwork, Jan. 18-Feb. 12. See www.velvetdavinci.
Touching Warms the Art--Jan. 19-Mar. 23,
Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR.
Exhibition jurors Rebecca Scheer, Rachelle Thiewes
and Namita Gupta Wiggers asked artists to create
work that audiences are invited to touch and try on.
Framing · The Art of Jewelry--Jan. 19-May 11,
Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR. This
exhibition comes from Metalsmith's Exhibition
in Print 2007, curated by Ellen Lupton and published
by the Society of North American Goldsmiths. See
Close to the Skin: Juried Works of Jewelry and
Personal Adornment--Jan. 24-Feb. 23, Armory Art
Center, Greenfield Gallery, 1700 Parker Ave., West
Palm Beach, FL. Opening Jan. 24, 6 to 8 p.m. See
Golden Clogs, Dutch Mountains--Jan. 20-Feb.
contemporary Dutch jewelry at Gallery Loupe, 6
Midland Avenue, Montclair, NJ. In addition, Andrea
Wagner, exhibition curator, lectures about the exhibit
on Jan 28 from 7-8 p.m. at the 92nd Street Y, 92nd and
Lexington Ave., New York, NY. See www.galleryloupe
Collect--featuring 42 galleries from Europe,
Australia, Korea, and Japan, Jan. 25-29, Victoria &
Albert Museum, London. See http://collect.cr
The American Craft Show in Baltimore--Feb.
22-24, Baltimore Convention Center. More than 700
artists will show their work. See www.craft
2008 SNAG Conference--Mar. 5-8, Savannah,
more information, see www.snagmeta
CraftBoston--Mar. 28-30, World Trade Center,
Boston, MA. Sponsored by the Society of Arts and
Crafts, this show features 175 artists, including 52
Italian Jewelry Tour: Renaissance to
Contemporary-- Mar. 31-Apr. 10. Tour of Venice,
Vincenza, Padua, and Florence led by Jonathan Wahl,
director of the Jewelry Center, 92nd St. Y, New York,
NY. Cost is $3,750, including hotel. For more
information, call 212-415-5562.
- Jaime Bennett, "Chadour", brooch, 2000,
18k gold, enamel.
- Gesine Hackenberg, "Kitchen Necklace"
antique Belgium soup plate, polymide thread.
- Gail Hufjay, "Flowers in Urn", brooch,
silver, found objects.
- AJF Membrers, Houston 2007 AJF Trip, (l to r)
Newman, Elouise Rusk, Karen Lorene,
Joan Dutton, Nancy Worden, Marion Falk.