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|In this issue:
- Fond Memories of Don Newman
- New Group formed to Study Jewelry
- See Museum Goers Trying on the Jewelry
- Several AJF Members Attend COLLECT
- Add to Your Calendar
|Fond Memories of Don Newman
Rita Newman recently shared the sad news that
her husband Don died this past November. AJF
members who went on the trips to
Boston, and Houston will remember the
Newmans as wonderful role models for what a
partnership should be.
Rita says she's grateful for the 50 years
they had together. We're grateful to have
shared just a speck of that time.
Here, two AJF members share memories of Don.
Susan Cummins remembers, "Rita and Don Newman
came to my gallery together years ago and
impressed me as one of the more gracious and
thoughtful couples to cross my threshold. I
enjoyed talking with them both about the
work, and they consistently bought the best
and often the most challenging pieces.
"When AJF started, I invited all my clients
who were interested in jewelry to join, and
the Newmans were among those who did.
"Then I began to see them both on trips and
got to know them better. While I always
think of them as Rita and Don, the couple, it
was Rita who had the eye, and I think was the
instigator, while Don enjoyed the adventure.
"He was a pilot and a traveler, and I often
found myself comparing the latest technical
gadgets -- especially cell phones -- with him
on the bus trips. He was one of the only men
to travel with the group on a regular basis,
and I was always delighted to see how at ease
he was among women. He was a man who was
truly comfortable in his skin, and I will
sorely miss him."
Rika Mouw remembers, "Don was a true
gentleman in every sense of the word. I
don't think I have met a man more warm and
gracious, generous and embracing than Don.
He was a man of great taste and distinction
while demonstrating such great humility and
strength. I delighted in his wonderful sense
"Since meeting Don and Rita on the Wisconsin
trip, I have admired, and been inspired by,
their partnership. Each subsequent trip I
have had the great fortune to share with them
has been truly enriched by their presence.
No matter how tired or uncomfortable he might
have been, Don never called attention to
himself, he always had a smile and something
nice to say.
"Don holds a very, very special place in my
heart and I know I am not alone in saying I
feel a genuine love for this noble gentle
man. He is truly one of the most delightful
people I have ever met."
|New Group Formed to Study Jewelry
The publisher of Adornment magazine, Elyse
Zorn Karlin, has formed a new venture called
the Association for the Study of Jewelry and
Related Arts (ASJRA). The association will
promote jewelry studies in schools and
museums and plans to give scholarships to
students interested in the history of
jewelry. Yvonne Markowitz, jewelry curator,
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, will work with
Elyse to achieve the association's goals.
Elyse and Yvonne are currently collaborating
on a book about the jewelry of American First
Ladies. They have also written a book that
will accompany a Museum of Fine Arts, Boston,
exhibit entitled Imperishable Beauty: Art
Nouveau Jewelry, to be published this summer.
They plan to host an annual conference as a
forum for curators, historians, and scholars
to present information about jewelry. In
addition, ASJRA is currently building a
website with useful information for people
interested in jewelry studies. The long-term
goal is to present online rare or
out-of-print images and information. See
|See Museum Goers Trying on the Jewelry
A recent e-mail newsletter produced by The
Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR,
included the following link to see a variety
of real people enjoying the real jewelry in
the Touching Warms the Art exhibit. To peek
in on the fun, click www.flickr.com/photos/cont
|Several AJF members attend COLLECT
A lucky few AJF members braved the
unfavorable currency exchange and headed for
London last month to COLLECT. Thanks to
Susan Cummins, we have photos; thanks to
Elizabeth Shypertt, some insights.
"COLLECT has the most impressive group of
European art jewelry I have ever seen in one
place," says Elizabeth Shypertt, "and the
setting in the Victoria and Albert Museum is
fabulous. Many of the artists showing in the
different galleries were present, which was
great fun. It's always nice to put a face to
Add to Your Calendar
Here are two new entries to the calendar
the AJF website. The calendar is updated
weekly, so check it often to see what's
A Grand Tour of American
Craft -- Apr.11-13, The James Renwick
Alliance, Washington, DC. Held to coincide
with the Smithsonian Craft Fair (where Andrea
Janosik, the 2007 AJF Emerging Artist will
show her work, an example is above), as
well as the Renwick Gallery's exhibit of Helen
Williams Drutt's collection, the Grand Tour
includes a symposium titled Grand Adornment:
Contemporary Art Jewelry Evolution and
Influence, moderated by curator Jane Milosch,
as well as a silent auction of jewelry at the
Saturday gala dinner for members, and a
Sunday Brunch for Distinguished Educators,
honoring among others, jeweler and professor
Sharon Church, Crafts Department, University
of the Arts, Philadelphia. Some events are
for members only; some are open to the
public. For more information, call
301-907-3888 or see www.jra.org.
Golden Clogs, Dutch Mountains -- Mar.
6-Apr. 20, Galerie Noel Guyomarc'h, 137
Laurier Ouest, Montréal, Quebec.
- Andrea Janosik, Orange Broach,
and leather, 4.25" H x 4.50" W x .075" D, 2008
- Rita and Don Newman
- Elizabeth Shypertt, right, with her
Adam, jewelry artist and Crafts Council board
member, at the shop in the V&A.
- Robert Smit, Susan Beech, Evert Nijland, and
Louise Smit in Louise's gallery
- Susan Beech with Paul Derrez at
Galerie Ra's display.
- Galerie Marzee's