We send you all our best wishes for happy
holidays and for the New Year to come!!
Before we bid a final farewell to 2008, let
us take a moment to reflect on the
accomplishments of the Art Jewelry Forum
during that time. We have all worked together to:
- Increase our membership from 65 to
108 -- WOW!
- Professionalize our jurying process for
Emerging Artist Award with an online system
- Raise $5000 for the AJF 2008 Emerging Artist
Award which this year went to Masumi Kataoka
- Organize a wonderful trip to New York
- Contribute to the 92nd Street Y and the
metalsmithing programs at Pratt Institute in New
- Grant $2000 to Rowan University for a
document the exhibition "Decorative
be presented in conjunction with the 2009 SNAG
- Email informative newsletters to keep you
all up to
date on the latest developments at AJF and
world at large
- Feature lectures at SOFA NY by Kelly
Curator at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston,
SOFA Chicago by Ursula-Ilse Neuman, Curator
Museum of Art and Design, New York.
The board of AJF is proud of the work we have
done together during the past year. We are
grateful for all of your assistance, support,
and enthusiasm. We give thanks that we are
part of an exciting and wonderful world
created by those great professionals -- artists,
curators and galleries -- in the field.
Please remember our member galleries,
especially this year, when you are
contemplating your holiday gifts. We have
listed them here for your convenience.
Wishing you peace and happiness,
Susan, Susan, Sally and Pat
|Save These Dates - We're Going to Philadelphia
Art Jewelry Forum will organize their next
trip in conjunction with the SNAG (the
Society of North American Goldsmiths)
conference, which will take place in
Philadelphia, May 20 - 23 2009. Among
the conference speakers, SNAG will feature
Stanley Lechtzin, Paul Greenhalgh, Leo
Caballero (of Klimt02.net fame), Camille
Paglia, Myra Mimlitsch-Gray, Albert Paley and
Helen Drutt English. It is quite a line up.
Philadelphia is a city promising wonderful
opportunities to see private collections,
artist's studios, and numerous other
adventures. Mark your calendars! More
information will be coming soon.
|Special Thank You Offers for AJF Members
Object Fetish: In thanks for supporting the idea
of jewelry as art, we are offering Art
Jewelry Forum members 20% off all purchases
over $1000. Please use discount code AJF2008
during checkout at
Sienna Gallery: AJF members will
receive 10% off
pieces made in multiples (most which are
under $400) November 28th - December 18th and
free shipping to anywhere in the continental
US. Great gifts!
|The Miniature World of Bruce Metcalf
By Jennifer Cross Gans
sight, this new exhibition at the Palo Alto
Art Center, CA, holds the delight of a
child's playroom. There are oversize drawings
on the walls, a large case with a train set
in a rocky, wintry landscape, and some
display cases with peepholes to entice the
viewer. Children, and any adults raised on
cartoons, instantly get the message.
Signe Mayfield, the exhibition's curator,
said that "the idea of the miniature world
fascinated me" and quoted the artist in the
can only be entered through an act of
imaginative projection. Looking at small
objects, viewers will get very close and the
object will fill their field of vision.
There's no scale in the imagination, and very
small things can become psychologically
large."But isn't this supposed
a jewelry show? Well, yes and
no.In a broader sense, the exhibition showcases
Metcalf's versatility as an artist,
maker, jeweler and writer.
this article on the AJF website by clicking here...
|Miniature World Catalog Available
Admirers and collectors will relish the
catalog which accompanies the Bruce Metcalf
exhibition. Over 50 mostly full page
photographs illustrate this artist's
development from 1971 to the present.
Additional black and white designs
reproducing the artist's sketchbook pages on
the endpapers inside the front and back
covers highlight Metcalf's talent as a
The photographs add a level of detail viewers
might miss, particularly peering through the
peepholes, while the frontispiece gives an
idea both of the detail and the actual scale
of the work.
The exhibits have been borrowed from museums,
galleries and private collectors, including
Susan Beech and the Rotasa Trust, and the
artist himself. There is an introduction by
Linda Craighead, Director of the Palo Alto
Art Center, followed by essays by Signe
Mayfield, curator of the exhibition, and the
artist himself, which are of more interest
than that by Dr. Vicky Clark, who attempts to
put Metcalf's work in the pop/underground/art
context of the late 20th century.
The well-designed catalog, product of the
local firm Shore Design, Brisbane, CA., comes
in both hardback ($32) or paperback ($25),
plus postage. Copies can be obtained from