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July 2009

Here we are again trying desperately to keep you informed. Please do your part by having a look. We want to be sure you know what is going on in the contemporary jewelry field. With lots of help from our members we have articles on the following: the opening of new spaces for Ornamentum and Loupe Galleries, more work by graduating students, a report about the new SOFA fair in Santa Fe, interviews with Nancy Worden and Helen Drutt on the occasion of the opening of their shows in the Seattle/Tacoma area, the views of newcomer Damian Skinner, a art historian and writer from New Zealand, and last but not least a book review of Symbiotic Realms. Thanks to everyone who contributed to this newsletter including Susan Beech, Susan Kempin, Ron Porter, Karen Lorene, and all the professors who sent in student images.
I always especially want to thank Trish Rodimer, Sally von Bargen, and the newsletter committee--Ron Porter, Mike Holmes, Karen Lorene, and Jennifer Cross Gans for their advice and hard work.
Susan Cummins
AJF Chair
Diary of a Jewellery Colonial Abroad
In 2008 I received a grant from Creative New Zealand, the government arts funding agency, to travel to Europe and give some lectures about New Zealand contemporary jewellery. I'm a trained art historian who started writing about jewellery a couple of years ago, and quite quickly I became aware of my ignorance regarding...
susanne osbornSTUDENT WORK 
More 2008 Graduate Work Posted Online
Each year around graduation time we sample graduate student work from university and art schools around the country. 
We have just added more photo's, take a look.
Nancy Worden Talks with Karen Lorene 
Click here to read what Nancy is thinking at the opening of her mid-career retrospective Loud Bones opens at the Tacoma Art Museum.
Helen Drutt
Helen Reflects on the Art of Collecting
Click here to read Helen's insightful thoughts on the her experience as a collector and guidance she offers to today's art jewelry collectors.
Susan Beech Allison BarnettSOFA SANTA FE
Just in from Susan Beech 

The new Santa Fe SOFA the best time I've had at SOFA, and I've been to many over the years. Santa Fe has always been a magical place for me, I love the beauty and serenity of the high desert. Over 2,000 people attended opening night with 35 national and international galleries represented. Only one studio jewelry gallery was represented, Charon Kransen, and his booth was constantly packed. My very favorite piece for sale was a large wall weaving by Columbian artist Olga de Amaral with an asking price over $100,000 at Belles Artes Gallery.
Patina Gallery was just down the street from the convention center, where they were celebrating their 10th anniversary with an opening show of Pat Flynn's work. Leslie Ferrin and Sienna Patti were there checking out the fair for the future and we had a lovely dinner with them. 
Some of the highlights for me were the lecture series­ (a good one on Olga de Amaral), tours of local collectors' homes, a tour of Georgia O'Keeffe's home and studio, a visit to an ancient pueblo and the last night an evening of food, wine, and music at the Santa Fe Opera. 
There were very few AJF members attending and that was too bad. I'm certainly going next year and hope other AJF members will join me. Click here to see Susan's SOFA snapshots.
A Golden Book Reveiw
Ron Porter offers a thoughtful review of the newly published Overstreet and Kranizky exhibition catalog.
Gallery LoupeGallery Loupe Has Moved
Gallery Loupe's new location is 50 Church Street in  Montclair, New Jersey. Currently on veiw is the work of the Senior graduates from the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design Jewelry and Metalsmithing Department. This exhibition, titled 16 Students/16 Studies, is the result of the students' final semester at RISD during which they were asked to choose a theme through which they could explore their personal expression as artists and jewelers.
SkinnerOrnamentum Expands
Ornamentum christened their expanded space in early June with an exhibition of Sergey Jivetin's new work, Accumulus. The new storefront blends beautifully with the old to more that double the gallery's space. Sergey, a previous recipient of the AJF Emerging Artist Award (in 2005).