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AJF Velvet da Vinci reception

AJF at Velvet da Vinci

In this month's newsletter you will find Part II of the AJF galleries listing. This time we will be featuring the North American galleries. As always, we would love to hear your reaction to this new addition to the newsletter, as well as any ideas you have about what we could do to keep you better informed about, and connected to, the contemporary jewelry world. Please pass along your thoughts to us at info@artjewelryforum.org.


Based on feedback from the member survey we conducted several months ago, the AJF board has decided to organize a series of local events for our members in America and England. The first of these took place in San Francisco in mid-August 2011 with a reception at Velvet da Vinci gallery and free passes to the American Craft Council fair. Thank you Mike Holmes and Elizabeth Shypertt, directors of Velvet da Vinci, for your generosity. And here are some upcoming events you might like to attend:

  • In late September, we turn our attention to London where the British Craft Council is presenting the Origin fair. Helen Carnac, an English AJF supporter and maker, has arranged for us to get VIP passes to this event. She has also offered to put together a day of it with the numerous events that are taking place around the same time, such as the Goldsmiths Fair, the London Design Festival and the exhibition Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970-1990 at the V&A. If you are interested in taking part, please email us at with London in the subject line.MFA Artful Adornments
  • On the last weekend in October, Sienna Patti and Damian Skinner are planning to gather a group together from the Boston area to get a special tour of the Jewels, Gems, and Treasures: Ancient to Modern exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. You can find out more about the exhibition by clicking here. The exhibition was curated by AJF member Yvonne Markowitz, and there is a wonderful catalog available as well. For more information on this event, please email us with Boston in the subject line.
  • In November, Susan Cummins and Linda Peshkin will be organizing a dinner during the SOFA Chicago fair, which takes place from November 3-6, 2011. For more on that please email us with Chicago in the subject line.
  • And finally . . . in December, in partnership with ASJRA, Susan
    MAD Bertoia

    Harry Bertoia

    Kempin and Elyse Karlin will be arranging a visit to the MAD exhibition curated by Jeannine Falino (the AJF speaker at the last NY SOFA) called Crafting Modernism: Midcentury American Art and Design. (To find out more about the exhibition, click here.) If you would like to attend, please email us with New York in the subject line.

AJF began as a way for people interested in contemporary jewelry to meet together and share their passion. The board believes in this goal, and we

hope these events - and others in the future - will enable all of us to tangibly express our commitment to the jewels and jewelers that have brought us together.


Susan Cummins

AJF Chair



VIP tickets to Origin fair

To receive your free tickets to this fair, taking place in London from September 22-28, 2011, please email info@artjewelryforum.org by September 10, 2011, with ORIGIN in the subject line. Tickets will be mailed, so please include your mailing address and travel deadline.





SOFA Chicago SOFA CHICAGO VIP registration for AJF members is open!   

Please visit www.sofaexpo.com/ajfvip to register for your VIP pass. Passes admit two to Opening Night, Thursday, November 3 as well as to VIP and general admission hours throughout the weekend. Passes also allow AJF members to register for exclusive VIP events. The schedule will be posted this fall at www.sofaexpo.com/chicagosalon 


This is also an opportunity to see AJF's Geography show, which will be on view at SOFA Chicago.





Signs of Life

Signs of Life 2011

Karen Lorene, owner of Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery in Seattle, has kindly offered every member of AJF a free copy of Signs of Life 2011, published to accompany A Contemporary Jewelry Art Show & Companion Literary Journal, October 5-26, 2011, at Facèré Gallery. For the past seven years Facèré has published a literary magazine that combines the work of nine published authors with nine known jewelry artists. This year's participants include: Kit Bakke, Jamie Bennett, Davide Bigazzi, Linda Darty, Jack da Silva, Alice Derry, Caroline Gore, Sharon Goldberg, Helane Levine-Keating, Jane Martin, Karen Sigmar Mason, Sharona Muir, Tom Muir, M Anne Sweet, Marlene True, Julia Turner, David Wagoner, and Shawn Wong. To receive your free copy of Signs of Life 2011, please call (206) 624-6768 or email facereart@aol.com with your name and mailing address along with the coupon code: AJF11.

Jeanine Fallino: Sam Kramer Brooch

Game: Mina Pod Necklace


 AJF commissions new critical writing as part of its mission to support and promote contemporary jewelry. One of the benefits of joining AJF is exclusive access to this content before it is published on the website. Jeannine Falino's article was first presented as an AJF-sponsored talk at SOFA NY, and Amanda Game's text was written especially for AJF.


In each newsletter we will be introducing you to one of the galleries that has joined AJF to support and promote contemporary jewelry. Our first AJF Questionnaire has been answered by Caroline Billing of The National, Christchurch, New Zealand.


Where did your interest in contemporary jewelry come from?

My first prominent contemporary jewelry experience was a biennial exhibition that toured public galleries in New Zealand over a decade ago. This significant exhibition featured a selection of our best practising jewellers, but was never shown in my own city. Years later I worked in a gallery specialising in craft with a focus on contemporary jewelry.  Click here to read the complete interview.


Edinburgh College of ArtSCHOOL'S OUT 2011

Once again AJF is presenting jewelry by graduate students of contemporary jewelry and metalsmithing departments around the world on our blog. You can see the first post in our School's Out 2011 series featuring the Edinburgh College of Art by clicking here.  Your program could be featured too - email us to find out how. 



The Emerging Artist Award is a $5000 US prize given out by AJF each year to a contemporary jeweler at the beginning of their career and the application deadline is now here! If you have competed academic or professional training and been out of school for at least a year, then this award is for you (or for someone you know - pass the info on!) The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2011. Find out more about the award by clicking here. To submit your application, go to: www.callforentry.org/ 


- The Schmuck exhibition

- Pinakothek der Modern

- Danner Rotunda

- Academy of Fine Arts - Otto Kunzli, Jiro Kamata & students 

Piqued your interest? Send us an email with "Munich" in the subject line.


AJF is proud to announce that we now have 38 gallery members, and we'd like to make sure that the rest of our membership knows what they are up to. Here is the Geographical Guide to AJF Galleries: Part II. Concentrating on the continent of North America, we travel from sea (Pacific) to shining sea (Atlantic), with a detour to the land-locked middle, to bring you news of the variety of contemporary jewelry being exhibited in the home of the brave and land of the free. (And, of course, Canada, eh!).    



Aaron Faber In Line 

Aaron Faber Gallery

In Line/In Metal: A Group Exhibition

October 4-28, 2011 











Charon Kransen Arts



Crafthaus Natalie Smith Necklace 


Piece Progressions online exhibtion 








De Novo Peter Schmid 

De Novo

Trunk Show with Peter Schmid from Atelier Zobel

October 28-30, 2011








Facere Tammaro


Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery  

Featuring Artist Anthony Tammaro

September 7-28, 2011









Noel Guyomarch 

Galerie Noel Guyomarc'h

Relatives, new exhibition organized by Venetia Dale  

October 30 - November 20, 2011 






Gallery Loupe




Gallery Lulo




Heidi Lowe Wesley Glebe 

Heidi Lowe Gallery

Wesley Glebe Trunk Show

September 10, 2011 










J Cotter Merrily Tompkins


J Cotter Gallery 

Merrily Tompkins 

July - October 2011









JewelersWerk Ishikawa 


Mari Ishikawa, "The Shade of a Tree"

October 12 - November 1, 2011 











Mobilia Gallery



Ornamentum Iris Eichenberg


Ornamentum Gallery 

Iris Eichenberg, "Rhizome"   

August 27 - September 24, 2011 









Patina Andrea Williams 

Patina Gallery  

"Stones", Studio Jewelry of Andrea Williams

September 2-25, 2011












Quirk Judith FAE Brown 


Quirk Gallery  

Judith FAE Brown, "Certain Intersections" 

September 1-30, 2011











Shibumi Silva and Ocelot 

Shibumi Gallery  

Eric Silva: Bone & Stone Sculptural Jewelry
September 24 - October 31, 2011








Sienna Gallery Jamie Bennett 

Sienna Gallery

Jamie Bennett: Matters of Appearance

August 13 - September 11, 2011 







Silver Blue and Gold




Snyderman Works Sonya Clark 

Snyderman Works

Sonya Clark

October 1 - November 19, 2011










SCC Mariko Kusamoto

Mariko Kusumoto


Society for Contemporary Craft

Bridge 11: Lia Cook, Mariko Kusumoto, Anne Drew Potter

April 15 - October 22, 2011











Taboo Studio Erin Wahed Gropius Ring

Erin Wahed


Taboo Studio

"Play by Ear" - A group exhibition of rings and earrings 

August 5 - October 1, 2011 








The Signature Shop and Gallery




Traver Gallery Walters

David Walters


Traver Gallery

Shea Bajaj, David Walters, Dick Weiss 

August 25 - October 2, 2011 








VdV Sandra Enterline

Sandra Enterline


Velvet da Vinci  

Sandra Enterline: Pretty Crude
Niki Ulehla: Toys & Jewelry
September 14 - October 16, 2011


Recently AJF Supporter Elise Winters gave part of her Polymer jewelry collection to the Racine Art Museum and they have organized an exhibition and catalog to mark this fabulous addition to their holdings. Click here.  


Help provide funding for the Museum of Arts and Design's educational programs and jewelry acquisitions by attending the LOOT sale in New York from October 11-14, 2011 and purchasing jewelry from the attending jewelers. There will be 52 artists represented, many of whom have never shown in New York before, are from outside the United States, or are recent Pratt graduates. AJF supporter Bryna Pomp is helping to organize two additional events for higher-level ticket purchasers: a panel discussion lead by Diane Venet, curator of From Picasso to Koons: The Artist as Jeweler; and a lecture by Lois Sherr Dubin on her recently published book Adornment: The Jewelry of Barbara Natoli Witt. Click here


A New Zealand project, linking new graduates with established mentors, gets an exhibition outing in Sydney. To learn more, click here


Gerd Rothmann has a large retrospective exhibition at the Goldsmiths House in Hanau, Germany. I Say Jewellery, But I Mean the Creative Process features 120 pieces made by Rothmann between 1967 and the present. You can find out more by clicking here

Ulla Ahola BroochHARD CORE  
by Päivi Ruutiainen

The Spirit of Stone event that took place in Lappeenranta, Finland, in early May 2011 gathered together students and teachers from European jewelry schools, as well as others interested in jewelry and stone. In addition to a symposium, the event also involved workshops, an exhibition and a jewelry art and design competition. Click to read more.

Miye Matsukata NecklaceOVERHEARD
by Damian Skinner

Overheard from a group of four women while visiting the Atelier Janiye and the Legacy of Master Jeweler Miye Matsukata exhibition at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts.

'I would buy this one. I would buy this one too.'

'I was going to buy this one, but it is in a private collection.' 

'I love this one.'
 Click to read more.
by Jennifer Cross Gans
There's hardly a subject more controversial than art, particularly when it is related to jewelry. Oscar Wilde remarked, 'All art is quite useless', while Marcel Proust suggested that 'All the great things we know have come from neurotics'. Well! Just where does jewelry fit into the art world - or doesn't it? Click to read more.

Caroline Van Hoek MiamiSHOWTIME    

by Susan Cummins

Limited growth and development of high-end craft fairs has happened at a time when art fairs are multiplying and increasing their importance and reach around the world. The Art Basel fair is the mothership of them all. Like a good mother, it has provided a supply of nutritious life force - collectors- to specific locations at specific times of year, which in turn has encouraged the development of baby fairs. Click to read more.