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Once again your AJF newsletter is full of exciting events and special privileges for you. We have listed four local events in the Especially for You section - one in Boston, one in Chicago, one in San Francisco and one in New York City. We have also begun doing research for a great trip to Munich in March for the annual gathering of the international tribe. We need your response to these events if you think (you don't have to promise) that you might want to attend. Please take a moment to let us know - it will help us plan. Write to us at info@artjewelryforum.org.


Hope to see you at one of our events soon.


Susan Cummins

AJF Chair

  • On October 28, 2011, Sienna Patti and Damian Skinner are MFA Artful Adornments planning to gather a group together from the Boston area to get a special tour of Jewels, Gems and Treasures: Ancient to Modern at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, as well as a chance to hobnob with the crème de la crème of contemporary jewelry fans - and other things that are so exciting we can't even list them in this newsletter! One of AJF's curatorial supporters, Yvonne Markowitz, organized the Jewels, Gems and Treasures show and there is a wonderful catalog available as well. For more on this event, please send us an email with 'Boston' in the subject line.

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  • In conjunction with their one-day symposium Forging Communities at the Oakland Museum on Saturday November 12, 2011, the Metal Arts Guild of San Francisco is inviting AJF supporters to take part in a tour of two exhibitions happening at the same time. Conspicuous, hosted by Monday Spaces in collaboration with MAG, is an intimate exhibition that speaks to jewelry and how we can put it on view in our personal settings, while MOveMENT features work by California metalsmiths responding to the theme of movement and the Bay Area's sometimes pioneering status as a source of new ideas about contemporary jewelry. The tour will take place on Friday November 11, 2011 and you can sign up by emailing president@metalartsguildsf.org.
  • In November, AJF is providing free admission to SOFA SOFA Chicago Opening nightChicago. This includes the opening night Preview Party on Thursday November 3, 2011 (a $50 value) as well as free VIP admission passes for the entire exhibition, which runs through to Sunday November 6, 2011. Passes allow AJF members to register for exclusive VIP events. The fair is always filled with great jewelry. If you haven't signed up yet for your free pass, go to www.sofaexpo.com/ajfvip. Really, you should come.

AJF is involved with several events at SOFA Chicago that you won't want to miss:

    • Damian Skinner, our editor will deliver a talk called 'The Bluffer's Guide to European Jewelry,' on Friday November 4.
    • AJF has teamed up with Cranbrook Academy of Art to co-sponsor a panel discussion called 'Three Jewelers on Monomater' with Iris Eichenberg, Seth Papac and Gemma Draper, moderated by Davira Taragin. They will discuss how concept, material and process evolve within their working methods.
    • Geography, the first exhibition curated by AJF, will be on view for those of you who missed it in Seattle and we will have catalogs for sale on site.
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    • And last but not least, we have arranged for a really fun margarita-fueled dinner on Friday November 4 in a private room at the Adobo Grill in Old Town. The cost of the dinner will be $50 per person, all-inclusive. We anticipate a lively evening and invite all AJF friends and supporters to attend - collectors, makers, educators, curators, etc. Reservations are on a first come, first served basis and we can seat up to 30 people. To reserve a spot for dinner, please email us by October 25, 2011, with 'Chicago Dinner' in the subject line.Forbes Gallery Marcus & Co Brooch
  • And finally on December 1. . .ASJRA and AJF team up to tour two great shows in New York City. First up is a curator's tour with Elyse Karlin of International Art Jewelry: 1895-1925 at The Forbes Galleries, followed by a luncheon. After lunch we will proceed to the Museum of Arts & Design, for a curator's tour with Jeannine Falino of Crafting Modernism: Midcentury American Art & Design (which includes both jewelry and decorative arts objects) and Picasso to Koons: The Artist as Jeweler. The all-inclusive cost for this day is $110. If you are interested in attending please email us with 'New York' in the subject line. This event is limited to a total of 25 people from ASJRA and Art Jewelry Forum.  

Always wanted to attend one of the largest and best exhibitions and fairs for contemporary art jewelry? Now is your chance! Schmuck in Munich is March 14-20, 2012.  There is a lot to see and do and who better to do it with than AJF?  No need to commit now - just let us know it's something you'd consider. Send us an email with 'Munich' in the subject line.  We need to hear from you so we can plan. 


Next in the series is Atty Tantavit of ATTA Gallery in Thailand.   


Where did your interest in contemporary jewelry come from?

Being in Europe I was exposed to fairs and galleries that showcase only contemporary jewelry arts. It was very inspiring. From my original plan to start a modern fine jewelry business, I turned almost 180 degrees and concentrated on creating contemporary jewelry. I also started collecting contemporary jewelry and would like others to enjoy it as much as I do. And that's when I turned my attention to opening the first contemporary art jewelry gallery in Thailand. Read more... 

University of KansasSCHOOLS OUT 2011

AJF continues to present jewelry by graduate students of contemporary jewelry and metalsmithing departments from around the world.

University of Kansas

Alchimia, Florence, Italy 

University of Texas, El Paso  

SUNY, New Paltz, New York

Massachusetts College of Art and Design 


We return to the continent and beyond for what's on in October and November.  



Taweesak Molsawat


ATTA Gallery, Bangkok

Taweesak Molsawat  - "This is Thailand" 

November 16 - December 23, 2011 







New Zealand:

The National


The National, Christchurch




 Fingers Lauren Simeoni

Fingers Gallery, Auckland

Lauren Simeoni and Melinda Young - 'unnatural tendencies'

October 3 - 21, 2011







United Kingdom:

David Bielander
David Bielander Necklaces


Galerie S O, London

Collect Rocks, Paint Flag.  

An exhibition curated by Leo Caballero, Amador Bartonmeu (Klimt02), with the support of Benjamin Lignel

November 4 - 27, 2011








Galerie Pont en Plas


Galerie Pont & Plas, Gent

Kalle Laar: Soundings

October 23, 2011 - January 3, 2012 





CVH Woods   


Caroline Van Hoek Contemporary Art Jewellery, Brussels

Woods - A group show of jewelry made of wood by artists from the gallery and specially invited artists. 

September 10 - October 25, 2011









 Doris Betz

Galerie Louise Smit, Amsterdam

Flora et Labora - Doris Betz Solo Exhibition

October 9 - November 10, 2011









Galerie Marzee


Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen

five solo-exhibitions: Sara Borgegård, Karin Johansson, Erik Kuiper, Annelies Planteijdt, Julia Walter 

Opens October 7, 2011







Peter Hoogeboom Galerie RA


Galerie Ra, Amsterdam

Peter Hoogeboom - sieraarden

September 3 - October 21, 2011










Alexander Blank Memento Juniori
Alexander Blank


Galerie Rob Koudijs, Amsterdam

Alexander Blank - 'Where did the night go?'

Melanie Isverding - 'Hide n' seek'  

September 10 - October 15, 2011










Jiro Kamata
Jiro Kamata


Galerie Rosemarie Jäger, Hochheim/Frankfurt

UTAKA - Jiro Kamata | Yutaka Minegishi | Mirei Takeuchi Jewellery  

October 9 - October 30, 2011











Klimt02, Barcelona







Galerie Platina, Stockholm




The Seattle Metals Guild is holding their sixteenth annual Northwest Jewelry and Metals Symposium on October 15, 2011, in Seattle. The guest speakers are Kristin Beeler, Julie Blyfield, Helen Carnac, Sergey Jivetin, and Charon Kransen. The symposium coordinator is Candace Beardslee and she can be reached at symposium@seattlemetalsguild.org 


A blog called Expostulations tell us 'What's right and what's wrong with contemporary designer jewelry.' 


Ever wondered what reality TV might do to contemporary craft? Well, now your wait is over. Craft Master, on Irish TV channel RTE, marks the Year of Craft 2011 by offering five lucky craftspeople a chance to strut their stuff at the Showcase applied arts fair.  


Should you find yourself in the Antipodes next year, we suggest you check out JEMposium: Jewellery or What? An international symposium being held in Wellington, New Zealand, on February 10-13, 2012, 'JEMposium brings together contemporary jewellers, collectors, curators, critics, and jewellery enthusiasts from New Zealand and abroad to discuss and celebrate the art of jewellery.'   


Luxury fashion house Hermes is celebrating its artisans and commitment to craftsmanship with a short film called Hearts and Crafts.  


The Jewelry Information Center in New York is calling for photographs of people wearing jewelry at special life moments, as part of their 'Sparkling Snapshots Contest' to reaffirm the importance of jewelry.


The Metal Arts Guild in San Francisco is celebrating their 60th anniversary on November 12, 2011, with a one-day symposium at the Oakland Museum featuring presentations by Jennifer Shaifer, Sarah Turner, Lola Brooks, Brigitte Martin, Sienna Patti, Andy Cooperman, Harriete Estel Berman, Dale Dougherty, Garth Johnson and a panel with three of the originators of MAG: Imogene "Tex" Gieling, merry renk and Florence Resnikoff. 


And should you want to profile your contemporary jewelry rather than your diamond bling, SNAG is calling for images of jewelry on the body for its latest online exhibition The Body Adorned . . . Dressed and Bedecked, curated by AJF member Gail Brown. 

by Rebecca Annand

A unique museum phenomenon recently ended in New York City. Hordes of admiring visitors descended not on the Museum of Modern Art and not even to gaze at art per se. No, it was an exhibit of haute couture by a fascinating and recently deceased fashion designer held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Click to read more.

by Kerianne Quick

Dutch jeweler Peter Hoogeboom's new show Sieraarden is a poetic and functional achievement, beautifully presented by Galerie RA, a cornerstone of contemporary jewelry in Amsterdam.

Sieraarden is a play on words -  sieraad being the Dutch word for a piece of jewelry, and aarde meaning earth. Click to read more.