We are pleased to announce our fall exhibition Shadow Themes: Finding the present in the past, featuring 33 American women jewelers. Opening September 8 through October 16, 2016. A reception for the artists will be held on Thursday, September 8th, from 6-8pm.
Shadow Themes is the brainchild of two renowned studio jewelers, Biba Schutz and Marjorie Simon. The two artists, and friends, have long discussed their desire to collaborate on an exhibition. Since they are primarily makers they talk frequently about process—in terms of technique, problem solving and the evolution of the concepts behind the work. Having both admired the great South African multi-media artist William Kentridge, they find that through his work, he is able to eloquently explore the way an artist’s themes become part of a lifelong stream of inspiration and creation.
Of their idea, Schutz and Simon said, “working intuitively as makers, we do not always consciously choose our subject matter and it may be much later that the content reveals itself. We selected a multi-generational group of distinguished contemporary art jewelers to consider this aspect of their work: to identify threads that they follow or themes they return to over time.”
The thirty-three artists in this exhibition come from a fine craft tradition of jewelry and object making. In addition to new work, artists were invited to submit an early piece that is related to their current work. The exhibition will reveal how artists evolve and revisit ideas in jewelry and objects.
Kristin Beeler, Kathleen Browne, Raïssa Bump, Jessica Calderwood, Petra Class, Sandra Enterline, Diane Falkenhagen, Teresa Faris, Susie Ganch, Jill Baker Gower, Mielle Harvey, Lorena Lazard, Sharon Massey, Wendy McAllister, Patricia Nelson, Masako Onodera, Brigid O'Hanrahan, Joan Parcher, Mary Hallam Pearse, Sharon Portelance, Mary Preston, Lyndsay Rice, Hilary Sanders, Barbara Seidenath, Sondra Sherman, Susan Kasson Sloan, Anika Smulovitz, Brooke Marks-Swanson, Rachelle Thiewes, Linda Threadgill, April Wood, Sayumi Yokouchi, and Sandie Zilker.