Crafting Narratives: Philadelphia Emerges as a “Craft Capital” City

Last Thursday evening, Creative Philadelphia opened Crafting Narratives at the Art Gallery in City Hall – a group exhibition juried by noted gallerist/curator Bruce Hoffmann, depicting handmade works that demonstrate a narrative approach to making. Thirty-four Philadelphia metro-area artists are exhibiting one-of-a-kind pieces that use narrative to capture/interpret events and processes that explore interconnectedness and…

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“Articulating Craft” – When Geometric Personas Emerge from their Makers

Articulating Craft is a new exhibition opening this weekend at the Arts Center Gallery on the campus of scenic Nazareth College in Rochester, New York. Curated by metalsmith and Nazareth College arts professor Holland Houdek, the exhibit features work by thirty-seven artists from across the U.S./Canada juried by Houdek in tandem with college arts faculty.…

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Bell Jar II: Art Under Glass Shelter Opens at Ghost Gallery, Seattle

Ghost Gallery in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of downtown Seattle opened its 2nd Annual Bell Jar Group Exhibition last Thursday evening, March 10th to an excited group of art-opening attendees. This group show features twenty-eight local and national artists who display interior worlds of their own creation, but all placed under the sheltering environment of…

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“Bell Jar: A Group Exhibit” Opens at Ghost Gallery in Seattle

Last Thursday evening, Ghost Gallery located in the Capitol Hill area of Seattle, Washington opened Bell Jar: A Group Exhibit, its first exhibition in a series dedicated to self-identifying women artists. Twenty-four local and national female artists were invited by independent curator and gallery owner Laurie Kearney to create their visions of a self-contained environment…

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Evolution of the Necklace: Why Is There So Much Blackened Jewelry?

Last month I attended the opening preview for the Wayne Art Center’s prestigious Craft Forms, an international juried exhibition of contemporary craft, located on Philadelphia’s Main Line suburbs. As one of the artists selected for this stellar exhibit, I feel extremely fortunate to show one-of-a-kind jewelry in the midst of “this multi-generational conversation” of artists,…

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“Fragments”: Text and Iconography Spearhead Art Exhibit in Upstate New York Gallery

The Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council (LARAC) opened its Fragments art exhibition last month in the architecturally beautiful Lapham Gallery in downtown Glens Falls, New York, showcasing substantial artworks juried and envisioned by Gallery Curator Jenny Hutchinson. As one of four artists selected for this exhibit, I traveled over 250 miles each way from my…

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“Art Trek” to the Southwest, Pt. III: The Introspective Paintings of Rachel Bess

Experiencing the differences between my native Philadelphia, east-coast wintry world vs. the lovely and sunny Scottsdale, Arizona was the most rejuvenating wintertime art-viewing I’ve only imagined doing before. Scottsdale hosts a weekly Thursday evening ArtWalk similar to Philadelphia’s monthly First Friday. Galleries stay open late and many local restaurants, shops and nightlife participate in a…

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“Art Trek” to the Southwest, Pt. II: Nature Mingles with Tech at Mesa Contemporary Arts

Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum opened its 35th Annual Contemporary Crafts exhibition last month in the Dobson Main Gallery, displaying handmade artwork juried by Independent Curator Julie Muñiz, who chose thirty-five artists representing fourteen U.S. states. As one of the artists selected for this prestigious exhibition, I traveled over 2000 miles each way from my Philadelphia-area…

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