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Redefining the San Andreas Faultline: Women Jewelers

On view at the Craft in America Study Center from September 8 - October 27, 2012.

The Craft in America Study Center is pleased to host Redefining the San Andreas Faultline: Women Jewelers this autumn. Among the most accomplished studio jewelers working in the Golden State, nine distinctive and diverse Northern and Southern Californians will be brought together in an exhibition reflective of the range of creative statements in the hands of gifted women artists. These artists include: Harriete Estel Berman, Petra Class, Karen Gilbert, Carol Webb, Alexandra Hart, Marianne Hunter, Valerie Mitchell, Marne Ryan, and Christina Smith.

Showing from September 8 through October 27, the exhibition is curated by Carolyn Benesh, Coeditor of Ornament Magazine, an international magazine on wearable art also based in California. Redefining the San Andreas Faultline will demonstrate how California's creative edge in art and design, dating from the mid-twentieth century, includes the individualistic characteristics of women studio jewelers who challenge themselves through their work by experimenting and redefining the possibilities of jewelry, its role and meaning, into the second decade of the twenty-first century.


Opening Reception: September 8, 2012, Saturday, 5-7pm

September 29, 2012 Alexandra Hart - "The Tantalizing Language of Form" - The Designer-goldsmith who uses ethically sourced materials will talk about recent conceptual inspirations and the expressive potential of wearable jewelry.

October 13, 2012 Carolyn Benesh - The guest curator and Founding Co-editor of Ornament magazine gives an overview of the exhibition.

October 20, 2012 Christina Smith - "The Journey So Far: A Personal Narrative" -
Smith is a silversmith and professor who creates highly-narrative works and will discuss the role of memory and artifact in her work.

Talks start at 6pm, reception 5-7pm

Craft in America Study Center is located at 8415 W. Third Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048.

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