Two ACE jewelers will be featured in the second season of PBS “Craft in America,” which will air in fall 2009! David and Roberta Williamson of Berea, Ohio will be part of Episode V, “Process”:
David and Roberta Williamson, Insect Collection, 2004, courtesy PBS
Episode V: Process
In a fast-track, high-tech, drag-and-drop world, what inspires a person to choose a career in craft and how do they go about acquiring the knowledge and necessary skills? What makes an established professional give up everything to make a 180-degree turn to the arts in mid-career? What educational opportunities are available for people of all stages of life who harbor the desire to learn a craft?
…We will take the viewer where craft is practiced on different levels, from those who are self-taught to those who pursue formal study; from avocation to education in college and at the university level; from apprenticeships to craft schools. Then we will follow them into the world and see where they take their educations, and, ultimately, demonstrate their importance and value to society.
For more information about the Williamsons and to watch a video preview of their story on PBS, click here.
ADDENDUM (6/25/09]: Another ACE Artist, Cliff Lee, has also been featured on CRAFT IN AMERICA. To learn more about Lee and see a video excerpt, click here.
A ceramic artist from Chicago gets a shout out in the Detroit Free Press:
“I appreciate heavy conceptual art, but I also appreciate really fine craft. Personally, I like it when those things meet and get really messy. You start with a pretty good idea, but if you just have an idea in your head and make it happen, there’s not so much mystery to that.”
via Tom Lauerman | Freep.com | Detroit Free Press.
The 2010 Winter show of the Buyers Market of American Craft will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107. The jewelry preview will be held Thursday, February 11, 2010, and the show will be held Friday – Monday, February 12 – 15, 2010.
via Dates Announced for 2010 Buyers Market of American Craft – 6/19/2009 10:51:00 AM – JCK-Jewelers Circular Keystone.
A local microbrewery is going to set up shop at the annual Old Deerfield Summer Craft Festival. Hmm, do we think this will also help the men open up their pocketbooks and buy more fine crafts?
Men who may reluctantly accompany their wives to this weekend’s 34th annual Old Deerfield Summer Craft Festival will have something to keep them busy this year.
via Beer’s on tap for crafts show – MassLive.com.
A local paper promotes Mississippi craft exhibits as a low-cost form of family entertainment:
Art and fine craft lovers should also set their sights on these Jackson sites: the Arts Center of Mississippi; Municipal Gallery of Art, both in Jackson; the Mississippi Craft Center in Ridgeland.
via Small budget for entertainment? How does free sound? | clarionledger.com | The Clarion-Ledger.
ACE recently published “These Hands Tell a Story: 25 Years of Handcrafted Art.” This “coffee table” book features original photos of 25 leading artists who have participated in the American Craft Exposition since its inception.
“These Hands” features award-winning artists Cliff Lee and Josh Simpson, whose work appears in the White House Collection of American Crafts, and MacArthur Foundation Fellow, or “genius grant” winner, Mary Jackson.
“The American Craft Exposition has been a highlight of the American craft scene for the last 25 years and represents the absolute pinnacle of craft shows,” states Simpson.
Through sales of “These Hands,” ACE hopes not only to broaden awareness about the tradition of fine craft, but also to further its charitable mission. Proceeds from this book and the funds raised by ACE will support of breast and ovarian cancer research programs at NorthShore University HealthSystem.
The book is available for $25. To reserve a copy, either visit the ACE Web site or contact The Auxiliary of NorthShore University HealthSystem at Evanston & Glenbrook Hospitals by emailing email@example.com or calling (847) 570-5095.