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SNAG-Sponsored Lectures at SOFA Chicago

SOFA_CHICAGO logoSNAG Emerging Artists 2017
Friday, November 3rd, 2017, 8:30-9:30am
Three exceptional emerging artists, Kat Cole, Motoko Furuhashi and Anne-Sophie Vallée, will each speak about the development of the innovative jewelry they create.

Genesis: Life and Form Through Different Lenses
Friday, November 3rd, 2017, 9:30 – 10:30am
Jewelry artists Ezra Satok-Wolman and Wendy McAllister will each present a lecture about their work and collaborative exhibition project Genesis: Life and Form Through Different Lenses. From a simple flower to complex fractals, the lectures will explore how both artists draw inspiration from the geometry of the natural world, and the vastly different ways in which they interpret it.

CAST: A New Book and the SOFA Artists It Features
Friday, November 3rd, 2017, 10:30 -11:30am
CAST: Art and Objects Made Using Humanity’s Most Transformational Process by Jen Townsend and Renèe Zettle-Sterling is a new book that shines a light on the under-appreciated art of casting from the Bronze Age until today. This lecture will focus on SOFA artists who are featured in the book and who use casting in a variety of ways with incredible and varied outcomes. There will be a book signing with the authors following the lecture.

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Turning a Full Circle
Friday, November 3rd, 2017, 2:00-3:00pm
From its inception as an artist led organization, the American Association of Woodturners has been dedicated to the open sharing, collaboration and communication of ideas, techniques, and opportunities. In this panel, moderator Gwynne Rukenbrod, Executive Director of the Society of North American Goldsmiths, will bring her experience with craft organizations to a discussion of how the AAW’s uniquely broad spectrum approach to membership has cultivated new talent and sparked creativity, as well as played a role in rapid advances in techniques and technology. Presented by the American Association of Woodturners in conjunction with the SOFA CHICAGO Special Exhibit “MATERIAL EVIDENCE.”

Reminiscence: A 45 Year Journey in the World of Contemporary Jewelry
Friday, November 3rd, 2017, 2:00-3:00pm
Jewelry artist Janis Kerman will discuss her journey through the contemporary jewelry world. Kerman’s work is based on geometric shapes – their inherent strength, applicability, and timelessness. Following the lecture will be a signing of her recent book, Reminiscence: A 45 Year Journey in the World of Contemporary Jewelry at the Option Art booth. Presented by Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h and Option Art.

Luminous Vessels: An Ongoing Exploration of Form, Design and Color
Friday, November 3rd, 2017, 3:00-4:00pm
In this lecture, artist David Huang will consider his exploration of form, design and patina as his body of work has developed over the years. Huang’s metal vessels showcase skilled craftsmanship and explore the physicality of the material world. Presented by Kirsten Muenster Projects.

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SNAG would like to take this opportunity to recognize our Corporate Members for their support: AGTA, Halstead, Pocosin Arts, and Shapeways.

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Lectures at SOFA Chicago

SOFA_CHICAGO logoSince 2001, SNAG has sponsored lectures at the International Expositions of Sculpture Objects & Functional Art (SOFA). We bring some of the most interesting contemporary jewelers and metalsmiths into the public eye. All lectures are free to SOFA attendees.

On November 7, 2014 SNAG presents the following:

SNAG Emerging Artists 2014
Friday, November 7, 9-10am
Artists Steven Gordon Holman, Lauren Tickle and Demitra Thomloudis

Carrying Devices and Other Absurdities
Friday, November 7, 10:30-11:30am
Norwegian craftsman and jewelry engineer, Sigurd Bronger

Contemporary Jewelry in the Donna Schneier Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Friday, November 7, 12-1pm

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Lynn Floriano – Volunteer Spotlight

threeLynn Floriano is a working artist and educator. She exhibits her contemporary enamels and jewelry in the Chicago area. She has exhibited her work with the American Craft Council and the Chicago Merchandise Mart. Her work is currently traveling with The International Enamelist’s Society Exhibit “Alchemy.” Her work has been purchased by museum stores, corporations, and individuals and she has won numerous awards. Her work has been featured in Art Jewelry Magazine (January 2012, Gallery) and published in American Art Collector (Alcove Books).

Her love of color is easily satisfied by the medium of enameling. She incorporates in her pieces the techniques of limoge, cloisonné and grisaille enamels. She enjoys the rich surfaces, textures and depth she can achieve with enamels. She combines metals and enamels to make them do what may seem uncharacteristic; flow, bend, appear fragile, hold precious things. Her work is reminiscent of the elegant forms of nature, which is forever evolving and generating new inspiration.

Lynn teaches in the Art and Design Department at Columbia College, Chicago (adjunct faculty) and at College of Lake County in the Fine Arts Dept (adjunct faculty). She has also taught workshops at Columbia College/Chicago and Bowling Green State University, Ohio, where she received her M.A. and M.F.A.

Lynn’s time is limited with teaching, family and studio work but she enjoys volunteering when she can.