Art museum’s craft show has the crowd ‘Dazzled!’
Two-day show continues today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
— “Dazzled” is the name of the show, and patrons certainly have been at the Academy Art Museum this weekend, with 66 fine artists who design and make items throughout the full range of craft.
Basketry, glass, wood, fiber, ceramics — there is something for everyone, and the show continues from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at both the Academy Art Museum on South Street and the Waterfowl Festival
Headquarters, just across the street from the museum.
This year, the emphasis is on jewelry and everything it could mean — from a diamond sparkling on a young woman’s finger to adornment of any part of a person, using many different media.
Visionary artist and honorary chairman Todd Reed creates one-of-a-kind, handforged jewelry in his Boulder, Colo., studio. His work includes a variety of substances, included recycled precious metals and the byproducts of diamond cutting.
Around the corner from his booth on the first floor of the Academy Art Museum is featured artist Holly Anne Mitchell, who makes jewelry out of old newspapers.
Mitchell studied metalsmithing at the University of Michigan and had an assignment to make jewelry out of non-traditional materials.
These days, she picks out words in headlines and uses the comics, crossword puzzles, stock listings and expired coupons to make bracelets, necklaces, earrings, cufflinks, pins and brooches.
Mitchell said her favorite publications to use are The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and USA Today.
Featured artist Ashley Buchanan works in metal with a clean, contemporary aesthetic. From Atlanta, Ga., she has won several awards and has exhibited nationally in New York and Chicago.
The lure of the natural world can be seen in the jewelry made by featured artist Rebecca Myers. She works in high karat gold, palladium and silver, favoring natural gemstones to highlight brilliance and visually pleasing flaws.
Demonstrating artists in the show include Easton’s Dennis Powell, who has been developing a better cast iron frying pan in his studio for three years. Years of testing and dozens of prototypes have resulted in a thinner, smoother set of cookware that has all the advantages of cast iron.
Also doing demonstrations is Melissa Schmidt from St. Louis, Mo., who makes jewelry out of blown glass, among other materials.
And above and beyond the show in Easton is “Dazzled Online.” Many of the 66 artists have donated items to be auctioned online to benefit the Academy Art Museum. Check out “Dazzled Online” and bid on some special pieces. The bidding will close Tuesday evening, Oct. 23.
Paul Sumner of Greensboro, North Carolina shows off his mixed-media creations during the Academy Art Museum’s Craft Show “Dazzled!,” which continues 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Featured artist Holly Anne Mitchell is all smiles in front of her wall tapestry titled “Serenity” made entirely of small beads of rolled-up newspaper during the Academy Art Museum’s Craft Show “Dazzled!,” which continues Sunday.