Art mu­seum’s craft show has the crowd ‘Daz­zled!’

Two-day show con­tin­ues to­day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday Star - - FRONT PAGE - EAS­TON By CHRIS POLK cpolk@star­

— “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.

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