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  • 04 Jul 2018 11:42 AM | Robert Dickey (Administrator)

    Blue Line Arts, Roseville, California announced the winners this week of its Membership Medley exhibit. Among the chosen pieces were a custom sterling and pearl necklace created by Stevens Point silversmith, Joan North. The exhibit has become one of the most highly anticipated events of the year and runs from July 27 to September 8. North manipulates sterling sheet and wire to create unusual designs, often including unusual semi-precious stones. The necklace, “Outa My Way” at Blue Line Arts shows a pearl trying to escape a maze of intersected sterling wire. Also, this past spring/summer North's jewelry has been accepted into the following juried exhibits: Lancaster County Art Association, Strasburg, PA "Open Door"; New Visions Gallery, Marshfield, WI "Culture & Agriculture"; Riverfront Arts Center, Stevens Point, WI "Visions"; and Center for the Visual Arts, Wausau, WI "Roots - the Growth from Within". Joan is a full time, award-winning silversmith whose jewelry is shown at galleries, museums and exhibits coast to coast, most recently in California, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Florida, Idaho, Michigan, Ohio, and Arizona. North has been operating Joan North Designs for eighteen years in her Stevens Point Studio. She is represented by various galleries across the country and locally at Q Gallery, Riverfront Arts Center and Center for the Visual Arts. Find her online at Facebook, Instagram as well as JoanNorthDesigns.com

  • 10 May 2018 4:34 PM | Robert Dickey (Administrator)
    •  I'll be participating in the Milwaukee Museum Mile Day on Sunday, May 13th. I'll be at my solo art exhibit High Thread Count at St Johns on the Lake,1840 N. Prospect, Milwaukee,WI from 11-2pm. visiting answering questions and maybe working! If you haven't had a chance to see the show -now's your chance before it closes on May 14,2018.     www.milwaukeemuseummile.org/mmm-day/
    • I'll be participating in the Milwaukee Museum Mile Day on Sunday, May 13th. I'll be at my solo art exhibit High Thread Count at St Johns on the Lake,1840 N. Prospect, Milwaukee,WI from 11-2pm, visiting answering questions and maybe working! If you haven't had a chance to see the show -now's your chance before it closes on May 14,2018.
      http://www.milwaukeemuseummile.org/mmm-day/

    Pat Kroth
    Contemporary Art Quilts and Sun-Printed Silks
    krothfiberart.com
    portalwisconsin.org

    Quilt National 2017
    SAQA IL WI (Studio Art Quilt Associates) Stitched Together Co-Curator

    SAQA IL WI Deeply Rooted Exhibit Co-Curator


  • 10 May 2018 4:26 PM | Robert Dickey (Administrator)

    Q Artists Cooperative, Stevens Point, announced that its upcoming exhibit, “Stones and Gems in Art” will feature over eighty pieces of jewelry created by silversmith Joan North whose works highlight the rainbow of color and diverse forms found in natural stones and gems. North’s necklaces, rings, pins and bracelets incorporate agate, sodalite, rhodonite, jasper, rhodochrosite, malachite, topaz, peridot, jade and many more.  North says “Stones and Gems in Art” is a reboot of Wausau’s Center for The Visual Arts “Stoned” Invitational Exhibition from 2017.

    “Stones and Gems in Art” runs from May 8 through June 30. Opening reception is May 11 from 5 to 7pm

  • 12 Mar 2018 8:10 AM | Robert Dickey (Administrator)

    What kind of art comes from the concept of WINDOWS? The Art League of Lincoln, Lincoln, California chose that concept for its most recent nationally juried art exhibit, Windows: A Theme Challenge. This March 21 to April 21 exhibit will include two window-themed jewelry pieces from silversmith Joan North of Stevens Point, WI. North's Stained Glass Pearl necklace suggests a pearl sitting on the other side of a sterling stained glass window. Window to the Future necklace focuses attention on the empty portal in the middle of a sterling frame to suggest that the future can be anything.

  • 22 Feb 2018 5:47 PM | Robert Dickey (Administrator)


  • 20 Feb 2018 7:27 AM | Robert Dickey (Administrator)

    More opportunities! The Casting Workshop arranged between WDCC and the Jewelers Guild was purposely planned for a single weekend to minimize travel for those coming from a distance. For those seeking a less intense workshop, we have arranged the same WDCC MEMBER DISCOUNT for the regularly scheduled workshop taking place Saturday the 17th and Saturday the 24th. 

    Register at: https://www.jewelersguild.biz/ under the classes menu. WDCC members will receive a 15% discount on this workshop. Fee for the workshop is $335.00 for non-members. Registration limited to 6 so sign up early!

    “Carve It, Cast It, Wear It” Workshop     


  • 20 Feb 2018 7:23 AM | Robert Dickey (Administrator)

    Idaho Falls Arts Council, Idaho Falls, Idaho announced the winners this week of its 2018 National Juried Exhibition, having received a record 404 submissions from around the country. Among the 57 pieces chosen were two from Stevens Point silversmith, Joan North. Opening reception and awards ceremony is March 15 and the exhibit runs through June 2. Handshake ring features textured sterling with custom sterling bezel holding a pearl. Love Glow ring features textured sterling, custom sterling/copper bezel highlighting a sunstone gem. 

  • 12 Feb 2018 3:48 PM | Robert Dickey (Administrator)


    Our December studio visit to the Jewelers Guild studios in St. Francis, brought us back together for a March metalsmithing workshop. The “Carve it, Cast It, Wear It” workshop is a 2 day, all inclusive workshop. The workshop is a 12 hour casting workshop offering two days of hands on sessions for professional artists and novices alike. This is an opportunity to learn the techniques of casting in silver. The workshop will include knowledge and experience in carving wax, centrifugal casting processes, and fine metal finishing. Cast a ring or pendant of your choice, and cater this workshop to your professional needs and experience. Our experienced and charming host Robert Devoe Peter will guide us through a rigorous 2 days of creative production, professional networking and shared experiences.

    Register at: https://www.jewelersguild.biz/ under the classes menu. WDCC members will receive a 15% discount on this workshop. Fee for the workshop is $335.00 for non-members. Registration limited to 6 so sign up early!

    “Carve It, Cast It, Wear It” Workshop     

    March 10th and 11th, 2018           

      Time: 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

    The Jewelers Guild

    2408 East St. Francis Avenue

    St. Francis, WI 53235

    Phone: 414-488-2727


  • 14 Jan 2018 9:11 AM | Robert Dickey (Administrator)
    Valley Art Center, Chagrin Falls, Ohio announced this week that a custom
    necklace created by Joan North has been juried into its national exhibit, “Identity: PEOPLE.” North’s necklace, Death in the Family, features oxidized silver with artisan silver bezels holding jasper, pearl and hematite gems, finished with an 18-inch oxidized silver link chain. 

    In 2018, Valley Art Center begins a three-year series of exhibits exploring concepts of identity through three different themes: People, Places and Things. The exhibit runs from January 26 through March 7.

  • 27 Nov 2017 3:07 PM | Robert Dickey (Administrator)

    Check out the upcoming Holiday Shoppe being held December 7th, 8th and 9th at Fiberwood Studio. 


    Studio owner, fiber artist and WDCC past President Barb Chappell, along with Ilze Heider, Dot Spransy and Dagmara Costello will be showing their work. Opening Reception will be on December 7th 6-8 pm.

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