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  • 01 Jan 2017 2:11 PM | Robert Dickey (Administrator)

    Center for the Visual Arts, Wausau, WI announced on December 9th that three custom necklaces created by WDCC member Joan North, have been selected for inclusion into their signature exhibit “Midwest Seasons”. Pictured is “Raindrops Falling on My Head” which features textured silver with custom bezels holding the focal gem, serpentine, highlighted by citrine and finished with an artisan silver chain. Artists from around the country submit artwork in all mediums and style describing the seasons of the Midwest. The exhibit opens on January 6th and runs through April 1st Former Dean of the College of Professional Studies at the University of WisconsinStevens Point, North is now an actively exhibiting, award-winning silversmith whose works are shown at galleries and museums across the country, most recently in California, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Florida including solo shows at artZ Gallery, CVA & Q Gallery in Wisconsin. North has been operating Joan North Designs for 17 years in her Stevens Point studio. Find her online at JoanNorth.com and facebook.com/JoanNorthDesigns.

  • 23 Nov 2016 8:18 AM | Robert Dickey (Administrator)

    Scarabocchio Art Museum will feature the award winning jewelry of Stevens Point silversmith, Joan North, on December 2 and 3 from 9 am to 5 pm.  Joan is an actively exhibiting artist, known for unusual silversmithed jewelry that reflects life’s moments. North’s jewelry has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the country, most recently in Minnesota, Florida, California and Michigan including solo shows at CVA, artZ, & Q Galleries in Wisconsin.

     The public is invited to meet the artist, explore new creations, and view over 100 items, including some award winning pieces.

  • 30 Oct 2016 3:23 PM | Robert Dickey (Administrator)

    Jeanette Payne, Ilze Heider and Laura Livermore will be featured artists at a "Fine Wine - Fine Craft" event at Wine Maniacs of Oconomowoc, on Monday, November 14th. The event will be held from 4pm - 7pm. Wine Maniacs will be offering free tastings of 3 white and 3 red wines. Wines as well as the art will be available for purchase. Join us!  And stick around for dinner if you can. The chef is outstanding.


  • 24 Oct 2016 7:03 PM | Robert Dickey (Administrator)

    WDCC member, and photographer Larry has had one of his new series of photographs, “Out of Corn Series, #1” accepted into the Charles Allis Museum exhibition, “Forward:  A Survey of Wisconsin Art Now.”

     Larry invites members and friends to attend the grand opening, or if not, to be sure and see the show which runs through February 19th, 2017.



  • 12 Oct 2016 7:01 PM | Robert Dickey (Administrator)

    East End Studio & Gallery, Marshall, Michigan, and Flow Art Space, Saint Paul, Minnesota each announced this week that works by silversmith Joan North, Stevens Point, have been juried into their national exhibits. The Michigan Gallery show, “For The Birds, ” chose her “Icarus” necklace which appears bird-like with an obsession for the sun, made from sterling, scenic jasper and pearls. The show runs from Oct. 13 to Nov 1. Flow Art Space selected North’s entry along with 8 other artists from across the country for their “Celebrate, Contemplate” show Nov 30 to Dec 17. “Tannenbaum” necklace celebrates a traditional Christmas tree, but also suggests the emotional complexity of the holiday. Fabricated with sterling fragments from the past (like the holiday itself unearths), it is edgy with corners and lines everywhere but also soft and sweet with the misty Chrysoprase bits of color. Former Dean of the College of Professional Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, North is an actively exhibiting artist, known for distinctive silversmithed jewelry that reflects life’s moments. North’s jewelry pieces has been exhibited in 16 galleries and museums across the country this year, most recently in Michigan, Minnesota, California, Florida, and Pennsylvania including solo shows at artZ, Center for the Visual Arts & Q Galleries in Wisconsin. She has won awards at seven out of sixteen art shows this year. North has been operating Joan North Designs for 16 years in her Stevens Point studio. Find her online at JoanNorth.com and facebook.com/JoanNorthDesigns

  • 15 Sep 2016 6:36 PM | Robert Dickey (Administrator)
    Photography by WDCC member Michael Thee is now on display at the Leenhouts Gallery, 1342 N. Astor St. on Milwaukee's lower east side. The gallery is operated by the First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee.

    The photos on display are from Michael's "Abandonment Issues" series. He explores former industrial sites, pipe graveyards, and old farmsteads, and these abandoned spaces become colorful abstract compositions that capture beauty but nudge us toward closer contemplation: What once took place here? 

    A photographer since age 12, Michael studied fine arts with an emphasis on photography at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and graduated with honors from Northeastern Wisconsin Technical College's program in jewelry fabrication. Today he is able to combine his love of photography with his talents as a goldsmith and independent studio jeweler in his business, Michael Thee Studio.

    The gallery/common room is open most weekdays as well as weekends. Between Sunday morning services, church members gather for coffee and connection in the room. You can call ahead at 414-273-5257 to be sure the room is available for viewing the photos. The show closes Oct. 22.

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  • 12 Sep 2016 7:21 PM | Robert Dickey (Administrator)

    Marin Society of Artists, San Rafael, CA announced September 8 that a custom silver necklace of jasper and pearl with artisan bezels, rods and rounds created by silversmith Joan North, Stevens Point, has been selected for inclusion in its national juried “In Your Dreams” exhibition which runs from Sept. 29 thru Oct. 29, 2016.   Former Dean of the College of Professional Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, Joan is an actively exhibiting artist, known for distinctive silversmithed jewelry that reflects upon life’s moments. North’s award winning jewelry has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the country, most recently in California, Florida, and Pennsylvania including solo shows at CVA, artZ, & Q Galleries in Wisconsin. North has been operating Joan North Designs for 16 years in her Stevens Point studio.

    Find her online at JoanNorth.com and facebook.com/JoanNorthDesigns.

  • 27 Aug 2016 8:59 AM | Robert Dickey (Administrator)

    Have you seen the September issue of M Magazine? There’s a wonderful spread about Michael Thee & Mary Wohlgemuth and Sarah Mann in an article titled “Wearable Art.” Great recognition for them as individuals, as well as WDCC leaders and supporters - plus a couple of great mentions for Winter Glory. Check out the full article HERE.

  • 19 Aug 2016 7:25 AM | Robert Dickey (Administrator)

    Our judges spent the majority of the day on Saturday visiting each booth in the fair. They expressed their admiration for the quality of the work, and the challenge of selecting the best for the awards. Click on the Morning Glory logo to see the complete listing and images of the winners.


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  • 03 Aug 2016 6:47 PM | Robert Dickey (Administrator)

    Light Space & Time Gallery, Jupiter, FL announced August 1 that two custom silver necklaces created by silversmith Joan North, Stevens Point, won awards in its international juried exhibit “Nature.” “Family Tree” (turquoise in a custom silver bezel formed to resemble bark & branches) won a top-ten award, while “Storm Clouds” won special recognition. The Gallery received 814 entries from 25 countries. The exhibit runs the month of August.

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    Upstream People Art Gallery, Omaha, NE also announced that three sterling
    jewelry pieces of North’s each won special recognition awards in its juried “Color My World - Bold/Subtle International Art” exhibition. The exhibit ended July 31st .

    Also this summer, North’s jewelry has been juried into two exhibits at the
    Art League of Lincoln, Lincoln, California. The exhibits run through September 3rd. Former Dean of the College of Professional Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, North is now a full time silversmith whose fine art jewelry is shown at galleries and exhibits across the country, most recently in Florida, Nebraska, California, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
    North has been operating Joan North Designs for 16 years in her Stevens Point studio. Find her online at JoanNorth.com and facebook.com/JoanNorthDesigns.

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