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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.

    lightspacetime.com/nature-2016-art-exhibition-3d-art-category
    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.

  • 25 Jul 2016 5:34 PM | Robert Dickey (Administrator)

    "Small Expressions", an exhibit of small scale textile artworks will be on display at the Milwaukee Art Museum as part of Convergence 2016, the International Fiber Arts Conference.

    Barbara Chappell"s piece entitled "Entwined" is one of the featured pieces.  This exhibit is on display at the Milwaukee Art Museum from July 23rd - August 14th.  Barbara has been a member of WDCC since 1999 and works in woven textiles creating both functional and nonfunctional pieces.

    She is owner of Fiberwood Studio, a retail Fiber Art Store and Weaving Studio as well as an adjunct professor of Textiles at Mount Mary University.  Her work can be found at the studios' Holiday Shoppe in December, and at Maple Grove Gallery Door County.
    www.fiberwoodstudio.com
  • 25 Jun 2016 11:27 AM | Robert Dickey (Administrator)

    artZ Gallery, Amery, WI will feature the award winning jewelry of Stevens Point silversmith, Joan North during the month of July in a featured show entitled, “Metaphors in Metal: That’s Life!”

    “Metaphors in Metal: That’s Life!” premiered in March 2016 at the local Q Gallery.

    North says, “When making these jewelry pieces, I thought of human situations, such as leaving home for the first time or the comfort of being with someone else.” The show will present over twenty “metaphors in metal” that suggest various human emotions or interactions. Using silver and stones, her works include views of bullying, leaving home, and hiding feelings. How can a necklace make a viewer think of “Don’t shoot!” or “Feeling empty”? Visit the exhibit and find out for yourself. The public is invited to see the suggested emotions in the jewelry. Amery, WI, “the city of lakes,” is in Polk County northeast of Minneapolis. It was featured
    in “The Best 100 Small Art Towns in America. Artists’ reception on July 8 from 5 to 8; invitation only.

    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 California, Florida and Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. North has been operating Joan North Designs for 16 years in her Stevens Point
    studio.

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  • 08 Jun 2016 5:12 PM | Robert Dickey (Administrator)

    Lancaster County Art Association, Strasburg, PA, and New Visions Gallery, Marshfield, WI announced recently that jewelry created by Joan North,   Stevens Point, has been selected for inclusion into their national juried exhibits. Lancaster will feature “Bubbly Personality” necklace, a joyous piece of ocean jasper (you can imagine the sea bubbles) surrounded by ascending form that seems to stretch from the sea to the sky. A faceted pink tourmaline tops the piece and rose quartz repeats the round bubble shapes. New Visions Gallery will show “Farmer’s Lament” necklace containing a rugged piece of limestone, like so many pesky rocks in farmers’ fields. This one suggests the farmer’s fence and a bright flower in the field. Also at New Visions is “Scarecrow” necklace suggesting the sun shining behind the scary creature and multiple “hands” to protect the garden from birds. The striated jasper body of the shirt looks worn and sun faded. Former Dean of the College of Professional Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, North is now a full time award-winning silversmith whose works are shown at galleries and exhibits across the country, most recently in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, California and Florida. North has been operating Joan North Designs for 16 years in her Stevens Point studio. Find her online at JoanNorth.com. Also at facebook.com/JoanNorthDesigns.


  • 18 May 2016 7:29 AM | Robert Dickey (Administrator)

    Sarah Mann is teaching a workshop 
    Surface Treatment and Design: Adding Texture to Your Jewelry
    at the renowned Peninsula School of Art
    Door County, WI  June 27-29, 2016  


    Add beauty and interest to the surfaces of your jewelry designs in this hands-on workshop. Utilizing various tools and techniques, you will explore incorporating texture, patina, and pattern as a design element and focal point of your finished pendant.

    You will experiment with surface treatment using the rolling mill, files, stamping tools, mizzy wheels, sanding disks, and more. The workshop will be comprised of demonstrations, individualized feedback, and time to work independently. Those students with extra time and more advanced skills will have the opportunity to work on more elaborate pieces.


  • 19 Apr 2016 2:34 PM | Robert Dickey (Administrator)

    WDCC members Michael Thee and Mary Wohlgemuth are teaching a full week of jewelry-making workshops and classes at Milwaukee's Bead&Button Show, coming June 3–13 to the Wisconsin Center. This big yearly event draws attendees from all over the world for education, shopping, and networking. 

    Most of Michael and Mary's classes promise an attractive jewelry project (a sterling silver pendant or a ring, for example) as the result of the students'  hard work. As they complete the projects, students learn a variety of fundamental metalworking skills and techniques such as soldering, bezeling, and using a rolling mill. At this year's show, Michael and Mary will be demonstrating and selling a new tool set they created with students in mind: an economical set of punches designed specifically for tube-setting faceted gemstones.

    Michael and Mary are partners in Michael Thee Studio, based in Milwaukee. Along with teaching, they sell their work in regional shows and online.        Visit MichaelTheeStudio.com
  • 26 Jan 2016 2:37 PM | Robert Dickey (Administrator)

    Charles Kraus, WDCC member and Morning Glory Fine Craft Fair exhibitor, has a 50 year retrospective at Concordia University. Click on the image at the left for more information from the University's website.

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