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Hidden Treasures: Enveloped Metalwork

Exhibition Details

Hidden Treasures: Enveloped Metalwork
March 29 – May 12, 2019
Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design’s Delmar Loop Gallery
Don Friedlich, Juror

Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design and Midwest Metalsmiths present Hidden Treasures, an exhibition that celebrates the unique characteristics of handmade metalwork. For centuries metalsmiths have incorporated hidden treasures or messages into their work, lending each piece subtle and unique nuances often completely invisible to the human eye. The practice of leaving buried messages continues to this day, and while some secrets remain buried by time; other treasures are waiting to be discovered.

Don Friedlich received his BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Rhode Island School of Design in 1982 and served a term as President of the Society of North American Goldsmiths. His jewelry has been shown in galleries and museums all over the world and is in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Cooper Hewitt Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and many others. In 2016 he was the keynote speaker at the annual conference of the Society of North American Goldsmiths and lectured at the Smithsonian as a James Renwick Alliance Distinguished Artist. In 2017 he received an award from SNAG in recognition of his extensive service to the organization and the field.

Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design is a non-profit art center in St. Louis, Missouri, working to reveal the power of craft through bold programming that uncovers craft’s unique qualities, its evolving role, and its full potential for innovation. Nationally recognized, Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design is the only organization of its kind in the region solely dedicated to contemporary craft. Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design began as a cooperative gallery in 1964. Since then, Craft Alliance has grown exponentially, with a primary location in the popular Delmar Loop district and a second location in the Grand Center arts district. Craft Alliance offers exhibitions, classes in craft techniques, artist residencies, free community programs, and a gallery shop.

Midwest Metalsmiths is dedicated to artists, jewelers, makers and those interested in all forms of metal arts. Through workshops, social gatherings, scholarships, and other enrichment opportunities, we are able to encourage artistic development, educate, network, raise awareness and promote metalsmithing in the Midwest region.

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