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Six Years Smitten: Objects of Adornment

August 31–September 18
Artists' talk via Zoom: Saturday, September 12, 4:00pm

Link to recording of artists' talk

View online albums of the work in the exhibition here:
Album 1Album 2Album 3

View a video of an exhibition walkthrough here!

"It started with a community of makers who wanted to create in a radical new way," says Marissa Saneholtz, one of the co-founders of Smitten Forum. Every year since 2014, Saneholtz and her collaborator Sara Brown have invited a new group of jewelers and metalsmiths to work side-by-side in a communal studio for a week. Over six years, the forum has engaged more than 70 artists from across the nation.

Call it a mobile artist colony, a colorful social experiment, or a crafty piece of performance art. Invitees to the residency have ranged from emerging to well-established jewelers who employ a dazzling array of mediums and techniques. The forum has convened at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (Gatlinburg, TN), Pocosin Arts (Columbia, NC), Mendocino Art Center (Mendocino, CA), and Ghost Ranch (Abiquiu, NM).

Smitten Forum offers an opportunity for these makers to work elbow-to-elbow, removed from everyday distractions and limitations. The creative energy that ricochets through the shared space inspires participants to experiment with new materials, concepts, and styles. Makers often end up creating collaborative works, tackling unfamiliar techniques, and corresponding long after their forum ends.

Six Years Smitten brings this dynamic array of artists back together. This is the first long-term retrospective of artwork by Smitten Forum participants, and features 76 artists and 210 objects of adornment and sculptures. Together, these artworks form a multifaceted portrait of an ever-growing circle of creatives. The exhibition is an exuberant expression of their shared transdisciplinary ethos.

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