Do you watch TV awards shows for the celebrity attire? Then you might have noticed the cast and producers of multi Emmy-nominated Boardwalk Empire wearing witty and nostalgic Atlantic City-themed cufflinks and pendants. The show is about the life of fictional 1920s gangster Nucky Thompson. The jewelry, by artist Paula Jerome, celebrates memories of childhood summers on the Boardwalk, including the “Bathing Beauty” charm, based on a 1940s photo of her mother posing on the beach. Executive Producer Terence Winter gave the jewelry to his crew as “lucky charms.”
A studio, a gallery, a museum and a theater, and it’s all happening in Oceanville, N.J. It’s ArtC, “the next logical step” for founder and executive director Bill Horin, a commercial photographer whose passion is promoting the arts in southern New Jersey. The program, based at the Noyes Museum of Art, brings together painters, sculptors, photographers, musicians, actors, dancers, teachers, students and art lovers for exhibits, sponsored events, partnerships, a website and a blog to promote and provide services for creative work. “The idea is to give voice to a powerful but sometimes overlooked population: serious artists working in South Jersey,” Horin said. The website is www.artcnow.com.
An eighth-generation basket weaver won the Best of Show award at the 2011 Santa Fe Indian Market in August. Maine resident Jeremy Frey learned the craft at a young age from his mother. He uses only locally harvested materials—sweetgrass and black ash in the winning basket—for his work, which he describes as “traditional/contemporary.” The market, held every year since 1922, is sponsored by the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts.
The man credited with turning blacksmithing into an iconic American art form, L. Brent Kington, has been honored by the Society of North American Goldsmiths, an association of artists, jewelers, designers and metalsmiths. The society dedicated its 2011 conference, held in May in Seattle, to Kington, the winner of its Lifetime Achievement Award. Kington, a distinguished metalsmith and teacher long associated with the Southern Illinois University Carbondale School of Art and Design, has also created silver toys, weathervanes, painted pieces and contemporary abstract sculptures in a career spanning some five decades.
First Lady Michelle Obama, noted for her style, brought it to the White House with a capital S to celebrate the winners and finalists of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards at a ceremony in September. The winners included: Lifetime Achievement: Matthew Carter, master type designer; Fashion Design: J. Mendel; Shelton, Mindel & Associates, corporate, cultural, retail, academic design; Landscape Architecture: Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, high-use landscapes in complex urban situations; Product Design: Continuum, global design and innovation consultants.