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Ellensburg Funky

Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington, is ninety miles east of Seattle across the high Cascade Mountains range and a world away from the comparatively sophisticated cultural institutions of Puget Sound. At least two…

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John Marshall – The Birth of Time

John Marshalls position in American art is an awkward one. His sculptures of fine silver with acrylic, Corian, wood, and basalt are larger than the ornamental metal objects usually associated with silver. At the same time, they are smaller…

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Phillip Baldwin

Phillip Baldwin Now that The Year of American Craft is here, the list of artists deserving immediate recognition and overdue scholarship is long. Each field clay, glass, fibers, wood and metals – has a different set of needs and a different…

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Ross Palmer Beecher

Ross Palmer Beecher The Yankee qualities Ross Palmer Beecher mentions in discussing her art – thriftiness, tradition, waste not/want not – are almost as mythic as the stories, forms and genres she invokes. Whether emulating New England…

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The Age of Solberg

The art of Ramona Solberg (b. 1921) – artist, teacher, author, curator, traveler–not only changed Pacific Northwest metals, it changed much of contemporary American jewelry. Her necklaces are few in number (no more than 200 over a 30-year…

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The Work of Keith Lewis

Possibly the most controversial jewelry artist now working in the United States, Keith Lewis Is undergoing a transition from propagandist to post activist artist. Defiantly ‘out,’ queer, gay, and male, Lewis has spent the past decade or…