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July 2019

Opening Reception: Six Years Smitten

July 26 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
form & concept,
435 South Guadalupe St
Santa Fe, NM 87501 United States
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“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 the Smitten Forum. Every year since 2014, Marissa Saneholtz and 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 expanded in numbers and geographic area to encompass over 70 artists in several states.   Call it a mobile artist…

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Opening: Buckle Expo: Selections from the 2019 World Championship Belt Buckle Competition

July 26 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
form & concept,
435 South Guadalupe St
Santa Fe, NM 87501 United States
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I like challenging perceptions of an object, or how we create hierarchies of format,” says metalsmith Bryan Petersen. Art is constantly in flux—different mediums fall in and out of favor, dropping and adding qualifiers like “wearable” or “sculptural.” While earrings, necklaces, and brooches have ascended to artwork status, the belt buckle has been largely overlooked.   In response, Petersen founded the World Champion Belt Buckle Competition. Since its founding in 2012, the competition has sought to upend outdated stereotypes. Utilizing…

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Special Discussion: Andrew Connors | History of Adornment

July 27 @ 9:45 am - 11:30 am
form & concept,
435 South Guadalupe St
Santa Fe, NM 87501 United States
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To kick off The Bench | Southwest Makers Symposium, Andrew Connors leads a special public presentation on the history of adornment in New Mexico. A Southwest native, Connors studied Art History and Architecture at Yale University. He went on to serve as a curator at several national museums. After being appointed as director of Albuquerque Museum, Connors has curated several stunning exhibitions, including American Jewelry from New Mexico. The exhibition showcased over 300 wearable artworks from prehistory to the present.…

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Artist Talk: Six Years Smitten

July 27 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
form & concept,
435 South Guadalupe St
Santa Fe, NM 87501 United States
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Six Years Smitten reunites a dynamic range of artists, with over 70 participants in a cumulative exhibition of wearable artworks.  This will be the first long-term exhibition of Smitten Forum participants, and will also reunite several members of this remarkable community.   Every year since 2014, Marissa Saneholtz and 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 expanded in numbers and geographic…

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August 2019

Opening: Heidi Brandow | New Works

August 16 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
form & concept,
435 South Guadalupe St
Santa Fe, NM 87501 United States
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“I knew from an early age that our native identity is so rich that we shouldn’t just hold it to a specific ceremony or spiritual practice,” says Santa Fe artist Heidi Brandow. “In my eyes, art is a tool that helps mark history, time, place and memory. Who’s to say pop culture are not equally as important as star sticks?”   Hailing from a long line of Native Hawaiian singers, musicians and performers on her mother’s side and Diné storytellers…

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Performance: Maurice Oliver | Santa Fe Suite

August 30 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
form & concept,
435 South Guadalupe St
Santa Fe, NM 87501 United States
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“This is my emerging from the cocoon, as it were,” says Maurice Oliver. The musician, originally from New York City, will perform pieces from his latest album, “Santa Fe Suite. It’s the first music the multi-disciplinary artist has produced since moving to Eldorado and undergoing a triple-bypass surgery—all in less than a year. Accompanied by his brother Steve and bassist Gary Paul Hermus, Oliver unveils his reactions to his new environment and perspective in an immersive concert experience forged from…

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