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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 Since its founding in 2012, the competition has sought to upend outdated stereotypes.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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