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Call it a mobile artist colony, a colorful social experiment or a crafty piece of performance art. Each year since 2014, Sara Brown and Marissa Saneholtz have invited a new group of pioneering jewelers and metalsmiths to work side-by-side in a communal studio for 7 days. The initiative is called Smitten Forum, and invitees range from emerging to well-established makers who employ a staggering array of mediums and techniques. This year’s participants are headed to Abiquiu, New Mexico in late December, but they’ll also leave their mark on the nearby art center of Santa Fe. The form & concept shop is pleased to present the Smitten Forum exhibition, which features wearable artwork from all of this year’s artists.The show opens on Friday, November 24 from 5-7 pm, in conjunction with the exhibitions Thais Mather: Reckless Abandon and MICROCOSM. A curator’s talk featuring Brown, Saneholtz and 2014 Smitten Forum participant Robert Ebendorf will take place on Wednesday, January 3 from 2-3 pm. Smitten Forum runs through January 6, 2018. 

Participating Artists: Sarah Perkins, Melissa Cameron, Bryan Petersen, Cappy Counard, Cheryl Rydmark, Tanya Crane, Rebekah Frank, Anika Smulovitz, Don Friedlich, Laritza Garcia, Leslie LePere, Hannah Oatman, Marissa Saneholtz, Sara Brown

Smitten Forum Events

Opening Reception | Friday, November 24, 5-7 pm— RSVP on Facebook

Curator’s Talk | Wednesday, January 3 from 2-3 pm | Featuring Sara Brown, Marissa Saneholtz & 2014 Smitten Forum participant Robert Ebendorf. RSVP on Facebook

About Smitten Forum

The concept behind Smitten Forum is to create opportunities that will give makers from the metals and jewelry field a place to come together in a creative environment and work-side by-side in a studio for one week. Each event is organized by Sara Brown and Marissa Saneholtz. Invitees range from emerging to well-established makers as well as educators and professional jewelers. A variety of techniques and mediums are represented, including traditional silversmithing, enameling, computer aided design, found object assemblage, tin construction, welding, powder coating, casting, and many more. By removing the distractions of everyday life and adding the energy of multiple makers, the participants are able to focus on their work. With the influence of those around them, participants can move in creative directions that may not have happened while working alone in their home studios.

Smitten Forum

November 24, 2017 - December 23, 2017

Artwork in the Exhibition

Donald Friedlich
Aqua Series Brooch
3.37in x 2.87in x 0.37in

Donald Friedlich
Aqua Series Brooch II
2.62in x 2.62in x 0.37in

Tanya Crane
Big Pimpin'
0in x 0in

Cappy Counard
Bowl 4
0in x 0in

Anika Smulovitz
Breathe 2
3.5in x 4in x 0.75in

Anika Smulovitz
Breathe 7
3.5in x 4in x 0.75in

Anika Smulovitz
Breathe 9
0in x 0in

Cappy Counard
Catch
0in x 0in

Cappy Counard
Compress
0in x 0in

Sarah Perkins
Cream Constellation
3.5in x 4.5in x 4.5in

Sarah Brown
Fences/Two
0in x 0in

Sarah Perkins
Floral Conglomeragte Bowl
2.5in x 3.5in x 3.25in

Sarah Perkins
Ghost Quartz Bowl
4in x 4in x 4in

Laritza Garcia
Harvest Moon Necklace
0in x 0in

Marissa Saneholtz
Her Taste for the Finer Things in Life Had Never Been a Hindrince
0in x 0in

Marissa Saneholtz
My Brooch Wears a Brooch: Laura Wood
1.87in x 2in x 0.37in

Marissa Saneholtz
My Brooch Wears a Brooch: Sara Brown
2.25in x 2.5in x 0.25in

Bryan Peterson
NASCO (Brooch)
3in x 4.25in x 0.5in

Tanya Crane
Pangea
0in x 0in

Laritza Garcia
Queen Bee Necklace
0in x 0in

Sarah Perkins
Rimmed Turquoise Bowl
3in x 5in x 5in

Bryan Peterson
River of Tang (Necklace)
11in x 5.5in x 0.5in

Laritza Garcia
Summer Night Necklace
0in x 0in

Sarah Brown
Three Hitchhikers
0in x 0in

Sarah Brown
Through Small Spaces
0in x 0in

Bryan Peterson
Tracing Our Beginnings: Manhattan (Buckle)
3in x 3in x 0.5in

Donald Friedlich
Translucence Series Brooch
3in x 2in x 0.62in

Cheryl Rydmark
Lilly Pad Ring
1in x 1in x 1in

Melissa Cameron
Fuse - Sun Series - Sun Storm Brooch
0in x 0in

Melissa Cameron
Fuse - Sun Series - Burnt Sun
0in x 0in

Melissa Cameron
Fuse - Sun Fusion - Two Brooches/Neckpiece
0in x 0in

Cheryl Rydmark
Enamel Bracelet
7.5in x 1.25in x 0.12in

Cheryl Rydmark
Monolith Pin
3in x 0.75in x 0.25in

Rebekah Frank
Untitled, After Sol LeWitt
0in x 0in

Rebekah Frank
Untitled Horseshoe, Ladder Chain
18in x 6in x 0.12in

Leslie LePare
Still Life With Woodpecker
11in x 15in