Exhibitions & Events 2023
This dimensional biography of renowned jeweler Robert Ebendorf features a selection of works from the artist alongside the students and mentors who helped to embolden his wildly original practice of transforming found and natural objects into incredible adornments.
Comprised of wall pieces and wearables from some of Ebendorf’s closest confidants and long-term admirers, Ebendorf & The Usual Suspects provides a unique glimpse into the still-prolific practice of a veteran jeweler whose work has taken him across the globe, from humble beginnings in Topeka, Kansas to the frigid fjords of Norway where the artist completed his first Fulbright Fellowship.
FREE: JEWELRY TALK
Silvera Jewelry School
Join us for a talk with metalsmith, enamelist, and book artist Barbara McFadyen!
Barbara has been producing unique, wearable forms for over four decades in precious metals, stones, and vitreous enamel. Much of her work focuses on humankind’s relationship with nature, a subject she explores in her jewelry and unique artists’ books. Her version of nature is filtered and transformed by her awareness of diverse cultural traditions – in particular she has an affinity to the art of Japan and aesthetic of shibusa which, she feels, embodies an inimitable, subtle, and unobtrusive beauty as well as a deep connection to the flux of nature.
In this talk, Barbara will talk about her work, her processes, and her inspirations as she creates her intricate, layered, and beautiful work.
She was first introduced to enameling at Kulicke-Stark Academy in New York and later continued studies with master enamelists Bill Helwig, Martha Banyas, Jamie Bennett, Linda Darty, and Mi-Sook Hur. Barbara has both a BA and MFA and has been working with enamels for over 40 years. A nationally recognized and award winning artist, her work can be found in museums throughout the US and she has exhibited internationally.
“My inspirations, thought, and emotions are deeply connected to the natural world; they have been nourished by observing, gathering, and exploring nature throughout the seasons, a practice continued since my childhood. I believe the sense of awe invoked by observing the untamed beauty of nature can remind us of our place in the world and reconnect us to a level of meaning that lies beneath all the distractions and demands of the everyday. Through my work I seek to capture treasured memories, reflections of nature’s beauty, and moments of tranquility into lasting objects or personal adornments.”
Recently Closed Exhibitions
15TH ANNUAL ATLANTA CONTEMPORARY JEWELRY SHOW
The Cater Center
Thirty of the country’s finest contemporary jewelry artists presenting exciting handcrafted work at one incredible show
FRESH is a biennial fundraising exhibition that celebrates the incredible creative output across North Carolina, while demystifying the typical art jurying process. For the entire month of May, all 250+ submissions of original artwork by artists from the Mountains to the Coast were on view in Galleries 1 + 2. Visitors to the gallery had an opportunity to purchase works, vote for the People’s Choice prize, and experience the work of artists who have never shown work in a gallery alongside the work of seasoned professionals. The final juried selection of just 34 works of art represents a diverse cross section of the imaginative, thought-provoking and skilled art that is being created across our state today.
PINS + NEEDLES
The Society of Arts + Crafts
It’s time to make a statement. The Society of Arts + Crafts proudly presents CraftBoston: Pins + Needles, a six-week online exhibition and sale of wearable craft. Featuring more than 70 of the finest contemporary craft artists in New England and beyond, CraftBoston: Pins + Needles shines a spotlight on the boldest brooches, pins, scarves, shawls, and other accessories. Shop the artists’ handmade wares to support individual makers and the Society, or tune in for a virtual educational event streamed from their studios
POCOSIN ARTS ANNUAL BENEFIT AUCTION
Pocosin Arts Center
Auction Bidding Begins Saturday, October 16 at 12 PM ET!
Join Us Online Saturday, October 23 For Live Auction Program, Bidding & Closing
SCHOOL OF ART AND DESIGN ALUMNI EXHIBITION 2021
East Carolina University
The Exhibition is Hosted by:
Wellington B. Gray Gallery, ECU
Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery, Joyner Library, ECU
The exhibition will also be available virtually through the School of Art and Design.
DRAWN TO DETAIL: METALSMITHS OF NORTH CAROLINA
Blowing Rock Art & History Museum
Blowing Rock, NC
METAL + ? =
Honorable Mention- Rose Faded Memories
A juried virtual exhibition showcasing metal as it mingles with other materials. How does metal take on different roles within a piece?
CRAFT BOSTON STUDS + DROPS
Society of Crafts
The SA+C is happy to present an entire new year of online CraftBoston events: showcasing four distinct themes, CraftBoston 2021 will surprise, entertain and display craft creativity at its best! Our first show is “Studs + Drops”, a show that focuses on the ancient art of earrings, online.
CLOSE TO HOME
02/16/21 – 06/13/21
Explore the works of over twenty artists who live close to Winston-Salem. A variety of media including, ceramic, mixed media, fiber, leather, wood and jewelry.
The exhibit will open March 3rd – June 13th
UNDER FIRE 3: An International Juried Enameling Exhibition.
Enamel Guild North East
Enamel Guild / North East (EG/NE) is a professional organization dedicated to the Art of Enameling through communication and cooperation.
The Enamel Arts Foundation
Los Angeles, CA
The Enamel Arts Foundation has recently acquired 2 additional pieces, “Balance Brooch” and “Winged Brooch” for their archive, bringing Barbara’s total representation to d4 enamel works to date. The purpose of The Enamel Art Foundation is to promote awareness, understanding, and appreciation of modern enameling as a vibrant art form.
Piedmont Craftsman Virtual Craft Fair Nov 20-21 10:00AM
POCOSIN ARTS GALLERY
The Pocosin Arts Gallery exhibits and sells work created by former and current artists in residence and artists from across the United States. Our carefully curated gallery is open year-round for the enjoyment of the public to appreciate and purchase one-of-a-kind works.
AT THE BEGINNING OF THE JOURNEY
Kobe Design University
SIX YEARS SMITTEN: OBJECTS OF ADORNMENT
Cabrillo College Gallery
Extended dates: 8/24/2020-9/25/2020
35TH ANNUAL PENLAND BENEFIT AUCTION
Penland School of Craft
8/1/2020 -8/8/2020 The Penland Benefit Auction is a gala event featuring the sale of roughly 200 works in books, clay, drawing, glass, iron, letterpress, painting, photography, printmaking, textiles, and wood.
The auction will be held online and includes the set pictured left; “Firenze Demi-Parure” in fine silver, 24k gold Keum-boo, 18k gold.
Main Street Arts
Clifton Springs, NY
6/18/2020 – 8/23/2020
RADIANCE features a collection of each artist’s inspired interpretations of the classic hoop, dangle, and stud earrings.
TENSION OF OPPOSITES
6/12/2020 – 9/30/2020
Piedmont Craftsmen presents an annual theme show – Tension of Opposites.
4/10/2020 – 5/31/2020
FRESH is a fundraising exhibition with 70% of the proceeds from sales of artwork going directly in the pockets of artists and 30% going to the Artspace Inspiration Fund to support exhibitions and art education programs.
THE EARRING SHOW
Craft Counsel of BC
Vancouver, BC, CAN
The Earring Show highlights earrings in every shape, size, material and concept, made by artists across North America.
Grab a drink and join us on Zoom or Facebook Live on May 9th at 4pm PST (7pm EST) as we showcase this year’s The Earring Show finalists, award the winners and show off the earrings so you can shop, virtually. Also featuring: surprise guests, a cocktail demo, fashion tips and more. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to support the craft community—from home!
RSVP to your preferred channel—we’ll be streaming the same live show to both:
Museum of Glass
11/23/2019 – 5/10/2020
Alchemy V is The Enamelist Society’s 17th Biennial International Juried Enamel Exhibition.
It is an honor to be part of this exhibition once again!
Jung Center in Houston, TX
This exhibition celebrates the diverse field of metalworking through jewelry and objects. The Houston Metal Arts Guild, Inc. (HMAG) invited artists to share jewelry and objects that explore these ideas through the expression of metalworking techniques
THE 2020 HANDCRAFTED SHOW
Maria V Howard Imperial Arts Center
Rocky Mount, NC
The Handcrafted Juried Art Show is a national art show that features handcrafted materials such as ceramics, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and mixed media.
Hecho a Mano Gallery in Santa Fe, NM
Hecho a Mano supports artists making work at the intersection of innovation and tradition.
FREED FORMATS: the book reconsidered
Traveling Exhibition, March-October 2019
Freed Formats: the book reconsidered was a traveling exhibition of 135 works of book art from 53 artists representing 17 US states and 2 countries. Freed Formats will appeal to all ages. Each person has a different feeling about what a book means to them, and book art engages anyone who has ever read, written or, for that matter, just held a book in their hands.
Handcrafted 2018 Juried Exhibition: 1/26-5/13/2018
Juried by Will Hinton. The Handcrafted Juried Exhibition featured artists from around the nation specializing in craft media including: clay, metal, wood, fiber, stone, paper, glass, and more.
Maria V Howard Imperial Arts Center
Rocky Mount NC
By Hand: An International Fine Crafts Biennial: 1/19-3/3/18
Juried by Brigitte Martin, By Hand is an international biennial fine craft competition. Hand items include everything from furniture, elegant vases and jewelry to wall hangings, pottery and sculpture made by hand from glass, wood, metal and fiber.
Blue Line Arts
UNT Metalsmithing & Jewelry, Lineages: 2/9-3/16/18
The exhibition featured the work of metalsmithing and jewelry graduate students in the College of Visual Arts and Design program at the University of North Texas next to the pieces of the mentors. Invitation as mentor by faculty member Sarah Loch-Test
UNT on the Square
Vitreous Voices: The Enamel Traditions of East Carolina University: 1/5-1/25/2018
Wellington B. Gray Gallery, Greenville NC
A Juried Exhibition Curated by Robert Ebendorf and Barbara McFadyen
Exhibition Catalog by designed and produced by Barbara McFadyen available for $20. mailto:Bnmcfadyen@gmail.com
Vitreous Voices honors the tradition of enameling at East Carolina University as it recognizes its leaders and those who have carried this tradition forward; featuring 70 diverse works in enamel by 23 alumni and 5 professors.
Exhibition catalog available for purchase for $20. Please contact Barbara if you would like a copy.