October is All About YBC Events

As is the case every year, it seems, my October is chock full of things to do. There’s birthdays, reunions, and Halloween, but more important for you, I have shows, workshops, and exhibitions to tell you about!


Carapace ©2014 copper, brass 5 1/2"h x 6"w x 8"d $1825.00

Carapace ©2014 copper, brass 5 1/2″h x 6″w x 8″d $1825.00

From October 3rd through November 1, 2014, the Yellow Breeches Chapter of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen will present the exhibition Unmasked at the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen’s Center of American Craft, 335 N. Queen Street, Lancaster, PA. The exhibition will feature works created to reveal an important facet of each artisan’s personality that, as a collection, manifests the identity of the Yellow Breeches Chapter.

Unmasked will include works in fiber, glass, clay, wood, metal, and other media in styles ranging from traditional to trendsetting. The Yellow Breeches Chapter takes great pride in its diversity and celebrates the proof of its “Big Tent” attitude with Unmasked.

Unmasked artisans (including myself) will be present at the opening reception, Friday, October 3, 2014, to speak with interested visitors about their work.  The exhibition will run from October 3rd through November 1st and includes Lancaster’s First Friday (October 3rd) and Art Walk weekend (October 4th and 5th). In addition to First Friday’s extended hours, the Center of American Craft is open Monday-Saturday 10 am – 5 pm, and Sundays 12 – 4 pm.

Fall into Fine Craft

Elemental ©2014 Wendy Edsall-kerwin, Don Kensinger, Christine Goldbeck Brass, Copper, Stone, Oil Lamps, & Water Fountain

Elemental ©2014 Wendy Edsall-kerwin, Don Kensinger, Christine Goldbeck
Brass, Copper, Stone, Oil Lamps, & Water Fountain

Mark your calendar and plan to attend Fall Into Fine Craft, the Yellow Breeches Chapter of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen’s annual fine craft show and sale, Saturday and Sunday, October 25th and 26th, 2014 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.at the Carlisle Expo Center, 100 K St. Carlisle PA.  The show will feature works created by gifted artisans from across the Commonwealth and surrounding states.

At the show you will find a wide range of fine art and craft including: jewelry, pottery, textiles, wood, glass, furniture, and much more. Whether you are an experienced collector, new to fine craft, or in search of a perfect gift for someone special – including yourself – you will find what you are looking for here. Fall Into Fine Craft will also feature works by talented area high school students who participate in our Student Art Competition.

I will not have a booth of my own at this show, but rather I will be participating in the Boutique portion that features only YBC members. Also, this is where you can see all of the Group Challenge pieces.

Integrated Prong Workshop

Integrated prong pendants ©2009 - 2014 WTEK

Integrated prong pendants ©2009 – 2014 WTEK

OK, this isn’t Chapter specific, but it is over the opening weekend of Unmasked, which is also the beginning of American Craft Week.

BRAND NEW - Integrated Prong workshop October 4th at the PA Guild of Craftsmen’s Center for American Craft in Lancaster, PA! Learn a way to set a cabochon stone without any soldering and leave with a completed necklace. $125.00 10am – 2:30pm

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Fall Exhibition at JAM Gallery Opening Reception

Hmm, that piece looks familiar. Check out it’s lovely friends…

This past Saturday was the first of two receptions that JAM Gallery in Malvern, PA is hosting for its Fall Exhibition. I was able to make it out there and it was packed full of great art and great people. There were a few artists who had been to the last opening, but a lot of other people I hadn’t met before. It was a fun night!

Here’s an otherworldly nook…

Aside from all the great conversation, there was a wonderful mix of art. Like at the Juried Exhibition last month, the mix of work was rather eclectic, yet it all seemed to belong together. There was another metal artist aside from myself, about three ceramicists, a pysanky artist, and an assemblage artist rounding out the sculpture. As for the 2D work, there was figurative, abstract, and ethereal landscapes. Looking at the pieces individually on the gallery website I wasn’t sure how it would all work together, but it flowed seamlessly in the space.

Another gorgeous grouping…

If you can, try to make it out to the October 11th reception from 5 – 8 (I won’t be able to make it, but you definitely should) or to one of the Third Thursday Malvern Stroll receptions. Or if you’re a bit of a recluse, go during their normal business hours: Wed & Thurs 11-6 PM, Fri & Sat 11-7 PM, and Sun 12-5 PM

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Alchemists and Elements

LSD – Elaine Sheffield Haag Lana Heckerdorn and Stephanie Long

Monday night was the big reveal for the Yellow Breeches Chapter of the PA Guild of Craftsmen’s 2014 Group Challenge.

Basically, teams of 2-3 YBC artisans, each person of which works in a different medium, create an object based on a particular theme.  This year’s theme was “Earth, Wind, and Fire” which each team was to use to define the direction of the finished piece. We were free to interpret this theme any way we wanted to using the elements, the 70s band, or anything else as the inspiration.

Hay!FulBaer – Len Baer, Margaret Yoder Fultz and Cheryl Hayward

You can see that each team went in different directions and created totally unique pieces. I loved seeing how different everything turned out and the disparity of the themes and media used.

Then we everyone who attended the meeting go t to vote on their favorites in each of three categories. You can see the winners below. You might even find a familiar face in there.

Best Integration of Disparate Media

TerraPyrAer – Richelle Dourte, Kimberly Swenson and Debbie Cornman

Most Humorous

Out Of Our Gourds – Nolly Gelsinger, Joanne Bast and Dan Hayward Yes, that’s a Hobbit Hollow with an outhouse and everything!

Most Outrageous

Richelle Leigh-Walk, Dave Bowman and Thomas Bank

Best Interpretation of Theme

The Alchemists - Wendy Edsall-Kerwin, Christine Goldbeck and Don Kensinger

The Alchemists – Wendy Edsall-Kerwin, Christine Goldbeck and Don Kensinger

Elemental ©2014 Wendy Edsall-kerwin, Don Kensinger, Christine Goldbeck Brass, Copper, Stone, Oil Lamps, & Water Fountain

Elemental ©2014 Wendy Edsall-kerwin, Don Kensinger, Christine Goldbeck
Brass, Copper, Stone, Oil Lamps, & Water Fountain

After those awards were announced (with cute prizes like dirt themed desserts and pinwheels,) there was a special President’s Award for Camaraderie and Facebook Noteriety. Guess who won that one? That’s right, the Alchemists were double winners!

But truly, all the teams were winners because each piece was so creative and unique. I know I was able to start thinking in different ways by participating in this challenge. It really is different designing with other people. Christine, Don, and I were lucky that we meshed so well. I love how Elemental turned out.

Sharing the Insanity – Jennifer Daggs, AnnBoncal and Connie Hollenbaugh

Cronies 3 – Leslie Halaby-Moore, Joan Hiser and Catherine Stone

Timeless Elements – Lois Quigley Ashley New hard and Allen Swainston

Which one was your favorite? Would you ever work in a collaboration like this?

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