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San Francisco fiber artist Joe Cunningham with “Patchwork Quilt,” one of his own creations.

Craft in America Rolls Out ‘Industry’

Craft in America Rolls Out ‘Industry’

The connection between consumer and maker, and the freedom they find, is explored in Industry: Handmade in the Creative Economy, which opens the sixth season of the Peabody Award-winning series Craft in America. The new episode, which premiered May 2, shows American artisans keeping the past alive.

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Spectrum Awards List Has Familiar Ring

Familiar names appear among the top winners of the 2014 AGTA Spectrum Awards, with James Currens taking Best of Show honors for the second consecutive year. Currens, of J.W. Currens Inc. in New York, was honored for his platinum “Tropical Storm” ring, which featured a 22.10ct. emerald accented with diamonds. The ring also finished first in the Classical category.

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Art Books for Light Summer Reading

The Art of the Handbag by Clare Anthony (Race Point Publishing, $25) is the next best thing to having a closetful of crazy beautiful bags. From the organically inventive polymer clay “Corn Catchfly” purse by Kathleen Dustin on the cover to more than 100 spectacular handbag images from 25 of the world’s best designers inside, the book is a celebration of creativity around the one fashion accessory that most women couldn’t even conceive of doing without.

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Impulse Buy

Gretchen Diehl, of BirdQueen Designs in Philadelphia, relies on vivid dreams, people and animals she’s known and loved, and verbal and visual misinterpretations to create “original, affordable, adorable plastic jewelry that’s meant to make a statement wherever you go.” Diehl and production managers Melissa Magri and Michele Smith print the artist’s designs on ink jet shrink film.

Shops are open and streets are filled with residents and tourists alike in inviting Berlin, Md., a little town that really knows how to show off its cool.


Arts Make Berlin, Md., a Really Cool Stop

Many towns along the route to major tourist attractions like a popular beach or a national park settle for getting travelers to stop for gas and snacks. But not Berlin, Md. Berlin, which is seven miles from Ocean City, Md., and near the wild ponies of Assateague Island, was voted Budget Travel’s Coolest Small Town in America for 2014. Why? Largely through its promotion of the arts.

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Craft Gallery News

“It should be a memorable party,” predicted Liz Dineen, for the 40th anniversary of Mariposa Gallery in Albuquerque, N.M., in June. She assumed ownership of the gallery in 2005, following 21 years of working there as a staffer. “I love my job,” said Dineen, who praised the “many loyal customers and artists” who have supported the gallery throughout its history.

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Newsmakers in the World of Craft

At its conference in Chicago in March, the Glass Art Society presented Dan Dailey with its 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award, and Shane Fero its Lifetime Membership Award. Both are past presidents of the society’s board. Dailey founded the Glass Department at the Massachusetts College of Art. His Art Deco-inspired work has appeared in 46 museum collections.