While Topeka is a bit far from my “comfort zone” of east-coast car travel from the Philadelphia area where I live, I do hope to add additional craft critique and coverage of this prestigious event on artdoesmatter. If you live in or plan to visit the Topeka, Kansas or neighboring Kansas City, Missouri metro areas for the upcoming holiday season, I encourage you to drop in to see this event. The gallery will host a First Friday opening from 5:30 – 8:30 PM this Friday, December 6th, with juror and purchase awards at 6:30 PM. Topeka Competition 31 runs through January 19th, 2014 at The Alice C. Sabatini Art Gallery, located adjacent to the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library at 1515 SW 10th Avenue in downtown Topeka, Kansas.
Sarah Perkins, Professor of Metals, enamelist-extraordinaire and collections committee member of the Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis, Tennessee chose 51 works for this exhibit from approximately 216 entries. My Widget Locket #4: Homage to Mexico will be on display alongside outstanding fellow metalsmiths and jewelers, such as Ana M. Lopez (Texas), Abigail Heuss (Georgia), Lynn Cool (Kansas), Gina Westergard (Kansas) and Vincent Pontillo (Indiana). Exactly one year ago this week, I had the pleasure of exhibiting one of my other widget lockets alongside metalsmiths Abigail Heuss and Ana M. Lopez at Raleigh, North Carolina’s Artspace in the Fine Contemporary Craft Biennial, so I’m thrilled to be showing my work in such stellar company again this year. In addition, other genres of craft will be represented, such as fiber, glass, clay, sculpture, mixed media and wood. Several exhibiting artists are also on the faculty of universities throughout the Midwest and Southwest U.S.A., such as Washburn University, The University of Kansas, University of North Texas (Denton), and Missouri State University.This Friday evening, December 6th, the Topeka Competition 31 will open: a juried exhibition of one-of-a-kind fine craft and 3-D art hosted by the Alice C. Sabatini Art Gallery in downtown Topeka, Kansas. I’m pleased to be one of the chosen artists to exhibit.