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Diverse Public Programs including Lectures, Family Days and Demonstrations Enhance Fall Jewelry Exhibitions at the Renwick

Media only: Laura Baptiste (202) 275-1595
Amy Mannarino (202) 275-1592
Public only: (202) 357-2700
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A wide variety of free public programs are planned at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in conjunction with two fall exhibitions highlighting the craft of jewelry making.

"The Jewelry of Robert Ebendorf: A Retrospective of Forty Years" is on view Sept. 26, 2003 through Jan. 19, 2004. This exhibition traces the evolution of this inventive, dedicated artist using work drawn from 20 private collections and nine museum and cultural collections. "Jewels & Gems," on view from Sept. 26, 2003 through Feb. 8, 2004, features one-of-a-kind brooches, necklaces, rings and bracelets from the museum's permanent collection in lush enamels, precious metals and organic elements.

Events include lectures, gallery talks, craft demonstrations, family days and performances. All programs are free and held at the Renwick Gallery unless otherwise noted. For additional programming and the most current information, call (202) 357-2700 or visit the museum's Web site at


Distinguished Lecture Series

"New Jewels, Innovative Gems"
Sunday, Sept. 28, 3 p.m.

Tacey Rosolowski, a James Renwick Fellow in American Craft, scholar and writer provides an overview of the studio jewelry movement and explores how jewelers use craftsmanship and creative insight to produce value in any material.

"Artistic Insights with Kristina Logan"
Sunday, Oct. 5, 3 p.m.

Kristina Logan melts and fuses glass into unique beads with intricate designs and richly textured surfaces. She creates lamp-worked glass beads, brooches, necklaces, boxes and teapots in luscious colored cast glass. Co-sponsored with the James Renwick Alliance.

"Conversation with Robert Ebendorf"
Sunday, Oct. 12, 3 p.m.

Robert Ebendorf is the focus of a 40-year retrospective exhibition at the Renwick Gallery. A leader in the studio jewelry movement, Ebendorf is well known for combining traditional goldsmithing techniques with unconventional materials ranging from crab claws to Styrofoam balls. Kenneth Trapp, curator-in-charge of the Renwick, moderates.

"Artistic Insights with Kiwon Wang"
Saturday, Nov. 1, 3 p.m.

Kiwon Wang creates one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces that have been featured in many publications, from Martha Stewart's Wedding Magazine to Women's Wear Daily. Her lecture focuses on her unique techniques and stunning pieces.

"History of the Hope Diamond"
Thursday, Nov. 13, 1 p.m.

Jeffrey Post, curator of mineralogy at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, discusses the history and unique characteristics of the Hope Diamond and other precious gems in the museum's collection.

"Behind the Scenes at the OXOXO Gallery"
Sunday, Nov. 16, 3 p.m.

Judy Donald owns the OXOXO Gallery in Baltimore, one of the top galleries in the country, featuring the work of 200 contemporary jewelry artists. In this illustrated slide lecture, Donald discusses current trends in contemporary jewelry as well as how she selects artists to represent. She will bring examples of jewelry from her gallery.

"Artistic Insights with Cynthia Corio-Poli"
Sunday, Dec. 14, 3 p.m.

Cynthia Corio-Poli designs precious metal jewelry and other art objects. Her passion for color inspires her to combine enamels and glass with metal and precious stones to create unique jewelry pieces. Corio-Poli's lecture highlights her wedding band designs; each ring incorporates symbols that are meaningful to the couples who wear them.

"Bead Appreciation with James Lankton and Gretchen Dunn"
Saturday, Dec. 20, 2 p.m.

James Lankton has written a book that places the fascinating history of beads into a cultural and historical timeline. He discusses his work researching early beads and signs copies of his book. Gretchen Dunn discusses contemporary beads and beadwork. Cosponsored with the Bead Museum in Washington, D.C.

"Artistic Insights with Joyce Scott"
Sunday, Jan. 11, 3 p.m.

Joyce Scott, from Baltimore, uses weaving, quilting, beadwork and glass to explore contemporary issues and stereotypes. Her lecture explores her process, why she chose to work with beads and the diverse influences on her work.

"Artistic Insights with Alicia Roman"
Sunday, Jan. 18, 3 p.m.

Alicia Roman's cutting-edge designs combine photographs, words and industrial materials to create one-of-a-kind pieces. She serves on the Washington Goldsmiths Guild and is a recently juried artist to the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Va. Her lecture focuses on how she discovers and incorporates everyday materials and mementos into her pieces.

Craft Demonstration

"Craft Demonstration with Helen Banes"
Saturday, Oct. 4, 2 p.m.

Helen Banes is a teacher, bead collector and artist whose eye-catching pieces combine fiber and tapestry with beads and found objects. She is the founding member of the Fiberworks Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Banes discusses technique, material selection and cultural and historical influences on her work. A question-and-answer session follows.

Family Day

Saturday, Oct. 25, 1 p.m.
Performers Jimbo and Kim Cary use found objects and traditional instruments to create a wide range of music. Participants can hear them play and join in with an instrument of their own as well as learn to make a necklace from found objects in the same style as Robert Ebendorf.

Sparkling Evenings at the Renwick Gallery

Thursdays, Dec. 4, 11 and 18, 5:30 p.m. &38211; 8 p.m.
Special holiday after-hours shopping will be offered on select Thursday evenings in December, and visitors will find unusual and beautiful gifts for family and friends. Shoppers will be able to enjoy two special exhibitions on jewelry and sip wine while listening to live music in the Renwick Gallery's Palm Court.

Public Walk-in Tours

Weekday Tours: Daily at noon
Weekend Tours: Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m.

Meet in the lobby for all tours.

The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum is located on Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street N.W., near the Farragut North (Red line) and Farragut West (Blue and Orange lines) Metrorail stations. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission is free. Public information: (202) 357-2700; (202) 357-1729 (TTY). Recorded information: (202) 275-1500.