Saturday, November 13, 2010

John Prip’s Legacy

Two weeks ago, I came by the Didi Suydam Contemporary Gallery to see the exhibition of John Prip: Master Metalsmith and Mentor with Janet Prip, Peter Prip, Robin Quigley, and Didi Suydam. As an RISD alumnus in Jewelry and Metalsmithing, the exhibition was very meaningful to me. It was wonderful to see all the great work in one space. And by the way, the new gallery space was beautiful!

More information about the show, please see below.
You’ll want to drive down to Newport next week to see the exhibition of work by Danish Metalsmith and founder of the Jewelry + Metalsmithing Department at RISD John Prip (1922-2009). John’s legacy, not only of his work but his influential teaching, is evident in the roster of exhibitors in the show, which features work by his daughter, sculptorJanet Prip ‘74 SC; son, metalsmith Peter Prip; Robin Quigley MFA ‘76 SC, former student of John Prip, teaching at RISD since 1981 and current Professor and Head of the Department of Jewelry + Metalsmithing; and Didi Suydam ‘85 J+M, former student of Robin Quigley.
Opening Saturday October 30 from 6-8 PM at Didi Suydam Contemporary Gallery, 25 Mill Street, Newport, this exhibit will also showcase for the first time the John Prip Heritage Collection, spanning a period of thirty years and featuring pieces cast from original master models and designed to be sold through retail venues. A substantial portion of the proceeds from sales of this work will be donated to theJohn Prip Scholarship Fund, offered to deserving students in the Jewelry/Light Metals Department at the Rhode Island School of Design, assuring his legacy will continue. The show runs through the month of November.

My photos are blurry. Sorry about that.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

After the LOOT exhibition

The LOOT exhibition ended last week at the Museum of Arts and Design in NYC. While the exhibition was going on, I had to travel to NYC twice a week. Boy, was that exhausting! So I couldn't update my blog last week, and I am still catching up on work. But I would like to take some time to tell you about LOOT because it was rather successful!
First of all, I had a chance to meet so many wonderful artists from the Netherlands, U.S. and Korea! Without this opportunity, where could have I met these fabulous artists? I was so grateful to meet them and to have a show together. 
Moreover, many interesting people came and talked to me. I was surprised that many people were interested in my work! Also, they really like to meet the artist in person. Some of them became my private collectors. What a wonderful opportunity! All that traveling was well worth the effort!!
Some of my favorite pieces are now in the hands of private collectors, and also at the Museum of Arts and Design as part of their permanent collection. I am so thankful for the support! At the same time, I do have to admit that I miss my pieces. My pieces are like my babies, and so I get very attached to them when I get done making them. Unfortunately, I didn't even have a chance to take professional photographs of my new pieces. I feel empty whenever I am at my studio and realize that my pieces are not there. It feels as if a piece of my heart has been cut out. But thanks to your support, I have now been given another opportunity to create more wonderful pieces! This is definitely an encouraging moment. How ironic my life is!! I can't wait to see what life has in store for me next!

With my fabulous model and my dear friend, Mary Benyo.

LOOT Opening night Gala