PST Challenge: Two Shows at the Craft and Folk Art Museum


Show: The Alchemy of June Schwarcz: Enamel Vessels From the Forrest L. Merrill Collection                                    
Location: Craft and Folk Art Museum                                    
What to expect: This one-room show, staged on the museum’s second floor, is comprised of beautifully worked gold, copper, and silver pieces that look like earthly treasures. While the pleated vase-like pieces are downright impressive, it was a turquoise and grey bowl with a pearly interior that I wanted to take home.                        

Show: Golden State of Craft: California, 1960-1985                                   
Location: Craft and Folk Art Museum                                   
What to expect: This exhibition is a survey of work by the most influential artists from the New Crafts Movement, and includes everything from furniture to photographs of avant-garde accessories. A shiny oak wood chair by Frank E. Cummings III that’s all golden curves and two exquisite sets of furniture models (one by Sam Maloof and another by Arthur Espenet Carpenter) stand out.

And while you’re there… Bring your Holiday shopping list. The museum gift store downstairs is packed with ceramics, colorful ikat-print pillows and throws, and jewelry worth a browse. 

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