Midwest Metalsmiths Ninth-Annual Art Show
The artists exhibiting jewelry, sculpture and more at the Midwest Metalsmiths’ Ninth-Annual Art Show can trace metalworking back thousands of years. That rich history provides abundant inspiration, and each artist will showcase pieces that are original and distinctively conceived. These 25 artists all bring their own voices as metalsmiths, whether their creations are as small as a ring that would fit on your finger or a sculpture that stands 10 feet tall.
The Oct. 12 and 13 event at the Ethical Society is the only St. Louis-area show committed exclusively to metal artists. Visitors can talk shop with the creators about their process and inspirations—or they can get down to business and discuss a custom-designed commissioned piece. Event-goers can also enter for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate toward purchases during the two-day show.
This is the seventh Midwest Metalsmiths Art Show for Kelly Miller, an artist specializing in avant-garde and one-of-a-kind statement jewelry who has been a metalsmith for 21 years. After starting her career as a bench jeweler, she returned to college for a master’s of fine arts degree from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. She currently teaches metalsmithing, sells her jewelry at retail outlets across the region—and has a 2015 TV reality show appearance under her belt. Miller, among 24 other artists, are sought-after creators and experts in their craft.
The Midwest Metalsmiths show is an important annual business opportunity for artists like Miller, but she also sees it as a way for the nonprofit to promote its mission: “Getting out in the community is really important to us,” she says. The organization provides networking, workshops and mentorship opportunities for artists, educates the community, and raises scholarship funds for metalsmithing students (university and youth levels). The show is also an important opportunity for emerging artists. A handful of entrants will only show at this specific event. “It’s a great opportunity to discover a studio artist who only exhibits once a year,” says Miller.
Looking ahead, Miller says Midwest Metalsmiths is becoming more dynamic in its outreach and networking opportunities among artists. It is also focusing on connections with other art-focused organizations. For example, through a collaboration with Craft Alliance, a juried exhibition called “Hidden Treasures” has been launched and is open to artists from across the United States. Details on the call for entry and exhibition can be found at midwest-metalsmiths.org/events.
As for the annual art show, it had a waiting list for exhibitors this year. That popularity is a sure sign this ancient art form still shines brightly among today’s artists.
Midwest Metalsmiths’ Ninth Annual Art Show
Friday, Oct. 12-Saturday, Oct. 13
The Ethical Society
9001 Clayton Road
St. Louis, Missouri, 63117
Read on for a full list of artists that will be exhibiting at the event:
Don and Carol Horstman
Allison Norfleet Bruenger
Featured photo of Brooch by artist Wendy Walsh. Earrings by artist Kelly Miller. Necklace by artist Kathryn Bowman. All images courtesy of Midwest Metalsmiths.