Speakers






Lois Sherr Dubin, Floral Journey: Native North American Flower Beadwork
Lois is a curator, author and frequent lecturer. She curated Totems to Turquoise: Native American Jewelry Arts of the Northwest and Southwest at the American Museum of Natural History and Arrows of the Spirit: North American Indian Jewelry and Adornment at the Mingei International Museum and the Beaded Universe at the Mingei and American Craft Museum as well as several other exhibitions. She is the author of the best-selling The History of Beads: From 30,000 B.C. to the Present, North American Indian Jewelry and Adornment, and additional books on the work of Native American Artists. She is also a formally educated landscape architect - her latest project was the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island, New York City.


Jeannine Falino,
The Circle and the Line, Over 70 Years of Designs by Betty Cooke
Independent curator and scholar Jeannine Falino will give a talk on the work of famed modernist jewelry artist Betty Cooke who is still making jewelry at age 92! Jeannine is curating a retrospective of Betty’s work which will open at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore from September 26, 2020-January 3, 2021. Jeannine has lectured, and written extensively on American decorative arts, craft and design from the colonial era to the present, with an expertise in metalwork, jewelry and ceramics.

Previously the Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, she was co-curator for Crafting Modernism: Midcentury American Art and Design, Museum of Arts & Design, New York City, and Gilded New York: Design, Fashion & Society at the Museum of the City of New York, and curator of Affichomania: The Passion for French Posters, which was at the Driehaus Museum in Chicago.


John Nels Hatleberg, An Affinity for Gems
John is a conceptual gem artist recognized for the diversity of his work with jewels. In addition to his highly innovative gem creations he has created exact replicas of famous diamonds since 1987. His replicas are visually indistinguishable from the original diamonds. Always working with the actual gems, John has created molds and/or replicas of the Hope Diamond, Dresden Green, Shah Jahan Table Cut Diamond, Excelsior I, McLean-Duchess of Windsor, Oppenheimer, Milennium Star, Koh-i-Noor, Jonker, Light of Peace, Blue Lili, Wittelsbach-Graff, French Blue and Tavernier diamonds among others.


Tom Herman
, Analyzing Plique-a-Jour Jewelry by Marcus & Co. and the Montilja Poppy Project
Since he was a boy, Tom Herman has been an artist. In 1982, he channeled his artistic talents into his new business, Seven Fingers Jewelers, named for his own hand print after having lost three fingers as a child in a Minnesota farming accident. Over the last 30 years, Tom has become a master jewelry maker, renowned for his talents at working with precious stones, metal carving, and unique designs.

Several years ago Tom became fascinated with plique-a-jour enamel jewelry by the New York firm of Marcus & Co. beginning with the viewing of the “Ada Brooch” now in the collection of the Newark Museum. His research culminated in the creation of the Matilija Poppy which was co-created with enameller Patsy Croft and auctioned to benefit the Mendocino Art Center in California.


Elyse Zorn Karlin will give three "mini" lectures: The Jewelry of Peter Lindenauer, Diamond Jim Brady and the work of Robert Lee Morris
Elyse is Co-Director of the Association for the Study of Jewelry & Related Arts and publisher of Adornment Magazine. She is a jewelry historian, author and freelance curator.

Her most recent curatorial efforts are Maker & Muse: Women and 20th Century Art Jewelry which was at the Driehaus Museum, Chicago and is now traveling to a number of venues, and Out of this World! Jewelry in the Space Age which will open at its third venue, Tellus Science Museum, Cartersville, GA in November 2020.


Annamarie Sandecki,
Notably American: Tiffany & Co Jewelry at the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle. She is the U.S. correspondent for Jewellery History Today, the publication of the Society of Jewellery Historians in Great Britain, and her other publications include: All the Ages of the World: Inspiration and Innovation from Tiffany & Co. at the World's Fairs, Charmingly Minute; Tiffany Japanese-style Jewellery, Bejewelled by Tiffany; 1837-1987, The Art of Jewelry and Artists' Jewels in the 20th Century and Tiffany Retrospective; Designs from Tiffany & Co. 1837-1999.

She worked as Director of Development and Public Relations for the Staten Island Historical Society and was archivist at two other organizations.


Beth Wees, Jewelry for America
Beth Wees is the Ruth Bigelow Wriston Curator of American Decorative Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art and curator of the exhibition of the same name currently on view at the museum.

Beth oversees the collections of American silver, jewelry, and other metalwork. Prior to joining the Museum's staff in 2000, she was curator of decorative arts at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. She is the author of two major collection cata-logues—English, Irish & Scottish Silver at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute (1997) and Early American Silver in The Metropolitan Museum of Art (2013). She holds degrees in art history from Smith College and the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art. Currently, she is the curator for Jewelry for America now on view at the museum.


Jonathan Wahl, Jonathan Wahl, Artist & Director of the 92nd Street Y Jewelry Program
A visionary jeweler and artist, Jonathan oversees 55 weekly classes in jewelry making at the 92nd Street Y’s metalsmithing studios in New York City. He also puts together Jewelry Talks that cover everything from history and collecting to conversations with jewelry designers. He organizes overseas jewelry trips to visit contemporary designers and historical jewelry sites and created the Y’s Jewelry Artist in Residence Program and Beads of Love.


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