Olson and Marbeth Schon wearing a Peter Macchiarini
Franke Warren, David Warren, Sheila Pamfiloff, and Daniel Macchiarini
23, 2005 was an important day for Modernist Art, as San
Francisco saw the Grand Opening of Macchiarini Design &
Gallery at 1453 Grant Avenue in the heart of the storied North Beach district. Throughout the 1930s to
1950s North Beach was the West Coast center of the Modernist Art
Movement, including Literature, Painting, Sculpture, and Jewelry. A
long-time Italian District, it became a haven for the Beat Generation
with its coffee houses, jazz joints, theaters, and small clubs; every
night poetry sang through the air and art was always the main topic of
discussion in the parks and on the street corners.
Sunday turned the clock back 50 years as Daniel Macchiarini's opening
was attended by authors and artists, designers and collectors, studio
owners and shop owners, politicians and the curious. Conversations
became historical treatises of the Modernist Era as one artist
explained that she was repairing a Margaret DePatta piece for Mary
Renk, someone else stated that Mary wasn't doing anymore work and there
was one on display here, which was for sale!
Marbeth Schon, the author of 'Modernist Jewelry 1930-1960 The Wearable
Art Movement' was helping Daniel with the Exhibition and had brought
for display dozens of works by most of the significant artists of the modernist movement. Included were works of Lois
Franke, Sam Kramer, Bill Tendler, Mary Renk, Irena Brynner, Frank
Miraglia, Ruth Roach, Frances Holmes Boothby, Esther Lewittes, John
Christian Schmidt, Art Smith, Ed Wiener, Carolyn Rosene, Ronald
Pearson, Paul Lobel, Everett Macdonald, Jules Brenner, Margaret
DePatta, and so, so many more. What a joy to see works from all these
artists, in one place; San Francisco's North Beach!
Marbeth was also signing copies of
her book, with proceeds
to be donated to the recent hurricane victims, and seemed to know
everyone as she introduced so many people. How she could be so charming
was curious, as she had just arrived in town from her home in Bay St.
Louis, southern Mississippi, which was mostly destroyed by hurricane
Katrina. She had sustained serious damage to her property, but many of
her artist friends had been totally destroyed as their lifetime of work
Lois Franke, the pioneering author of the 1962 work, 'Handrought
Jewelry' was there with her husband David Warren, a professor of
humanities; she described her current project of photographing and
cataloguing the hundreds of pieces that she retained from her jewelry
creations. She too had dozens of wonderful stories to tell of the
artists from the 1940s and 1950s.
So many jewelry artists were present, most wearing their artistic
creations, and the conversations seemed to go from the technical, to
the artistic, to the nostalgic; Anni Ayers Forcum, Marirose Jelicich,
Lois Franke Warren, and so many others added their art to the event.
Hopefully, Marbeth will write a much more detailed report of the day's
events. Of course, she will have to fit this in as she recovers from
Katrina and manages her M. Schon - Modern Silver Jewelry website,
Modern Silver Magazine, and her SilverForum discussion group.
course, Sheila had to come home with a Daniel Macchiarini treasure!
As remembered by Glenn Pamfiloff
Photography by Glenn Pamfiloff and Marbeth Schon
© 2005 The Glitter Box, All rights
Reserved, except for Marbeth Schon (Many of these photographs are hers
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