Seattle Metals Symposium


This past Saturday, I attended the Seattle Metals Symposium held at the Museum of History in Tacoma. This organization promoting metals usage in jewelry, art and furniture, provides hands on workshops and educational syposiums. My interest in metals stems from being a wearer of jewelry, an art gallery owner and wanting to know how things are made.
At the Symposium, there is a book sale, a silent auction of donated services, art items and the Bijou Board of unusual jewelry pieces. I almost got amazing broche. The woman who won it is the President of SMG…so it was good for her. So glad.


Another fabulous event in conjunction with the Symposium was getting to go to the newly finished Tacoma Art Museum, to see the traveling metals exhibition entitled Protective Ornaments: Amulets to Armor. The curator of this show was a featured speaker. Her talk was insightful into ornamentation created for love or war.


Very intriguing work, that haunts and repels, depending on the usage.



If you have any interest in metal works, I would suggest a visit to the museum.

And while there, check out the Museum of Glass, and the Museum  of History.

Tacoma is a wonderful town to explore and enjoy the arts.


About ruthoffen

Created by, Ruth Offen the founder/director of WaterWorks Gallery, a gallery opened in 1985 to showcase contemporary artists and jewellers that live and work in the Pacific Northwest. The gallery is on an San Juan Island in the Salish Sea.[ North Puget Sound] Pretty amazing place. While continuing to curate the gallery after 33 years, I'm decided to spend more time enjoying life by traveling, creating art with photography and dancing tango. Over many decades of amassing a personal art collection, now the process of downsizing is becoming a reality. How do we have more with less? Staying true to the motto, unencumbered by our possessions and not burdening our children with our stuff. This next process will take patience and courage.
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