2014 Clay art metal class Hadar Jacobson end of May, 2014.
2005 to now Various classes in life drawing and painting with Brian Smith and LilaLila Lewis Irving.
2000-2003 Private instruction at Packard Art Studio, Los Altos, California with a graduate of The Chicago Institute of Art in the method of the Institute.
2001–2002 Workshops at “Makers”, run each summer for five days at Pescadero, California by Jack da Silva. Studied casting, stone inlay with Don Stuart,plus with Marilyn da Silva on interpretive work, and a class in kumboo.
2000 Took advanced wax carving course at Alan Revere Academy, San Francisco.
1998 Took wax carving course at Alan Revere Academy in San Francisco.
1997 Two week workshop on raising with David Pimental at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.
1996 Two week workshop with Fay Rooke.
1988 Three week workshop with Tim McCreight on catches, hinges, etc., at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.
1986 One month intensive study at Kent State University (The BlossomProgram) with Bruce Metcalfe and guest artists Marjorie Schicke,
Robert Lee Morris, and Michael Good. Used this time to investigate use of anodized aluminum.
1984 Two day workshop in Montreal with David Tisdale on anodizing
1980-1982 Sheridan College School of Crafts and Design, Missisauga, Ontario,majoring in metal.
1976-1980 Kent State University, Kent , Ohio. Graduated with Bachelor of Fine Arts(magna cum laude), a crafts major in enamels.
1975 Penland School of Crafts, Penland, North Carolina. Participated in anenamel workshop with Jamie Bennett.
1968-1971 Montreal Museum School of Fine Arts, Montreal, Quebec. Three yeardiploma with major in painting.
Work Related Experience
At the end of 2013, I returned to my home studio, from which I work at this time.I have returned to The Williams Mill, taking a studio on the second floor of the yellow building, just for painting. I keep my metal workshop at home
I have been teaching jewellery making for the last five plus years, both at the Williams Mill in Glen Williams and now at my home studio.
In the 1990’s I taught a course and workshop at Georgian College, Barrie, Ont. in anodizing aluminum. I also taught the same workshop at the New Brunswick College of Art and Design in Fredrickton, N.B.
I also taught a private workshop in making male/female die forms for use in the hydraulic press.
1988-1991: I started and ran Alumicolour + inc., selling aluminum anodizing dyes in small quantities for the use of the artist/craftsman. This came to include consulting work to develop special colours for specific jobs, and as a general information outlet on anodizing aluminum.This led to a job I did with the sculptor Ron Baird, developing colours, plus doing technical work dying and sealing parts, and working with a commercial company who did the actual anodizing in their factory. This all was for a sculpture put into the lobby of a hospital in Toronto. I also designed and executed the donor pins, done in sterling and anodized aluminum.
1988: I organized and set up a jewellery show “Sight Specific”’ (on behalf of the Ontario Metal Arts Guild) at the 1988 Society of North American Goldsmiths’ conference in Sarasota Springs, New York.
1986: I worked on program for Ontario Metal Arts Guild.
1984-1985: I served on the steering committee for the 1985 conference of the Society of North American Goldsmiths in Toronto, sponsored by the Ontario Metal Arts Guild and the Ontario Crafts Council.I also served for these two years as the editor of the Metal Arts guild newsletter.
1984: Assistant for “The Collection”’ Harbourfront fashion show, in conjunction with the Metal Arts Guild. This was an event working with Toronto fashion designers and jewellers. Also ended up working as a dresser!
1983: Committee member for “Fashion Meets Jewellery”, fashion show at Harbourfront, co-ordinating jewelers with fashion designers.
1982: Was subject in a half hour television program on copper enameling for Maclean-Hunter Television, Toronto, Ontario.
1980-1982: Worked in the metal studio at Harbourfront in Toronto, and taught enameling classes there.
1979: Set designer for “The King and I”, in Solon Ohio.
1977: Designer/craftsperson for “Modern Body Ornaments Today”, American Crafts Council Conference, Winston, North Carolina.
1975: Painting instructor for Pakaranga College adult education program in Auckland New Zealand.
2013 : Showed at the Halton Hills Cultural Centre, also participated in the Spring Show and The Artists’ Showcase in the fall of this year.
2012: Artists’ Showcase, Williams Mill Visual Arts Gallery, September.
2010: “Out of my Mind”, a one person show of painting, sculpture, and jewellery at *new* gallery, Toronto, oct. 20 to nov. 7
2010: “Party of Three”, Williams Mill Gallery, Georgetown, presents a show of painting, sculpture, and jewellery by Susan Wakefield, Bev de Jong, and Carmen Hickson. Sept. 8 to oct. 11.
2010: participated in member show at *new* gallery, Toronto.
2009: Participated in member show, “White” of *new* gallery, Queen Street West, Toronto.
2008: Organized both a show at the Williams Mill Visual Arts Centre with top Canadian artists, and a speakers event with international specialists, all addressing the issue of environmental issues, a subject that will continue.
2005: Nov. 9– 27, I participated in “Bowling” Canadian Women silversmiths invitational, at *new* gallery, Toronto.
2005: March 2-20th, one person show of paintings, sculpture and jewellery, *new* gallery, Toronto.
2004: Invited as a guest artist to show a piece in *new* galleries’ annual member show, Toronto.
2003: Participated in show on different artists’ interpretations of the painting “American Gothic”. This was at the Los Altos Public Library, Los Altos California.
2001: Participated in an invitational show of paintings about the technical, at Hewlitt Packard, Palo Alto, California.
2000-2003: Participated in yearly Packard Art Studio Show in Los Altos, California.
1998: Participated in juried show of collaboration between glass bead artists and jewelers. I worked with Heather Trimlett of El Cajon, California, and designed and created a necklace called “ The Mad Hatters’ Tea Party”. This show was at Obsidian Gallery in Tucson, Arizona in March 1998, and was featured in the spring 1998 issue of Ornament magazine.
1993-1997: Participated in annual Uxbridge Open Studios each year.
1996(?): Participated in invitational show at Markham Theatre, Markham, Ontario.
1995-96(?): Participated in annual Stouffeville Christmas Show and Sale at the Stouffeville Library, Stouffeville, Ontario.
1989: Participated in Harbourfront Alumni Show, “Beyond the Garden Wall”.
1989: Participated in Metal Arts Guild annual juried show, Toronto, Ontario.
1985: Participated in “A Flick of the Wrist”, Invitational show at Neo-Faber Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.
1985: Participated in fourth annual Harbourfront Craft Show, Toronto , Ontario.
1984: Participated in “Silver Lining”, an invitational jewellery show,at Neo-Faber Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.
1984: Participated in “The Floor Show”, Harbourfront Resident Studio Show, Toronto, Ontario.
1984: Participated in “Canadian Contemporary Jewellery”, a juried national show at the Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, British Columbia.
1983: Participated in “Jewllery” an invitational show at The Guild Shop, Toronto, Ontario.
1983: Participated in juried Metal Arts Guild show, “The Medium is Metal”, at the Merton Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.
1983: Participated in “Harbourfront Residents”, at Harbourfront Community Gallery’ Toronto, Ontario.
1982: Participated in Sheridan College Student Show at Quintessence Gallery, Burlington, Ontario.
1981: Participated in “Sheridan College Student Work”, at Prime Contemporary Crafts, Toronto, Ontario.
1980: Participated in “Student Enamels” show at Kent State University, Kent, Ohio.
1979: Participated in “Third National Ring Show”, a national juried show, at the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, U.S.A .
Awards and Publications
1998: March edition of Ornament magazine, in article about the show at Obsidian Gallery in Tuscon, Arizona. The show was a juried collaboration between bead artists and jewelers.
1997: Object and Ornament, a book by Anne Barros on Metals in Canada.
1985: Received a design award at the 1985 Harbourfront Craft Show, Toronto, Ontario.
1982: Received the metal award in the Sheridan School of Crafts and Design Student Show, at Quintessence Gallery, Burlington, Ontario.
1982: In the Ontario Crafts magazine article with a photograph about current Sheridan College student work.