I’m off to Maryland to exhibit at globalDESIGN, a small curated collection of jewelry designers in a show-within-a-show at the long-standing ACC Baltimore.  If you haven’t been to the Baltimore show, you’re missing out.  An impressive roster of talented people sells their wares there – from glass vessels to exotic wood musical instruments to sculptural lighting and everything imaginable that’s either functional, wearable, or decorative.  Sure you’ll find some cringe-worthy items that make you wonder how they passed the admissions jury to participate…, but you’ll also see enough pieces that make you stop in your tracks and wish you had endless disposable income. Trust me on that:  You’ll drool over some of the exquisite work.

I love that all goods represented at the show must be made in North America.  And I love even more that so many gallery owners travel great distances to see and buy the work of so many talented (and often overlooked) artists.

This particular show will be especially challenging, however, considering that the founder of the show, Cindy Edelstein, will be will us only in spirit.  The artists of globalDESIGN as well as jewelry manufacturers and retailers industry-wide mourn the loss of a beloved gem — unyielding in her support of jewelry designers with advice, kindness, candor, and humor.  She was a special mix of personal and professional friend to me and so many others who still can’t quite imagine a world quite as colorful and sparkly without her in it.

Baltimore Convention Center –  February 17th and 18th, 2016