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Evening Celebration
Saturday, April 28, 2018, 5:00 AM - 8:00 PM EDT

Spring Craft Weekend

Saturday, April 28 - Evening Celebration
5-8pm | Glenview Mansion
Patrons attend for free | $150 members | $200 non-members

Elaborate handmade adornment encouraged! Join us for an evening of cocktails and light bites honoring this year’s One-Of-A-Kind awardees, Sandy & Norman Mitchell, for their service to the James Renwick Alliance and American Craft. The evening will include an awards ceremony honoring our Distinguished Educators; a limited and exclusive auction of craft adventures; a sale of table top artworks; and a celebratory salute to JRA founders Elmerina & Paul Parkman. We end the evening with a toast to Patrons Chair, Shirley Jacobs. Don't have adornments? Unique work will be available for purchase from the Baltimore Jewelry Center. Ample seating and parking available. 

Handmade adornment presented by Baltimore Jewelry Center.
The Baltimore Jewelry Center is an educational nonprofit, building a vibrant creative community for the study and practice of metalsmithing and art jewelry. They educate and inspire new and established artists, as well as promote metalsmithing and art jewelry to the general public through exhibitions, community, and educational outreach.

Erica Bello

Shana Kroiz

Jenn Parnell

Katja Toporski

April Wood



Michael Bobbitt is the Artistic Director of the award-winning Adventure Theatre MTC, that educates and inspires new generations of theater artists and audiences in Glen Echo Park and Rockville, Maryland. As a DC-based performer and playwright, he has directed, choreographed and performed at many theatres in the DMV region and across the country. In 2010, Michael received the Montgomery County Executive’s Excellence in the Arts and Humanities – Emerging Leader Award. In October 2015, Michael J. Bobbitt received the 2015 EXCEL Leadership Award from the Center for Nonprofit Advancement. He previously was President of the League of Washington Theatres, served on the Board of Directors of the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County and The DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative. Currently, he serves on the boards of theatreWashington, Rockville Chamber of Commerce, Non Profit Village and the American Alliance of Theatre and Education. Mr. Bobbitt has served on grants panels for The National Endowment for the Arts, The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Maryland State Arts Council. 


One-Of-A-Kind Awardees


Announcing One-Of-A-Kind Awardees:
Sandy & Norman Mitchell

Sandy and Norman Mitchell have been JRA members since 1991, Caucus members since 1992, and SCW Patrons since 1995. Norman has served as Vice President, President of the Board, Chair and Co-Chair of Spring Craft Weekend and Chair of Nominations and Planning. Sandy and Norman have organized and led numerous trips, and Sandy served for more than ten years as Chair of the Trips Committee. We are happy to honor this One-Of-A-Kind couple for their contributions to the James Renwick Alliance and American Craft for over almost three decades!


2018 Distinguished Educators

Sonya Clark has chaired the Craft/Material Studies Department at Virginia Commonwealth University since 2006. Previously, she was Baldwin-Bascom Professor of Creative Arts at the University of Wisconsin. In 2010, Clark was honored by Cranbrook Academy of Art with its first Distinguished Mid-Career Alumni Award and in 2015 she received an honorary doctorate from Amherst College. Clark shared the coveted top award and $200,000 at ArtPrize, 2014, for her Hair Craft Project. She has received a Pollock-Krasner Grant, a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, and a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship. For the 2017-2018 academic year, Clark returned to Amherst College, her alma mater, as a Distinguished Visiting Artist-in-Residence.

Helen W. Drutt English (Helen Drutt) was Founder/Director of her eponymous gallery in Philadelphia (1973-2002), which was among the first galleries in the United States to make a commitment to the modern and contemporary craft movement.  In 1973, she developed the first syllabus for a college-level course in the history of the field. She has received numerous awards and two honorary degrees. Over the past 45 years, her archives have served as an international resource for scholars and institutions. Drutt is a trustee of the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, and Fellow of the American Craft Council. Drutt has built a permanent collection of contemporary crafts for The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg and is currently documenting an important development in the field. She is married to H. Peter Stern, co-founder of Storm King Art Center.

Andrea Gill is a Professor Emeritus of Ceramic Art at Alfred University’s School of Art and Design. She received an MFA in ceramic arts from Alfred University and a BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design. A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Tiffany Foundation, Gill’s work is in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute and many other public and private collections. She received The Peter Voulkos Fellowship from the Archie Bray Foundation and is a fellow of the American Craft Council.

John Gill is a Professor of Ceramic Art at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. He received an MFA from The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. A frequent presenter on the international stage, Gill has taught students in China with colleague Wayne Higby, presented the keynote address at the 7th International Ceramic Biennale in Korea. and been named a member of the International Academy of Ceramics. He has won numerous awards for his teaching and his craft. His work is held in many permanent collections including the Brooklyn Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He was elected as a Fellow of the American Crafts Council in 2014.

Albert LeCoff is a co-founder and the Executive Director of The Center for Art in Wood (formerly known as the Wood Turning Center) in Philadelphia. LeCoff has worked to promote the arts of woodturning and woodworking, and the artists involved in these pursuits through developing programs at the Center, organizing conferences and exhibitions across the United States, and lecturing internationally. Today, the Center for Art in Wood in Philadelphia stands as an invaluable resource for the study of finely crafted and conceived wood objects. In May 2018, after 31 years of service, Albert LeCoff will retire from his role as the Executive Director of The Center for Art in Wood.