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Great White North Exhibition to open at Toronto studio

Claudia Gravel took home Best in Show and Best in Concept in the professional category with ‘Northern Lights.’

Toronto’s 18Karat will play host to Great White North Exhibition, the 11th annual national juried exhibition of jewellery inspired by and made in Canada.

On display from June 25 to July 30, the exhibition showcases designs from goldsmiths and metal workers across the country—both student and professional. The contest challenges designers to create a piece of jewellery inspired by some aspect of Canada. This year’s theme is ‘The Group of Seven.’

The call for entry saw 53 artists from across the country submit 60 designs, 25 of which were selected by a blind jury to be included in the exhibition. Students currently enrolled in a Canadian art and design college or university submitted 23 entries; nine made it into the student category.

Participating artists are:

Student Category

·         Daniela Franzius?Nova Scotia School of Art and Design

·         Ho Ching Chan?Nova Scotia School of Art and Design

·         Mio Konfedrat?George Brown College

·         Chi Ching Janice Ng?Ontario College of Art and Design

·         Kenneth Kwok?Ontario College of Art and Design

·         Yeon Bae Jung?New Brunswick College of Craft and Design

·         Kate White?New Brunswick College of Craft and Design

·         Ferran Belanger?New Brunswick College of Craft and Design

Professional Category

·         Susan Lee Stephen

·         Nicole Gauvine

·         Ann Lumsden

·         Émilie Trudel

·         Claudia Gravel

·         Anick Dusseault

·         Petra Luz

·         Brenda Roy

·         Susan Remnant

·         Yuliya Chorna

·         Christine Dwane

·         Emilie Guay-Charpentier

·         Caroline Bacher

·         Deborah Vivas

·         Kristen Bishop

A reception will take place June 25 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and welcomes some of the exhibition’s winners and participating artists.

Last December, 18Karat took over the Zilberschmuck juried exhibition—a staple in Canada’s art jewellery scene—and renamed it Great White North Exhibition.

For more information, visit For a closer look at the winners, stay tuned for the August issue of Jewellery Business.

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