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November Issue 2003

W.D.O. Gallery in Charlotte, NC, Features Works by Rick Smith and Marc Maiorana

W.D.O., a contemporary craft gallery, located next to the Mint Museum of Craft + Design in Charlotte, NC, is showing the work of two contemporary blacksmiths through Nov. 29, 2003.  Metal is beginning to capture a significant audience among serious craft/object collectors. This important show features the sculptural work of Rick Smith and Marc Maiorana. 

Rick Smith received his MFA in blacksmithing in 1990 from Southern Illinois University. He has taught classes at many prominent crafts schools including: Penland School of Crafts, Haystack Mount School of Crafts, and Peters Valley Craft Education Center. His work has appeared in Smithsonian, American Craft, Metalsmith, and Anvil's Ring. Smith was a resident artist at Penland School of Crafts until accepting a position on the faculty at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1997. Currently, Smith is over seeing the blacksmithing program at SIU-C, while maintaining his status as a producing artist. 

Marc Maiorana is a studio metalsmith and artist in residence at the Penland School of Crafts. Initially learning iron working from his father, Maiorana further studied metals at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Currently Maiorana assembles gallery and commission work for both utility and abstract form. In addition to exhibiting nationally, his forgings can be found in three Dona Meilach books: The Contemporary Blacksmith, Architectural Iron, and Fireplace Accessories. 

For more information check our NC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 704/333-9123 or on the web at (www.gallerywdo.com).

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