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My relationship with CERF+ began with meeting a jewelry artist I had admired for a number of years. When I started my journey into jewelry making I had attended several schools and subscribed to a number of periodicals pertaining to the industry. Through these periodicals I started following an artist whose work I both admired and was inspired by – Biba Schutz.

In anticipation of opening the gallery and as a member of the American Craft Council, Richard and I had decided to attend the Baltimore craft show. Our intention was to introduce ourselves to as many artists as we could; those whose work we admired and thought would work well as a collection in the gallery. For me, the highlight of attending this first show was meeting Biba Schutz. I was more excited as a jeweler who has been following her for years, then a gallery owner hoping to entice her to join us. As it turned out she proved to be one of the warmest, most generous people you could meet. She had a number of great ideas and suggestions on doing business and became the very person to introduce us to CERF+.

When we got home, I logged onto the CERF+ website and knew it was more than just a craft related organization. Here was a group dedicated to the artist in a way I’d never seen – financial and educational assistance AND emergency relief assistance. Many artists live on the edge of financial disaster in order to create their work. CERF+ recognized a need and is filling that need in a big way. They are on the scene when an artist has met with a catastrophic event. Something you don’t think about when looking at the amazing work produced by so many talented artists while attending shows. You don’t think of the “behind the scenes” lives of these artists.

We continue to visit various events, and would run into Biba at most of them. At one in New York, she was behind the CERF+ table, talking about the organization and all it does to for artist. Through Biba we made contact with a friend of hers who coordinates benefit events, Nel Emlen, the Events Coordinator for CERF+. The rest is history.

Welcome to our Winter Show, A Celebration in Light.

Winter Show
January 19-February 19, 2012

During our winter show, we’ll spread a little more light in the world by donating a percentage of our profits to CERF+, a national artists’ service organization whose mission is to safeguard and sustain the careers of craft artists and provide emergency resources that benefit all artists.



We’ve gotten such a great response from our readers about our blog on the Radi Brothers, we thought it time to showcase our art jewelry selections overall, as we are fortunate to have a number of highly-skilled and diverse jewelers in our gallery. And with the holidays just around the corner, our jewelry selection offers options for the gift-giver and collector alike.

Nicole Pilar, Sculptor/Jeweler

Susan Gabor, Hand Painted Beads

Steve Riley, Recognized Jewelry Teacher

Dori Eisenhower, Precision/Detail/Beauty

Kiyomi Yamagishi, Internationally Recognized

Jewelry has always been a part of Viktor, Zef and Nick Radi’s lives. As children they were sometimes known to play with objects and figures made of silver, which might seem strange were it not for the fact that their father is a top master of filigree and is recognized as such throughout the Adriatic coast. What began as a game, with time, developed into a passion.

The Radi Brothers were born in Kosovo but at a very young age they moved to Croatia — geographically not very far, but culturally very different; the exposure to and acceptance of both cultures made things interesting.

At an early age, Viktor, Zef and Nick learned the family secrets from their father of how to make fine filigree and then both studied further in specialized schools to add knowledge of the full range of contemporary jewelry-making techniques. Their intricate jewelry is exclusively hand-made by them, consisting of hundreds and thousands of tiny pieces combined into a single unit with a lot of effort and patience and play. For their work Viktor, Zef and Nick use an elegant and very wearable combination of gold, silver, precious and semiprecious stones.

Thus, the inspiration for their unique jewelry line comes from both the thousand-year-old techniques of their family heritage and from contemporary culture, the flatness of modern shapes and modern art.


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