09/14/2009

NEWS RELEASE
SEPTEMBER 15, 2009
Contact: Sally von Bargen

The Art Jewelry Forum (AJF) has launched a new and fully redesigned website to serve better the long-term interests of its members -- collectors, gallery owners and curators.

The redesign is the result of a one-year effort led by the AJF board of directors under the management of Sally von Bargen. The site designer is Anna Marie Seymour of Love+Luck Design, Seattle. Technical support and development is provided by Peter Westhagen, PNW Design Works LLC, Seattle.

The objectives of the site redesign were to position the 'collector perspective' squarely in the middle of the contemporary jewelry dialogue while preserving AJF's history, making visible online its history and archive of all program information, trip histories, articles, interviews and presentations. At the same time, the team sought to strengthen the connection between members through the blog, lists and links that provide access to news in the field.

We Invite You To Explore Our New Site

The Art Jewelry Forum invites those interested in the field to click here to experience first-hand the new site and the following new features:

  1. a new design - fresh, clean and contemporary.
  2. slide shows for sharing work from our members's collections and member galleries.
  3. state-of-the-art web technologies that enable us to instantly publish new articles, interviews and calendars and archive all these in an instantly accessible way.
  4. a new blog bringing timely news, member-to-member dialogue and information sharing.
  5. access to our archive of past program information - EAA, Grants, Travel.
  6. access to all our newsletters - emailed and printed.
  7. links to all the museums, galleries, websites, events and exhibitions that our members need.
  8. an up-to-the-minute calendar of jewelry related activities.

The Art Jewelry Forum, founded in 1997, is a membership based, non-profit organization created to advocate for the field of contemporary artist-made art jewelry. We do so by promoting education, appreciation and support for the field.

Pictured:
The AJF website homepage with slide show featuring a brooch by May Hallam Pearse. Over 50 works are displayed on a rotating basis in the three slide shows featured on the new site.

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