Several changes from the previously posted about this
The opening reception has been moved back to Friday March 15 to make
it a part of local Saint Patrick’s Day festivities.
There will be a lecture by Trinity College Dublin scholar Tara Kelly
on Tuesday March 12 @ 7:30 PM. Details below.
The Modern History of Celtic Jewelry is the title of both a book and
an exhibit that Walker Metalsmiths is presenting during spring, 2013
at their Fairport, NY shop. Celtic art is usually presented to the
contemporary consumer as a living art form handed down from an
ancient tradition going back to the Book of Kells and the Tara
Brooch. This project tells the story of the more recent history, from
the early Celtic Revival of the 1840s up to the beginning of the
Celtic Renaissance of the 1980s. On display will be some of the
earliest archeological facsimile brooches from Victorian Dublin
craftsmen such as Waterhouse, Johnson and Acheson, 19th century
Scottish pebble jewelry, jeweled dirks and sgian dubhs and Iona
silver jewelry by Alexander Ritchie, Iain MacCormick and Hamish
Dawson-Bowman. Several of the craftsmen whose work pioneered the
more recent popularity of Celtic jewelry in the later 20th century
are also featured with early examples of their work. These include
Aidan Breen, Ola Gorie, Shetland Jewellery and John Hart.
The fully illustrated catalog of the exhibit includes articles by
Dr. E. Mairi MacArthur, Aidan Breen, Stephen Walker and is edited by
Ms. Kelly is currently a PhD candidate at Trinity College Dublin and
is doing her dissertation on the manufacture and marketing of Irish
Victorian Celtic metalwork.
The Irish American Cultural Institute will host a free lecture on
the jewelry of the Irish Celtic Revival by Tara Kelly at 135 Basil
John Fisher College, East Rochester, NY at 7:30 pm on Tuesday March
An opening reception for the exhibit at 140 Packets Landing in
Fairport will be on Friday March 15 from 5 to 8. Regular hours at
Walker Metalsmiths are Wednesday through Saturday, 10 to 6.
Admission is free to the public. The exhibit will remain on display
through Fairport Canal Days, closing June 2. For more information
contact Stephen Walker 607-478-8567.