Local Artist Wins Best of Show at Smithsonian

Courtesy photo Eye pendant

The nation’s most talented craftspeople are chosen to display their works at the Smithsonian Craft Show at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C., April 22 through 26. The 121 craftspeople chosen to participate must show one-of-a-kind or limited-edition works. Among the displaying artists was Alamedan Christina Goodman.

Goodman’s jewelry was displayed along with hundreds of fine works of basketry, ceramics, decorative fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, wearable art and wood.

After the final day of the show, judges: Nora Atkinson, Lloyd Herman Curator of Craft, Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum; Rebecca Cross, owner, Cross MacKenzie Gallery; and Chase W. Rynd, executive director of the National Building Museum, selected Goodman’s necklace "Eye Pendant," to receive the Best of Show award.

The work, shown at right, measures 1.25 inches high, 6 inches wide and 12 inches deep and is made of acrylic on resin, antique steel beads and a topaz drop.

Goodman is known for creating small objects, paintings and wearable miniatures that are hand painted using extremely fine brushes and a magnifier. Most of her works are built out of wood or cast resin, gilded with 22-karat gold leaf then individually painted in acrylics. She studies and practices Renaissance-era gilding and painting techniques, as well as frame design. Her work is inspired by Renaissance painting and frames, trompe l’oeil, manuscript illumination and all things miniature.

Goodman’s art can be found at galleries and specialty stores across the country and at fine craft events, online at Etsy, Artful Home. Find out more about her at http://christinagoodman.com.