May 7th: First Tuesday

Guest Speaker: Sam Patania

"4 Patania Generations of Silver and Gold Jewelry Artisans"

Sam Patania holding hack saw in his workshop

Four generations of Patania men have been working for over 96 years, creating jewelry and decorative objects that have come to be known for their excellence in craftsmanship and design.The history of Patania Jewelry stretches back to the early 1900s, when the family patriarch, Giovanni Patania, a cobbler by trade in Sicily, moved to New York City to seek out better opportunities for his family. Frank Patania, the eldest of the three Patania children and who apprenticed in jewelry-making while living in Italy, became a jewelry designer in the United States in the 1920s for New York’s Goldsmith, Stern, & Co.

When Frank was hit with a bout of tuberculosis, he landed at the Sunmount Sanatorium in Santa Fe, New Mexico during the 1920's. When he finally recuperated, he chose to make the desert his home, leaving behind New York City and taking up the art of southwest design. This marked the beginning of the family’s 96 years in the region, reaching its pinnacle at the Thunderbird Shop in downtown Tucson.

In 1927, Frank Sr. founded the Thunderbird Shop in Santa Fe. In 1937, a second Thunderbird Shop was opened in Tucson. Frank's inspiration was multi-faceted; he began to work in a new medium-silver and turquoise-as well as in increased scale, and using new techniques. The successful marriage of these two disparate traditions has become the foundation upon which each generation has maintained the tradition of excellence in craftsmanship and design that has come to be known as the "Patania Thunderbird" style.

Patania Silver Bracelet

By the late 1950s, Frank Patania Sr.'s son, Frank Jr., was beginning to establish his own unique approach to design, as well as carrying on the "Patania Thunderbird" style at the same time. His designs would be recognized by many national museum exhibitions, receive several major commissions and awards, and eventually be selected for the prestigious Young American Exhibition in 1962, at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York City.

The third generation of Patania jewelry is spearheaded by Sam Patania and his son Marco. They continue to develop the Patania style, but also have their own jewelry collection, where they deviate from Patania look and explore their own artistic choices. Sam Patania was also the chief jeweler in the Patania family when the Smithsonian American Art Museum acquired a few pieces of Patania jewelry for their permanent collection, cementing the family’s inextricable place in the history of American jewelry.

Both Sam and Marco will be joining us on May 7th.


Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Buffet dinner at 6 p.m.

Menu

Green Chile Pork
Pollo Asado
Frijoles Rancheros
Elote Rice
Sonoran Succotash
Warm Tortillas

FWA Members – $60
Non-FWA Members – $75



Sam's Presentation:

Join us from 7 – 8 p.m.

Includes presentation, coffee/tea, and light desserts.

FWA Members – $20
Non-FWA Members – $35



Payment must be included with all reservations to guarantee your spot. Reservation deadline is Tuesday, April 30th, 2024. After April 30th, there are no refunds if you are unable to keep your reservation.

To cancel, please call (520) 907-2885 or email info@friendsofwesternart.org

Venue Info: 6400 E El Dorado Plaza Tucson, AZ 85715

May 7th:
First Tuesday

Guest Speaker:
Sam Patania

Sam Patania holding hack saw in his workshop

"4 Patania Generations of
Silver & Gold Jewelry Artisans"

Four generations of Patania men have been working for over 96 years, creating jewelry and decorative objects that have come to be known for their excellence in craftsmanship and design.The history of Patania Jewelry stretches back to the early 1900s, when the family patriarch, Giovanni Patania, a cobbler by trade in Sicily, moved to New York City to seek out better opportunities for his family. Frank Patania, the eldest of the three Patania children and who apprenticed in jewelry-making while living in Italy, became a jewelry designer in the United States in the 1920s for New York’s Goldsmith, Stern, & Co.

When Frank was hit with a bout of tuberculosis, he landed at the Sunmount Sanatorium in Santa Fe, New Mexico during the 1920's. When he finally recuperated, he chose to make the desert his home, leaving behind New York City and taking up the art of southwest design. This marked the beginning of the family’s 96 years in the region, reaching its pinnacle at the Thunderbird Shop in downtown Tucson.

In 1927, Frank Sr. founded the Thunderbird Shop in Santa Fe. In 1937, a second Thunderbird Shop was opened in Tucson. Frank's inspiration was multi-faceted; he began to work in a new medium-silver and turquoise-as well as in increased scale, and using new techniques. The successful marriage of these two disparate traditions has become the foundation upon which each generation has maintained the tradition of excellence in craftsmanship and design that has come to be known as the "Patania Thunderbird" style.

Patania Silver Bracelet

By the late 1950s, Frank Patania Sr.'s son, Frank Jr., was beginning to establish his own unique approach to design, as well as carrying on the "Patania Thunderbird" style at the same time. His designs would be recognized by many national museum exhibitions, receive several major commissions and awards, and eventually be selected for the prestigious Young American Exhibition in 1962, at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York City.

The third generation of Patania jewelry is spearheaded by Sam Patania and his son Marco. They continue to develop the Patania style, but also have their own jewelry collection, where they deviate from Patania look and explore their own artistic choices. Sam Patania was also the chief jeweler in the Patania family when the Smithsonian American Art Museum acquired a few pieces of Patania jewelry for their permanent collection, cementing the family’s inextricable place in the history of American jewelry.

Both Sam and Marco will be joining us on May 7th.


Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Buffet dinner at 6 p.m.

Menu

Green Chile Pork
Pollo Asado
Frijoles Rancheros
Elote Rice
Sonoran Succotash
Warm Tortillas

FWA Members
$60

Non-FWA Members
$75



Christine & Scott's Presentation:

From 7 – 8 p.m.

Includes presentation, coffee/tea,
and light desserts.

FWA Members
$20

Non-FWA Members
$35


Payment must be included with all reservations to guarantee your spot. Reservation deadline is Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at noon.

There are no refunds if you are unable to keep your reservation.

To cancel, please call (520) 907-2885 or email info@friendsofwesternart.org

Venue Info: 6400 E El Dorado Plaza Tucson, AZ 85715