Rebuild the Barn

New York Metalsmith's Home & Studio Destroyed by Fire

On the night of April 12, 2014, Steven and Karen Cooper awoke to a fire that consumed their home and studio in minutes. They miraculously escaped with their lives, thankfully, but have lost 30 years of personal memories, art works collected over a lifetime and all the tools and equipment in Steve's jewelry studio. After such a monumental loss, Karen's health declined and on May 25, she lost her long battle with lung disease. The sadness we feel is huge and creates an unimaginable emptiness for Steve.  How does he begin the difficult process of rebuilding a life amid so much loss? How do you keep going? Where will the strength come from? Hopefully, from us.

As friends and colleagues of the Coopers, we are asking the community -- neighbors, artists, retailers, collectors -- to help any way they can. A wish list of personal and professional items is available on Google Docs. Metalsmithing tools, large and small, are especially needed to get Steven back to work. Everyone in our art community knows how hard it is to grow a business and a life in the arts. Please help us get one of our own back on his feet.

About Steven Cooper Metalsmith
At what point do you discover what you want to do for the rest of your life? For Steven Cooper it was an industrial arts metal class in Junior High School. Who knew that rigid cold metal could be so yielding and beautiful. This discovery continued throughout High School with all of the art classes he could take, which made him realize that what he wanted to be was a metal craftsman.

Steven creates whimsical sculpture, Judaica and jewelry from their 200-year-old renovated barn in New York's Hudson Valley.
His work can be found in more than a hundred galleries and stores nationwide.


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