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Call for Artists: Juried Show at Vargas Gallery

(c) Marie Cameron

The Board of MBMAG and the Vargas Gallery at Mission College invite current and new members of the Guild to submit work for a juried exhibition.  Click to Register

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Title:  “Autumn Selections”

Exhibit Dates:  Saturday, Sept. 15th through Wednesday, October 31st

Jurors:  Lynda Watson and Albion Smith

Director of the Gallery and Curator of the Exhibit:  Lynne Todaro

Entry Fee $25.00 (non-refundable)

Entry fees due by August 15


  • Up to three pieces may be entered for consideration. Metal should be the primary material.  Copper, silver, gold acceptable.  A maximum of 50 works will be accepted.
  • Jewelry and sculpture will be accepted. For large sculpture pieces please contact Annette ( Toni (
  • Applicants may submit their work for sale or NFS (not for sale)
  • All sales will be between buyer and artist directly.
  • To have work considered for use in advertising, digital photos must be received by Aug. 1st.
  • All work will be collected on Sept. 1st (Santa Cruz area) and Sept. 2nd. (Monterey area) accompanied by records and labels.
  • You will be notified of your acceptance/ non-acceptance by email on
    September 10.
  • Work will be judged anonymously.
  • Reception at the Gallery will be in the afternoon on Sept. 15th

You are encouraged to visit the website of the Vargas Gallery at Mission College.

To join or renew your MBMAG membership click here.


Albion Smith workshop is sold out.  To be placed on the waiting list Email 

MBMAG Monthly Speaker Series: Wendy Ballen, July 20, 7-9 pm

Curtis Arima Workshop: Design and Composition for Metalsmiths, July 28 

Award-winning metalsmith and jewelry/metals instructor Curtis Arima presents a one-day workshop on Design and Composition for Metalsmiths.

This workshop is open only to members of MBMAG. To join or renew your membership, click here.

Registration opens June 2 at 10 am. Click here for more details about the workshop and to register

During the day, Curtis will guide the students through considerations of:
Aesthetics:Identifying forms, shapes, surfaces, colors, that students have a tendency use or a desire to use.
Concept: Identifying ideas, emotions, and subject matter students want to convey; How do students come up with ideas for work?
Context: Identifying what contexts students want to make work in and how to work with or against that context.
In addition, Curtis will take us through:
Context of showing work: open studios, gallery, exhibition, museum, museum store, craft show, personal pleasure
Context of Art history: what movements are related to the students work/ what movements do they want to be related to (abstract expressionist, conceptual, performance)
Context of Jewelry history: what direction in jewelry is the student’s work related to (production, art jewelry, fine jewelry).
Curtis holds a Master of Fine Arts in Metalsmithing, and is an instructor at California College of Arts and Crafts. He is a working artist who has received numerous awards for his work. Read more at his website,


Lynette Cederquist 2 Day Workshop: Loop-in-Loop Chain

This workshop is open only to members of MBMAG. To join or renew your membership, click here. 

Registration opens June 16 at 10 am. Click here to register.

Handmade chains are elegant, whether worn alone or as the perfect complement to other handmade jewelry. Learn the ancient technique of making chains from classically trained metalsmith, Lynette Cederquist.

Lynette will guide you in the exploration of making both ancient and modern chains. She will include an overview of tools and materials specific to this fascinating technique along with the importance of wire gauge, dowel diameter ratios, precise fusing, shaping the links, weaving chains, and using a specially made drawplate specific to each chain.

During the 2-day class you will learn basic techniques, make some of your own specialty tools and fabricate several sample chains. Frequent demonstrations and practice time will allow you to immerse yourself in these fascinating techniques.

Cost $150. Students bring their own tools, materials and equipment (see list below). If the workshop is canceled for any reason, all fees will be refunded. Students can cancel their registration up to 14 days before the workshop. No cancellations are accepted after that point, however, if there is a waitlist we will try to sell your place to a qualified student. If we can sell your place, you will receive a refund less a $25 cancellation fee.

Location: Soquel Glen Mobile Home Clubhouse

Date: Sept. 8-9, 2018


Tools, material and equipment to bring to Lynette Cederquist workshop:

Source             Item number   description                                                                  price*

Rio                  105322            15’, 22gauge, dead soft, .999 fine silver wire             15.00

Rio                  110074            Ring bench pin                                                              2.00

Rio                  502063            6” x 6” white soldering pad                                            8.00

Rio                  119304            Ceramic Fiber Hot Pad                                                  8.00

Amazon                                  Tailor’s awl                                                                    3.00

OSH                                        ¼” wooden dowel – 9” long                                          1.00

Lynette                                    9/32”/1.5 mm round pencil                                          2.00

Amazon                                  Joyce Chen scissors                                                    25.00

Amazon                                  Crème brulee torch and extra fuel                               30.00

Chain-nose pliers                                                          6.00

Amazon                                  “Classical Loop-in-loop Chains

and their Derivations” by Jean Stark                  35.00

Sharpie – fine point


*Approximate price.



Artist doing a demo during a studio visit


MBMAG celebrates the pursuit of fine metalworking. This community of beginners, emerging artists, as well as world-class metal artists welcomes everyone who wishes to join the Guild and to learn the ancient and modern techniques that produce art from metal.

Instruction, lectures, hands-on demonstrations, workshops, collaborations with other metal guilds, community outreach—these are some of the ways that MBMAG aspires to nurture the art of metalworking in the wider public.


MBMAG members listen to a visiting artist lecture



Membership will bring you access to:

  • The Guild mailing list informing you of upcoming events and metal arts news
  • Workshops with dynamic instructors – separate fees per workshop
  • Group exhibitions of new work created by guild members
  • Internet exposure for your work on the website’s gallery
  • Invitations to special interest activities – lectures, exhibitions, winter and summer guild parties
  • The support and camaraderie of interesting people working in metal
Dorie Green and Toni Danzig
Dorie Green and Toni Danzig

Regular Membership is $40 per year

  • The membership follows the calendar year –  from January 1 to December 31
  • Memberships paid on or after November 1 will be valid through December of the following year
  • Any member who has not renewed by March 1 of the next year will be deleted from the mail list.

New: Student Membership

  • Student Membership is $25 for first-time student members only
  • The membership follows the calendar year – from January 1 to December 31
  • Memberships paid on or after November 1 will be valid through December of the following year
  • Any member who has not renewed at the regular membership rate by March 1 of the next year will be deleted from the mail list.


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