Alison Antelman Workshop – Feb 3-5 – Registration now open

Alison Antelman workshop

Registration Now Open!
Alison Antelman Workshop
February 3-5, 2017

We are excited to announce Alison Antelman in a 3-day workshop, ‘Engineering Your Way Out”, MBMAG’s first workshop of the year.

Develop your ability to solve jewelry fabrication problems and learn solutions to common design and fabrication challenges. Design and create a hinged bracelet or necklace. Students create a “map” of their project, learn to make irregular shaped bezel settings for unusually shaped stones, add hinges and where to place them for irregular shapes and using stainless steel wire, solder sterling terminations to the steel, add a hook clasp and complete your project.

Antelman workshop image
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Students are guided through the process along with discussion, case studies and actual examples of problems as well as their solutions. We will explore the interplay of movement and functionality in jewelry and the approach from the wearer’s point of view (ie: does it sit funny on the neck, is it too heavy, does the pendant flop over). The real benefit to this class is learning how to engineer your jewelry projects as you discover solutions to common design and fabrication challenges. Step--step handouts are supplied along with samples. Basic fabrication and soldering required. Continue reading “Alison Antelman Workshop – Feb 3-5 – Registration now open”

Winter Party with Dawn Nakanishi, Guest Speaker– and Renewals

2017 Winter Party - Dawn Nakanishi, guest speaker (click image for map)
2017 Winter Party - Dawn Nakanishi, guest speaker (click image for map)
click the image above for a map of Haute Enchilada


Join us for the annual MBMAG Members Winter Party

January 22, 2017 from 12:00 to 2:30 PM
at The Haute Enchilada in Moss Landing.

The presenter is Dawn Nakanishi, who will speak about her studies in Japan during her sabbatical from Cabrillo College. (Click on the image above for a map.)

You must be a member of MBMAG to attend.  Kindly RSVP.
Not an MBMAG member yet?  Join now.

The coordinator for this event is Pat Evans, contact her here: pat@patevansdesigns.com

Continue reading “Winter Party with Dawn Nakanishi, Guest Speaker– and Renewals”

Emotion Exhibit and Sale – ZFolio Gallery, Monterey – Opens December 2, 2016

MBMAG - ZFolio Gallery 12-22-2016 to 1-2-2017

The Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild

announces a new gallery show

Emotion: New Work from MBMAG Members

at ZFolio Gallery in Monterey, California

Exhibition Dates:   December 2 – January 2, 2016
Reception: Sunday, December 4, 2016   3-5 PM

MBMAG - ZFolio Gallery 12-22-2016 to 1-2-2017

MBMAG is excited to present a gallery exhibition this December. This is a terrific opportunity to view new works members of the Monterey Bay Matal Arts Guild, in a gallery setting. This gallery also has an online presence, see ZFolio.com.

The theme of the exhibit is Emotion, and the interpretations are sure to be as varied as our membership!  All pieces are available for sale, and are primarily precious metals.

 

MBMAG - ZFolio Gallery 12-22-2016 to 1-2-2017

 

CALL FOR ARTISTS: Surf, Sand & Silversmiths at PVAC – Aug to Oct 2016

Surf Sand and Silversmiths - PVAC 2016

Mokume gane shell - Artist: Jerry Blanchard

CALL FOR ARTISTS:

Surf, Sand and Silversmiths

at Pajaro Valley Arts Council in Watsonville
August 24 – October 9, 2016
Reception: August 28th

Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild presents a new exhibition
at Pajaro Valley Arts Council in Watsonville.  
You are invited to participate in this very special event.

The theme is: Surf, Sand & Silversmiths
You may enter up to 3 pieces per artist
The entry fee is $35.00
Entry Deadline: June 15th

This should be new work, not shown in a previous MBMAG exhibit. Small and medium-sized Sculpture will also be accepted. We will have a Gift Shop within the show, for production pieces $150 retail and under. In the gift shop you can feature up to 6 pieces!  Any work sold can be replaced with another piece.

You must be a current MBMAG member to participate in this exhibit. Continue reading “CALL FOR ARTISTS: Surf, Sand & Silversmiths at PVAC – Aug to Oct 2016”

Richard Cybulski Stone Show – May 14, 2016

This is a previously held event. Visit the Events page of this website for more current events

Dear MBMAG, SMAC members and friends.  Please join us for this free event.  You don’t want to miss this!

What:  Richard Cybulski Stone Show
When:  May 14, 2016, 1:00 – 4:00pm
Where:  Soquel, CA 95073 (directions emailed

Richard Cybulski is from Watertown, CT but he spends much of his time in Brazil.  He will be bringing a large selection of Brazilian gemstones, including beautiful, but reasonably priced, cabochons, faceted stones, an incredible selection of rose cut stones and a large selection of gemstone strands.

Richard Cybulski has been traveling monthly to Brazil for the past 20 years, and has developed strong contacts with cutters of a large variety of Brazilian gemstones. These include fine faceted, cabochons, rose-cuts, slices and designer beads in a wide range of stones, including aquamarine, beryl, morganite, emerald, tourmaline, amethyst, citrine, ametrine, precious topaz, blue topaz, andaluzite, amazonite, orange chalcedony and designer quartzes of assorted natural inclusions.

Richard travels all over the country, working with a large range of designers and manufacturers. He enjoys seeking out unusual pieces, all offered at wholesale prices. Of course, he also provides standard calibrated cuts as well. He owns all of his stones; he does not act as a representative or dealer for third parties. He is 100% responsible for his materials, none of which are dyed or coated.

Want to join MBMAG, or renew your MBMAG membership?

REGISTER NOW: Nancy LT Hamilton Workshop – June 4-5, 2016

Click on the image to see a brief video about what we will be doing in the June 2016 workshop.

Click on the image to see a brief video about what we will be doing in the June 2016 workshop.
Click on the image to see a brief video about what we will be doing in the June 2016 workshop.

We are excited to announce Nancy LT Hamilton (YouTube Metalsmith Queen), June 4-5, 2016.  The workshop is ‘Riveted Portrait Pendant’, the price has been reduced to $225 plus a small kit fee.  Register now, space is  limited.

Students will learn to permanently transfer photographs or any image onto polymer clay and encapsulate it with rivets between sheets of textured metals. Students will also make a handmade chain for the pendant.

You must be a member of MBMAG to enroll in this workshop.

Need to join MBMAG now MBMAG, or renew your MBMAG membership?  Do it now, and you’ll automatically receive advanced notice of upcoming events, via email announcements with the payment links included.

PAST EXHIBIT: Surf, Sand & Silversmiths at PVAC – Aug-Oct 2016

Pajaro Valley Arts Council (PVAC)

Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild
presented a new Exhibition
at Pajaro Valley Art Council in Watsonville:

Surf, Sand and Silversmiths

August 24 – October 9, 2016
Reception August 28th

Pajaro Valley Arts Council (PVAC)
Click on the image to visit the PVAC website

This is a preliminary announcement to let you know far in advance, of the upcoming exhibit at PVAC.

We will send more details, as they become available. A ‘Call for Artists’ will arrive in the coming weeks, just please start thinking about what kind of work you would like to show!

This should be new work, not shown in a previous MBMAG exhibit. Small and medium sized Sculpture will also be accepted.


About the Pajaro Valley Arts Council (PVAC)

Our Mission Statement:

“Bringing the community together through the arts”

This is our 30th year!

The Pajaro Valley Arts Council, known as PVAC, was founded as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization in 1984 in Watsonville, California, to promote and foster cultural events in the Pajaro Valley and south Santa Cruz County. We strive to nourish the artistic resources found in our rich local cultural diversity, historical heritage, and the natural beauty of the Central Coast. We work collaboratively to develop and promote opportunities for public participation in and appreciation for the arts.

PVAC opened the gallery in 1986, and presents rotating visual art exhibition in both the gallery and satellite locations.

–excerpted from the PVAC website

Click on the image for a live map of PVAC
Click on the image to view a live map

Stay tuned…

Dates, deadlines and other details will be sent to the MBMAG membership, as soon as we know. Meanwhile, start thinking and designing.

Only MBMAG members may participate in this exhibit. If you have friends which you think might be interested, tell them now, so that they will receive future show related emails.

Need to join MBMAG, or renew your MBMAG membership?  Do it now and get advanced notice of future events via email announcements with the payment links included.

Contact us with any questions.

Thank you, show coordinators:

Dorie Green, Bridget Canty,
Toni Danzig & Carol Gordon

pvac2016 AT mbmag.org

The Links Challenge

Links Challenge - MBMAG
Links Challenge - MBMAG

MBMAG presents:  THE LINKS CHALLENGE

Quite a few years ago the MBMAG asked each of the members to create a small piece of work that would reflect their style.  This piece would have a means to connect it on both ends and once linked together would become one chain of unique works.

A photograph of a portion of the Original Links Project is above.  

We would like to start a new “Links Project” which would demonstrate each of our member’s style and personality.  This new chain would be exhibited, along with the original chain at our exhibits or events.

The individual pieces should range from 1″ x 1″ to 1-1/2″ x 2″.
The key is that it should be linkable and reflect the individual’s style.

The Challenge:

  • MBMAG members who wish to accept the challenge will need to purchase a kit for $25.  One kit per member.
  • There will be 9 items in the kit ie:  Sterling Silver Sheet, Copper Wire, Silver tubing, etc.
  • Kits will be given out at the Summer MBMAG Gathering, August 16,2015.
  • Members not able to attend the Summer Gathering can purchase a kit with an added $5. Fee for shipping. Orders made after the gathering will be subject to kits on hand.
  • Each entry must include at least  5 of the 9 materials included in the kit, to be eligible for the prize money.
  • You will be allowed one wildcard item, such as a cabachon stone, Enamel,Resin, glass, pencil, found object, etc.
  • You may use any fabrication technique, for example: fusing, soldering,roller mill, etching, fold forming,  rivets, etc…
  • The Link must be completed for the Winter MBMAG party where members will vote for Best Link! We will be also asking you to photograph your link and have a paragraph written about your link.
  • The voting will be done without names of the Artist.
  • Prize Money: 1st Place $250. 2nd Place $100. 3rd Place $50.
  • All links will become part of the MBMAG Chain and property of MBMAG. The MBMAG Links Chain will be displayed at various MBMAG events.
  • Deadline date to order kit: August 5th, 2015.

Participation is limited to current MBMAG members.  Anyone is welcome to become a member and participate.  Join here.  Once you’ve joined, you’ll have access to the Member Area, where you can purchase your Link Kit.

Call for Artists: Adornment

Adornment 2015

The Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild

announces a call for artists to exhibit in a gallery show

Adornment:

new work from Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild members

at the Z Folio Gallery in Monterey, CA

December 4, 2015 – January 4, 2016

Reception: Sunday, December 6, 2015 from 3 pm to 5 PM

 

Adornment 2015

MBMAG is excited to present a gallery exhibition opportunity this December and January.  Many of our members have been looking for new exhibit opportunities, so not only is this an opportunity to enhance your resume, but also a chance to market work in a gallery setting.  This gallery has an online presence, see Z Folio.

The theme Adornment may be interpreted as you wish. A little research on the meaning of the word might inspire you. Each artist may submit up to two new pieces of jewelry or small sculpture not previously shown in a Guild exhibit. This announcement is far in advance of the deadline, to give you time to create something new.  All pieces submitted to this show must be for sale, and priced with commissions to the gallery in mind (50% to artist/50% to gallery).

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Made with Love Reception – Feb 2015

Early Spring - Susan Shallenberger
Early Spring – Susan Shallenberger

All of my experiences leading up to the “Made With Love” show at the Many Hands Gallery in Capitola, may sound familiar. The large necklace I call ‘Early Spring” was still being assembled the day before we were to hand them in! I talked with a couple of other jewelry makers who said they were in the same boat, but staying afloat. The tiny screws I ordered arrived the night before, so I knew it would be completed in time.

It is so exciting to actually see everyone’s pieces displayed so beautifully in the cases. I love that we did not have to compete to get our jewelry in the show. Just think, now I can tell people I displayed in a jewelry show with the likes of Dawn Nakanishi and Lynn Guenther! Of course, there is a huge difference between the levels of expertise, but it still gives artists like me some bragging rights!

A real crowd pleaser
A real crowd pleaser

The artists’ reception was crowded and noisy, just like it should be. Jockeying our way up to the cases, we were immediately drawn to the display of bright shiny objects. It was fun to bump into people we hadn’t had a chance to talk with in a while, and ask about their pieces. All that artist energy was exciting, and we weren’t even missing the Super Bowl.

A serious metals discussion
A serious metals discussion, I am sure!

I have to admit I have been back to Many Hands Gallery a few times since the opening, just to absorb it all again. One day one of the women who works there said she “loved my necklace,” which really made my day! So if you haven’t been back, it is definitely worth your time to visit and enjoy the experience over and over.

Susan Shallenberger,
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