Around and Round: All Member Exhibit Spring-Summer 2024

Make-a-Bracelet free activity for all at 37 Sudden Street, Watsonville, CA on June 15th from noon - 3pm. Sponsored by Pajaro Valley Arts and the Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild in conjunction with the Around and Round Exhibit & Sale

@ Pajaro Valley Arts, Watsonville, CA
exhibit + sale open NOW through July 14, 2024

Saturday June 15, noon – 3 pm
Community Event: Free to ALL:
event with free snacks

Join us in the patio garden area behind the gallery and create a cuff bracelet with the assistance of guild members

We encouraged artists to create up to
3 new metal art pieces
(sculpture, jewelry, or a mix of both )

The theme Around and Round was interpreted by each artist

Word cloud made of paths. Around and Round. Traveling. Traversing. Philosophy. Sophistry. Wheels. Orbs.  Ball. Orbiting. A Resonant Voice. Circulatory System. Venn Diagram. Ring. Bubbles. Hydrologic Cycles. Hugs. Planets. Going  Full-Circle.


Most of the exhibition pieces are for sale. Many of our show artists also have put pieces in the PVA Gift Shop and Gift Shop Annex where you may buy pieces for $200 or less.

June 2, 2024 (Sun)
2 – 4 pm

June 15, 2024 (Sat)
12 – 3 pm

Free to the public Make-a-Bracelet event with free snacks. Join us in the patio garden area behind the gallery and create a cuff bracelet with the assistance of guild members.

July 14, 2024 (Sun)

Exhibition Closes at 4 pm

July 14, 2024 (Sun)
5 – 7 pm

All artists pick up any unsold artwork in-person at the PVA Gallery

StoneSetting Workshop with Curtis Arima

Wait list for MBMAG workshop: Amplify your stone setting workshop with Curtis Hidemasa Arima June 22-23, 2024 In Person, Watsonville, CA. The workshop is open to all.


Amplify your stone setting skills
in this workshop with Curtis Hidemasa Arima

Pricing After Thurs 5/30/24:
Guild Member: $350
Non-Member: $395

Registration Ends Sat 6/8/24 at 11:59 PM

NO kit fee for this workshop
Information on required tools & materials will be posted soon

The workshop is open to everyone

Join the guild now or renew an expired membership now
to take advantage of member pricing

DAY 1: Flush, bead and basic pavé setting
We will be setting 2 and 3mm round faceted gems to add interest to your pieces using flush (aka gypsy), bead and pavé (in a row) settings.

Day 2: Problem Solving
Curtis will help you problem solve settings that have caused difficulties. Bring your unfinished project with stones or setting challenges to get answers on how to complete your gemstone pieces.

Outline images of flush aka gypsy stone setting, a bead setting, and a row of pavé stones set.
Day 1: Learn Techniques
Day 2: Problem Solving

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WE PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING EQUIPMENT: Safety goggles, but you may bring your own if you wish.

STUDENTS SHOULD BE FAMILIAR WITH beginning metalsmithing techniques, including using a flex shaft

STUDENTS BRING THE FOLLOWING (Detailed list available for download here.)

  • 3 or more finished (without stones) rings: 2mm thick by 2.5-3mm wide in any ring size
  • Pens
  • Notebook
  • Camera (phone cameras can work well) for recording samples
  • Ear plugs or ear muffs (as needed)
  • Metal scribe
  • Tweezers
  • Point burnisher
  • Ball, heart, cone (aka flame) and setting burrs (details TBD)
  • Cup burrs
  • Knife graver (TBD)

Please bring your own lunch. We have a refrigerator, microwave and convection oven. We provide coffee and  tea. The refrigerator has filtered water. If you don’t want to bring a lunch, there are fast food restaurants nearby.

Our website, and the traffic to and from the website, is encrypted for your security. Note the closed padlock symbol to the left of….The “s” in “https” also means the site is secure.

Please review the Creator Haven COVID-19 guidelines for in-person students.
For the health and safety our staff and students, students are required to be fully vaccinated and boosted. All workshop participants are required to agree to and execute the COVID-19 and General Liability releases prior to beginning the workshop.

In the event the guild must cancel a class, you will be notified prior to the start date and will be issued a full refund.

Cancellations more than two weeks prior to class are refundable less a 5% service fee. Cancellations two weeks or less prior to class are not refundable unless there is a wait list for the class AND the seat is filled.

By clicking on the “Register Now” button and by paying the registration fee, you are agreeing to this cancellation policy.

More About Curtis Hidemasa Arima

Curtis Hidemasa Aria Portrait Headshot. Curtis is wearing a dark hand made shirt standing in front of greenery in a garden.
Curtis Hidemasa Arima

Curtis Hidemasa Arima is an educator and metalsmith who is drawn to the transformative nature of materials and the memory, emotion, and history that objects can hold. He earned a BFA from California College of Arts and Crafts and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy. His jewelry and sculpture has been exhibited/published nationally and internationally.  He has lectured and taught workshops in the US, Japan, and China. He is on the Board of Directors of the Ethical Metalsmiths and part of their Education Committee.  As current Professor and Chair of the Jewelry & Metal Art Program at California College of the Arts, he enjoys mentoring students to find their artistic identity and connection to more sustainable practices.

His publications include Metalsmith Magazine, Sculpture Magazine, Lapidary Journal, the Lark 500 Series books, and New Brooches.

See more of Curtis’ artwork on his website

If you are a current guild member, you may watch a recording of CURTIS’ PRESENTATION AT THE GUILD 2024 WINTER PARTY

RJM Deco by Curtis Arima

Brooch by Curtis Arima

Curtis Arima Presentation Video Available to Current Members

"Watch the Video" of the Winter Party presentation: "Sustaining Multiple Art Practices" by Curtis Arima. "His philosophy is to be a thinking and environmentally caring artist." Presented on Sunday Jan 28, 2024 at the Elks Loge on Martinelli Street in Watsonville, CA. Two large snowflakes decorate the top 1/2 of the image. A color portrait of Curtis Arima is in the lower right corner. He is smiling and wearing glasses and a colorful shirt in flowered patterns. The Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild square logo is in the lower left corner. Featuring calipers, pliers, a graver and a hammer.

All current guild members

may now watch the video online in the Member Resources section. Login to your guild account then navigate to the Member Resources page and click on the image for Curtis Arima.

Curtis Hidemasa Nickerson Arima is a San Francisco Bay Area artist and educator who ties sustainability into all aspects of his life and work.

The hour long presentation includes

  • Artistic practice (History and Overview)
  • Inspirations: Personal, Cultural and Emotional
  • Custom and Studio Jewelry: Professional and Financial Sustainability
  • Personal History: Emotional and Personal Sustainability
  • Sustainability: Personal, Cultural, Historical, Social
  • Jewelry & Metal Art Program at California College of the Arts: Includes Student Artwork
  • Supporting Sustainable Practices at CCA / JMA
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Expanded Sustainability Goals
  • Responsible Jewelry Practices for Mr. Arima’s Artwork plus Resources and Overview

Thank you again to Curtis Arima!!!

Black and white portrait of Curtis Arima melting metal in a crucible in his workshop. He is wearing eye protection and a fire resistant glove in his left hand. His apron has vertical stripes. He is wearing a necklace. In the foreground is the top of a rolling mill.
Curtis Arima melting metal into a crucible

Lynda Watson Named to ACC’s College of Fellows

"2024 ACC Fellow Honoree Lynda Watson" with a portrait of Lynda Watson taken by rr jones and 2 images of her jewelry taken by rr jones


2024 Awards include The College of Fellows, Gold Medal for Consummate Craftsmanship, Award of Distinction, and Aileen Osborn Webb Award for Philanthropy

Minneapolis, MN (January 23, 2024) – The American Craft Council (ACC), a national nonprofit dedicated to advancing American craft, announced today the winners of its four major awards. This year marks the 54th year of the awards honoring individuals and organizations for exceptional artistic, scholarly and philanthropic contributions to the craft field.

First presented in 1970, and biennially since 2010, the ACC Awards include the College of Fellows, the Gold Medal for Consummate Craftsmanship, the Award of Distinction, and the Aileen Osborn Webb Award for Philanthropy. This year’s awards highlight 17 artists, curators and arts advocates and who continue to uplift traditions while advancing the boundaries and impact of contemporary craft.

ACC will celebrate this year’s honorees during a virtual ceremony in September of this year. Specific date, time, and details forthcoming.

Biennially, ACC accepts nominations for its awards, which typically come from the current Fellows and a guest list of nominators. Honorees are selected by an Awards Committee, comprised of past Fellows or Honorary Fellows, and are chosen based on professional accomplishments, achievements and support of the craft field.

“This cohort of honorees is an exceptional group of artists, educators and arts advocates who have dedicated themselves and their careers to not only their craft but the craft field as a whole,” said Andrea Specht, executive director, ACC. “Their impact on the arts community has and continues to shape the field and will continue to influence generations to come. We’re honored to recognize them for their contributions.”

“One of the most valuable aspects of the ACC Awards program is that it has a long history that deepens with every new award cycle,” shared Tom Loeser, ACC Fellow 2012, Awards Committee Chair and ACC Trustee. “This year the awardees are amazing, envelope-expanding, inspirational, and risk-taking creative forces. The American Craft Council is honored to celebrate this stellar group of awardees as they continue to create the evolving history of the craft field.”

ACC Awards programming is possible thanks to generous support from the Windgate Charitable Foundation.

Lynda Watson, of Santa Cruz, CA, is an artist specializing in jewelry who was awarded two individual National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships and was named Santa Cruz County Artist of the Year. In 2022, she was selected Master Metalsmith by the Metal Museum in Memphis, TN. 

Her work has been shown nationally and internationally and is in the permanent collections of museums here and abroad. It has appeared in numerous books and periodicals and a catalog of her work was recently published by the Metal Museum.

Lynda is a long time member of the Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild


Visit the ACC website at for more information about all the honorees


Nick Cave (Chicago, IL)
Wendy Maruyama (San Diego, CA)
Anne Wilson (Evanston, IL)

Syd Carpenter (Philadelphia, PA)
Michael A. Cummings (New York City, NY)
Einar and Jamex De La Torre (San Diego, CA)
Yuri Kobayashi (Camden, ME)
Mark Newport (Hamtramck, MI)
Michael Puryear (Shokan, NY)
Diego Romero (Santa Fe, NM)
Lynda Watson (Santa Cruz, CA)


Diana Baird N’Diaye, Ph.D. (Cheverly, MD), Cultural Specialist and Curator, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Cindi Strauss (Houston, TX), Sara and Bill Morgan Curator of Decorative Arts, Craft, and Design, Museum of Fine Arts Houston


JoAnn Edwards (San Francisco, CA),Co-Founder and Executive Director, Museum of Craft and Design

Carol Sauvion (Beverly Hills, CA),Founder and Director, Craft in America


Charles “Chuck” Duddingston (Minneapolis, MN)

American Craft Council (ACC) is a national nonprofit working to keep the craft community connected, inspired, and thriving. Founder Aileen Osborn Webb recognized the significant impact craft has on individuals and communities and established the nonprofit to preserve, cultivate, and celebrate this communal heritage. Eighty years later, the organization’s efforts span the nation. ACC shares stories and amplifies voices through American Craft magazine and other online content, creates marketplace events that support artists and connect people to craft, and celebrates craft’s legacy through longstanding awards and a unique research library. A range of other programs creates space for dialogue and action—because ACC believes craft can bring us together as people. Learn more at

Links Project

More than 50 links donated by Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild members over the years. Each link is done in the artists' own style. The links are connected to each other to form a long chain.

Our gallery shows are a great opportunity to view the Links Project in person. If there’s a wall available at our exhibit, we hang our links project cases.

Join Our Current and Historical Record of Member Artists

In 2023, the guild began expanding into a new case with the two new links donated by Roxanne Beebe and Susan Shallenberger (shown below)

In 2015, the guild began a new “Links Project” which demonstrated each of our member’s style and personality. 

In ~ 2003, MBMAG asked each member to create and donate a small piece of artwork that would reflect their skills and aesthetic.  Each piece connects on both ends. Once linked together it became one chain of unique works.

Roxanne Beebe's donation to the Links Project is a sterling silver bat with integrated loops at the wing ends. The patination on the bat helps emphasize it's features.
Metal artist Roxanne Beebe donated this silver bat link to the Links Project in 2023
Jewelry artist Susan Shallenberger donated this enameled link with a centerpiece featuring a bee flowers and the sun. The link will be attached to the Links Project in it's 3rd case; which is new as of 202308.
Artist Susan Shallenberger donated this enameled link to the Links Project in 2023

We invite all members to create and donate a link within the following parameters

  • The individual piece should range be a minimum size of 1 x 1 x 1″ HLD*
  • The individual piece must not exceed to 1.5 x 2 x 1″ HLD*
  • The piece must be link-able on both ends
  • The piece must reflect your unique style

*HLD = Height x Length x Depth where Length is the measurement between the link-able end rings

Contact us if you’d like to donate a link or have more questions.