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,
Contributor

Made With Love Press Release

Heart - Ina Hohensee, artist

The following press release will be in Beach Neighbor’s Spotlight.  This is a magazine that is distributed (free) to 4,000 upscale homes within: Aptos, Capitola, Soquel, La Selva Beach and Watsonville:

Ina Hohensee Heart
Ina Hohensee’s Heart for Made With Love 2015

The Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild present: Made with Love

A showcase of recent work from the studio jewelers, metal artists and sculptors of the Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild (MBMAG) will be on display the entire month of February, 2015 at the Many Hands Gallery, 510 Bay Ave. Capitola, CA.
Many Hands Gallery specializes in art local artists and is a destination for one-of-a-kind collectibles and gifts.
The opening reception is on February 1, 2015 2-4pm
‘Made with Love’ features work from over 46 talented artists from the entire Monterey Bay Community. These artists express their unique style and let their imaginations come alive in high-karat gold, silver, steel, copper, or brass. Techniques range from traditional gold and silversmithing, forging, casting, and enameling. The main focus of the show is art jewelry but visitors will also find an array of outstanding metal art objects and sculptures.
Made with Love is the perfect opportunity to purchase a locally made piece of Art or Jewelry for your special someone for Valentine’s Day!

The Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild (MBMAG), which started in the early 1990’s with ten people meeting in each others homes, has evolved into a highly respected entity that provides education, exhibition opportunities, support and community to its more than 100 members. From the Santa Cruz Mountains to Big Sur and beyond, we come together to share techniques and experiences.

The artists of the MBMAG are as varied as the beautiful Monterey Bay area in which we live and work. We are sculptors who make jewelry, jewelers who make sculpture, metal artists who incorporate glass and glass artists who incorporate metal. We work in media that range from high-karat gold to found objects, and the results are highly individual expressions in a great variety of materials, including metal.

The cornerstones of our guild are the excellent metal arts programs at Cabrillo College in Aptos and the Monterey Peninsula College in Monterey. Our keystones are the instructors, Theresa Lovering-Brown, Dawn Nakanishi, Carol Holaday, and Angela Gleason. Along with Cabrillo College professor emeritus Lynda Watson, these artists are our mentors and inspirations.

The work in this exhibit, “Expression in Metal”, represents recent work created MBMAG members. We are honored to be in the Many Hands Gallery to share our craft.

Guild Mission Statement:

Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild is a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging an environment of education, networking, and community interaction, as well as support and general camaraderie for artists working in metal.

Call for Entries! Fifth Annual “Made with Love”

Made with Love 2015 - necklace  Barbara Banducci

Necklace - Barbara BanducciMonterey Bay Metal Arts Guild is pleased to present its fifth annual exhibition at Many Hands Gallery in Capitola, February 1 – 28, 2015.

You are invited to participate in this very successful event. We will accept up to two pieces from each artist. The theme and the title of the show are “Made with Love”.

Entry Deadline: January 11, 2015; the entry fee for this show is $20.00.

Eligibilty: Open to all current, 2015 MBMAG members. If you have not already renewed, you will need to pay for your 2015 MBMAG membership ($35.00) to be eligible to enter this show. Fees are NONREFUNDABLE.

Winter Party January 11, 2015! Guest Speaker Emiko Oye!

Emiko Oye - bracelet

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Mark your calendars! The MBMAG community will ring in the new year at Haute Enchilada in Moss Landing, Sunday, January 11, 2015 at high noon!  Here are the details:

Location:  Haute Enchilada, Moss Landing, 7902 MOSS LANDING ROAD, MOSS LANDING    831-633-5843\

Schedule:
12:00 – Pin Swap and Hors d’oeuveres caterd Haute Enchilada
Bring as many or as few pins as you like, Get crazy and creative – anything goes.
There is no potluck this year, we’d appreciate it if you let us know if you’re coming so we order enough food!
1:00  Meeting and Announcements
Very short meeting and announcements
2:00Talk Emiko Oye,
Emiko Oye, noted jeweler, user of recycled and green materials, and past President of the San Francisco MAG.