StoneSetting Workshop with Curtis Arima

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

EARLY BIRD PRICING
Register by Thursday 5/30/2024 for $10 off pricing

Early Bird Guild Member Price: $340
Early Bird Non-Member Price: $385

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.

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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 familiarity using a flex shaft


STUDENTS BRING THE FOLLOWING (Detailed list to be expanded soon.)

  • 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)

LUNCH
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.

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

COVID-19 GUIDELINES
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.

CANCELLATION POLICY
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

“SELL WHAT YOU WEAR” 2024

red, silver, white and gold amoeba like shapes to announce to "participating artists" the "Sell What You Wear" signup deadline of 5/19 for the Around and Round exhibit + sale opening reception on "June 2" 2024 from "2-4PM"; the exhibit is for "jewelry & sculpture"

Everyone is welcome at the Opening Reception
June 2, 2024 from 2 – 4 pm

Exhibiting artists are invited to participate in the “Sell What You Wear” experience at the “Around and Round” exhibit opening reception

Bring a list of SELL WHAT YOU WEAR items to the artwork drop off. The gallery needs this list to prepare for possible sales of jewelry you plan to wear at the opening reception.

HOW TO “SELL WHAT YOU WEAR
Each exhibiting artist may wear pieces to the opening reception that are for sale, IF you fill out the form below. Once PVA has the information you enter which includes, the sales price (WITH the commission for PVA included, media used, title, and description) those pieces will be considered part of that selling opportunity.

All exhibiting artists are encouraged to participate. If this is your first time exhibiting and you have questions, send us an email and we will answer your questions.

Artwork for Sale If a person at the opening reception is interested in buying a piece that you are wearing, take that person with you to the PVA office at the front of the gallery. PVA staff will assist you and will help the customer purchase your piece(s).

Membership in PVA is optional, but encouraged. See: pvarts.org to join
For items that sell, PVA will take a 30% commission on your artwork if you are a member of PVA. The commission rate is 45% if you are not a member of PVA. Work should be priced accordingly.


You have already submitted this form three times.

Contact Toni Danzig and Annette Nemes via exhibits@mbmag.org if you wish to wear more pieces for the reception's Sell What You Wear.


Volunteers Needed and Very Much Appreciated

Please let Toni Danzig know via email (tonidan@comcast.net), if you are interested in helping. Your participation is requested and very much appreciated. Artists were asked to choose a volunteer activity when you submitted your exhibit artwork. If you would like to volunteer to help in more ways, please contact Toni.

Click the bar below to read the details and timing for each volunteer activity.

Volunteer Activities for the Exhibition

Exhibit installation: Help organize and place artwork in the gallery the weekend of May 11th

Gift shop organization: Organize and install artwork in the gallery gift shop area the weekend of May 11th

Photography Assistance: Help other artists take photographs of their artwork (via advice or in-person). Your contact information will be passed on to artists who request this type of help.

Form Assistance: Help other artists fill out the exhibit entry forms (via advice). Your contact information will be passed on to artists who request this type of help.

Case and Vitrine Moving TO Gallery: On May 11, 2024, 6 volunteers and 3 vans or trucks are needed to move the cases and vitrines from Santa Cruz to Watsonville and assemble them in the gallery

Make-a-Bracelet: On June 15, 2024, the guild needs at least 6 volunteers from 11-4pm to assist with our free-to-the-public Make-a-Bracelet event. We assist people at each step to create a cuff bracelet. We need assistance from 11-noon to setup, and 3-4pm to clean up.

Return Exhibit Artwork to Artists: On July 14, 2024 from 4-7pm, organize and assist return of pieces to artists from the exhibit (4 volunteers are needed)

Return Gift Shop Artwork to Artists: On July 14, 2024 from 4-7pm, organize and assist return of gift shop pieces to the artists (2 volunteers are needed)

Case and Vitrine Moving FROM Gallery: On July 15, 2024, 6 volunteers and 3 vans or trucks are needed to disassemble and move the cases and vitrines from the gallery in Watsonville to Santa Cruz

Public Relations: Write a public relations release and send it to news outlets

Post Card Distribution: Visit local organizations and hotels in the Monterey, Watsonville, and Santa Cruz area to provide packs of postcards to promote the exhibit

Social Media: Create and post photos and videos to social media to promote the exhibit

Small Scale Foldforming for Jewelry with Charles Lewton-Brain

extended deadline. "Small Scale Foldforming for Jewelry: Charles Lewton-Brain: April 27-28, 2024: Register by April 13th, 2024: Presented by MBMAG" Workshop Announcement with photo of a blackened coiled copper form

WAITLIST DEADLINE
Friday April 26, 2024, 5 pm PT

THE IN-PERSON WORKSHOP WILL BE HELD
April 27 – 28, 2024 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
@
Creator Haven, 41B Hangar Way, Watsonville, CA 95076

Charles Lewton-Brain invented fold-forming, and the guild is happy to offer this opportunity to learn from him in-person this Spring in Watsonville, California.

Member price: $410
Non-Member price: $455

NO kit fee for this workshop

The workshop is open to everyone.

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


WORKSHOP DETAILS

Quickly form copper sheet metal into wonderful 3-D shapes and textures from sheets of metal without any soldering.

Learn many low-impact  ways to fold metal in this 2 day workshop. You’ll leave with samples and ideas for further exploration. The workshop focuses on using foldforming methods in a smaller scale, aiming for jewelry making, concentrating on techniques that work for jewelry. You’ll learn the most appropriate foldforming approaches for textures, shapes and designs for small work. Bracelets, brooches and earrings are addressed.

Fold-forming uses sheet material, folds it, works it and then unfolds it. Fold forming is a quick, easily learned way of shaping sheet metal with hand tools. It emphasizes forming using the metal’s characteristics.  Shaping is extremely efficient and rapid (many are 3-7 minutes working time). Tools are simple; fingers, hammers, anvil and mill. Complex relief forms are made from sheets of metal often on one annealing.

THE WAITLIST

Register here for the wait list for the Small Scale Foldforming for Jewelry Workshop on April 27 & 28, 2024. If a spot opens up, we will contact people on the Wait List in the order in which they have added their name. If we do not hear from them within 24 hours, the next person will move to the top of the list. If we don’t hear from that person within 24 hours, it will be offered to the next person on the list. 

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

WE PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING EQUIPMENT

Safety goggles, but you may bring your own if you wish.

Creator Haven has kits with goldsmith hammers, rubber mallets, and other basic metal tools, and we have an few hammers to share. 

Optional things to bring if you have them, but don’t worry if you don’t have them: chasing tools, especially lining/tracer tools, aviation snips, half round ring forming pliers. We have these to share, but you may want your own. Cheap aviation snips are available for purchase at Harbor Freight.

If you’d like to purchase a forging or raising hammer, please let Pat Evans know via the email address in your registration confirmation email. We will be placing an order for the forging hammers Charles recommends. Price TBD. 


STUDENTS BRING THE FOLLOWING EQUIPMENT

  • Pens
  • Notebook
  • Camera (phone cameras can work well) for recording samples
  • Ear plugs or ear muffs
  • Hammers and mallets, especially forging and raising hammers.

LUNCH
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.

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

COVID-19 GUIDELINES
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.

CANCELLATION POLICY
In the event we have to 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 “Buy Now” button and by paying the registration fee, you are agreeing to this cancellation policy.

More About Charles Lewton-Brain

Charles Lewton-Brain is a master goldsmith. He trained, studied and worked in Germany, Canada and the United States. Charles Lewton-Brain’s work is concerned with nature and structure. His jewelry and research into compositional systems for metalworking have been published internationally. He invented and disseminated foldforming, a system of working sheet metal new to the field. 

Lewton-Brain has been recognized globally for his art work, and received Canada’s highest honor for Craft, The Saidye Bronfman Governor Generals Award. A distinguished Fellow of the Society of North American Goldsmiths, a member of the Royal Canadian Academy and a Fellow of the Gemological Association of Great Britain, he has lectured and taught in England, Germany, the United States, Canada and Australia. He is a consultant on the jewelry field, and has written expert witness reports regarding health and safety in US legal cases. He co-founded the Ganoksin Project with Dr. Hanuman Aspler in 1996, now the worlds largest educational website for jeweler’s information.  Author of nine books and hundreds of articles, he has taught hundreds of workshops internationally.

Around and Round: All Member Exhibit Spring-Summer 2024

red, silver, white and gold amoeba like shapes to announce to "participating artists" the "See and Buy" at the Around and Round exhibit + sale Opening Reception on "June 2" 2024 from "2-4PM"; "Don't be shy, see and buy"

@ Pajaro Valley Arts, Watsonville, CA
exhibit + sale opens May 29, 2024

opening reception with “See and Buy” of the
jewelry the artists are wearing June 2, 2 – 4 pm

exhibit + sale closes July 14, 2024

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.


At the artists’ at the opening reception Sun June 2, 2024 2-4 pm
light refreshments will be served and exhibiting artists will be selling some of the jewelry they are wearing in “See and Buy”. All attendees can purchase jewelry off the artists and take the jewelry home the same day!

Most of the exhibition pieces are also for sale.

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

EXHIBITION & EVENT SCHEDULE

June 2, 2024 (Sun)
2 – 4 pm

“See and Buy” at the Artists Opening Reception

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

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

AMERICAN CRAFT COUNCIL ANNOUNCES AWARDS
HONORING DISTINCTION IN THE CRAFT FIELD

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

2024 ACC AWARD HONOREES

Visit the ACC website at craftcouncil.org for more information about all the honorees

GOLD MEDAL FOR CONSUMMATE CRAFTSMANSHIP

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

COLLEGE OF FELLOWS
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)

HONORARY FELLOWS

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

AWARD OF DISTINCTION

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

AILEEN OSBORN WEBB AWARD FOR PHILANTHROPY 

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 craftcouncil.org

Around and Round Artwork Details Submission Form

@ Pajaro Valley Arts, Watsonville, CA
exhibit + sale opens May 29, 2024
exhibit + sale closes July 17, 2024

Entry Fee: $35
Click here to register by Feb 29, 2024

Final day to submit artwork details is April 29, 2024
Any photos must be submitted by Feb 29, 2024 to be considered for inclusion on the postcard.

We encourage artists to create up to 3 new art jewelry pieces.
The theme Around and Round may be interpreted as you wish. 

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.

Up to 3 pieces of metal art can be submitted for the exhibit + sale
Prices must include gallery commission

Artwork can be anything you made in metal art ranging from sculpture to objects to jewelry.

At the artists’ at the opening reception Sun June 2, 2024 2-4 pm
light refreshments will be served and exhibiting artists can sell jewelry they are wearing in “Sell What You Wear”.

A third sales opportunity is the PVA Gift Shop where you can sell up to 5 pieces. If any of those pieces sell, PVA will contact you and ask if you’d like to replace the sold piece with another piece to sell.

The show is NOT juried
Photos are not required

The entry fee is non-refundable and is used to help cover the guild’s costs and provide events for our members

All communications between you and mbmag.org are secured via SSL.

Artist and artwork details plus photos (optional) are submitted via the online form.

Artwork must be complete before beginning the artwork details submission process.

SCROLL DOWN TO SUBMIT ARTWORK DETAILS

CLICK EACH OF THE TOPICS BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION

We are excited to announce that Pajaro Valley Arts will be hosting the exhibition both in person and virtually. Visit the PVArts.org Virtual Tours page to see an example of a virtual show

As part of the exhibition, the Pajaro Valley Arts gallery will also sell member’s art in their gift shop area. In our previous gallery exhibit and sale, many members had successful gallery gift shop sales. Exhibiting artists are welcome to provide up to 5 pieces priced at less than $200 for the PVA Gift Shop area.

What’s the difference?? Art submitted for the EXHIBIT area must be one-of-a-kind and may be any price. Art submitted for the GIFT SHOP area must be priced at less than $200 and may be a design of which you create multiples for sale.

Exhibiting artists are also invited to participate in the “Sell What You Wear” experience at the “Around and Round” opening reception. Details will be sent out via email closer to the reception date along with a link to fill out a form for you to “Sell What You Wear”.

The Registration Confirmation email you receive will contain a link to this page. At the bottom of this page is the online artwork submission form.

Pajaro Valley Arts, in collaboration with MBMAG exhibit team members, will create printed and virtual postcards which will be provided at no extra cost to participating artists.

  • The Around and Round Exhibit + Sale accepts new and established guild members. You may JOIN or Renew NOW to enter artwork. Everyone is welcome regardless of residence location
  • All submissions must be original in design and demonstrate a professional level of skill.
  • Maximum of 3 pieces may be entered for the gallery exhibit + sale
  • All artwork in the gallery exhibit must NOT have been exhibited at any previous PVA shows
  • Up to 5 pieces may be entered for the Gift Shop Area of the PVA gallery
  • All art must be priced with the gallery commission included
  • Sculpture is accepted and we love that PVA is a place to exhibit sculptures
  • Your submission will be considered complete when the appropriate entry fee has been paid via the above registration link, and all required artwork submission details are complete via the online form below by midnight Monday April 29, 2024.
  • Entry submission implies agreement to the PVA Loan Agreement terms

Photos are NOT required, but all artists are encouraged to submit photos so we may advertise your pieces

Volunteers and needed and very much appreciated

  • Please let Toni Danzig know if you are interested in helping.
  • Each artist will be asked to choose a volunteer activity when submitting artwork. Click the bar below to read the details and timing for each volunteer activity.

Volunteers and needed and very much appreciated for the following activities:

  • Exhibit installation: Help organize and place artwork in the gallery the weekend of May 11th
  • Gift Shop Organization: Organize and install artwork in the gallery’s gift shop area on the weekend of May 11th
  • Photography Assistance: Help other artists take photographs of their artwork (via advice or in-person). Your contact information will be passed on to artists who request this type of help.
  • Form Assistance: Help other artists fill out the exhibit entry forms (via advice). Your contact information will be passed on to artists who request this type of help.
  • Case and Vitrine Moving TO Gallery: On May 11, 2024, 6 volunteers and 3 vans or trucks are needed to move the cases and vitrines from Santa Cruz to Watsonville and assemble them in the gallery
  • Make-a-Bracelet: On June 15, 2024, the guild needs at least 6 volunteers from 11-4pm to assist with our free-to-the-public Make-a-Bracelet event. We assist people at each step to create a cuff bracelet. We need assistance from 11-noon to setup, and 3-4pm to clean up.
  • Return Exhibit Artwork to Artists: On July 14, 2024 from 4-7pm, organize and assist return of pieces to artists from the exhibit (4 volunteers are needed)
  • Return Gift Shop Artwork to Artists: On July 14, 2024 from 4-7pm, organize and assist return of gift shop pieces to the artists (2 volunteers are needed)
  • Case and Vitrine Moving FROM Gallery: On July 15, 2024, 6 volunteers and 3 vans or trucks are needed to disassemble and move the cases and vitrines from the gallery in Watsonville to Santa Cruz
  • Public Relations: Write a public relations release for the guild and send it to news outlets
  • Post Card Distribution: Visit local organizations and hotels in the Monterey, Watsonville, and Santa Cruz area to provide packs of postcards to promote the exhibit
  • Social Media: Create and post photos and videos to social media to promote the exhibit
  1. Log in to your mbmag.org account
  2. Click on the link in the Registration Confirmation email you received
  3. SCROLL DOWN to the Artwork Submission Form
  4. Artwork details (including dimensions of each piece) are due when you fill out the submission form below; and must be submitted no later than Feb 29, 2024
  5. We’ve created a generic tutorial video for the submission forms. This tutorial does NOT show the Around and Round exhibit form and is meant to be a general guide.
  6. The Labels and Records, aka Inventory, forms are created automatically for you by the online form and automatically emailed to you upon form submission with a filled in copy of the PVA Loan Agreement. Follow the instructions in the PDF.
  7. Create a printed Artist Statement and Artist Biography for the Artists Book displayed at the gallery. These pages help sell your art. The gallery staff uses the exhibit Artists Book to help inform potential customers about each piece and the associated artist. Please help the gallery team sell your artwork by providing the Artist Statement and Artist Biography.
  8. Deliver your printed Statement/Biography sheet(s) with your art to the show organizers. See below for helpful links on creating a Statement and/or Bio.

NOW – Feb 29, 2024

Register to participate in Around and Round

April 29, 2024 (Mon)

All artwork details are DUE by midnight. Photos are NOT required.

May 4, 2024 (Sat)
1 – 3 pm

Monterey Area Artists Artwork drop off at Paris Bakery, Monterey, CA

May 5, 2024 (Sun)
1 – 3 pm

Artwork drop off at The Farm Bakery Cafe, Aptos, CA

May 29, 2024 (Wed)

Exhibition opens

June 2, 2024 (Sun)
2 – 4 pm

Artists Opening Reception with “Sell What You Wear” opportunity for exhibiting artists

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 17, 2024 (Sun)

Exhibition Closes at 4 pm

July 17, 2024 (Sun)
5 – 7 pm

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

Online submission with up to THREE pieces of work that have not been previously exhibited at PVA. Submit artist and artwork details. Images are NOT required to exhibit artwork. We encourage artists to upload high-quality images as part of the submission process. The higher the quality of the photo, the higher the likelihood it will be used for the postcards and social media advertising. See PHOTOS above for tips and guidelines.

Dimensions, materials used, type of artwork, artist contact information and optional narrative statements are all provided using the online form.

ARTWORK SUBMISSION FORM

Before starting the submission form, verify that you are logged in to your account on the website and that you have all the information for ALL the pieces you will be submitting. You may only submit this form ONE time. For the best results, log OUT and then LOGIN again BEFORE beginning the form. If you have been logged into the website for 48 hours, the website may automatically and without warning log you out. The website will continue to allow you to enter data, but none will be saved. To resolve this and other issues with form submissions, READ THIS GUIDE.

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End of Year Membership Discount

details in text about how to obtain a membership from Oct 1st 2023 through Dec 31st 2024. The background is a light yellow, the words "EXTEND Your Membership! are in orange. All the text surrounds a detailed outline of opened up needle nose pliers

15 months for the price of 12!

Join or renew anytime after Oct 1st through Dec 31st and your membership extends all the way through to the end of the following year!

Immediately after joining or renewing, you are welcome to sign up for any of the upcoming workshops or exhibits sponsored by the guild.

View our current member benefits, and watch your email for announcements of more member benefits. Join the email list by entering your name and email list at the bottom of the web page.


Former guild members can take advantage of this 15 months for the price of 12 discount by using the email address associated with your past guild membership.

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.

Join Our Current and Historical Record of Member Artists

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 in which our past and current metal artist members have shared their style and processes.

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.  The pieces have a means to connect it on both ends and once linked together would become 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.

Stone Carving at the Bench: Online Workshop with Ryan Gardner

Three examples of what students of the Stone Carving at the Bench workshop will learn: a pendant with glass cabachone with gold leaf inverse bubbles; a ring with a carved purple cabachon and center cabachon, a carved turquoise stone with an inset round diamond, "Oct 28-29, 2023; 10 am - 1 pm"

100% ONLINE
$215 per student

Workshop Cancelled

Gain a new understanding of working with stone and incorporating it into your designs. Learn techniques involved for carving and drilling stones at your bench without large lapidary equipment!

You’ll be shown a number of different diamond bits to achieve a variety of designs and textures in your stones, alter the shape, drill holes, and how to polish those carvings. Ryan will show students the process for creating laminations as well as his technique for applying metal leaf to the carvings.

The workshop will be entirely online through our private Zoom website. Participants agree that they will not share their login information or the post-class video with any non-registered students. For more information on virtual classes, see our Online Workshop Information pageYou will receive a video of the workshop a few days after it ends so you may review the class and practice along with the instructor. The video will be available for 60 days after receipt of the link.

We welcome beginners.

Tools & Materials List (downloadable PDF)

Prerequisites:
Beginners to metalsmithing are welcome!
Access to Zoom meetings via phone, tablet or computer
Workshop participants must be current MBMAG members (Join or Renew NOW)

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

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:
Midnight PDT on Sunday Oct 15, 2023

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CANCELLATION POLICY

In the event we have to cancel a workshop, you will be notified prior to the start date and will be issued a full refund.

Cancellations more than 4 weeks prior to the workshop are refundable less a 6% service fee.

Cancellations more than 2 weeks prior to the workshop are refundable less a 15% service fee.

Cancellations two weeks or less prior to the workshop are not refundable unless there is a wait list for the class and the seat is filled.

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

About Ryan Gardner

Portrait of workshop instructor, metalsmith Ryan Gardner wearing a striped long sleeve polo shirt

Participation in the arts was always important to me growing up. A strong arts program in high school influenced my decision to pursue a degree in the arts. At Bowling Green State University, I discovered and fell in love with metals. Michael Boyd became an inspiration for me. Upon graduation I apprenticed for Michael Boyd at his studio in Colorado. The experience turned into an eight year adventure that continues today. With Michael I learned to work with and manipulate stone, adding a new element to my love of jewelry design.

I showcase my work in galleries across the country and on Ryan Gardner Designs. I love combining stone and metal in new ways to create works of art for people to enjoy.

Art of 10 Guild Members in Local Gallery Show

Pajaro Vallley Arts Presents "Out of the Fire" curated by Susana Arias and Judy Stabile, this show postcard lists the hours and times for the gallery and the opening reception in Watsonville, California. Metal artists, glass artists and more are on exhibit and for sale

Pajaro Valley Arts new Out of the Fire exhibition and sale features all types of art “created using fire as a transformative tool in the making of the work.

The Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild is happy 10 of our Guild members are in this show! The artists are: Ron Baldwin, Lynette Cederquist, Helene Daniels, Kirk McNeill, Melissa Offutt, Cynthia Starkey, Lynne Todaro, Rebecca Wallace, Lynda Watson and Mary Weeks! Congratulations!

The juried exhibit features 55 local artists.

The show runs from August 9, 2023 – September 14, 2023
Opening reception from 2 – 4pm on Sunday August 13, 2023

Pajaro Valley Arts, 35 Sudden St, Watsonville CA
Open 11 am – 4pm Wed – Sunday