Links Project

Join Our Historical Record of Member Artists

Links Challenge - MBMAG
Part of the original Links Project

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

In 2015 we started a new “Links Project” which demonstrated each of our member’s style and personality.  The new chain of links is exhibited, along with the original chain, at our exhibits and events.

Contribute a Link

We invite all members to make a link that meets the following parameters
The individual piece should range from 1″ x 1″ to 1-1/2″ x 2″.
– The piece must be link-able on both ends
– The piece must reflect your unique style.

Send an email if you have more questions, or are ready to donate your link.

Call for Artists: “Reflections” Exhibition & Sale

Reflections Exhibition Call for Artists Image of a peninsula and sky reflecting onto the ocean

Enter Now
“Reflections” . . . an unhurried consideration of something recalled to the mind.

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The Call for Artists is now open for our next all member exhibition which opens on August 25, 2021 at the Pajaro Valley Arts center gallery in Watsonville California. Please sign up now via this link to secure a place in the exhibit.

The title and theme of the upcoming exhibition is “Reflections” and we are encouraging artists to create up to 3 new narrative or story-telling works based on the theme of “Reflections”. Your submitted art must showcase metalwork in techniques of your choosing.

Entry fee: $35.00

You must be a current member of the Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild (MBMAG) to enter.

We are excited to announce that Pajaro Valley Arts will be hosting the exhibition 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 center 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.

IMPORTANT DATES

February 28, 2021Registration opens
June 18, 2021Registration closes
July 2, 2021Photos of your artwork and “Labels and Records” forms for your artwork are due if you would like your photos considered for inclusion on the exhibition postcard
July 12, 2021“Labels and Records” forms are due (if not already submitted)
August 7, 2021Deliver your artwork in Santa Cruz, California
August 8, 2021Deliver your artwork in Monterey, California
August 25, 2021Exhibition opens
October 3, 2021Exhibition closes
“Reflections” Exhibition and Sale at Pajaro Valley Arts in Watsoniville California

All members 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. If you need to coordinate delivery and pickup of your artwork from outside Santa Cruz and Monterey, contact us to discuss. Note that MBMAG does not pay for shipping of artwork to or from the artist.

Membership in PVA is optional, but encouraged. See: pvarts.org to join
For items that sell in the “gift shop” area of the gallery, PVA will take 30% if you are a member of PVA or 45% if you are a PVA non-member. Work should be priced accordingly.

Exhibition Plus Sale: The gift area was very successful the last time MBMAG had an exhibition and sale at Pajaro Valley Arts. Show participants may put up to 5 pieces in the gallery gift shop area. Work should be priced at $100.00 or less. As items are sold you may replace them.

Volunteers Needed and Very Much Appreciated

Please let Toni Danzig, tonidan@comcast.net, know if you are interested in helping. Your participation is appreciated. Below are the current project team leaders for the exhibition:

Entry Form, Photo and IT Support – Pat Evans & Toni Danzig
Education Displays – Pat Evans
Exhibit Installation – Toni Danzig
Recruitment of Sponsors – Project leader needed
Gift Shop Area Organization – Marylou Forrest & Jim Turner
Marketing & Music – Margie Moran and Ron Baldwin
Moving of Cases and Vitrines – Courtney Scruggs

A Letter from the Exhibition Organizers:

The title and theme of our next all member exhibit is “Reflections”, to be interpreted as you wish.

Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild (MBMAG) has been invited to exhibit at the Pajaro Valley Arts (PVArts) in Watsonville, CA.

Although it is not required, we encourage you to submit narrative or story-telling work. 

Reflections   
1.  (of a surface or body) throw back (heat, light, or sound) without absorbing it.
2.  Think deeply or carefully about.

Common synonyms of reflect are: cogitate, deliberate, reason, speculate, and think. While all these words mean “to use one’s powers of conception, judgment, or inference,” reflect suggests unhurried consideration of something recalled to the mind.

Some ideas for your conception could be a collection that you have gathered such as feathers, shells, photos, et cetera. It could also be a scene or a place you have visited. 

This has been a time of reflection for us all and we would like you to tell the viewer your story. An educational component is required PVArts and to meet this requirement a short story of your concept will accompany the work.

We will accept up to three metal art pieces. Sculpture is encouraged.  Sculpture submissions will require dimensions be provided upon submission so we can accommodate your artwork with pedestals or cases.

Your artwork which is on exhibit must stay until the end of the exhibit, even if it sells during the exhibition. Pajaro Valley Arts will coordinate with the purchaser to receive any sold artwork that is in the exhibition.

As well as exhibiting three pieces you will be able to submit up to 5 metal art pieces for the Pajaro Valley Arts gallery gift shop.  These pieces can be replaced if they sell. 

This promises to be an exciting exhibit and at long last, an opportunity to show your work.  Our last all member exhibition and sale at PVArts in 2017 was successful and well received.

Toni Danzig and Annette Nemes
Exhibit Co-Chairs

2021 Winter Challenge Results

white with black outlines of two hammers crossed over

Click the video clip below to see the winners of the guild’s
2021 “Looking Into the Future” Winter Design Challenge

We asked our members to take the challenge of showing us in a new metal art piece how they view the future after the strange and stressful year of 2020. Thank you to four very creative people who submitted their art. We announced the winners during the live online Winter Party on Sunday, January 24, 2021.

Benefits of being an MBMAG member

MBMAG members listen to a visiting artist lecture

The Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild (MBMAG) is a diverse guild comprised of artists, collectors, professional art educators, practitioners, gallerists, advocates, and new enthusiasts of metalsmithing. We welcome all people at all levels of experience and appreciation for making art in metal. We are based in the picturesque Monterey Bay area of California and our members live in many diverse locations. Everyone is welcome to join from wherever you live.

Benefits Include:

Early notification of exhibitions, lectures, events and workshops hosted MBMAG

Guest artist and member lectures are free for members!

Discounts on workshops and events hosted MBMAG

Invites to participate in the guild’s all-member, juried, and curated exhibits at local galleries and museums

We help promote our members’ art on Instagram and Facebook; tag us when you post

Members private email list for free postings of tools for sale or giveaway

Networking and socializing opportunities

Member design challenges

Free access to the full video library of online jewelry photography and social media how-to sessions

A photo of your art in the Member Gallery on the mbmag.org website

Advertise for free your upcoming metal arts related workshops, events, open-studio, or sale on mbmag.org

Collecting Jewelry with Jeanie Pratt

Jeanie Pratt collection of bug brooches

Join jeweler and collector Jeanie Pratt as she shows pieces from her extensive collection and the stories behind the individual pieces.

Silvera Jewelry School is hosting a free talk with MBMAG member Jeanie Pratt as part of their Online Event Tuesday series

March 30, 2021 at 2 PM PDT – 3 PM PDT
Price: Free to the public
How: Sign up on the Silvera Jewelry School site via the link below
Duration: 1 hr

Many of us see a piece or jewelry we like and want to bring it home with us; Jeanie has done exactly that and supported many artists from all stages of their careers. As a maker herself, Jeanie brings a unique set of eyes to the idea of developing a jewelry collection- come hear her story and get inspired to start your own collection! If you are unable to attend the live talk, you will receive a link to watch the recording after!

Sign up here to receive email with a Zoom link:
https://www.silverajewelry.com/…/eventID/5129/details.asp#

Call for Artists: Back to the Future Exhibition

Necklace  Annette Nemes

ZFolio Gallery in Monterey, CA

December 6, 2019 – January 5, 2020
Reception: December 8, 2019
Registration Opens September 1 through October 25, 2019

Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild is pleased to present a gallery exhibition opportunity this fall.   ZFolio is one of MBMAG’s favorite places to exhibit – beautiful setting, knowledgeable and helpful staff.

Schedule: 

Call for Entry:  Opens Sept. 1st, and closes Oct. 25th.

Oct. 25th:  Delivery of work to Zfolio for those who want their work considered for the postcard – Zfolio will photograph and select work for postcard.

Sunday, Nov. 17th:  Records and Labels due.

Saturday, Nov. 30th:  collect work in Santa Cruz area.  Sunday Dec. 1st collect work in Monterey area.

Artists may submit up to three pieces of work.  The materials preferred are silver and gold with a minor amount of inclusions of gems, stones or other materials.  Artists will provide an inventory of their work, photos and bios for an Artist’s Book.

All pieces submitted to this show must be for sale and priced with commission to the gallery in mind. (ZFolio Gallery 50%, Artist 50%).  Please do not contact the gallery directly.  The theme, “Back to the Future” may be interpreted as you wish.  All entrants will receive additional information.

The entry fee is $25.00.  Entry fees are non-refundable and you must be a current MBMAG member.  Membership sign up on or after Oct. 15th gives you membership through 12/31/2020. 

Zfolio has an online presence  www.zfolio.com.

We look forward to working with you.  Toni Danzig tonidan@comcast.net and Annette Nemes annettenemes@comcast.net, Exhibit Coordinators.

Call for Artists: Made with Love 2014

Many Hands Gallery, Capitola

The Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild

announces a call for artists to exhibit in

Made with Love

Metal Arts of the Monterey Bay

Sarah King-Wren
Sarah King-Wren, Artist

Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild is pleased to present its fourth annual “Made with Love” exhibition at the Many Hands Gallery in Capitola, February 1 – 28, 2014. 

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 is “Made with Love”. Continue reading “Call for Artists: Made with Love 2014”

Betty Helen Longhi Workshop – September 14-16, 2012

Betty Helen Longhi, Floating Free
‘Floating Free’ Betty Helen Longhi

Don’t Miss this Rare Monterey Bay Visit

Forming Techniques for Jewelry
September 14, 15 and 16, 2012
Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA
Cost $375, materials included
Limited to 12 students

Join us in a once in a lifetime workshop opportunity while Betty Helen is here on a very rare West Coast visit to the Monterey Bay area. Learn from the master herself in a small intimate atmosphere.

Betty Helen will be able to give each student individual attention and guidance as she teaches how to use the shell forming techniques of synclasting and anticlasting as well as ways to make transitions from one form to the other. You will gain new insight into ways to manipulate sheet metal into a unique group of jewelry items.

Betty Helen Longhi is a nationally recognized metalsmith who creates finely crafted jewelry and sculpture. She attended the University of Wisconsin and Cranbrook Academy of Art and has studied with Heikki Seppa and Michael Good. Ms. Longhi has given numerous workshops both in the United States and Canada including Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Parsons School of Design, Arrowmont, Peters Valley Craft Center and Penland School. A master craftsperson, Ms. Longhi incorporates various texturing techniques with forging, shell forming and die forming in her pieces. Her work is recognized for it’s sculptural quality and flowing lines.

For more information about this talented artist please visit: http://fluidformsinmetal.com/artist.html

To reserve a space, send checks made out to: MBMAG, Attn: Mary Luke