Metals In Motion 2008 – Press Release

UFO Series brooch, Barbara McKinder
“Speed Demon” by Judy Foreman

The Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild and the Collectors Gallery of the Oakland Museum of California present:

Metals in Motion

A showcase of unique work by over 50 outstanding jewelers and metal artists from Big Sur to Santa Cruz on display from March 8 – April 20, 2008

Reception March 8, 2008, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; preceded by artist talk from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m

Santa Cruz, CA – February 2008 – Treat yourself to a unique experience viewing the work of over 50 studio jewelers, metal artists and sculptors of the Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild. Talented artists from Big Sur to Santa Cruz showcase their work in “Metals in Motion” at the Collectors Gallery of the Oakland Museum of California.

The special exhibit and sale runs from March 8 through April 20, 2008. More than 100 handcrafted one-of-a-kind pieces of great diversity are on display. Featured pieces imply movement either through kinetic mechanisms or imagery; artists let their imaginations come alive in high-karat gold, silver, steel, copper, or brass to realize their personal interpretation of the theme. Techniques range from traditional gold- and silver-smithing, forging, casting, enameling, to mokume gane which translates as “wood grain metal”a Japanese metal lamination technique, mastered by only a few U.S. artists.
The main focus of the show is art jewelry but visitors will also find an array of outstanding metal art objects and sculptures.

The Collectors Gallery of the Oakland Museum of California is located at 1000 Oak Street, in Oakland. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The opening reception is on March 8, 2008 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The reception will be preceded by an artist talk from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. during which nationally recognized members of the Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild will discuss their work.

Admission is free.

About the Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild: The MBMAG 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. Its members include nationally recognized metal artists.

Further information: visit

About the Collectors Gallery: The Collectors Gallery is operated by the Oakland Museum Women’s Board, a volunteer fundraising organization. The Women’s Board donates all profits from the gallery to the Art Acquisition fund of the Oakland Museum of California. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday, 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Saturday and Sunday, 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM. Further information:

Phone: 1- 510-834-2296

Digital pictures available upon request.
Media contact: Sherry Cordova, Exhibit Coordinator, Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild

MPC Winter Jewelry Sale – Dec 4-6, 2007

Monterey Peninsula College Metal Arts Department Annual winter Jewelry Sale

Annual sale of work by current students in the Metal Arts program at MPC.

Why not start your holiday shopping here? Beautiful, original pieces by up and coming artists are available at very reasonable prices. As always, profits from the sale go toward the purchase of new equipment for the Metals studio.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
December 4-6, 2007
9 AM to 7 PM

Monterey Peninsula College
980 Fremont Street
Monterey, CA 93940

Don’t miss the MPC Annual Spring Jewelry sale, first Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of May. It’s the perfect place to get a great gift for Mom!

MPC website: http://www.mpc.educampus map:

The Metals Movement 2007

Metals Movement 2007

exhibition + sale Dec 1 – Dec 2, 2007

Participating artists include: Stephanie “Stepho” Adams, Sandra Bradshaw, Gigi Gruber, Lynn Guenther, Ina Hohensee, Tim Krehbiel, Nancy Moore, Kay Morrison, Albion Smith, Daria Salus, Laurie Tholen

Metals Movement 2007

Pictured above:
Silver Spur” anemone pendant, Stephanie “Stepho” Adams
“Mermaid Earrings”, Lynn Guenther

“chalice”, Albion Smith,

Metals in Motion – Entry Deadline Nov 1, 2007

MBMAG and the Collectors Gallery of the Oakland Museum of California are teaming up for a six week show highlighting new works by MBMAG member artists.

Kinetic pieces, or artwork where motion is interpreted through abstract compositions or narrative icons.

The door is wide open for creative interpretations of the theme “Metals in Motion”. Kinetic pieces are welcome, yet not required. Does your piece remind you of a moving stream? Does it look like the trails an airplane leaves in the sky? Does it imply the movement of time? Please use your own unique styles to express the theme. And, be aware that not all pieces must comply to the theme.

In the show literature, there is a request for an explanation on how each piece embodies “metals in movement.” Not all pieces necessarily will. The design inspirations will be printed for gallery customers to read so that show has a cohesive thread running through it with the given theme.

Additionally, people browsing and buying at galleries often enjoy reading the design inspirations.

Note that not all design inspirations will necessarily be printed and posted in the gallery; a notable absence will be those write-ups that state the piece fits within the “Metals in Motion” theme because the piece is on a moving body – that is obvious to the gallery patrons and unnecessary to print and display.

The entry form deadline is fast approaching. If photos are available, please include those (email to the listed address in the brochure) and if photos aren’t available that’s fine, too. The photos that are received by the deadline will be selected from to help visually market the show.

All Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild members may participate. This is a juried show.

Key Dates

  • November 1, 2007: Entry form & fee payment deadline
    Valid entries must be postmarked on or before November 1, 2007
  • February 9, 2008: Delivery deadline for artwork
  • March 8, 2008: Exhibit opens
    Artist lectures, Opening reception from
    2 to 4 pm
  • April 20, 2008 Exhibit closes
  • April 22, 2008 Pickup artwork after this date

MBMAG at the Collector’s Gallery of the Oakland Museum

Windows of the Collector's Gallery at the CA Museum of Oakland

The Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild exhibit “Imaginations in Metal” at The Collector’s Gallery of the Oakland Museum is a strong representation of the talents and versatility of the Guild membership. There are dramatic sculptural pieces, and an impressive variety of beautifully crafted jewelry. The show runs from Feb 4, 2007 – March 4, 2007.

Prior to the well attended opening reception, Rose Sellery, Wendy Ballen and Angela Gleason gave presentations in the lecture hall. We are fortunate to have such eloquent and inspiring Guild members. These three women, who spoke about their process and their influences, are the embodiment of the sharing and educational goals that are the foundation of the Guild Mission Statement.

The Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild is a group of talented artists and this show at the Collector’s Gallery of the Oakland Museum represents that.

Ina Hohensee, Theresa Lovering Brown, and Barbara Banducci, along with many others, worked hard to organize this exhibit and the administrators of the Collector’s Gallery were very impressed with our professionalism. We have been invited to return.

Windows of the Collector's Gallery at the CA Museum of Oakland
Windows of the Collector’s Gallery at the CA Museum of Oakland