CALL FOR ARTISTS: Surf, Sand & Silversmiths at PVAC – Aug to Oct 2016

Surf Sand and Silversmiths - PVAC 2016

Mokume gane shell - Artist: Jerry Blanchard

CALL FOR ARTISTS:

Surf, Sand and Silversmiths

at Pajaro Valley Arts Council in Watsonville
August 24 – October 9, 2016
Reception: August 28th

Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild presents a new exhibition
at Pajaro Valley Arts Council in Watsonville.  
You are invited to participate in this very special event.

The theme is: Surf, Sand & Silversmiths
You may enter up to 3 pieces per artist
The entry fee is $35.00
Entry Deadline: June 15th

This should be new work, not shown in a previous MBMAG exhibit. Small and medium-sized Sculpture will also be accepted. We will have a Gift Shop within the show, for production pieces $150 retail and under. In the gift shop you can feature up to 6 pieces!  Any work sold can be replaced with another piece.

You must be a current MBMAG member to participate in this exhibit. Continue reading “CALL FOR ARTISTS: Surf, Sand & Silversmiths at PVAC – Aug to Oct 2016”

REGISTER NOW: Nancy LT Hamilton Workshop – June 4-5, 2016

Click on the image to see a brief video about what we will be doing in the June 2016 workshop.

Click on the image to see a brief video about what we will be doing in the June 2016 workshop.
Click on the image to see a brief video about what we will be doing in the June 2016 workshop.

We are excited to announce Nancy LT Hamilton (YouTube Metalsmith Queen), June 4-5, 2016.  The workshop is ‘Riveted Portrait Pendant’, the price has been reduced to $225 plus a small kit fee.  Register now, space is  limited.

Students will learn to permanently transfer photographs or any image onto polymer clay and encapsulate it with rivets between sheets of textured metals. Students will also make a handmade chain for the pendant.

You must be a member of MBMAG to enroll in this workshop.

Need to join MBMAG now MBMAG, or renew your MBMAG membership?  Do it now, and you’ll automatically receive advanced notice of upcoming events, via email announcements with the payment links included.

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.

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

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.

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”