Winter 2021 Design Challenge and Virtual Party

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Members attend Free!

MBMAG 2021 Virtual Winter Party
with Featured Speaker Jeannie Pratt
and
2021 Winter Challenge Results

Party Time:
Zoom, January 24, 2021 from 1 – 4 pm

Challenge: Entries due January 10! Scroll down for more information.

Party details

Members join us free on Zoom, January 24,  2021 from 1-4 pm for our annual winter party. We’ll have a talk from our own Jeannie Pratt, introduce our 2021 Board members and enjoy catching up with each other. We’ll also be announcing the winners of our 2021 Winter Challenge. Our Zoom account is limited to 100 attendees, so you must register to assure your space. Free registration for the party is now open.

Jeanie Pratt talk “My Journey as a Metal Weaver, Enamelist and Insect Enthusiast or Nothing is Ever Simple”

 

Metal artist Jeanie Pratt uses a variety of textile techniques including weaving, knitting, twining, looping, and bobbin lace – all with metal! Her fiber art and metalsmith backgrounds inform how she approaches the construction of each piece, but it is her entomology background that inspires her designs through form, color, and texture. “I love making interesting woven patterns for my beetle brooch wings and twined bodies in gold and silver for my insect brooch bodies.” The synergy of her two life-long pursuits in one body of work is unique, dynamic, and full of life. “Although I hadn’t used my entomology degree in many years, I am now relearning about insects and am drawn to critters that are real, but surreal.” She lives a philosophy that “bugs are beautiful” and the organic nature of both her subject and her artistic process give her pieces beautiful harmony with a whimsical touch.

Metals Challenge Details

As a response to the strange and stressful year of 2020, you are being challenged to create a pair of eyeglasses that will see into the future. Three prizes will be awarded!

The challenge is open to members only.  Become a member or renew your membership going to WWW.MBMAG.org.  Membership will be good for the entirety of 2021.

THE METALS CHALLENGE:  Create a pair of eyeglasses using anything you have on hand: wire, found objects, gems, beads, etc.

Let your imagination run wild!

  • We encourage you to have lenses in your eyeglasses that will express your vision
  • There will be no kits for this challenge
  • Photos of your completed piece must be emailed Jan 10, 2021
  • No more than two photographs, JPEG, not to exceed 4 Mtes.
  • Send all entries to Dick Walvis at dick.walvis@gmail.com with MBMAG 2021 Winter Challenge in the subject
  • Prizes will be awarded in the form of a gift certificate to Rio Grande or Otto Frei!
    • First prize: $250.00 value
    • Second prize: $150.00 value
    • Third prize: $100.00 value
  • Voting MBMAG members happens the week of Jan 18, 2021
  • Winners will be announced at the Winter Zoom Party on January 24, 2021

Thanks to Emmy McKenzie for inspiring this challenge
Your Challenge Chairs: Annette Nemes and Toni Danzig

Summer 2020 Design Challenge Results

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Last January we challenged the membership to create a wearable piece of work which would include at least eight pieces from a kit. 

The results were fantastic and creative as we would expect.  The pieces were voted on earlier this month and winners elected the members, as shown here.

The winners were announced email and are listed below:

First Place
$ 250
Nancy Yee

Second Place
$ 150
Lynn Guenther

Third Place
$ 100
Susan Shallenberger

Now it is time to auction some of the pieces.

If you are interested in a work, please contact the artist directly and make an offer.  Put MBMAG Summer Challenge Bid in the subject line of your email.

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Annette Nemes



annettenemes@comcast.net



Dick Walvis



Not for sale.



Emmy MacKenzie



emmymackenzie@gmail.com



Lynn Guenther



Not for sale.



Marylou Forrest



alohacglass@gmail.com



Nancy Yee



Not for sale.



Rebecca Thielbar



bex-1@comcast.net



Ron Baldwin



Not for sale.



Susan Shallenberger



susanshallen@comcast.net



Tim Robinson



americanshorthair@juno.com



Tim Yee



Not for sale.

Using Instagram to Sell Your Art with Nicole Ringgold, July 27, 2020

Nicole Ringold collage of instagram photos of her nature inspired jewelry

FREE to MBMAG Members

Monday July 27, 2020 at 4 pm via Zoom

Preregistration required.
Space limited to 99 participants. 

MBMAG members can see the video of this presentation here

Last week’s fantastic presentation on Social Media for Artists was a great introduction to the world of selling on Social Media. Next we’ll dive into the world of Instagram as MBMAG presents another free Zoom event for members.  Nicole will share her secrets for selling jewelry on Instagram.  With 115,000 followers on her Instagram account, Nicole has shown that social media can indeed extend a jeweler’s reach. 

The presentation will be held via Zoom. You must pre-register, and you must be a member of MBMAG to attend. Once you are registered, we will send you the link and password for the Zoom meeting. Our Zoom room is limited to 99 participants, plus Nicole. First come, first served! 

You do not have to have attended the first presentation to enjoy this one, although we recommend that you read through the first presentation PowerPoint slides.

POSTPONED: Upcoming Exhibit: Reflections at PVAC Aug – Oct, 2020

This has been postponed
See Email Text at bottom of page


Upcoming Call for Artists/Exhibit

REFLECTIONS
at the
Pajaro Valley Art Center


Exhibit opens August 26, 2020
Call for Artist will go out on April 20, 2020

Members of MBMAG will be invited to exhibit metal work in the beautiful and historic Pajaro Valley Art Center in Watsonville. All are encouraged to participate.

The Guild had a successful exhibit at the PVAC in 2017, and PVAC has invited us back. We will accept up to three pieces per artist, and sculpture is encouraged. The theme of the exhibit, “Reflections”, can be used as a stepping off place for your work and can be interpreted as you see fit.

Exhibit entry fee to MBMAG is $35. You must be a current member of MBMAG to enter. Membership in PVAC is optional, but encouraged. See: pvarts.org/

For items that sell, PVAC will take 30% if you are a member of PVAC and 45% if you are a non-member.

Plus: There will be a gift area (very successful last time). Show participants may put up to 10 pieces. Work should have a value of $100.00 or less. As items are sold you can replace them.

We are looking for volunteers to work on this exhibit. These are the project leaders:
Educational displays – Pat Evans
Installation – Toni Danzig
Recruitment of sponsors – project leader needed.
Gift area organization – Marylou Forrest
Marketing – Margie Moran and Ron Baldwin
Moving of cases and vitrines – Courtney Scruggs

Please let Toni Danzig, tonidan@comcast.net, know if you are interested in helping in any of these areas. Your participation is appreciated.

Here are some important dates:
April 20th – Call for artists and registration
June 24th – Records and Labels due, Images for promotion due
Aug. 8th – Artwork collection in Aptos
Aug. 9th – Artwork collection in Monterey
Aug. 10th – Installation begins
Aug. 26th – Exhibit opens to public
Aug. 30th – Reception
Oct. 4th – Take down and retrieval of artwork


Email from Toni, March 22, 2020

MBMAG 2020 “Reflections” Exhibit at PVAC Postponed

Hello MBMAG members,

Due to the current health concerns we are all making adjustments and the PVAC exhibit “Reflections” is no exception.

PVAC is, and has been, closed even though they have hung but not opened the current exhibit “Campesino”. With this important show yet to be seen, they have asked if we would consider rescheduling our exhibit until next year.

The MBMAG board has agreed. I will be letting everyone know of a new date as soon as it is set.

Thank you all and most importantly, be well.

Toni Danzig
Chair, Exhibits Committee



CANCELLED: Albion Smith Overlay Cuff Bracelet Workshop

Class cancelled due to Corona virus. Noted silversmith Albion Smith will teach his elegant Silver Overlay technique. While making their own silver overlay cuff bracelets, students will learn engraving and stamping techniques to embellish the overlays, then learn Albion’s method of soldering the pierced pieces to the underlying metal. In the course of the two days, Albion will share his tips and tricks gained over 35 years of working with metal.

A two-day workshop on April 18-19, 2002 from 10am – 6pm at Creator Haven.

For more details and registration …