MiM 2008 Deadline Extended to Nov 9

Metals in Motion 2008, Collector’s Gallery at the Oakland Museum
The postmark deadline for the show entry form and payment has been extended to November 9, 2007.

The Theme

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?

If you choose to work with the show theme, please use your own unique styles to express the theme. And, be aware that pieces do not need to comply with the theme. Those pieces that do go with the “Metals in Motion” theme will be highlighted at the show. In the show literature (see links below), 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.


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 received the deadline, which comply with the format described in the instructions (see links below) will be selected from to help visually market the show.

Note that you are NOT required to have photos or descriptions of all, or any, of your pieces in order to enter them in the show. All we need to know is how many, and in which categories, you plan to enter. Which means: your pieces do not need to be done yet! As listed below, the deadline for the pieces is Feb 9, 2008.

If you would like to be notified that your photos have been received, please include your email address with your entry and Cindy Scott will let you know when they have been received. Cindy will be emailing from metal.images@gmail.com, so please make sure your email filter isn’t blocking her address. Please note that Cindy is collecting the images, not Carol. The instructions for the images include the P O Box and email address which the images should be sent to.

Key Dates

November 9, 2007: Entry form & fee payment postmark deadline

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

Detailed show information, entry and submission forms can be accessed one of two ways:

1. The new MBMAG website contains information about the show on this page – https://www.mbmag.org/?page_id=25

2. The original MBMAG website has show information and downloadable forms – http://montereybaymetalartsguild.com/pages/events.html

Metals In Motion Opens Opens March 2, 2008

Metals In Motion


Press Release

Media contact: Sherry Cordova; Exhibit Coordinator, Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild
Phone: 408.732.3641 email: mim@mbmag.org

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 over 50 outstanding jewelers and metal artists from Big Sur to Santa Cruz on display from March 2 – April 20, 2008

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

Santa Cruz, CA – December 17, 2007 – 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 2, 2008 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 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 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: MBMAG.org

About the Collectors Gallery: The Collectors Gallery is operated 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: http://www.museumca.org/shop/gallery.html

Phone: 1- 510-834-2296

Digital pictures available on request.

Call for Entries: Lark Books

500 Pendants & Lockets

Elizabeth Shypertt & Mike Holmes, Jurors

Lark Books is accepting entries for 500 Pendants & Lockets.

We seek high-quality images of contemporary studio jewelry handmade artists from around the globe. All suspended ornaments, from the symbolic and purposeful (amulets, talismans, and charms) to the purely decorative will be considered. Diverse materials, techniques, and styles desired.

To be released in the spring of 2008, this book aims to showcase a breathtaking collection that will inspire beginning and professional jewelers alike, as well as delight collectors, scholars, and jewelry enthusiasts.

To be considered for inclusion, please submit high-quality transparencies, slides, or digital images with entry forms. Artists whose work is selected will receive full acknowledgment within the book, a complimentary copy, and discounts on the purchase of additional books.

Artists retain copyright of their work. There is no entry fee. Entries must be postmarked May 1, 2007. Guidelines & entry forms now available.

On the web: http://www.larkbooks.com/submissions/ArtistEntryForm-500Locket.asp

Via e-mail: info@larkbooks.com

Opportunity Knocks

Santa Cruz Civic Center, May 20, 2017

MBMAG has an opportunity to work a booth in Santa Cruz at the Civic Auditorium on May 20th. It would be a great chance for public outreach… Maybe get a few new members?

We need volunteers to hang out for the day. We will set up a display of our work, it can be for sale…but only a sampling of what we do.

We can do some demos in the booth. Everyone will be responsible for there own supplies. If you have hand work that would be great. Let me know if anyone is interested. I have tables, covers and an EZ-UP.

I think it runs from 10:00 to 5:00. Contact Laurie Tholen for details.

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.

Andy Cooperman Workshop A Valuable Opportunity

By Patty Reilly

In a few weeks, MBMAG members will have the opportunity to take a workshop from writer, educator, and master metal smith, Andy Cooperman, who is one of the top artists in our field. According to a recent article in Art Jewelry magazine (Jan. 2007), Andy Cooperman creates dense microcosms from metal, stone, and salvaged artifacts that invite viewers into the investigative process.

To paraphrase his web site, his visual vocabulary is grounded in science, inspired the shapes of cells and organisms. He is known for using industrial and biological forms to make complex, multi-layered pieces with broken surfaces that create windows from layer to layer. His creative use of cold connections is an integral part of his designs.

Andy Cooperman is also a writer. His articles and essays on jewelry, jewelers and their processes have been published in Metalsmith Magazine, Ornament, and Lapidary Journal and he is a frequent and generous contributer to the Orchid forums on the Ganoksin website.

For more information about Andy Cooperman and his work, check out his fabulous website, coopermanjewelry.com. There are gorgeous pictures with detailed descriptions of each piece. It is a fascinating look at this artist’s thought processes. There is also a portion of the website that offers essays on issues that we all deal with as artists. He has clear and eloquent articles on procrastination, craftsmanship, and the jurying process. The website alone is an educational experience.

This workshop will be an excellent opportunity to learn from a multi-faceted artist who is known as a talented educator. His classes are full of information and insight and it is an honor for our guild to be able to host this workshop.

Help Wanted

If anyone would like to work with me on the next couple of newsletters and then take over, I could really use the help. My husband will be retiring and our time on the West Coast will be gone before I know it. I would like this to be a smooth transition for this wonderful group of people.

Please shoot me an email at newsletter@MBMAG.org, and we’ll talk about what we can do together. All you need is a little computer experience and a kind heart.