Media contact: Sherry Cordova; Exhibit Coordinator, Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild
Phone: 408.732.3641 email: firstname.lastname@example.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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.