Summer Party DATE TBD

Please join us for our Summer BYOL (Bring Your Own Lunch) Party!

See the flyer below for more information

We will be sharing what we all have been doing the last year and a half, and other activities will be forthcoming, but mainly just seeing each other (in person!), catching up and announcing new upcoming workshops, having lunch, ….

There’s talk of a Tool Swap but help is needed to organize so send us an email

Pajaro Valley Art Center’s yearly show, Sculpture Is, will be in full swing, as well as the beautiful demonstration gardens over Sierra Azul’s acreage. Always very impressive! 

Without knowing the state of the pandemic, at this time we are suggesting to wearing a mask if you’d like to keep yourself or others safe.

We’ll be having the monthly board meeting immediately before the party (12 – 1 pm) and we welcome all to attend and participate.

Friends and Family are welcome, as well as other metal arts folks who would like to meet our members and maybe even become a new member as well!

Thanks and hope to see you there!

Date: TBD from 1 to 4 pm
Location: 2660 E. Lake Ave (Hwy 152 across from the Fairgrounds), Watsonville, CA 95076

PHOTOGRAPHY FOR METAL ART FEAT. GEORGE POST

Photography for Metal Arts seminar with professional Craft Photographer George Post

Live online via Zoom

The first session of our new series will cover best known practices for metal art photography presented professional craft photographer George Post

Free to members

Date: Sunday, June 13, 2021
Time: 2:00 pm PST
Free to members
Check your email for the Zoom link


ABOUT GEORGE POST:

George Post is a freelance photographer, based in the San Francisco Bay Area with a client base of individual artists and craftspeople who work in a variety of 2D and 3D media. Many of them sell their creations on the craft-fair circuit, using George’s photographs of their work to jury into the more prestigious shows throughout America. George does some purely commercial photography as well.

A Life Member of ASMP, the American Society of Media Photographers, George also enjoys photography for his own artistic expression. He has a special fondness for colorful, unusual subject matter, and his archives include an eclectic mix of landscapes, cityscapes, astronomical, meteorological, geological, and biological images.

TENTATIVE WORKSHOP OUTLINE

Types of subject & Orientation

  • Hanging – Pendants, Necklaces, Earrings (Post vs. Wire, Fishing Line Frame)
  • Tabletop – 3d Objects, Jewelry with camera on tripod
  • Copy Stand

Lighting

  • Hot
  • LED
  • Flash
  • Polarization

Backgrounds

  • Paper including Gradient
  • Slate, Stone, Glass
  • Formica, Acrylic, Duralar
  • Obtaining Total White

White Balance

  • Gray Card, Cube, etc
  • Camera Menu
  • Custom White Balance
  • Correcting with Software

Arrangement and Composition

  • Optimal camera angle
  • Positioning Jewelry – Skewer, Rubber-tipped tool, Squeeze Bulb
  • Earrings: Side--Side vs. Staggered
  • Groups & Ensembles
  • Hidden Props, Putty & Wax
  • Framing – Tight vs Loose, Square Crop, Stretching Rectangular to Square

Shoot-to-Memory-Card vs. Tethering

Digital Image Processing

  • Photoshop and ACR
  • Lightroom
  • TIFF vs JPEG
  • Special Sizing & Formats (for jurying & online sales)

Hiring a Pro

  • Recommendations & Word of Mouth, Google, Ads
  • Hourly Rate
  • Rights Granted

INVITATION TO AN INSPIRING WORKSHOP

Lightbulb in the dawn light being held in a hand

Free Inspiration Workshop May 29, 2021 at 2pm PST

MEMBERS: Join us for a free live online workshop (via Zoom)

We could all use a little inspiration, especially after the year we have all had.

In this lead up to the Pajaro Valley Art Council exhibit “Reflections” we have assembled a wonderful panel of artists to talk about what inspires them and the stories behind their work.

Please join us for a lively Zoom discussion of back-stories, miscues, ideas, process and stimulus.

Helping us on our journey of reflection will be Lynda Watson, Angela Gleason, Helene Daniels, Susan Shallenberger, Ron Baldwin, among others.

Date: Saturday, May 29, 2021
Time: 2:00 pm PST
Free to members
Check your email for the Zoom link

Local Gallery Show Includes Art of 5 Guild Members

PVArts Take Aways Show List of artists and image of a take away food container
Pajaro Valley Arts new Take Aways exhibition opens this week, and it will be amazing!

Visit the exhibition page to learn more about it and book your appointment via pvarts.org/appointment

The Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild is happy to see that five of our Guild members are in this show! They are: Lynn Guenther, Angela Gleason, Lynne Todaro, Lynda Watson and Mary Weeks! Congratulations!

You can make an appointment and up to 10 people can be scheduled to view the show at a time. All pieces of art are priced under $300, and you are able to take your purchase with you.

New work is constantly being added.

The show runs from April 9th through May 23rd, 2021 so sign up to go check it out!

Support your local artists!
Artwork member Lynne Todaro at “Take Aways 2021” show in PVArts Gallery

Links Project

Join Our Current and Historical Record of Member Artists

Links Challenge - MBMAG
Part of the original Links Project

Many years ago the MBMAG asked each of the members to create a small piece of work that would reflect their style.  The piece would have a means to connect it on both ends and once linked together would become one chain of unique works.

In 2015 we started a new “Links Project” which demonstrated each of our member’s style and personality. 

The new chain of links is exhibited, along with the original chain, at our exhibits and events.

Contribute a Link

We invite all members to make a link that meets the following parameters
The individual piece should range from 1″ x 1″ to 1-1/2″ x 2″.
– The piece must be link-able on both ends
– The piece must reflect your unique style.

Send an email if you have more questions, or are ready to donate your link.

Call for Artists: “Reflections” Exhibition & Sale

Reflections Exhibition Call for Artists Image of a peninsula and sky reflecting onto the ocean

Enter Now
“Reflections” . . . an unhurried consideration of something recalled to the mind.

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The Call for Artists is now open for our next all member exhibition which opens on August 25, 2021 at the Pajaro Valley Arts center gallery in Watsonville California. Please sign up now via this link to secure a place in the exhibit.

The title and theme of the upcoming exhibition is “Reflections” and we are encouraging artists to create up to 3 new narrative or story-telling works based on the theme of “Reflections”. Your submitted art must showcase metalwork in techniques of your choosing.

Entry fee: $35.00

You must be a current member of the Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild (MBMAG) to enter.

We are excited to announce that Pajaro Valley Arts will be hosting the exhibition in person and virtually. Visit the PVArts.org Virtual Tours page to see an example of a virtual show

As part of the exhibition, the Pajaro Valley Arts center gallery will also sell member’s art in their gift shop area. In our previous gallery exhibit and sale, many members had successful gallery gift shop sales.

IMPORTANT DATES

February 28, 2021Registration opens
June 18, 2021Registration closes
July 2, 2021Photos of your artwork and “Labels and Records” forms for your artwork are due if you would like your photos considered for inclusion on the exhibition postcard
July 12, 2021“Labels and Records” forms are due (if not already submitted)
August 7, 2021Deliver your artwork in at the Farm Bakery Cafe, Aptos, California
August 8, 2021Deliver your artwork at Paris Bakery, Monterey, California
August 25, 2021Exhibition opens
October 3, 2021Exhibition closes. Artwork pickup date at PVArts Gallery from 5 – 7 pm
“Reflections” Exhibition and Sale at Pajaro Valley Arts in Watsoniville California

All members are encouraged to participate. If this is your first time exhibiting and you have questions, send us an email and we will answer your questions. If you need to coordinate delivery and pickup of your artwork from outside Santa Cruz and Monterey, contact us to discuss. Note that MBMAG does not pay for shipping of artwork to or from the artist.

Artwork for Sale PVA staff will assist customers to the gallery using the information we supply during the artwork submission process. The gallery requires the following ratio of pieces that are For Sale and Not For Sale (NFS): If you enter 1 piece, it must be for sale. If you enter 2 pieces, at least one of those pieces must be for sale. If you enter 3 pieces, at least 2 pieces must be for sale and the third can be NFS.

Membership in PVA is optional, but encouraged. See: pvarts.org to join
For items that sell in the “gift shop” area of the gallery, PVA will take 30% if you are a member of PVA or 45% if you are a PVA non-member. Work should be priced accordingly.

Exhibition Plus Sale: The gift area was very successful the last time MBMAG had an exhibition and sale at Pajaro Valley Arts. Show participants may put up to 5 pieces total in the gallery gift shop area. Work must be priced at $200.00 or less. As items are sold you may replace them.

Volunteers Needed and Very Much Appreciated

Please let Toni Danzig, tonidan@comcast.net, know if you are interested in helping. Your participation is appreciated. Below are the current project team leaders for the exhibition:

Entry Form, Photo and IT Support – Pat Evans & Toni Danzig
Education Displays – Pat Evans
Exhibit Installation – Toni Danzig
Recruitment of Sponsors – Project leader needed
Gift Shop Area Organization – Marylou Forrest & Jim Turner
Marketing & Music – Margie Moran and Ron Baldwin
Moving of Cases and Vitrines – Courtney Scruggs

A Letter from the Exhibition Organizers

The title and theme of our all member exibit is “Reflections” to be interpreted as you wish.

Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild (MBMAG) has been invited to exhibit at the Pajaro Valley Arts (PVArts) in Watsonville, CA.

Although it is not required, we encourage you to submit narrative or story-telling work. 

Reflections   
1.  (of a surface or body) throw back (heat, light, or sound) without absorbing it.
2.  Think deeply or carefully about.

Common synonyms of reflect are: cogitate, deliberate, reason, speculate, and think. While all these words mean “to use one’s powers of conception, judgment, or inference,” reflect suggests unhurried consideration of something recalled to the mind.

Some ideas for your conception could be a collection that you have gathered such as feathers, shells, photos, et cetera. It could also be a scene or a place you have visited. 

This has been a time of reflection for us all and we would like you to tell the viewer your story. An educational component is required PVArts and to meet this requirement a short story of your concept will accompany the work.

We will accept up to three metal art pieces. Sculpture is encouraged.  Sculpture submissions will require dimensions be provided upon submission so we can accommodate your artwork with pedestals or cases.

Your artwork which is on exhibit must stay until the end of the exhibit, even if it sells during the exhibition. Pajaro Valley Arts will coordinate with the purchaser to receive any sold artwork that is in the exhibition.

As well as exhibiting three pieces you will be able to submit up to 5 metal art pieces for the Pajaro Valley Arts gallery gift shop.  These pieces can be replaced if they sell. 

This promises to be an exciting exhibit and at long last, an opportunity to show your work.  Our last all member exhibition and sale at PVArts in 2017 was successful and well received.

Toni Danzig and Annette Nemes
Exhibit Co-Chairs

I’ve signed up, what’s next?

When you know what pieces of art you are entering into the exhibition, fill out both online forms to submit your pieces. Yes, online forms are new this year! The online forms save you work of having to fill out, print, scan, and email because the forms automatically email the exhibition team your submissions. Note that both forms are required.

Links to the form pages are below. The two pages include instructions, examples of the Labels and Records Form as a downloadable / viewable PDF, and a PDF version of the PVA Loan Agreement for you to view before you fill out that form online.

The forms are due 7/2/21 if you wish your images to be considered for inclusion on the postcard. The final due date for all forms from all participating artists is 7/12/21

Reflections Labels and Records Form

Reflections PVA Loan Agreement

Tutorial video for the submission forms

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Click to access the tutorial videos for the Reflections exhibit forms

Artist Bio and Artist Statement

Create an artist biography and an artist statement and print them (2 pages maximum). Deliver the printed page(s) with your artwork when you deliver it to the exhibit team.

2021 Winter Challenge Results

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Click the video clip below to see the winners of the guild’s
2021 “Looking Into the Future” Winter Design Challenge

We asked our members to take the challenge of showing us in a new metal art piece how they view the future after the strange and stressful year of 2020. Thank you to four very creative people who submitted their art. We announced the winners during the live online Winter Party on Sunday, January 24, 2021.

Benefits of being an MBMAG member

MBMAG members listen to a visiting artist lecture

The Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild (MBMAG) is a diverse guild comprised of artists, collectors, professional art educators, practitioners, gallerists, advocates, and new enthusiasts of metalsmithing. We welcome all people at all levels of experience and appreciation for making art in metal. We are based in the picturesque Monterey Bay area of California and our members live in many diverse locations. Everyone is welcome to join from wherever you live.

Benefits Include:

Early notification of exhibitions, lectures, events and workshops hosted MBMAG

Guest artist and member lectures are free for members!

Discounts on workshops and events hosted MBMAG

Invites to participate in the guild’s all-member, juried, and curated exhibits at local galleries and museums

We help promote our members’ art on Instagram and Facebook; tag us when you post

Members private email list for free postings of tools for sale or giveaway

Networking and socializing opportunities

Member design challenges

Free access to the full video library of online jewelry photography and social media how-to sessions

A photo of your art in the Member Gallery on the mbmag.org website

Advertise for free your upcoming metal arts related workshops, events, open-studio, or sale on mbmag.org