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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Jan 10, 2021
  • No more than two photographs, JPEG, not to exceed 4 Mbytes.
  • 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 by 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 by the members, as shown here.

The winners were announced by 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.

MBMAG Monthly Speaker Series: December 2019

Angie Gleason and Lynn Guenther:
Hammering Away – Art, Education, and Environment

Friday, Dec 11, 2019, 6:30-8:30 PM

Don’t miss this month’s MBMAG Speaker Series

We’ll be meeting at Cabrillo College Jewelry Room #3001

The event is free and open to the public

Young artist on the Rosebud Reservation

Presenters Angela Gleason and Lynn Guenther will talk about their work and how  to make to make a meaningful life with creative practice.

Angela will talk about her work and her opening SCRAP exhibit. Lynn will show a short video about her teaching trip to Rosebud Reservation and talk a bit about other educational programs that she is involved in. 

Lynn is collecting tools and donations to complete the “tool kit” she left for the students to use at the school on Rosebud Reservation. Below is what they are missing. You can bring any donations to the meeting.

Student hammering away at the Rosebud Reservation School
Angela Gleason (front) and her helper working on the SCRAP Project

Lynn says, “Fortunately some artists were very generous with materials last year, but the kids are using them and they could always use more if people want to donate any extra stuff they have. 20 or 18 gauge copper would be helpful, too, for bracelets.”

Supplies Needed

  • 15-20 design stamps (expensive, $8 each!)
  • alphabet stamps
  • number stamps
  • 3 ball pein hammers
  • rawhide or Delrin hammer
  • drill
  • drill bits
  • 3 more saws
  • 3 bench pins
  • saw blades
  • bracelet mandrel
  • cutting shears
  • gloves
  • patina
  • pliers
  • wire cutters
  • files
  • Sheet metal: Copper, brass, nickel
  • Stones and beads
  • Cash donations towards tools and materials are also welcome

Winter Party 2019


Merry Lee Rae, featured speaker for the MBMAG Winter Meeting and Potluck Party

SAVE THE DATE
Sunday, JANUARY 27th, 2019
Winter Meeting and Potluck Party
Haute Enchilada, Moss Landing 

Join us for good food, fellowship, an inspiring talk by Merry Lee Rae, and take part in The Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild 2ndAnnual Challenges!

Challenge #1: Scavenger Hunt

Create a wearable item (i.e., necklace, ring, brooch, tiara, etc.) containing at least 5 of the 8 items in the list.

Must contain something with*:

A hole in it;

Words/letters

With stripes

That hangs

With a square corner

A textured surface

Fabric

Yarn

*An item can include more than one requirement.

Finished item must be primarily metal. 

Materials list:

Your choice of metal: copper. Silver brass, etc.

Sheet

Wire

Chain

May be soldered or cold-connected

An entry fee of $5.00 will be collected at the time of delivery (the Winter Party).

Items will be voted on by the members at the Winter Party.  The winner of the most votes will receive 50% of the collected fee; the second winner will receive 30% and the third winner will receive 20%.  The entrants may keep the finished piece.

Challenge #2: Unfinished Symphony

Yes, we all have them – that piece that has been sitting on your bench or in the “projects” pile and you are tired of looking at it.

Bring it to the Winter Partywhere another member will select it, finish it, and bring the finished piece tothe Summer Party.  There it will be auctioned as a fund-raiser for the Guild.

The finished work must be wearable, i.e., necklace, ring, brooch, tiara, etc.

MBMAG September Speaker: Sky Paxton- All About Agates, Sept. 21, 2018 from 7-9 pm, Moss Landing

Lapidary and jeweler Sky Paxton will share his love and knowledge of agates with us on Friday, Sept. 21, 7-9 pm at the Moss Landing Harbor Master’s Office.

Sky will share slides with examples of various types of agates, locations where they are found and some factors that affect prices.

He’ll also give us some tips on hardness and cleavage planes of popular stones which affect their use in certain types of settings.

Sky has been working with stones for many years, so bring your questions about working with these varied and beautiful stones.

This meeting is free and open to the public.

The address is 7881 Sandholdt Road, Moss Landing.  After you enter the driveway to the Harbor parking lot go to the building all the way to the end of the parking lot on your right, “Harbor Master’s Office”.