MBMAG General Membership Meeting – Nov 5, 2007

Guild elections for 2007-2008 Board of Directors *who:
Theresa Lovering-Brown – Sabbatical slideshow and presentation
Cynthia Rand-Thompson – New Guild website walk-through

where & when:
Cabrillo College, Aptos, California, Room 615, time 6:30

* If you are a member, and are unable to attend, use the Nominations ballot in the Member Area of the website.

(Room 615 is in the 600 / Chemistry Building, on the “hill” side of the building, not the ocean side. Check the campus map on the Cabrillo College website for building 600.)

YUMA Symposium 2007

During Dawn Nakanishi’s amazing sabbatical opening I was asked by one of our members about Yuma, “What is Yuma like?” I joke that what happens in Yuma stays in Yuma, but the truth for me is that the preparation, the actual experiences, and the in-between Yuma times… I still have a portion of the Yuma experience with me. It is hard to explain if you haven’t been there, but I will try:

This year there were several hundred attendees. This often ranges to upwards of 3-4 hundred – students, instructors, and enthusiasts. I can’t say everybody is alike, but the Yuma experience does transform everyone.

It starts on Thursday night at Lute’s Casino, this is a part not to be missed. So remember there is a time difference between California and Arizona. This seems to have screwed up every person at one time or another.

At Lute’s everyone has a chance to bring and exchange mostly for free, pins that have been made with other participants who bring pins to swap. You meet first year people, and Yuma veterans. Since this was Yuma’s 28th year-several folks have not missed a beat.

Metal presenters this year were Ken Bova, Kristen Beeler, and Kathleen Browne. Ken Bova taught us how to make a rivet hammer out of a chopstick, dental floss, and a 40 penny nail – he went MacGyver on us.

We got to see and hear about the 5-8 year gestation period that inspired Kristen Beeler’s 35 brooches and 6 necklaces that was a recent exhibition of her work. Kathleen Browne shared her intended and unintended voice expressed through her work and peoples reactions to her work.

Yuma is not just about the metals folk, the mud people, textiles, furniture, photo and painters were all represented there. Brush making for painters and potters was taught by Glenn Grishkoff. There is something for everyone. And the best part about it is that whether you are a participant in the saw, file and solder relay races, refereed by our own Lynda Watson, or shouting support for your team, everyone is approachable.

There are new and old friends to share time with. I recommend the comradeship and kindred spirits I have met at Yuma known to me as the “Yumarian Clan”. Pack your dancing shoes, and I will see you there.


Stephanie Adams

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 by 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 by 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