Using Instagram to Sell Your Art with Nicole Ringgold, July 27, 2020

Nicole Ringold collage of instagram photos of her nature inspired jewelry

FREE to MBMAG Members

Monday July 27, 2020 at 4 pm via Zoom

Preregistration required.
Space limited to 99 participants. 

MBMAG members can see the video of this presentation here

Last week’s fantastic presentation on Social Media for Artists was a great introduction to the world of selling on Social Media. Next we’ll dive into the world of Instagram as MBMAG presents another free Zoom event for members.  Nicole will share her secrets for selling jewelry on Instagram.  With 115,000 followers on her Instagram account, Nicole has shown that social media can indeed extend a jeweler’s reach. 

The presentation will be held via Zoom. You must pre-register, and you must be a member of MBMAG to attend. Once you are registered, we will send you the link and password for the Zoom meeting. Our Zoom room is limited to 99 participants, plus Nicole. First come, first served! 

You do not have to have attended the first presentation to enjoy this one, although we recommend that you read through the first presentation PowerPoint slides.

POSTPONED: Upcoming Exhibit: Reflections at PVA Aug – Oct, 2020

This has been postponed
See Email Text at bottom of page


Upcoming Call for Artists/Exhibit

REFLECTIONS
at the
Pajaro Valley Art Center


Exhibit opens August 26, 2020
Call for Artist will go out on April 20, 2020

Members of MBMAG will be invited to exhibit metal work in the beautiful and historic Pajaro Valley Art Center in Watsonville. All are encouraged to participate.

The Guild had a successful exhibit at the PVAC in 2017, and PVAC has invited us back. We will accept up to three pieces per artist, and sculpture is encouraged. The theme of the exhibit, “Reflections”, can be used as a stepping off place for your work and can be interpreted as you see fit.

Exhibit entry fee to MBMAG is $35. You must be a current member of MBMAG to enter. Membership in PVAC is optional, but encouraged. See: pvarts.org/

For items that sell, PVAC will take 30% if you are a member of PVAC and 45% if you are a non-member.

Plus: There will be a gift area (very successful last time). Show participants may put up to 10 pieces. Work should have a value of $100.00 or less. As items are sold you can replace them.

We are looking for volunteers to work on this exhibit. These are the project leaders:
Educational displays – Pat Evans
Installation – Toni Danzig
Recruitment of sponsors – project leader needed.
Gift area organization – Marylou Forrest
Marketing – Margie Moran and Ron Baldwin
Moving of cases and vitrines – Courtney Scruggs

Please let Toni Danzig, tonidan@comcast.net, know if you are interested in helping in any of these areas. Your participation is appreciated.

Here are some important dates:
April 20th – Call for artists and registration
June 24th – Records and Labels due, Images for promotion due
Aug. 8th – Artwork collection in Aptos
Aug. 9th – Artwork collection in Monterey
Aug. 10th – Installation begins
Aug. 26th – Exhibit opens to public
Aug. 30th – Reception
Oct. 4th – Take down and retrieval of artwork


Email from Toni, March 22, 2020

MBMAG 2020 “Reflections” Exhibit at PVAC Postponed

Hello MBMAG members,

Due to the current health concerns we are all making adjustments and the PVAC exhibit “Reflections” is no exception.

PVAC is, and has been, closed even though they have hung but not opened the current exhibit “Campesino”. With this important show yet to be seen, they have asked if we would consider rescheduling our exhibit until next year.

The MBMAG board has agreed. I will be letting everyone know of a new date as soon as it is set.

Thank you all and most importantly, be well.

Toni Danzig
Chair, Exhibits Committee



At ZFolio: Back to the Future

front of postcard image for ZFolio Gallery show "Back to the future" features a brooch, pendants, earrings, a bracelet, and a ring

Reception Sunday, December 8, 2020 4-6 pm.
Exhibit from December 6, 2019 – January 5, 2020

ZFolio
750 Cannery Row, Suite 112
Monterey, CA 93940

More than 25 members are exhibiting their work this year! ZFolio is located on Cannery Row and is a short walk to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Check it out, amazing work! Maybe we will see your work next year?

Capturing the Ultimate Found Object: What do you do with a Dinosaur?

MBMAG Speaker Series: Bob Boscarelli
Friday Night Nov 9, 2018
7-9 pm
Creator Haven
41B Hangar Way, Watsonville

Dinosaur Fossil

Bob will talk about finding the most complete Stegosaurus ever found and her epic journey to the London Natural History Museum. Take a peek into the fascinating world of paleontology!Free and open to the public. Light snacks will be provided.


This event was held at Creator Haven, LLC, 41B Hangar Way, Watsonville, CA on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 from 7-9 pm. Light refreshments were served.

Lapidary Techniques: Demo, How to Start, and Stone Sale

November Speaker Series: Dave Duncan Lapidary Demo and Stone Sale
Friday Night Nov 15, 2019
7-9 pm
Creator Haven
41B Hangar Way, Watsonville

David Duncan

Dave Duncan is a long-time member of the Santa Cruz Mineral and Gem Society. He can often be found at their lapidary shop on Saturday mornings, making unique cabochons and helping newcomers to lapidary learn their way around the equipment.

Dave will give a demo of basic lapidary techniques, answer your questions about how to get started in lapidary work, and discuss essential equipment.

After his talk, Dave will have a selection of his best cabochons available for sale. Don’t miss this chance to learn from a pro and to add to your stash at the same time!

This event was held at Creator Haven, LLC, 41B Hangar Way, Watsonville, CA on Friday, Nov. 15 from 7-9 pm. Light refreshments will be served.

June 2018 Speaker

calipers, pliers, graver and hammer surround the Speaker Series announcement for the Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild

MBMAG Speaker Series

Friday, 7-9 pm, June 18, 2018

Lynette Cederquist: Maximize Your Jewelry Display

Lynette Cederquist

It’s summer, and that means festivals, shows and events where you’ll need to display your jewelry. Lynette Cederquist will share her many years of experience at displaying her own work and organizing shows to help you create displays that show your work to best advantage and also encourage sales!

She’ll share some tips on displaying your jewelry to advantage for photography. 

We’ll follow Lynette’s talk with an interactive discussion of your tips and tricks, plus time for feedback on a few of the audience members’ displays. 

Send in photos of your displays and indicate whether you want to share a tip/trick, or if you want feedback on your display. 

The talk will be held at Creator Haven, LLC, on June 22, 2018 from 7-9 pm

Light refreshments will be served

Creator Haven is located at 41B Hangar Way, Watsonville, CA 95076

MBMAG Monthly Speaker Series: Don’t Miss it!

calipers, pliers, graver and hammer surround the Speaker Series announcement for the Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild


Paul Kmetko
New Tools for Stenciling on Enamel

Friday 7 – 9 pm, March 18, 2018

at Creator Haven LLC
41B Hangar Way, Watsonville, CA

Stenciled Enameled Dish by Paul Kmetko

Stencils are commonly used in enameling and they can be tricky to manipulate. Nothing is worse than carefully applying powder to your design and jostling the stencil whilst trying to remove it… Not only does it waste precious material, it can be very frustrating. In addition just laying a stencil down on top of the work doesn’t guarantee a snug fit and powder will creep under boundary zones. In order to solve the problem Paul went back to his roots in screen printing and devised a solution that solves both problems at once. It started as a low tech device with a easily  available clamp fixture that can be modified with minimal effort by almost anybody. 

Paul will share this device and how to make a low-tech version of it, as well as giving tips on stenciling on enamel at this month’s MBMAG Speaker Series.

Paul Kmetko is a silversmith, enamel artist and the owner of Seabright Metalworks in Santa Cruz.

Creator Haven LLC is located at 41B Hangar Way, Watsonville, CA 95076

MBMAG Monthly Speaker Series

calipers, pliers, graver and hammer surround the Speaker Series announcement for the Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild

Pablo Cubangbang
Road to Metal Artist

Friday 7 – 9 pm, March 23, 2018

at Creator Haven LLC
41B Hangar Way, Watsonville, CA

filigree earrings by Pablo Cubangbang
filigree heart pendant by Pablo Cubangbang
Pablo Cubangbang

Join your fellow MBMAG members next Friday, March 23, from 7-9pm  for a fun, interesting evening with speaker Pablo Cubangbang. A popular teacher and artist with a background in drawing and painting, Pablo will be discussing how he came to metalsmithing, as well as discussing and showing examples of his current work. 
Light refreshments will be served. 

Pablo Cubangbang was born in a small town in the Philippines. He has acquired many skills in jewelry making from workshops and Cabrillo College where he was mentored by Dawn Nakanishi. In a workshop by Dr. Yehuda Tassa, he learned the basic filigree process and fell in love with it and has since continued to hone his filigree art in his small studio. Pablo received multiple Visual Arts Scholarships for his jewelry and watercolor pieces. Pablo is a member of the Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild and is the president of the Cabrillo Seahawk Metal Arts Club.

Third Friday Speaker Series: Metal Clay Demo with Pat Evans

dragon fly brooch of fine silver with sapphires by Pat Evans

Friday, February 15, 2018 7 – 9pm

Free and open to the public

Have you been curious about metal clay? Do you think it’s just for hobbyists? Or have you never even heard of it? This product, a combination of recycled silver and organic binders, can be worked like clay and, when fired, is (depending on the variety) pure fine silver, sterling silver, copper, bronze or even steel. Pat Evans, Senior Art Clay Instructor, will demonstrate the basics of working with several varieties of metal clay, and explain how it can be a useful addition to your jewelry-making toolkit.

Join us at the Soquel Glenn Mobile Home Park Clubhouse

details of a speaker presentation by Pat Evans on silver metal clay
VenueSoquel Glen Mobil Home Park Clubhouse
Address5470 Soquel Drive
Soquel CA 95073, US
StartsFri Feb 16 2018, 7:00pm PST
EndsFri Feb 16 2018, 9:00pm PST

Small Metals Sculpture Show R. Blitzer Gallery

details of the artists who will be exhibiting in the small metals sculpture show at Blitzer Gallery

Small Metals Sculpture Show , Opening Reception Friday, Sept. 1, 2017 5-9 pm
R. Blitzer Gallery 
2801 Mission St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Annette Nemes

September 1-30, 2017

Bruce McKay

Opening Reception,

September 1, First Friday event

Small Metal Sculpture and jewelry from Artists of the Monterey Bay
Metal Arts Guild:
Nancy Yee
Annette Nemes
Dawn Nakanishi
Fereshteh Fatemi
Tim Robinson
Pat Evans
Serene Silva
Jerry Blanchard
Penny Waller
Helene Daniels
Bruce McKay
Jose Santana
Carol Gordon
Ron Baldwin
And Large Metal Sculptures of Artists in Santa Cruz area
and beyond…