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

November 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.

Save the Date! Upcoming Exhibition

Z Folio Gallery

Save the date!

MBMAG is happy to announce that ZFolio is hosting our guild members for a show beginning this year from Dec 4, 2022 through Jan 4, 2023 at the ZFolio Monterey gallery. Check back for the exhibition theme and key dates.

Member Gallery

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News From Members

Ornament Magazine Features Jeanie Pratt - Jeanie said “I am thrilled with the article about my life and my work, along with the cover and an Artist Showcase!“ We in the Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild are thrilled for member Jeanie Pratt! The cover article features her work, tells about her life and is a great read. The guild and Jeanie …
Open Studios: Monterey County - Visit the Monterey County Arts Habitat Studio Tour website to find participating member artists
Open Studios: Santa Cruz County - Visit the Santa Cruz County Open Studios website to find participating member artists
Open Studios: Silicon Valley - Visit the SVOS website to find participating member artists
MPC Holiday Jewelry Sale 2009 - Handmade Artisan Jewelry! Several MBMAG Members are Participating Annual Holiday Jewelry SaleMonterey Peninsula College Tuesday, Wednesday & ThursdayDecember 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 20099 AM to 7 PM in the MPC Cafeteria Cafeteria is located off Fishnet Road Follow signs on campus Park by the Gym Parking permit costs 4 quarters


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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.

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.