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?

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

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.

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 Monthly Speaker Series: October 2018

POSTPONED TO 2019

Due to unforseen circumstances, the MBMAG Speaker Series has been postponed

Panel Discussion and Q&A:
How to Use Instagram to Promote Your Brand,
Sell Your Jewelry, and Purchase Supplies

Our apologies for the change. There will be no speaker this month.

Join us on November 9 when Bob Boscarelli will be our featured speaker

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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”.

MBMAG Monthly Speaker Series: Wendy Ballen

Wendy Ballen: Tying it All Together

Friday, July 20, 2018, 6:30-8:30 PM

Don’t miss this month’s MBMAG Speaker Series featuring wire sculptor Wendy Ballen.

We’ll be meeting at the Santa Cruz Art League, 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz

Wendy Ballen is a wire sculptor and guild member

Join us for a peak into what she’s been working on….

The event is free and open to the public