Call for Entries: Connections at ZFolio Gallery in Monterey, CA

graphic text and 2 background color textures for the MBMAG and ZFolio Connections Jewelry Exhibit + Sale Call for Artists


Entry Fee: $25

Final day to submit artwork details is November 1, 2023

We encourage artists to create up to 3 new art jewelry pieces.
The theme Connections may be interpreted as you wish. 

All new and currrent members are encouraged to submit artwork.

All pieces submitted to this show must be for sale 
Prices must include gallery commission. (ZFolio Gallery 50%, Artist 50%).  

The materials preferred by ZFolio Gallery are silver and gold
with a minor amount of inclusions of gems, stones or other materials

View pieces from the 2022 ZFolio show

The show is NOT juried
You may register now and select and wait to enter your details


The entry fee is non-refundable

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Artist and artwork details plus photos (optional) are submitted via the online form at the same time.

Artwork must be complete before beginning the submission process.



The first 25 artists to sign up via the link above to secure a place in the exhibit. The gallery case space is limited and we regret that there is only room for 25 artists with 2 pieces maximum each. The Registration Confirmation email you receive will contain a link to the online artwork submission form.

The guild in collaboration with ZFolio Gallery create printed and online postcards which will be provided at no extra cost to participating artists.

ZFolio Gallery Monterey is located in the high foot traffic shopping area of Cannery Row steps away from the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Steps away from Monterey Bay, this is one of the guilds favorite places to share our members art.


  • The Connections Exhibit + Sale will accept new and established guild members. You may JOIN NOW to enter artwork.
  • All submissions must be original in design and demonstrate a professional level of craftsmanship.
  • All artwork must fit within a jewelry case.
  • Maximum of 3 pieces may be entered.
  • All artwork must NOT have been exhibited at any previous ZFolio shows
  • All art must be for sale.
  • All art must be priced with the 50% gallery commission included.
  • The materials preferred by ZFolio Gallery are silver and gold
    with a minor amount of inclusions of gems, stones or other materials
  • Photos are NOT required, but all artists are encouraged to submit photos so we may advertise your pieces.
  • Photo files must be submitted in order for the artwork to be considered for the postcard design.
  • All submitted photos must adhere to the Exhibition Photo Guidelines.
  • All photo files must be named with your last name and the # of the submission prior to upload.
  • Your submission will be considered complete when the appropriate entry fee has been paid via the above registration link, and all required artwork submission details are complete
  • Entry submission implies agreement to ZFolio Gallery consignment and exhibit terms


  1. Log in to your account
  2. SCROLL DOWN to the Artwork Submission Form
  3. Artwork details are due when you fill out the submission form; and must be submitted no later than Nov 1, 2023
  4. Print 2 copies of the inventory of your submitted art (the Inventory forms are created automatically for you by the online form and automatically emailed to you upon form submission.)
  5. Create a printed Artist Statement and Artist Biography for the Artists Book displayed at the gallery. These pages help sell your art. The gallery staff uses the exhibit Artists Book to help inform potential customers about each piece and the associated artist. We are always impressed by how much the gallery team knows about each piece and each artist. The gallery team learns much of this from the Artists Book. Please help the team sell your artwork by providing the Artist Statement and Artist Biography.
  6. Deliver your printed Statement/Biography sheet(s) when you deliver art to the show organizers or gallerist. See below for helpful links.



Register to participate in Connections
Submit show entry details online using the online form link you will receive via email.

Nov 1, 2023 (Wed)

Artwork details and photos DUE by midnight. Photos must be submitted via the online submission form to be considered for inclusion on the postcard. Photos are NOT required.

Nov 19, 2023 (Sun)
1 pm – 3 pm

Artwork drop off at The Farm Bakery Cafe, Aptos, CA

Nov 20, 2023 (Mon)
1 pm

Monterey area artists drop artwork off at ZFolio Gallery, Monterey, CA

Nov 24, 2023 (Fri)

Exhibition opens

Dec 3, 2023 (Sun)

Artists Opening Reception

Jan 7, 2024 (Sun)

Exhibition Closes

Jan 8, 2024 (Mon)
1 pm

Monterey area artists pick up any unsold artwork in-person at ZFolio Gallery

Jan 14, 2024 (Sun)
1 pm

Any unsold artwork returned to artists at The Farm Bakery Cafe, Aptos, CA


Online submission with up to TWO pieces of work that have not been previously exhibited at ZFolio Gallery. Submit artist and artwork details plus a maximum of two images for each piece. One image must show the entire piece, and one optional detail photo may be provided. We encourage artists to submit high-quality images. The higher the quality of the photo, the higher the likelihood it will be used for the postcards and social media advertising.

Dimensions, materials used, type of artwork, artist contact information and optional narrative statements are all provided using the online form.

Here are some resources our artists have found helpful for creating Artist Bio and Artist Statements.

If this is your first time exhibiting and you have questions after reading this web page and the online form, send us an email and we will answer your questions.


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Make-a-Bracelet Event
at the
Inaugural Block Party
Saturday, April 15
from noon-4 pm

Do you remember what first captivated you about making art in metal?

We are looking to share the love for people of all ages in this free to the community cuff bracelet making experience as part of the MMAs first ever block party

Volunteers are needed from 11:30am – 4:30 pm. We’ll break the afternoon up into shifts. Setup before the event. Helping people make bracelets. Cleaning up after the event.

It’s a lot of fun to see the happiness on the faces of new metal workers. Please join us!

Click the button above or below to contact the event coordinator and let her know you are willing to help


MBMAG has been invited to share the joy of metal smithing with the community at the Monterey Museum of Art’s first Block Party event. As part of the education and outreach mission of the guild, we will be offering our Make-a-Bracelet program to show people of all ages how to make a simple copper cuff bracelet. 

We need at least 10 volunteers to help with this event. We need people to guide children and adults in using metal stamps on copper blanks, helping to form them into a bracelet shape and demonstrating how to use Liver of Sulfur patina. We’ll need a few people to come a half hour early to help us set up and to stay a half hour after the even for tear-down.

 It’s a lot of fun to see the happiness on the faces of new metal workers. Please join us!

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

Call for Artists: Back to the Future Exhibition

Necklace by Annette Nemes

ZFolio Gallery in Monterey, CA

December 6, 2019 – January 5, 2020
Reception: December 8, 2019
Registration Opens September 1 through October 25, 2019

Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild is pleased to present a gallery exhibition opportunity this fall.   ZFolio is one of MBMAG’s favorite places to exhibit – beautiful setting, knowledgeable and helpful staff.


Call for Entry:  Opens Sept. 1st, and closes Oct. 25th.

Oct. 25th:  Delivery of work to Zfolio for those who want their work considered for the postcard – Zfolio will photograph and select work for postcard.

Sunday, Nov. 17th:  Records and Labels due.

Saturday, Nov. 30th:  collect work in Santa Cruz area.  Sunday Dec. 1st collect work in Monterey area.

Artists may submit up to three pieces of work.  The materials preferred are silver and gold with a minor amount of inclusions of gems, stones or other materials.  Artists will provide an inventory of their work, photos and bios for an Artist’s Book.

All pieces submitted to this show must be for sale and priced with commission to the gallery in mind. (ZFolio Gallery 50%, Artist 50%).  Please do not contact the gallery directly.  The theme, “Back to the Future” may be interpreted as you wish.  All entrants will receive additional information.

The entry fee is $25.00.  Entry fees are non-refundable and you must be a current MBMAG member.  Membership sign up on or after Oct. 15th gives you membership through 12/31/2020. 

Zfolio has an online presence

We look forward to working with you.  Toni Danzig and Annette Nemes, Exhibit Coordinators.

MBMAG Monthly Speaker Series: October 2018


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

MBMAG Monthly Speaker Series: Paul Kmetko

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

Friday, May 18, 2018 7-9 PM

MBMAG Speaker Series:

Paul Kmetko: Stenciling on Enamel -Tips and Easy to Make Tool

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 I went back to my 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.

Stenciled Enamel Dish by Paul Kmetko

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

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