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Letter from the President – February 2014

February is the month for love and gratitude, so I feel it fitting that this letter focus on the simple act of being grateful (and, WOW, am I grateful!) Thank you to each and every one of you for your emotional and financial support over the last year.

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Exhibitions

On this month’s list of exhibitions is Lillstreet Art Center Gallery — “Sense of Scale: Metal Sculpture & Wearable Art”: Sarah C. Chapman, Darlys Ewoldt, Heejin Hwang, and Stacey Lee Webber present new works. These four metalsmiths all share a connection to the Lillstreet community as past or present teachers and resident artists.

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Guest Column by Halstead

The Halstead Grant Call for Entries

Grant Logo - Color-01Halstead is calling for entries to its 9th annual grant competition. The Halstead Grant is awarded each year to a promising new jewelry designer working primarily in silver. The winner receives a $5,000 cash start-up grant plus $1,000 in supplies and recognition in the industry. Deadline June 9, 2014.

Qualified applicants should be US jewelers who recently launched independent studios with the intention of selling to a national audience. To apply, candidates must submit a portfolio and answers to specific business questions. The rigorous application is designed to encourage strategic planning and sound management practices amongst new jewelers in the industry.

“When selecting a winner we weigh the portfolio and business portions of the application equally. We are looking for quality craftsmanship and innovation in design in the jewelry photographs. The application answers should show a holistic approach to developing a brand and managing production to meet changing demand as the business grows,” said Hilary Halstead Scott, the program coordinator.

For more information on eligibility and to download an application please visit www.halsteadbead.com/grant. Visitors to the website will also find a retrospective on past grant winners and the evolution of the grant program over the years.

Halstead supplies wholesale chain, findings, metals and tools to thousands of makers around the world.  The firm is proud to still be family owned and operated after 41 years of service to the trade.



SNAG would like to take this opportunity to recognize Halstead as a Corporate Member and thank them for their support.

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SNAG Conference Opportunities

Be sure to take advantage of these great SNAG 2014 conference opportunities!

Conference Registration

super saver registration rates available through March 17, 2014
SNAG members save $100, students save $65. Registration rates increase after March 17. Learn more>>>

Pre- and Post- Conference Workshops

early bird registration rates available through February 15, 2014
Five Pre & Post Conference workshops offered at Quench Jewelry Arts & Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center. Learn more>>>

Trunk Show

Interested in being a participant in SNAG’s 4th Annual Trunk Show? You can sign up at the same time that you register for the conference. Space limited. Learn more>>>

VIP Trunk Show Preview Party

Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to beat the crowds and preview this year’s amazing collection of one-of-a-kind works by regional, national and international jewelry and metal artists. Learn more>>>

Red Carpet Call for Entry

deadline March 15, 2014
On the closing night of the 2014 conference, this SNAG fundraiser offers a twist on the traditional Exhibition in Motion – with an Interactive Red Carpet Exhibition. Attendees become the models and are invited to select stunning jewels and wearable sculptures from the exhibit to wear down the red carpet and have their photo taken during this juried, interactive exhibition. Learn more>>>

Education Resource Room

registration for educational programs continues through April 15, 2014
The Education Resource Room connects students with representatives from universities, colleges, schools, art centers and other programs across the United States. Learn more>>>

Portfolio Review

registration: March 24-April 18, 2014
Portfolio Reviews are for emerging artists and students. Gallery representatives, curators, artist/professors, entrepreneurs, and other professionals in the metals field will be available by appointment to review portfolios and provide professional advice and guidance. Learn more>>>


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Technical Article: “Kitchensmithing” by Rachel Shimpock

Get your groceries together, put on your apron, and prepare yourself for some great times Kitchensmithing with these fun and dynamic handouts from Rachel Shimpock. Try your hand at Condiment Patina and Toaster Powder Coat!

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