Archive for January, 2014
“Behind the Brooch: A Closer Look at Backs, Catches, and Pin Stems” — The focus of this book is on the side of the brooch that usually isn’t noticed: the reverse. When you flip a brooch over in your hand you may find a surprise message, a hidden pattern, or even an unlikely foreign implement.
On Tuesday, January 21st at noon Eastern time, SNAG conference registration opens! The 2014 conference is April 23-26 in Minneapolis, MN and has many fabulous offerings. From Grains to Gold is this year’s theme. The conference will examine the relationship between maker and materials at a time when materials, techniques, and processes are rapidly changing. It will also investigate the meaning of “hand-made” in the 21st century.
Thank you to our sponsors that we have so far. Once again Rio Grande will be our overall conference sponsor. Other sponsors include: American Craft Council, Au Enterprises, Inc, Catherine Morgan, Halstead Bead, Inc, Meetings A La Carte, Inc, MJSA, United Precious Metal Refining, Inc, and Whitney Worldwide.
Ivan Barnett of Patina Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, was interviewed by ArtBeat about his December exhibition of steel mobiles, titled “Abstraction.” Listen here. An article about his mobiles was also featured in Pasatiempo.
Renee Blackwell has been named the 2013 Micro/Small Business Woman of the Year at the Sunshine Coast Business Women’s Network awards. Blackwell’s jewelry is sold in over 150 stores and galleries across Australia and New Zealand.
Nick Dong is featured in “Glance,” a publication for the California College of the Arts community. The article focuses on his Enlightenment Room and his teaching at CCA.
Alexandra Hart’s work was part of the exhibition “Allied Craftsmen Today” at the Mingei International Museum. The sculptural vernacular of her “Arthropod” series is derived from the naturally adaptive, jointed, exoskeletal forms of the phylum Arthropoda. The pieces celebrate as “sculpture” the restrictive-yet-highly-functional and protective thorny outer shell of Arthropods such as beetles and crabs.
Anne Havel currently has her work included in two exhibitions: “Material Matters: Making Connections,” part of the ECU Metals Symposium in Greenville, NC and “Molten” at Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles, IL. Havel’s work will also be included in the upcoming book Behind the Brooch by Lorena Angula, due out in February.
Samantha Skelton is currently the Studio Apprentice at the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh,PA, where she is designing and making organic, textural, contemporary wedding and fashion jewelry.
SNAG would like to take this opportunity to recognize our Corporate Members for their support: Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery, Halstead, Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company, K.M. Paulson Goldsmith Ltd., and Tim Roark Imports.
TIM ROARK IMPORTS
SNAG is happy to announce that we reached our goal of $25,000 in donations at the end of 2013, so we will receive a matching grant! Thank you so much – we couldn’t have done it without you!
SNAG would like to thank all of the artists and buyers who participated in Uniques, our holiday sale on eBay. The sale successfully showed the public some of the work of SNAG members while raising funds for the organization.
“From Grains to Gold,” SNAG’s 43rd annual conference, takes place April 23-26, 2014 in Minneapolis! This conference will explore the relationship between the maker and the materials at a time when the materials, techniques, and processes are rapidly changing, and examine the growing trends of consumers’ desire for the ‘hand-made’ and – most importantly – what it really means to be “hand-made” in the 21st century. Registration opens January 21st. Learn more>>>
There are many conference-related opportunities that have deadlines that are quickly approaching. Get an overview of many of them here>>>
2014 Metalsmith Exhibition in Print deadline is January 31, 2014. From prehistoric cave paintings to current digital art, animals have provided creative inspiration across the centuries. “Animal Instincts,” the 2014 Juried Exhibition in Print by SNAG and produced by Metalsmith, will showcase a diverse range of animal-related work from the metalsmithing field. We are seeking works that are about animals, of animals, and even for animals. Let your animal instincts run wild! Learn more>>>
The Educational Endowment Scholarships deadline is March 15, 2014. SNAG recognizes the achievements and potential of those members currently enrolled as full-time students in undergraduate, graduate and community college programs through our Educational Endowment Scholarships. Three scholarships are given annually. The scholarships are for tuition towards the artists’ degree granting program. There are three tiers of awards: one for $2000, one for $1500, and the third at $1000. Learn more>>>
In 2014 SNAG is working on promoting the Maker Profiles that are found on the website. We are letting the world know that the Maker Profiles are a robust online reference where you can find professional quality jewelry and objects that excite and engage. What does this mean to SNAG members? It means you should either update your current profile if necessary, or create your profile if you haven’t already! Update your profile>>>
SNAG is looking for member achievements! As part of our news blog we announce member achievements on a monthly basis. Have some news to share? Be sure to email it to firstname.lastname@example.org and include an image if possible.
Did you know that SNAG is on Instagram? You can follow us here>>>
What weighed more than 100 tons and spanned three-quarters of a mile on one of New York’s busiest streets? Watch “Paley on Park Avenue: New York City” to find out. The production follows sculptor Albert Paley as he creates 13 sculptures that graced the median of one of the nation’s best-known avenues for six months.