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Announcing SNAG’s 2016 Raffle

SNAG’s annual raffle supports the Educational Endowment Fund that awards scholarships each year to students and emerging and mid-career artists.


Raffle tickets now available online! Online sales continue through May 12th. You can also purchase raffle tickets at the SNAGneXt conference in Asheville, May 18-21, 2016.

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Letter from the President – April 2016

Read the most recent letter from SNAG President Nicole Jacquard to learn about what the Board of Directors has been working on and how to get involved with SNAG.

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The Legacy of an Artist and Board Member

Dominique BDid you know that as an artist you can begin planning your legacy at any point in time? It is never too soon or too late to plan how you want to be remembered. Think about your legacy and what your contributions may mean to the field you loved all your life. Board Member and Artist, Dominique Bereiter, shares with SNAG why she chose to support her favorite jewelry organization as a part of her legacy giving:

Art appreciation has always been central to my life. But it is only over the last five years, when I was spending full time in my studio creating jewelry, that I began to realize my need for a constant, supportive community of makers.

I joined SNAG in 2010 and that membership opened up a new world of community and possibilities to me. I have been lucky and privileged to serve as the Minneapolis conference co-chair. It was a huge task, but a very rewarding one. I met many wonderful people, jewelers, blacksmiths, and other metalsmith artists willing to share their love of making, and the diverse techniques they use. I enjoy listening to their stories, their ways of making a living as an artist. Over time, the SNAG community became a large part of my life, and I cannot overstate how important the organization has become to me.

Many artists pursue their dream of being a working metalsmith, but that is not easy to accomplish financially. Cognizant of this fact, SNAG has a long history of helping creatives through sharing important business related information, as well as providing financial assistance through scholarships. In order to support the field in this manner, SNAG needs to continually raise funds. I have been a benefactor of SNAG programming in the past and witnessed first-hand what an impact the organization creates. Because the organization’s educational and philanthropic mission is so very close to my heart, I have started to think of ways to actively support SNAG’s important mission myself.

Looking at my own life, the paths I have taken, the legacy of work and information I will be able to share and leave to those that come after me, giving back to SNAG in the form of a bequest was an easy and comfortable decision for me My bequest enables me to leave a permanent mark in the jewelry world, one that is meaningful to me and makes a difference in the lives of fellow makers that will come after me. I cannot think of a better way to support the future of metalsmithing than by donating to the one organization that has helped me constantly during all my active years. SNAG will be a beneficiary in my will.

Please join me and consider SNAG for a bequest. If you have questions around how to set this up and would like to reach out, please contact me at, or contact Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith via

With my best wishes,
Dominique Bereiter
SNAG, Board of Directors


The most recent National Committee on Planned Giving survey offers some insight into why people make charitable bequests:

97 percent say they care about the charity
82 percent want to do something special
35 percent use planned giving as an income or estate tax planning strategy
21 percent say they know someone at the organization

Only 20% of Americans make a planned gift! By making a planned gift you can help out an important organization in YOUR community (like SNAG.) Do you want to start  creating your legacy today? Check out to have some of your questions answered. Contact Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith if you’d like to make your legacy a part of the SNAG history.

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Make it Shake, Rattle & Spin!

HDC Final-01Make it Shake, Rattle & Spin! This call-for-action was made to 100 lucky recipients of the 2016 Halstead Design Challenge kits. Each kit contained 50 components. Artists were asked to create a kinetic brooch using the supplies and adding a found object.

When the results came in, the jury was impressed by the diverse work created. Every artist put their own spin on things! Blue Spiral 1 in Asheville, NC will exhibit the top twenty juried-in pieces during the SNAGneXt conference in May. Look out for some very creative surprises!

Brooches will be for sale during the gallery exhibition. Unsold work from the exhibition will be featured in an online sale on SNAG’s website after SNAGneXt.

Here is a sneek peek at some of the brooches:

Gabrielle Gould_HDC  Matt Smith_HDC

Kathryn Osgood HDC  Kirsten Denbow_HDC

Jessica Todd_HDC

top to bottom:
Gabrielle Gould,
“Spring Garden View,” copper, brass, sterling, shells, feathers, 4 x 4  x 1 inches
Matthew Smith, “Atom Smasher,” sterling silver, copper, brass, laminate, glass, resin, paper, steel, nail polish, 4 x 3 x .5 inches
Kathryn Osgood, “Yellow Tidepool Brooch,” copper, enamel, sterling, brass, found object, 4 x 2.5 x 1 inches
Kirsten Denbow, “Freedom,” silver, copper, enamel, found pewter pig, 6.5 x 1.5 x 1 inches
Jessica Todd, “Traces,” sterling silver, copper, brass, found glass, charcoal and graphite shavings, spray paint, 4 x 4 x 1 inches

SNAG would like to take this opportunity to recognize our Corporate Members for their support: Aaron Faber Gallery, Halstead, NextFab, and Pocosin Arts.

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How to Make a Living as a Jeweler

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Listen to episode #32 of Thrive by Design as Tracy Matthews interviews SNAG Executive Director Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith.

Download/listen to the podcast How to Make a Living as a Jeweler, read the quick notes, or even access the show notes all right here.