Hello everyone, I hope this finds you all enjoying some crocus, daffodils or even snowdrops!
With this spring letter, I wanted to first say thank you to Brigitte Martin and her service over the past year. I know her decision to step down from the position of President was extremely difficult, and one that she struggled with. However, the board is thankful for her leadership and I am thrilled that she has graciously agreed to fulfill her term on the board, where SNAG can continue to benefit from her experience and vast skill set.
In addition, I must say that I am humbled again for the opportunity to serve as your President. It is a job that was not taken lightly, and as with any organization there is still much work to do as we approach the 2018 conference and in the next two years celebrating our 50th anniversaries of the organization.
It is also hard to believe that another year has passed and many of you will be making your way to Oregon in less than two months. I am really excited for this year’s conference; the lineup of speakers, events and exhibitions as well as the opportunity to experience the city of Portland for the first time. In addition to the amazing program that the conference committee has put together, there will also be the recognition of two distinguished awards. Professor Sharon Church will be receiving SNAG’s Lifetime Achievement Award during the opening ceremony of the conference, and Anne Havel will be receiving the Volunteer Recognition Award at the Membership Meeting. They are two greatly distinguished artists who have left an indelible mark on SNAG and I personally have admired them for their leadership, creativity in their personal practice, and their impact on the jewelry and metalsmithing community. The Membership Meeting will be held on Friday May 25th, and I highly encourage all of you to attend to find out what is happening with YOUR organization. It really is one of the most important events of the conference and imperative that you stay informed about what is going on and how we are moving forward.
In addition, several people will be finishing their terms and I would like to say thank you for all your hard work, your dedication and your commitment to SNAG. Members of the Board of Directors completing their terms are: Dominique Bereiter, Kat Cole, Brian Ferrell, Anne Havel, and April Wood. Also finishing up her term is the chair of the Nominations and Elections Committee, Tara Locklear. Thank you as well, the job of the NEC is crucial as we ask members to step up and be a part of what makes SNAG a great organization. I would like to thank our previous editor, Suzanne Ramljak, who has given her insight and skills for 17 years and extend a warm welcome to Emily Zilber our new editor who is working on some very exciting publication projects.
To all of the members of SNAG — thank you for your patronage. Please keep in mind as we all move forward in this unprecedented time that can leave organizations vulnerable, each of us needs to stay vigilant, and continue to support the things that are meaningful to us in our lives. And this organization that you created is a safe-haven for like-minded people who are generous, thoughtful, inclusive and supportive of all creative endeavors. SNAG will need you even more in the future to continue to financially support the programs you enjoy, be active and share your successes, and of course volunteer in whatever capacity you can to guarantee the Society’s success.
In closing, I am looking forward to catching up with many of you in Portland. It is always a wonderful feeling as people start to arrive and you see them in the hotel lobby, at registration, catch up before the official start of the conference where you start to see all the familiar faces, meet new people, laugh, enjoy old stories and of course create new memories. Overall, I think THAT is the beauty of the Society of North American Goldsmiths, and I am happy to be a member of this tribe.
Best wishes to you all!
Society of North American Goldsmiths