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In Remembrance: Nancy Linkin


Nancy Linkin, a jewlery designer based in Camden, Maine, died on June 28, 2019 of breast cancer. She was 64. Nancy was a long-time SNAG member.

Nancy attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She later received a Masters degree at Washington University in St. Louis where she studied under Heikki Seppa and learned anticlastic forming. She opened her own business, Nancy Linkin Fine Jewelry & Sculpture, in Maine. For over 30 years she sent her work to galleries around the United States.

You can read more about Nancy’s work and life in this online obituary.

SNAG is saddened to hear of her passing, and our thoughts are with her family.

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Help Us Gain 50 Members for SNAG’s 50th!

As part of SNAG Membership Month (October 15-November 30, 2019), we have set a goal of gaining 50 members for SNAG’s 50th Anniversary!


We need your help to reach that goal.

Here are some ideas of what you can do:

  • Let friends and colleagues in the field know about SNAG and encourage them to join (or rejoin).
  • Share SNAG on social media.
  • Encourage students to join.
  • Ask your school or business to become an Organization or Corporate member.
  • Organize a meet up.

We invite everyone to join SNAG – jewelers, designers, collectors, educators, students, metalsmiths and others. SNAG is for everyone with an interest in the art and craft of contemporary jewelry and metalsmithing. SNAG embraces all metals, multiple alternative materials, and different sizes and scale.

Expanding membership will help SNAG develop a stronger foundation and strengthen the benefits offered to all members. Thank you for helping us spread the word!

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SNAG Membership Month Special!

October 15 through November 30, 2019 is SNAG Membership Month!


For new and expired members we have a special offer — Join or rejoin SNAG between October 15th and November 30th and you will be entered into a drawing for these prizes:
-2020 SNAG Philadelphia conference basic registration waiver
-1/4 page ad in Metalsmith or Metalsmith Tech magazine
-1-year free membership (applied to your next year)
-2017 Jewelry & Metals Survey book (two available)

Ready to be a part of SNAG?

New Members: Join Here

Lapsed Members: Rejoin Here

See the full list of membership benefits.

Are You a Student?
There is an additional discount when four or more students sign up at the same time. Students signing up this way will be included in the prize drawing. Plus the school with the most sign-ups this Fall will receive an Organization membership and some Metalsmith magazines!

Questions? Please contact SNAG.

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Member Achievements – September 2019

Forging a LinkCappy Counard curated the exhibition Forging a Link: Metalsmiths Respond to the Mercer Collection. It is on view at the Mercer Museum in Doylestown, PA, September 28, 2019-January 5, 2020. The museum, in collaboration with Cappy, invited twenty-three blacksmiths, metalsmiths, and jewelers to create a piece of artwork directly influenced by their experience with Mercer’s collection and architecture. Participating artists are Sue Amendolara, Lynn Batchelder, Erica Bello, Melanie Bilenker, Cappy Counard, Maria Eife, Michael Gayk, Ian Henderson, Warren Holzman, Jera Lodge, Becky McDonah, Tedd McDonah, Myra Mimlitsch-Gray, Dan Neville, Nash Quinn, Patrick J. Quinn, Stephen Reynolds, Mike Rossi, Courtney Starrett, Katja Toporski, Pamela J. Wallace, Stacey Lee Webber and Adam Whitney. Their diverse work seeks to disrupt, question, and inject a moment of unexpected wonder into the Mercer experience while asking viewers to contemplate a broader way of thinking through the objects that connect us.

Emma-Elizabeth-1Emma Hoekstra has won the 2019 Halstead Grant for new jewelry businesses. Her company, Emma Elizabeth Jewelry, is based in Grand Rapids, MI. She graduated with a B.F.A from Grand Valley State University in 2017.

Anne Havel was honored to be one of the jurors for SNAG’s Educational Endowment Scholarships in 2019. Additionally, she created and collaborated with Martha Banyas to launch “Project Mesh,” an annual gathering of a dozen enamelists to pursue and advance the field of enamels. Anne’s work will be included in the upcoming books: The Art of Fine Enameling, Second Edition by Karen Cohen and Mastering Contemporary Jewelry Design by Loretta Lam.

Are you a SNAG member with achievements to share? Email SNAG

SNAG would like to take this opportunity to recognize our Corporate Members for their support: Clara Williams, Gemological Institute of America, Halstead, and Steven Jacob, Inc.

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SNAG is Looking for Help at SOFA

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Every year SNAG hosts an information table at SOFA Chicago. This year we are looking for someone to oversee the volunteers and the table display.

SOFA Volunteer Coordinator assignments:

  • Set up the SNAG table between 9 am-12 pm on Thursday, October 31st, 2019.
  • Be the volunteer who sits at the table during the VIP Hour on Thursday evening from 5- 9 pm.
  • Oversee the table and volunteers during the rest of the weekend from 10 am-7 pm Friday and Saturday, November 1st and 2nd, and Sunday, November 3rd from 12-6 pm.
  • Pack up the materials and banner at 6 pm on Sunday and label them for FedEx pickup.

This position does not require you sit at the table the whole time. It does give you access to SOFA each day, plus VIP access to many special activities and the VIP Lounge. SNAG will cover your parking while at SOFA and you can record your volunteer hours with SNAG, earning hours towards a free membership, conference waiver, and more! You will be the official badge holder for SNAG during the weekend and the on-site point person for all volunteers. Typically we fill all volunteer slots, but we do need a person on-site in case something comes up or a volunteer misses their shift.

If you are interested in this volunteer coordinator position for SOFA, please email SNAG’s Executive Director Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith by October 15, 2019.