Upcoming SNAG sponsored lectures at SOFA Chicago are Dukno Yoon, Heather Bayless, and Yong Joo Kim; Daniel Pošta and Zdenek Vacĕk; and Rob and Jaap Thalen. Lectures are November 1-2, 2013. Learn more>>>
SNAG is looking for volunteers to work one or two 3-hour shifts at our resource table at SOFA Chicago. In exchange for working a shift you will receive a free entry ticket to the SOFA Chicago event October 31-November 3, 2013. If you sign up for two or more shifts, you will get a VIP pass to the whole weekend. Contact email@example.com to sign up for a slot.
The SNAG Nominations and Elections Committee is seeking assistance in identifying potential members to serve as one (1) President-Elect, three (3) members of the Board of Directors, and one (1) member of the Nominations & Elections Committee (NEC). SNAG leadership is created by the membership through this process. Learn more>>>
SNAG’s new virtual exhibition, “Contemporary Goldsmithing,” is now online. Juried by Judith Kinghorn, Tom Herman and George Sawyer, this show features incredible works in traditional materials. View the exhibition>>>
We are excited to announce a new opportunity for members to make a little money for yourself and SNAG! The UNIQUES Holiday Sale on eBay, December 2-16, 2013, will be a silent auction of one-of-a-kind, limited edition, unusual, and other handmade contemporary art jewelry and small metals that will help you gain exposure and sell some work while helping SNAG to raise some money as well. Participation is on a first come first serve basis and only the first 35 artists will be accepted. SNAG members only. Deadline November 15, 2013. Learn more>>>
“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. Learn more>>>
The SNAG Road 2 Success pilot mentoring project is beginning! Free registration is open now. You’ll need to have a current SNAG membership and be signed in to your account on the website in order to sign up. Visit the Road 2 Success page to see the list of incredible mentors and register.
Welcome New SNAG Corporate Member: Halstead
Supplying professional artists with wholesale jewelry supplies for 40 years. Source quality chain, findings and metal for all your creations in sterling silver, gold-filled, rose gold-filled, copper and brass. $100 minimum order. Free catalog with your first purchase. Shop online today. www.halsteadbead.com
SNAG is proud to announce its new Executive Director is Gwynne Rukenbrod, effective October 1, 2013. The Board of Directors made their selection after an extensive national search.
Most recently, Rukenbrod was the Director of Sales and Marketing at Wholesalecrafts.com as well as the Executive Director of Handmade in America, an organization based in Western North Carolina devoted to developing the economy through craft. In her 2½ years at Handmade in America, she created a new (and more relevant) strategic plan, a sustainable business plan, and raised over $425,000 in new funding.
From 2008 -2010, Gwynne was the Curator of Fine Craft at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, a non-profit organization founded to advance education about the process, product, and history of craft. She was also the Executive Director of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers, Art Curator for The Works (the Ohio Center for History, Art and Technology), and the Director of the Short North Neighborhood Foundation. She has worked with both rural and urban communities teaching professional development and entrepreneurship workshops across the country. Gwynne believes in helping artists and non-profits expand their markets and creating sustainable business practices.
Gwynne is a member of the Craft Think Tank that convenes annually to provide a platform to explore how craft organizations and makers can work more closely together to further American craft. Gwynne currently serves on various boards including, The Public Art and Cultural Commission with the City of Asheville, The Art Business Institute, and The World Craft Council North America.
In addition to her experience as an executive, Gwynne is also an accomplished glass artist. She will continue to work and live in Asheville, NC.
“I am excited to join SNAG and work closely with the Board of Directors and members to help build a solid future for the organization. Working with artists, curators, educators, designers, and the community to create a new strategic plan and sustainable business model will allow SNAG to fulfill its mission for another 44 years,” says Rukenbrod.
Renee Zettle-Sterling, the president of SNAG had this to say: “Gwynne brings experience in fundraising, strategic planning, and sustainable business practices that will help SNAG move into the future. The board is reviewing and reinventing SNAG’s niche and relevancy, and Gwynne is the perfect person to lead us through this process.”
Many thanks to Dana Singer, who retired from SNAG on August 15th, after 14 years of service as Executive Director. Everyone involved with SNAG would like to sincerely thank Dana for all of her hard work over the years and wish her the best.
SNAG is making a short video campaign called “I am SNAG.” It will use videos to draw attention to the value of SNAG and reinvigorate our membership. SNAG members: you can take a photo of yourself holding a sign (something written in Sharpie is fine or get out the crayons and go crazy with it!) The sign should say “I am SNAG” or if you are part of a group, it can say “We are SNAG”; and/or take a very quick (4-8 second, 20 second maximum) video clip of you saying “I am so-and-so and I am SNAG”, the short clips will be edited and compiled into the final product. Deadline: August 22, 2013. Contact Jen Townsend at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
SNAG’s annual business symposium “Forging Entrepreneurs: Tools and Skills for Business Success” will be held October 19, 2013 in San Francisco. Learn more here. Registration closes September 27, 2013.
SNAG is seeking nominations for its 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award. The recipient will be honored at the Minneapolis conference in April. This award is SNAG’s highest honor and is presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of metalsmithing. Selection of the award recipient is made by a committee of 3 members, and the makeup of the committee changes each year. Any member of SNAG may nominate someone for the Lifetime Achievement Award. The nominees do not have to be SNAG members. Learn more and make a nomination.
By special arrangement, all SNAG members receive a $35 discount off the Craftboston booth fee at both their Spring and Holiday shows. Just indicate on the form that you are a SNAG member. And they will honor the discount even for exhibitors who become SNAG members once they know they’ve been accepted. If you are an exhibiting at Craftboston, be sure you take advantage of this special offer.
SNAG has announced a new initiative that will roll out this fall called Road2Success. It is our new mentoring program. Road2Success will connect experienced SNAG members in our field with upcoming and mid-career talent, to pass on their wisdom and experience. The focus of this program is on business and career skills. Through SNAG you will connect to the right people who can answer your questions about entrepreneurship and business and career development in a variety of industry sectors. We are starting this initiative as a one-year pilot program. Assuming the project is successful after its initial year, we will then be ready to broaden the scope and number of participants. Learn more and indicate your interest.
Metalsmith magazine’s 2012 Exhibition in Print issue (Gothic Jewelry) was awarded with Silver place in the annual Gold Ink Awards.
SNAG would like to take this opportunity to recognize our Corporate Members for their support: Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery, Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company, K.M. Paulson Goldsmith Ltd., and Tim Roark Imports.