The SNAG 2013 election took place this month. Here are the results:
Board of Directors: Jim Bové and Becky McDonah
Nominations & Elections Committee: Laura Wood
All amendments passed with strong support from the membership:
Amendment shortening the term of board service and changing the structure of appointed positions
Amendment making the Treasurer an appointed position
Amendment shortening the term of the President
Thank you to all the candidates, to the members who voted, and to the Nominations & Elections Committee.
Board Member Welcome
Please join us in welcoming Todd Pownell to the board of directors.
Todd began his jewelry studies at the Bowman Technical School is Lancaster, PA, where he gained an in depth exposure to all jewelry making techniques. He completed the GIA Graduate course in Gemology, and is certified as both a Gemologist and a Gemologist Appraiser by the American Gem Society. He and his wife Debra are the founders and instructors at TAP studios, Cleveland, OH. TAP is an active jewelry workshop where beginning students learn the fundamentals of jewelry fabrication and advanced students improve their technical skills. Todd was one of two recipients of the 2013 Seth Rosenberg Prize, awarded through the Creative Workforce Fellowship, a program of the Cuyahoga Community Partnership for Arts and Culture.
Volunteer Coordinator Welcome
Please also welcome Katie Poterala, SNAG’s new Volunteer Coordinator. We have needs for short-term and long-term help with SNAG projects, programs and other areas. And we have lots of members with various skills and interests who really want to get involved with the organization.
We want to find out more about you and find a volunteer spot that fits you. It can be as simple as helping staff a booth or table when we’re at a show, or working with the office staff on things that need an extra hand (even long distance), or perhaps you’d like to get more involved with a project. For example, just recently Katie secured a volunteer who will handle getting SNAG’s press releases out to the community trumpeting what we’re doing, someone who is making a Powerpoint presentation of work featured in our Maker Profile Pages for the conference, and other folks who are volunteering to work with SNAG’s Social Media Officer, Loring Taoka, to create a vibrant online social community that will serve the interests of the membership.
If you want to get involved, we have lots of ways to use your enthusiasm and skill. We have a page on the SNAG website where soon we’ll post current volunteer openings with brief job descriptions, and an email leading to Katie. In the meantime, if you want to get in touch with Katie, her email address is volunteercoordinator@
Online voting in this year’s election opened on May 1st. There are open seats on the board of directors and the Nominations & Elections Committee, plus several ballot measures for revisions to the Constitution and Bylaws. We have three easy ways for you to vote: online voting, voting onsite at the conference, and mail in ballots. If you prefer to mail in a ballot, contact Tara Jecklin and she’ll get that to you asap. All mail in ballots must be postmarked no later than May 7th.
Voting is important. If you want a voice in the discussions and decisions made by the board, then exercise your right to vote. We strongly urge every member, including all student members, to take time to read what the candidates say and then VOTE.
See below for more information about the candidates and proposed amendments.
We’ve got a sneak preview of our 2013 Trunk Show in Toronto on our website. A smorgasbord of work, and prices for every pocketbook.
You won’t want to miss this retail sales venue for established and emerging artists, superstars and fast rising talent. Janis Kerman, Donna D’Aquino, Studio Huddle, Sheila Summerlin, Analya Cespedes, Paul McClure and many more. Come shop and purchase work directly from the artists.
Images: K Claire MacDonald, Yuliya Chorna, Christine Bossler, Emily Gill, and Rachel Timmins
Open to the public and conference goers. This year we’re spreading the word about the Trunk Show via the Toronto International Jewellery Festival as well as street-side windows of the Royal York Hotel.
Saturday May 18, 3:30 to 6:00, at the Royal York Hotel
This year the SNAG membership will be voting for two members of the Board of Directors and one member of the Nominations & Elections Committee.
We’ve got information about the 2013 candidates for the Board of Directors and the Nominations & Elections Committee on our website. Be sure to also read the board candidates’ responses to five questions, such as “What projects, activities and services do you think are [most] important to SNAG” and “How does your professional experience represent the various constituencies of the SNAG membership?”
Our three candidates for the board are:
Jim is presently an Associate Professor at California University of Pennsylvania. He has also worked as a bench jewelr, organized and curated exhibitions, taught public school, and chaired a non-profit art center.
Becky is Head of the Metals Area at Millersville University in Pennsylvania. She came to Millersville after years of heading the department at Arizona State University, and she was one of the co-chairs of the SNAG 2012 conference in Phoenix/Scottsdale.
and Rachel Timmins
Rachel graduated last December from Towson University with an MFA in Studio Art (Metals Concentration), and has hit the ground running. With an impressive list of exhibitions, publications, and other experience under her belt, she regularly teaches digital and multi-media workshops, and is busy with both commissioned custom work and her own pieces.
Read about our three candidates for the NEC as well:
and Laura Wood
Voting information is coming soon.
SNAG Dialogue with Goldsmiths
In SNAG’s ongoing effort to listen to what the past and current SNAG membership is interested in, we initiated a discussion forum on Facebook in 2012 in which we consult with members of the larger metalsmithing community about currently offered SNAG programs.
This group allows for the metalsmithing community to have a direct communication pipeline to the SNAG Board and to weigh in and add constructive ideas to new programs that would benefit a wide range of metalsmiths. In turn, the Facebook group members (some of whom are not current members and therefore out of the information pipeline) receive the most current information about the newest SNAG initiatives under way.
Out of the Facebook initiative grew a core group of 8 people (4 past and current SNAG members as well as 3 SNAG board members and the Executive Director) who now regularly engage in in-depth programming discussions, the goal of which is to identify and implement exciting new SNAG programming that will add significant benefits for a wide segment of the metalsmithing community.
We are currently working cooperatively on some really good ideas and hope to make them public soon. Something to look forward to! (more…)