Letter From the President
Over the next few years, I look forward to creating a healthy and proactive dialogue with you and I hope that you feel there is always an open flow of communication. I am interested in diversity within the membership and actively reaching out to you. I am asking each and every one of you to help me in this task. Talk, talk, talk, and talk about SNAG to everyone you know, encourage other jewelers and metalsmiths to join us in this fantastic organization, encourage your students to join, because they will be the future of this organization and our field.
This is my last letter to you as President and it has been a sincere pleasure to work with the members of SNAG over the past few years. We have a fantastic organization run by fantastic individuals and I have gained so much knowledge and many friendships by serving on the board.
With the end of one term comes the beginning of another. Our 2013 election is coming up quickly. We are electing two members for the board and one member for the Nominations and Elections committee. Jim Bové, Becky McDonah and Rachel Timmins are running for the board seats and Jeff McGee, Gina Westergard and Laura Wood are on the ballot for the Nominations and Elections Committee seat. I strongly urge you to read what the candidates have written about why they want to serve on the board and how their qualifications make them a good choice.
I am proud to bring you this first post of our new news blog. In the past year, we have brought you a new website, the Maker Profile Pages, our “Forging Entrepreneurs” business symposium, a virtual exhibition site, diversification of the work showcased in Metalsmith, and just a few weeks ago we launched Springboard; a real-time hub for finding and posting opportunities in the field/industry. On Springboard, you can find announcements about employment, calls for entries, residencies and internships, classes and workshops, conferences and seminars, studios to share and used tools. It is a resource for the entire field, open to members and non-members alike.
SNAG had a busy summer and there is a lot to share with the membership. Our new virtual exhibition space opened on our website in October with the “Body Adorned” exhibition juried by Gail M. Brown. We have been working on this for a long time and are very proud of it so be sure to check out this beautiful new space and great show.
The Phoenix conference was terrific, as anticipated, and I heard rave reviews from many of the attendees. Garth Clark delivered a provocative keynote speech entitled “Who’s Your Daddy,” which he began by asking, “Who do you want to pimp your art in the 20th century?” Needless to say all weekend I heard people debating what he talked about.