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Member Achievements – November 2018

2017reneezettle-sterling%2fjentownsendcastcoverarthighresCAST: Art and Objects Made Using Humanity’s Most Transformational Process, a book by Jen Townsend and Renée Zettle-Sterling, will have an exhibition at Wayne Art Center, December 8, 2018-January 26, 2019. The show will include 86 artists from the book, including many SNAG members. CAST also recently won in the Art category of the Best Book Awards.

Matilija Poppy_Herman-CroftTom Herman and Patsy Croft have created a Matilija Poppy brooch which will be auctioned at Sotheby’s “Magnificent Jewels” in April 2019. Proceeds will benefit the Mendocino Art Center. Learn more

Boris Bally Converging RipplesBoris Bally completed Converging Ripples, his largest work to date, for the facade of the Jewish Community Center of Omaha. It is made from upcycled traffic signs, machined aluminum, anodized, stainless steel hardware and cable. In addition, one of his Transit Chairs was acquired by the Saint Louis Art Museum.

Facere GalleryFor 46 years Karen Lorene has been curating heirlooms and modern jewelry art. Facèré, the iconic gallery she opened in Seattle’s City Centre building in 1992, will move in January 2019 to the studios of Green Lake Jewelry Works in Bellevue and north Seattle.

Jim BovePittsburgh International Airport is featuring work through November 30th from the Allegheny Metals Club in their transit level art cases. Some of the artists in the exhibition include: Jim Bove (at right), Cappy Counard, Brian Ferrell, Adrienne Grafton, Joshua Kosker, Sharon Massey, and Stacy Rodgers.

Tex GielingElizabeth Shypertt is the guest curator for the exhibition “Tex Gieling: Sixty Years” on view at the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco through February 24, 2019. Tex Gieling is the founder of the metal arts departments at the University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco State University. Primarily known for her work in sterling silver, Gieling often incorporates gold, pearls, semi-precious and precious stones into her designs.

AJF logoArt Jewelry Forum has announced a new Executive Director, Yvonne Montoya, who follows AJF’s first ever Executive Director, Rebekah Frank. Montoya holds an MFA in metals from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a BFA in art history and criticism from the University of California, San Diego.


SNAG would like to take this opportunity to recognize our Corporate Members for their support: Gemological Institute of America, Halstead, and Shapeways.

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Call for Nominations: SNAG Celebrates Blog Series

SNAG Celebrates

SNAG will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2019 and would like to honor its diverse membership by highlighting a different artist each month in a dedicative blog post. In addition, a SNAG Celebrates banner with the artist’s name will be displayed on our homepage for the duration of the month. Selected members will be notified via email and asked to submit hi-res images of 3-5 works, artist statement and bio (links to online presences and portfolios also accepted.)

The purpose of this series is to celebrate how much our community has grown over the past 50 years and how metalsmithing has evolved since the time of SNAG’s conception. To emphasize this sense of community, we would like to call upon our members to nominate fellow artists that they feel deserve this recognition.  We are looking for artists that represent the broad range and innovation of work being created by our membership.

To nominate, please email with the following information:

  1. Name of nominated artist and nominator
  2. Brief description of nominated artist, professional and/or personal
  3. Link to online portfolio/website of nominated artist, OR images of their work

Deadline: December 17, 2018

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New York City Jewelry Week 2018

New York’s first annual week dedicated to celebrating jewelry, launches November 12-18, 2018. Over 20 jewelry-related exhibitions and more than 90 events will activate venues across the city.

The full schedule of events can be found at

Join SNAG for a Meet & Greet at Mother’s Ruin, 18 Spring Street, NYC on November 14th from 4:00-6:00pm!

Many of the contemporary jewelry exhibitions feature SNAG members! Here is just a selection of what you will find:

Loud and Clear: Voices from the Empire Statecurated by Biba Schutz and Marjorie Simon. Featuring: Lynn Batchelder, Jamie Bennett, Klaus Burgel, Pat Flynn, Tom Herman, Reiko Ishiyama, Sergey Jivetin, Alex Lozier, Darcy Miro, Jonathan Wahl, and Kiwon Wang. November 12-16 at Maison Gerard, 43 E. 10th St. A. Opening reception November 14, 6:00-8:00pm.

Parallel LinesContemporary jewelry from Israel by women artists. Featuring Naama Bergman, Tamar Navama, Ruta Reifen, Dana Hakim, Noga Harel, Vered Kaminski, and Einat Leader. November 12-16 at Maison Gerard, 53 E. 10th St. A. Reception November 14, 5:30-8:00pm.

Charon Kransen Arts – Join Charon Kransen Arts for From Afar, a selection of works by Kadri Mälk, Katja Tóporski, Fumiki Tagushi, Mirjam Hiller, Niki Stylianou, and others. November 13-15 at Djuna, 4 West 29th St.

Earrings Galorecurated by Heidi Lowe and Shella Robinson. Featuring the earring in all its glory, this exhibition highlights more than 50 artists from the United States and abroad. November 13-18 at Heidi Lowe Gallery, 171 Elizabeth St. Opening reception November 13, 6:00-9:00pm. Special reception November 16, 6:00-9:00pm.

#fail #successcurated by Manuela Jimenez and Kendra Pariseault. Instagram offers the public a new and unique view into a maker’s studio. The exhibition showcases this tool and walks the audience through the creative process of the maker. Featuring Manuela Jimenez, Kendra Pariseault, Arthur Hash, Amelia Toelke, Emily Cobb & Mallory Weston, Kurt Pio, Ho’o Hee, Aurelie Guillaume, emiko oye, Georgina Trevino, Sena Huh, Laila Costa, Franziska Stetter & Thiago Piwowarczyk, Camila Escobar, Silvia Ardila, Maria Tritico, Sam Tyson, WooJungKim, Bryan Parnham, and Sarah Holden. November 12-18 at Artists & Fleas, 569 Broadway. emiko oye speaks November 13, 4pm, sponsored by RISD.

ANTIQUEMANIA – curated by Ana Estrades and Sasha Nixon. Brings together an eclectic group of contemporary jewelers whose different approaches to historical jewelry create an enriching visual dialogue between the past and the present, ancient and contemporary identity, materials, techniques, and aesthetics. Featuring: Isabelle Busnel, Ashley Buchanan, Miranda Leigh, Jennifer Trask, Melanie Bilenker, Kelly Jean Conroy, Rachel Andrea Davis, Alicia Jane Boswell, Jeanette Caines, and Mike Ellis. A panel discussion moderated by Karen Bachmann featuring Isabelle Busnel, Kelly Jean Conroy, and Jeanette Caines takes place November 16, 6:30-8:00pm. Reception to follow. Pratt Institute Manhattan Gallery, SCPS Gallery (2nd floor), 144 West 14th St.

KNOCKOFF – a curatorial collaboration between artists and professors of Jewelry and Metalwork Kerianne Quick (SDSU) and Jess Tolbert (UTEP). A roving exhibition that repositions the value of contemporary jewelry by presenting it on the street. On November 15 the KNOCKOFF team will move through the city with displays in tow, ‘popping-up’ near scheduled NYCJW events. Participating artists: Jessica Andersen, Nikki Couppee, Katie Kameen, Sharon Massey, Kerianne Quick, Jess Tolbert, Georgina Trevino, MJ Tyson, and Petra Winnwalker. Follow @knockoffexhibition for times.

The Kinship Between: American Women Jewelers – curated by Mark McDonald and Sienna Patti, featuring new work by four contemporary artists: Räissa Bump, Noam Elyashiv, Rebekah Frank, and Gabriella Kiss.  November 12- 21. The Jewelry Library, 1239 Broadway.

Sirens- NYCJW – curated by JV Collective. To tempt, to seduce, to bewitch, to entrap, to wink, to flash, to caution, to scream. The duality of Sirens conjures vivid images that can be linked to the powerful capabilities of jewelry. Sirens is a
collection of new work from the JV Collective, a group of six female artists (Mallory Weston, Emily Cobb, Sarah Rachel Brown, Maria Eife, Melanie Bilenker, and Leslie Boyd). Join us for a one day ONLY event on November 17, 11:00 am-5:00pm with a reception from 7:00pm-10:00pm. Ghost Gallery, 893 Bergen St.

SUNY New Paltz – The SUNY New Paltz Metal Program presents denizen, an exhibition of art/jewelry/objects in the legendary Hotel Chelsea. As temporary occupants, artists install their work in Bay 7 – a raw, unpolished site within this historic building. Artists include: Sylvie Alusitz, Lynn Batchelder, Jamie Bennett, Julia Betts, Xiao Chen, Min Jae Eom, Zhike Gan, Michael Gayk, Stefan Gougherty, Liz Leupold, Betsy Lewis, Ruizhi Li, Myra Mimlitsch-Gray, Irene Raptopoulos, Alejandra Salinas, Jolynn Santiago, Jamie Scherzer, and Kehan Wan. November 15-16, 11:00am-7:00pm. Closing reception November 16, 4:00-7:00pm. Hotel Chelsea, 234 W. 23rd St.

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Lifetime Achievement Award

LAA 400Nominations for SNAG’s 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award are due December 1, 2018. This is SNAG’s highest honor and is presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of metalsmithing.

Any member of SNAG may nominate someone for the Lifetime Achievement Award. The nominees do not have to be SNAG members. Along with filling out the nomination form, there must be letters of support from 3 additional SNAG members.

Learn more and make a nomination