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SNAG Announces New Executive Director

Gwynne RukenbrodSNAG 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.”


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Member Achievements – September 2013

 

MPRMichelle Pajak-Reynolds had a jewelry presentation at the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 50th Anniversary Enshrinement Festival Fashion Show.  She was featured on FashionMingle.net about her debut as the first independent designer at the show.

Sculpturings_3-isolated-ringsRebecca Rose is the winner of this year’s Halstead Grant for design excellence and business strategy acumen in the silver jewelry market. She recently returned to the jewelry studio to launch her line of “Sculpturings.” The cast rings are sculpted from found object components and original elements to interpret social issues or current events. Creations are named by pairing relevant words with the word “ring,” usually as a suffix.

Sarah Turner has accepted the newly-created position of Dean of Cranbrook Academy of Art. In her new role, Turner will oversee academic programs and partnerships, and provide support to the Academy’s 10 studio departments. She will also continue to oversee enrollment services and the Academy’s support departments.

AleksandraVali_134aAleksandra Vali’s work “Revel of Bile and Envy” was selected to be presented in the book 500 Art Necklaces by Lark Books. And “Jewelry Boxes – Beauty is Inside” is included in 500 Paper Objects by Lark Books.

San Diego State University MFA students Alexandra Hopp, Amanda Packer and Demitra Thomloudis’ work was exhibited in the juried Graduates Exhibition at Galerie Marzee in The Netherlands. Hopp and Packer were two of eight international recipients of the Marzee Prize for 2013.


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.


          TIM ROARK IMPORTS 


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Announcements

Dana SingerMany 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 jen@jentownsend.com for more details.

ForgingIconSmallSNAG’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.

LAASNAG 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.

R2Slogo250SNAG 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.


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Member Achievements – May 2013

Gravers Lane Gallery in Philadelphia is showing the jewelry of Ken Bova.

Jessica Calderwood has a solo exhibition at the Penland School of Crafts Focus Gallery May 3-June 16, 2013. It includes sculpture, wall work and wearables.

Susan Crow’s work from her East Fourth Street collection was shown at the Goldstein Museum at the University of Minnesota for a juried exhibit entitled “Redefining, Redesigning Fashion: Designs for Sustainability.” Her accepted pieces were four rings made from recycled 14kt yellow gold set with fair trade gemstones. Susan also participate in the panel discussion “Industry Panel: Social Responsibility in Apparel: Industry Perspectives and Practices”
at the Fashion and Social Responsibility symposium held in April at the University.

Christine Dhein has been working with students and teachers at San Francisco Waldorf High School and San Francisco City College to implement changes to make their jewelry studios more eco-friendly. (more…)


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Call for 2014 SNAG Conference Presenters & Panelists

Call for 2014 SNAG Conference Presenters

Deadline January 15, 2013
The Conference Program Committee is seeking proposals for up to five single-presenter presentations. These are 45-minute presentations, and should explore the following:

  • What is the relationship between maker, material and ideas?
  • What does it mean to “buy local” in a global economy and what impact does buying local have on artists and the community?
  • What does it mean to be “handmade” in the 21st century?

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Call for 2014 SNAG Conference Panelists

Deadline January 15, 2013
The Conference Program Committee is seeking proposals for a 1-hour, three-person panel. The topic of the panel should be oriented to emerging artists and explore the conference theme in some way.

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