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Registration for the 2014 SNAG Conference is NOW OPEN!

April 23-26th, 2014

Please reserve your spot soon to join us for a terrific conference.

There are discounts for registering early and they are all listed on the registration page!




SNAG's new online exhibition "Contemporary Goldsmithing, Tradition and Excellence" is up. Jurors George Sawyer, Judith Kinghorn and Tom Herman did a wonderful job. Enjoy.



Take the Membership Survey!

Deadline: March 31  


We want to know what you think SNAG is and what it can be. We want to know what you think SNAG does well and where it falls short. You are our membership and the foundation of SNAG. We would greatly appreciate your feedback.  This survey should take between 15 - 25 minutes to complete and asks 103 questions.  You can answer only the questions you want and leave the others blank.  Please provide as much or as little feedback as you would like.


The results of this survey will be a big part of our new strategic plan.  We want to make informed decisions, so please take a few minutes and tell us what you think. Your opinions matter.

Feel free to share this link with others who may be interested in participating!

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Discussion Forum

Trunk Show and Sale

Started by Sarah Holden Apr 10. 0 Replies

The 4th Annual SNAG Trunk Show & Sale will take place on Saturday, April 26th from 3:00 - 6:30 pm in the Symphony Ballroom at the Hilton Minneapolis.This year, Mike Holmes from the Velvet Da Vinci Gallery is hosting a VIP Trunk Show Preview Hour from 3-4:00. For $50.00:Gain early – and exclusive – access to this fabulous and hugely popular event.Have your name entered to win one of 3 incredible pieces of art, generously donated by one of our trunk show artists.Sip a glass of bubbly while…Continue

Tags: taoka, poring, webber, emilie, mulcahey

SNAG Board of Directors Nominations

Started by Sarah Holden Oct 17, 2013. 0 Replies

It is once again nomination season & we the people of the Nominations and Elections Committee are actively 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. SNAG leadership is created by the membership through this process.As you may know, SNAG is in a time of transition. The current Board members are steadfastly working with Gwynne, our new…Continue

UNIQUES - Holiday eBay Sale and Silent Auction to help Raise Money for SNAG

Started by Sarah Holden Oct 16, 2013. 0 Replies

UNIQUES Holiday Sale on eBay!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…Continue

Tags: snag, sale, holiday, uniques

SNAG Volunteer Spotlight

Started by Sarah Holden Oct 2, 2013. 0 Replies

Anne Fiala is a recent graduate from Indiana University. Since earning her MFA, she has been developing her studio and production line in LaGrange, IL.Anne is working on some excel-based projects and touching base with SNAG members to help the board get more feedback about our member's needs and interests."I've been a member of SNAG since 2008 and really haven't gotten involved until now. Having worked with a few non-profit organizations recently, I know how important it is not only have a…Continue

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Comment by Sarah Holden on April 3, 2014 at 10:31am

This year SNAG has a great selection of raffle items, including some great "experience" items.  While winning a $250 gift certificate to Rio Grande or Contenti to buy some sweet tools and supplies would be pretty great, this year there are also tuition wavers to workshops and classes.

Brooklyn Metalworks has generously donated a one-day or two-day workshop (up to $350 value) in the raffle.  There are several upcoming workshops at BMW including a Fall workshop with Thea Clark.  More info about their upcoming workshops soon!

Cyan Pearls (brooch) by Thea Clark

teaching an upcoming workshop at Brooklyn Metal Works in September 2014

Keep an eye on their upcoming classes & workshops on their website HERE

Touchstone Center for Crafts has also generously donated one $250 tuition waiver towards one of their incredible classes.  A couple that look really exciting to me are ORGANIC BLACKSMITHING BASICS taught by Wayne Hagar and FORGE & FABRICATE: STRIKING A BALANCE BETWEEN TWO METALWORKING ... taught by Greg Gehner in the blacksmithing shop or STEEL, SILVER AND GOLD taught by Suzanne Pugh and FERROUS FORMATIONS: STEEL AS A MATERIAL FOR PERSONAL ADORNMENTtaught by Sharon Massey in the jewelry and metals area.  

But I love steel, so those classes really stand out to me. There are so many more to choose from!  You can see the full summer schedule HERE

This year you can purchase your raffle tickets online before the event.  The tickets are $20 each or 6 for $100.  Remember that your raffle tickets help to support SNAG and there are a lot of cool awards you could win in the process.  Purchase your Raffle Tickets Online HERE

Comment by Sarah Holden on March 31, 2014 at 9:13am

Take the Membership Survey! 
Deadline: March 31  
We want to know what you think SNAG is and what it can be. We would greatly appreciate your feedback.  This survey should take 15-25 minutes to complete.  You can answer only the questions you want and leave the others blank.  Please provide as much or as little feedback as you would like.
The results of this survey will be a big part of our new strategic plan.  We want to make informed decisions, so please take a few minutes and tell us what you think. Your opinions matter.
As a thank you for taking the time to complete the survey, there is an option to enter your email into a drawing for two prizes: a one year digital membership to SNAG  or a 1/4 page full color ad in a 2015 Issue of Metalsmith magazine!
Comment by Sarah Holden on March 20, 2014 at 10:53am

A closer look - The Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center in Minneapolis

This exciting location will be hosting PLAYING WITH FIRE, a curated exhibition that will be a stop on the Exhibition Crawl during the 2014 SNAG Conference: From Grains to Gold

The Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center is housed in the former Nokomis Theater at 38th and Chicago in South Minneapolis.  According to Minneapolis building permits, the Nokomis Theater was originally constructed in 1915 as a silent moving picture house at a total cost of $8,500. At the time, the small commercial intersection of 38th and Chicago was a bustling neighborhood node along the Chicago Avenue streetcar line.

The thoughtful preservation and adaptive reuse of the historic Nokomis Theater into the home of the Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center seeks to unearth, preserve, and restore as many original architectural details as possible. Although much of the interior was significantly altered in 1952, several original details remain, including the floor-to-ceiling subway tiled walls and decorative multi-color hexagon tile flooring of the former lobby (now CAFAC's Nokomis Gallery), plaster arch movie screen proscenium and side sound grills, projection booth, and the building's decorative brick facade, featuring beautiful encaustic tile work in the second floor triangular parapet.

With Fire as the inspiration,PLAYING WITH FIRE explores a range of materials, metalsmithing techniques and aesthetics from enameled jewelry to iron and damascus steel from both local and national artists.

Along with the exhibition, CAFAC will be holding demonstrations in flameworking, blacksmithing, foundry and precious metal clay in their open hot house.

Artists: Barbara Minor, Heinz Brummel, Rick Dunkerley, Carol Warner, Susan Hunt, Darlys Ewoldt, Heejin Hwang, Kevin O'Dwyer
Curator: Heather Doyle and Carol Warner

Come explore this incredible building, see blacksmithing demonstrations and view the PLAYING WITH FIRE exhibition during the gallery crawl.  Hope to see you there!

You can read more about this exhibition and the other exhibitions that will be presented during the Gallery Crawl here:

Learn more about this year's exhibitions

Comment by Sarah Holden on March 17, 2014 at 3:09pm

We are extending the deadline for the Interactive Red Carpet Exhibition!


There have been a number of great applications already submitted, 98% of which are neckpieces. We would love to have a more diverse collection for the exhibition, so we are extending the deadline to Saturday, March 22nd at midnight.


It is HIGHLY ENCOURAGED to submit pieces that worn on other parts of the body besides the neck. If you really want to submit a necklace we would still love to see it, but please consider also submitting another type of piece to better your chances.


If you have already submitted and would like to add another non-neckpiece to your application, just email your new images and piece info with the subject line EXTRA SUBMISSION.


Click here for all the details for this call to entry:

Comment by Sarah Holden on March 13, 2014 at 2:04pm

Just a reminder that early bird registration for the 2014 SNAG Conference: From Grains to Gold in Mineapolis ends Monday, March 17th.  Members save $100 by signing up early.  There are still a few spots left to participate in the trunk show, so if you have been meaning to sign up, now would be a great time!

More information about the conference can be found HERE

Comment by Brigitte Martin on March 10, 2014 at 9:29am

Making Jewelry Magic with the Orion Pulse Arc Welders

September 6 - 7, 2014

The Southern Highland Craft Guild and Folk Art Center are hosting the second National Orion Pulse Arc Welder Workshop in conjunction with SNAG. Attendees will learn what different welder models can do without the high cost of purchasing or maintaining a laser.

Learn to repair porosity, re-tip prongs, weld dissimilar metals together, weld bezels together, resize rings, construct jewelry without soldering, and even weld titanium. Brett White from Orion Jewelry Welders, as well as David Alberts, and Ruthie Cohen of the Mountain Metalsmiths School of Jewelry & Lapidary will be working with each individual on an actual pulse arc welder. Jewelers are encouraged to bring projects that they are working on to the workshop!SNAG

Workshop fees are being donated to SNAG and the Southern Highland Craft Guild for their educational programs. A $50 deposit is all that is necessary to hold your space.

For more information please contact Ruthie Cohen by phone: 828-687-7830 or at

Comment by Sarah Holden on March 8, 2014 at 10:09am

Judith Kinghorn

This week's conference highlight is the exhibition ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS.  The Grand Hand Gallery is pleased to present the work of 4 contemporary jewelry artists, working in a wide range of materials, and each of them taking their chosen materials - paper, silver, natural stone, gold, wood, tin - to new heights of artistic expression. Artists: Judith Kinghorn, Myung Urso, Tova Lund, Gustav Reyes. Curator: Ann Pifer

Learn more about this year's conference exhibitions

Comment by Sarah Holden on March 8, 2014 at 10:04am

Alison Antelman, our featured Maker Profile of the week. You can see more of Alison's work on her Maker Profile, HERE

Metropolis Bracelet: Reflections on the Hudson
2.50" x 8" x .25"

Comment by Sarah Holden on March 6, 2014 at 2:27pm

Alison Antelman, our featured Maker Profile of the week. You can see more of Alison's work on her Maker Profile, HERE

Hanging Garden Ring
Oxidzed silver, 18 + 22k gold, tourmaline, diamonds

Comment by Sarah Holden on February 27, 2014 at 10:44am

Connections: Conference News You Need to Know

Portfolio Review!  Registration Dates: March 24-April 18, 2014

We have an amazing group of portfolio reviewers lined up for this year's conference!  Portfolio Reviews are for emerging artists and students. Gallery representatives, curators, artist/professors, entrepreneurs, and other professionals in the metals field will be available by appointment to review portfolios and provide professional advice and guidance. The goal is to create an opportunity to meet and hear from seasoned artists and art professionals that can help participants in the development and advancement of their artistic careers. Participants MUST be registered before the conference to participate.

Ivan Barnett
Michael Dale Bernard
Andy Cooperman
Cappy Counard
Gabriel Craig & Amy Weiks
David Huang
Brigitte Martin
Nicole Jaquard
Bruce Metcalf
Sarah Perkins


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