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SNAG

Society of North American Goldsmiths is the Premier Association for Jewelry, Design and Metalsmithing.

Website: http://snagmetalsmith.org
Location: online
Members: 313
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http://www.ebay.com/usr/societyofnagoldsmiths SNAG members: To be included in this slideshow, please email 1 image with descriptions (title, media/materials, measurements) to: crafthauseditor@live.com.

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Dear Valued SNAG Member,
Are you willing to be one of the faces of SNAG?  Do you love your hammer?  We are writing to you with a request on behalf of SNAG. For the second year in a row, we are creating a fundraising video campaign and we think you would be an incredible asset to this effort. This is a chance for you to give back to the organization that we all love as well as gain some exposure for yourself.

 
SNAG continues to be in a time of transition and we want to show the breadth and reach our organization has with a new video(s) this fall.

 

The idea:  "Show us your hammer!"

 
We are continuing the "I am SNAG" campaign this fall, but with a twist...This year's "I am SNAG" campaign will take it's inspiration from the hammers that most every SNAG member uses, although in a variety of ways. From a tiny riveting hammer to a 10 lb sledgehammer, we are interested in reflecting the diversity of our members, the work they make and the tools they use.  Emphasize what makes you YOU in the photo - shoot in your studio at your bench, at the anvil, pose with your hammer, etc... Have fun with it! If you want to do it with a friend who's a SNAG member, feel free!
Please send images of you and your hammer to use for our upcoming fall video campaign.
The videos we are making will invigorate our membership, attract new members, as well as, help us to raise funds to bring you the programming you love.
You are SNAG.  Show us your hammer!

 
To see last year's video click here.

 
How to participate:
- Take a photo of your hammer(s), yourself hammering or using a hammer,       preferred size is 300 dpi 4" x 6"
- All images must approximate professional quality.  We do reserve the right    to refuse lesser quality photographs that are not suitable for the video. All  images must have sharp focus and proper exposure. Please crop and  correct for exposure and rotation.
- Email photos and release form (see below) to snagmovie@gmail.com

 

The deadline is September 19th!

 

Are you willing to be one of the many faces of SNAG?  And show us your hammer?

Questions? Email snagmovie@gmail.com
 

 

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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.

http://exhibitions.snagmetalsmith.org/contemporarygoldsmithing/intro/

 

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Discussion Forum

We Are SNAG: Identity Calll for Entry

Started by Jennifer Merchant Jul 18. 0 Replies

There is just under two weeks left to submit your work! Deadline is July 31st and is open to all SNAG members ages 18 and up.We are SNAG: Identity Call for Entry Open!Juried Online Member ExhibitionWE ARE SNAG: Identity is the first in a series of juried online WE ARE SNAG member exhibitions celebrating the breadth of our field and membership.  Exhibition Jurors:  Tim McCreight, Jim Meyer, Stacey Lee Webber …Continue

Tags: metal, membership, metalsmith, jewelry, call for entry

"What is a Good Review?"

Started by Jennifer Merchant Jul 2. 0 Replies

Art Jewelry Forum has begun a discussion about the state of criticality within the contemporary jewelry community via. this article by the editor, Benjamin Lignel, "What is a Good Review?"As Benjamin states in the article "the reaction from the community to our critical reviews has been mixed; while most people agree in theory that criticality is a good thing, it becomes a little less…Continue

Tags: review, contemporary jewelry, art jewelry forum, metalsmithing, jewelry

Opportunities to show your work via SNAG!

Started by Jennifer Merchant Jun 23. 0 Replies

We are SNAG: Identity Call for Entry Opens July 1!Juried Online Member ExhibitionWE ARE SNAG: Identity seeks images of traditionally crafted, contemporary, and experimental new works from any current member of SNAG.  This online juried exhibition intends to represent the incredibly diverse work and making practices of our membership and is open to jewelry work, metals work, metalsmithed objects, body ornamentation and the like.…Continue

Tags: sculpture, metal, work, online, art

Opportunities to show your work via SNAG!

Started by Jennifer Merchant Jun 23. 0 Replies

SNAG has partnered with the ACC for their invitational program for the 2015 American Craft Council Show in Baltimore. The American Craft Council has invited SNAG to participate in their Artist Invitational Program for their 2015 Baltimore show. SNAG will require an application of interest along with submission of images of your work in order to be considered.  Applications will be juried and the program is limited to 10 artists.  This opportunity is open to any current SNAG member. …Continue

Tags: craft, Baltimore, Show, ACC, SNAG

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Comment by Brigitte Martin on Monday

"Forging Entrepreneurs" Presenter Spotlight

Chris Hentz
The Possibilities of Digital Fabrication in a Small Metals Studio: Flat Pattern Development vs. 3D Printing
Hentz presents a variety of ways to use the Rhino CAD program as illustrated through his studio practice. He will talk about his methods for converting a 2D hand drawn sketch into a Rhino CAD drawing illustrating a 3D form. That 3D CAD drawing can be used to create a 2D flat pattern for traditional metal fabrication. Or that same drawing can be used with a variety of 3D printing processes.
SNAG's 2014 business symposium, "Forging Entrepreneurs: The Inside Track," is for artists running independent studios looking for skills and information on how to better run their business.

November 9th at the High Museum's Walter C. Hill Auditorium in Atlanta, Georgia from 8:30-5:30, with an after party 6:30-8:30 at Signature Gallery.   More details

Register here by October 31st
Comment by Jennifer Merchant on October 8, 2014 at 3:50am

Adorned Spaces:

A Pop-Up Exhibition Event

at the 2015 SNAG Boston Conference

Impact: Looking Back, Forging Forward

 CALL FOR APPLICATIONS!

The 2015 Boston SNAG conference is seeking curators, organizations, schools, and individuals to offer a fresh look at the field of contemporary metalsmithing through a multiple-exhibition event called Adorned Spaces. This juried event will highlight both established and emerging artists to celebrate the innovation of metalsmithing that “looks back and forges forward.”

Macintosh HD:Users:lindsaymis:Desktop:Picture 2.pngThis year’s conference organizers are offering pop-up spaces to applicants interested in creating their own exhibition at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. Twenty different 100 square feet pop-up galleries will occupy the 4th floor meeting rooms during the conference on Friday, May 22, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.  This event and participating artists will be actively featured in conference promotional materials including the conference website, advertisements and in the Conference Program Brochure. Additionally, a special reception highlighting the Adorned Spaces celebration will be held on Friday, May 22, 2015 from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

This opportunity is an open call to all conference attendees (day-pass attendees included).

Submit applications no later than: January 19, 2015. Free to apply. Fee for accepted exhibitors, see below.

Click HERE for more information and instructions to apply.

Comment by Jennifer Merchant on October 8, 2014 at 3:44am

Uniques Postcard Front

SNAG’s UNIQUES Sale on eBay, December 1-15, 2014

UNIQUES is an online auction of one-of-a-kind, limited edition, unusual, and handmade contemporary art jewelry and small metal items.

  • SNAG’s 3rd UNIQUES sale is December 1-15, 2014. UNIQUES helps SNAG members gain exposure and sell work while helping SNAG raise funds for programming.
  • SNAG will be partnering with The International Society of Glass Beadmakers (ISGB).
  • This time around we thought it would be fun to have everyone submit entries that reflect the adjective colorful.

Learn more and get the call for entries

Comment by Jennifer Merchant on September 8, 2014 at 5:31pm

 "Show us your hammer!"

 We are continuing the "I am SNAG" campaign this fall, but with a twist...This year's "I am SNAG" campaign will take it's inspiration from the hammers that most every SNAG member uses, although in a variety of ways. From a tiny riveting hammer to a 10 lb sledgehammer, we are interested in reflecting the diversity of our members, the work they make and the tools they use.  Emphasize what makes you YOU in the photo - shoot in your studio at your bench, at the anvil, pose with your hammer, etc... Have fun with it! If you want to do it with a friend who's a SNAG member, feel free!
Please send images of you and your hammer to use for our upcoming fall video campaign.
The videos we are making will invigorate our membership, attract new members, as well as, help us to raise funds to bring you the programming you love.
You are SNAG.  Show us your hammer!
Click HERE for submission info
Comment by Jennifer Merchant on September 6, 2014 at 1:51pm
Oops! It has come to our attention that we inadvertently omitted the credit line from an ad in Metalsmith Magazine featuring work by Sungyeoul Lee! Please accept our apologies, Sungyeoul, and many thanks to you. Keep up the great work!
Comment by Jennifer Merchant on July 18, 2014 at 7:42pm

During the SNAG conference this past April a membership meeting was held to discuss the state of the organization, changes that have occurred, and other pertinent information. If you were unable to attend the meeting, all of the information is available online!

View the minutes of the meeting here

View Executive Director Gwynne's power point presentation here

View the Treasurer Anne's power point here

This is important information for all SNAG members to be aware of. Take a look, knowledge is power!

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: http://www.snagmetalsmith.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/RedCarpetc...

 

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A modern metalsmith/metal artist can be found working in traditional metals as well as in nontraditional materials. The designs can range from the classic to the extravagant, and the techniques can either be centuries old or decidedly current.

The wide range of expression preferences, design options, materials, and processes has lead within our field to unfavorable misconceptions, misunderstandings and in some cases even outright disdain between artists. Can the metal and jewelry field overcome its division and send out a much-needed signal?

We appreciate and respect our historical past and acknowledge that current materials have a rightful place in jewelry/object making!

Arriving at this message is the goal of this traveling exhibition opening at the SNAG conference in Boston 2015, Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, CA - Aug 19 - Sept 20, 2015, Equinox Gallery, San Antonio, TX - Oct 16 - Nov 15, 2015, Baltimore Jewelry Center, Baltimore, MD - Dec 11, 2015 - Jan 08, 2016, Brooklyn Metal Works, Brooklyn, NY - Feb 5 - Mar 4, 2016, Thomas Mann's Gallery I/O April 1 - June 25, 2016.

DETAILS on exhibition premise, call for artists, submission guidelines.....

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Instill - Material Matters 2014 - The School of Jewellery at Birmingham City University, UK

INSTILL- material matters offers an opportunity to experience the recent works by MA postgraduates from The School of Jewellery at Birmingham City University, one of the most important and internationally renowned contemporary jewelry programs in Europe.

Crafthaus has been privileged to show work from the graduating jewelry classes of the Birmingham City University for the past 5 years in a row. Thank you Professor Astfalck for this wonderful opportunity!

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