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CALL FOR ENTRY: “Shifting Sites”

Contemporary metalsmithing is a dynamic field, marked by ever-expanding possibilities for the creation and presentation of work. “Shifting Sites,” SNAG’s 2016 Juried Exhibition in Print produced by Metalsmith, will showcase works that explore the changing spaces of jewelry and objects as they are conceived, made, and displayed. Jurors Eva Eisler, Lauren Fensterstock, and Lori Talcott are seeking examples that creatively engage with their environment.

For this “Shifting Sites” issue, the emphasis is on location or place as either subject or actual space for the creation and display of work. The jurors welcome works that expand and explore the “where” of contemporary metalsmithing. As a subject for metalsmithing, “site” can be understood as geography, landscape or cityscape and be revealed in imagery or forms that reference natural settings, architecture, urban or rural spaces. Actual space of a piece can refer to where the idea was realized, the physical location of construction, where it is worn, or where it is displayed or sold.

“Shifting Sites” broadly refers to the changing boundaries in metalsmithing practice.

Deadline Feb 22, 2016

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SNAG JAMS Vol. 2 Call for Entries

Started by Liz Steiner Jul 16, 2018. 0 Replies

It's time to apply for this years volume of JAMS: Jewelry and Metals Survey. This survey publication is meant to showcase a broad range of jewelry and metal objects, created in the past year, and selected by a jury. This years jurors are Hoss Haley, Todd Reed, and Jennifer Scanlan. SNAG members receive a discount on the application fee.…Continue

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SNAG Connects: Meet Your Region Leader- Canada

Started by Liz Steiner Mar 19, 2018. 0 Replies

The purpose of SNAG Connects is to bring together members and potential members within their own geographical region. Each region has a volunteer leader in charge of forging these relationships.Bio: Pasha Moezzi is an emerging Jewellery artist residing in Toronto. He obtained his Fine Arts diploma from Langara College and later attended the BFA Program at Concordia University in Montreal…Continue

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Supporting SNAG Members

Started by Liz Steiner Feb 12, 2018. 0 Replies

One of the things I love most about the SNAG community is the diversity of passions, interests and goals of our members. I'm always inspired by the dedication, commitment and persistence of SNAG members in reaching for these goals. If only all of our bank accounts could keep up with our dreams. Here are three awesome SNAG ladies, each with very different aspirations, but all in need of financial assistance.…Continue

Tags: James, jewelry, neon, crowdfunding, Danielle

SNAG Portland: Makers Across Disciplines Engage

Started by Liz Steiner Jan 25, 2018. 0 Replies

Registration for the SNAG Portland Conference is live (with reduced prices!). The conference will be here before we know it, but there's still plenty of ways to get involved.For those of you lucky enough to snag a Halstead Challenge kit, I hope you're further along on your brooch than I am. Halstead has been putting out some great videos on brainstorming, that I've found to be super…Continue

Tags: exchange, work, registration, pre-conference, workshops

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Comment by Brigitte Martin on August 15, 2013 at 8:47am
Many, many thanks to Dana Singer, who is retiring today after 14 years of service as our Executive Director. Good luck, Dana!
Comment by Brigitte Martin on August 13, 2013 at 1:49pm

SNAG Volunteer Highlight: Sam Mitchell

Sam will be contacting SNAG member galleries shortly to conduct a series of interviews which will then be promoted via Riveting News and on other SNAG communication outlets. Jewelry galleries, want to get an early start on this? Please contact Sam and get your interview date in. First come first serve.

Message me for Sam's email if needed, she's also in the SNAG membership directory.

Comment by Brigitte Martin on July 26, 2013 at 6:17pm

I need 5 SNAG volunteers, please, to each donate 1-2 hours of their time to make quick and easy phone calls on SNAG's behalf over the course of the next 3 weeks. No fundraising. No cold calls. This is important for SNAG but it won't be hard for you, promise. :-)
Email me via or message me via crafthaus. THANKS. Brigitte

Comment by Brigitte Martin on June 18, 2013 at 1:27pm

Hello Everyone! My name is Renee Zettle-Sterling and this is my first letter, of many, to you as president. I would like to start off my first letter by taking a moment to thank a very extraordinary individual in our lives, Dana Singer. Dana will be leaving SNAG this October and she will be deeply missed. Dana was SNAG’s first professional Executive Director and she helped lead SNAG into a new era as an organization. She has been SNAG’s cornerstone for more than fourteen years, making many considerable and generous contributions to this organization by providing vision and much-needed continuity of leadership.

While it is hard to imagine SNAG without Dana, the Board and I believe this will also be an exciting time. It is an opportunity for us to usher SNAG into a whole new era, with different ideas and perspectives. We are currently beginning the search for the new Executive Director, and I have organized a search committee comprised of member-at-large Christine Bossler, ACC Executive Director Chris Amundsen, and Executive Committee members Sue Amendolara, Anne Havel, and me. The posting for the position opens on June 18th and will close July 18th. Based on our timeline we are hoping to have a new ED in place in September.

Renee Zettle-Sterling

Comment by Brigitte Martin on June 17, 2013 at 6:40am

Since 1969, thousands and thousands of volunteer hours and talent have made us great. PEOPLE make SNAG work. Now’s a great time to get involved.

The range of volunteerism is wide:

  • One-time or recurring projects
  • Marketing
  • Member outreach and renewals
  • Committee member or program coordinator
  • Fundraising, grant writing, corporate sponsorships
  • Exhibitions or conferences
  • Onsite at the conference or a trade show
  • Board service

Help SNAG further our mission, reach our goals and realize our dreams. Get involved today!

Send an email to Katie Poterala, SNAG volunteer coordinator, and discuss what your interests are:

Comment by Brigitte Martin on May 29, 2013 at 3:17pm

Call for entries: LEAP AWARD (Lydon Emerging Artist Program)

Call for Artists begins July 1, 2013

Deadline for Entries October 1, 2013

Comment by Brigitte Martin on May 28, 2013 at 12:07pm

A last reminder that the Call for Entries for SNAG's next virtual exhibition, Contemporary Goldsmithing: Tradition & Excellence, is on the CaFE site. This exhibition is open to all artists worldwide.

The entry fee is $25 for SNAG members and $35 for non-members.

The submission deadline is this Friday, May 31, 11:59 pm Mountain Time.

The three jurors are George Sawyer, Judith Kinghorn, and Tom Herman. The Jurors' Statement and the Call for Entries Prospectus are available on SNAG's website.

Comment by Brigitte Martin on May 8, 2013 at 11:54am
Important SNAG update re bringing work into Canada for the conference:

We understand the frustrations you are feeling trying to sort through the complex issues of duty and customs. We have been in contact with a Canadian Border Patrol agent who has outlined steps that you should follow to legally bring your Trunk Show work for sale into Canada. She said:

Both US & Canadian customs officers recommended you take photos of your jewelry, preferably next to something showing a date before you leave (such as a newspaper). This includes work to be sold at the trunk show, pins for the pin swap and even personal jewelry.
If you are stopped and questioned, there is the chance that the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) can and will charge you a 5% Goods & Services Tax (GST) on items brought into the country. Upon departure from Canada the CBSA office, at either the airport or border if driving, can refund the tax you paid with proof that you came into Canada with those goods.

For those participating in the Trunk Show, you are importing work for sale and are therefore eligible to be taxed.
Any items not sold are eligible for a tax refund (see above)
Here is the information and forms you will need to fill out

1. Call 519-252-4705 to receive an importing account number (free of charge)

2. Go to, click on "publications & forms", then click on forms and open up form B3-3
3. All items must be itemized on this form. The value is on the materials, not labor. This is what you are taxed on.

4. This form is presented at customs when entering Canada when (and if) asked for it.

5. In there is booklet number BSF5079.
This gives all the directions on procedures and rules for importing and selling goods.

US citizens have an $800 exemption and therefore would not be charged any duty on the pins as long as you declare the merchandise and anything else you might purchase at the conference.
Make sure you keep your photo documents to prove you left the US with those items.
Not declaring and getting caught can result in loss of merchandise and a fine.

We apologize that this turned out to be far more complicated and expensive than any of us could have imagined. For those American participants who would prefer to not continue their participation in this year’s event, we will refund your $100 “show up fee” so long as you let us know by this Friday, May 10, at noon Pacific Time. If we haven’t heard from you by this deadline, we will assume you are continuing as an exhibitor. If you decide Toronto’s not for you, we sincerely hope you will consider participating in future Trunk Show events.
Comment by Marlene True on May 1, 2013 at 2:48pm

SNAG 2013 Raffle – Win something for yourself and support a great cause!

Comment by Brigitte Martin on March 4, 2013 at 11:15am
John Paul Miller. RIP.
Born in 1918 in Huntington, Pennsylvania. John Paul Miller revived the ancient technique of “granulation” — embellishing a gold surface with infinitesimal spheres of gold — and brought it to the highest degree of refinement in his work, which draws much of its inspiration from crustacean and other animal forms. He taught for 37 years at the Cleveland Institute of Art and received the American Craft Council’s Gold Medal in 1994.




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