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2017 February Archive - Society of North American Goldsmiths


Archive for February, 2017

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Welcome New Members at George Brown College!

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45 George Brown College Jewellery Arts students were able to become SNAG members thanks to the support of Professor Paul McClure and the college. Above you can see a group of them at a recent Lunch & Learn where they “launched” the new memberships to the students.

McClure stated: “Integrating SNAG memberships as part of student tuition fees means that faculty knows every student has access to the same materials. We can now integrate competitions, assign readings, discuss Metalsmith magazine articles, and reference SNAG resources in the classrooms and studios. By providing SNAG membership to students we are exposing them to a wider, international community of makers and thinkers while encouraging new generations of Canadian jewellers to value and participate in the organization.”

Welcome new members and thank you George Brown College!

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Member Achievements – February 2017

pamela-ritchie-jewelryNSCAD University Professor and SNAG member Pamela Ritchie is the winner of the 2017 Saidye Bronfman Award, part of the Canadian Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts. Her current work is based on scientists who have made a difference in human lives in the last century. She is focused on Joseph Lister, a British surgeon who pioneered using antiseptics in surgery, particularly carbolic acid. Learn more>>>

Marilyn da Silva has been named a Master of the Medium in metal and jewelry by Washington D.C.’s James Renwick Alliance (JRA). These awards are given every other year to outstanding artists doing extraordinary work in five traditional craft media: clay, fiber, glass, metal and wood. The awardees are invited to Washington for JRA’s spring celebration of craft, to receive their award and give a presentation describing their work.

Boris Bally organized the Innovative Merger of Art & Guns to Inspire New Expressions, or IMAGINE PEACE NOW exhibition and catalog. It is a call to arms, hearts and hands intended especially for contemporary metal artists.

Caitie Sellers is featured at The Metal Museum. Her exhibition Tributaries: Caitie Sellers runs January 29-April 16. Sellers seeks to find the familiar among common themes and ubiquitous materials such as brick, wire and asphalt. She transforms imagery of architecture and urban infrastructure into jewelry.

JV Collective, a small studio that is home to five jewelry designers, has opened in Philadelphia. Melanie Bilenker, Leslie Boyd, Mallory Weston, Emily Cobb, and Maria Eife joined together to open the new space. Learn more>>>

Peter Antor began working in September as an Artist in Residence at Lillstreet Art Center.

Ezra Satok-Wolman spoke and exhibited at TRIPLE PARADE, an International Art Jewelry Event in China.

SNAG would like to take this opportunity to recognize our Corporate Members for their support: Halstead, NextFab, Pocosin Arts, and Shapeways.

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Tool in the Hat Fundraiser

Pass It On!



One can never have too many tools! But sometimes tools and materials collect dust in our shops and take up space, mental and otherwise. The necessity of the tool and its purpose may have long passed as our work evolved. Now along comes a bright-eyed metalsmith, fresh in the field, who could use that hammer, that shear, that thingy you have to create something new and great. Why not donate your whatchamacallit to the Tool in the Hat fundraiser at the SNAG conference? Get rid of some clutter and do something that will enrich others in our SNAG community and do some good for our field.

We are looking for old tools, metal bits, old books that still have function, unusual materials such as plastics or wood. Odds and ends, basically anything gently used or new that could be of interest to someone else. Let’s see what you’ve got. Thank you!

How to Donate:

  • Fill out this Donor Form online. If you are donating multiple items, you will have a chance to list them individually here on this form.  OR…

Drop Off/Ship:
Drop off donations on-site at the conference at the Registration Table on Wednesday, May 24th beginning at 3:00 pm. (Donation forms will also be available during this time). If you would like to ship your item(s) ahead of time, please send a copy of your form along with your donation to:
Kalaya Steede
214 Betz Place
Metairie, LA 70005
Shipping Deadline: May 7th, 2017

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SWEEPS is Back!

Do you have metal scraps or old/broken jewelry just sitting around? Did you know you could do good with that stuff just cluttering up your jewelry box?

SNAG and Ethical Metalsmiths are again teaming up for SWEEPS! Just toss those scraps or broken jewelry (refine-able metals like gold or silver) in a bag and bring it to the SNAG conference in New Orleans. Or you can ship it to us during the month of May (see donation form instructions). Hoover and Strong will refine the metals and donate the money back the two organizations equally. Good for you and good for the organizations that support our field!

Every little scrap helps — look for the drop off site at the conference or ship it! Thank you!

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2017 Educational Endowment Scholarships

SNAG awards three student scholarships with at least one award given to a student that is currently an undergraduate. These scholarships are for tuition towards the students’ degree granting programs. The scholarships are as follows: one $2000 award, one $1500 award and one $1000 award; each includes a one-year SNAG membership.

SNAG also awards three juried scholarships for emerging and mid-career artists to use toward a workshop of their choice in North America. These awards are as follows: one $2000 award, one $1500 award and one $1000 award; each includes a one-year SNAG membership. Emerging and mid-career artists should have not been enrolled in a degree or certificate program in the past 3 years to qualify.

Deadline extended to March 31, 2017

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