CMAG Newsletter March 2014


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In this newsletter: March Presentation – Bill Dawson discusses the Iron Age Ribbon Torc; Spring Show Update; and President Leslie talks about collaborations.

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** Table of Contents
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* Understanding the Iron Age Ribbon Torc
* President’s Message – Collaboration is a Beautiful Thing
* February Member Profile: Claudio Starzak
* Update from the Spring Show Committee
* Silent Auction
* CASA beads
* Upcoming Shows, Workshops, and Exhibitions
* CMAG Sponsored Workshop – Eric Burris
* Tualatin Artsplash
* Portland Open Studios
* Upcoming Programs
* Member News
* Items for Sale
* MONTHLY MEETINGS & PROGRAMS
* GENERAL MEETING
* BOARD MEETING
* Membership Information
* Newsletter Information
* View Past Newsletters on the Website
* MONTHLY MEETINGS & PROGRAMS
* GENERAL MEETING
* BOARD MEETING
* Membership Information
* Newsletter Information

** March 11th – General Meeting Program
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** Understanding the Iron Age Ribbon Torc
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Presented by Bill Dawson
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Northwest artist and metalsmith Bill Dawson will present a slideshow and lecture about his research on these enigmatic artifacts. The first anticlastic forms in the history of metalwork, until recently little has been known about how ribbon torcs were actually made. Bill was given access to the collection of the National Museum of Ireland, for a close inspection of their torcs and fragments of torcs, and has conducted many experiments reconstructing the process by which they were raised from thin strips of gold.

** President’s Message – Collaboration is a Beautiful Thing
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By Leslie Zemenek

A few years back I fell in love with the collaborative works of painters Lynda Lowe and Georgiana Nehl. Georgiana happens to be the head of the drawing and painting department at OCAC here in Portland. Over the course of a year the two women mailed their images back and forth from Portland to Chicago and back again, eventually creating one hundred 5″ x 7″ paintings that they described as an “intuitive exchange.” (http://www.lyndalowe.com/image_cat.php?cat_id=18) I could not for the life of me comprehend how such compelling work could have come from two separate hands in two separate cities. Collaboration is a common occurrence among musicians and filmmakers, but in fine art and fine craft, the work tends to be mostly solitary.

Since then I’ve become aware of other artists who work separately yet together. Jewelry artists Steven Ford and David Forlano started working together in college in a shared studio space. Later David Forlano moved from Philadelphia to Santa Fe, after which the collaboration continued long distance. Here’s a link to one of several videos on youtube talking about their process and relationship: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFxltZyZIu4 .
I’ve been thinking about these pairs of artists because I’ve recently been invited to participate in not one, but two different collaborative projects. One of them is taking place locally, the other will be completed long distance through the US mail. This is a completely new experience for me and one that I suspect will delight, surprise, and frustrate, and that will contribute to my growth as an artist in unexpected ways.

What about you? If you have a story about a creative collaboration, or an image of a work that was produced by several sets of hands, please share it on our Facebook page.

Leslie

** CMAG MEETINGS
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Are held the second tuesday of each month at 7:15 in room 33 of the Multinomah Arts Center. Guests are welcome! Each meeting includes a general meeting where guild business is discussed, followed by an educational program. Light refreshments are provided.

** February Member Profile: Claudio Starzak
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Claudio Starzak is originally from Argentina, and has been a metalsmith since he was a teenager. While in his home country, he spent a lot of time in the shop of a friend, where he would often meet his girlfriend after school. The friend’s shop carried a lot of handmade goods like jewelry and crafts. While he was there he would help out making ear wires for earrings, among other things. Soon he began making his own pieces and sold them while traveling.
A few years later he met up with some other metalsmiths in Buenos Aires, who collectively taught each other. One of the people in the group attended a jewelry college, and would come back and teach the other people in the group what they had learned. In this way Claudio increased his skills and began traveling and selling his work along the way, making his way up to Mexico. He set up his studio where he could, whether in a hotel room or in a rented house.

After arriving in the United States and setting up a permanent studio in Portland, Claudio has partnered in a gallery space and regularly sells his work at the Saturday market. “Traveling, I could only have the tools I could carry, so if something wasn’t necessary, I didn’t have it. Instead of a wooden mallet, I would find a piece of wood or a stick, and use those for hammering instead,” he explained, “Now I have a space where I can keep all the tools that I wouldn’t have kept before.”
Claudio’s work is inspired by geometric shapes and by the stones he works with. “I set the stone on a piece of paper, and draw around it to create the basis of the design.” He chooses stones for their metaphysical properties and the pieces he creates are largely one-of-a-kind designs.

The name for Claudio’s business, Imix (pronounced (Ee-meesh) comes from the name of the patron spirit for the first day of the Mayan calendar. Imix (the crocodile) represents dreaming, intuitiveness, creativity, and a connection to the earth and nature.

You can see more of Claudio’s work online at www.imixjewelry.com (http://www.imixjewelry.com/) , on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Imix-Jewelry-handmade-Silver-Gold-with-gem-stones/172785536148181), at the Saturday Market, and at HiiH gallery at 2929 NE Alberta St. in Portland.

** Update from the Spring Show Committee
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Spring Show Update.
This year’s show is looking good, with 41 applications in, we still have a little room for late comers, they will just need to pay the $20 late fee and mail those application in ASAP. Mandy sent out the committee assignments last week so if you didn’t get yours let her know right away. springshow@cmaguild.org (mailto:springshow@cmaguild.org)

A digital version of the show postcard and poster are no available, you can download the PDF from our website http://www.cmaguild.org/metalartsshow/index.html. The printed postcards will be available to pick up at the April general meeting.

** Spring Show Gallery
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Interested in participating in the Spring Show but not sure if you want a whole booth? Then the group gallery may be just the thing for you. For only $50 you can display three pieces and join the fun. For details read the “Gallery Call for Entries”.

** Silent Auction
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Another way anyone can help with the show is to donate a piece to our silent auction. These pieces will be on display near the gallery and customers can bid on them throughout the three days. The proceeds are split between helping pay for show expenses and establishing a member scholarship fund. Just get your piece and a donation form to Mandy Allen before the show.

** CASA beads
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Now is the time to start thinking about a very important subject: What bead will you make this year for our CASA neckpieces? Our theme remains Hearts, Homes and Kids.

In addition to the support we give to this local charity, our neckpieces serve to get CMAG noticed by the community. There are donors who go to these events specifically to see the new CMAG pieces. These people are collectors; there have been actual bidding wars! Everyone who sees our pieces recognizes our name, CMAG, and they usually turn up at our Spring Show to purchase work by the people who made the beads.

MAKE THOSE BEADS! REMEMBER: Beads must be smaller than 1″ cubic, and they must have a hole at least 3mm in diameter. NO BEAD IS TOO SMALL!

If you have a bead or if you have questions, please call Mary Wong at (503) 452-1939 or mary@triosstudio.com (mailto:mary@triosstudio.com) .

Thank You!

** Upcoming Shows, Workshops, and Exhibitions
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** CMAG Sponsored Workshop – Eric Burris
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July 25th, 26th & 27th Hosted at Newberg Jewelry Studios
Renowned metalsmith Eric Burris will be at the Newberg Jewelry Studios this july to teach the process of Mokume Gane. For those unfamiliar with the process, this is an excellent opportunity to learn from one of the most respected mokume gane artists in the country. Workshop pricing and signup TBD.
See Eric’s work on his website at ericburrisjewelry.com (http://ericburrisjewelry.com/)

** Tualatin Artsplash
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From http://www.tualatinoregon.gov/recreation/artsplash

ArtSplash is Tualatin’s local juried art show and sale held on the Commons lakefront (8325 SW Nyberg Street) in July. The 2014 ArtSplash Art Show and Sale will be held on:
* Friday, July 18 …………… 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm
* Saturday, July 19 ……….. 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
* Sunday, July 20 ………….. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Application Deadline: May 5, 2014 Jury information: http://www.tualatinoregon.gov/recreation/artsplash

** Portland Open Studios
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Portland Open Studios is a juried studio tour of ~100 artists in the Portland metro area. We provide a unique opportunity for artists to open their studios to the public. Portland Open Studios is an important and anticipated annual arts event. The tour is a ticketed event attracting visitors from the community and beyond. Attendees may purchase a printed Tour Guide Calendar, Map-only ticket, smartphone app, or be personally invited by you to your studio.
* Application Deadline: March 15th
* Jury Fee – $25, raises to $35 after March 8th
* Participation Fee – $150(collected upon acceptance)
* (Optional) Volunteer Opt Out Fee – $175(collected upon acceptance)

More information at: http://www.portlandopenstudios.com/artist_info (http://www.portlandopenstudios.com/artist_info/) /

** Upcoming Programs
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Bruce McKay has taken on the challenge of being our program director and has lined up some truly fabulous programs for 2014 so far. Stay tuned for additional information in upcoming newsletters! Here’s a quick glance at what is scheduled for the next few months:

** April: Martha Banyas
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Martha Banyas, the world renowned enamelist who lives in Portland will be giving a talk on enameling for us. She will give the very comprehensive keynote address she gave at the Enamelist Conference two years ago, that is a soup-to-nuts of her art and work. She says it may be WAY more information than we want or need. We doubt that. See her work at www.marthabanyas.com (http://www.marthabanyas.com/Martha_Banyas/Home.html)

** May: Stewart Jones
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Stewart Jones, former CMAG President and owner of Indigo Gallery in Joseph, Oregon will be presenting a talk on the circa 1860 Rose Engraving Machine he displays and uses in his gallery showroom. This is the kind of machine used by Faberge and other jewelers over 100 years ago to create amazing patterns, often as background behind transparent enamels. Go to Stewart’s website, www.stewartjonesdesigns.com (http://www.stewartjonesdesigns.com/) for more information on this old and beautiful machine and how Stewart is using it in his work today.

** August: Swap Meet!
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Plan to bring all your tools and supplies you no longer need and find new homes for them among eager guild shoppers.

** September: Spring Show Potluck
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September we will have a potluck meeting to discuss the results of the Spring Show, and ideas on how to make the next show even bigger/better.

** Member News
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** Items for Sale
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Margaret Frison has a few items for sale.
Drafting / Artist chair $70 (used, in great condition, comfortable)
* pedestal base
* adjustable height foot ring
* glider feet – protect floor, stable
* gas-lift seat – adjust seat from 23” to 30”
* back support adjustable in two directions
* naugahyde

Beautiful display case $500 OBO with lights in case and 2 focus lights
* Base folds up to be cart.
* Cart with case is easily pulled with a strap. Very handy at the shows.
* Lights are from www.brightmandesign.com (http://www.brightmandesign.com/)
* Maple and glass cabinet.
* Grass paper skirt.

call Margaret 503-860-7552 or email margaret.frison@gmail.com (mailto:margaret.frison@gmail.com)

** CMAG MEETINGS
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Are held the second tuesday of each month at 7:15 in room 33 of the Multinomah Arts Center. Guests are welcome! Each meeting includes a general meeting where guild business is discussed, followed by an educational program. Light refreshments are provided.

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