CMAG Newsletter June 2014

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In this newsletter: Board elections, Tami Dean presents a slideshow of her trip to Iran, upcoming workshops, and more!

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** Table of Contents
* Iran Road Trip
* President’s Message – CMAG Elections
* Member Profile 
* Upcoming Shows, Workshops, and Exhibitions
* CMAG Sponsored Workshop – Eric Burris
* Stone Carving with Bruce McKay
* Wax Carving Workshop with Bruce McKay
* Raising Workshop with Greg Wilbur
* Call to Artists – MASSC Exhibition “Metal Extinction”
* Charles Lewton-Brain Foldforming Competition
* RACC Workshops
* RIO Grande Workshops open for registration
* Upcoming Programs
* Member News
* Hermiston Jewelry Store for Sale
* Membership Information
* Newsletter Information
* View Past Newsletters on the Website

** May 13th – General Meeting Program

** Iran Road Trip

Presented by Tami Dean
Jewelry Artist Tami Dean and her husband spent seven months travelling in Iran. She will present a slideshow and talk about their journey. Join us as we travel the world in this exciting presentation.

** President’s Message – CMAG Elections

By Leslie Zemenek

It’s that time again! CMAG’s new year is about to begin. That means board elections and membership renewals. It’s been a privilege serving as board president these past 8 months. I’m grateful to you all for bearing with me as I did lots of learning on the job. I want to also extend a great big thank you to all the other hardworking board members: Vice President Maggie Bowman, Treasurer Barbara Covey, Secretary Karen Craig, Newsletter Editor Michele Lukowski, Programs Director Bruce McKay, Education Director Cindy Proctor, and our newest board member, Deb Steele, Membership Officer. Deb, we are extremely grateful to you for taking on this important job. A special thanks also goes out to Kathryn Constant who has been tirelessly serving as our librarian for many years.

Elections for the 2014 / 2015 board positions will be held at our June meeting. Please come and let your vote be heard in support of our volunteers.

We will also be preparing for our annual membership drive. Anyone interested in helping Deb and our other board members with the membership mailing, please come to the meeting and let us know you are available.

Thanks again, and I hope to see you all there!



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.

** Member Profile
Would you like to be profiled in our newsletter? Send me a bio of your work and up to three photographs, and you will be featured in an upcoming newsletter.

** Upcoming Shows, Workshops, and Exhibitions

** CMAG Sponsored Workshop – Eric Burris
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.

Cost and Deadline
This workshop will be offered to members at the rate of $350. If you are not a member, and would like to join and take the workshop, the cost is $400. The non-member cost is $425. Enrollment is limited to 10 students. There are still a few spots left in this workshop! sign up on the CMAG website at

See Eric’s work on his website at (

** Stone Carving with Bruce McKay
August 18, 19, 20th, 2014 9 AM to 5 PM Location: Newberg Jewelry Studio and Supply
2401 E Hancock St. Suite A2
Newberg, Oregon 97132 Learn the ancient art of carving gemstones using modern tools and Oregon agate and jasper. This class is geared towards learning to carve using a flexshaft and basic bench tools.
Students will carve a rough piece into a highly polished jewelry sized gem ready to be worn or set into a piece of jewelry. Suitable stones for carving will be discussed and all stones for class work will be provided.
Day One and Two will be spent carving a design that includes all the basic carving techniques: slab trimming, drilling, grooving, shaping, concave plus convex surfaces, then taking the piece through the stages of grinding, sanding and up to a high polish.
Three is Open Studio where students can work on their own carving designs or learn basic cabbing.
The price of this Stone Carving Workshop includes a $100 tool kit of diamond carving tools that students get to take home. Cost:
Two Day Workshop, August 18 and 19: $200
Three Day Workshop, August 18, 19, and 20^th: $300 To sign up, Send payment to: Bruce McKay
1725 NE 55th Ave
Portland, Oregon 97213

Wax Carving Workshop with Bruce McKay
I am giving a workshop at the Multnomah Arts Center this July 12th and 13th on Wax Carving Organic Forms. Although the design to be produced in class will be a flower form, this class is about learning to create fluid organic forms without the strict symmetry that I have taught in my other classes. This is a class on how to loosen up and have fun carving. Please consider this Workshop, and pass on this opportunity to anyone you think might be interested. For more info, contact me at 503-796-5966 or (

Official Description of class:
Wax Carving: Organic Forms Workshop
Learn to carve waxes into organic floral forms, creating pendants or brooches, ready to be cast into metal. Hand carve flowers from a solid block of carving wax using basic wax carving tools. Start with a basic five petal Plumeria and move on to carve a more complex flower.
Please note: We will not cast in this class, but learn how to carve fluid, organic, realistic flowers in wax. No prerequisite. Price includes materials fee of $70, which covers all demo materials and a set of wax carving tools for the students to keep. After 1st class, these fees are non-refundable.
To get details about MAC’s Metalsmithing Program and Studio go to (
Cost, including tools to take home: $172

To register,
Please drop by the Multnomah Arts Center office or call (503) 823-2787.

You may also register online by going to

** Raising Workshop with Greg Wilbur
Greg Wilbur and Arnon Kartmazov will be teaching a 3-day workshop at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology on the Oregon coast, July 16-18. The course introduces students to the amazing world of hand-forging and provides them with an understanding of basic skills needed to shape iron rod and copper sheet by hand. Other projects and techniques will be considered for students with more experience. For more information, visit Sitka’s website or call them at 541-994-5485.

** Call to Artists – MASSC Exhibition “Metal Extinction”
The Metal Arts Society of Southern California (MASSC) invites all metal artisans, faculty and students to our CASH PRIZE nationwide (USA) Call for Entry to our exhibition entitled “Metal Extinction: Using Metal to Honor and Make Permanent our Vanishing World”

First Prize: $1000, Second Prize: $500, Third Prize: $250.00, Honorable Mention, and Public Choice Jurors: David Freda, Barbara Hendricks, Marne Ryan

TO ENROLL:, search “MASSC” or use this direct link:

Complete Exhibition Prospectus:

** Charles Lewton-Brain Foldforming Competition
The Center for Metal Arts is now taking entries for the 2014 Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition. This year, Alan Revere, Founder and Director of the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts, will join Hazel Wheaton, Editor of Art Jewelry magazine, and Charles Lewton-Brain, pioneer of foldforming, to round out the 2014 jury panel. Their job begins after midnight on June 16, 2014, this year’s submission deadline.

Results of the competition are widely publicized. The Center for Metal Arts hosts the international Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition each year, and has partnered with Charles Lewton-Brain to release an art book this summer to celebrate the event’s inaugural two years. Art Jewelry magazine will present winning entries in a print issue and special online gallery again this year. Top entries are also shared in video format. See the 2013 gallery at, and video at

Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and Honorable Mention will include gift certificates from Rio Grande and hand-selected items from Charles Lewton-Brain. Additional entries are recognized in a Jurors’ Choice round. Winners will be announced on Aug 1, 2014, during the annual four-day workshop intensive with Charles Lewton-Brain at the Center for Metal Arts, at the yearly Friday night dinner preview of entries. For details visit ( .

The Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition is a survey of the evolution of foldforming as it is applied in the world today in large and small scale; in jewelry, sculpture, architecture, functional objects, and unexpected applications. Recognition goes to excellence in craftsmanship, original or innovative design, and overall visual impact.

Master goldsmith Charles Lewton-Brain is Head of the Jewellery/Metals Program at the Alberta College of Art and Design. He is a world renowned author, educator, artist, and has pioneered the innovative suite of metal techniques known as foldforming. He is the author of Foldforming, the definitive book on the topic.

RACC Workshops

Hey Creatives!

Want to learn new ideas to engage your audience? Freshen your grant writing? Hear perspectives on how other artists in town are making work?

Workshops are a superb opportunity to expose yourself to fresh ideas, gain insight into your artistic life, and develop new skills. Lead by experts in their field, they offer a contemporary and multi-disciplinary approach to artistic professional development, supporting artists and creative professionals in their endeavors.

Check out an offering or two…and try something new! Each workshop is offered at an affordable price as part of RACC’s commitment to providing accessible learning opportunities that support creatives.
Check out the currently available workshops at

** RIO Grande Workshops open for registration
Got your seat at the bench? Reserve yours now and learn cool new skills during Rio Grande’s 2014 Summer Workshop Series, July 27–August 1. Check out the variety of workshops available and register today for the ones you want—seats are limited and fill up fast, so act now!

Learn more or Register (

** Upcoming Programs

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:

** July: TBD!

** August: Swap Meet!

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

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 and better.

** Member News

** Hermiston Jewelry Store for Sale
Submitted by Bruce McKay
After a lifetime in the family jewelry business, Jacqueline Mack is selling her IJO business in Hermiston, Oregon. Business has been prosperous but Mack is fighting a life-threatening illness.
The store was customized for efficient operations and is a cornerstone of the Hermiston business community since 1983. It has a sterling reputation and strong loyal customer base.
• There is No Competition within 30 miles. Oregon is a no sales tax state, so pulls from nearby
Washington with an 8.3% tax. This is a turnkey operation poised for growth.
• Business is valued at $110,000. Negotiable dependent on terms and payment arrangements.
• Building is assessed at $250,000; asking price is $225,000. Owner will consider carrying contract.
• Will consider 3-5 year lease with options, negotiable to faciliate start-up.
• Extensive itemized list of assets available on request.
• Business and property available by July 1, 2014.
Please direct inquiries to Jeff Mack at 360-679-1800 or (


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.




When: General CMAG member meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month. Doors open at 6:45pm, meetings begin at 7:15pm, and adjourn by 9:15pm.

Where: Room 33 at the ** Multnomah Arts Center, (
7688 SW Capitol Highway Portland 97219.

What: Meetings consist of a general business and a short break with refreshments, followed by a program which may be a demonstration of a technique or tool, a slide presentation, a panel discussion, or other presentation of interest to CMAG members. The CMAG Library is open before the meeting and during the break for checking out books and magazines.

Who: Meetings are open to CMAG members and their guests.


Board meetings are generally held prior to the General Meeting at 6:00 pm in Room 33 at the MAC (same room as the regular meeting). Members are encouraged to attend and contribute.

CMAG Board

* Leslie Zemenek, President
* Maggie Bowman, Vice President
* Barbara Covey, Treasurer
* Karen Craig, Secretary
* Michele Lukowski, News
* John Wirth, Spring Show
* Bruce McKay, Programs
* Cindy Proctor, Education
* Deb Steele, Membership

Have ideas for CMAG? Get involved! We are currently seeking volunteers to head various projects and committees. If you are interested, come to a board meeting and let us know!
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Membership Information

The Creative Metal Arts Guild, a non-profit organization, exists to create a community for metalsmiths, jewelers and metal artists, by facilitating communication, providing information and benefits, promoting a positive image of the creative metal artist and increasing public awareness of the artist’s contribution to the community.
For details please visit CMAG’s website:
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Annual membership dues are $60; students $30

Newsletter Information

Contributions, comments, classified ads, etc. are welcome.
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Michele Lukowski, Editor

Newsletter Submission Deadlines:
July issue, July 1st
August issue, August 4th
September issue, September 1st
* What to send: By far the most important would be reporting any CMAG event you participated in or attended. Visiting an exhibit or symposium. Taking a CMAG workshop. Our newsletter depends completely on the members to report on these activities. Also important in this vein would be metal art events you participate in outside CMAG; galleries, shows, workshops, books.

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When to send: Send it by the deadline.

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