Our programming involves multiple social events each year designed to bring members together and strengthen the foundation of our community. They are casual gatherings located around the Bay Area that include social mixers at local art related spaces and general venues, and our annual potluck Summer Picnic and Holiday Party.
For upcoming events and the most current dates, please check our Calendar.
Each August MAG members get together to celebrate the summer and also as a last hurrah before the busy holiday making season begins. Each year the location of the Summer Picnic changes, as hosts volunteer to share their space with the group. During the event there is an educational lecture or demonstration, which have covered a variety of topics. Another really enjoyable aspect of the event is the potluck. Each member brings a sweet or savory item to share.
2015 – Backyard of MAG President Kelly Nedderman, San Francisco
Demo: Darius Nickovich: Basic Scrimshaw Techniques
2014 – Studio of Dave Giuletti and Shaya Durbin, Berkeley
Demo: David Giulietti: Saw piercing using a sideways birdsmouth on the benchpin
2013 – Studio of McWhinney Designs and WillBuilt, San Rafael
Demo: Jeff McWhinney: 3D CAD jewelry case and the creation of the parts on the CNC Mill in Aluminum
2012 – Shibumi Gallery and the Studio of April Higashi
Lecture: About Shibumi gallery with April Higashi, and artist talk/studio tour with Eric Powell
In early December of every year, MAG members gather for a special potluck holiday celebration. Each member brings a sweet or savory item to share and those who are interested participate in an ornament and gift exchange. Depending on location there will be a lecture or demonstration.
2015 – Studio of Nick Dong, Oakland
Demo: Nick Dong: Incorporating electronics and motors to create kinetic metal sculpture
2014 – The Richmond Art Center Jewelry Studio, Richmond
Demo: Ed Lay
2013 – Home of MAG Secretary Claudia Alleyne
2012 – Studio of Raissa Bump, San Francisco
Demo: Raissa Bump
Throughout the year the Metal Arts Guild hosts multiple social mixers at art and metals related spaces around the Bay Area. Mixers have been held at artist studios, galleries, and small businesses. These mixers are often an opportunity to see new spaces, hear the stories of the people who started them, and support local businesses.
2014 – Studio of Florence Resnikoff, Oakland
Ali Amaro – Art Jewelry & Objects, Point Richmond
Jewelry Community Happy Hour – The Bong Building, San Francisco
2013 – Crown Nine, Oakland
Library Database Launch Party, MAG Resource Center, San Francisco
2012 – Love & Luxe Gallery, San Francisco
Happy Hour Tumbler “Favorite Ring”, Dear Mom Bar and Pub, San Francisco
Who can resist a roomful of tools for sale? Each year MAG collaborates with other organizations like The Crucible, Woman’s Jewelry Association, and The Center For Enamel Art, to bring together members and various vendors for a one-day Tool Sale. There are great deals on used and lightly used metalworking and enamel tools, materials, discontinued inventory, overruns, findings, gemstones, pearls, and equipment sold by makers and manufacturers.
2015 – October 25th at The Crucible, Oakland
2014 – January 18th at Bullseye Glass Resource Center, Emeryville