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September 9th -  General Meeting Program


Spring Show Kick-Off Potluck

Our September general meeting will be the annual Spring Show kick-off and pot-luck. Like last year, it will be held at Civilian Studios - 2210 N Lewis Ave., Portland OR 97227. We will meet, eat and discuss the outcome of our 2014 Spring Show and plans for 2015.  Even if you aren’t planning on doing the show this will be a fun opportunity to socialize with your fellow metalsmiths and check out a really cool studio space. 

Civilian Studios is a large warehouse that Ashley Heitzman, guild member and designer behind Ashley May Jewelry, co-founded with another artist to bring affordable work space to Portland's emerging makers.

Civilian Studios is located in an industrial sector situated between the Willamette River and Interstate Ave, about a mile north of the Oregon Convention Center. Parking is available on the street, in front of the building (nose in style) and at our neighbor’s parking lot, Indow Windows, located on Interstate Ave just south of the turn for Lewis Ave.

6pm - Come early for a Studio & Building Tour 

7pm- Meeting & Potluck to begin


The 2015 Spring Show dates are April 24, 25, and 26, 2015 – that’s the last weekend in April.

There are going to be a lot of changes this year. The Oregon Potters Association got tired of dealing with the convention center and will move their event to the Memorial Coliseum on the weekend following our show. It will be interesting to see what effect this may have on us. We will still be collaborating with the glass, bead, weaving and wood guilds as “The Gathering of the Guilds” but we have been moved to Hall A (the one the potters used to be in). This space is almost half the size of Hall C, so the layout will be different but there are still many details to be worked out.  One thing I know you all will be happy to hear is that we will have shorter hours,  Friday 10 to 7, Sat 10 to 6 and Sunday our usual 10 to 5!

This year we are moving up our application deadlines in an effort to make it easier for show participants to get their work hours in and so we can get an early start on publicity - which will hopefully result in increased sales.

The Early Bird deadline is November 11, 2014.  Early birds will have the best chance for getting the type of booth and the committee assignment they want, and any application received before Nov. 11th will receive a $20 discount. The final deadline will be January 13, 2015. Applications and many more details will be available at the pot-luck meeting.

I know we’ve said this before but… we need your help to run this show! Without enough volunteers we can’t do it. Without enough people who are willing to step up and serve on the steering committee for the 2016 show, it won’t happen. This is the last year that many of the steering committee members are able to serve and it would make a much smoother transition if anyone interested in helping started now so they can see how things are run. We also need people to serve as chairs on show sub-committees. We would love to get commitments to fill all the chair positions at the pot-luck. Remember that chairs get the lowest commission fee, 15%.

Here’s a brief description of what each committee does, more information will be available at the potluck;

Advertising/PR – Responsible for the design and distribution of postcards and posters. Utilizing traditional and social media promotion efforts.

Charity Beneficiary - Responsible for coordinating the donations for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), including obtaining handcrafted beads from members and assembling neckpieces.

Education - Responsible for organizing and maintaining an education exhibit and demonstrations at the show as part of CMAG’s stated purpose to educate the public about art and metal artists.

Layout – Responsible for devising a floor plan of the facility and coordinating any requirements and/or services necessary, such as:  fire marshal permit, pipe and drape, power, phone lines for charge card facility, producing a layout map to be given to the public, and organizing a team to mark spaces on the exhibit hall floor before load in begins.          

Load in/out - Schedules and coordinates a smooth load in and easy load out, including arranging for helpers to assist artists with unloading and moving all their show displays into place before the show as well as directing traffic and helping move out after the show is over.

Gallery - Organizes and maintains the Gallery section at the show, including soliciting members to participate in the Gallery and arranging for staffing during show hours.      

Signage - Responsible for design, production and placement of all signage, including banners, easels, and sandwich boards, in and around show     site.  Producing and distributing nametags to the participants.

Silent Auction- Solicit member donations, coordinate public presentation (table, signage and publicity). 

Sponsorship – Responsible for soliciting sponsors to help pay for show expenses.

Treasury- Responsible for helping the show treasurer collect and calculate commissions on sales receipts during the show.                            

Volunteers – helping to find and coordinate volunteers to help with booth sitting, education demonstrations, and staffing the gallery and silent auction during the show.

We especially need help on the sponsorship, silent auction and volunteers, so here is a more detailed description of those committees.

 Sponsorship Committee

The Sponsorship Committee is responsible for finding sponsors to help pay for expenses related to the production of the Spring Show.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Revise sponsorship incentives as needed. (Make sure we can still fulfill our sponsorship incentives, propose new ones, and so on.)
  • Identify possible sponsors in the community and within CMAG. Send a letter/email and follow up with a call. 
  • Ensure benefits are received by coordinating with appropriate committee heads: secretary for ads in the program & map, signage committee for thank you sign, newsletter editor for ads, and webmaster for website logos. 
  • Maintain administrative records of donations and distribution of incentives.
  • Coordinate payment from sponsors with the Spring Show Treasurer.
  • Send Thanks to donors with listing of show statistics (sales, attendance) where the donors name appeared and enclose samples of ads and any printed material with the donors name including the CMAG newsletter following the Spring Show.
  • Submit any budget requests and plans to the Steering Committee for evaluation and approval.
  • Give a final report to the Steering Committee after the show.
  • Keep notes that can be passed on to future committee’s members and give feedback and any suggestions for improvements to the Steering Committee.


Silent Auction Committee

The Silent Auction Committee is responsible for soliciting donations for the silent auction, setting up the auction area and distributing the items to the winning bidders.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Solicit donations from CMAG members of finished jewelry and sculpture for the Silent Auction. Half of the money collected on donated items will go to the Spring Show account to help pay for the next years’ show and half will go to the CMAG education scholarship fund.
  • Arrange for one table and two chairs through Layout Committee
  • Arrange for delivery of the display cases (borrowed from Linda and Jo Apodaca and help set-up the silent auction area on the set-up day.
    • All of the auction supplies are stored in the CMAG storage unit and the loud-in committee will deliver them to the show for you.
  • Schedule volunteers to staff the auction during the show.
  • Set up the auction items before the show opens each day, making sure they are labeled correctly and have a bidding page. Remove items from the display case each night and arrange for safe storage.
  • Oversee the auction at the show, coordinating with the gallery committee.
  • Coordinate the collection of money and distribution of auction items.
  • Submit any budget requests and plans to the Steering Committee for evaluation and approval.
  • Keep notes that can be passed on to future committee’s members and give feedback and any suggestions for improvements to the Steering Committee.
Volunteers Committee
The Volunteers Committee is reasonable for finding and scheduling volunteers to help during the show.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Contact CMAG members who are not participating in the show to help booth. (for quick bathroom breaks and longer 20 min. breaks)
  • Establish a system for the artist to sign-up for booth sitters.
  • While talking to members also solicit for volunteers for the Gallery and the Silent Auction.
  • During the show remind participants that there is a rest area “back stage” by the stone dealers.

Have questions, comments or constructive criticism?  Come to the meeting to learn more and make your voice heard.  You can also email them to

It's All About You, Part Two

By Leslie Zemenek

First, I want to thank everyone who has joined or renewed during our membership drive. I also want to say that I'm please at the number of surveys that were returned. Thank you all for lending your voice to shaping the future of CMAG. We are looking at all of your suggestions and thinking about how to continue to improve the offerings of the guild and expand the benefits of membership.

That said, please remember that CMAG is a volunteer run organization, and sometimes the items on our to-do list take a little longer to get checked off than we might like. We have plans to expand the web site to include access to the membership directory, increase the reach of member visibility through social media outlets, and offer ever more diverse programs and workshops throughout the year. This is just some of what our volunteers are working on to add to the CMAG experience.

In order to do all the things on our to-do list, we could use your help. If you have an idea for a future program, speak up. If you have knowledge or a skill you'd like to share, whether behind the scenes or in front of the room, let us know.

Speaking of being in front of the room, our October meeting is going to be a New Members Showcase. This is always a fun event, with no pressure or judgment, just sharing and fun. Anyone who has joined CMAG in the last year (or so) is invited to participate. Bring your work, your stories, photos of your studio, anything that you think will help us to get to know you.

In November, we will be having another member focused event - a pin swap. Details are here in the newsletter and on the web site, and will also be posted in our Facebook forum.

As always, I look forward to seeing you 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.

Upcoming Programs

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

October 14th: We will be having a new members showcase. All new members are encouraged to bring samples of your work and to talk about your process. This is always a fun event and a great way to get to know your fellow CMAG members.

November 11th: The Multnomah Arts Center will be closed for Veterans Day on the day of our November meeting, so we are using this as an opportunity for a more social style gathering and will be holding a pin swap. Mandy Allen has offered to host it at her home in NE Portland.

We will start with our usual business meeting, with the rest of the evening devoted to trading pins and touring Mandy’s studio. Light refreshments will be provided.
So make as many pins as you like, out of what ever materials you want (not just metals) and come ready to swap.
  • Meeting starts at 7:15pm and goes to 9pm. 
  • 5855 NE 33rd Ave. Portland, OR 97211 (across the street from McMenamins' Kennedy School).

Shows, Workshops, and Exhibitions

Seattle Jewelry Symposium

Saturday, October 18th
The volunteer members of the Seattle Metal Guild’s Symposium Committee are pleased to announce this year’s lineup of speakers for the annual Northwest Jewelry and Metals Symposium. Working to the theme of Continuum, we have selected six speakers - curator Suzanne Ramljak, historian Stephen Fliegel, metalsmith Myra Mimlitsch-Gray, artist Jennifer Trask, jeweler Todd Pownell and sculptor Vivian Beer to share their expertise and wisdom with our audience.
This year the event coincides with the unveiling of the exhibition Protective Ornament: Contemporary Armor to Amulets at the Tacoma Art Museum. Speaker Suzanne Ramljak, editor of the prestigious Metalsmith magazine has curated this exhibition, which also features many Northwest artists. She will be on hand to celebrate the opening along with its initiator Carissa Hussong, of the Metal Museum in Memphis.
The beautiful Washington State History Museum, located a short stroll from TAM, will play host to this incarnation of the Symposium. The date also coincides with the annual Tacoma Arts Month, which this year will again feature Metal-Urge, a celebration of metal arts with multiple events planned for locations throughout the city during October.
The close-of-day speakers’ reception will also double as the opening celebration for the Protective Ornament exhibition, meaning Symposium attendees will be among the first to see this beautiful collection of wearable objects.
Founded  in 1989, The Seattle Metals Guild is a non-profit community dedicated to promoting educational and networking opportunities for metals artists at all career levels and skill sets through lectures, workshops, social gatherings, and other enrichment opportunities, in order to strengthen our creative community.


Portland Jewelry Symposium

Monday, October 6, 2014
Methods for jewelry manufacturing are changing rapidly.  New technologies and artistic trends coupled with an increased competitive environment require that businesses stay current to remain at the top of their field. The Portland Jewelry Symposium is a one-of-a-kind event that brings together custom jewelers, designers, and retailers to do just that.  We like to think of it as the “Great Think Tank” for jewelers that are passionate about their craft.  Come join us for a day full of knowledge, inspiration and networking with like-minded peers from across the nation!
Portland Jewelry Symposium
5558-D SE International Way
Portland, OR 97222
Phone: 503.652.5224


21st Annual Benefit: Juried Show and Sale of Wearable Art
The YWCA RAGS Guild announces a call for entries for its 21st annual juried wearable art show and sale. The show will take place March 12-15, 2015, at Mercedes-Benz of Tacoma. Open to all artists working in all media of wearable art—garments, fashion accessories, and jewelry. Two entry types with nonrefundable fees:
  • Gallery - competition of one-of-a-kind artist made pieces ($15 per entry, up to three entries)
  • Marketplace - boutique-style sale ($35 entry fee)
All initial entries are juried by digital images. Accepted gallery entries are judged for award from actual works in late February 2015. Cash prizes to gallery winners in garments, accessories, jewelry, and best of show. As a benefit for domestic violence programs of the YWCA Pierce County, RAGS retains 33% of sales in Marketplace; 40% of sales in Gallery.
Deadline for submitting digital images is December 12, 2014. For prospectus and entry information, visit (click on RAGS), or send an SASE to Artist Coordinator, YWCA RAGS Guild, 405 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402. For more information, call the RAGS hotline at 253-272-4181, ext. 352.

Bill Dawson Workshop - November 2014

Intro to Tool Making with Bill Dawson
November 15th & 16th
at Newberg Jewelry Studio & Supply

Learn the skills to create and customize a range of tools for your studio! You will learn about steel, its qualities, as well as how to soften and harden it. This class will cover the shaping, hardening, and finishing of steel tools, including chasing tools, center punches, decorative stamps and maker's marks as well as tool design. These valuable skills will give you a whole new range of options to create tools, alter tools to suit the task at hand, or completely transform old or broken tools.

Students will be provided with steel for making several simple tools.
Students are encouraged to bring earplugs, aprons, and safety glasses, and are welcome to bring favorite hammers, anvils and files 


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
  • Secretary  (vacant)
  • Michele Lukowski, News
  • John Wirth, Spring Show
  • Bruce McKay, Programs
  • Cindy Proctor, Education
  • Deb Steele, Membership
  • Sharon Smith, Webmaster
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!

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:

Annual membership dues are $60; students $30

Newsletter Information

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

Newsletter Submission Deadlines:

October issue, October 6th
November issue, November 3rd
January Issue, January 5th
  • 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.

How to send: By email. Send to . Put text in the body of the email. Try to send some text. Even if it seems a bit random. It'll work in fine. Send pictures. The internet is all about pictures. Best format is jpeg but send what you have.

When to send: Send it by the deadline.

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