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September 10th -  General Meeting Program

Health Care Reform - Options for Self Employed Artists

Please welcome Deena Dooney, of DDIBenefits, She will focus on the types of plans available as well as credits to offset the cost of those plans for those making $40,000 or less per year. Take this opportunity to learn about options for health care, as well as how to be fiscally wise. This might be of the least attractive (albeit necessary) aspects of small business, but one that we all must take into consideration in the next year. 

President's Message - What do you know about Health Care Reform?

By Cheryl Smith

Concern weighed heavily in my chest, as I reviewed a Gallup poll taken June 20-24. The poll revealed 43% of Americans were basically unaware of the requirements embedded in Obamacare, or HIX, the Healthcare Reform Exchange, which will open October 1st of this year. "What does this have to do with me?", you might ask. A lot, it turns out, especially if you are a small business owner. That’s when federal healthcare reform will require most people who can afford coverage to have it--or pay a penalty--while also offering tax credits to income-qualified people.
Most people in the individual market who are not on Medicare will need to shop for a new policy, or have their insurers bump them on to the most similar plan. Under Obamacare, uninsured Americans will face a phased-in penalty structure. In 2014, the fine will be $95 per person, and will climb to $695 in 2016 for people who earn between $9,500 to $37,000 a year. From there, states Henry Blodget of Business Insider, the fines increase: Less than $9,500 income = $0 $ 9,500 - $37,000 income = $695; $50,000 income = $1,000; $75,000 income = $1,600; $100,000 income = $2,250; $125,000 income = $2,900; $150,000 income = $3,500; $175,000 income = $4,100; The Good News for us is that Bruce McKay has arranged for a knowledgable insurance professional to address our September meeting to answer your questions about healthcare reform. See you Sept. 10! 

National Arts Marketing Project Conference

The 2013 National Arts Marketing Project Conference will be held in Portland; register by 9/13 for early bird discount

Join the RACC for the 2013 National Arts Marketing Project Conference's Powered by Community taking place right here in our hometown of Portland from November 8-11. Learn the tools for activating community connections and new technology to leverage solid marketing results. This is also a great opportunity to introduce art enthusiasts from all over the nation to our progressive, community-centric, and arts loving City.  Read more


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.

Next Month's Program

The annual Spring Show Recap and Potluck will be held in October at the Civilian Studios building at 2210 N Lewis street, downtown Portland. Bring a dish and get the skinny on how the show did and what might be changing next year.

Artist Opportunities and Workshops

Visiting Artist Workshop –Reticulation & Granulation Intensive

October 5-6, 2013
Join world-renowned artist, author and teacher Harold O’Connor for this detailed introduction to granulation and reticulation.  Reticulation produces beautiful patterns of wrinkles and waves on sheet metals through controlled heating and cooling. This course will cover all aspects of reticulation, including what alloys & gauges of metal work best and shaping of reticulated metal.
Next, we’ll explore granulation, the ancient process of forming and applying small “grains” of precious metal to create surface patterns on your pieces.  We will cover the intricacies of silver granulation (gold will also be discussed), including making granules and forming them into spheres, making the special glue for granulation, and sorting and applying beads to metal.  Prerequisite: Metals I or equivalent.  Price of $325 includes materials fee of $80, which includes reticulation and Sterling silver for the students to keep.  After 1st class, these fees are non-refundable.

Contact info:

Bruce McKay

Call for Entries: YWCA RAGS 2013

The YWCA RAGS Guild announces a call for entries for its 20th annual juried wearable art show and sale. The show will take place March 6-9, 2014 at Mercedes-Benz of Tacoma, and is open to all artists working in all media of wearable art—garments, fashion accessories, and jewelry.
There are 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 2014. 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.
The deadline for submitting digital images is December 13, 2013.
For prospectus and entry information, visit, 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.

Call for Entries: Saul Bell Design Award

Members of the jewelry or hollowware community and students of a jewelry or hollowware program are invited to enter the 14th annual Saul Bell Design Award Competition
Entries are due (postmarked) by September 27. 
Categories for the 2014 Awards:
  • Silver/Argentium® Silver
  • Gold/Platinum
  • Metal Clay
  • Hollowware/Art Objects
  • Enamel
  • Alternative Metals/Materials
Chose from the categories above as the foundation of your piece, and integrate any additional stones or materials you wish into your design. Submitted pieces must be wearable jewelry (except in the hollowware/art objects category), and a majority of the piece must be composed of a majority of the material specified in the chosen category. The piece may not have won an award in any other competition prior to entry submission.

Member News...

Ventilation System for Sale

The Ventilation system (not including fan) is 8'4" long, 6'2" tall, 27.5" deep and has three exhaust vents; venting is 6" diameter. The white back and sides are also sheet metal. It is free standing and sturdy.
$200 best offer - Call Margaret Frison at 503-860-7552



meeting may 2012 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.

Meeting June 2012


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

  • Cheryl Smith
  • Barbara Covey
  • Karen Craig
  • Donna Larimer
  • Lynn Simon
  • Michele Lukowski
  • John Wirth

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:

  • September issue, September 2nd.
  • October issue, October 7th.
  • November issue, November 4th.

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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