We had a great evening at Art at the Armory. The event was very well attended, the food was great and the music was fabulous. Our exhibit was well received.
Kudos to Craig Kontny, Jennifer Knollenberg and Kathleen Gatliffe for their demos. Lots of people stopped by to see what was going on and asked questions. Members' sold their work and helped sell for members who weren't present at the event.
Thanks to everyone involved in getting the display cases ready for the event: Jennifer and Lynne for their work on the 'guts' for the cases, Kathleen and Elizabeth for their Herculean efforts on the 'finishing' work and Craig for sourcing the glass and helping construct the cases for the first time.
It was a great group effort! Let's do it again soon.
In February, we received our very first grant from the Boulder Awesome Foundation for $1,000 to support our Display Cases project. We placed the order for four cases (two funded by the Awesome grant and two by BoMA contributions) to be built by Harry Burdett of Burdett Metalsmithing.
We're hoping the cases will be ready by the first week in April so we can use them at the Art at the Armory event, part of Boulder Arts Week. More to come...
All our monthly meetings are open to the public and cost only $5. At our March meeting, Kirsten Denbow will cover some of the basics of how to apply powder enamel to metal and add decorations. She'll explain sgraffito, stencils, decals and a variety of drawing and painting mediums. Visit http://www.meetup.com/BoulderMA/ and RSVP for the March 8 meeting at Front Range Community College.
BoMA is invited to the first demonstration in a new tradition of Folk School Instructor Demonstrations. For a fascinating glimpse into the world of Traditional Blacksmithing RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. The demonstration is at Carl Plehaty's blacksmith shop on Saturday, February 8th from 10am-12pm. Carl's shop is located at: 12675 Kenosha Road, Erie
For our February 15 meeting at FRCC, Colin Miller will demonstrate stone setting. This demo will focus on two of the most flexible ways to ornament plain surfaces with gemstones, flush setting, also known as gypsy or hammer setting, and a basic bead setting. These techniques will enable jewelers to use faceted stones in a wide variety of ways, as accents, or the central focus of a design.
To RSVP, visit http://www.meetup.com/BoulderMA/, and if you haven't already, join BoMA online. There's no cost or obligation.
Join us for coffee and conversation at the Brewing Market around the corner after the February meeting.
(We'll go back to meeting on the second Saturday of the month in March. Front Range asked us to change the date for February only)
Come down to McGuckins Hardware in Boulder on Saturday, September 21 between 11 am and 3 pm during the tent sale to see BoMA members demo in the store. Craig Kontny is showing fold forming, Leslie Maya-Charles is showing how to form steel wire and Karen Edgerly is demonstrating metal etching. Show your BoMA colors, support your fellow metalsmiths, bring your friends, check out some awesome FREE demos!
Boulder Metalsmithing Association monthly meeting, scheduled to occur on Saturday, September 14, 2013 9:30 AM has been cancelled. Front Range College is likely to be closed tomorrow due to road closures as the result of flooding. See you in October.
The Fold Forming workshop at Ira Sherman's studio was a huge success. Here are just some of the comments from people who took the class: "...it was GREAT! The inspiration! Watching and hearing a true master artist and technician use tools he perfected to produce awe-inspiring pieces, while still being excited to learn more from his students. Wow. ...Learning the basics of a technique with a lot of variety and potential for individual expression. ...Seeing a first-class workshop and studio.... Meeting other smiths and appreciating the variety of work produced... Affordable fee. ... Ira treated the workshop participants as fellow metal smithers, not like students who knew nothing or that we were beneath him (even though he has decades of experience). It was a breath of fresh air!"
We're offering a fabulous sticker - bumper sticker or not, you decide - for a donation of $5 or more to BoMA. We're currently raising money to purchase a Document camera or another system capable of capturing small-scale demonstrations and projecting them for a larger audience. If you'd like to donate, go to our donation page, see tab above.
Boulder Metalsmithing Association is now a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) charity. Contributions to the organization are deductible from your tax return. If you’ve been thinking about making a donation to BoMA, now’s the time. We’re currently saving up to buy a doc cam or other projection device that would allow us to project small-scale demonstrations to the big screen. To make a donation, go to our donations page.