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SNAG is coming to Seattle!

May 9, 2011

Did you know that between May 26-29, about 900 jewelers, metalsmiths, sculptors and artists will descend upon Seattle for the annual Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) conference? Yep, they’re coming!… Each year this conference is held in a different city around North America, and this year it’s in Seattle again. The last time the conference was held in Seattle (about 11 years ago, I think), we broke all records for attendance, and people still talk about that conference as their favorite one ever. I think we’re about to do the same again this year!

The conference consists of four days of lectures, a professional development seminar, an education dialogue, vendor demonstrations, student mixer, portfolio reviews, trunk show, pin swap, parties, etc. etc. See the official conference program on the SNAG website, or click the image below.

I’ve been working behind the scenes on this conference for around two years as the Exhibitions Committee co-chair. My co-chair and I put out a call for exhibition proposals last year and then chose the strongest ones from among the entries to be part of this year’s Exhibition Crawl, which will take place on Friday, May 27th from 5pm-9pm. That night you can see amazing metals-related exhibitions at over 15 different venues around downtown Seattle. Galleries will stay open late that night, and teams of volunteers will be stationed throughout downtown to herd the crowd from one gallery to another. We expect the turnout that night to be many hundreds of people! You do not need to be officially attending the conference to go on the Exhibition Crawl, so I hope lots of folks who are not signed up for the conference with join in.

Most of the exhibitions opened this last First Thursday, and I had a chance to see many of them. They are ALL so good! Most will be open all month, so even if you won’t be going on the Friday night Exhibition Crawl, make sure you get down and see the shows on your own!

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