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SMG Exhibitions

SMG Exhibitions provides artists with opportunities to exhibit and sell their work, provides galleries with curated pieces that reflect our members’ talent and increases public awareness of the metal arts in our area. We work closely with gallery owners on logistics to ensure that events run smoothly and are a great experience for the artists, owners and the public. We rely on trusted jurors to help us select the best artists and pieces. We are committed to enabling the artistic and commercial success of SMG members by creating the right opportunities and supporting artists throughout the process.

Carolyn Kollstedt | SMG Exhibition Committee Chair exhibitions@seattlemetalsguild.org

Current Exhibitions and Events

Varia Exhibition– KOBO Gallery (at Higo) in Japantown

Varia (Latin for various) started October 1 and continues through to October 29, 2016 in parallel with the Northwest Jewelry & Metals Symposium.

Exhibition Dates: October 1, 2016 – October 29, 2016 at KOBO Gallery (at Higo) in Japantown
Reception: Saturday, October 1 from -2-6 pm at KOBO Gallery (at Higo)
Symposium Weekend Reception: Sunday, October 16 from 2-5 pm at KOBO Gallery (at Higo) – Jennifer Navva Millikin will give lecture
Jurors: Binko Bisbee (Shop & Gallery Owner), Jennifer Navva Millikin (BAM), other Edie Adams (private collector)

logoAbout KOBO Gallery: The word KOBO translates from Japanese as “artist’s workspace”, and here you’ll find a well curated selection of contemporary art and design by Northwest and Japanese artists. The KOBO Gallery and shop is known for its selection of fine jewelry and work in clay, fiber, metal and wood.

View the entries of the artists who were accepted here.


The Art of the Earring – WaterWorks Gallery in Friday Harbor

Registration Deadline: September 26, 2016 (closed)
Opening Date: November 5, 2016
Display Dates: November 5, 2016 – January 4, 2017 at WaterWorks Gallery
Reception: Saturday, November 5
from 2-6 pm at WaterWorks Gallery
Acceptance notification date: October 12
Jurors: Virginia Causey, Micki Lippe, Ruth Offen (Gallery Owner)

SMG members have an exciting opportunity to show their work at WaterWorks Gallery in Friday Harbor.
The Art of the Earring show is set to start November 5 and continue through to January 7, 2017. Current SMG members were invited to submit up to 5 pieces for selection by a jury. The juried review took place online. Artists have been encouraged to submit original ear adornment that includes and goes beyond earrings. The gallery is accepting 3 pieces each from approximately 18 artists in a range of materials and price ranges.

Starting its 31st year, WaterWorks Gallery located in Friday Harbor, San Juan Island is a contemporary light filled gallery space that continues to evolve as a gallery dedicated to showing artists from the Islands, Washington, Oregon and British Columbia. The represented artists, painters, sculptors and jewelers reflect the areas beauty, both conventional and unusual. That is the flavor of the Northwest, making WaterWorks Gallery the unique place it is.

Once the show opens, we will publish the online gallery of those who were accepted, so stay tuned!

SMG Members Portfolio Review

November 19, 2016 -1-5 pm
Registration open

Karen Lorene, owner and manager of Facèré is reviewing SMG member portfolios. This is a great opportunity to get feedback on your work from the perspective of a gallery owner. More details about the event and registration can be found here.


Seattle Metals Guild and the Wawona– Northwind Arts Center in Port Townsend

Display Dates: May 4, 2017 – May 29, 2017 at Northwind Arts Center
Opening Reception: May 6, 2017 (5:30 – 8 pm)


Seattle Metals Guild is thrilled to host an exhibition at Port Townsend’s Northwind Arts Center (NAC) in May 2017. This is a curated exhibition in which SMG member artists will use  pieces of wood from the schooner Wawona in jewelry and sculptural work.

Short Background on the Wawona
Launched in 1897, the Wawona was the largest three-masted sailing schooner ever built in North America. It was used to haul lumber up and down the Pacific Coast and used in the Bering Sea codfishing trade.  In 1970 the Wawona became a National Historic Site and she was the first ship in the nation to be listed on the National Register. In 2009 the Wawona was deemed too expensive to restore and was demolished.
In 2012 artist John Grade constructed a nearly 64-foot high sculpture using salvaged wood from the Wawona’s hull. This sculpture stands 56-feet within the Atrium of the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) in Seattle. Leftover pieces from this sculpture will be given to participating SMG artists.


Past Exhibitions


SMG Display of Pins – Bellevue Arts Museum Store

Display Dates: April 17 – June 7, 2015
Jurors:  Rock Hushka, (Director of Curatorial Administration and Curator of Contemporary and Northwest Art, TAM), Nancy Whittaker (Museum Store Manager, BAM); Patricia Cameron (Contemporary Art Consultant, Patricia Cameron Gallery) and Edie Adams (private collector)

See the gallery for this exhibition here: http://www.seattlemetalsguild.org/smg-display-of-pins-gallery/

Disclaimer:  The SMG Display of Pins is not connected, endorsed or supported by any other exhibition at BAM and cannot be used to advertise any submitted works in any form.