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VMAA President’s Letter – March 2016

Updated: May 8, 2020

It was lovely to meet old and new members at our annual holiday party and ornament exchange in December and recent meet up at the Union in China Town. If you haven’t ventured out to one of our social events in the past then please don’t be shy, we are a friendly bunch and I can assure you that your love of metals/jewellery-making will mean you have something in common with everyone there! It is a great way to keep in touch with what is going on in the jewellery and metals world, share ideas and information about our work, get the support of our colleagues and make new friends.

Our past President and VMAA founder Jan Smith taught a fantastic enamelling workshop in January. Many thanks to Katami Designs for hosting at their shop on Broadway and Main. We are currently organizing a photography workshop to help our members photograph their jewellery. Sign up early to guarantee your space. We have two lectures coming up in the Spring at Vancouver Community College. I will be giving a talk about my work in March and Jan Smith will be talking about her work at the AGM. If you have an idea for a lecture or artist’s talk please email

We are very excited to be partnering with the Craft Council of BC for the third annual fundraiser The Earring Show. This year half of the proceeds will be going to the VMAA so please consider submitting something for this show, or if not attending the event! Sales have been good at the previous Earring Shows and this one is just in time for Mother’s Day, so it’s a great opportunity to show one of a kind or production work. There will also be prizes awarded to the makers of the best work. I hope to see lots of our members at the show on May 7th. See the call for entry in this newsletter.

Our exhibition this year is going to be at the Craft Council of British Columbia’s gallery Crafthouse on Granville Island. Titled Unexpected Pleasures, it will be curated by Lexie Owen who received an Emerging Curators Grant from the Society of North American Goldsmiths for this show. The exhibition is going to be a little different from our previous shows, with work from our members being juried and shown alongside five invited international and Canadian Jewellery Artists. It’s going to be a very interesting show, and I urge all of you to take a look at the call for submissions in this newsletter and apply!

Our AGM is coming up in May and sadly we will be saying goodbye to some of our board members but happily welcoming some newcomers to the board. I hope you attend the AGM as VMAA launches another year!

Looking forward to seeing you at the next meet up.

Happy Spring!



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