Featured Member of the Month - April, 2020
Metal Arts Guild, San Francisco, CA
Barbara M. Berk is honored to be the Metal Arts Guild San Francisco’s “Featured Member of the Month” for April, 2020. The Metal Arts Guild San Francisco (MAG) is an independent, non-profit, educational organization of people who are skilled, interested, or share in the production and exhibition of metals. It provides support and resources to its members through social events, workshops, classes, exhibition opportunities, scholarships, grants, and lectures.
The Metal Arts Guild was founded in 1951 by a small group of artists working in the relatively new field of jewelry and metal arts. According to art historian Jenna Shaifer, many early members played a significant role in the “evolution of the American Studio Jewelry movement and modernist American jewelry”, including Margaret de Patta, merry renk, Francis Spensen, Byron Wilson, Vera Allison, Bob Winston, Irena Brynner, Virginia and Peter Macchiarini, and Florence Resnikoff.