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Uniques Holiday Sale 2014

UNIQUES   -   eBay Holiday Sale   -    December 1- 15, 2014

A Joint Project with the ISGB

SNAG is excited to announce the 3rd UNIQUES online auction benefiting our members and SNAG. UNIQUES is an online auction of one-of-a-kind, limited edition, unusual, and handmade contemporary art jewelry and small metal items. UNIQUES helps SNAG members gain exposure and sell work while helping the organization raise funds for programming. The first UNIQUES event, launched December 2013, was a hit with our audience and generated many sales and happy customers, so we decided to host another sale as a SNAG membership benefit - this time with new twists:

SNAG is partnering with the International Society of Glass Beadmakers (ISGB) to hold a joint UNIQUES Holiday Sale. Partnering with ISGB allows both organizations to have greater exposure through our membership base and for buyers to have more fabulous work to choose from.

And we have a new theme: This time around we thought it would be fun to have everyone submit entries that reflect the adjective colorful.

Colorful!

col*or*ful
ˈkələrfəl/

adjective

1. having much or varied color; bright.
"a colorful array of fruit"
synonyms: brightly colored, vivid, vibrant, brilliant, radiant, rich;

2. full of interest; lively and exciting.
"a controversial and colorful character"
synonyms: vivid, graphic, lively, animated, dramatic, fascinating, interesting, stimulating, scintillating, evocative

WHERE WILL THIS SALE TAKE PLACE?

On eBay. eBay's Giving Works program for nonprofits offers the most cost effective solution and the widest audience exposure for our members. Many potential buyers already have eBay accounts set up making this venue also a convenient option for purchases.

HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED in UNIQUES?

  • Be a SNAG member or ISGB member
  • Submit application forms via Google forms by November 1, 2014 
  • Email photos to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  by November 1, 2014.
  • The first 40 SNAG and the first 40 ISGB artists who submit complete applications (including photos) will be accepted (first-come-first-serve).Hurry: The first 6 entries will be used for promotional efforts for this auction!
  • We are looking for jewelry and metal art objects at a retail price of up to $300 each. Up to 3 items per artist. Most items that have sold in the past retail for $200 or less. 
  • All sales proceeds will be split as follows: artist 50%; SNAG/ISGB 50%. (SNAG member sales help to support SNAG and ISGB member sales help to support ISGB.) 
  • All work remains in the possession of the artist until sold.
  • SNAG/ ISGB will upload submitted photos, information to eBay.
  • When a piece sells, the shipping information will be emailed to the artist who ships the work directly to the buyer.

TIMELINE:
Deadline for entries: November 1, 2014 via email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Launch eBay sale: December 1, 2014
Sale ends: December 15, 2014

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT:
Art entries accepted until November 1, 2014.

ART SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

  • Each artist may submit up to 3 pieces for sale (see entry form). 
  • Artists must establish a reserve price and a buy it now price. Buy it Now price MUST be at least 30% more than the reserve price. If no Buy It Now price is indicated by the artist, SNAG/ISGB will create one based on the reserve price.
  • Pieces will be seen via photos exclusively, therefore all images must approximate professional quality, and the quality of the work must be readily recognizable. We do not jury your work, but we do reserve the right to refuse lesser quality photographs and pieces that are not suitable for the sale. All images must have sharp focus, proper exposure, and neutral backdrop (graduated, gray, white or black smooth). Please crop and correct for exposure and rotation.
  • Not accepted: Images with textured backgrounds, watermarks, copyright notice, edited frames, edited backgrounds or other Photoshop effects.
  • Images must be in .jpg format, and at least 1600 pixels on the longest side. You may submit up to two photos of each piece, clearly label your photos as such: 
    LastName entry#, for example: smithentry1,smithentry1detail, smithentry2...

UPON ACCEPTANCE

  • Artists will receive email notification of acceptance into the UNIQUES sale.
  • Please use the marketing materials that we provide to promote the auction to your clients and collectors via email and/or online. Promotional materials will be provided for participants.
  • When a piece sells, the artist will receive the customer information. All shipping within the United States occurs via USPS flat rate priority. All artists must use a flat rate shipping box. All pieces must be double-boxed for shipping and the inner box must fit within (largest size) large flat rate box from USPS (23 11/16" x 11 3/4" x 3" or 12" x 12" x 5 1/2"). These boxes are free from your local USPS. Packages can't weigh more than 30 lbs total.
  • For International shipping, information will be provided to assist the artist in finalizing the shipping cost based on country and location of buyer.

QUESTIONS
Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith, SNAG Executive Director,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 541-345-5691. Sarah Riggle, ISGB Administrator  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 614-222-2243.

SUBMISSIONS
Artists complete online entry form and email photos to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  with subject line "Last Name, First Name, Uniques Holiday 2014 Sale".

DEADLINE
Entries accepted until November 1, 2014 or until all 40 SNAG or 40 ISGB slots are filled.

Click here to download the call for entries PDF.

 

 

Release-A-Bead Project

The Release-A-Bead project, spearheaded by our Regional Directors, continues to expand glass bead experiences all over the world. 

Through the donations of ISGB beadmakers who have "released" their beads in a variety of places, people from Copenhagen to Vermont, from Santa Cruz to New Zealand have found beads and posted on the Release-a-Bead website. For more info about releasing beads or finding them, go to www.releaseabead.com.

 

 

Beads of Courage Program

 

 
ISGB members proudly support the Beads of Courage Program

What is the Beads of Courage Program?

The Program is a resilience-based intervention designed to support and strengthen the protective resources in children coping with serious illness. Through the program children tell their story using colorful beads as meaningful symbols of courage that commemorate milestones they have achieved along their unique treatment path.

How it Works

Upon enrollment each child is given the Beads of Courage bead color guide with a detachable membership card. Their Beads of Courage journey begins when each child is first given a length of string and beads that spell out their first name. Then, colorful beads, each representing a different treatment milestone are given to the child by their professional health care provider to add to their Beads of Courage collection throughout their treatment as determined by the Beads of Courage Bead Guide (available from Beads of Courage, Inc.) There are specific Beads of Courage Program Bead guides for cancer, cardiac conditions, burn injuries, and serious illness. All Program bead guides were developed in collaboration with experts in the field (nurses, doctors, child life specialists and social workers) so that each bead guide would reflect meaningful acknowledgment of a child's treatment journey. 

Major Benefits

Ongoing evaluation of the Beads of Courage program indicates that the program helps to decrease illness-related distress, increase the use of positive coping strategies, helps children find meaning in illness, and restore sense of self in children coping with serious illness. The program also provides something tangible the child can use to tell about their experience during cancer treatment and after.

Tools Training Support

Beads of Courage, Inc. provides all hospitals the necessary program materials accompanied by education, training and support to implement the Beads of Courage Program.

  • On-site training for staff that covers research and the science behind psychosocial interventions
  • Procedure and alphabet bead collections
  • Handmade one-of-a-kind treatment milestone beads
  • Program literature (training manuals, membership bead guides and more)

Contact - For more information, visit the Beads of Courage website.
 

 
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