Opening Reception for Ring of Fire

Join us tomorrow (Friday, April 13) for the opening of the 2018 Ring of Fire exhibition! Awards will be announced! The opening is 5-7pm at Cape Coral Arts Studio and the show will be up through April 26. The exhibition includes jewelry and metalwork along with any artwork created with heat or fire, including ceramics, glasswork, metal sculpture, and more.



March Challenge 2018

This year’s March Challenge theme was Nautical, the perfect theme for Florida goldsmiths! Ships, shells, and sea creatures, oh my!


1st place: Doug Shemenski


2nd place: Lynne Manley


3rd place: Audrey Sands


Other March Challenge entries

March Challenge 2017

This year’s March Challenge theme, Hinges & Fasteners, brought out some beautiful and intricate work from the FSG-SW members. Congratulations to the winners!

1st place: Bruce Carlson


2nd place: Donna Wilson


3rd place: Cindi Bateman


Other March Challenge entries:

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Call for Entry!

Calling all FSG Southwest members! Receiving for the 2017 Ring of Fire exhibition is Monday, April 3 from 9am to 12pm at Cape Coral Arts Studio gallery. Eligible entries include jewelry & metal sculpture composed of at least 80% metal and fused glass art that has not been entered in a previous Ring of Fire exhibition. Please provide your own displays (there are several available to borrow through FSG – contact Bob Small). Entry fee $10.

Important dates (location: Cape Coral Arts Studio gallery):

  • April 3 @ 9am-12pm: Receiving artwork
  • April 7: Exhibition opens
  • April 14 @ 5-7pm: Opening Reception
  • April 27: Exhibition closes
  • April 28 9am-3pm: Pickup of artwork

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2016 Holiday Party & Ornament Exchange

This year’s holiday party included an abundance of delicious food and a lively white elephant ornament exchange. This year’s theme was to interpret a line from a holiday song, and the group then had to guess which song it was. Cindi Bateman’s “Walking in a Winter Wonderland” ornament was a popular “steal” among the group, Bruce Carlson stumped us all with a line from Dean Martin’s The Christmas Blues (“…stars for your shoes…”), and Bev Fox and Valerie Jewell both interpreted Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree. Happy Holidays from FSG Southwest!

Ring of Fire 2016

The annual Ring of Fire show at the Cape Coral Arts Studio Gallery included jewelry/metals and fused glass work. The show ran from April 1st to 28th with an opening reception on April 8th.

Congratulations to the award winners!


  • 1st place: “Chrysocolla Heart” by Lynne Manley
  • 2nd place: “Down Below” by Pogo Gorwood
  • 3rd place: “Pillow Pendant Green” by Jessica Todd


  • 1st place: “The Cat Who Ate the Canary” by Cindi Bateman
  • 2nd place: “Ocean Rose on Shell from the Sea” by Audrey Sands


  • 1st place: “Tapestry Bowl” by Connie Ehret
  • 2nd place: “Blue Crab” by Connie Ehret
  • 3rd place: “Sunshine Gals” by Judy Van Inwegen
  • Honorable Mention: “Bubbles” by Ed Pescatore


  • 1st place: “Poseidon’s Gift” by Shannon Vickers
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Jewelry and Sculpture awardees