Support for the Lapidary Arts

$2,005 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 18 people in 23 months
The San Francisco Gem and Mineral Society (SFGMS) is a volunteer-run society with a mission to provide access to lapidary arts and education in beadworking, metal smithing, cutting/grinding/polishing stones to make into jewelry and carvings. The club is open to the public to join (439 members currently), and provides one-on-one instruction along with collaboration with others. Tools and equipment are available at our clubhouse, which is open daily, for $3 each day: much much less than is charged for instruction in other settings! It is open in evenings, and people busy with jobs and families can come  whenever they can, without attending regularly or needing to complete a formal course schedule. We are avid rockhounders, and our aim is to open the eyes of the public to the beauty of rocks in the world around us. We regularly run trips to find the rocks and gems we fashion into jewelry and art.

We need money to upgrade our workroom, which dates from the 1960s with equipment that has reached its limits of being successfully repaired. The money will be used to purchase new grinding wheels, rock saws, upgrade the electrical and plumbing systems and to upgrade the facility to accomodate people with physical limitations. We need the money as soon as possible, as we are hoping to make the workroom safe and the equipment up-to-date to attract artists and persons wanting to gain these skills, whether first or second career-oriented, hobbyists, or persons wanting to gather in this diverse community.

Getting funding for these upgrades means a lot to us, as our volunteers have worked hard to maintain the aging infrastructure and tools in our clubhouse. We hope to draw more people into this field, which, of course, is our passion. We also encourage people to come to our open houses and to our annual show, generally held in August at the Hall of Flowers at Golden Gate park, where you can see the work of our all-volunteer club to promote the jewelry and lapidary arts! Thank you for considering helping us reach our goals.
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We are continuing toward our goal of making our space safe for artists, and thanks again for your generosity!!!
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wow, this is fantastic - it is so gratifying to know that there are folks out there who care about the lapidary arts, keeping our vision alive to have this club be a space for creative work with ROCKS.
speaking of that, to all who have donated, you ROCK!
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$2,005 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 18 people in 23 months
Created September 15, 2016
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Mary White
10 months ago

hi Monique

Dave Olson
17 months ago

I wish we would charge enough dues to cover this.

Judy Kahn
19 months ago

thank you Harry & Mary, and all contributors!

Robert Shippee
20 months ago

Good luck, Mary!

20 months ago

I wish I could fund the entire goal. This is an amazing art and Mary and Harry are shining examples of devoted lapidarists.

Jalal Clemens
21 months ago

My time at the club is the best de-stressing investment I could ask for.

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