The CMAG Spring Show, as part of Gathering of the Guilds and in conjunction with the Oregon Potter’s Ceramic Showcase, returns for its 19th year in 2018. Over the years, the spring show has become an integral part of the Creative Metal Arts Guild’s outreach to the local community.
One of the purposes for which CMAG was founded is to help its members market their work. To this end, the CMAG Spring Show was started in 1989. The Oregon Potter's Association was holding their annual "Ceramic Showcase" at Montgomery Park in northwest Portland, and invited CMAG to rent space at the same facility, along with the Handweavers' Guild's show, "Handwoven Plus." And so the "May Show" was born, although officially known at first as "The Northwest Jewelry Design Show."
The annual show was held concurrently with both the Potters and the Weavers Guilds at Montgomery Park for the first three years. In 1992, the venue was changed to Cheatham Hall at the World Forestry Center, where the Handweavers' Guild also participated. The next year, 1993, the show was held in April, so the name was changed to the CMAG Spring Show.
Starting with a shoestring budget -$150 seed money from CMAG plus entry fees -and only 27 participants, the Spring Show has grown over the years. Each Spring Show participant pays a percentage of sales to fund the next year's show, and works on one or more committees to produce this all volunteer effort.