Artist Blacksmith's Association of North America
Artist Blacksmith's Association of North America
ABANA Conference News
Call for 2010 Conference Gallery Submissions
2010 Special Notice Edition

Dear ,

Greetings from ABANA!

Notice: Call for 2010 Conference Gallery Submissions!

2010 ABANA Conference will host an open to the public Gallery
event in conjunction with the Memphis conference.  This is your
call for Gallery submissions.  The conference Gallery will host an opening reception, inviting the public to an evening event and the opportunity to meet the artists.
We invite you to consider donating your Gallery items for the
conference auction.  Funds raised by the conference auction go to
support the mission of your association and are gratefully accepted.

Please be sure to indicate whether your Gallery item is for  "Display
Only", "Auction Item", or "For Sale by Artist".  Please Contact Steve
Williamson for Gallery Submissions

Not attending the 2010 Conference?  Well there is still a way for you
to display your item(s) in the Gallery and/or donate an item for the
Auction.  Contact Steve Williamson to find out how!
Gallery Submissions Coordinator

Steve Williamson
3434 Pulaski Hwy
Columbia, TN 38401
H: 931-381-7910
Cell: 931-374-1190

The ABANA 2010 conference will be held at the AgriCenter
in Memphis, Tennessee.   Opening ceremonies
will be on Wednesday,
June 2, 2010.   Thursday through
Saturday will be full days of forging
demo's and excitement
ABANA style.

Saturday will conclude with a pay as you go Memphis BBQ
banquet and
the conference auction.

The theme of the conference is to be "ABANA's Greatest Hits"
in keeping with Memphis' musical heritage. The ticket price will
turn the clock back at
least 8 years...

The site (click here) is within a few miles of thousands of
reasonably priced
hotel rooms. Camping and RV hook-ups and
hot showers will be available on site.  Stay tuned for additional

AgriCenter International is located at 7777 Walnut Grove Road,
from I-240,
on the east side of Memphis, take Exit 13 and drive
east on Walnut Grove
Road approximately 4.2 miles to Farm Road
and turn south, go .1 mile.

ABANA Conference
Memphis June 2010

Philip Simmons - Claire Green photo

Philip Simmons
1912 - 2009


Gallery Open to Public "Green Coal" Forges

Memphis Style Banquet
Top Demonstrators
Tailgate Heaven
Vendors for the Craft
Lectures & Workshops


"We will preserve a meaningful bond with the past. We will serve the needs of the present, and we will forge a bridge to the future. Function and creativity is our purpose. Our task is great and so is our joy."

Dimitri Gerakaris, 1973


The Conference the early registration has closed
but there is still an opportunity to save before the next fee increase and there is still a bundled package deal with reduced membership fee!

"ABANA's Greatest Hits"
Registration for the ABANA 2010 Conference is
moving on and we are expecting 600-700 to be in attendance!  Call the Central Office or click on to download the registration form.

Full conference registration is only $235 for
current ABANA members.  But this is valid only
for registrations that get to the ABANA Central
Office by NOON on March 31, 2009.  After that
the rates will be going up.

Don't wait, by acting now you can save!  There
are additional discounts on membership renewal
including extensions.

Continue to be on the look out for additional 2010 conference announcements on the ABANA website, and here in the Constant Contact email

On behalf of your ABANA 2010 Conference Committee

Rome Hutchings
Rome H. Hutchings, Chair Member Services
Artist Blacksmith's Association of North America