Yep, you can bet your bottom bead, your top bead and everything in the middle when it comes to the Bead Society of San Diego. The members of the society displayed their diverse and eclectic style and talents during their recent show at Gallery 21, located in Spanish Village Art Center, 1770 Village Place, San Diego, California. The show ran daily from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. from 11/24 - 12/6/10. All visitors were invited to come and "Get their Bead On"!
There are "fetishes and passions" that are inexplicable when it comes to bead collectors and bead lovers. Purely addictive scanning, combing, comparing and, ultimately, unstoppable collecting of "all things bead". Having worked for 40 years with gemstone beads, Swarovski crystal and Czech glass beads as a jewelry designer, it was not difficult to channel the "Passion" that this organization and its members infused into their work. The array of beaded art on display ranged from wearable art to free standing sculptural concepts that were intriguing to behold. If ever, you wanted to submerge yourself in beads, crystal and blown glass, this was the show and the bead society for you.
This year's show, headed by Ellen Kroll, boasted many show stoppers. Members were well rewarded for hours of dedication and diligence to their creative endeavors. While I am on the subject of dedication and diligence, let me say that I admire, but don't envy, all bead artists who have the patience and "stick-to-it-iveness" to work with thread! "Gutta Percha", girls. However do you keep from screaming when that wicked thread, with a mind all its own, ties itself in knots? I mean, it does this miraculously frustrating thing while you are still holding onto the needle; and the other end of the thread is undeniably attached to the art piece. Eeeek! (Ask any beader). They know what I mean. Thread is definitely for the patient. (That's clearly an understatement, if ever there was one). I'm a wire man, myself (22 gauge sterling),
Hold that bead threaded needle right there, folks! Don't drop it, now. You might get tied in knots! I'll be right back. Out to the breakfast nook to grab a cup of Celestial Seasonings' Red Zinger. Just for safety, I've secured my needle in a pin cushion. No knots for me!
Written and posted by Cassandra Shepard, Studio 32
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