AD-Nashville, TN May 10-11, 2003 Mississippi River States Intergalactic Bead Festival

AD-Nashville, TN May 10-11, 2003 Mississippi River States Intergalactic Bead Festival

Post by Phineas T Beadd Director National Bead Societ » Fri, 02 May 2003 00:44:30

Mississippi River States Intergalactic Bead Festival
Nashville, TN May 10-11, 2003
10AM - 5PM Saturday, May 10 and Sunday, May 11 - Tennessee State
Fairgrounds - Nashville, TN From I-65 Exit 81 east on Wedgewood Ave. to
Raines Ave. Or from I-440 Exit 6 north on Nolensville Pike/4TH Ave. Follow

Over thirty-nine vendors from four*** states with an extraordinary display
of ancient, antique, vintage, and modern handmade beads for sale. The
Cumberland Valley Bead Society with headquarters in Nashville, TN., will be
hosting a welcome booth. Festival highlights include: beadmaking
demonstrations, identification and appraisals. Admission: $8.00 Saturday
$5.00 Sunday. BRING THIS LISTING FOR $1 OFF ADMISSION - 12 years old and
under free. For Festival Information, 888-729-6904,, For
Cumberland Valley Bead Society Information contact Pam Hall (615) 889-5392,


Nashville, TN The Mississippi River States Intergalactic Bead Festival will
take place 10AM-5PM Saturday, May 10 and Sunday, May 11. Over thirty-nine
vendors from four*** states will show and sell their wares of ancient to
modern beads, bead books, beading supplies, and finished jewelry at the
Tennessee State Fairgrounds From I-65 Exit 81 east on Wedgewood Ave. to
Raines Ave. Or from I-440 Exit 6 north on Nolensville Pike/4TH Ave. Follow
signs. An interesting mix of history and art, this bead extravaganza will
feature one hundred tables representing the country's finest bead vendors.
     The fascination with beads is not a new one. People have been admiring,
wearing, and praying with beads for over forty thousand years. According to
Christopher England, the man behind Intergalactic Bead Shows, "Beads are not
a passing fancy. In fact, in the many years we have been hosting bead shows,
beads have only grown in popularity." When asked why he thought that was,
England's reply was noncommittal. "Perhaps it is because of the satisfaction
that comes from applying time and concentration to a small vial of beads to
create a three-dimensional piece of jewelry or sculpture. Or, it could be
the instant gratification found by stringing a collection of beads into
something unique that you can wear that evening. Maybe it is the inspiration
one gets from seeing other people's creativity come alive. Or, as one who
has attended an Intergalactic Bead Show can tell you, it may simply be the
experience of seeing so many colors, textures, and patterns together in one
arena that lends itself to the bead frenzy. Attending our shows is like
entering a room full of potential." Indeed, this weekend's Mississippi River
States Intergalactic Bead Festival will be the premier place to harness the
potential of antique and modern beads of every size, description, and
material. The festival will also feature many local bead artists and shops,
some of who are listed below.
     For those with the bead bug, the Cumberland Valley Bead Society (CVBS)
table will be a wonderful welcome center at the show. The festival is the
centerpiece of the CVBS semi-annual fundraising and membership drive.
Society members will display a dazzling array of beaded objects, and
attendees will find experts with answers to all their beading questions
among the society's representatives. Member activities for CVBS include
monthly workshops and seminars, retreats, shared learning and exchange of
skills, and craft business discussions. For more information about CVBS, or
to become a member, contact Pam Hall at 615-889-5392 or visit their website
     Another local welcome center will be Warren Feld and James Jones', Be
Dazzled Beads of Nashville. Known as "The
South's Most Unusual Shop," and sponsors of "The Ugly Necklace Contest", Be
Dazzled carries an incredible selection of thousands of beads, including
Swarovski crystal, Czech glass, jewelry findings, bone, semi-precious stone,
wood, clay, plastic, metal, and imported silver. They also carry a complete
line of craft kits and jewelry findings, and they offer classes in beginning
and advanced beading techniques, learning to silversmith, lampwork
beadmaking, and precious metal clay. Visit their booth for information about
their class schedule and the upcoming Diane Fitzgerald workshop. Be Dazzled
offers full web access to their entire selection of beads, and they also
welcome special orders.
     Local shop owner Yan Zhang, Oriental Treasures, Nashville, TN will be
showcasing a wonderful selection of direct-import beads from his Belleview
Center Mall shop. Zhang travels to China to hand-select the merchandise he
carries at Oriental Treasures. He specializes in a huge selection of c***
beads, semi-precious gemstones, turquoise, and Chinese lampworked glass
beads with designs originating in the warring states period. Look to Zhang
for a unique selection of interesting c***or stone carvings and
medallions, as well as other one-of-a-kind trinkets from the Far East.
     In the world of glass lampwork beadmaking, artists often express their
individuality by developing a signature style. The result is a collection of
beads that is an identifiable, unique representation of their art. Timothy
Holahan, of Holahan Glass, Arden, NC creates glass beads with a visual
texture that resembles a snake or lizard skin. Holahan begins his beads by
swirling one or two colors of glass with black glass, and then he adds
either raised or inlaid dots to finish the design. His seemingly simple use
of color allows him to create striking beads that work as well grouped
together as they do paired with other beads. A graduate of the Tyler School
of Art at Temple University, Holahan started blowing glass in 1991 and his
work has been featured at numerous galleries in Asheville, NC. He initially
added beads to his glass repertoire because they are a less physical art
form that requires only one person to produce. Holahan can be seen blowing
glass at "The Crucible Gallery" in downtown Asheville.
     Visitors to this weekend's festival are sure to find something to
delight them from the beads ranging from historical to modern, handcrafted
to mass produced, natural materials to the newest in synthetic technology.
Along with beads and bead-making supplies there will be numerous finished
pieces to choose from, including beaded wrist and ankle bracelets, pendants,
necklaces, and earrings. The various artists, vendors, and collectors
brought together by The Mississippi River States Intergalactic Bead Festival
will be bringing Nashville the best selection of beads in the galaxy. Let
the creativity begin!
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