Newark, DE, February 15-16, Mid-Atlantic States Intergalactic Bead Festival

Newark, DE, February 15-16, Mid-Atlantic States Intergalactic Bead Festival

Post by Phineas T Beadd Director National Bead Societ » Thu, 13 Feb 2003 06:07:50

Mid-Atlantic States Intergalactic Bead Festival
Newark, DE February 15-16, 2003
10AM - 5PM Saturday, February 15 and Sunday, February 16 - Aetna Firehouse -
Main St. downtown Newark, DE. From I-95 MD Exit 109B east on DE ST RT 2. Or
DE Exit 3 north on DE ST RT 273. (Corner of DE ST RT 273 and DE ST RTS 72 &
2). Follow signs.

Over thirty-three vendors from seven*** states with an extraordinary
display of ancient, antique, vintage, and modern handmade beads for sale.
Also, 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,


Newark, DE The Mid-Atlantic States Intergalactic Bead Festival will take
place 10AM-5PM Saturday, February 15 and Sunday, February 16. Over
thirty-three vendors from seven*** states will show and sell their wares of
ancient to modern beads, bead books, beading supplies, and finished jewelry
at the Aetna Firehouse - Main St. downtown Newark, DE. From I-95 MD Exit
109B east on DE ST RT 2. Or DE Exit 3 north on DE ST RT 273. (Corner of DE
ST RT 273 and DE ST RTS 72 & 2). Follow signs. An interesting mix of history
and art, this bead extravaganza will feature over seventy-five tables
representing the country's finest bead vendors.
     How much are beads a part of our culture today? Although centuries old,
they remain an active part of our modern society, from the strand of pearls
passed down from your great-grandmother to the rosaries or prayer beads used
by many religions. The tradition of tossing beads at Mardi Gras is a popular
draw to the festival every year, and it would be difficult to find someone
that didn't recognize tennis star Venus Williams' near-trademark hair. In
subtle ways, beads continue to weave themselves into our history. Since
their first appearance over 40,000 years ago, beads have been created from
materials such as gemstones, clay, paper, shells, wood, metal, bone, glass,
ivory, and porcelain. This weekend's Intergalactic Bead Festival in Newark
will be the premier place to find antique and modern beads of every size,
description, and material. They will originate from as near-by as artisan
studios right here in the Delaware area to as far away as Europe, Egypt,
India, Thailand, and Africa. Beadmaking for the modern artist is the
creative melding of Old-World knowledge with the artist's own unique eye for
color, theme and design. As with any art form, once the technique is
mastered, the only limitations are in the mind of the creator.
     Such is true for borosilicate glass lampwork beadmaker Amy Haftkowycz,
The Glass Moon, Pennington, NJ. A full-time computer programmer, Haftkowycz
uses beadmaking as a necessary creative outlet. According to her, working
with borosilicate glass in beadmaking is uncommon, but it is her glass of
choice "because of its natural earth tone and marbled effects, and also
because it is somewhat unpredictable in the way the colors react with one
another." For Haftkowycz, this unpredictability is what makes working with
the glass both challenging and rewarding. Haftkowycz also creates jewelry,
incorporating sterling silver, copper, and gemstone beads and components
with her lampworked beads. The result is truly unique, one-of-a-kind pieces
with a down-to-earth, hand-made flavor, as well as a focus on detail and
     Offering handmade Nepalese silversmith beads, crafts, and jewelry, Jeri
Gerard and husband Wayne Hall, A World of Good, Takoma Park, MD, originally
intended to import goods as a means to cover the cost of Jeri's travels.
Once started, however, the idea was so intriguing and the demand was so high
that it quickly grew into what is now their full-time family business. Jeri
does the majority of the travel, mostly to Nepal but also to Tibet, while
Wayne acts as the representative to the many domestic shops and businesses
that A World of Good distributes to. As importers doing business in
developing countries, Jeri and Wayne are mindful of the benefits and hazards
of the trade. By knowing many of the artists personally, they are able to
ensure the quality of the merchandise and the conditions under which the
items are produced. What sets them apart from other importers is their
integral respect for the spiritual and cultural aspects of the artisans and
their goods. To Wayne, it is as important to relay the symbolism and history
of a piece to the customer, as it is to describe its beauty. A World of Good
is currently working on setting up tours to Nepal and Tibet as a part of
their yearly forays.
     Glass Beadmaker Lea Zinke, Clearwater, FL, named The National Bead
Society's 2003 "Beadmaker of the Year", will showcase her series of beads
commemorating World Bead Day 2002. The series, titled "Our America",
consists of three, three-dimensional glass beads, "Mountain Majesty", "Amber
Waves" and "From Sea to Shining Sea", that embody the spirit of the
country's most recognizable terrain. Zinke said of the design, she "wanted
something to honor our country" and for the beads to capture the recent
resurgence in patriotism. Known for her intricate fl***designs, Zinke has
been the recipient of many awards. She was the winner of Bead and Button
magazine's "Bead Dreams 2001" competition in the handmade bead category and
was a finalist in "Bead Dreams 2002", just to name a few. Her designs have
been featured in several publications, including Beadwork and Bead and
Button magazines.
     Glass beadmakers Beth Olson and husband "Raybaby" Olson, of Beth Olson
Glass, Kissimmee, FL, specialize in murrine beads, which are glass beads
that contain an intricate glass image inside. A murrine is made by first
creating the inner image from a mosaic of glass and next stretching it into
a cane. The cane is then sliced into individual images, which are
incorporated into the finished beads. The Olsons' murrines usually contain a
character or animal such as a panda bear, tiger, toucan, or flower. Glass
sculptures for over 20 years, both Olson's worked for Disneyland in Tokyo,
Japan making glass Disney characters, an experience that is evidenced by
their amazing array of tiny sculpture-like beads in the shape of dragons,
fairies and flowers. Attendees in Newark this weekend will be privileged to
see Beth's expertise as she takes torch to glass, creating beads that are as
delightful and unique as her personality.
     No matter which traditions they honor, visitors to The Mid-Atlantic
States Intergalactic Bead 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. The
various artists, vendors, and collectors will be doing their best to keep
beads from all over the world an active part of our American melting pot
tradition this weekend in Newark.
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