AD-November 15-16, 2003 Nashville, TN Volunteer States Intergalactic Bead Festival

AD-November 15-16, 2003 Nashville, TN Volunteer States Intergalactic Bead Festival

Post by Phineas T Beadd Director National Bead Societ » Fri, 07 Nov 2003 04:11:21

Volunteer States Intergalactic Bead Festival
Nashville, TN
November 15-16, 2003
10AM - 5PM Saturday, November 15 and Sunday, November 16 - Tennessee State
Fairgrounds - 500 Wedgewood Ave. Nashville, TN (Corner of Rains Ave. and
Wedgewood Ave.) From I-65 Exit 81 east on Wedgewood Ave. to Rains Ave. or
I-440 Exit 6 north on Nolensville Pike (4TH Ave.) Follow signs.

Over thirty vendors from thir*** 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,

If we can provide additional information or answer any questions please do
not hesitate to contact us at either address below.

Thank you,

Christopher England
Intergalactic Bead Shows
44 Tusculum Heights Dr Ste B
Greeneville, TN 37745
(888) 729-6904
(423) 638-1651 FAX

Pam Hall
Cumberland Valley Bead Society
4948 Tulip Grove Lane
Hermitage, TN 37076
(615) 889-5392


Nashville, TN The Volunteer States Intergalactic Bead Festival will take
place 10AM-5PM Saturday, November 15 and Sunday, November 16. Over thirty
vendors from thir*** states will show and sell their wares of ancient to
modern beads, bead books, beading supplies, and finished jewelry at the
Tennessee State Fairgrounds - 500 Wedgewood Ave. Nashville, TN 37203 (Corner
of Rains Ave. and Wedgewood Ave.) From I-65 Exit 81 east on Wedgewood Ave.
to Rains Ave. or I-440 Exit 6 north on Nolensville Pike (4TH Ave.) Follow
signs. An interesting mix of history and art, this bead extravaganza will
feature seventy-five 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 Volunteer 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
     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.
     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
upcoming workshops. Be Dazzled offers full web access to their entire
selection of beads, and they also welcome special orders.
     Bead shows are a family affair for Lisa and Tony Blackwell of Zoa Art,
Tryon, NC.  Although the Blackwells have been making and selling their beads
and jewelry for less than two years, their fresh style and organic inspired
merchandise already has a following.  Tony is the glass beadmaker in the
family, working with Italian Moretti glass in a nature-inspired palette of
hues.  His color combinations are a unique blend of blues and reds with
neutrals, and he often adds silver foil to create a subtle sparkle and depth
 to the beads.  Lisa is a self-taught silversmith.  She adds her touch to
Tony's beads by wire wrapping them into pendants, adding hand riveted silver
caps, or fashioning them into custom bracelets and necklaces.  Lisa also
enhances her jewelry with glazed and unglazed clay beads, handmade silver
chains, and Precious Metal Clay beads and embellishments.  Ashleigh, the
Blackwell's daughter, gets involved in the family business by creating
beaded hemp bracelets that are a beautiful compliment to the other pieces.
The artists in the Blackwell family blend their individual styles into beads
and jewelry that are an amazing combination of natural colors, textures, and
     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 Volunteer States Intergalactic Bead Festival will be
bringing Nashville the best selection of beads in the galaxy. Let the
creativity begin!
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