AD- May 31-June 1, 2003 Mebane, NC Piedmont Intergalactic Bead Festival

AD- May 31-June 1, 2003 Mebane, NC Piedmont Intergalactic Bead Festival

Post by Phineas T Beadd Director National Bead Societ » Sat, 24 May 2003 02:24:03

Piedmont Intergalactic Bead Festival
Mebane, NC
May 31-June 1, 2003

Piedmont Intergalactic Bead Festival
10AM - 5PM Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1
Mebane Arts & Community Center - 622 Corrigidor Dr.  Mebane, NC From I-85
Exit 153 east on State Route 119 (5th Street), north on Holmes Road, east on
Third Street Extension, north on Corrigidor Dr. Follow signs.

Over forty-five vendors from six*** 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,


Mebane, NC The Piedmont Intergalactic Bead Festival will take place 10AM-5PM
Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1. Forty-five vendors from six*** states
will show and sell their wares of ancient to modern beads, bead books,
beading supplies, and finished beads, at the Mebane Arts & Community Center,
Mebane, NC. From I-85 Exit 153 east on State Route 119 (5th Street), north
on Holmes Road, east on Third Street Extension, north on Corrigidor Dr. An
interesting mix of history and art, this bead extravaganza will feature over
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 Piedmont
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
as listed below.
     Lampwork glass beadmaker and silversmith Kaleigh Hessell wears many
hats. A member of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers, Hessell
maintains her studio at the rear of Flame Kissed Beads, her full service
bead shop and jewelry gallery located in Cary, NC. The studio, available for
rental to local beadmakers and artisans, is equipped with seven torches. In
addition to being the creative workspace for her own line of beads and
jewelry, the space also functions as a classroom for beginning fusing and
intermediate lampwork seminars, many hosted by nationally recognized guest
artists. Flame Kissed Beads is e***d to welcome glass beadmaker Kristen
Frantz Orr to the studio for a seminar in June. In addition to classes, the
shop carries a wide assortment of beads and findings as well as a full line
of Myuki products, Bali silver, semi-precious beads, Venetian glass and
vintage glass beads. Of course customers can also expect to see Hessell's
self-described "organic" glass beads in the shop, along with a beautiful
selection of jewelry crafted
by local artisans.
     Show attendees stopping by to see Suzanne Wieczorek, A Grain of Sand,
Mooresville, NC will be enchanted by her selection of freshwater pearls in a
rainbow of colors, as well as by the semi-precious gemstones, Swarovski
crystals, silver and gemstone clasps, and silver findings she specializes
in. According to Suzanne, who does beading herself, she is "always ready to
offer tips to customers", and she only sells products that meet the high
standards she uses for beading her own projects. Parents Al and Alice can
often be seen assisting Suzanne at shows, and the fun, lively atmosphere the
family creates together is contagious. Aside from doing the Intergalactic
Bead Shows, A Grain of Sand offers their great selection and prices via the
World Wide Web.
     Even after twenty-eight years of doing business, local bead distributor
and retailer Catherine Newton, Bearoness of Raleigh, Raleigh, NC, is still
enthusiastic about beads, and she doesn't hesitate to share her enthusiasm
and extensive knowledge of beading with her customers. Catering to all
levels of beaders, Newton offers festival attendees a wide selection of
items from her 11,000 square-foot warehouse. Her booth is like "one-stop
shopping", and customers will find a tremendous selection of beads, tools,
and prepackaged wires and findings to help them complete their projects.
Newton also carries a complete line of craft kits, offers bead-making
classes, and welcomes special orders. And the best part is how knowledgeable
and helpful she is. If Bearoness of Raleigh doesn't have what customers
need, she is happy to refer them to someone who does.
     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 Piedmont Intergalactic Bead Festival will be
bringing Mebane the best selection of beads in the galaxy. Let the
creativity begin!
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WORLD BEAD DAY September 28, 2003
** The Day To Wear Your Beads ** or join others beaders at an bead event
near you.
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