Nashville, TN March 1-2, 2003, Mississippi River States Intergalactic Bead Festival

Nashville, TN March 1-2, 2003, Mississippi River States Intergalactic Bead Festival

Post by Phineas T Beadd Director National Bead Societ » Thu, 27 Feb 2003 06:24:56

Mississippi River States Intergalactic Bead Festival
Nashville, TN March 1-2, 2003
10AM - 5PM Saturday, March 1 and Sunday, March 2 - Tennessee State
Fairgrounds, I-65 to Exit 81 Wedgewood Avenue east to Raines Ave or I-440
Exit 6 Nolensville Pike/4th Avenue north. Follow signs.

Over thirty vendors from twelve 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, March 1 and Sunday, March 2. Over thirty
vendors from twelve states will show and sell their wares of ancient to
modern beads, bead books, beading supplies, and finished jewelry at the
Tennessee State Fairgrounds, I-65 to Exit 81 Wedgewood Avenue east to Raines
Ave or I-440 Exit 6 Nolensville Pike/4th Avenue north. Follow signs. An
interesting mix of history and art, this bead extravaganza will feature
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
Nashville 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 right here in the Nashville area to as far away as Europe, Egypt, India,
Thailand, and Africa.
     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
     Glass 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. Among the noted participants at the festival will be Janie Jones,
known as GrammyGlass, Matthews, NC. Jones will demonstrate hot-glass
lampwork beadmaking. The beads are made by using a gas burner (called the
lamp), which produces a narrow, steady, and powerful flame. Holding a glass
rod in one hand, the artist holds the tip of the rod in the flame, melting
it into a honey-like state. At the same time, she holds a special metal wire
in the other hand and winds the molten glass onto the wire by constantly
turning it. The bead is then shaped, either free hand using metal tools or
by turning it in a metal mold. Jones' passion and appreciation for the light
reflective qualities of glass combine with her love of vibrant color. This
dancing light makes her work a "constant source of joy and discovery" for
her and her clients. Attendees at the festival will be mesmerized as she
demonstrates her expertise while creating captivating and colorful beads.
     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***and stone carvings and
medallions, as well as other one-of-a-kind trinkets from the Far East.
     Cynthia Thorton, Green Girl Studios, Columbus, OH has only recently
turned her gift for sculpture to small objects. When not making beads,
Thorton produces much larger prototype sculptures that are then
mass-produced by numerous companies, including Walt Disney. She has found a
home in the compactness that is required to design a bead, however, and the
miniature art she creates is in the form of animals and mythological
creatures. The time-consuming process of taking one of her sculptures from
an idea to a finished product begins as she carves the bead in a sculpture's
resin clay she has formulated. From this, a more permanent lost-wax,
cast-bronze copy is made. The bronze bead is then used to create a Vulcan
*** mold. Finally, this mold is used to make the final pewter or sterling
silver bead. To the delight of attendees, during her few breaks at the
festival she will plan to work a few minutes on her next bead. Her
concentrated effort lends her unaware of time and a gathering audience as
she magically carves a lump of clay to release a creature bead that had been
previously held captive inside.
     No matter which traditions they honor, visitors to The Mississippi
River 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 Nashville.
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