AD-Old Dominion State Intergalactic Bead Festival Nov 1-2, 2003 Richmond, VA

AD-Old Dominion State Intergalactic Bead Festival Nov 1-2, 2003 Richmond, VA

Post by Phineas T Beadd Director National Bead Societ » Sat, 18 Oct 2003 22:54:50

Old Dominion State Intergalactic Bead Festival
Richmond, VA
Nov 1-2, 2003
10AM - 5PM Saturday, Nov. 1 and Sunday, Nov. 2
Richmond Raceway Complex - 600 E. Laburnum Ave. Richmond, VA 23222 From I-95
north of Richmond Exit 84 to I-295 south or I-95 south of Richmond Exit 46
I-295 north. All Exit 38 west on Meadowbridge Rd.  5 miles. Locally from
I-95 Exits 81 or 82.

Twenty-nine vendors from fif*** 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,

If I can provide additional information or answer any questions please do
not hesitate to contact me at the below address.


Christopher England

Intergalactic Bead Shows

44 Tusculum Heights Dr Ste B

Greeneville, TN 37745

(888) 729-6904

(423) 638-1651 FAX


Richmond, VA The Old Dominion State Intergalactic Bead Festival will take
place 10AM-5PM Saturday, Nov. 1 and Sunday, Nov. 2. Twenty-nine vendors from
fif*** states will show and sell their wares of ancient to modern beads,
bead books, beading supplies, and finished beads, at the Richmond Raceway
Complex - 600 E. Laburnum Ave. Richmond, VA 23222 From I-95 north of
Richmond Exit 84 to I-295 south or I-95 south of Richmond Exit 46 I-295
north. All Exit 38 west on Meadowbridge Rd. 5 miles. Locally from I-95 Exits
81 or 82. An interesting mix of history and art, this bead extravaganza will
feature over eighty 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 Old Dominion
State 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 bead artists and shops as listed
     Local artist Brad Pearson, Pearson Glass Studio, Richmond, VA will be
displaying his beautiful assortment of glass lampworked beads this weekend.
A glassblower for over ten years, Pearson began exclusively making beads
because the process is much more earth friendly and economical than glass
blowing. Working out of his home studio, Pearson creates beads that are
"design oriented, with carefully placed swirls and dots". The colors he uses
are brilliant and beautiful, and his finished beads resemble glass
sunbursts. Pearson shares his expertise by offering beginning and
intermediate classes to the public at a studio located in the historic Fan
District of Richmond.
     Jim Goldstein and Lafaye Cobb, Beads & Rocks, ***ia Beach, VA will
bring a variety of beads from their large warehouse and store. Their supply
will include Czech, Indian, and Austrian beads, semi-precious gems, lead
crystal from Egypt, and a tremendous selection of vintage beads - many still
in their original packaging. Visit them early in the day, because Beads &
Rocks carries beads you won't find at other shops. According to Lafaye, "our
unique vintage and one-of-a-kind beads change with the shows and always sell
out quickly". New from the studio, Beads & Rocks is introducing an original
technique to the beading world - photo-resist beads. These beads are created
by sandblasting a photo image onto the surface of fused glass, a skill that
marries the virtually limitless possibilities of photography with the
ancient craft of glass beadmaking.
     What a treat it will be for festival attendees to be able to rub elbows
with the National Bead Society's Glass Beadmaker of the Year for 2004, Beth
Olson, Olson Glass, Kissimmee, FL.  Both Beth and her husband "Raybaby"
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 Olson's' murrines usually contain a character or animal such as a
panda bear, tiger, toucan, or flower. Glass sculptors 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
this weekend will be privileged to experience firsthand how Beth's beads are
as delightful and unique as her personality.
     Studio Baboo, C***tesville, VA, the largest full service bead store
in the area, offers an extensive schedule of workshops and classes, as well
as a full line of Czech and Japanese Miyuki seed beads, Delicas,
semi-precious stones, glass beads, findings, tools, and a legendary
selection of beading books. Terri Gable, owner, boasts that you will always
find her staff to be "fun, friendly, and knowledgeable". She will bring a
selection of tools, books, glass strands, Czech seed beads, and over two
hundred colors of Delicas to Richmond this weekend, as well as being on hand
to offer her expert advice on designing or finishing that special beaded
jewelry piece. Knowing how important it is to stay up to date on the current
trends, Gable puts forth great effort each season to travel to fashion and
accessory trade shows and then to find and order the beads needed to make
the jewelry. Her customers always appreciate her efforts to keep them on the
cutting edge of their craft.
     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 bracelets, pendants, necklaces, and
earrings. The various artists, vendors, and collectors brought together by
The Old Dominion State Intergalactic Bead Festival will be bringing Richmond
the best selection of beads in the galaxy. Let the creativity begin!
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