AD-Newark, DE Oct. 11-12, 2003 Mid-Atlantic States Intergalactic Bead Festival

AD-Newark, DE Oct. 11-12, 2003 Mid-Atlantic States Intergalactic Bead Festival

Post by Phineas T Beadd Director National Bead Societ » Sat, 27 Sep 2003 22:15:36

Mid-Atlantic States Intergalactic Bead Festival
Newark, DE
Oct. 11-12, 2003
10AM - 5PM Saturday, Oct. 11 and Sunday, Oct. 12 - 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.

Twenty-four vendors from thir*** 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

Newark, DE The Mid-Atlantic States Intergalactic Bead Festival will take
place 10AM-5PM Saturday, Oct. 11 and Sunday, Oct. 12. Twenty-four vendors
from thir*** states will show and sell their wares of ancient to modern
beads, bead books, beading supplies, and finished beads, 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). 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 Mid-Atlantic
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 bead artists and shops as listed
     Local bead vendor Barasa Gumanah of Gamafro Originals, Newark, DE
offers a colorful and *** selection of beads and authentic African beaded
 items. Gumanah travels to Africa three times a year to bring back the
unique and eye-catching powder glass, African trade, Vaseline, batik bone,
and 7 layer chevron beads. Ranging in age from the late 19th century to
modern, the value of the African beads depends on their age, size and
quality. In addition to beads, Gumanah travels to the East Congo, Ghana, and
Mali to bring back the Kuba tribe belts, Kuba cloth, baskets, Kente cloth,
beaded ankle wraps and Yoruba King's crowns.
     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 beadmaking artist Jackie Knabel, of Knabel Enterprises, Lawtey,
FL will be displaying her lampworked beads as well as dichroic glass, the
fusion of micro-thin layers of metal oxides to the glass. Because the
transmitted color is different than the reflected color, dichroic glass
takes on an iridescent appearance similar to that found in nature on a
dragonfly's wings. Jackie's studio in Lawtey, FL is open to the public, and
having studied under various glass artisans, she is now offering classes to
make this fascinating art form available to the public. Her booth will offer
glass bead making supplies and glass rods, as well as her cabochons and
finished jewelry pieces.
     A passion for high quality stones is what originally inspired Ritu
Sangwan, Bead Karma to sell beads. Watching her pick up a strand of beads,
it is impossible to miss just how much Ritu is inspired by the metaphysical
properties of the gems. Indeed, her enthusiasm is catchy, because according
to Ritu, it is the consistent quality of her merchandise that keeps
customers returning to her tables show after show. Bead Karma is a very new
business (started in 2002), yet Ritu is knowledgeable about and
conscientious of the products she offers. She prides herself on offering
only the highest quality cuts and gems, and she always offers show attendees
special prices. In addition to mine-direct stones, Bead Karma offers
one-of-a-kind Thai silver beads.
     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 Mid-Atlantic States Intergalactic Bead Festival will be bringing Newark
the best selection of beads in the galaxy. Let the creativity begin!
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