Adornment has been around forever! We love to adorn ourselves whether it's traditional or bold, ethnic, intricate or in skinny chains. Whatever the style, it's YOU! Your statement to the world! We will showcase it all, handmade jewelry, wearable art and home decor. Come join The Bead Society and our fantastic artisans for our Holiday Pop Up on October 28th at the Veterans Memorial Complex, Culver City, CA, 10 am-4 pm.
The Bead Society Holiday Pop Up has the answers to all your gift and holiday needs! Come check out our 22 local artists showcasing their amazing works of art! We hope to see you on Oct 28th at the Culver City Veterans Complex, Rotunda Room and Lobby, Culver City, CA 10am-4pm.
Free Admission and parking. For more information, and to check out pictures of some of what are vendors are selling, go to our Pop Up webpage!
submitted by Sylvia Humphrey, Vendor Manager
Members of the Bead Society celebrated the end of the fiscal year, and the changing of the guard on Saturday, June 24 at the Mexican restaurant, Kalaveras in Marina del Rey. Outgoing officers are Kay Deeney, President; Lillian Todaro, Vice Presiident, and Carmen Landau, Membership Chair. The new and ongoing officers for the 2023-2024 fiscal year are Lisa Shatts, President; Violeta Guerrero, Treasurer (continuing); Sylvia Humphrey, Secretary and Eve Rappoport, Membership Chair.
Lisa Shatts organized the event. The three outgoing officers received plastic buckets and celebratory cards. The buckets are for gathering one's bucket list of ideas. Lisa warned the three that in a year, she expects a report on whether we have accomplished items on our bucket list. The buckets also included a scoop which is very useful for moving beads around! The outgoing officers wish the incoming officers a successful and fruitful year!
The restaurant is known for their exotic drinks, and the angel backdrop where several of the pictures were taken. Members and guests enjoyed good food, drinks and companionship.
The Bead Society Mother's Day Pop Up held on Saturday, May 6th was great! Lots of people attended the brightly lit Parish Hall of St. Bede's Episcopal Church in Mar Vista. One attendee remarked that it was apropos that the church's name matches the Bead Society!
Vendors sold finished jewely, paintings, art, photographs, tote bags, clothing, and art objects. Some beads and findings were also available.
The Bead Society Program for May is titled "My Bead Journey." It will be Wednesday, May 3rd at 7 pm Pacific Time. Our speaker is Doris Weinbaum who opened a bead store in 1993, without knowing how to bead. Doris will tell the story of her serendipitous journey from neophyte bead entrepreneur to accomplished bead artist. Her bead store is in Oak Park, Illinois. She sold it iand lives in San Clemente now.
Wednesday May 3rd 7 pm Pacific Time
Zoom Meeting ID: 899 883 2615, Passcode: Beads
All are welcome!
Business meeting at 6:30 pm PT at the same Zoom address!
Doris Weinbaum has been involved with beads, both as a businesswoman and an artist/teacher since 1993. In that year Doris opened a retail bead shop in Oak Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. While owning and managing the shop, Doris began learning beading techniques and jewelry design from instructors in her store, books and customers. Given her breadth of experience with many other hand-crafts, including sewing, knitting and crocheting, Doris' talent for beading blossomed. Doris has had one of her original designs published and has taught a wide range of beading techniques to children and adults.
The Bead Society is having our Mother's Day Pop Up at St Bede's Episcopal Church in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles. The date is Saturday, May 6th, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Lots of wonderful artists are participating. We have created a slideshow highlighting their work on our website here! Check it out! Many of your favorites will be there, such as Chunky by Design, Lillian Todaro Collections, Carrington Treasures, August Sun Designs, Spirit, MoonRose Artistry and more!
We hope you all will attend this event! We are excied about tryng this new location to reach out to the community! Thanks to the work of the Pop Up Committee including Sylvia Humphrey, Lisa Shatts, Mark Hunter, Violeta Guerrero, Lillian Todaro, Kay Deeney and Margaret Kelly.
The address is
St Bede's Episcopal Church
3590 Grand View Blvd
LOS ANGELES, CA 90066
The 2023 Tucson Bead Symposium will be on February 25th, This year’s theme is Symbolism in Beads and they are proud to present the perfect line up of presenters for this topic:
- Robert K. Liu, Co-editor of Ornament magazine, jeweler, photographer, bead researcher and author
- Sindi Schloss, gemologist and author of ’Symbolism in global jewelry’
- Nina Sam Hibler, bead artist and member of the Hall of Fame of Beads of Courage
The 2023 symposium will be on February 25th, 11 am PST, noon MST Tucson, (this is 8pm in Amsterdam, 2 PM in New York). The symposium will be held online over Zoom, and is free to attend. Register by sending an email to email@example.com. For more information, go to www.beadsymposium.com.
from an email promo by Floor Kaspers and Peter van de Wijngaart, Amsterdam
The Holiday Party of the Bead Society was last Saturday at El Cholo Restaurant on Western Avenue in Los Angeles. Twenty people came to celebrate with us. It was a pleasant event partaking in Mexican food and visiting with Bead Society members and friends. The room was nicely decorated. The staff at the restaurant were very responsive. Tim Meikle brought frog treats for all. And members received little treat bags from the Society.
One attendee wrote me later,
I just want to tell you, Thank you very, very, much for your invitation to yesterday's BSLA holiday lunch.
I enjoyed the afternoon, and all of the "Beaders," (and the food, too.) Earlier you said, "Beads just don't keep a person warm." Might be, but yesterday, I felt a lot of warmth from all of the BEADERS.
It was great to gather together again. We have only seen many members in person during the Bead Bazaar in September and the Holiday Pop Up in Novermber. It is just different from meeting via online sessions!
See the pictures below from the Holiday party. We wish everyone Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!
The Bead Society Holiday Pop Up took place on Saturday, November 13 at the Veterans Memorial Complex. We had a steady stream of interested people seeking to view the wares of our many different vendors. We had a colorful array of necklaces, art objects, exquisite designed brooches, and pendants.
Check out some of the photos from the event below!
We were even interviewed at the event itself! Check out this YouTube video by Justine Sanchez! It is titled, Bead Society Holiday Pop Up Bead Show November 13, 2021 - Jewelry & Gifts by Bead Society Members.
The Holiday Pop Up sustains the artisans, vendors and interested bead and jewelry community! The Bead Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports the study, discussion, and shared knowledge of beads in the United States and throughout the world. Based on the success of this Pop Up, the Bead Society is looking into planning more Pop Ups. Stay tuned!
JEWELRY, an episode that will show on PBS, explores the history, artistry, and impact of personal adornment. Terry de Castro from Craft in America contacted us recently to let us know about the PBS Premiere in December. (check your TV listings). Here's the latest days and times for Southern California.
Monday, December 13, 06:00 am - Jewelry - PBS SoCal 2
Monday, December 13, 10:00 am - Jewelry - PBS SoCal 2
Monday, December 13, 03:00 pm - Jewelry - PBS SoCal 2
Tuesday, December 14, 11:00 pm - Jewelry - PBS SoCal
Wednesday, December 15, 04:00 am - Jewelry - PBS SoCal
Wednesday, December 15, 01:00 pm - Jewelry - KCET
Featuring classic jeweler Tom Herman; Harriete Estel Berman who creates jewelry using recycled materials; the legacy of modernist jeweler Art Smith; bead artist, Joyce J. Scott; nature-inspired artist Gabrielle Gould; and Navajo/Hopi master jeweler Jesse Monongya. The editors of Ornament Magazine, Robert Liu (Bead Society founding member) and Patrick Liu are also featured!
It is now streaming on the PBS Video App, craftinamerica.org, and pbs.org/craftinamerica. Work by the featured artists will be exhibited at the Craft in America Center from December 11, 2021 through March 19, 2022. Check it out!
Craft in America Center
8415 W. Third St., Los Angeles, CA 90048
Hours: Tues–Sat, 12:00pm–5:00pm
tel: (323) 951-0610
The Bead Society is planning a one-day Holiday Pop Up highlighting Finished Jewelry and objects on Saturday, November 13, 2021. from 10 am to 4 pm at the Veterans Memorial Complex, Rotunda Room, Culver City.
Admission is free. All are welcome. Masking and physical distancing required. If you would like to be a vendor, the application is here.
Get all your Holiday gifts here! So far, we will have exquisite designed brooches, stained glass, necklaces, bracelets, rings, Stop by!
The Bead Society