Mary Gobet (January 27, 2015)

Mary Gobet’s love of   history, fashion, foreign culture and fibers & beads, provides a firm backdrop for being the owner of a vintage clothing/costume shop in Aurora (Imagine that!) and now an event and ecommerce business (Beyond Mirays) - a genre specific to the accessory business.  Frequent travels inside the US and to Europe help with research & resources. 

Tactile Vision: Our vision can be greatly improved if we introduce the tactile element, which then naturally became the path with which she followed in every art form she attempted - from embroidery through vintage clothing restoration to 3D sculpture to bead embroidery.  Mary uses her Tactile Vision to make her art interactive and enjoyable for everyone. Specializing in genre art, Mary will bring to light the fun and imaginative world of Cosplay via Renaissance Faires, Fairy Festivals, Swashbuckler Balls and Steampunk Conventions.


PBS Offers Public Service and/or Bead Study Grants

PBS offers grants to organizations and individuals for research or work on projects that will benefit the goals of the Portland Bead Society regarding the study and dissemination of knowledge about beads and beading. Such grants must be approved by a vote of attending members annually at the March general meeting. Applications for PBS grants (not education awards) are due by January 31, 2015. Please contact Janis VanWyhe at for an application form.

12th Annual A&E Show and 5th Annual Gathering of the Guilds

April 24, 25 and 26, 2015, marks the anniversary of our wonderful Art and Elegance in Beads Show which is part of the greater Gathering of the Guilds.  This year it will be held in Hall A at the Oregon Convention Center, on S. E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., in Portland.  If you have participated in the past, we invite you to return to this year’s show.  If you are new to the event,we hope you will submit an application and join everyone!  We have premier corner booths and artisan booths for your consideration.  As for the last four years, we will share the Hall with four other  guilds: beadwork, woodworking,  handweaving,  creative  metal arts, and  glass  will  be among the featured arts and crafts.  If booths are still available after the first of the year, the show will be opened to new members and non-members!  Please plan to join us and get your application in ASAP!  

Karen Carr & Karmen Schmidt, Interim Co-Chairs


Due to rising costs, this week the PBS Board voted to raise dues from the current $25 to $30/year.  This change takes effect Jan. 1, 2015.  This will be the first dues increase since 2010 but we finally have to make the change.   We hope you will support this decision as the benefits we all enjoy as PBS members far outweigh the amount of the annual dues.  Happy holidays, everyone!

Karmen SchmidtActing President

Traveling Library Display!

Fairy tales, nursery rhymes and children's stories inspired the display this year and all of the pieces were made by Portland Bead Society members.

We are pleased to announce that the Library Display issue has been resolved and will be available for viewing at the Hillsboro Library through February.

For more information, please visit our Travelling Library Show page.






We are happy to announce that we are now on Twitter!  You can follow us at @PDXBeadSociety.