February 24 General Meeting -- David Vance Horste

The Stones Cry Out:  The Art of Gemstone Nomenclature and Identification


David V. Horste has been studying rocks and gems since 1976.   In this lecture David will talk about how stones have received their names throughout history and how stones are named today.  Varieties of stones and how names evolve and change will be explained.   The misnaming of stones in the gem trade is an important issue to understand and David will cover many stories and examples of this practice.  Being able to identify stones and call them by their "correct" names is an art as much as a science, if not more.   Be prepared for lots of vivid pictures and wild stories as stones get compared, contrasted, and explained in this diverse lecture covering precious and semi-precious stones.  

David V. Horste of DVHdesigns is a custom lapidary source for designer focal beads and cabochons.  He works in semiprecious stone and organic gems (jet, fossil ivory, shell, bone, etc.) along with up-cycled materials such as bowling ball, fordite, and recycled glass.  You can see more of his work and find his online shops through his website, www.dvhdesigns.com.

May General Meeting Moved to May 28th
The date for the May General meeting has changed. We'll be meeting on Thursday, May 28 (instead of Tuesday the 26th).  Please mark your calendars.  The location will still be the auditorium at the Multnomah Art Center


Due to rising costs, the PBS Board voted to raise dues from the current $25.00 to $30.00/year. This change went into effect January 1, 2015. This was the first dues increase since 2010, but we finally had 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.

LOCAL 14 Women's Art Show and Sale:  Call to Artists

October 1-4, 2015, World Forestry Center, Portland, Oregon
The annual LOCAL 14 Women’s Art Show and Sale represents the artwork of approximately 80 women artists from throughout the Pacific Northwest.  The art is showcased in a gallery setting without individual booths.  Women living in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho who produce original, unique, hand-crafted artwork in a wide variety of mediums are invited to participate in the 48th annual LOCAL 14 Women’s Art Show and Sale, a highly anticipated and well attended Portland event. For more information about this show, visit www.local14.org

A detailed prospectus may be found on www.Zapplication.org where you can also begin the application process. The Zapplication website also provides a very useful Help Center that will guide you through image preparation and the application process.

Jury applications will be accepted from January 5 to March 16, 2015.

Portland Open Studios:  Call to Artists

Deadline for Submission:  March 15, 2015
Tour Dates:  October 10-11 &17-18, 2015
Application Information:  www.portlandopenstudios.com
Contact:  publicrelations@portlandopenstudios.com

What is Portland Open Studios?

The annual Portland Open Studios tour is a unique opportunity for you to open your studio to the public and educate visitors about your creative methods and materials, inspiration and enjoyment.  As a member, you will meet other artists, have access to quality publicity and dialogue, and sell your work.

Open to all visual media, excluding film. Artists are chosen by a jury of three art professionals.

Applications are due by March 15, 2015. Applicant submissions before March 8, 2015 receive a discounted jury fee of $25. After March 8, the jury fee is $35. The participation fee is $150 plus 8 hours of volunteer service. Participants may opt out of volunteering for an additional $175. 

Artists are required to open their studio and demonstrate their working methods on both weekends.

Open to residents of Clackamas County, Multnomah County, and Washington County.

Kimberly Gales Scholarship Artists 20–30 years of age are encouraged to apply for the Kimberly Gales Scholarship to Portland Open Studios. Recipient will have all fees waived, and will receive a $100 stipend. See the website for details.

Visit the Portland Open Studios website to learn more about member artist benefits.

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 JLVanWyhe@gmail.com 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!  

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.