April 28 General Meeting --
Alice Scherer

Alice Scherer is the Founder of the Center for the Study of Beadwork, established in 1989 in Portland, Oregon to promote the field of contemporary beadwork.  The organization now serves primarily as a base for her independent research in indigenous beading traditions worldwide. She is also currently the Secretary/Treasurer for the Society of Bead Researchers, an international organization devoted to gathering and disseminating bead and beadwork research through its publications The Bead Forum and Beads: Journal of the Society of Bead Researchers. She is also co-author of the seminal book The New Beadwork, which established the “beadwork as an art form” movement in 1992 and has written numerous articles on beadwork for Threads Magazine, Ornament, Fiberarts, and Beadwork Magazine. Additionally she has curated or juried several exhibitions of beads and beadwork around the United States, including the 1986-1989 groundbreaking show The Bead Goes On, a two-and-a-half-year traveling exhibition which was the first serious effort to cover the work of contemporary beadworkers, initiated and managed by Visual Arts Resources at the University of Oregon in Eugene.

From Basket Making to Beadworking  showcases the woven beadwork of indigenous peoples of the greater Pacific Northwest from northern California through Oregon and Washington and into British Columbia and Alaska during the 19th and early 20th centuries. It describes the evolution from very early basketry-derived techniques to the point when Western-introduced beading looms and frames and easier, more design-flexible bead embroidery became the dominant forms of beadwork expression throughout much of the region. From Basket Making to Beadworking places Northwest indigenous beadwork in the context of beadwork worldwide during the 19th century and discusses the importation of beads into the region both during the British and American fur trading eras (1808 to c 1860) and the several-decades-long flood of American pioneers which followed relatively soon thereafter (1842 through about 1890). Each era had its stylistic effect on the native work of the times, as did the types of beads which flowed in. Beadwork from Northeastern Indians came in with the fur trappers and traders, the inspiration of which style of working was later subordinated to designs/methods imported via women pioneers and especially ladies magazines of the day, with further inspiration by printed designs on fabrics and wallpapers, as well as advertising images in newspapers and magazines, as the 19th century drew to a close and our hectic 20th century began.

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.

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!

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