Apr
26
6:30 pm18:30

April 26 General Meeting

Denise Hollar-Hambrook

Denise Hollar-Hambrook is a self-taught artist and sculptor from Washington with 25 years of experience. She has participated in numerous Western & Native American Art Shows and Art Auctions generating international sales and awards. Denise uses a wide range of media as she creates one-of-a kind sculptures, oil paintings, hand painted Elk and Buffalo rawhide drums, cedar-carved reliefs, and beadwork in the style of the Plains Indian...all geared toward avid Art Collectors who demand authenticity. Her specialty includes hand-painted Buffalo robes and Buffalo Skulls with authentic Sioux designs. One-of-a-kind sculptures with leather ceremonial regalia with miniature beadwork  is created using rare size 16, 18, and 24 Italian and Czechoslovakian miniature glass seed beads. Denise has an intensely-driven curiosity and eager desire as an artist to experiment with all phases of art. She continues to expand her knowledge and gain expertise in the work she creates, never limiting herself to one style or medium. Her preference for extreme fine intricate detail and realism, can be seen in each piece of art she creates. Original one-of-a-kind art work that has been created by Denise is displayed in private art collections from the Pacific Northwest to the Southwest. Denise donated a sculpture of Sacagewea to The SWIFT Art Auction which made grant money available to benefit the community and local businesses. The piece was purchased by the Cowlitz Indian Tribe 500 Million Casino project for $4000.00 and will be on display upon its opening.

Early-Bird Beading:  5:00pm to 6:15pm

The meeting will be held at the Multnomah Arts Center (7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219).

Mar
22
6:30 pm18:30

March 22 General Meeting - Alice Scherer

Scandinavian Beads and Beadwork explores the folk dress of Scandinavia and the use of beadwork on costumes from Norway, Sweden, Greenland, and Denmark. She’ll begin with a look at beads found in Scandinavian archaeological sites from Bronze Age, Roman Empire, and Viking eras and how those beads were made. Fascinating Viking burial practices will be explored. Various forms of Scandinavian folkwear will be shown with how the beadwork relates to Scandinavian cultural practices and will describe how several of the techniques are worked. “Scandinavian Beads and Beadwork” was originally given before the Sons of Norway Grieg Lodge in February 2016 during its annual High Coffee event and has been expanded for the Portland Bead Society.

Alice Scherer is the Founder of the Center for the Study of Beadwork, established in 1989 in Portland, Oregon and is currently the Secretary/Treasurer for the Society of Bead Researchers. She last spoke before the Portland Bead Society in 2015, on the research she’s been doing into 19th century woven beadwork traditions of Northwest Indians. After the talk, she’ll offer for sale several publications from the Society of Bead Researchers’ back list that illustrate beads of the period in her talk and offer people the opportunity to join the Society.

Early-Bird Beading:  5:00pm to 6:15pm

The meeting will be held at the Multnomah Arts Center (7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219).

Jan
26
6:30 pm18:30

JANUARY 26 GENERAL MEETING - David V. Horste

DVHDESIGNS LAPIDARY ARTS:  FOUR DECADES IN GEOLOGICAL TIME

“You want to know the difference between a master and a beginner? The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried.”  ~UNKNOWN

 Learning to cut and polish stones takes patience.  Getting good at it takes a years.  Discovering oneself as a lapidary artist takes decades.  In this presentation David V. Horste will take us on a visual and storytelling journey through his 40 years of making jewelry and being a full-time lapidary.  David still has an extensive representative collection of pieces he's made over the decades along with archival images of highlights throughout his career.  From his earliest creations in the mid 1970's through his years as a silversmith in Michigan, and into his current creations, David's presentation will showcase the evolution of his work from boyhood hobby into his current life as an internationally recognized lapidary artist.  Entertaining tales of how he came to be a "muse" to jewelry and bead artists around the world are guaranteed!

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 scrap glass and pottery.  David started cutting stones in 1976 at age 10.  He has been a full time lapidary artist since 1992 with a specialty in larger, one of a kind, centerpiece and focal beads, along with unique, free-form cabochons.  You can see more of his work and find his online shops through his website, www.dvhdesigns.com

Early-Bird Beading:  5:00pm to 6:15pm

The meeting will be held at the Multnomah Arts Center (7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219).

Dec
30
Feb 26

Bead Dreams 2016 - sponsored by Bead & Button Show

BeadDreams

Each year, the Bead&Button Show sponsors BeadDreams, a juried competition of exceptional bead artistry from around the world. 

Ribbons are currently awarded in ten categories. The accepted pieces are displayed in our gallery area at the Bead&Button Show.

The outstanding piece among category winners receives a Best in Show trophy and a $1,000 gift certificate fromFire Mountain Gems and Beads. 

The deadline for 2016 BeadDreams is February 26, 2016.

For more information, click here...

Dec
30
Mar 24

"Beadwork" Opportunity for Artists - sponsored by BeadWork magazine

We are now accepting submissions for Winter 2016-17 Quick + Easy Beadwork, a special issue from the editors of Beadwork magazine.

What we are looking for:
We are looking for wearable, everyday pieces of jewelry that you can make in a few hours (or, at the most, in a day)—beadwoven necklace, bracelet, and earring designs that incorporate peyote, right-angle weave, herringbone, brick, and/or square stitches (to name a few). These beadweaving techniques can also be combined with stringing (using beading wire and crimp tubes) and simple wireworking (jump rings, simple loops, wrapped loops). Ideal submissions will appeal to those new to seed beading or to experienced beaders looking for a quick project.

Click here for a full description

Oct
27
6:30 pm18:30

October 27 General Meeting - Melanie Potter

Melanie Potter is an artist/designer teaching unique off-loom seed bead jewelry designs. She is to be aMaster Teacher at the Bead and Button Show 2016.Melanie is also a graphic artist and she professionally illustrates and lays out all her instructions. She was named Designer of the Year 2010 for Beadwork magazine. She also presents Beads on the Vine, a yearly beading experience offered on the California central coast See more about Melanie at www.melaniepotter.com. Her talk will be about the habits she uses in creating symmetry between the demands of creating new design work with her beads while devoting time to her family and friends. She will emphasis her commitment to “meat and potatoes” activities such as exercise and the invaluable habit of cultivating “margin” in her schedule for spontaneous moments. Join Melanie in this presentation that is relevant to cultivating creativity that feels natural to you.

Early-Bird Beading:  5:00pm to 6:15pm

Location:  Multnomah Arts Center (7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 

Sep
22
6:30 pm18:30

September 22 General Meeting - Dewayne & Alise Lundmark

DeWayne Lundmark is a transplant from Connecticut who has lived in Oregon for about 25 years. He is a remodeling contractor by trade and also owns a business with his wife, Alise called The 3rd Rock, where they sell mineral and fossil specimens from all over the world and crack geodes from different localities. They live in the foothills of the coast range in Gaston, Oregon, where they have a small farm and raise chickens and turkeys. They also have three German Shepherds, five cats and rescue exotic birds that need homes, currently caring for 18 parrots.

The talk will be on Geodes: their formation and a little bit about differences between geodes and thundereggs. He will talk about where they are found and some of the mineral formations that are found inside geodes. There will be a variety of opened geodes to view as well as a variety of unopened geodes that members may purchase and open themselves with the infamous geode cracker!

Early-Bird Beading:  5:00pm to 6:15pm

Location:  Multnomah Arts Center (7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 

Apr
28
6:30 pm18:30

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 MagazineOrnament,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.

Mar
24
6:30 pm18:30

March 24 General Meeting - Teresa Sullivan

LIONS AND TIGERS AND BEADS, OH MY!

Teresa Sullivan is an artist who creates sculpture, jewelry, and sculptural jewelry with beads and found materials.  Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.  Last summer, she accompanied legendary artist Joyce J. Scott on a trip to Cape Town, Durban, and the Midlands in South Africa to work with and teach sculptural beadweaving techniques to artist groups.  Along with 5 other renowned artists in several media, including dance, fine art, and woodworking, she and her fellow artists made an incredible voyage of discovery --including a safari-- and learned at least as much as they imparted to others.  Teresa will have books to sell from Monkeybiz, the Cape Town artist group.  Additionally, is is possible a shipment of other books and a poster from the Phansi Museum will also arrive in time for her presentation. 

Early-Bird Beading:  5:00pm to 6:15pm

Location:  Multnomah Arts Center (7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219)

Jan
31
12:00 am00:00

Application Deadline for 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.

Jan
27
6:30 pm18:30

General Meeting (January 27)

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.

Jan
1
Feb 28

Traveling Library Display - Hillsboro Library

  • Traveling Library Display - Hillsboro

Fairy tales, nursery rhymes and children’s stories inspired this 5th traveling display of PBS member beadwork.  The collection showcases beautiful examples of many off-loom beading stitches and loomwork.  

The display will be at the Hillsdale Library from January through February, 2015.

Jan
1
12:00 am00:00

Membership Dues Increase to $30.00

TO ALL PBS MEMBERS!

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

Nov
1
Nov 30

Traveling Library Display - Vancouver Three Creeks Library

  • Traveling Library Display - Three Creeks

Fairy tales, nursery rhymes and children’s stories inspired this 5th traveling display of PBS member beadwork.  The collection showcases beautiful examples of many off-loom beading stitches and loomwork.  

The display will be at the Hillsdale Library through the month of November, 2014.

Oct
21
6:30 pm18:30

General Meeting (October 21)

Richard Paille - Opals & Australian Opal Mining

Learn about the various kinds of opals found in the US and around the world. Watch excerpts from my opal documentary “Fire Down Under, The Hunt for the Australian Opal”. I’ll explain how opals are mined, describe how they are valued and show examples of my 18kt opal jewelry. A multimedia presentation to showcase October’s birthstone….a favorite gem of mine and the only gem that is able to display all the colors of the rainbow!

The meeting will be held at the Multnomah Arts Center.

Oct
1
Oct 31

Traveling Library Display - Tigard Library

  • Traveling Library Display - Tigard

Fairy tales, nursery rhymes and children’s stories inspired this 5th traveling display of PBS member beadwork.  The collection showcases beautiful examples of many off-loom beading stitches and loomwork.  

The display will be at the Hillsdale Library through the month of October, 2014.

Sep
23
6:30 pm18:30

General Meeting (September 23)

  • General Meeting (9/23/2014)

Jayashree Paramesh

"My Approach to Design: How my cultural heritage, background in apparel design and love for the arts influence and inspire my beaded jewelry".

 

The meeting will be held in the Multnomah Art Center Auditorium.

Sep
1
Sep 30

Traveling Library Display - Wilsonville Library

  • Traveling Library Display - Wilsonville

Fairy tales, nursery rhymes and children’s stories inspired this 5th traveling display of PBS member beadwork.  The collection showcases beautiful examples of many off-loom beading stitches and loomwork.  

The display will be at the Hillsdale Library through the month of September, 2014.