We welcomed Sarah Thompson, a wire artist known for her wire weaving designs.  Being self-taught she is always exploring and finding new ways to work and layer the wire to create complicated designs that are reminiscent of the look of metalsmithing without the solder.  Everything is sewn together using fine-gauged wire.  This process creates a beautiful, sculptural, flowing style.  She has been working with wire exclusively since 2009, started teaching in 2010, and began her journey as a national instructor in 2015.  Her Thistle design won the Best in Show in the 2014 Bead Dreams contest.  The following year, her first book came out “Fine Art Wire Weaving”.  She has a Craftsy video “Wire Woven Bracelets: Basics and Beyond”, has written several articles for Step by Step Wire magazine, and is currently working on a second book.  She lives in Spokane, Washington with her 5 kids and a wonderful, supportive husband.


Changing things around!

Join us in the Dance Studio of Multnomah Arts Center on March 27th for our General meeting.

This time bring your UFO’s (Unfinished objects) or your PC’s (Problem Child). Our members are teeming with expertise, they are ready to help all. Here is the time and the resources to solve problems, find inspiration and ask questions.


Remember to bring your finished piece to the March 27th General Meeting. Voting on all entries will happen that night. You will need to include a written/typed artist statement. All criteria is in the Feb. Newsletter and on the website.


Last year’s panel was such a success that I was encouraged to organize another panel discussion for our General meeting. Come prepared to chat up an expert on
February 27. Our discussion topic is Marketing Your Art.

Have you wondered how to even start selling your wonderful pieces of art? Now you can learn the different venues and channels that are available to you. It really doesn’t matter if you have finished pieces or want to sell components or something totally different. Learning what avenues are available to you might help you take that first step. Or it might help you strength your current process.

We will show the ins and outs of doing a Member Co-Op table at the Gathering of the Guilds and Bead Bazaar this year. Plus a few other events we are developing for Co-op opportunities.

Don’t want to go to a show? Need to stay close to home? How about learning to run a successful online business? Tips and tricks to rise above the average online shop. Using many platforms like Facebook, Etsy, or Ebay, Big Cartel, Deviant Art, just to name a few.

Ready to take the next step to being a vendor at a large Art Show or Exhibit your pieces in a Gallery? We will open the door to that world as well.

Our panel speakers are still being scheduled but we do know Nancy Gant of Simply Beadwork will share her expertise and experience with Online Auction sites as well as Vendor Show tips.

Toni McCarthy will share with us her published article “So You Want To Sell Your Jewelry”

Elise Strauss is ready to chat about her online business and how to improve on what you’ve got.

Bring our questions and ideas. Be ready for some inspiration and energy.


It’s Birthday Time

Come to the February General Meeting and get yourself a piece of the cake and you might even get the Present!

PBS turns 30 years old this month and we are celebrating in a fun fashion.  We have a fun Raffle game with a very nice prize.    Mary will refrain from pulling out the Musical Chairs & Pin the Tail on the Donkey games.


Judy Walker will describe how she became a bead artist, won major contests, wrote and self-published a book.

Her book, “The Beaded Sphere and Variations” offers outstanding inspiration. She has also designeda great loom that eliminates the need to weave in warp threads.

She has taught at Bead Expo in Santa Fe and the Bead and Button Show in Milwaukee. Her work has appeared in numerous competitions and magazines. Judy lives in Aumsville, Oregon, where her husband Richard provides encouragement and support, and her many cats create havoc and chaos as she beads.

In this presentation, Judy promises some bad jokes and pictures of many fine cats as along with many pictures of beadwork. Judy especially looks forward to seeing what beads you will be wearing!


The OCTOBER meeting wAS held at the Multnomah Arts Center (7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219)

We will be welcoming Judie Mountain and Wayne Robbins.

Presented by Wayne Robbins and Judie Mountain

On October 24th, jewelry designer and metal Clay artist Judie Mountain and glass artist, Wayne Robbins will be sharing their journey in the art jewelry world. The subject of this presentation will be on the Collaborative Dance which occurs when two or more artist combine their talent and skill to create spectacular collaborative works of art. There will be a slideshow and talk as well as a handout listing the artists shown in the presentation. Some of the collaborative pieces will be on exhibit as well as some of Judie and Wayne's components and finished jewelry. This will be a fun evening with great stories and wonderful eye candy. 

Judie Mountain has been a working artist for over 40 years and has been a leatherworker, stained glass artist, clothing designer, and for the past 25 years, a jewelry designer-artist. Judie is currently adding bronze metal clay to her every expanding artist repertoire. It's a wonderful material that allows you to sculpt, carve, and texture pieces that are then dried, fired in a kiln and after firing becomes pure solid bronze. 

Wayne Robbins is an amazing glass artist specializing in fine detail lampwork pieces. He creates beads, sculptures, and wonderful objects of art. His style varies between whimsical and realistic and is always awesome to behold! 

Together they design and create one of a kind jewelry, sculpture, and decorative. They work in glass, metal, semi-precious stones and associated other materials.


The SEPTEMBER meeting wAS held at the Multnomah Arts Center (7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219)

Fantastic Beads & Where To Find Them

A Celebration of Alaskan Bead Artists with Elise Strauss

 Alaska is a place of vibrant extremes; from 24-hour daylight to 24-hour darkness.   Such a land requires tales to be told, with dark nights spent in design of dreams and long summer days chasing desires.  From this land of wilderness comes breathtaking handmade beads and indescribable beadwork . 

 Please come to the September meeting as Elise Strauss introduces you to some of Alaska’s finest seed bead and lampwork artists.   Whether it’s a necklace made of razor blades and bullets, to a baby belt by a traditional Alaska Native Artist , to lampwork designs inspired by the rhythms of Alaska, Elise’s presentation will have you smiling with delight and mooning in awe. 

Elise lived in Anchorage, Alaska, for 45 years before moving to Salem, Oregon, in the Fall of 2015.  She has been a lampworker for almost 20 years, and is one of the founding members of the Alaska Bead Society, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary.  She was the Program Developer for the Bead Arts Gala, the Alaska Bead Society’s annual art show.    Elise has taken lampwork classes and taught in Alaska and the Lower 48.  She traveled to Italy in 2012 to take a class from Lucio Bubacco.   She is delighted to be living in Oregon, where the new flora and fauna is inspiring many new creations in her studio. 


The JUNE meeting wAS held at the Multnomah Arts Center (7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219)

We had our annual potluck and chair sale.

Please bring a dish or platter of yummy food and a serving utensil. PBS will provide drinks.

For our annual “chair” sale, vendors are asked to sell their wares on a chair or TV tray or card table no larger than 3 ft X 3 ft. Vendors must provide their own table, but may use MAC chairs. Space is limited to 1 chair OR table per member. The round tables provided by MAC are reserved for potluck-ing.

Bring your current beading project along and sit and bead and eat and chat and purchase great deals from our “chair sale”.