Bead Retreat

Each year, we produce our annual Bead Retreat at the Tolovana Inn in Cannon Beach, Oregon. Here's a glint of what is offered at the retreat:

  • Classes
  • Vendors
  • A chance to sell our own wares during a special sale
  • Wine and Cheese social
  • Bingo!
  • Great food
  • Socializing
  • Walks on the Beach
  • Margaret M. Scovil Bead Challenge (Retreat will be March 3, 4 & 5, 2017 at Tolovana Inn, Cannon Beach, Oregon)
  • Beading, Beading, and More Beading

To entice you even more - we have photos of fun at the beach from the 2016 Bead Retreat.


2017 Margaret M. Scovil Bead Challenge Theme

"The Animal Within"

Do you have a totem or spirit animal which speaks to you?  Or perhaps you have a special connection with a particular animal or pet?  Is there a creature which takes your breath away as you watch it running free?  Maybe you have an alter ego…Show through your beadwork your own special “animal within”.

  • size limits: must be small enough to fit through a door, and large enough to be easily seen. Please keep the size in mind if you will be exhibiting in the traveling library show which follows the competition.
  • may be 2 or 3 dimensional. Does not need to be wearable.
  • must include AT LEAST 50% beads.
  • must be created between March 2016 and March 2017.
  • must include a typed artist statement or explanation of the inspiration for the entry.
  • only retreat attendees may enter the retreat bead challenge.
  • one entry per attendee.

Prizes: 1st, 2nd, & 3rd places and Honorable Mention
Your piece may be disqualified if the criteria requirements are not met.

Application for the 2017 Bead Retreat. Click here to print out the application.


2016 MARGARET M. SCOVIL BEAD CHALLENGE THEME

"Kandinsky's 'Blue Segment' 1921"

Criteria for project:

  • Entry is to be inspired by the painting “Blue Segment” (color version on PBS website or search online)
  • The piece must be wearable
  • Must be made between March 2015 and March 2016
  • Entry should be composed of at least 50% beads
  • May be two or three dimensional
  • No size limitation-keep the size in mind if you would like it included in the Traveling Library Show.
  • Must include a typed artist statement or explanation of the interpretation/inspiration for the entry
  • Only retreat attendees may enter the Retreat Bead Challenge
  • One entry per attendee

Prizes: 1st, 2nd & 3rd places and Honorable Mention
Your entry may be disqualified if these requirements are ignored


2015 Margaret M. Scovil Bead Challenge Theme

"IT'S A NORTHWEST THING"

This one's open to interpretation and here are the criteria for the project:

  • The piece does not need to be wearable
  • Must be made between March 2014 and March 2015
  • The finished piece may be two- (flat) or three-dimensional
  • The finished piece must be composed of at least 75% beads.
  • Maximum size limitation is 15" in any one direction.
    • NOTE: the ideal size for the library show is approximately 8" height and depth. The library show's theme reflects the retreat challenge theme. If you'd like to make a challenge piece that will also go through the library show, keep this size limit in mind.
  • Only Retreat attendees may enter the Retreat Bead Challenge
  • One entry per attendee

Prizes: 1st, 2nd, & 3rd places and Honorable Mention

Your entry may be disqualified if these requirements are ignored.