2017 PBS Traveling Library Display

“The Animal Within”

From bears to butterflies and mythical dragons, too, the animal within has become visible in beads.  The 2017 PBS Traveling Library Display features 13 pieces inspired by a favorite animal, totem, symbol or a beast created in the mind. 

This is recent beadwork by PBS members Kim Baird, Karen Bettin, Marilyn Grock, Andrea Hanmann, Pamela Jensen, Juanita Garnow Olson, Maxi Starr, Linda C. Olsen,  Carol Perrenoud, Teresa Shelton, Merle Sherman, Janis L. VanWyhe, and Cynthia Talbott-Nelson.  

Most of the artists brought their animal to life using either the peyote stitch or bead embroidery.  Seeing all of the pieces together demonstrates the versatility of these bead stitches.      

The display will be on view from July 2017 through February 2018 in the Portland – Vancouver metropolitan area.  

  • February                             Wilsonville

Karen Bettin, Coordinator PBS Traveling Library Display

2016 PBS Traveling Library DISPLAY

Theme - Wassily Kandinsky's painting "Blue Segment", 1921

The beadwork in the 2016 show highlights the creativity which emerges when a challenge stretches  some artists and liberates others.   The theme of the display is wearable beadwork inspired by Wassily Kandinsky’s “Blue Segment”, 1921.  Whether inspired by his shapes and colors, the music which came to mind when looking at the painting or the feelings evoked, a delightful collection of beadwork emerged.  From representational pieces to new abstract creations, you will enjoy a bead adorned hat, different styles of bracelets, a wide range of necklace designs, a ring and even a fascinator.   

We are happy to include 12 pieces in this show.  Thanks to the following bead artists for participating in the display:  Kim Baird, Karen Bettin, Susan Borts, Pamela Jensen, L. Kasey Klaus, Carol Perrenoud, Rose Rushbrooke, Teresa Shelton, Karmen Schmidt, Merle Sherman, Maxi Starr and Janis VanWyhe. 


The theme is "It's A Northwest Thing"


The challenge was to "Bead a Fairy Tale"

2013 PBS Traveling Library Display

Theme:  Non-Traditionally beaded necklaces

The challenge posed to PBS artists was to create a necklace using materials or techniques they do not ordinarily use.

2012 PBS Traveling Library Display

 Theme:  "Bead A Bird"