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Old November 20th 03, 07:45 PM
Phineas T Beadd Director National Bead Society
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Smoky Mountain States Intergalactic Bead Festival
Asheville, NC
November 22-23, 2003

10AM - 5PM Saturday, November 22 and Sunday, November 23
NC National Guard Armory - Asheville, NC From I-240 Exit 1B north on Brevard
Rd. From I-40 Exit 47 north on Brevard Rd. Follow signs.

Over thirty-six vendors from twelve states with an extraordinary display of
ancient, antique, vintage, and modern handmade beads for sale. Also,
beadmaking demonstrations, identification and appraisals. Admission: $8.00
Saturday $5.00 Sunday BRING THIS LISTING FOR $1 OFF ADMISSION - 12 years old
and under free
For Festival Information, 888-729-6904, www.beadshows.com

If I can provide additional information or answer any questions please do
not hesitate to contact me at the below address.


Christopher England

Intergalactic Bead Shows

44 Tusculum Heights Dr Ste B

Greeneville, TN 37745

(888) 729-6904

(423) 638-1651 FAX



Asheville, NC The Smoky Mountain States Intergalactic Bead Festival will
take place 10AM-5PM Saturday, November 22 and Sunday, November 23.
Thirty-six vendors from twelve states will show and sell their wares of
ancient to modern beads, bead books, beading supplies, and finished beads,
at the NC National Guard Armory - Asheville, NC. From I-240 Exit 1B north on
Brevard Rd. From I-40 Exit 47 north on Brevard Rd. Follow signs. An
interesting mix of history and art, this bead extravaganza will feature over
one hundred tables representing the country's finest bead vendors.
The fascination with beads is not a new one. People have been admiring,
wearing, and praying with beads for over forty thousand years. According to
Christopher England, the man behind Intergalactic Bead Shows, "Beads are not
a passing fancy. In fact, in the many years we have been hosting bead shows,
beads have only grown in popularity." When asked why he thought that was,
England's reply was noncommittal. "Perhaps it is because of the satisfaction
that comes from applying time and concentration to a small vial of beads to
create a three-dimensional piece of jewelry or sculpture. Or, it could be
the instant gratification found by stringing a collection of beads into
something unique that you can wear that evening. Maybe it is the inspiration
one gets from seeing other people's creativity come alive. Or, as one who
has attended an Intergalactic Bead Show can tell you, it may simply be the
experience of seeing so many colors, textures, and patterns together in one
arena that lends itself to the bead frenzy. Attending our shows is like
entering a room full of potential." Indeed, this weekend's Smoky Mountain
States Intergalactic Bead Festival will be the premier place to harness the
potential of antique and modern beads of every size, description, and
material. The festival will also feature many local bead artists and shops,
some of who are listed below.
Local bead shops Chevron Trading Post & Bead Co, owner Deborah Coule,
32 Lexington Ave. and Beads and Beyond, owner, Barry Olen, 19 Wall St, will
serve as welcome centers for visitors to the two-day event. Both will
showcase expanded facilities and will offer visitors helpful insights into
their products and services. These establishments are a wonderful source of
advice on local attractions, and they are always happy to provide answers to
attendee's beading questions. Both stores are filled with beads, beading
tools, crafting equipment, supplies, and of course, advice and guidance on
how to make your beading project unique, beautiful, and well constructed.
What a treat it will be for festival attendees to be able to rub elbows
with two of the National Bead Society's Glass
Beadmakers of the Year - They are as follows: Local glass beadmaker and 2002
honorary Patti Cahill, Dyed In The Fire Designs of Mars Hill, NC; and the
just announced honorary for 2004, Beth Olson, Olson Glass, Kissimmee, FL.
While each artist has a unique style and method of making her beads, the
basic underlying technique and age-old tradition of their craft remains the
same. Cahill specializes in vividly colored and precisely patterned dot
beads, while Olson has perfected the amazing technique of glass sculpture
and creature beads. Each of these women has made a name for her self in the
glass beadmaking world. The National Bead Society is proud to support and
honor their contributions to the craft.
In the world of glass lampwork beadmaking, artists often express their
individuality by developing a signature style. The result is a collection of
beads that is an identifiable, unique representation of their art. Local
glass artist Timothy Holahan, Holahan Glass, Arden, NC creates glass beads
with a visual texture that resembles a snake or lizard skin. Holahan begins
his beads by swirling one or two colors of glass with black glass and then
he adds either raised or inlaid dots to finish the design. His seemingly
simple use of color allows him to create striking beads that work as well
grouped together as they do paired with other beads. A graduate of the Tyler
School of Art at Temple University, Holahan started blowing glass in 1991
and his work has been featured at numerous galleries in Asheville. He
initially added beads to his glass repertoire because they are a less
physical art form that requires only one person to produce. Holahan can be
seen blowing glass at "The Crucible Gallery" in downtown Asheville.
Offering handmade Nepalese silversmith beads, crafts, and jewelry, Jeri
Gerard and husband Wayne Hall, A World of Good, Takoma Park, MD, originally
intended to import goods as a means to cover the cost of Jeri's travels.
Once started, however, the idea was so intriguing and the demand was so high
that it quickly grew into what is now their full-time family business. Jeri
does the majority of the travel, mostly to Nepal but also to Tibet, while
Wayne acts as the representative to the many domestic shops and businesses
that A World of Good distributes to. As importers doing business in
developing countries, Jeri and Wayne are mindful of the benefits and hazards
of the trade. By knowing many of the artists personally, they are able to
ensure the quality of the merchandise and the conditions under which the
items are produced. What sets them apart from other importers is their
integral respect for the spiritual and cultural aspects of the artisans and
their goods. To Wayne, it is as important to relay the symbolism and history
of a piece to the customer, as it is to describe its beauty. A World of Good
is currently working on setting up tours to Nepal and Tibet as a part of
their yearly forays.
Visitors to this weekend's festival are sure to find something to
delight them from the beads ranging from historical to modern, handcrafted
to mass produced, natural materials to the newest in synthetic technology.
Along with beads and bead-making supplies there will be numerous finished
pieces to choose from, including beaded wrist and ankle bracelets, pendants,
necklaces, and earrings. The various artists, vendors, and collectors
brought together by The Smoky Mountain States Intergalactic Bead Festival
will be bringing Asheville the best selection of beads in the galaxy. Let
the creativity begin!
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WORLD BEAD DAY September 28, 2003
** The Day To Wear Your Beads ** or join others beaders at an bead event
near you. http://nationalbeadsociety.com/worldbeadday
Visit the pages of the best bead vendors on the Web and the Intergalactic
Bead Shows at http://beadshows.com
SHOW ATTENDEES may contact the below for show newsletter.


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