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Big Easy Intergalactic Bead Festival
New Orleans, LA
August 9-10, 2003

10AM - 5PM Saturday, August 9 and Sunday, August 10
VFW Post 6640 - 3314 Richland Ave., Metairie, LA From I-10 Exit 225 east on
Veterans Memorial Blvd. then north on Richland Ave. or Exit 228 north on N
Causeway Blvd. west on Veterans Memorial Blvd. then north on Richland Ave.
Follow signs.

Twenty-nine vendors from fourteen 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


PRESS RELEASE FOR BIG EASY INTERGALACTIC BEAD FESTIVAL

New Orleans, LA The Big Easy Intergalactic Bead Festival will take place
10AM-5PM Saturday, August 9 and Sunday, August 10. Twenty-nine vendors from
fourteen states will show and sell their wares of ancient to modern beads,
bead books, beading supplies, and finished beads, at the VFW Post 6640 -
3314 Richland Ave., Metairie, LA From I-10 Exit 225 east on Veterans
Memorial Blvd. then north on Richland Ave. or Exit 228 north on N Causeway
Blvd. west on Veterans Memorial Blvd. then north on Richland Ave. An
interesting mix of history and art, this bead extravaganza will feature over
seventy-five 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 Big Easy
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 local bead artists and shops as
listed below.
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. Timothy
Holahan, of 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, NC.
Jon Kubricht of Da Beads of Galesburg, IL will showcase an extensive
selection of imported beads this weekend. His collection of sterling silver,
Czech glass, Swarovski crystal, copper and pewter beads hail from India,
Thailand, Indonesia, Greece, and the Czech Republic. Some of the more
unusual and rare pieces have been featured in "Ornaments Magazine" and other
publications. Kubricht attributes the present popularity of beads to a
current trend in "do it yourself" jewelry. According to him, finding the
components and making your own jewelry gives you a sense of accomplishment,
can save you money, and allows you to create a piece exactly the way you
want it.
Glass lampwork bead artist Bob Rubanowice, Rubanowice's Glass Owl
Studio, Tallahassee, FL, has been working with glass in its many dimensions
for over thirty years. Not limited to just one medium, Rubanowice layers
vibrant colors to transform stained glass, lampworked beads, fused glass,
and quilts into the multi-dimensional landscape, seascape, and aquarium
scenes he is most noted for. Each medium produces unique textures and
results, and his talent for layering and blending color lends itself
beautifully to the glass lampworked beads he will be displaying this weekend
at the festival. He creates "clear-cased beads" by building up intricate
layers of colored glass and coating them with clear glass, thus magnifying
the image within. Intended to be the focal point in a handcrafted piece of
jewelry, Bob's award-winning beads can take over an hour in torch time alone
to create.
Bead shows are a family affair for Lisa and Tony Blackwell of Zoa Art,
Tryon, NC. Although the Blackwells have been making and selling their beads
and jewelry for less than two years, their fresh style and organic inspired
merchandise already has a following. Tony is the glass beadmaker in the
family, working with Italian Moretti glass in a nature-inspired palette of
hues. His color combinations are a unique blend of blues and reds with
neutrals, and he often adds silver foil to create a subtle sparkle and depth
to the beads. Lisa is a self-taught silversmith. She adds her touch to
Tony's beads by wire wrapping them into pendants, adding hand riveted silver
caps, or fashioning them into custom bracelets and necklaces. Lisa also
enhances her jewelry with glazed and unglazed clay beads, handmade silver
chains, and Precious Metal Clay beads and embellishments. Ashleigh, the
Blackwell's daughter, gets involved in the family business by creating
beaded hemp bracelets that are a beautiful compliment to the other pieces.
The artists in the Blackwell family blend their individual styles into beads
and jewelry that are an amazing combination of natural colors, textures, and
inspiration.
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 bracelets, pendants, necklaces, and
earrings. The various artists, vendors, and collectors brought together by
The Big Easy Intergalactic Bead Festival will be bringing New Orleans the
best selection of beads in the galaxy. Let the creativity begin!
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"IF IT IS GOOD FOR BEADS, IT IS GOOD FOR THE UNIVERSE"
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.
CHRISTOPHER ENGLAND
INTERGALACTIC BEAD SHOWS
44 TUSCULUM HEIGHTS DR STE B
GREENEVILLE, TN 37745






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