Mingei Museum Tour!

The Bead Society made a field trip to the Mingei Museum in Balboa Park in May. We met up with the San Diego Bead Society.  They had a very interesting speaker, Tracy Stanley from Seattle talking about “My Journey . . . From Seed Beads to Wire and Metal, and then to Author . . . Oh My!Continue reading Mingei Museum Tour!

Book Thing Bead Society Library!

We finally set up a library on a website called Library Thing. We are slowly adding books to the collection. Kay will bring about five books to each meeting that members can check out and bring back the following month. Continue reading Book Thing Bead Society Library!

Folk Art Museum co-founder, Frank Wyle, passed away

Craft & Folk Art Museum co-founder, Frank Wyle, passed away
Frank Wyle, aerospace innovator and L.A. museum benefactor, dies at 97 – L.A. Times, 9/16/16
“Actor, Noah Wyle’s paternal grandparents, Edith & Frank Wyle, founded the Los Angeles Craft and Folk Art Museum, and his grandfather also founded Wyle Labratories.”

Welcome to the New Year!

Our Bead Society is one of those organizations that have a fiscal year that starts in July. We also tend not to meet in the summer, so September is our first meeting for the New Year (2016-2017).

On September 7th, Wednesday we will host a Problem Solving workshop at the Veterans Memorial Building in the Rotunda Room. Attendees are asked to bring in projects in progress that pose problems that are in need of creative solutions! For those seeking feedback and advice this will be the workshop for you. We will all help each other in arriving at an emotionally and aesthetically pleasing finished piece. Continue reading Welcome to the New Year!

Upcoming Events For Beaders!

As an artist I usually check out a venue before I become a vendor unless someone recommends it. But as you know there are no guarantees that the next one will be a hit! But it gives you an opportunity to talk to other artists, even make a few friends. So here are some upcoming events you may check out or have enough time to apply.

7/22-7/26 LA Gift Show-LA Convention. This is for retailers but if you have two forms of business ID (Letterhead, business card, business checks, retail license or business license) you can attend. Since I incorporate one-of-a-kind items in my jewelry, I will certainly find them there.

7/28-7/30 Bead and Design Show– Hilton Pasadena

7/30-7/31 Malibu Art Festival, Malibu Civic Center

8/6-8/7 San Diego Bead Bazaar, Scottish Rite Center, San Diego

8/10-8/26 California Open Exposition– Bergamont Station, Santa Monica

8/14 Hillcrest City Festival, San Diego, Uptown District of Hillcrest

8/14 Carlsbad Arts In The Village-State & Grand Streets, Carlsbad

8/19-8/21 Gem Faire, Scottish Rite Center, San Diego

8/26-8/28 Gem Faire, Costa Mesa

8/26-8/28 Fiesta La Ballona, Veterans Park Culver City

9/25 Abbott Kinney Festival, Abbott Kinney Blvd, Venice

9/30-10/2 Harvest Festival, Ventura County Fairgrounds

10/7-10/9 Pasadena Festival of the Arts

10/8-10/9 Fall Art Show, Moorpark, Studio City

10/30 The Bead Society Bazaar, Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Culver City

11/11-11/13 Contemporary Craft Market, Pasadena Convention Center

11/12-11/13 American Indian Arts Marketplace at the Autry, Autry at Griffith Park

11/12-11/13 Jackalope Arts & Craft Fair, Pasadena Central Park (2nd round of juried application deadline Aug 26)

See our ongoing Bead Events page for lists of bazaars, fairs, art shows, etc.!

By Sylvia Humphrey

Westside LA Workshops

The Bead Society is hosting workshops at the Veterans Memorial Building, same place where we hold our Bazaars. The address is 4117 Overland Blvd, Culver City 90230. The following is information about these workshops. Please contact the instructors for more information.



Learn how to make double sided circular peyote stitch, with SuperDuo & Czech fire polished beads
Saturday September 10, 2016   11am-2pm    Room A
$35 member /$45 non-member + $25 for materials
Contact: Mary Yaeger   maryyaeger@gmail.com

BEAD WEAVING-Rivoli & SuperDuo Pendant
Make a SuperDuo Beaded pendant, a rivoli, pearls, crystals & seed beads
Saturday September 17, 2016   10am -3pm    Room 2
$50 members/$60 non-members
Contact: Janice Metz   janicemtz@yahoo.com


THE ART OF BODY BEADS (Designing Creative Full Body Necklace)
Learn advance skill techniques for designing creative full cross body necklace
Saturday October 8, 2016   10am- 2pm    Room A  $42
Contact: Barbara Roper    barope1012@aol.com

Learn to weave a beautiful pattern into a bracelet, stones may be included
Saturday October 22, 2016 12pm-4pm     Room 2
$60 member/$70 non-members + $50 for Kits
Contact: Rose Klapman    rgktcher@yahoo.com