The Bead Society of Greater New York

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Bead Society of Greater New York
June 2014 Update

by Marie Michal


On June 20, 2014, the Bead Society of Greater New York opened the most exciting three day event of the year entitled WORLD OFBEADS - Celebrating 25 Years. The John E. Reeves Great Hall at the Fashion Institute of Technology was filled with all manner of creative events and ideas for everyone to enjoy.

Exhibit HonoreesThe main event was the juried exhibition showcasing the talents of its' members. Who knew you could use beads in so many different ways? The intricate work with the tiniest glass seed beads, the sparkle of crystals, the luster of pearls, metal work, clay work and lampworked glass to name a few. he buzz and excitement of all this creativity will long be remembered and talked about by anyone present at the show that loves jewelry or the whole creative process that produces such art.

Congratulations to Cynthia Stern our first prize winner, Dolores Rizzo Tesch, second prize and Marsha Davis, third prize. There were also ten honorable mentions all of which can be viewed with full credit on the BSGNY website at

Many thanks to our two independent judges of the show - Jean Power, internationally acclaimed Beadwork Artist, Writer and Teacher and David Mandel, internationally acclaimed Jewelry Designer.

As an added bonus, there was a display of our fun "China Challenge of 2009" where members had been invited to create a design incorporating at least one piece of broken china. The many variations on this mostly blue theme were definitely fun to view as a whole. We can thank member Milly Valentin for coming up with this creative challenge in 2009. There have been whispers that a new "challenge" may be announced later this year!

WOB ExhibitAt the World of Beads you could also go shopping at several of the exciting vendors present. There was Chico Silver Findings, Inc., Designs in Glass, EMACO Company, Inc., Paula Radke Art Glass, Carole Horn and our own BSGNY Bookstore to help you learn how to create with all the beads you just bought.

For the little ones that came in with an adult, there was our always popular Children's Table. Here they could get engrossed in making up a necklace or bracelet for themselves or their favorite person. There were thousands of beads to choose from and volunteers present if they needed a little help.

To add to the fun, there were hourly raffle drawings so, with a little luck, you could take home a bead related prize of your own. Many thanks to all the members that so willingly donated items to this part of the event.

A really BIG thank you to Carole Horn for her three generous donations of two necklaces and a bracelet that made up our Silent Auction. Her gorgeous pieces made their way into the hearts of three bidders and will no doubt garner many compliments each time they are worn.

To round out the day, not to mention a chance to sit down and rest, you could pull up a chair to one of our beadwork demos or mini-workshops where you had the chance to either get a beading tip from a BSGNY member or take home a pair of earrings that you beaded yourself.

An event of this magnitude takes weeks and many late nights of planning by the Board of Directors. A really big THANK YOU goes out to them and ALL the member volunteers that gave of their time to the World of Beads - Celebrating 25 Years. It wouldn't have happened without their caring and attention to detail that made every aspect a success.

World of Beads