Meetings, Events and Programs

Monthly meetings are held at the Chevy Chase Community Center, Connecticut Ave and McKinley St NW in Washington DC.  Participants are invited for snacks at 7:00 PM.  Programs start at 7:30 PM.  Check the individual program listing for variations on venue and time.  Scheduled meetings and programs are canceled when DC or Montgomery County schools are closed due to inclement weather.

For additional information, program description, venue, time and fees, click on the titles below:

2004
July 8
July 15
AUGUST
No monthly meeting-our traditional Bead Swap will be held on August 29
Aug. 19
Aug. 29
Sept. 16
Sept. 18
October 14
October 16

An Afternoon with Helen Banes

October 21
November 11
November 18
Nov. 13-14

40th Semi-Annual Bead Bazaar at Ramada Exhibition Center New Carrolton, MD

December 9
December 16
April 23-24

41ist Semi-Annual Bead Bazaar at Ramada Exhibition Center New Carrolton, MD

   

 

2004

July 8
Bead Society Monthly Meeting
Kundan, Meena and Khudai: Art of Traditional Goldsmithing in Rajasthan
 
B.D. Soni is a 9-th generation goldsmith from the golden city of Jaisalmer located in the state of Rajasthan, western India. After a short introductory speech by Bead Society member, Christine Brown, Mr. Soni will be demonstrating the ttraditional echniques and tools he employs in making different types of jewelry. The demonstration will focus on: Kundun Rough cut gemstones set with gold foil Meena Enameling Khudai Carving Other techniques such as fine granulation (rawa) and stamping will also be shown. Finished examples of each type of jewelry will be on display. Audience members are encouraged to bring examples of Indian jewelry to show and discuss.
 
Location:    
Chevy Chase Community Center
Time: 7:00 pm
Free

July15
Third Thursday Open House at the Bead Museum

Join BSGW member and artist Lisa Raye Garlock in making wire sculptures to decorate with materials and beads for a display in our corner window. Participants will be acknowledged, and can pick-up their artwork when the display comes down. Supply charge: $3

 
Location:    
Bead Museum
Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm.

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August 19
Third Thursday Late Hours at the Bead Museum

View the video "The Beaded Universe: Strands of Culture," (1998, 26 minutes). "Beads from strands of culture encircling the globe connecting all people." Runs continuously throughout the evening.

 
Location:    
Bead Museum
Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm.
Free

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August 29
BSGW Traditonal Bead Swap

Location:    
at the home of Anita Gumpert
Time: 2:00 - 5:00pm.
Bring a dish or drinks to share, and a selection of beads to swap.

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September 16
Third Thursday Open House at the Bead Museum

View the video "Liza Lou," produced by Diana Freedberg, to see the artist create vignettes and portraits using beads and the help of the community (18 minutes).

 
Location:    
Bead Museum
Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm.
Free

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September 18
Arts on Foot

Family fun activities in conjunction with the neighborhood Arts on Foot festival. Try your hand at making a wire bead sculpture and giant beads, and view the current Naga and Timeline exhibitions.

 
Location:    
Bead Museum
Time: 11:00am - 5:00pm.
Free

 

October 14
Bead Society Monthly Meeting
Tribal Identification through Seedbeads
 
In a slide lecture featuring beaded works from the National Museum of the American Indian, Curator Her Many Horses will explain how technique, pattern and color selection gives precise indication of the wearer's tribal identity.
 
Location:    
Chevy Chase Community Center
Time: 7:00 pm
Free

 

October 16
An Afternoon with Helen Banes

 
BSGW has scheduled a series of exclusive studio tours/salons with individual artists, collectors, designers, scholars, entitled, “An Afternoon with……” These members only/limited participation events offer opportunities to observe seasoned bead enthusiasts in their natural habitat. Prepare for good conversation, an exchange of unique perspectives of the bead realm, and exposure to innovative, refreshing ideas and information.

As the founding President of the BSGW, and founding member of Fiber Works Studio located in the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA, how appropriate that “An Afternoon with Helen Banes” in her contemporary, treasure filled residence and studio is the first on the calendar!

Just a little information about this extraordinary woman!
Born and raised in Chicago, the first evidence of Helen’s ultimate love of beads must have been her mother having to pick stones out of Helen’s pockets daily. Her fascination with pattern and body art traces back to early childhood training as a modern dancer in Chicago in the 1920’s. (She performed modern dance at the Chicago World Fair in 1933.)

Her travels with her husband Danny, a consultant with the World Health Organization and the Pan American Health Organization took her to Europe, the Middle East, Central and South America where she began collecting ancient beads and folk textiles. Her desire to incorporate beads and other artifacts into her modern pieces and her interest in wearable art has led to a life-long fascination with form, texture, and color and to Helen’s recognition of the value of beads in various forms of adornment.

Helen has a Bachelor of Science in Education, and a graduate degree in Art from the University of Maryland. There she studied painting, ceramics, and design and color theory. She has done graduate art studies with additional emphasis on painting and color theory. A course in weaving in 1969 provided the perfect medium for combining her artistic abilities and utilizing her knowledge of color and design with the results being her spectacular signature bead/fiber creations.

She taught jewelry design for the Smithsonian Studio Arts Program for 18 years; authored two books on fiber and bead jewelry; presents lectures to artists and designers internationally; and has conducted countless workshops.

Please join us October 16th for what promises to be an inspiring, exciting, and informative Afternoon with Helen Banes.

2 p.m.-4 p.m.
Somerset House I
5600 Wisconsin Ave. #1501
Chevy Chase, Maryland

Tickets are $100.00 per person

(non-members can pay an additional $30 to join BSGW and participate in this event)
Attendance is limited to 25 so be sure to reserve your tickets early.
RSVP
1. info@bsgw.org
2. (202) 624-4500 ext. 4
All tickets must be paid for within 24 hours of being reserved
Valet parking ($2.00) is available at the door to Summerset House I

 
Location:    
Chevy Chase Community Center
Time: 7:00 pm
Free

October 21
Third Thursday Open House at the Bead Museum

Giant bead making at The Bead Museum for our holiday windows. Join in the fun of using various materials, including beads, with BSGW member and artist Lisa Raye Garlock.

 
Location:    
Bead Museum
Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm.
Free

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November 11
Bead Society Monthly Meeting
Bring old beads and necklaces
 
Bring old beads and necklaces found in your grandmother's attic, at the neighborhood flea market or in a forgotten corner of your closet. There is a good chance that a fellow BSGW Member can identify it for you!
 
Location:    
Chevy Chase Community Center
Time: 7:00 pm
Free

November 13-14
40th Semi-Annual Bead Bazaar at Ramada Exhibition Center New Carrolton, MD

 

November 18
Third Thursday Open House at the Bead Museum

Giant bead making at The Bead Museum for our holiday windows. Join in the fun of using various materials, including beads, with BSGW member and artist Lisa Raye Garlock.

 
Location:    
Bead Museum
Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm.
Free

December 9
Bead Society Monthly Meeting
"How beads have affected my life and travels"
 
Dietra Montague, designer, world-traveler and collector from Washington D.C., presents "How beads have affected my life and travels" through her exotic beaded shrine creations that deserve a second look!
 
Location:    
Chevy Chase Community Center
Time: 7:00 pm
Free

December 16
Third Thursday Open House at the Bead Museum


Drop-in to make holiday ornaments using wire forms and beads. No registration required, however allow 30 minutes for the activity.

 
Location:    
Bead Museum
Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm.
Supply fee: $4 members/ $5 non-member

 



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