bead show

Convergence Exhibit

12:30 PM

From the ISGB website:

Convergence is the International Society of Glass Beadmakers’ juried exhibition project for 2009. Inspired by the overwhelming response to our Out of the Box exhibition at the 2008 Bead&Button Show* in Milwaukee, Convergence pairs ISGB members with International jewelry designers focusing on the four elements of water, air, earth, and fire.

The mission in creating this opportunity and challenge for artists to come together in creativity and design was to showcase how handmade glass beads can be incorporated into exhibition-quality jewelry.

We received 140 entries for this one-of-a-kind lampwork and jewelry-design exhibition. This will be an amazing collection of work. The use of glass, metals, seed beads, semi-precious, fibers, and other materials has resulted in extraordinary creativity, superior artistry, and innovative design. Hours upon hours of detailed work were dedicated to each piece.

A beautiful catalog of the exhibition will be published in May, and you can also visit the Convergence shows at the Ohio Glass Museum in Lancaster, Ohio, May 1 to May 24, 2009; the Bead&Button Show in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from June 3 until June 7, 2009; and the Windisch-Hunt Fine Arts Gallery in Coconut Grove, Florida from June 20 until the ISGB Gathering closes on July 24, 2009.

A limited number of exhibition pieces will be featured in Bead&Button magazine’s special issue dedicated to Convergence designs. This publication is planned for October 2009 and will include beautiful photographs of the selected jewelry, step-by-step instructions, illustrations and how-to photos for making the pieces, and artist biographies.

The Convergence project has produced distinctive jewelry designs for the exhibition culminating in a Live Auction at our 2009 annual conference, The Gathering, to benefit ISGB educational programs and CERF, the Craft Emergency Relief Fund.

ISGB would like to sincerely thank the SoftFlex Company for their generous support in helping to underwrite the Convergence Exhibition at the Bead&Button Show.

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