Great Lakes Beadworks' Guild schedules Beaded Art/Adornment Show

Members of the Great Lakes Beadworks Guild will display several pieces of beaded art at the Home Gallery of the Downriver Council for the Arts, 20904 Northline Road, Taylor.

Show dates are October 25-November 16. More than 50 high-quality pieces have been selected for the show.

This is the first time guild members will have the opportunity to exhibit their work and represent the art of beading at a curated gallery show.

An opening reception is scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. October 25. Pat Wiley, board member of the guild and a participating artist, will speak about beadwork and the guild at 7 p.m.

The exhibit is designed to introduce beading as an art form to the public and to showcase the talent of guild members. The emphasis is on high quality, unique work that reflects the artists' creativity and skill.

Pieces for the exhibit are the artists' original works from design to execution. A wide variety of beadwork will be represented: sculptural beaded items, bead embroidery, off-loom bead weaving and beadwork as adornment.

A special section of the exhibit is dedicated to the work of Barb Davis, a nationally known and published bead artist from Wyandotte. Barb passed away several years ago, leaving behind beaded works that continue to express her spiritual and creative being.

Barb is remembered through a memorial quilt that was beaded and assembled by 82 members of the guild. It will be on display at the show. The quilt was one of 30 pieces of art selected to be displayed at Governor Jennifer Granholm's residence throughout 2008.

Concurrently, felt/fiber artist Loretta Oliver has been scheduled to exhibit her work in the adjacent Skylight Gallery of the Downriver Council for the Arts. Her work and the beaded art are expected to complement one another.

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