2009 -  AUGUST

PHOTOS FROM THE GATHERING ... from the Web Mama (Linda Edmunds)


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The Web Mama also took photos at the Gathering and here they are for your enjoyment.

  Not a bead.  At least not yet.  But I had to include it.  The photo was taken on the way to The Gathering - at Atlanta's Hartfield International airport.  If you walk to Concourse A (after going through Security) rather than taking the train there is an amazing exhibit of sculptural works by contemporary African Artists.  This is one of my favorites - a bird sculpted from bronze, stone, wood and more.  Give your self a treat - there is a moving stairway that you can take but the most moving thing is the exhibit.


One of the most interesting events at the Gathering was the Convergence Exhibit.  This exhibit of  was put together in conjunction with Bead&Button magazine and featured the winning entries of teams made up of a ISGB lampworker with a  Beader/jewelry designer.  The exhibit was held in Coconut Grove in a space that held several galleries with piece displayed in the glass cases.



Greeting us at the entry to the exhibit was a living statue wearing one of the Convergence pieces.

A Catalog is available with beautiful photos of all the Convergence entries with their creators.  These names were also on cards next to each piece in the display cabinets but the Web Mama did not get clear photos of all of the names of the pieces shown here and below. 

If you happen to know who made this spectacular necklace (or any of the others shown below) please send the Web Mama an email with their names so that they can be identified here. 

This necklace was made by Southern Flames members!  Stephanie White made the tiger pendant and Gerry White designed the necklace.




The beadmaker and designer for this dramatic piece is Darlene Durrwachter Rushing.

We think this necklace (beads and beading) was created by Jeri Warhaftag



Note the two exquisite birds in this unusual necklace.  They were made by Kim Fields who also did an amazing demo of a Toucan at the Gathering.


 Lisa St Martin was the lampworker on the team but we do not know  the jewelry designer's name.

 Sara Sally LaGrand made the beads, designed and made this piece named "Water & Fire: The Balance."  Sara never fails to amaze, delight and surprise with her work.

 The focus of the piece on the left are the lampworked discs - on the right is the eye is drawn to the beaded embroidery. Please send us the name of the artists if you know them.  The necklaces are too beautiful not to be identified  by their makers.


 Two more necklaces - please someone identify them for us.


The theme of 2009 ISGB juried Pendant show was "Muy Caliente" - very hot!!!   The winning submissions were also displayed at the Coconut Grove Gallery.  Guess who made the pendants shown below - Sharon Peters of course.



 Cristie Prince and Maureen Lovell on the bus on their way to Coconut Grove.

Joan Houghton Theall and Martha Fuerst enjoying the exhibit.

The Gallery Tour was held Friday Evening and the Bead Bazaar all day Saturday. Everyone looks forward to this and several SF Members had booths.

Marcy Lamberson is shown below in her booth with some of her whimsical creations.  The Web Mama loves bird beads and was lucky to take home the adorable white cockatoo on the lowest step of the display stand shown in the right hand photo.  Click here to see more of Marcy's work or here to read her blog - you will learn something new every day.


Sylvie Lansdowne was probably the first Southern Flames member to become a nationally know lampworker and jewlery designer.  In the left hand photo you can see some of her fairy godmother and mermaid beads.  On the right one of her many beautiful beaded jewelry designs which are available in kits. To see more of Sylvie's out of this world beads and bead kits, go to her website.



Also selling beads at the Bazaar was Margo Knight.  She sold so many of her ravens that there were none left on the display tree when the Web Mama took this photo.  (Yes, the Web Mama scored one of the last ones left to add to her bird bead collection.)


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