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  • 20 Dec 2016 1:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Bead Society of New Mexico had a last minute opportunity to join with the Albuquerque Fiber Arts Council (AFAC) to fill in the Albuquerque International Sunport display area located in the ground floor walkway joining the terminal to the first floor parking garage.  Works from all AFAC guilds are represented and will remain on display until February 2, 2017.






  • 14 Dec 2016 3:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    After a year of hard work by all of our members, our Christmas tree to benefit the Carrie Tingley hospital was completed!  All of the BSNM members contributed handmade beaded ornaments and beaded garland, and member Jessica Dowell helped to create the bead-covered snowflake topper.  Special thanks to Margo Field for donating the beautiful artificial tree for us to decorate!  The tree was sold for the Carrie Tingley Festival of Trees.  All proceeds from the sale of the tree benefit the Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation.


  • 01 Nov 2016 1:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    On Friday, October 28, Margo and Howard Yee hosted an Artist's Reception for Marcia Balonis, a former Starman Trendsetter.  BSNM members plus a group from Roswell's Tokay Gallery attended.

    tMarcia Balonis, far left, plus the Roswell group!  That's Juanita Finger, owner of Tokay Gallery in costume on the far right.

    BSNM member Vicki Kay, dressed as a sparkling cabachon!  (Sorry Vicki, I couldn't make this rotate so you are standing upright.)

    Marcia taking a break to pose for a photo at the reception.  Note all the Over The Moon bracelet colorways she is wearing!

    Here's Marcia in action, teaching her Over The Moon Bracelet.

    The class taking a break to check out some amazing wire wrapping.

    Although we weren't able to finish the bracelet in class, Marcia's instructions are so complete and easy to understand that it will be easy to complete it at home.

  • 07 Oct 2016 1:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Congratulations to all the BSNM members who entered the New Mexico State Fair!  As you can tell from the photos below, our results were outstanding!


  • 01 Sep 2016 1:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A few photos from our August meeting, featuring Linda Sweeny as our guest speaker.  Linda purchased beads from many of the artists represented in the Bead Museum that closed in Glendale a couple of years ago.  She has augmented that purchase with her own amply supply of lampwork beads and is opening the Sweeny Bead Museum in Glorieta, New Mexico which is located off I-40 between Santa Fe and Las Vegas. Linda is also finalizing a beautiful teaching school at her home so we can look forward to having amazing instructors visiting in 2016.  Here are some photos of the beads she brought for sale:


    A standard feature of our monthly meetings is the Show 'n Tell table where members can display their recently completed work, items from classes they've taken.  This month was mostly earrings, although we have one member who is still enchanted (bewitched?) by her visit to Roswell.


  • 27 Jul 2016 12:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The July 23 bus trip to Roswell was a huge success, and the BSNM even made the front page of the Sunday Roswell newspaper!  Here is a link to read the full article:  Roswell Daily Record, July 24, 2016.  A very special THANK YOU to Program Chair Patti Farley for organizing this event, providing breakfast at 5:30 in the morning, providing fun alien-themed gift bags for each attendee!  It was a long day but very much enjoyed.

    In addition to visiting Tokay Gallery, the group visited Happy Jack's bead store (inventor of Lacey's Stiff Stuff), the Alien Museum, and a winery.  Here are a few photos from the trip... although photos from the wine tasting were omitted to protect the innocent.


    The bus, Tokay Gallery, and the necklace one of our members brought home! 


       The Alien Museum


    The group paying their respects to the Alien Crash,


     and two serious alien fans.

  • 29 Mar 2016 12:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Here are a few photos with the results of the Nancy Eha workshop held on Sunday, March 20, 2016.  We laughed a lot and learned a lot - thank you so much, Nancy, for sharing your knowledge with us!



  • 01 Feb 2016 4:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Albuquerque Fiber Arts Council/Educational Committee is planning a multi-guild exhibit on Friday/Saturday, April 1-2, 2016 at the Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas Blvd.  The theme of this exhibit will be Colors of the Southwest.  As with the exhibit at the Old Church in Corrales, all items will be for display only, no sales.  As we get closer to the date, there will be a call for volunteers who wish to demonstrate their form of beading for visitors to the exhibit.  There is no entry fee to exhibit your work, and there is no fee for parking or entry.

    The entry form and a picture of your work are due no later than March 1, 2016.  There is no restriction on when your work was created.  Here is a link to the Fiber Arts website.   Please scroll down to the bottom of the page and see ‘Call for Entries.’  When you click the link for an application, a Word document will open.  You may complete this, save it, and email the file along with a .jpeg photo of your work to:

    If you have any questions, please contact Fran Hahn at

  • 30 Nov 2015 12:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Society's annual holiday party, held November 22, 2015 at the North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center, was a blinding white success.  

    White was the theme--from plates and table cloths to jewelry and clothes and the ever present smiles. The food, contributed by members and the Bead Society, was delicious and plentiful.  A host of volunteers set up the room with Patti Farley's lovely decorations and place settings.Many beautiful white, gold, and sliver items were distributed as door prizes or raffle awards, including the table decorations and gorgeous photo frames made by Jill Bartel.  The Board of Directors showcased examples of their jewelry and other art work as an opportunity for the members to see learn about the board member. 

    Thanks to all who contributed to a lovely evening, including Mary Ellen Merrigan, who documented the evening with the photos below.



  • 31 Jan 2015 3:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The January 23, 2015 meeting was busy and fun!   Antoinette Sedillo-Lopez, Executive Director of Enlace Communitario, was on hand to provide an overview of the organization and explain how their programs developed.  President Jill Bartel presented Ms. Sedillo-Lopez with a check on behalf of the Bead Society.

    Patti Farley, Program Director, took advantage of the first meeting of 2015 to go around the room to have the many new members and guests introduce themselves to encourage people to get to know each other and start conversations.  To help in this effort, the group activity was to use miscellaneous items to start nametags.  The goal was to begin them at the meeting, take them home to finish, then bring them back for judging at the February meeting..... prizes will be awarded!  Sample nametags:

    The Show 'n Tell table had a lot of items, so people were doing a lot of beading over the holiday break!  Here are some of the items on display:




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