Sunday, January 25, 2015

Beads of Courage: The role of glass beads as Arts-in-Medicine


Today I'm taking a little break from promoting the new Tucson Glass Art & Bead Festival , and I wanted to share some bead pictures of my own, but they are not beads I'll be selling at the show.


Recently I've been spending a portion of my torching time making specially matched beads for a cause near and dear to my heart.  Beads of Courage is an arts-in-medicine program that helps seriously ill children own and share their stories of strength and courage.  There are over 30,000 children participating in the international Beads of Courage program.  Through the groundbreaking work of nurse and founder Dr. Jean Baruch, this non-profit foundation has been helping children tell their stories since 2003, about the same time as I discovered glass bead making.  In the 11 years since it began, the program has grown to include over 60 hospitals not just in the United States, but abroad as well.  Jean's vision, love and energy are helping thousands of children and their families to cope with the challenges that chronic, serious illnesses bring.

These matched pairs are part of the Carry A Bead program, and will be carried by athletes, celebrities, and others who embark on amazing adventures, who will give one of the beads to a child with an inspirational note. 
These glass beads are going to help children who are facing life-threatening illnesses, and that makes my heart sing. 

Please visit the Beads of Courage website  to learn more about their amazing work, and ways that you can help them in their mission.

If you're in Tucson for the gem and bead shows and want to attend a great party and support their cause, come to Bead Inspired, and enjoy a wonderful, heartwarming evening with Jean Baruch and the Beads of Courage folks at the Metal Arts Village.  I can't wait to see who is inducted into the Bead Hall of Fame this year.


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Tucson Glass Art & Bead Festival: Jared DeLong


The incredible glass sculpture of Jared DeLong.  I can't tell you how excited I am to be able to see some of his work in person for the first time.
In the days leading up to the shows in Tucson I am sharing some images of work by the participating artists in the new all glass Tucson Glass Art & Bead Festival at the Quality Inn Suites from Feb 3-7.  Jared DeLong will be there showing his mind blowing work.

This new show is conveniently located just off I-10 near the Tucson Expo Center. This map will help you get your bearings.


I will be there with some of my newest glass beads and jewelry, in the Palo Verde Room (the "ballroom") at table B-6, just inside the front door. 

Lampwork and bronze bracelet by Patty Lakinsmith.
 Please check the show website for more info.  The Tucson Glass Art & Bead Festival also has their own shuttle bus route and it goes between the Quality Inn (where this new show is), Kino Sports Complex (where the Best Bead Show is), J.O.G.S. Tucson, and the Tucson airport, and it goes several times an hour.  Here is the link to the show guide containing all of the shuttle bus info.

Please come and visit me at my new show!  Here is the exhibitor list:


Patty Lakinsmith
Lori Engle / Heiden & Engle
Monty Clark & Carol Fonda-Clark / Dichroic Inc.
Jeff Rogers / Rogers Art Glass
Darryl Emmett / Blast Shield Tools
Donna Felkner / CG Beads
Doug Harroun / Greymatter Glass
Donna Conklin / Prima Donna Beads
JeriLyn Alderman / Firechilde Glass Studio
JC Herrell
Margaret Zinser / MZ Glass & Bijoux Bee
Jo Hoffacker / Dogmaw Glass
Jeff Rutherford
Ren Farnsworth
Susan P. Hanson
Jared DeLong
Akihiro Okama
Ryo Ono
Mika Nishiyama
Takahiro Muto
Masao Sakai
Kazushi Onodera
(+ about 20 amazing Japanese artists work who cannot attend in person!)
Lewis Wilson / Crystal Myths
Barbara Svetlick
Bronwen Heilman
Marcia Kmack/Cavecreek Glassworks


Friday, January 23, 2015

Tucson Glass Art & Bead Festival: Barbara Svetlick

Today I would like to share some work from another artist participating in the all new Tucson Glass Art & Bead Festival - Barbara Svetlick.  Barb is a multi-talented artist who is also a prolific and accomplished writer.
Glass flowers by Barbara Svetlick.  Her newest work features sculpted glass flowers on burled wood bases.
This new all glass show at the Quality Inn & Suites from Feb 3-7. It's just off I-10 near the Tucson Expo Center.

Mandala Pendant by Patty Lakinsmith. 
The Tucson Glass Art & Bead Festival is a brand new, all glass show at the Quality Inn and Suites, and goes from Tuesday, Feb 3 through Saturday, Feb 7, and I'll be there in the Palo Verde Room (the "ballroom") at table B-6, just inside the front door.  Check the show website for more info.  The Tucson Glass Art & Bead Festival also has their own shuttle bus route and it goes between the Quality Inn (where this new show is), Kino Sports Complex (where the Best Bead Show is), J.O.G.S. Tucson, and the Tucson airport, and it goes several times an hour.  Here is the link to the show guide containing all of the shuttle bus info.

Please come and visit me at my new show!  Here is the exhibitor list:


Patty Lakinsmith
Lori Engle / Heiden & Engle
Monty Clark & Carol Fonda-Clark / Dichroic Inc.
Jeff Rogers / Rogers Art Glass
Darryl Emmett / Blast Shield Tools
Donna Felkner / CG Beads
Doug Harroun / Greymatter Glass
Donna Conklin / Prima Donna Beads
JeriLyn Alderman / Firechilde Glass Studio
JC Herrell
Margaret Zinser / MZ Glass & Bijoux Bee
Jo Hoffacker / Dogmaw Glass
Jeff Rutherford
Ren Farnsworth
Susan P. Hanson
Jared DeLong
Akihiro Okama
Ryo Ono
Mika Nishiyama
Takahiro Muto
Masao Sakai
Kazushi Onodera
(+ about 20 amazing Japanese artists work who cannot attend in person!)
Lewis Wilson / Crystal Myths
Barbara Svetlick
Bronwen Heilman
Marcia Kmack/Cavecreek Glassworks


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Tucson Glass Art & Bead Festival: Margaret Zinser

Margaret Zinser's amazing enameled glass butterflies. 
As I'm toiling away in my studio getting ready for the show, I thought I would share some images of work by the participating artists in the new all glass show at the Quality Inn & Suites from Feb 3-7.  Exhibitor lists are great (when they are up to date), but the actual eye candy?  Wow.  Margaret Zinser is one of the many incredible glass artists sharing their work at the brand new Tucson Glass Art & Bead Festival in February.  Not only does she create these amazing butterflies, but incredible maze marbles and carved wood jewelry as well.  Get there early to see her full collection.

This new show is conveniently just off I-10 near the Tucson Expo Center at the Quality Inn & Suites. Note that it starts on Tuesday, Feb. 3.


I'll be showing my own work in the Palo Verde Room (the "ballroom") at table B-6, just inside the front door. 

Honeycomb Necklace by Patty Lakinsmith.
 Check the show website for more info.  The Tucson Glass Art & Bead Festival also has their own shuttle bus route and it goes between the Quality Inn (where this new show is), Kino Sports Complex (where the Best Bead Show is), J.O.G.S. Tucson, and the Tucson airport, and it goes several times an hour.  Here is the link to the show guide containing all of the shuttle bus info.

Please come and visit me at my new show!  Here is the exhibitor list:



Patty Lakinsmith
Lori Engle / Heiden & Engle
Monty Clark & Carol Fonda-Clark / Dichroic Inc.
Jeff Rogers / Rogers Art Glass
Darryl Emmett / Blast Shield Tools
Donna Felkner / CG Beads
Doug Harroun / Greymatter Glass
Donna Conklin / Prima Donna Beads
JeriLyn Alderman / Firechilde Glass Studio
JC Herrell
Margaret Zinser / MZ Glass & Bijoux Bee
Jo Hoffacker / Dogmaw Glass
Jeff Rutherford
Ren Farnsworth
Susan P. Hanson
Jared DeLong
Akihiro Okama
Ryo Ono
Mika Nishiyama
Takahiro Muto
Masao Sakai
Kazushi Onodera
(+ about 20 amazing Japanese artists work who cannot attend in person!)
Lewis Wilson / Crystal Myths
Barbara Svetlick
Bronwen Heilman
Marcia Kmack/Cavecreek Glassworks

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

An All New, All Glass Show in Tucson: Akihiro Okama to exhibit

Did you know that there's a new show in Tucson this year?  I'm excited to be a part of of the very first Tucson Glass Art and Bead Festival from February 3-7 at the Quality Inn & Suites in Tucson.  Between now and then I'll be featuring the work of some of the incredible artists at this new show, along with showing some of the new work I'll be bringing.

Stunning glass by Japanese artist Akihiro Okama, who will be showing at the Tucson Glass Art & Bead Festival in February.
The Tucson Glass Art & Bead Festival will have nothing but amazing glass creations from some of the best glass makers on the planet.  Yes, planet.  The Japanese glass art alone will blow. Your. Mind.  I will offer both beads and finished jewelry at this show.  It's at the Quality Inn and Suites, and goes from Tuesday, Feb 3 through Saturday, Feb 7, and I'll be there in the Palo Verde Room (the "ballroom") at table B-6, just inside the front door.  Check the show website for more info.  The Tucson Glass Art & Bead Festival also has their own shuttle bus route and it goes between the Quality Inn (where this new show is), Kino Sports Complex (where the Best Bead Show is), J.O.G.S. Tucson, and the Tucson airport, and it goes several times an hour.  Here is the link to the show guide containing all of the shuttle bus info.

Please come and visit me at my new show!  Here is the exhibitor list:



Patty Lakinsmith
Lori Engle / Heiden & Engle
Monty Clark & Carol Fonda-Clark / Dichroic Inc.
Jeff Rogers / Rogers Art Glass
Darryl Emmett / Blast Shield Tools
Donna Felkner / CG Beads
Doug Harroun / Greymatter Glass
Donna Conklin / Prima Donna Beads
JeriLyn Alderman / Firechilde Glass Studio
JC Herrell
Margaret Zinser / MZ Glass & Bijoux Bee
Jo Hoffacker / Dogmaw Glass
Jeff Rutherford
Ren Farnsworth
Susan P. Hanson
Jared DeLong
Akihiro Okama
Ryo Ono
Mika Nishiyama
Takahiro Muto
Masao Sakai
Kazushi Onodera
(+ about 20 amazing Japanese artists work who cannot attend in person!)
Lewis Wilson / Crystal Myths
Barbara Svetlick
Bronwen Heilman
Marcia Kmack/Cavecreek Glassworks

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