Toledo Museum of Art Community Art Project Seeks Beads

Posted Jan 21st, 2010 by Teri Sharp  Category: Arts & Entertainment, Toledo.com


Bring on the beads! The Toledo Museum of Art is collecting handmade beads from artists, enthusiasts and community members as part of the Bead Goes On, a project culminating with the installation of a 10,000-bead curtain at the Museum.

Contributors are invited to give as many as five original beads made of glass, metal, felt, kiln-dried wood or other non-organic materials. The completed work of art will be unveiled at the Museum’s Starting Place Gallery, and later permanently installed in the Museum’s internationally renowned Glass Pavilion.

“I wanted to find a way to show off even the smallest forms of art,” says glass artist Robin Schultes, who teaches at the Museum and who came up with the idea for the community art project. According to Schultes, bead making is not only one of the oldest art forms known to man, but also a popular hobby for people of all ages.

“The ideal beadmaker is anyone and everyone,” says Schultes. “It doesn’t have to take a lot of time and effort, only as much as one wants to put into it.”

The Bead Goes On has already collected a wide variety of unique beads. Strands of the beaded curtain are hung in the Glass Pavilion Flameworking Studio as they are completed, and visitors are encouraged to come see the curtain’s progress. Visitors can also make beads of their own in one of the many hands-on activities, workshops and studio sessions at the Museum.
For complete guidelines, submission information and an entry form, download the prospectus at www.toledomuseum.org/events/community.

The Museum is providing visitors with a number of opportunities to make their own beads and take part in The Bead Goes On. Here is a list of upcoming activities. “Family” designates activities open to all ages. Other activities are open to those 14 and older.


Animal Beads
Jan. 29: 7-9 p.m., Libbey Court
Search the galleries for animals in our collection, and then make your own animal-inspired beads.

Gordon Parks Inspired Beads
Feb. 5: 7-9 p.m., Libbey Court
View powerful photographs by Gordon Parks in the Canaday Gallery, then create beads influenced by his work.

The Bead Goes On at the Family Center
March 7: Noon to 5:30 p.m., Family Center
March 9 and 11: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Family Center
Make your own good luck charm using Model Magic ™ and add a bead to The Bead Goes On!

Batik Beads
March 26: 7-9 p.m., Libbey Court
Use fabric, watercolors and crayons to make dyed, batik-like beads.

Whistler Watercolors on Wooden Beads
April 11: 2-4 p.m., Libbey Court
Using the Whistler exhibition for inspiration, decorate wooden beads with watercolors.

Bead a Butterfly, Bead a Bee
April 23: 2-4 p.m., Libbey Court
Boxer Muhammad Ali–one of the subjects in our Gordon Parks exhibition–was said to “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” Create insect-shaped beads.


Art Evening Studio Sessions
April 19, 20, 21: 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Spend three consecutive evenings making glass beads, pendants and swizzle sticks. ($150 for Museum members/$200 for nonmembers)

The Bead Goes On Workshop
Saturdays (March 27, April 24): Noon to 4 p.m.
Make unique glass beads using a torch and soft glass. ($60 per session for Museum members/$75 for nonmembers)

The Bead Goes On Mardi Gras Workshop
Saturday, Feb. 13: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and repeated at 2-6 p.m.
Use molds to create glass beads in vibrant shapes and colors. ($60 for Museum members/$75 for nonmembers for each workshop)

Bean Cast Beads
Friday, Feb. 19: 6-9 p.m.
Combine dried beans with melted bronze, then buff to a shine for unique, Swiss cheese-like patterned beads. ($50 for Museum members/$60 for nonmembers)

Beginning Glass Beadmaking
Ten Wednesdays beginning Feb. 20: 6-9 p.m.
Get comfortable with a flameworking torch while learning bead designs, shapes and techniques. ($375 for Museum members/$400 for nonmembers)

Metal Beads Part II
Five Tuesdays beginning Feb. 23: 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Fabricate more complex beads from sheet metal and wire. Metal Beads Part I is a prerequisite. ($105 for Museum members/$120 for nonmembers)

Metal Bead Casting
Five Thursdays beginning Feb. 25: 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Shape wax into a bead shape to make a mold, and then inject the mold with liquid bronze. Polish and voila! ($105 for Museum members/$120 for nonmembers)

Felt Beads
Friday, Feb. 26: 6-9 p.m.
Make unique beads out of wool felt. ($50 for Museum members/$60 for nonmembers)

Family Fun: Clay Animal Beads
Friday, April 1: 7-9 p.m.
Make Japanese Netsuke beads with clay after a tour of the Museum’s collection of these intricate miniature wonders. ($20 for Museum members/$25 for nonmembers)


Purchase tickets ($15 members/$25 nonmembers) in person or by phone during Museum hours starting the Tuesday before each of these sessions. Call 419-254-5771, ext. 7448.

Glass Beads
Fridays at 6, 7 and 8 p.m.
March 12, March 26 and April 23

Mardi Gras Beads
Friday, Feb. 12 at 6, 7 and 8 p.m.

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One Response to “Toledo Museum of Art Community Art Project Seeks Beads”

  1. Kristin Says:

    Are ceramic beads acceptable? If so, are there any conditions they must meet? If not, why? Many thanks!

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