BSNC Monthly Speaker

The Short Attention Span Sufferer’s Guidebook
(or How I Got from the Powersuit to Grime Always Under My Nails)
Presented by Mary Karg

Lampwork ~ Metalwork ~ Beadwork “Work” seems to be the theme here, but in reality, I ran away to the circus in the 80s. Having a degree in finance, I was doing what all good business majors do: I had a job (it was the 80s and I will say that wasn’t all bad). One of my co-workers was going to the Cultural Art Center for classes. I signed up for jewelry making. First day of class I set the record for number of saw blades broken (19!!!),but I was hooked.

I thought metal and rocks were it for me. Then the same co-worker took me to our local bead shop. It was what this white-bread, suburban wife and mother imagined an opium den was like….only with beads. Lots of beads. It was the first time I had ever really seen artist made lampwork beads. “I can do that!” she said. Ha! O the ugly beads I made! And kept making. Most were only beads your mother and the man who promised to like whatever you made could compliment.

So decades later, I’m still at it and I think I’ve finally gotten the hang of it. I consider myself a wearable artist rather than a jewelry designer. I seldom make the same thing twice, although I will get hooked on something I can't quit until the itch is totally scratched (SERIOUS ART people refer to this as a series, I believe). Mask/Faces, dragged dots, windows, and lately it’s the “Botany Gone Bad” pod series and color pencil on copper.


Tuesday, November 15, 2016 7:30 p.m.

Social half-hour at 7 pm with coffee/tea

Courtyard Marriott
5555 Shellmound
Emeryville, CA 94605

The parking lot is a gated surface lot around the hotel. Bring your parking ticket into the hotel; get it validated after the meeting and BSNC will pay the parking fee. Members free with membership card, non-members $5

Upcoming speakers

December ~ No Meeting
January ~ Rosanna Falabella
February ~ Kate McKinnon
March ~ To Be Announced