June, 2011

My Lovely Beads, e-Newsletter

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It's hard to believe, but you lovely online MyLovelyBeads.com newsletter is four years old! Celebrate with us! Due to our hard work on finalizing Fashion Colorworks Beading Contest the current issue is short. Stay tuned, stay with us!

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MyLovelyBeads.com Team

Stone of June: PEARL

Stone of June:

The pearl has been known as a stone of sincerity, bring truth to situations and loyalty to a cause. It has been used to inhibit boisterous behavior, and to provide a reflection of the self such that one may see the manner in which one appears to others. Zodiac signs: Gemini (Twins), Cancer (Crab).

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Rhodochrosite - Colorado gem

Rhodochrosite (whose name is derived from the Greek word meaning rose-colored) is a very attractive mineral with an absolutely one-of-a-kind, beautiful color, its ornamental and display qualities make it a very popular mineral. The color of a single crystal can just astound the observer with its vivid pink-rose color that seems to be transmitted out of the crystal as if lit from within. Impure specimens can more often be shades of pink to pale brown, the streak is white, it is transparent to translucent.

Identification of rhodochrosite is fairly easy despite a few similarly colored minerals such as rhodonite. Rhodonite is harder and has different cleavage; but perhaps the best distinguishing factor is its lack of reaction to acids.

It was first described in 1813 in reference to a sample from Cavnic, Maramures, present-day Romania. According to Dimitrescu and Radulescu, 1966 and to Papp, 1997, this mineral was described for the first time in Sacaramb, Romania, not in Cavnic, Romania.

There are many localities for rhodochrosite that are of great reknown. Beyond a doubt, the best locality for rhodochrosite is the Sweet Home Mine in Colorado. It is unmatched for its superb rhodochrosite crystals that exhibit the best features of the species; a fine bright rose color and sharp well formed crystals. Some specimens from here are quite large and of world class distinction.

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Four years with you!

MyLovelyBeads.com newsletter is FOUR! Our website is dedicated to gemstone and beaded jewelry. Except the on-line store where Zoya Gutina presents her jewelry pieces, you can find there a lot of useful information just for reading and viewing. Enjoy!

Articles - some articles and stories about jewelry and jewelry making, gemstones,
   pearls, beads and beadwork, and their history
Glossary - explains common words and basic definitions for the frequently-used
   beadwork and jewelry terms, that you may encounter as you shop beaded jewelry
Jewelry Making - there are not only free jewelry making tutorials on beading techniques
   and projects, but also bead artists' interviews and their stories about making jewelry
Jewelry Facts - some interesting facts about jewelry, beads, gemstones and birthstones,
   zodiac sings, etc.
Beadwork Galleries - the best examples of beads and beadwork made by our friends
   (more than 100 galleries - get inspired!)

Fashion Colorworks 2011. Finalists

Fashion Colorworks 2011 Beading Contest

Fashion Colorworks 2011 Beading Contest is coming to the end! 10 finalists in each of three categories are already juried, and People's Choice Award voting is open! Make you choice, score finalists and help us choose the winner!

All entries are awesome, but strong jurors are doing their best scoring beautiful beadworks. The next stage has already started, when the winners will be determined, including People's Choice Award Winner. Choose your favorite, but hurry up, June 30 is the last day!

Fashion Colorworks Contest Entry   Fashion Colorworks Contest Entry   Fashion Colorworks Contest Entry   Fashion Colorworks Contest Entry

Fashion Colorworks 2011 Beading Contest - Finalists

Bead painting by Douglas Johnson

Working with micro-sized glass beads, Doug Johnson from Newburyport (Massachusetts, USA) creates landscapes, still lifes', and thematic works of art, which are, indeed an innovative evolution in fine arts and can be best described as "bead painting."

When viewing his work from a distance, his pieces appear to be fine art paintings. Close up reveals faceted patterns that create impressionistic images, comprised of thousands of beads. These micro-sized beads are woven onto a complex loom - custom designed by the artist himself.

A composer, musician and songwriter, Doug began his fine craft over thirty years ago, and has over 200 pieces to his credit. Some of Doug's work has been commissioned by and displayed in corporate lobbies of such companies as Fidelity Investment, as well as private collections.

Some of Doug's fine and unique works include larger canvasses, capturing some famous landmark sites such as Rowe's Wharf, and most recently Fenway Park (as viewed from the Green Monster wall).

Other works demonstrate his whimsical interpretation of Cocktails Anyone? where all the guests are on their cell phones, his statement on today's communications. On occasion, Doug does live weaving demonstrations, usually at galleries in which he is showing.

We hope you will plan to view some of Doug's works and see how he does it. We are confident you will find it to be a unique confluence of fine arts and fine artisan crafts. You can see some of the Doug's works in our gallery and all of them by visiting his website.

Article by Douglas Johnson on his art
Bead paintings by Douglas Johnson
Email: doug@douglaswjohnson.com
Website: www.douglaswjohnson.com

Upcoming events

The Ann Arbor Art Fairs The Ann Arbor Art Fairs

July 20-23, 2011
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Established in 1960, the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair is the Original of the now four award-winning Ann Arbor Art Fairs:

• The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original
• The State Street Area Art Fair
• The Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair
• Ann Arbor's South University Art Fair

Together, the fairs attract over 500,000 attendees from across the nation. The Original Fair was named the Number One Art Fair in the country by AmericanStyle magazine readers survey (October 2004) and has made the Top Ten Fairs and Festivals list every year since.

The mission is to increase public knowledge and appreciation for contemporary fine arts and fine crafts by creating opportunities that connect artists, the Ann Arbor community and the general public to their mutual benefit, culminating in a top quality juried street art fair.

The Street Art Fair is set on North University Avenue and on the University of Michigan's Central Campus, amidst elegant architecture and beautifully landscaped pedestrian walkways, including the landmark Burton Carillon Tower.


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