2018 Schedule for Speakers & Events

Wednesday, March 7, 2018,
Bead Society Outing to the GIA in Carlsbad

Want to spend an afternoon with the world's foremost authority on diamonds, colored stones and pearls? The Bead Society is hosting a special day outing for its members to the GIA in Carlsbad on March 7th.

DOWNLOAD the reservation form - Limited Seating
$30. per person - price includes bus transportation and a splendid lunch!

Saturday February 24, 2018, Art to Business by Kim Fox

Kim Fox Saturday February 24th - Art to Business

Kim Fox spent three decades in the computer industry, before starting a new career in her mid fifties. In 2005 she began designing selling jewelry clasps and components. As a result, she has the perfect background to speak on “Art to Business”. During her presentation, she will discuss at what point could your art become your business and should it. She’ll point out all the different details that are involved in running your own business.

Saturday, March 24, 2018 - Darryl Dean Begay

Darryl Dean Begay on silversmithing March 2018 at the Bead Society

Header Image Credits: Carol Webb, Mountain-Robbins, Annette Hernandez

When Darryl was in college in Arizona, he thought about a career in accounting. But in the summer of 1997, between his sophomore and junior years, he worked by the side of his uncle, silversmith Bobby Begay. The one-month stint changed his college major, as well as the course of his life, and he realized that carving and designing came naturally to him in a way accounting never could.

Darryl uses the traditional Navajo tufa casting process which dates back to the 1850's and requires the artist to carve a double-sided design into the tufa before pouring in molten gold or silver. He then combines the intricate metal work with his favorite high-grade stones. Begay has been taught tufa casting and lapidary by some of the best - Bobby Begay, Raymond Yazzie, Vernon Haskie, and Robert Sorrel. He continually remains open to new ideas.