Mary Beers Featured at Backstreet
Welcome in the holiday season at a reception for bead artist, Mary Beers, at Backstreet Gallery, 1421 Bay St., November 9, 3-5PM.
Combining multiple components, Beers loves to create with various beads, metals, seed beads, stones, then weaves them into intricate pieces of beautiful and unique jewelry. She uses the various weaving stitches, stringing, and wire work in her creations, but weaving is her favorite.
Beers is mostly self-taught. At seven years of age she was given a kit filled with plastic beads. When she had leftover beads from kits, she sought more supplies at bead stores. This sparked her lifelong interest in beading.
To learn more, she researched through books to learn basic techniques. Then at age 12, she found the directions, from a Native American trading post, on how to construct a loom. With her Dad's help, she did it. From there, she learned how to weave and her creative spirit took over.
From Manila, in the Philippines, she was adopted and came to live in McMinnville, OR. After marrying, she came to Florence. She says that her greatest joys are her two children.
After being commissioned to do beadwork and beading classes for her husband's tribe, she was inspired to reprise her own work and designs. She hasn’t looked back since.
In between her family and jewelry designing, she manages to fit in more creative efforts - music and the theater. You may have seen her in the recent production of the Little Theater’s, “Great White Way”. She has been involved with music at Three Rivers Casino and the tribe, and she often shares her lovely voice at Backstreet Gallery After Hours.
CROW children’s productions are another of Mary’s efforts which include last year’s “Music Man Jr.” and “The Little Mermaid” for next year.
Beers also enjoys the outdoors, cooking and is learning basket weaving in the Native American style.
Meet this outstanding artist and find out more about her work at her reception on the November 9. An array of scrumptious refreshments will be served. Enjoy also the work of 25 other talented local artists. This will be a stop on the monthly Second Saturday Gallery Tour.
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