Great Glimpse of Thunder at CAM

I can’t blog enough about Coos Art Museum‘s, Thunder at CAM. For those of you who are new readers, this is a BIG exhibition of motorcycles and motorcycle art in Coos Bay, Oregon. My beaded Buell X-1 Lightning will be shown at this exhibit through July 23, 2011. Here’s a quick pic I pulled off of the museum’s website. Can you find my beaded bike? 😀

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Thunder at CAM. An Exhibition of Motorcycles & Motorcycle art. Coos Art Museum.

If you live in the Pacific Northwest, I highly recommend taking a road trip to  check out this exhibition! You can see a short video clip featuring some of the antique bikes at the show HERE. Also, check out the museum’s virtual gallery to view all accepted artworks & award winners!

Other exciting news this week: I’ve decided to move back to Boston in September! It may seem spontaneous, but I’ve actually been putting off moving for over a year now. I need to be back in town since I’ve been spending so much time in Harvard Square lately.. So, I found a bigger space in Brighton where I should be able to do my beadwork more efficiently. So, over the next month, I’ll be busy assembling my beaded Radio City Music Hall, organizing my beads & art supplies, and packing up my belongings. It will be a big change to move back into the city- one that is long overdue! :O

Beaded Thunder at Coos Art Museum

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This week, I went to First Class Pack & Ship in Weymouth, MA to send my beaded motorcycle to Oregon! My beaded Buell X-1 Lightning entitled Free Parking Spot was juried into a large exhibition of motorcycles and motorcycle art at Coos Art Museum in Coos Bay, OR.

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This exhibition is  so big that the museum will be closing its doors beginning June 1st until the opening day.  Taken from the museum’s website: “Since their invention, motorcycles have become a focus for popular interest and expression. This exhibition explores the public’s fascination with motorcycles and motorcycle culture. On display will be over 25 classic motorcycles from all eras and 62 examples of motorcycle related art works. Motorcycles on exhibition will include many models with an historical review of Harley-Davidsons from 1911 through 2011. The display will also be accompanied by many motorcycle related artifacts. This dual display will occupy both floors of the Museum and promises to be a major motorcycle and art event.”

You’re invited to attend:

THUNDER at CAM
An exhibition of motorcycles and motorcycle art!

WHERE:

Coos Art Museum

235 Anderson Avenue

Coos Bay, OR 97420 

EXHIBITION DATES: June 10, 2011 – July 23, 2011.

RECEPTION: June 10, 2011: 5 -7pm

MUSEUM HOURS:  Tuesday- Friday, 10am- 4pm, Saturday 1pm-4pm.       Closed: Sunday & Monday holidays.

ADMISSION: $5 ($2 for Seniors & Students)
Free to Members of Coos Art Museum:)

Coos Bay is located at 235 Anderson Avenue, just 1.5 blocks west of US Hwy 101, in downtown Coos Bay. Coos Bay is located on the southern Oregon Coast, along US Hwy 101. It is a 4-hr. drive south/ southwest of Portland, OR; a 2-hr. drive south/southwest of Eugene, OR; & a 9-hr. drive due north of San Francisco, CA.

If you’re a motorcycle enthusiast living on the West Coast, you should definitely check out this show. I wish I could attend myself, but it’s just too far away. If you happen to go, please remember to take photos for me! Thanks for your interest in my beadwork! 🙂

>Hard Copy Highlights Master Bead Artists

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I thought this was pretty cool. A hard copy of an article highlighting master bead artists in Plattsburgh, NY’s Press Republican! This article contains a great review of last month’s Contemporary Bead Art exhibition, as well as a fab photo of my beaded motorcycle entitled Free Parking Spot! Please click the pics to take a closer look! Thanks for your interest! *blush* 🙂

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plattsburgh ny press republican beadwork bead embroidery master artist contemporary bead art exhibition press

>Beaded Vehicles for Sale!

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I’ve been working on my Etsy shop more and more & I have begun to add some of my more significant works of art. Currently, 3 of my beaded vehicles are available for sale:

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Free Parking Spot, my beaded Buell X-1 Lightning motorcycle…

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The End, my psychedelic blue beaded bus…

beaded beadwork 1943 Chevy fire truck for sale Dalmatian bead embroidery fiber art replica etsy thelonebeader red

and Engine Co. 6, my beaded 1943 Chevy fire truck. Just click the pics to view listings. I have also posted a link to view current sale items in my shop announcement. To view more of my beadwork, please visit The Lone Beader’s Gallery Shop or become a fan on Facebook! Thanks for looking and have a great weekend! 🙂

>Free Parking Spot

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Today, I finished what I’ve been beading for the past 8 weeks! Check out my latest piece – a beaded motorcycle replica & fire hydrant scene:
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Beaded Boston fire hydrant pop art beadwork bead embroidery artist beading blog

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4″ x 1.75″w (10cm x 4cm)
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Afterall, there’s no where else to park in the city of Boston! :/

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Bead embroidery on felt. 12″ x 6″ (30cm x 15cm)
Beaded motorcycle – 10″ x 6″ (25cm x 15cm)
glass seed beads, sterling silver, metal hardware, vinyl
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Think I’ll get a parking ticket?? 😉

Beaded Buell motorcycle Free parking spot Boston pop art beadwork bead embroidery artist beading blog

>Rear Motorcycle Stand

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Today, I am proud to say that I am finally finished adding a backing to my beaded motorcycle! This project wasn’t easy either. It took me 3 days to complete! First, I had to find a strong wire that would support my beaded Buell. I ended up getting some 12g coated copper wire at the Home Depot down the street. It is sturdy & heavy and it requires some serious wire cutters! I cut a few pieces, and stitched them into place using needle and strong nylon thread. Then, I cut out some acid-free matte board and stitched that onto the back as well. Now, the piece feels quite substantial.

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Next, I cut out 2 pieces of black Ultrasuede. I added a bit of white glue to the matte board to hold the material in place while I stitched around the bike. There is no backing for the wheels or front end of the bike, but I like how it gives a little insight regarding the methods of my madness. 😉

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art beading blog bead embroidery beaded Buell motorcycle Boston fire hydrant pop art artist

art beading blog bead embroidery beaded Buell motorcycle Boston fire hydrant pop art artist

I looked at my calendar and estimated that I worked on this motorcycle for approx. 20 hrs. per week for the past 6 weeks! Now that it is finished, I feel very accomplished! And, now that I sit back and look at it, I can hardly believe that I created this piece of beaded art myself! 😮

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Beaded Buell X1 Lightning motorcycle. Glass seed beads, sterling silver, metal hardware, vinyl. 10″wide x 6″. (25cm x 15cm) Click to enlarge.
Next, I have a beaded fire hydrant to make! I’m hoping that won’t take nearly as long… 😉

>Typical Boston Fire Hydrant

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I wanted to be completely finished with my beaded motorcycle by now, but no such luck. Apparently my mind works faster than I do. While I continue working on that, I thought I’d show you a sneak peek at what will be the second part of my current project – a Boston fire hydrant!

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I traced this image from a photo I took near South Station last week. I think a beaded fire hydrant will look perfect next to my beaded motorcycle. Afterall, where else is there to park in the city of Boston?? 😉