Bead Buzz: Tokay Beaded Art: A One-of-a-Kind Gallery
Juanita Fingers is an artistic beader with more than twenty-six years of experience. After searching for years for a place to display her beautiful beaded artwork, Juanita finally decided to open her own gallery. She opened Tokay Beaded Art in Roswell, New Mexico, in January 2016 and asked other bead artists to submit their work.
Tokay Beaded Art is the only gallery in the United States to focus primarily on beaded artwork. Juanita’s gallery has become a destination that hosts artists, teachers, and students to help build a community of bead artists. The gallery offers classes for all skill levels and provides a venue for artists to display and sell their work.
Juanita is always searching for new artists to exhibit since each artist’s work is displayed on a six-month rotation. An artist’s submissions must be made of at least eighty percent beads to qualify for consideration. This is one of the only strict requirements for proposed submissions. The rest depends on the artist’s creativity—a submitted piece of art can be anything the artist can dream up, whether it’s jewelry, tapestry, or even sculpture. A jury then selects the submissions to display for exhibition and sale.
This story originally appeared in the February/March 2018 issue of Beadwork magazine. Featured Image: Life at the Pond by Juanita Fingers. All photos courtesy of Juanita Fingers.
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