The jewelry designs of Beth Wenger Johnstone’s Bumblebead Studio will be featured in a trunk show and artist demonstration at Fine Line Designs Gallery on August 6 and 7 from 10 am – 4 pm. In addition to having a variety of her jewelry collection on display, Johnstone will also demonstrate lampworking and basic beadmaking techniques as well as forming more detailed beads with surface decoration.
Johnstone’s jewelry is created using glass beads and silver parts that she makes herself through lampworking, a type of glasswork that uses a gas-fueled torch to melt rods and tubes of clear and colored glass.
Johnstone’s family and world travels have influenced her artwork. She has lived on a rubber plantation in Liberia, went to boarding school in Switzerland, and traveled to Vienna for art school. She also has a BFA in graphic design from the University of Illinois and until recently was a co-owner of WM Design, a graphic design firm based in Appleton, Wisconsin.
In addition to her full-time job as resident artist of Bumblebead Studio, Johnstone has also help set up a flameworking studio where she teaches introductory classes in lampworking. She is also a guest artist and teacher at the Renaissance School for the Arts within the Appleton Area School District.
Fine Line Designs Gallery, open 10 am – 6 pm daily and 10 am – 5 pm on Sundays, is located on Hwy 42 in Ephraim. For more information call 920.854.4343 or visit http://www.finelinedesignsgallery.com.