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Nebraska Bead Society Activities

Marcia Laging-Cummings Wins a Mayor�s Arts Award

Mayor Coleen J. Seng presented the 28th annual Mayor�s Arts Awards to be presented the evening of Wednesday, June 14, 2006 at the Lied Center for Performing Arts. The event is sponsored by the Lincoln Arts Council (LAC), and this year�s presenting sponsor is Union Bank. The awards program formally recognizes artistic contributions and achievements in the Lincoln area. Included among the honorees was Nebraska Bead Society member Marcia Laging-Cummings, who received the Artistic Achievement Award for Visual Arts. For the complete press release, go to http://www.ci.lincoln.ne.us/city/mayor/media/2006/040606.htm

NBS "Born to Bead Wild" Beading Challenge, 2006

Challengers were to use beads anywhere on their bag, a bead being defined as any item with a hole in it. Challengers could also us any other artistic media of choice. The theme and design of the bag was developed by Mona Jenkins, past NBS President.

The judge, Margaret Berry, a whimsical fiber artist from Lincoln Arts Council presented 3 of the 4 awards. The fourth is the People's Choice Award below.
1st place - $75 to Mary Reifschneider
2nd place - $50 to Laura Focht
3rd place - $30 to Kathryn Gabig
All three winners are current NBS members. Congratulations!

The People's Choice Award
The votes were cast both online and at participating stores in Lincoln and Omaha as the bags went on tour: 5Z's Star City Bead Shop, Aquarius Beads & Gifts, Beads Amour, Earth Bead Gallery & Beading Supply, the Omaha Bead Bazaar and Beads by Elisa Ilana.

Laura Focht's bag won and she received $50 plus the beading book, 500 Beaded Objects, New Dimensions in Contemporary Beadwork.

Click on the pictures to go to larger views.

Bag 1

Bag 2

Bag 3

Bag 4

Bag 5

Bag 6

Bag 7

Bag 8

Last updated May 17, 2006

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