International Artist, Wendy Ellsworth, Presents “A Passion for Beads” – Thursday Evening at 6:30 p.m.

The Abbey outreach initiative of St. Thomas Episcopal Church hosts bead artist, Rev. Wendy Ellsworth as she presents “A Passion for Beads” this Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m.


Ellsworth is an internationally known seed bead artist with a career that spans almost 50 years.


With slides, lecture, displays of her work, and question and answer, the artist will share her passion for this medium, from her beginning with bead mandalas to incredible three-dimensional “SeaForm” sculptures and free-form wearable jewelry.


Thursday evening will also feature the story of an amazing cross-continental collaboration. Teaching classes in off-loom bead weaving techniques has taken Ellsworth as far afield as Kenya and Australia. When she received a Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in 2003, she traveled to Africa to study the beadwork of the Maasai and Samburu peoples. Ongoing engagement with tribal women through non-profits that have beading projects has informed new directions in her beading style and has helped them refine their products for the western market.


Ellsworth’s highly colorful, highly intricate work is on display in major gallery exhibitions of contemporary fiber, beadwork, jewelry, glass and basketry as well as in numerous books and periodicals. She is a Designer of the Year 2019 for Beadwork Magazine that has featured her work on its cover for two recent, consecutive issues. She continues to teach classes in off-loom bead weaving techniques around the US and abroad while maintaining a private studio in Weaverville, NC.


The artist’s book: Beading – The Creative Spirit: Finding Your Sacred Center Through the Art of Beadwork is available on See also


The presentation will be at St. Thomas located at 372 Reservoir Road in Burnsville, on the hill behind CVS overlooking downtown Burnsville. The Abbey is the outreach initiative of St. Thomas Church. The presentation is free to the public. All are invited.

WRITTEN BY: Beth Turner