Touch. Connect. Create.
1028 N. Hamilton Rd. Gahanna, OH
Business Hours: M-F: 10-6; Sat: 10-5; Sun: 12-5
In addition to our fabulously talented staff, we are very happy to bring instructors from far and wide in to share what they know with us at Gahanna Bead Studio.
Some of them are showcased here!
Brenda has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art History from Ohio State University. She studied under many well-known artists, including Lyn Keirn, Leo Smith, Virginia Lee Williams, as well as with OWS, and the American Watercolor Society. She has taught privately since 1983 and is currently an instructor at the Senior Center of Reynoldsburg. She was a member of the Monarch Gallery from 2005 to 2015. Her work has been published in Creative Collage Techniques, published in 1994, by Nita Leland and Virginia Lee Williams, and you can see her collage work in the classroom space at Gahanna Bead Studio. Brenda teaches wire-wrapping, glass-fusing, and collage techniques at Gahanna Bead Studio.
Jacqueline is a mixed media, acrylic, book and calligraphic artist. She is well-known for pieces that experiment with texture, layers, paint, unusual materials, calligraphic marks, and words. Jacqueline’s work has been shown nationwide in galleries and juried art fairs. She has a degree in graphic design and worked for many years as a publication and advertising designer.
For over 30 years Jacqueline has also been a teaching artist . She has taught workshops and week long classes for art retreats and art and calligraphy guilds in the US and Canada. She has served as faculty for several International Calligraphy Conferences and has published technique articles in Somerset Studio, Cloth Paper Scissors, and PagesMagazines.
Betty experimented with polymer clay and resin before venturing into the field of beading. She’s been prominent in the field of bead embroidery since 2008, following bead artists who, in her words, “step outside the box”. She challenges herself by entering contests and has exhibited in art museums in St. Louis and throughout California. You may have seen her work in Beadwork magazine, and she was a finalist in the Bead Dreams compeition in 2017. Her accolades are long, as she also has taught and exhibited internationally and recently was invited to exhibit in Kiev, Ukraine. Not only is Betty a gifted artist, but she is also an RN and a Certified Nurse Midwife with a husband, three grown children, and three dogs to keep her busy!
Debora has crafted in nearly every medium, but once she created with metal and wire, she knew she had found a new favorite. In addition to designing and making jewelry, Debora enjoys teaching her techniques to other students across the country.
Vicki Moon Spiegel
Vicki is an eclectic artist with many talents! As a graduate of CCAD, she began her artistic career running the sewing room and designing flags and banners, followed by a 25-year stint as a professional illustrator for the Columbus Zoo. She works regularly in mixed media and exhibits regularly in Ohio. Vicki honors her moods by working in many media, including mosaic collages, bead-work, drawings, eclectic dolls, oil paintings, metal work, and sewing. Her work is eccentric, unusual, strange, and visionary, all the markings of a terrific artist!
Sarajane works with polymer clay, ceramics, metal, textiles, digital media, and BEADS!
In addition to her own art, she helps develop and showcase that of others through instruction, publication, and website design. Visit her website at:
Kaska, an award winning jewelry artist, has been involved in various arts all her life. In 1988 she graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a BA in Interior Design. Her interests in other arts and a strong desire to create with her hands led her to pursue other creative avenues as well. She has spent time with clay sculpture, stained glass, and sawing eventually arriving at wire art.
Kaska has been designing and crafting wire jewelry since the summer of 2000, when she took her first instruction in that medium. Since then she continued to advance her skills in jewelry arts – wire, lapidary, silver-smiting, metal clay, chain-making, glass fusing, and wire weaving – by attending William Holland School of Lapidary Arts in Georgia, taking classes provided by local and visiting artists, and through her own experimentation with various tools and materials.
Eva began beading as a way to spend time with her daughters but soon became hopelessly addicted. In 2005 Eva opened Grand River BeadStudio in Cleveland, Ohio. Eva now spends most days in the studio creating, writing and teaching, but has been know to take her show on the road. She has discovered an affinity for working with wire and metals and prefers to design in an organic and unstructured style. Currently, Eva is working on her second book on organic jewelry design.