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2012 Brewster Kaleidoscope Society Convention

We're hosting the 22nd Annual Brewster Kaleidoscope Society Convention!

WHEN: April 12-15, 2012

WHERE: Loews Atlanta Hotel in Midtown,1065 Peachtree Street

COST: $340 ($285 through March 1)

Full registration lets you:
  • Take kaleidoscope-making classes
  • See new scopes unveiled
  • Attend special sessions (wood-turning demonstration, kaleidoscope quilts, more)
  • Have a ball at the Saturday banquet (50's sock hop theme, dancing, DJ, contests, door prizes)!
The Sales Room will be open to the general public on Saturday, April 14 and Sunday April 15 from 12-4 pm. This is your chance to meet and talk to many kaleidoscope artists and look at their newest kaleidoscopes.


Register with us here:

Those who register for the entire weekend will have a chance to sign up to make their own kaleidoscope (classes are offered by 6 different artists), participate in the Friday morning unveiling of brand new kaleidoscopes for 2012, go to sessions on Kaleidoscope Quilts, wood-turning and more, and enjoy the themed Saturday night Banquet . Meals included with registration are Friday and Saturday continental breakfasts, Friday lunch, Sat banquet and Sunday brunch.

For questions concerning registration contact Mary Boll, BKS registrar at 740-352-2310.

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The Atlanta Convention will be held at the Loews Atlanta Hotel in Midtown Atlanta (1065 Peachtree Street), with a special room rate of $139/night available April 9-17. These rates are good until March 10, 2012. Specify Brewster Kaleidoscope Society when you make your reservation, or go to hotel link, or call Reservations at 888-563-9736. Atlanta locals may want to consider making it a mini Stay-Cation.

The Loews Atlanta is centrally located, close to many of Atlanta's best attractions. Walk to the High Museum of Art, Alliance Theater, Symphony Hall, Piedmont Park and the Botanical Gardens, the Margaret Mitchell House and Gone with the Wind museum, as well as dozens of shops and restaurants in Colony Square. An entrance to the Marta line is just a block away. Hop a train to the Coca-Cola Museum, the Georgia Aquarium, Centennial Olympic Park or take in a Braves game. Other options a short drive away are the Atlanta History Museum and the Swan Coach House, the Cyclorama, the Atlanta Zoo, Stone Mountain Park and Lake Lanier. 

The following artists have already signed up for the sales room:

Charles Karadimos, Carolyn Bennett, Alex Bouteneff, Teresa Hickok and Andi Schoellkopf, Yasuko Nakazato, Bob Rubanowice, Yuko Sakai, Pat Seaman, Koji Yamami, Malini Pawar, Kazuyo Ikoma, Steve and Peggy Kittelson, Fusako Omura, Chikako Ishida, Bob and Grace Ade, Kari Makoutz, ARNY Weinstein, David Kalish, Jon Greene, Marc Tickle, Steven Gray, Sue Rioux. Judith Paul and Tom Durden, Henry Bergeson, David Katz, Mitsue Ito, R. Scott Cole, Sheryl Koch, Lori Riley

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At the convention you will have a chance to take classes with world-renowned kaleidoscope artists. Make your very own one-of-a-kind collectible kaleidoscope! (Listed cost is for those registered for full convention. Cost of classes for those not registered is $200/class)

Class 1:
Peggy and Steve Kittelson  CLASS IS FULL
  • Cost: $150
  • Class Size: maximum of 8
  • Sat 9 AM - 12 PM - 3 hours
Make a kaleidoscope with a brass body, hand-painted with an overcoating. Your finished kaleidoscope will have a 7 point, 2 mirror system and an oil-filled cell. Bring your own objects, or use materials available in the class.

Class 2:
Judith Paul and Tom Durden
  • Cost: $145
  • Class Size: maximum of 12
  • Sat 9 AM - 1 PM - 4 hours
Build a liquid filled powder coated 8 1/2 in aluminum scope with us. Then decorate it with dichroic glass and design a dichroic filled cell. There will be 5 colored exteriors to choose from and hundreds of pieces of fire polished dichroic to play with. For the cell there will be hundreds of pieces of glass, metal, anodized wire, beads and dichroic to choose from. Your scope will be enhanced with a 3 diopter glass magnifying lens and a six point 2 mirror system, which you may choose (or not) to assemble for yourself.

Class 3:
Bob and Grace Ade 
  • Cost: $140
  • Class Size: maximum of 10
  • Sat 1 - 4 PM - 3 hours
Build an art glass parlor scope 8 in long, 2 in wide and 6 in high. The semi-cylindrical case will be mounted on a glass pedestal. You may choose either a 2 mirror or 3 mirror system. The rotating dry cell has a removable cap to allow personalizing the contents. Some soldering and gluing involved. No previous skills required. Grace and
Bob Ade will assist with each step as necessary. You may choose from several colors of art glass cases for your project.

Class 4: Phil Coghill
  • Cost: $140
  • Class size: minimum 4, maximum 12
  • Sat 1-4 PM - 3 hours.
Decorate and assemble a wooden scope, approximately 9 in long by 2.5 in diameter, using the metal leaf technique. You can choose an assembled 6 point, 2 mirror system or assemble your own. You may choose from available completed liquid-filled cells, or you can fill a dry cell with your choice of items, including flame-worked glass pieces.

Class 5: Durette Class No Longer Available

Class 6:
Scott Cole
  • Cost $140
  • Class Size: maximum of 10
  • Sat 9 AM-12:30 PM - 3.5 hours
Using an intricately colored glass tube, construct a 2-mirror sidelight with a ball-bearing turning end. You will be able to do some lamp-working for a more detailed object cell and add a glass magnifier to enhance the image. The result will be uniquely spectacular on both the exterior as well as the interior.

Class 7A & 7B: 
Pat Seaman, Creating with Wire that Glows
  • Cost Part A $95 (Basic only)
  • Cost Part B $100 (Creative Kits); Must take Part A to take Part B
  • Class Size: maximum of 10 for Part A, maximum of 8 for Part B
  • Part A: Sat 9 AM-10 AM - 1 hour
  • Part B: Sat 10 AM-12 PM - 2 hours
This hands-on class is FOR kaleidoscope artists as well as other creative attendees.

Light wire is wire the diameter of a strand of spaghetti (2.5 mm) that glows like neon when connected to a power source. It comes in many colors and has incredible potential for scopes.

The class will have two parts. The first hour (Basic) will get you started by making the light wire work. You will learn how to attach light wire to drivers and assemble it into serial and parallel configurations that can flash or stay on.  Class size is limited to 10.

The second part will go beyond.  You will learn to connect a 5 channel sequencer to 4 interchangeable colors of wire. Many possibilities for you to explore Light wire to design your own projects will be shown and discussed. The Creativity kit provides materials that are NOT in the basic kit. Class size is limited to 8. Students taking this part MUST have taken the first part.

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Wood Turning Demonstration by Marty Wildes, Friday April 13 2:00 pm


Marty's bio: I first learned wood turning as a teenager from my grandfather.  I wish I still had his lathe; a homemade machine from old Sears lathe parts.  His skill and patience on that machine are always etched in my memories.  In 1981 I left Northern Wisconsin to enter the U.S. Air Force and after being stationed in Texas for four years, I remained in San Antonio until we moved our family to Georgia in 1998.  About 6 years ago I began a wood shop in my garage and it didn't take long to return to my favorite tool: the wood lathe.  I've been turning seriously for about 4 years, now focusing on hollow forms, urns, lidded bowls and custom orders.   My wife, Mary Jane, is also busy in our studio focusing on carving, wood burning and other embellishments of our turned projects.

I have never made a kaleidoscope, but have a good friend that is an amazing kaleidoscope artist.  For this presentation, we have collaborated to create what we think is a unique project by combining the abilities of a wood lathe with the beauty of a custom kaleidoscope.

Kaleidoscope Quilt Trunk Show by Janice Chesnik, Friday April 13 4 pm


Janice Chesnik will present a trunk show of her kaleidoscope quilts while telling her story of how she morphed from kaleidoscope maker for 27 years to becoming an art quilter.


Brewster Kaleidoscope Society Convention April 12-15, 2012

Thursday, April 12

9:00 am - 9:00 pm     Registration (Mercer Ballroom Pre-Function)

9:00 am - 4:00 pm     Artist setup in sales room  (Mercer Ballroom, G-H-I)

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm     Artist/Retailer supper (Terrace, Salon F weather backup)

5:00 pm - 10:00 pm  Wholesale session with artists and retailers only (Mercer Ballroom)

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm    Collector Welcome Reception (Chastain/Terrace)


Friday, April 13

8:00 am - 9:00 am     Breakfast (Loews Overlook)

9:00 am - 12:00 pm  General Session, unveiling of new scopes (Loews Overlook)

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm  Buffet lunch (Loews Overlook)

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm    Sales room open to Brewster members only (Mercer Ballroom)

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm    Wood Turning demonstration (Marty Wildes) (Ravinia)

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm    Janice ChesnikKaleidoscope Quilt Trunk Show and Talk  (Ardmore)

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm    Bob Sabath & Charles Karadimos, Brewster the next 5 years (Piedmont)

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm    Open House at Kaleidoscope Shop


Saturday, April 14

Classes/discussion groups

8:00 am - 10:00 am   Breakfast (Loews Overlook)


9:00 am - 12:00 pm            Kittelson (9-12) (Inman)
Paul/Durden (9-1) (Ravinia)
Cole (9-12:30) (Ardmore)
Seaman Part A (9-10), Seaman Part B (10-12) (Pittman)

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm               Ade (1-4) (Candler)
Coghill (1-4) (Piedmont)

9:00 am - 10:00 am     Bob Sabath & Charles KaradimosBrewster the next 5 years (Piedmont)Outreach Advocacy Committee (Candler)

10:00 am - 11:00 am  Outreach Advocacy Committee (Candler)

10:00 am - 12:00 pm  Sales room open to Brewster members only  (Mercer Ballroom)

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm    Sales room open to Brewster members and general public  (Mercer Ballroom)

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm      Future Convention Planning (Pittman)

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm     Cocktail Hour (Loews Overlook)

7:00 pm - midnight   Banquet and Party (Loews Overlook)

 Sunday, April 15

9:00 am - 12:00 pm    Breakfast/Brunch with General Session/Awards  (Loews Overlook)

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm    Sales room  open to Brewster members and general public  (Mercer Ballroom)

4:00 pm  -                     Break down and Wrap up



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