Somehow the arts have called me as long as I can remember. Thinking back to my childhood I can remember a most wonderful gift I received from a dear friend of my mother’s. It was a large set of felt markers! I was mesmerized by all the different colors. Perhaps this, combined with my love for flags set the stage for my lifelong interest in creative design, travel and fascination of different cultures around the Globe.
A native of the Netherlands I grew up with regular exposure to various art museums, numerous exhibitions, lots of live music and many theaters which showcased the incredible gifts of the performing arts. As a travel agent/director of tourist information services working in my hometown of Lunteren in the Netherlands I was fortunate to be exposed to and enjoy the experience of traveling through quite a few countries away from home.
After meeting my husband, Scott, and emigrating to California in the early eighties, I enjoyed many years of Motherhood to our beautiful daughter Jessica-Grace and partial motherhood to two very special boys Adam and Aaron. As they all continued to grow older, I spent eight years selling arts and crafts at local shows, four years as President of the North County Dance and Performing Arts Foundation producing Ballet Performances, four years as Director of Information Services for the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center and two years of producing my very own ‘Bavarian’ Christmas show. It was after this that I discovered the wonderful art of bead weaving and began working at a local bead store.
In 2007, after the marriage of our daughter to her newly found Canadian love David-Claude, I started my very fulfilling journey into bead design. I learned that the beads really do talk to us and that my experiences in crocheting, knitting and cross-stitching could all come together in this great medium.
Encouraged by my husband, many dear friends, co-workers at ‘Naturally Jennifer’s Beads & Gallery’ in San Luis Obispo, CA and last, but not least, San Francisco based bead artist Huib Petersen, I am here today offering you my classes.
It is my desire that some of the beauty of all those who have touched and helped shape my life will be present in the pieces I share with you.
Anja has written two books: ‘Beaded Treasures’ and ‘Beaded Nostalgia’
Speaker: Anja Schlotman
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Social half-hour at 7:00 pm with coffee/tea
Location: Courtyard Marriott, 5555 Shellmound, Emeryville, 94605. Map. The parking lot is a gated surface lot around the hotel. Bring your parking ticket into the hotel; get it validated after the meeting and BSNC will pay the parking fee. Members free with membership card, non-members $5.