Friday, February 15, 2008

The Historical Manning House Mansion

Welcome to the Manning House Mansion: (click any photo for a larger view) Photos were shot on the last day of the show, Feb 10th, before all the customers arrived to capture the true beauty of this landmark.

Transportation and Parking:

Manning House Parking - Main FREE parking lot that leads you right to the Silverbell Gallery (where my booth is... how convenient!)

Alternate City Parking - If there's no parking spaces available, this lot is right next door. If you stay until we close, after 6 p.m., your parking is FREE! And you do need an entire day to see all the wonderful vendors. Whoopee.)

Free Shuttle Service (Every 15 minutes pickup from the front of the Manning House for your shopping convenience)

Manning House Mansion (exterior shots around the landmark):

A new friend Nick met while shooting photos. This little doggie was so energetic and had fun running around Nick while he shot his photos. She wanted to be in some of them too!)

Our friend posing #1

Our friend posing #2

Various exterior shots of the Manning House:

Onsite Cafe and Rotunda:

Cafe to dine and sip a nice cool drink between shopping. How luxurious the setting!

Rotunda outside #1 Another beautiful area to take a load off your feet during your shopping spree.

Rotunda outside #2 Closeup

The Silverbell Gallery:

Entrance from parking to Silverbell Gallery and Ballroom

Gorgeous restroom with carved wood trimmed mirrors. None of that convention bathroom stalls for you baby!

Kelly Russell of Beadfuddled busy shopping and as usual, not at her booth (ha!) One of my best buddies and her polymer work is featured in a project in Bead Romantique.

Before the show opened on last day

Before the show opened on last day

Lisa Kan Designs (Geez, I need a haircut soon. Thanks Nick for taking a photo of the booth BEFORE it was setup. I'll have to add a nicer one on the next Show Stop: Portland)

T-Beads an original exhibitor from day one just like me and Marsha Neal Studio. Tammy makes the cutest sculptural and frog beads! Many of her themes are reflective of her Florida home.)

Marsha Neal Studi0 one of my best buddies and ceramic artist extraordinaire. Just look at the array of color on her table. How does she do it all?
Nikki Thornburg another one of my best show buddies who makes the cutest sculptural frog beads (everyone loves frogs!) as well as organic beads. Nikki also has an energetic and vibrant personality. I love being around her.

The Silverbell Ballroom:

Before the show on last day. This is how things look like before everything becomes pretty!

Vendors cleaning up before the anxious shoppers show up. We had people waiting by the door nearly every day, 1/2 hour before we opened.

Vendors setting up before the crowds arrive.

Vintaj, one my best buddies has a HUGE presence. There are three projects in my Bead Romantique book utilizing Vintaj. I'll also have a number of magazine articles featuring their findings in 2008. More news on this later, gotta keep the mystery up until the articles are published.

Morning Star Room:

Specialty Beads #1. If you look carefully you will see an alternate version of a project from the book on the table near my postcard! Jannell Botto and Specialty Beads is MY source for beautiful Italian wire mesh for all my projects. This is the SAME product as Wire Lace but sold as "wire mesh". The only difference is the copyrighted name.

Speciality Beads #2 Jannell has an excellent selection of Murano glass beads and pendants, which she brings directly from her trips to Italy.

Speciality Beads #3 Other accoutrement like ribbons and findings for your creations


Redondo Pavilion (this tent will be removed for the 2009 MHBS to add additional onsite parking for your shopping convenience!)

Various Interesting Architectural Details:

I hope you enjoyed taking a tour with me through the Manning House and Nick's camera lens. Join me in 2009 as I return to this beautiful venue. The 2009 show will be managed by The Manning House Mansion, themselves, with exciting new changes and improvements to an already beautiful show. Mark your calenders from February 3-8, 2009 and I'll see you there. More news about the new Manning House Beadshow will be posted on their site soon.

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