It's Tucson time again!!! Well, not quite. But as we head into the 2014 holiday season, everyone's thoughts are turning toward Tucson -- making arrangements, checking the budgets, and deciding exactly what you plan to see and do at the Tucson gem, jewelry, bead, mineral, and fossil shows in February.
One of the greatest things about the Tucson shows is that, every year, there are new things to explore. For 2015, there will a brand-new show -- the Tucson Glass Art and Bead Festival. It is a celebration of glass art, and it's promoted and supported completely by glass artists. You'll find some of the most spectacular glass beads, sculptures, and more by premier artists from around the world. Artists who will be exhibiting and selling their glass at the show include Lewis Wilson, Bronwen Heilman, Akihiro Okama, Patty Lakinsmith, and many others.

In addition to the amazing glass art vendors, the show will also include a wonderful exhibit of Japanese glass artwork. The work of more than 20 Japanese artists will be showcased to the public -- free of charge!
The Tucson Glass Art and Bead Festival will be held at the Quality Inn and Suites on South Julian Drive in Tucson and will run from Febuary 3-7. For more info, check the website –

 Karla Rosenbusch
is the managing editor of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, Step By Step Wire Jewelry, and the Tucson Show Guide