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Introduction
Introduction

Geri Beam's love of art was first expressed through participation in high school performing arts programs. Active in Community Theater for twenty years, her commitment led to membership in the Actors’ Equity Association in 2002. Concurrently, Beam explored oil paints, ceramics and fused glass, but found her focus in 2009, after taking textile classes with Laura Wasilowski and Jane Dunnewold. Accepted into Jane Dunnewold’s Art Cloth Mastery Program in 2012, she chose to retire from her ‘day-job’ after twenty-six years of working in the Information Technology field. Beam joined the Surface Design Association in 2011 and her work was included in the SDA 2013 Member's Show. She is currently a member of several sewing and quilt guilds in California, and devotes her time to teaching and creating art.

Artist's statement

I am compelled to create. If a day goes by without creative release, dark, mental clouds gather! Making art clears the air, brings light, and relieves the stress of everyday life. My goal is to express my deepest feelings and to help others to do the same. There is nothing so sweet as to see someone experience an ah-ha moment. An inner voice guides me. I work quickly and intuitively - letting myself get lost in the moment of creation. My preferred materials are luxurious natural fibers that feel good to touch. Tactile textures and rich color add the complexity I seek, yet simple lines, capable of expressing movement or feeling, are what I value most. I use sparkle and shine to generate realism; but sparingly! I am currently honing my craft and clarifying my artist's voice. Expanding the tools in my creative tackle box avoids boredom and lassitude. Incorporating computer technology and software programs balances any weakness in manual processes. I continue to create classes and lectures to teach others how to tap their creative voice. I hope to inspire and influence the lives of others through my art, and through sharing the gifts I have been given.

Surface Design Association Member Page

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

Surface Design and Art Quilt
  Specialize in fused art quilts and surface design 2009 - Present

Computer Software for Quilting, Embroidery and Digitizing: EQ7 including EQStitch digitizing module, Viking 5D Professional - all modules, Viking TruEmbroidery

Theatrical Costume Design
  Costume Department Sonoma State University 2001-2003

Costumer for Roswell Village Playhouse, Atlanta GA 1992-2001

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Assistant to Jane Dunneworld The New Art Cloth – Art Quilt Tahoe 2012

Fusing classes New Pieces Quilt Shop, Berkeley CA 2012 – Present

Fusing classes Village Sewing Center, Santa Rosa, CA 2012 – Present

MEMBERSHIPS

Member – American Sewing Guild, Santa Rosa Chapter, 2010 – Present

Member – Actors’ Equity Association 2002 – Present

Member – Waste Water Women Design Group, Santa Rosa CA 2009- 2012

Member – Embellishment Club, The Sewing and Vacuum Place, Santa Rosa CA, 2011- Present

Member – Block of the Month Club, New Pieces Quilt Shop, Berkeley CA 2010 - 2012

Member – Embroidery Club, Quilt Club, Sewing Club, Village Sewing Center, Santa Rosa, CA 2008 – Present

Member – Art Beyond the Surface - Online gallery

Member – Northern California Quilt Council - Pleasant Hill, CA 2014 - Present

Member – East Bay Heritage Quilters - Kensington, CA 2014 - Present

Member – Ladies of the Lake Quilt Guild - Lake County, CA 2013 - Present

Member – Napa Valley Quilt Guild, Napa, CA 2013 - Present

Member – Santa Rosa Quilt Guild, Santa Rosa, CA 2012 - Present

Member – Fiber Expressions, Napa, CA 2013 - Present

Member – Pointless Sisters, Santa Rosa, CA 2014 - Present

EDUCATION

Nov 2011 Art Quilt Tahoe Tahoe, CA
  Jane Dunnewold – The New Complex Cloth

Oct 2011 Pacific International Quilt Festival Santa Clara, CA
  Laura Wasalaski – Tiny Homes and Gardens
  Debi Kuennen-Baker – Textured Savvy Serger Vest

Oct 2011 American Sewing Guild Workshop Petaluma, CA
  Dini – Embroidery Art Trunk Show and Workshop

July 2011 1 Day Class, Quilted Vine Quilt Shop Santa Rosa, CA
  Dianna Roberts – Essence of Landscape

Jul 2011 1 Day Class, City of San Rafael Sponsor San Rafael, CA
  Mathangi Sundararajan – History and Process of Batik

Aug 2011 2 Day Class, New Pieces Quilt Shop Berkeley, CA
  Rebecca Rohrkaste – Circles Another Way

Oct 2010 Pacific International Quilt Festival Santa Clara, CA
  Linda Schmidt – Creating with Cool Stuff, More Cool Stuff

Nov 2009 Art Quilt Tahoe Tahoe, CA
  Jane Dunnewold – Complex Cloth

Oct 2009 Pacific International Quilt Festival Santa Clara, CA
   Laura Wasalaski – Fast Fun Fusing
  Bobbie Bergquist – Marbling on Fabric

Art Cloth Mastery Program 2012 - Completed in 2014