Friday, June 29, 2012

 Do you want to be in a beading book? Here's your chance. This is a copy of an email that I received from my bead group calling for entries for a new Lark book.

Dear UMBS Member,  Diane Fitzgerald just received this email from Lark Publishing and wanted each one of you to have it, so I am sending it on. Please enter and good luck! Laura
Dear Diane,
I'm pleased to announce a two-month call for entries for a new 500 Series gallery book of handmade contemporary jewelry from Lark Books: Showcase 500 Necklaces. The opportunity closes on August 1, 2012. That is a short window of time, so I ask you please to share the call for entries promptly with your entire jewelry-making community, including peers, associations, schools, students, and all online forums as well as social media like Twitter and Facebook, and to respond to it yourself in a timely way. As always, we hope to receive a wide array of entries from around the world.
I'm also pleased to report Lark has converted to using an online entry system; entries are now online only, through a portal provided by Juried Art Services. Here is the link for the informational prospectus and to enter:
You'll find all the information you need at that link, so please follow the instructions carefully, but here are some key points:
We'll accept jewelry in all materials with all techniques and design styles, including both wearable and conceptual but biasing toward the wearable, simply because most readers prefer seeing wearable jewelry in these books.
Jurying will favor more recent work, and so we ask you to submit very recent or current work from no earlier than 2010. The submission limit is two pieces (one photo of each, with an option of one or two alternate or detail photos per piece). 'Necklaces' can include neckpieces, chokers, torques, collars, operas, ropes, chains, bibs, etc. There is no charge for entry for this book; Lark is covering the Juried Art Services cost. We strongly prefer work that has not been previously published in book form.
The JAS form will walk you through the process, but a few notes:
1. No need to complete the Artist Statement section.
2. Please read and follow Lark's Digital Image Submission Guidelines.
3. We encourage early entries, especially to avoid having any last-minute difficulties with the new entry process: Complete the process ahead of the deadline so you're assured of having time to resolve any technical issues you might encounter.
For questions about registering with Juried Art Services or uploading your material to the site, contact For other questions about the book, please direct them to Hannah Doyle at And please be sure to join Lark Jewelry & Beading on Facebook at for updates and future calls for entries.
We invite you to copy the web ad for the book at for your own website or blog, or to share it on your Facebook page, linking either to that link or to the JAS page at, whichever you prefer.
We are very excited about this book, the third jewelry book since the 500 series evolved into 'Showcase 500'. Showcase 500 Rings ( ) just published in May, and Showcase 500 Beaded Jewelry ( will publish in August. We know Showcase 500 Necklaces will be a book devoted to work of creative excellence and innovation, and we invite and welcome your contribution to the book.
Thank you very much.
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Ray Hemachandra
Team Lead and Business Manager
Lark Jewelry & Beading
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Asheville, North Carolina 28801
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