Enter The Stars


How it works: Each year we ask artists to contribute a beaded item of a specific theme. We install these collected items in an exhibition highlighting the power of people coming together for the purpose of community and creation. The exhibition is then on display for roughly a year. Once finished, the individual items are used in fundraising efforts for the Museum supporting the staff, development, and programs of this community-based institution.


In January of 2024, the exhibition was mounted over the entrance to the Museum Gallery. 250 stars from seven different countries now adorn the ceiling allowing the visitor to admire a sky full of stars and marvel at the uniqueness of each. In January of 2025, this exhibit will come down and individual stars will be available for purchase. 

Below is the information and guidelines put forth during the call for entries. The call is now closed, no more stars will be accepted into this project. 


 Image courtesy of Deborah Ryan


The theme for this year is *Enter the Stars* and we would like you to make and send in a beaded star that will be part of an installation exhibit in our gallery entryway. Help us decorate this space with a sky of stars. It will be our opening year, and we want to highlight every one of you that made this opening possible as the stars you are.

We invite you, no matter your experience, style, or technique, to make a star and send it to us.


  • Stars can be anywhere between 2” in any direction to 10” in any direction
  • As the stars will be hung, 3-Dimensional is best, but we are not discouraging 2D as long as they do not fold under their own weight. 
  • Use of an armature, framework, or solid structure to bead upon is acceptable.
  • Each star needs to have a loop of material or jumpring at the top for them to be hung from.
  • Found materials are acceptable but we ask that the stars are at least 70% beads.
  • No color requirements
  • Original designs only. Due to copyrights that some patterns have, we must require that designs are created by you or that you have express permission to use them for this project.
  • Feel free to send us as many as you like. In fact, the more the better!


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