Patricia Venaleck: Artist, Instructor, Life-Long Art Appreciator

Discovering a piece of art that moves you with its story and complexity is truly one of the most marvelous things in life. That’s why I’ve made it my mission to become one of the propellers of fine art, with lampwork bead-making as my medium. I channel my artistic expertise to create one-of-a-kind pieces that art collectors just like you can wear in everyday life.

Asymetrical Floral Drop Pendant

Finding the Right Medium

What led me to become an impassioned lampwork glass bead maker is my strong desire to bring out the color found in watercolors and combine this with the brilliance and shine of glass. And, while I found that working with watercolors produced this desired effect of color, I realized that it soon loses the glimmering wet look only fresh paint has.

Perfecting My Process

I experimented with metals until I discovered that using this as my medium lacked the vibrance I wanted. It wasn’t until I had combined metal, glass, and fire that I have finally found the balance between keeping the brilliance of colors with the strength and elegance of metal. Finally, I found the best way to create wearable pieces of art that allowed individuals to speak their style.

My Professional Training and Career Background

Educational Achievements

Bachelor of Art Education

Eastern Michigan University

Master’s Degree

Eastern Michigan University

Additional Teaching Certification

Oakland University

hydrangea earrings

Professional Experience

I spent 38 years as a secondary school art instructor with the Warren Consolidated Schools in Warren, Michigan. I primarily instructed students in the 9th through 12th grade on the topics of beginning and advanced art. Within my time in the school, I’d been able to accomplish the following:

  • Developed and Implemented Warren Mott High School Computer Art/ Commercial Art Program

  • Founded the Lampwork Art Curriculum for Students in the Mott High School Art Program

  • Showcased Brilliant Student Artworks in Display Areas Though Out the School District

  • Submitted the Entries of Four Students Who Had Won National Awards in the Annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards (Competition for the Macomb, St. Clair, Lapeer Counties)

  • Studied Lampwork With Fellow Artists (Mari Johnson, Sharon Peters, Heather Thrimlett, Kim Fields, Stephanie Sersich)

Career Milestones and Achievements

Two of My Lampwork Pieces Have Been Published in 1000 Glass Beads: Innovation & Imagination in Contemporary Glass Beadmaking by Lark Books

One of My Lampwork Pieces Was Published in 500 Earrings: New Directions in Contemporary Jewelry by Lark Books

The piece Traveled to the Japanese Bead Museum in Japan for My Award-Winning Piece in Convergence II: Adorning the Past, Present, and Pretend

A Pair of My Earrings Was Chosen by Lark Books for Lark Studio Series: Earrings

Four Necklaces Were Published in Showcase 500 Beaded Jewelry: Photographs of Beautiful Contemporary Beadwork

Galleries and Show Participations

Since 2001, I have been showcasing my works in the following fairs and exhibitions:

  • Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair — The Guild
    Ann Arbor, Michigan

  • Ann Arbor State Street Art Fair
    Ann Arbor, Michigan

  • Common Ground Sanctuary Art in the Park
    Birmingham, Michigan

  • Charlevoix’s Annual Art and Craft Show
    Charlevoix, Michigan

  • Grosse Pointe Art Fair
    Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan

  • Plymouth Art in the Park
    Huntington Woods, Michigan

  • Levis Commons Fine Art Fair
    Perrysburg, Ohio

  • Orchard Lake Fine Art Show
    Orchard Lake, Michigan

  • Mount Clemens Art Fair
    Mount Clemens, Michigan

  • Northfield Hills Art on the Lake
    Troy, Michigan

  • Arts & Apples Festival
    Rochester, Michigan

  • Sugarloaf Craft Festivals
    Novi, Michigan

  • Elf Shelf Arts and Crafts Show (Troy Women’s Association)
    Troy, Michigan

  • Heart to Hands (Lutheran North High School)
    Macomb, Michigan

  • Orchard Lake Fine Art Show
    West Bloomfield, Michigan

  • Royal Oak Market: Art Fair Edition
    Royal Oak, Michigan

  • Royal Oak Clay, Glass, and Metal Show Art Fair
    Royal Oak, Michigan

  • Fine Art at The Village
    Rochester Hills, Michigan

  • Crocker Park Fine Art Fair
    Westlake, Ohio

  • Crosby Festival of the Arts
    Toledo Botanical Garden, Ohio

Copper Verdigris Ancient Bottle

Previous Galleries

My work was exhibited at the ISGB Convention in Portland, Oregon (2004) and was shown and sold in the following galleries:

  • Anton Art Center in Mount Clemens, Michigan

  • Burning Bead Studio, Inc in Detroit, Michigan

  • Rubini Gallery in Benzonia, Michigan

  • Mullaly’s 128 Gallery in Elk Rapids, Michigan

  • Firebrick Gallery and Pottery Studio in Rochester, Michigan

  • Ariana Gallery in Royal Oak, Michigan

Organizations and Affiliations

International Society of Glass Bead Makers (ISGB)

Michigan Art Education Association (MAEA)

National Art Education Association (NAEA)

Collaboration with Terri Dworkin

Awards and Accolades

  • Patron of the Arts Award, Macomb Arts Council

  • 2nd Place, Jewelry Category, Delphi Glass Competition (2002)

  • Honorable Mention Award, Mt. Clemens Art Fair (2004)

  • 1st Place, Jewelry Category, Delphi Glass Competition (2004)

  • 3rd Place, Shelby Art Fair (2006)

  • Finalist, Convergence: Contemporary Jewelry Design With Art—Glass Beads, a Traveling Exhibit of the Bead&Button Magazine and the International Society of Glass Beadmakers (ISGB) (2009)

  • Winner of Brighton Beads award 2009 at the Michigan silversmith guild show

  • Finalist, Convergence II: Adorning the Past, Present and Pretend (2010)

  • Finalist, ISGB Show Indelible (2012)

  • Finalist, Bead Dreams, Bead&Button Magazine’s Annual Bead Artistry Competition (2014)

Get in Touch Today

I’d be more than glad to tell you all about my wonderful experiences in the art world. Reach me now for all your inquiries.