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Grand River Bead Society

Located in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, and serving the surrounding area, the Grand River Bead Society (GRBS) was formed in 2001 by a group of bead enthusiasts who wanted to share their knowledge and inspire others about all things beading-related. It is a non-profit, volunteer group of people who share an abiding love of, and an enthusiasm for, beads,beadwork, and related jewellery-making skills. We are a member of the Guelph Arts Council.

The organization has become a thriving arts community that includes beaders, stringers, wire-workers, metalsmiths, glass bead lampworkers, fiber artists, polymer and metal clay artists, and others who incorporate both novel and traditional materials and techniques in their work.

The GRBS is run by an executive made up of enthusiastic volunteers.

Upcoming Events

November 2017

Grand River Bead Society Bead Show and Sale

November 11 @ 10:00 am - November 12 @ 5:00 pm
Grand River Bead Society

BeadFX is proud to support and promote the 15th Annual Bead Show and Sale, sponsored by the Grand River Bead Society. Dates: Saturday, November 11 and Sunday, November 12 Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm both days Location: Evergreen Seniors Community Centre, Guelph (683 Woolwoch Street, Guelph, ON) Admission: $3 See vendors with jewellery and feast your eyes on crystals, gemstones, pearls, and more! Watch demos of jewellery making techniques. Register for a class. Door prizes Free parking For more information about…

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How to Register:

  • You may register by phone at (416) 751-1911, or in-person at our store.
  • Payment or a deposit is required in advance for registration.
  • Some classes have associated kit fees, please check class details to see where applicable. Some kit fees are payable to the store, some to the instructor and may be cash only in that case.
  • For some studio classes, those using fire-breathing torches and fast spinny things a waiver must be signed acknowledging you have experience or training in their use, and we will ensure you have training to work safely!
  • Some classes have age requirements. Students MUST be 18 years or older in order to be able to take any of our lampworking, soldering, fusing, and some metalsmithing classes.

Class Cancellation Policy:

  • If you need to cancel, please let us know 5 days prior to the class. Cancellations made later than that will forfeit the class deposit or fee.
  • We may re-schedule or cancel classes if we do not receive the minimum number of bookings, or in case of bad weather or instructor illness. In this case, you will be notified and the fees will be refunded or issued as store credit.