About Alexanna

  I've been beading since I learned as a child from my grandfather, who was Blackfoot. Sticks and stones are my medium. My passion grew after college, when I became a medical professional, and it often saw me through long nights during rotation. In 1987, I changed from allopathic (mainstream) medicine to acupuncture, and practiced in the San Bernardino area of California for the next 25 years.

After my husband and I retired to the ancient Black Hills, I became fully addicted to beading. Using a single needle and tiny beads, I explore the characteristics and push the possibilities of basic stitch structures. Each piece leads to new “what if…?” moments.

I just love seeing how things go together. My reward is to capture space and light in a three dimensional, textural form that is innovative, yet eminently wearable. Having discovered woodturning a few years ago, I can now do the same with three-dimensional forms. Having these two materials work together is more opportunity than challenge. When they do, the results delight and often surprise me.

For the past decade, I have been showing in galleries across the country...

Spearfish Center for the Arts, Spearfish SD - June 2012 and June 2013
Dahl Arts Center, Rapid City SD - June 2013, Nov 2013, June 2014, and June-Aug 2015
Advocacy for the Arts, Gillette WY - Jan, 2013
Rapid City Arts Council's "The Goods”, Rapid City SD - Nov. 2013
Bone Creek Museum, David City NE - 2014
1875 Gallery, Sundance WY - August 2014
Newport Sea Base, Newport CA - 2014
MonDak Museum Heritage Center, Sidney MT - July- Oct, 2015

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