Style & Substance: Beguiling Beads 

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"For me, individual beads represent points of color that can be assembled to create a form," artist Ingrid Bernhardt says of her intricate beaded art forms. "Like looking through a magnifying glass at newsprint or a lithograph, many points of differing colors take on shape when viewed with the naked eye."

While Bernhardt has been working with beads since early childhood, it wasn't until she saw a how-to article on knitting beads that she began to teach herself how to crochet them into the purses, boxes and jewelry that she creates today. Her colorful, whimsical pieces are shown exclusively at Quirk Gallery. Bernhardt also teaches classes for children and adults through the Visual Arts Center, and you can find her every year at the 43rd Street Festival.

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