Julie Long Gallegos

Gaslight Original Beadwork

"I'm a completely modern woman who loves the past! I embrace this contrast, because it is the place where creativity is born. From Antiquity to Art Deco and the Age of Aquarius, in a variety of techniques, my work becomes your "go-to" piece for an evening out, a special occasion, or a once-in-a-lifetime event such as a wedding. I'm my own customer and only offer what I'm proud to wear myself."

Julie Long Gallegos's first artistic influences were the natural beauty and fascinating history and architecture of the San Francisco Bay Area. Needle and thread have been in her hand for as long as she can remember, and she thanks her grandmothers, mother, and sister for sharing their superb craft skills. Successful beading captures a place and time; it brings color and texture together to evoke a world.

Gallegos's creations are equally inspired by colors and textures. She first selects a palette of beads, metals, and gemstones—materials that give the same visual thrill as the original inspiration. Next, she creates a drawing in colored pencil, often in several views, to fix the design and determine the type of stitch—flat loomwork or peyote stitch, crochet or in-the-round. The final drawing is the precise pattern.

From her earliest years, Gallegos was encouraged in needlework, drawing, and sewing by her extraordinarily gifted family. She never left her craft completely; a corporate career gave her critical mind time to develop. She came to beadwork in 2005 while restoring a beaded 1920s dress. An autodidact in bead weaving, she has expanded her skills into fine jewelry and metalsmithing, to enable full realization of her designs.

Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Wearable Expressions, Palos Verdes Art Center, Palos Verdes, CA , 2017
American Craft Council , San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, 2015
Contemporary Craft Market, Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena, CA, 2014
Peninsula Jewish Community Center Art Competition, 800 Foster City Blvd, Foster City, CA, 2014
American Craft Council, Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD, 2014
Celebration of Craftswomen, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA, 2014
American Craft Council, Fort Mason Center , San Francisco, CA, 2013
1000 Beads, Lark Publications, USA, 2014
500 Beaded Jewelry, Lark Publications, USA, 2012
ARTFirst! Holiday Show, Village Gallery, El Cerrito, CA, 2012