John A. Beeman Biography
Born in Kansas City and raised in St. Petersburg. John moved to Tampa to attend the University of South Florida where he earned a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree and continued there as Head of Acquisitions at the new Medical Center Library. He subsequently transferred to the College of Fine Arts where he set up a Learning Resources Facility. After several years, he switched to the public sector and was a librarian in the Fine Arts Department of the Tampa-Hillsborough Library System. He moved up the ladder and opened the Riverview Branch Library in 1979, managed the North Tampa, Westgate and Ruskin Libraries and then moved to Seattle.
John worked for the Sno-Isle Library System, in Snohomish County north of Seattle. For several years managing branch libraries and, finally, opening the new Marysville Library and then retired from librarianship. He became a realtor and worked in the Everett office of the Windermere Real Estate organization for an additional eight years.
In 2003, while recovering from spine surgery, John attended a bead show at the Seattle Center and discovered the magical world of beads. There has been no turning back as his fascination with jewelry design and materials continues to grow. Utilizing world travel to meet suppliers and find materials has been a significant part of this process. Opening a shop in Gallup, NM was a challenging new direction for John and opened up a world of opportunities to collaborate with prominent native American artisans as Gallup is a major center for the making and selling of native American jewelry art.
Currently, John is engaged in his own designs, collaborative designs and efforts to create a strong on-line presence with his Facebook page and web site, www.beemanjewelrydesign.com. He hopes that people will visit both places and enjoy perusing his website and the jewelry exhibited there.