Welcome to the Brewster Kaleidoscope Society (BKS). We are a community of artists, collectors and galleries committed to the promotion of kaleidoscopes as an art form.
Watch our web promo video, featuring footage from our 2014 Kaleidoscope convention in Sacramento, CA! (Video by Nick Kalish)
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. Share this video with others by linking to it from the Brewster Society Facebook Page.
- Watch this space for a brand new website design! Volunteer to help with content development. See more.
- Plans for the 2015 Convention are being formed. See you in Covington, KY, May 28 to May 31, 2015!
- Read about the new BKS structure -as a membership-based organization.
- Join the Brewster Kaleidoscope Society to access additional features on this site.
- The Fall 2014 NewsScope is on-line for members to view or download.
On September 2, 2014 the BKS Web Committee (Debra Wilson, Mary Boll, Sharon Sandstrom, Emily Wert, Michael Barndt and Larry Starr) selected Spring Mountain, LLC (Jay Archibald) to redesign the BKS Web Site. We are excited to create a website for all of the BKS members, something we will all be proud of.
We plan on a launch data at the end of November, just in time for membership renewals and convention registration. Over the next 3 months we will be creating a new look and feel to the web site.
- Updating, refreshing and re-framing of all content
- Ability for members to update their own info
- An improved membership signup and convention process
- Ability for non-members to ask questions that member can answer
- Social network integration
- Providing a great user experience, adding extensive and useful content for non-members, along with special content for existing members in an effort to get people to join the BKS
- A website that works as well on your phone as it does your computer, using any browser
Volunteer to help build the site!
We cannot do this without your help. Everyone is busy, but if you join us and contribute to the site, we can work out specific/ short-term assignments that will allow you to manage your time commitment.
What do you want to see from the new website so it works better for you as a member? What info about you or your business would you like to see on this site?
Consider the following opportunities to help build the web site -
(You control how many assignments you are able to accept.)
Content development -
- review sections of the web site that talk about scopes and help to update, reformat and expand the material
– accept assignments to write short segments on new topics
– edit/ improve drafts others have written or “re-purposed” material from past NewsScope articles
Longer term development -
- create a “how to” or other educational tutorial – some as videos
– contribute kaleidoscope images – interior and exterior
– help identify/ tag kaleidoscope images
– help build an index to past issues of NewsScope
– assist with scanning and formatting back issues of NewsScope (before 2004)
Submit a request to Debra Wilson (BKS web team leader) to assist with site development by either creating new content or working to improve existing content. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to assist the web committee please send an email to Debra Wilson (firstname.lastname@example.org) or contact any board member.
Effective January 1, 2013 the Brewster Kaleidoscope Society began operating as a member owned and member governed corporation. For many years the society was operated by our founder Cozy Baker as a sole proprietorship. When she retired, she asked some of the members to assume the leadership roles. They formed an LLC and operated the society in the traditions established by Cozy. In 2012 the members of the LLC felt it was time to move the society to the next level as a member driven organization. At the 2012 convention in Atlanta a steering committee was formed to manage the transition.
Our goal was to form an organization that preserved the traditions and activities of BKS and be managed by a leadership team comprised of members elected by the general membership. The committee explored a number of organizational options and ultimately chose to organize as a corporation under the statutes of Missouri.
Read the profiles of the leadership team.