Glimmer at the Grape Soiree

This piece will be available for Auction at the 2015 Easter Seals’ Grape Soiree on Saturday, October 17, 2015.

“Glimmer” is a fine silver pendant fused with dichroic glass on double-entwined 24″ sterling silver chains, accompanied by art-glass earwires with sterling components.

Glimmer all night long...

Glimmer all night long…

The Set.

The Set.

The Pea Pod Shuffle ~ 2013 Grape Soiree

For this year’s September 28, 2013 Grape Soiree, an annual fundraising event featuring fine art and wine to benefit Easter Seals of Central Illinois, I’ve donated a piece for the live art auction titled The Pea Pod Shuffle.

The Pea Pod Shuffle

The Pea Pod Shuffle


The Pea Pod Shuffle is an organic piece modeled from a sugar snap pea.  It features a fine silver pendant embracing faceted hematite crystals, catching the light inside and reflecting it outward.  Coordinating fine-silver earrings with smoky crystals complete the set

Details about the event can be found on the Grape Soiree Facebook page and on the Central IL Easter Seals website.  It’s always an inspirational and amazing evening.


And Thank YOU for a great year!

As the year draws to a close, my mind is almost bursting with ideas for new creations.

(Maybe it’s because I’m committed to finishing the screenplay I’ve been working on…  That whole story is here.)

My goal by the end of January is to also offer my jewelry through Etsy.  My currently inactive site is here where you can clearly see I’ve been doing nothing since August, 2010.  Sigh…

But, not to get side-tracked.  I’ve had a great year with new pieces and techniques and appreciate the positive responses I’ve received from you.

I look forward to adding photos of new pieces as soon as they come off my bench.

Happy New Year & Thank YOU so very much!

Hope your year starts off with chocolate and champagne!

My toast to YOU!

My toast to YOU!

Next Up ~ Exhibition News ~ Merlot and A Masterpiece

I’m honored to be participating in the first Art Circle Member Show at Merlot and a Masterpiece, 412 N. Main Street, Bloomington, IL.

It's in the paper, so it's official!

It’s in the paper, so it’s official!

The show begins with an opening on Friday, 12-7-12, from 5 ~ 8 p.m. and runs through the month of December.

And, yes… there will be refreshments this Friday.  Yaay!

Two of my pieces are being shown.  Here they are:

I See An Angel.

I See An Angel.

Fine silver with dichroic glass.

Blue Sky Sun.

Blue Sky Sun.

Fine silver with micro-mosaics.

Before The Leaves Come Down…

I want to share my shell garden before the leaves come down.  A neighbor remembered how I drooled over her blue birdbath for the past ten years, and when the base broke, she offered it to me before she kicked it to the curb.  I repaired it and it is now the centerpiece of my backyard.

It’s not wearable jewelry, but it’s kind of sparkly.  Me happy.

Can you hear the ocean?

Rings, Rings, and More Rings!

This year for McLean County Arts Center’s annual Holiday Treasures which kicks off Friday, November 11, 2011, I’ve added an array of fused and coiled fine silver rings; some with added patina, some hammered, some au natural!    Prices range from $20 ~ $35 for these “feel good” weighted rings.

How many rings can you wear at one time?

For more Holiday Treasures information, here’s the link:

Gather at the Gallery ~ a “Celebration”

On Wednesday, December 15, 2010 from 6 – 8 PM, I’ve been invited, along with glass artist, Jason Mack, to display and talk about our art. 

(There will also be selected items available for purchase.)

I’m delighted and honored to have been asked to be a part of this event. 

Eaton Gallery, run by Herb and Pam Eaton, and Main Gallery 404, run by Martha Burke and Joann Goetzinger, have joined together to bring a salon style event to downtown Bloomington every third Wednesday of the month, “a gathering of stimulating people to amuse, refine one’s taste in art and increase one’s knowledge through presentation and conversation.” 

In other words, a group of people having fun talking about different types of art which can include paintings, photography, sculpture, music, performance, or written work. 

This month Jason and I will be adding glass and jewelry to the mix.  As visiting artists we will each give a short presentation and commentary which will hopefully lead to some questions and a group discussion.

The event runs from 6-8 PM on Wednesday, December 15, 2010, and is free to the public.  Light refreshments and coffee are also provided.

The address for Eaton Gallery is 411 N. Center Street, Bloomington, Illinois.

This month’s theme is Celebration, “Art created, commissioned, given, or displayed to celebrate important happenings and events.”

I’m really looking forward to it and hope to see familiar faces and meet some new ones too!

Micro-Mosaic Class At The Bead Parlor

This is too much fun!

If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at mosaics, I’ll be teaching a micro-mosaics pendant class at The Bead Parlor in Bloomington, Illinois on Saturday, October 30, 2010 if you are in the area.  It’s a really fun class, inspired by the work of Joan Babcock.  All you need to bring is yourself and your imagination!  Oh, and a needle and thread!  Details at The Bead Parlor.