For the Holidays 2015

Just dropped off items for A Coppery Christmas at the Main Gallery 404.

Coppery Christmas jewelry 2015

Okay, Mr. Duck is a 6″ high suncatcher.

Also available at McLean County Art Center, a selection of fine silver earrings.

Holiday Treasures, 2015 - silver earrings

I admit and apologize; not my best pic.  Very shiny stuff, in person.

THERE’S STILL TIME!!! Holiday Open House 2014

Yes, it’s that time of year again!  I’m delighted to co-host my annual Holiday Open House this year with fused-glass artist Christine Dossett.

Holidays closing in?  Running out of time?  Counting down the days?

Holidays closing in?  Running out of time?  Counting down the days?

Examples of Christine’s work are below; please visit the drop-down choices in my “Gallery” to see my work.

Here are the details for our event:

When:     Saturday, 12-13-14
                 12 Noon – 4 PM
Where:   203 Park Drag Lane, Normal, IL
                East off North Linden
                (Between Shelbourne and Raab Road) 

                Second house on the right

A few examples of Christine’s talents:

Love this!

Love this!

And this!

And this!

Not to mention these!

Not to mention these!

We’d love to see you!  Please drop by and bring a friend!

Holiday Treasures Opening Gala at McLean County Arts Center

McLean County Art Center’s Holiday Treasures kicks off Friday, November 8, 2013 with an Opening Gala.  Details are at the end of this post.

This year I’m sharing my Sea Glass Candy Series:

Sea Glass Candy pendants, earrings, bracelet

Sea Glass Candy pendants, earrings, bracelet

My husband and I found the green, amber, blue, clear, and brown bits of sea glass during many walks over the years on Florida’s Panama City Beach and Mexico Beach.

One of my favorite sets.

My favorite piece of “candy”.


I set the glass in fine silver metal clay, then fused the glass and silver together in my kiln.

Not all types of glass are created equal.  Most retained their beautiful colors.  I haven’t decided what to do with the ones that didn’t…

Remember wearing rock bracelets?  This one is just as fun.

Remember wearing rock bracelets? This one is just as fun.


A few more pendants...

A few more pendants…


I also included my Hammered Heart Series, hearts hammered from copper or fine silver; some jeweled with pieces of art glass, crystal, gems, or beads.

How can you ever have enough hearts?

How can you ever have enough hearts?

Hammered copper heart with ruby, garnet, emerald, crystal, fine silver.

Hammered copper heart with ruby, garnet, emerald, crystal, fine silver.

It’s always a beautiful event at the McLean County Arts Center:

An Opening Gala on Friday, November 8 from 5-8pm will kick off the McLean County Arts Center’s (MCAC) 38th Annual Holiday Treasures Exhibition and Sale. A donation of $20 at the door is suggested for the evening of live music, hors d’oeuvres, and beverages a festive way to begin the holiday gift giving season with friends. 

The Holiday Treasures Exhibition and Sale runs from November 8, 2013 through January 4, 2014 and features over 70 locally and nationally known artists exhibiting paintings, glass, fiber, photography, jewelry, wood, ceramics as well as handmade seasonal items. The McLean County Arts Center is free and open to the public during regular hours for the holiday season.

The Holiday Treasures Exhibition is generously sponsored by Sue & Julius Alexander, Ron Bacon & Dee Bohbrink, Anne & Brian Boyden, Kelly & Lynn Gray, and Steve & Deb Wannemacher.

The McLean County Arts Center is located at 601 N. East Street in downtown Bloomington. Arts Center hours are Tuesday, 10am – 7pm; Wednesday – Friday, 10am – 5pm; and Saturday, Noon – 4pm. For more information, please call 309/829-0011 or check on our website:

You can also find this event on Facebook and/or follow my jewelry at Silver Charmer Jewelry on Facebook.

Would love to see you there!  ~ aka, Ms. Silver Charmer

Thank You, Santa!

All my holiday shows are over, but there’s still time for last minute shopping.



One of the highlights of this holiday season was an unexpected visit from Santa; sure hope he thinks I’ve been good!

With only a few more days until Christmas, if you’re looking for a piece of jewelry, here’s where you can still find Silver Charmer Jewelry in the Bloomington-Normal, IL area:



Main Gallery 404, 404 North Main Street, Bloomington, IL  

With a beautiful patina, at Main Gallery 404

With a beautiful patina, at Main Gallery 404

He's waiting at The Pod.

He’s waiting at The Pod.













The Pod, 104 E. Beaufort Street, Uptown Normal, IL (follow the link to Shopping)    







The McLean County Arts Center; 601 N. East Street, Bloomington, IL  

Many rings at McLean County Arts Center

Many rings at McLean County Arts Center

Merlot & A Masterpiece  412 N. Main Street, Bloomington, IL  61701  

Available at Merlot and a Masterpiece

Available at Merlot and a Masterpiece




(Sorry to any out-of-towners; will announce my Etsy account when it’s available.)

Hope you and yours have a wondrous holiday season!

December 15, 2012 Event Cancellation

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:  Due to an unforeseen circumstance, Jamey Spain and I are very sorry to cancel our event, Saturday, December 15, 2012 as part of the Uptown Normal Christmas Market & Artist Walk, and apologize for any inconvenience this might cause.

Jamey and I hope to offer a “Spring Fling” after the New Year.

Massage gift cards are still available HERE.

This development might push my Etsy website into existence, which will be shared as soon as it is ready.

Please visit my “Here I Am” page for for a list of locations where you can find my jewelry.

Thank you for your support and patience.

Hope you have a wonderful holiday!~ Gayla Betts


Just When You Think It’s Safe to Wrap Up Your Gift List…

(Please see ANNOUNCEMENT at end of post.  This event has been cancelled.)

Somebody else pops up, right?  Or, you couldn’t make our first Open House.  Or… you didn’t get that something you wanted for yourself…  Well, here’s a second chance for you.

Jamey Spain and I had so much fun at our Open House, we’re joining the Uptown Normal Christmas Market & Artist Walk on Saturday, December 15, 2012. Hope you’ll join us, too!


Vintage Crystal Ornaments

Spent a day making crystal ornaments and listening to every Christmas CD we have!  Available now at The Bead Parlor in Bloomington, IL!

Lots of vintage crystal:  chandelier drops, crystal beads and bells, one-of-a-kind beads, even musical chimes!  Price range: $12 – $15.

Crystals sparkling in the sun!

Trying to get "artsy" with my camera angle!

All lined up!

Waiting for you at The Bead Parlor!

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!