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

First Event of 2013

Wow, my first event for 2013 is tonight, January 4, at Main Gallery 404 in Downtown Bloomington, IL from 5 ~ 8 PM!

While the previous owners, Joanne Goetzinger and Martha Burk, will be dearly missed for their groundbreaking work, it’s an exciting new opportunity for Lisa Lofgren, the new owner, who is full of vision and enthusiasm.

Along with Jamie Morse, glass artist, and Jeffrey Kohl, who specializes in watercolors and acrylics with a Pacific Island influence, I’m one of three featured artists.  I’ll be demonstrating fine silver casting from 6 ~ 7 PM.

Janthina, Janthina

Janthina, Janthina

Casting with fine silver is one of the most magical processes there is and compared to traditional silversmithing, much less labor intensive.

The photo below is what I’ll be wearing tonight; the paw print of my recently departed kitty, Blue Blue.  I’ve been holding my breath, afraid for the last couple of months to make the cast from the vet’s mold in case it didn’t turn out as I envisioned; but… I’m thrilled with the results.  Hope to see you tonight!



That's my boy.

That’s my boy.


All dressed up... =^.^=

All dressed up… =^.^=



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!