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!

2014 Holiday Treasures at McLean County Arts Center

This 2014 holiday season, I’ve added new works featuring hammered and wrapped copper cuffs for the Mclean County Arts Center’s Holiday Treasures show.

This year, the show runs through January 3, 2015.  Hours are Tuesday, 10-7, Wednesday-Friday, 10-5, and Saturday, 12-4.  (Closed Sunday-Monday)

The arts center is located at 601 N. East Street, Bloomington, IL; phone 309.829.0011.

Please check back for news of more new works for the holidays and an upcoming open house or join my mailing list by “following” me in the right upper column on the home page.

Looking forward to sharing exciting new works.  🙂  ~ Gayla


Fun copper cuff.

Fun copper cuff.


A bevy of sizes...

A bevy of sizes…

Hearts On Fire ~ The Red Lady Awaits

The Red Lady beckons from the front window of Main Gallery 404, where I just added tons of new jewelry, with a heavy accent on hearts, in honor of Valentine’s Day.   

Who can resist the Red Lady?

Who can resist the Red Lady?


When new owner, Lisa Lofgren, asked to feature my work in the window from now through February’s First Friday, I was honored and thrilled!  Just in time for Valentine’s Day!

The Neighborhood Thrift Store generously let us borrow a beautiful art deco vanity (the one in the above photo) for the display.  And, yes, it’s also for sale.

 On February 1, 2013, Downtown Bloomington, IL also celebrates with its annual Tour de Chocolat’:

“An annual event and celebration of chocolate!  Participating downtown businesses offer free samples of food containing chocolate.”  

Uh, huh.  Trust me, there is everything chocolate to sample.  It’s a super fun way to spend an evening. 

My jewelry is now in the window until 2-2-13.  

Gallery hours are:  

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday:  12-5 PM                                                              

Saturday:  10 AM – 5 PM

Closed:  Monday, Tuesday

Here are a few of the available pieces:  

Key to MY Heart (pendant)

Key to MY Heart (pendant with fine silver, sterling silver, crystal)

Heart Ablaze (Pendant)

Heart Ablaze (pendant with fine silver, copper)

You've run away with my heart...

You’ve run away with my heart… (pendant with resin)

You've sewn up my heart.

You’ve sewn up my heart. (pendant with fine silver, copper)

It’s not all hearts…

Nothing shows love to your sweetheart like jewelry.  These selections and much more are available now at Main Gallery 404 now through Friday, February 1, 2013.


Donut fun (pendant of Jade, fine silver, copper)

Donut fun (pendant of Jade, fine silver, copper)

Lumen (pendant of fine silver, copper-wrapped chrysoprase)

Lumen (pendant of fine silver, copper-wrapped Chrysoprase)

Wrapped up (earrings of copper, Labradorite, Aquamarine, fine silver)

Wrapped up (earrings of copper, Labradorite, Aquamarine, fine silver)

Blue Reflections (pendant with fine silver, glass)

Blue Reflections (pendant with fine silver, crystal)

Miss Kitty (pendant with fine silver, copper, Garnet)

Miss Kitty (pendant with fine silver, copper, Garnet)







Soapstone on copper-wrapped with fine silver bail.

Soapstone on copper-wrapped with fine silver bail.


Fine silver, copper earrings.

Fine silver, copper earrings.


Last Chance Jewelry Bash In December

For some reason, when I was trying to think of a catchy title for this post, all I could think of was…

Ricky Lee Jones singing “Last Chance Texico” which is a great song for a day like today.

It’s gloomy, drizzly, and chance to sip a hot cup of tea and make jewelry in my studio.

 (Here’s the link if you’d like to listen too.)

Or woman cave as the refinance guy called my studio last week.

He said he’d never seen a woman cave before, but my studio qualified!

I think it was the refrigerator that cinched it.

Except for the beer opener, I try to keep it covered up...

Except for the beer opener, I try to keep it covered up…

Serendipity struck on Saturday when I wandered into The Garlic Press and started talking with artist Jan Brandt.

She opened a new gallery in June 2012, Jan Brandt Gallery, at  1106 E Bell Street Bloomington, IL 61701.

As we conversed, she noticed the jewelry I was wearing.

 (Thank you my dear husband for always telling me to wear something I made, even though I do wear other artists’ work that I love…)

One thing led to another and Jan very generously asked if I would join her “Wine and Shopping” event on

Thursday (Yes, THIS Thursday!):  December 20, from 5 ~ 8 PM.

(I was going to go anyway, just for fun, but… now I’ll be offering some jewels and have fun too.)

Like a little elf, I’m still working on new pieces.

And even more in the making... Pardon my messy bench.

Pardon my messy bench.

Lots and lots of earrings and more.  Again, pardon my workbench.

Lots and lots of earrings and more.

Attention desperate gift-givers!  (You know who you are!)  Please stop by.

Holiday bags mean already wrapped.

And, if you’re not that confident the special someone in your life will come through, select something for yourself.

Jan has a beautiful space and it’s filled with lots of unique artwork, all ready to go home with someone.

Hope to see you Thursday night for some holiday cheer!

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!


Next Up!

Wow, this has been a crazy busy month and it’s only December 7th!

I’m thrilled to announce my jewelry is now being shown at the Main Gallery 404,404 North Main Street, downtown Bloomington, IL, 309.828.9500.  Okay, my name isn’t in there yet, but… I need to send some photos of my work.

Here’s how it looks in the case (Yep, squeezed in 42 pieces…):

My first event there is TONIGHT for December’s First Friday, which runs from 5 – 8 PM.  It is also Downtown Bloomington’s annual Live Window Vignettes.  All the shops will be open and offering lovely delightful treats!

My own little spot ~ all silver pieces.

My own little spot ~ all silver pieces.

Thanks to the above opening, and multiple venues where my work can be seen tonight, I’m dragging my poor husband to make the rounds.  Don’t think he’ll have an issue though once we get out and about.

For December, this promises to be a mild weather evening; perfect for a stroll through Downtown Bloomington.

Here’s a list of places in Downtown Bloomington you can find Silver Charmer Jewelry:

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

The Grey Dove Studio & Gallery, 105 B West Monroe Street, Bloomington, IL

Off the Wall Gallery, 318 North Main Street, Bloomington, IL

Merlot and a Masterpiece, 412 N. Main Street, Bloomington, IL

McLean County Arts Center, 601 North East Street, Bloomington, IL

Kelly’s Bakery & Cafe, Art-on-the-Wall, 113 North Center, Bloomington, IL

Hopefully, I’ll bump into you somewhere!

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.

A Big Thank YOU!

A huge Thank YOU to all of you who made it to our  Open House Holiday this past Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 from Jamey Spain @ Green Leaf Massage and yours truly.

Ready to go!

Ready to go!

We had an absolute blast seeing old friends and meeting news ones.

Thank YOU, Thank YOU, Thank YOU!

And Happy Holidays!


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