Our Hearts and Our Business

Kevin and I are humbled by the interest and support from fellow artists and collectors in our community. We began Happy Mileurs out of love of the arts and the beauty of the world around us. Thankful does not cover how we feel. The passion of the artists and the beautiful work produced in our community is phenomenal. Peoria offers arts of all genres and we are grateful to be a part of this community.

This morning we shared excitement regarding “The Spotlight” here at Happy Mileurs. We have received such positive and uplifting responses from area artists. Kevin and I are honored to know you and share your stories. You have all warmed our hearts! Thank you for your greatness and generosity.

The Spotlight is a place for artists to tell their story, share inspiration and favorite genres of art. We offer a gallery for all Spotlight artists to share their stories and showcase work. Our domain offers feedback and comments as well. We love learning about artists in our world and sharing their word and their work.

We have now opened five spots for artists to join our team at Happy Mileurs. Happy Mileurs offers artists on the team promotion, marketing, sales, storage of artwork and a page on our domain to showcase your work and share your story. Kevin and I handle the busy work so our artists can have more time to create. If interested, please contact at kevinheather@happymileurs.com. We would be happy to discuss our business with you!

A big thank you to all our family, friends and supporters without you there would be no us! You matter!

God Bless!

Kevin and Heather Mileur

Art This Week

We had the pleasure of attending the Local Art Show at TWO25. Thank you to Michelle Gulatto for coordinating an event with sparkle! Kevin and I had the pleasure of being introduced to Michelle and we enjoyed conversing with her about our passion for the arts. The artists’ spaces were quaint yet abundant. Each artist was very welcoming and it was a joy to speak to each one about the art on exhibit and share the excitement of the event.

Each artist was set at a booth or table. The atmosphere was relaxed yet exciting.
Each artist used the space in a manner that made us feel we were walking through gallery installations. Magnificent! The professionalism was outstanding. We enjoyed seeing familiar faces and meeting new artists in our area. Peoria is rich in the arts and the work is beautiful for lack of a better word. We are looking forward to more events such as this one. Thank you to all who coordinated and participated.

Friday we adventured to Galesburg Civic Art Center for the CIAO/CAC Exhibit! Another beautiful event. The gallery is well lit, the space is open and the coordinators are fabulous. The crowd was familiar with some new faces. Conversation was positive and upbeat. Artwork displayed was spectacular and we were proud to be a part of the event. All artwork will be on display until May 4th. A big thank you to CIAO and CAC for making events like this one possible. We are proud to be members of your organization.

This weekend the HOI Choir performed in Appleton, Wisconsin. The ladies ranked 9th and had a great weekend performing and singing their hearts out. We are proud of all of you and thank you for sharing your voice and your heart! Congratulations on your competition ladies!

We hope all of you have a great week and see you soon!

Take care and God Bless!

The Happy Mileurs

Photos from Fridays CIAO/CAC Exhibit

The Art of Living After Loss

Most of us have suffered a loss in life whether it be family, friend, mind, etc. Today is my mom’s birthday, she would have been 66 years old. Our family lost her on October 16, 2011 only three days after my dad’s birthday. Dad took care of Mom in their home until her last day. He mixed her medicine once she was unable and tended to her needs. My sister and I helped with the care but Dad did the majority. We were blessed with time to discuss regrets and triumphs before Mom was called Home. Our family, Mom’s siblings, came often to visit and were there at her passing.

My oldest son was hurt in July at work. He suffered a fractured skull and a loss of sight in his right eye. It was traumatic for all of us to see him so hurt and not be able to fix him. The doctor told us a 1/4″ lower hit he would have lost his eye, 1/2″ we would have lost him. Thank God his Guardian Angel was there and allowed him to survive and to thrive. He is now healed for the most part and was given a new outlook on life. We were all given a new outlook on life. A 28 year old man with a wife and two sons. His wife never left his side and his oldest son told us he could not turn four years old until his dad got home. His dad came home within a few days and Ben turned four on that day.

Loss shapes us as does triumph in this life. The bonds we build with loved ones and friends. We are given the gift of knowing others and loving them for who they are. Losing Mom took a long time to be able to think about her and not break. My son’s injury was a shock, but he is here and it brought us closer. The key is to keep living and remembering the good. I am sure most that have lost someone or feared the loss of someone they love have many good memories to think about and talk about to help with the healing.

Healing for my family is also through creating. We create moments and we create art. My work is inspired by memories of moments in my life , nature, and materials used to create that bring an image to mind. As we grow in this life through our losses and our triumphs our work grows with us and changes over time. Healing is different for everyone and takes a different length of time. The goal is we are able to continue living and growing. We are not afraid to branch out and broaden our minds. We try not to live in fear of what could happen but rather rejoice in the good we see, feel and experience. We come together in the good and the bad and build bonds to help us through and bring us joy and hope.

The art of living after loss is not an easy path in some cases. Faith is so very important in these times. We remember the good and work through the rest. The scars that are left behind change us and hopefully make us better. Our motto is to try to create something beautiful by releasing the hurt and living to our fullest.

God Bless and be safe!

The Happy Mileurs