Female Identified Artists Part 3

We are continuing our celebration of Women Artists, we are highlighting these artists for the month of November into December. We have highlighted events experienced with a few of the artists and now a compiled list of each artist, genre and website.

Jodi Pshebelski multi-media artist. Jodi creates are in miniature and in large format. Her drawings are fantastic as his her personality. Look for her on Facebook.

Julie Dodge is a photographer and her studio is located at Studios on Sheridan. She captures unique shots of nature and structure. View her work, her passion in capturing the ordinary and making it extraordinary, today at https://juliedodgephotography.squarespace.com/.

Debra Johnston is a multi-media artist from Peoria, Illinois. She is a fantastic sculptor and a joy to learn and create side-by-side with her.

Michelle Gulatto artist and artist event organizer of Peoria, Illinois. Michelle does a lot for local artists including establishing, organizing and setting up events. She is also a very talented painter.

Jaci Musec artist of Captured and Reclaimed located at North Art Studios is a joy. Her creations go from paintings to cards to wearable art and more. She has an excellent line of jewelry also. Find her on Facebook at Art by Jaci Musec.

Shannon Cox, Director of the Peoria Art Guild. IN the past year, Shannon has worked miracles, opened doors which have led to more artist opportunities and is continuing to build the Peoria Art Guild. Thank you Shannon for all your work and support of the arts and community! www.peoriaartguild.org

Merrill Hickey is a bead artist and creative mind. Her work is outstanding and fantastic! She creates depth, fun, “steampunk” and innovation works with beads. Find her on Facebook.

Judith-Koren Shanahan is Atelier 5835. Her work is surreal, has depth and evokes thought. Judith is a remarkable artist and individual. View her artwork at judithkorenshanahan.com.

Cari Lepper is a unique artist in Peoria, Illinois. Her encaustic work is colorful, vibrant and lovely. Her technique is fabulous and her panels and small pieces bring life to a room.

Kristan McKinsey manages the Illinois Women Artists Project. Kristan supports the arts, empowers female artists and shares her vast knowledge. She is an impressive speaker and dedicated to her passion of the arts. Find Illinois Women Artists Project on Facebook.

Sally Zell is a mulimedia artist, stylist and owner at Sally Zell Services. Sally has incredible artistic talent in sculpting and painting with detail and emotion. She offers a guest artist spot at her salon each month. Find her on Facebook.

Lizz Austin Barnes of Gottagettadeal/Ear in the Envelope is a spectacular silversmith, jeweler and art therapy instructor. Her designs are both dynamic and unique. Check out her work at Gottagettadeal/ Ear in the Envelope on Facebook.

Until next time, keep creating and working towards your dreams.


The Mileurs

Female Identified Artists Part 2

We are continuing our celebration of Women Artists, we are highlighting these artists for the month of November into December. We have highlighted events experienced with a few of the artists and now a compiled list of each artist, genre and website.

Kagan Masters is an artist, painter and creative mind located at the Contemporary Art Center. Kagan’s work is created with coffee, don’t worry it is instant decaf. Her creativity is brilliant. Check out her work at www.kaganmasters.com.

Cyndi Merrill of Glazed and Confused Pottery is a master of pottery. She creates unbelievable ceramics, teaches classes and offers consignment space to artists. View Cyndi’s work at cyndimerrill.com.

Kaye Berry is a multi-media artist at Vintage Creations and psychic consultant. She creates beautiful paintings and wearable art. Check her out on Facebook.

Natalie Jackson O’Neal photographer extraordinaire. Her work can be viewed in person at Contemporary Art Center in the Side View Gallery and several other locations. She is a gifted photographer and captures the movements n history, empowers those around her and shares her gift of sight. View her incredible work at www.nataliejacksononeal.com.

Julie K.W. Harkless artist that creates paintings, drawings and brings nature in to you.

Barbie Perry a multi-media artist, photography and printmaking. Her creations are from the heart and raise thought and awareness. She is a part of the Illinois Art League and provides artists opportunities. Look for her on Facebook.

Tracey McAllister, your webgirl, is a website designer and multi-media artist. She is a gypsy at heart, travelling from coast to coast to create. Look for her on Facebook.

Robin Albright is a multi-media artist and manages Zinger Zanger Visual Coaching. She is a joy to be around and creates whimsical artwork. Find her at Zinger Zanger Visual Coaching on Facebook.

Chris Heine is an artist, painter, figurative drawing and manages Ideas + Logic. Chris is a fantastic artist and friend. She creates masterful paintings and helps to empower business owners with her ideas and logic. Find her today at www.ideaspluslogic.com.

Laura Burdess creates beautiful wearable art from items found in nature, fiber and more. She has a collection of costumes that is unreal. Her energy and creative nature abound. Look for her today on Facebook.

Connie Andrews is an artist, sculptor, painter, teacher, creator located at Studios on Sheridan. Her skill set is remarkable, visit her on First Fridays, take a class or both. Find her on Facebook.

Billie Howd multi media artist at Studios on Sheridan. She creates abstract pieces that will take your breath away and cause you to pause to absorb her work. Billie is very talented and you can find her work on Facebook at Billie Howd Art.

Jeri Shull, Miter Maid and artist. jeri creates custom panels for artists, easels, sculpture stands and more. She is always smiling and thinking of new creations. Find her work at Miter Maid on Facebook.

Judy Page Debuts with Peoria Symphony Orchestra

“Unforgettable” both the title of Judy Page’s debut with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra and the memory of this incredible evening! George Stelluto is a fantastic conductor that breathes life and energy into the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. Conductor Stelluto is brilliant as is the orchestra he leads. The evening began with the Orchestra engaging the crowd in classical music that reminded me of my childhood. My Dad now and always has enjoyed classical music. He played his records while my sister and I danced and hummed to the music Dad so enjoyed. You brought my childhood memories to life, dancing before my eyes as I listened. Kevin and I enjoyed the music and the commentary between each piece. Conductor Stelluto shared the story behind each piece and inspired us to feel the music. The concert was a perfect blend with classical and jazz married in harmony.

Intermission came quickly and was abuzz with excitement. We were excited to hear the spectacular voice of Judy Page. My husband and I were thrilled to be a part of the evening. Our first time experiencing the Peoria Symphony Orchestra in support of our friend Judy Page. Her voice is a gift and we are thankful she shares this gift with many. The Peoria Symphony Orchestra is vibrant and energetic, breathing life into any auditorium.

The time arrives, as the lights went down, Conductor Stelluto introduced Judy Page and her debut with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. Judy entered stage right. She was stunning! Her voice filled the auditorium, enveloped us and carried our hearts with her through the evening. The choice of songs for the evening simply magnificent. My husband and I were overjoyed to be present for this unforgettable experience. Each piece drawing us further in to the magic of the evening. I have to say Judy and the Orchestra touched my heart strings. Nat King Cole’s “Unforgettable” is one of my Grandma’s favorite songs. Again, the evening brings fond childhood memories back to me and brings tears to my eyes. Afternoons at Grandma’s house listening to her record player as she dances with us and spins us with Nat King Cole playing in the background. My cousins and I laughing and dancing with each other.

A heartfelt thank you to Conductor George Stelluto, The Peoria Symphony Orchestra, Judy Page and the team that works together to create such magical evenings. Kevin and I look forward to sharing another evening with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. You are all truly gifted and appreciated.

Until next time, keep creating and working toward your dreams.


The Mileurs

Female Identified Artists Part 1

This month we are celebrating Women Artists and as promised we are highlighting these artists for the month of November. We have highlighted events experienced with a few of the artists and now a compiled list of each artist, genre and website.

Trish Williams is a fiber artist, a quilter and hand dyes fabrics for her beautiful creations. She creates masterful coats and warrior dolls. https://handworksbytrishwilliams.weebly.com/

Suzette Boulais creates art that is uplifting and inspirational. Paintings, cards, inspirational posts and more. Her sense of humor shows in her new line of cards. Contact her for a peak of what she has to offer. https://www.suzetteboulais.com

Jessica Ball is an artist and painter of Jessica Ball Art located at the Contemporary Art Center in Peoria, Illinois. Jessica’s paintings are bright and cheery. Her creations are both calming and joyful. https://jessicaballart.com/

Duffy Armstrong is a multi media artist and has a studio at the Contemporary Art Center in Peoria, Illinois. She likes “landscapes, the figure and abstract or intuitive images.” Her work is incredible, provokes thought and conversation.  https://www.facebook.com/duffy.armstrong

Beau Hart of Just Beau Studio paints whimsical characters and scenes. Her studio at Studios on Sheridan is a day brighter with all the lovely paintngs she has created. https://www.facebook.com/JustBeauStudio/

Jennifer Short (Wagner) is a jewelry designer and creates fantastic pieces using metal, stone and beads. Her work is available at Studios on Sheridan in Two Arrows Studio and at Northwoods Mall at The Canvas Project. https://www.facebook.com/jennifershortdesigns/

Janet Hill and Bronwyn Hill Parker of Two Arrows Studio at Studios on Sheridan create handcrafted one-of-a-kind jewelry for any occasion. Janet teaches classes on jewelry making and weaves incredible pieces. Bronwym works in silver, beads and gems with precision and ease. https://www.facebook.com/twoarrowsstudio/

Michelle Steffen-Rouland actress, singer, dancer and entrepreneur. She and her husband Steve Rouland enjoy Escape 60, their new escape rooms at Studios on Sheridan. Up for a challenge or enjoy solving puzzles? Michelle and Steve are your go to, find them on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/escape60peoria/

Dana Baldwin of The Sheared Edge at Studios on Sheridan creates luxurious coats, sweaters, texting gloves and more. She is a truly gifted designer and puts her heart into her creations. https://www.facebook.com/TheShearedEdge/

Nikole Cooney is a sculptor now located in Florida. She creates from the heart and produces the most amazing sculptures of nature. Nikole has a way of capturing the spirit and essence of the animals she creates. https://www.facebook.com/NikoleCooneyArt/

Tanya Flesburg Bayer is an artist that creates both depth and whimsy in her drawings. Tanya creates from her heart and soul and brings these thoughts to life on her canvas. Her studio is located at the Contemporary Art Center in Peoria, Illinois.

Cathie Crawford of Printing Prism is an artist and print maker that creates color reduction woodcuts. Cathie has been working in this genre for over 30 years. Her work is incredible and welcoming. https://www.cathiecrawford.com.

We will share a compiled list of artists throughout the rest of November and hope you stay tuned to learn more about female identified artists in our area.

Until next time, keep creating and working toward your dreams.


The Mileurs

Art Therapy at Ear in the Envelope

Wednesday night I was given the opportunity to experience Art Therapy at Ear in the Envelope led by Lizz Austin Barnes. Lizz is amazing and the class was sublime.

Our class consisted of four students led by Lizz on sketching and lastly painting. It was a relaxed and safe environment. She guided us on our activities as we sketched and let go of the stresses we carry. Personally, I could feel my stress leave my body while I sketched.

It was quite wonderful sitting together drawing, talking and laughing. We had moments of comfortable silence as we became enveloped in our art. Once each piece was completed we discussed our drawings, if we were comfortable. We were all comfortable talking about the meaning of our sketches.

Lastly, we each painted a canvas, anything our heart desired. Our class supported each other while appreciating the differences and similarities in our completed masterpiece. Lizz took a picture of all of us together at the end of the evening. Time well spent! We look forward to our next chapter of Art Therapy at the Ear in the Envelope with Lizz Austin Barnes.

If you’re not familiar with Ear in the Envelope check out earintheenvelope.com and watch for event posts on Facebook.

Until next time keep creating and dreaming. Dreams do come true.


The Mileurs

Creations by Kevin Recognized for Excellence

Press Release


Creations by Kevin Receives 2019 Best of Peoria Award

Peoria Award Program Honors the Achievement

PEORIA October 28, 2019 — Creations by Kevin has been selected for the 2019 Best of Peoria Award in the Photographer category by the Peoria Award Program.

Each year, the Peoria Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Peoria area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2019 Peoria Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Peoria Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Peoria Award Program

The Peoria Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Peoria area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Peoria Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Peoria Award Program

November Kick Off Has Begun

Peoria was buzzing with activity this weekend! The kick off to Women Artist month was a huge success! It was good to see the community and the artists involved in these events.

The weekend began with First Friday which was an adventure! We enjoyed our journey through Studios on Sheridan, CAC, Peoria Art Guild, Ear in the Envelope and Casa de Arte.

CAC was fun and relaxing. We enjoyed viewing the artwork and visiting with the artists. Third floor will be open November 9th with “A Small Wonder” gift shop. Come in and start your Christmas shopping early with one of a kind gifts created by local artists.

Peoria Art Guild had a fantastic exhibit by Patricia Whalen Keck. Her sculptures are phenomenal. We enjoyed the way her work spoke to us and caused us to pause and take a closer look. Thank you for sharing your art with us!

Ear in the Envelope was charged with energy and walls of art. The experience was superb. We met jeweler Lizz Barnes and fell in love with her work!

Casa de Arte was our final destination. The atmosphere, the art, the food and beverage. Definitely a must on First Friday for our group. This month features Family Arte and it is amazing! Thank you for such an incredible place to visit and stay awhile!

Saturday began with the Holiday Art Market at the Warehouse on State. The venue was chocked full of art and vendors. A great stop for one of a kind gifts. Thank you to IAL for creating such a great event!

We were able to be a part of Peoria’s First Iron Pour run by FEmale Identified Artists. The event was both exciting and informational. We feel privileged to be able to attend this history making event! Thank you to Peoria Art Guild and Shannon Cox for this marvelous experience.

Our next stop was the Peoria Public Library Lower Level Gallery to view the Women of CIAO Exhibit. This was my first year being able to participate and I enjoyed it greatly. Our opening was relaxed and it was good to visit with those that came to share the monent. The show was very well organized. Thank you CIAO for giving us this opportunity to exhibit together!

Our evening ended at the Peoria Ronald McDonald House Art Gala. The event was breathtaking. It was a thrill my husband’s work was chosen and to have him recognized. We are happy to share his pieces sold in the auction and will be hanging in the new Ronald McDonald Home! A wonderful exhibit and cause. A great time and so good to see everyone attending. Thank you to the committee members, organizers, staff and artists for such a gala event!

We hope everyone has had a great weekend! Until next time keep creating and keep dreaming! Dreams do come true.


The Mileurs


We want to recognize everyone in the world of art here in our community. Thank you for sharing your passion with us and allowing us the privelege to experience your artwork. Next month is National Women Artists Month and we will be highlighting female artists throughout the month of November. Our hats off to all of you!

Doug and Eileen Leunig thank you for your support of the art community. “Big Picture Film Festival” was amazing and brought the community together. You two are selfless in your work to promote artists and art. We all appreciate you greatly and are proud to know you. Your love for each other and those around you shines. Thank you.

Alecia Collins your play about your life “Don’t Judge Me I’m Only Human” was amazing. My sister, a friend and I attended your play and we were involved and felt many emotions during your performance. You have come a long way and are brave to share your story. Thank you for allowing us to see your journey on stage. You are blessed to know your purpose through your relationship with God. We look forward to what you will do next.

Peoria Public Library contains a bright and lovely gallery on Lower Level 1. The artwork this month is composed of several unique artists of different genres. We found the work both intriguing and brilliant. It is a gift to be able to visit and experience the work in a quiet space. I found myself lost in several pieces wondering about the artists inspiration and technique. Thank you Alexander Martin for the invitation to such a unique exhibit.

Tuesday night “Jazz Night” at Broken Tree is always a hit. We thoroughly enjoyed the live music and the beverages. The group is like family. We enjoy seeing everyone, visiting and listening to the music. Thank you to everyone for a night full of life, laughter and sounds that give you goosebumps.

Next month we will share Women Artists from the Peoria Area in celebration of National Women Artist Month.

Until next time keep creating and dreaming.


The Mileurs

First Friday

Another wonderful 1st Friday in Peoria. We had a great time last night for 1st Friday, the weather was wonderful to be out in. We started at The Contemporary Art Center, to visit with old friends, got to meet up with Ricky Traughber, Cyndi Merrill and William Butler, what a fun place, so many talented artist, then down to hear beautiful music on the second floor.

Then we were off to the Peoria Art Guild, what an amazing place, there were several artist doing live work. We visited with Kagan Masters, and watched her create a beautiful piece using coffee, looks good and smells good to this old coffee drinker, glad she only uses instant and decaf coffee for her work . Also visited with Quinton Thomas and watched him work, a very talented young man. The Peoria Art Guild always makes for a great stop, The people are so friendly and the art work is astounding.

Our next stop on our 1st Friday tour was to Casa De Arte, all i can say about this place is Wow, the place was packed when we arrived and stayed that way all evening, The staff were busy serving food and drinks, and we had the pleasure of meeting a very talented artist, Andre Petty, first time we have seen his work and we were impressed. He will be on display for the month, so please make the trip down and view his work, and try out the food at Casa De Arte. They are pretty new on the scene but they are doing it right.

Our last stop for the evening was at my old stomping grounds, The Studios on Sheridan at the Sunbeam building, Art Pop was the feature this month and oh what a collection of truly beautiful work. So many Talented artist, Tanya Flesburg Bayer, Natalie Jackson O’Neal, Connie Andrews, Merrel Hickey were just a few on display, Thank you Mae Gilliland Wright for bringing this together. We got to visit with Steve Rouland and Michelle Steffen-Rouland owners of Escape 60, they are expanding their operations to have 5 escape rooms open, if you haven’t tried them, you should they are a lot of fun. Got to visit with Jon and Angie Walker of Urban Artifacts, and my friend Gina Ford-McCoy, and then popped over to Restorations and visited with Lori Mabee and the staff. 9 pm came to soon and things were winding down, so we are off. I am glad that we live in an area with so many talents artist that share their work with us. Please support out talented local artist, Thank you for all of the venues who support and promote art. Till next month, take a chance and go visit some of the art that’s on display
and we will get ready to see what wondrous art will be on display in November.

Until next time enjoy the journey and keep creating.


The Mileurs

Crafters Only Fair in Alburnett, Iowa

Alburnett Historical Society has done it again! Another successful Crafters Only Fair in the books! Thank you to all involved for an amazing time.

Our travels this weekend took us to Alburnett, Iowa’s Historical Society for a Crafters Only Fair. Excitement filled the air as we hustled in from the cool air to set up our displays and share our work with each other and the community. We were thrilled to be in the midst of so many crafters/artisans with a passion for their work.

Yesterday marked our second year as a participant in the event. We were honored to be invited back and look forward to years to come. Julie Towe organizes the fair each year and brings in talent from surrounding communities. During set up we were able to meet fellow crafters and view the marvelous handmade work.

Table created by Garvin Woodworking. Don uses local lumber in his creations.

The fair brings in artists from miles around with a unique creative touch. Quilts, blankets, cards, jewelry, felting, tatting, woodworking, barnwood signs, photography and more. Kevin and I shared our space with Debb Thein, a needle tatter from Cedar Rapids. Her work is delicate and intricate.

“Me and T”, Julie and Teresa, were present with signs, cards, wreaths and holiday fun. The two are neighbors and have become great friends. Together they create fantastic art. Julie was a guest artist in “The Spotlight” for Happy Mileurs in June.

The Alburnett Historical Society was recently renovated and the area for our Fair is well lit and spacious. Vendors in the main area were given ample space to display and the comradery was positive and upbeat. See more views of crafters work.

Thank you again to everyone for coming out to share and to support the Crafters Only Fair! We appreciate you all and look forward to years to come.

Until next time, enjoy the journey and keep creating.


The Mileurs