Female Identified Artists Part 5

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.

Jaci Willis instructor at Bradley University and metal sculptor. Have you ever been on the Peoria Sculpture Walk? If so, you have seen Jaci’s magnificent metal sculpture work.

Natasha Greene and the art of music. Check out Peoria Drum Circle, Grand Prairie Music Studio, Bradley Community Chorus and Uke Jam Peoria.

Cathy Engberg of Cathy Engberg Fine Art is a painter. She creates marvelous works with her brush strokes.

Angie Walker is a graphic artist and supports local artists. She and her husband own and manage Urban Artifacts. Check out Studios on Sheridan.

Jessica Peterson is a multimedia artist and illustrator. Find her work via Art Pop, at Ronald McDonald’s Children’s Home and Jessica Peterson Art.

Patricia Whalen Keck artist, sculptor. She creates whimsical, beautiful and realistic sculptures. Learn from what she creates and enjoy the journey.

Hollye Green-Cox is an author/writer and Author and Poet.

Janet Keturi artist of J Keturi Art is a multimedia artist with masterful skill.

Amy Villanueva is a painter. She paints both rocks and canvas. Amy has a great sense of humor and creates whimsical pieces.

Nicki Freeman Griner is a multimedia artist. She creates dolls, paintings, cards and more.

Ana Fleming artist, painter. Ana creates dynamic works of art. View her worked at anavfleming.com.

JoAnn Wheeler owner of Coastal Magpie. JoAnn is a sculptor, painter and creator of fantastic works of art. View her work and learn more about her at joann-wheeler.artistwebsites.com and coastalmagpie.com.

We hope you have enjoyed our recognition of Female Identified Artists.

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

Sincerely,

The Mileurs

Female Identified Artists Part 4

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.

Mae Gilliland Wright is the Director of Marketing and Communications at the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. She fulfills this role fantastically and is an eloquent writer. Mae has introduced talent to the community that we may not have experienced without her gift.

Leslie Pugh Schenkel of Twisted Chicken creates marvelous beads and jewelry. She also knits! Check out Leslie’s work at Twisted Chicken Beads on Facebook.

Eileen Leunig artist, support for the arts and artists and more. Eileen is aphotographic artists that works collaboratively with her husband Doug. Their collaborative work is amazing! Check out Big Picture Peoria, Purpose Driven Art and Backyardian.

Erin Duvall Dykstra is a painter extraordinaire. She paints glass and scarves plus more. Erin was previously located at Studios on Sheridan and now works independently from her home.

Brandie Fislar is an artist glass blower at J Draper Glass. Her work is outstanding. Check them out at J Draper Glass, take a class, meet the artists, shop their gift shop.

Kelly Rowden painter extraordinaire. She creates from the heart and the beauty is astounding.

Jeremie Draper of J Draper Glass is a fantastic artist glass blower. She is living her passion and shares this passion through classes, exhibits and gift shop. J Draper Glass is located at Studios on Sheridan.

Debbie Tucker Gaught practices the art of bringing the community together to help Veterans. She is the Co-Founder of Illinois Valley Fuller Center for Housing. Sign up to receive emails for opportunities to volunteer in your community and help others.

Erin Buczynski is the Director of Galleries at Bradley University. She organizes exhibits and brings art to a new level. Visit the galleries and see what Erin and Bradley University have to share with you!

Ashley Kennedy of La Vie Cosplay is a costume designer. Her talents are both inspiring and endless. She travels the world and is at the top of the Cosplay List for costume design.

Rebecca Draland Doyle is a visual artist at StudioDoyle.com. She creates incredible artwork and is a sweet soul. Check out her work at StudioDoyle.com.

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

Sincerely,

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.

Sincerely,

The Mileurs

The Art of Wandering in Decorah

My Aunt Julie and I practiced the art of wandering this past weekend. We chose a quaint town in Northern Iowa. The two of us checked into our hotel and set out to wander the shops downtown. If you haven’t been to Decorah, Iowa you are missing a quaint town with shops, eateries, hotels and art. Most business in this town are “Mom and Pop” shops, same with the restaurants. No chains located here.

Our first stop was Ruby’s a cafe and catering business. The aromas of fresh baked bread, homemade foods and an atmosphere that feels like home drew us in doors. We found ourselves in a small cafe with residents of the town bringing in family to meet the waitress and the cook. Our waitress greeted us like family and spoke to us throughout our meal about her thoughts, her life and listened when we spoke. We dined on homemade chicken pot pie and brought home a loaf of fresh back chocolate chip zucchini bread.

We then decided to wander through the shops and walk off that scrumptious chicken pot pie. Agora Arts was filled with jewelry, paintings, decorative towels, cards, watercolors and more. My Aunt and I enjoyed the watercolor paintings with poetry and sayings. The jewelry sparkled and was well made. Purses in the window with wire handles wrapped in plastic tubing. The leather-work was masterful.

Sparrows Candles & Gifts was amazing! The scent of fall candles greeted us as we entered the quaint shop. The owner behind the counter with a smile welcoming us in and to feel free to look at and touch the items in the store. Being a tactile person I appreciate being able to touch items before purchase. There were up-cycled purses, candles, scarves and so many items we were surprised each time we looked a new spot in the store.

We wandered and viewed the art on the business walls. The art in the park area. We ended our wander at Blue Herron Knittery. So much yarn! We were in yarn Heaven! The two of us love to crochet and try different yarns with our creations. I believe we could have stayed here happily for days. The owner was friendly and told us about Thursday evening crochet with the ladies from town. Currently, they are working on an afghan.

The downtown area is filled with a plethora of shops and eateries. Driving around town we saw the most beautiful Victorian homes and Bed and breakfast establishments. We were amazed and the 40 some odd places to visit while in Decorah from arts to hiking, kayaking, bookstores, pottery….the list continues.

We enjoyed our afternoon of practicing the wander. There is nothing like time to wander and see what there is to see and experience along the journey.

Until next time, enjoy the journey, create and laugh more than you breathe.

Sincerely,

The Mileurs