open Wed & Thurs. 10-6, Fri. 12-7, Sat. & Sun. 10-6
|Grafton Artisan’s Village
15 E. Main Street, Booth 19
|Jewelry & Gifts – On-going offerings in one-stop artisan’s shop along the Great River Road|
|November 18 – January 8, (Tues.-Sat. 10-5, Sun. 12-4, Mon. closed)||Jacoby Arts Center Holiday Art Show! –
627 E. Broadway
|The Holiday Art Show! – “featuring functional artwork and artisan wares” – supports Jacoby Arts Center|
|November 26, (10-4, no admission fee)
–Kids Zone, free yoga, Eco-themed films, bring old holiday lights, cell phones, batteries, glasses & shoes to be recycled
|Riverbender Community Center
200 W. 3rd Street
|Green Gift Bazaar – supports Illinois Sierra Club – Piasa Pallisades Group|
|December 3 (9-5)
Dec. 4 (10-4)
|Alton High School
4200 Humbert Road
|23rd Annual Olde Alton Arts & Crafts Show– supports Alton HS band & orchestra programs|
|December 10 (10-4)||Concordia Lutheran Church
21 Circle Dr.
Cottage Hills, IL
|Stop & Shop Holiday Event – supports Lutheran Women’s Assoc. charities|
Today’s edition of The Alton Telegraph had a nice article on the front of their Accent section about the Green Gift Bazaar, where I will be showing/selling my handmade glass jewelry & gift items:
Shop Local – Shop Green – Shop Handmade – Shop Earth-Friendly!
Glass is green (and makes a nice eco-friendly gift) because:
– it is easy to recycle
– it is made of organic materials (sand and soda ash)
– it can be used over & over again (glass plates vs paper plates)
– it has no expiration date
– color in glass doesn’t fade for 100s of years
– glass does not dissolve on its own (sea glass has only been etched by the salt/sand)
– big glass that is used for plate glass windows, can be re-used, cut into smaller pieces for stained glass, to very little pieces for jewelry, to bits for frit, to tiny grains for enameling – it may break but it is never wasted!
– transferable, re-usable skills in glass classes -I learned to cut glass for stained, use that skill in doing fused glass, learned stenciling/stamping in enamel class, that can be applied to fused glass…that can be used in a stained glass installation- full circle!
– capture a memory (slumped wine bottles from a special event)
– my beads collected on my travels – nice memories – made into remembrance jewelry (and they are small and easy souvenirs to pack in a carry-on bag on a plane)
– requires no batteries
– doesn’t take up much space (300 pieces of jewelry, and packages, fits in one small carry-on case for my jewelry shows)
– doesn’t require much maintenance, can be cleaned with vinegar & water
– can re-use glass and/or beads again & again -if I don’t like one necklace, I can take it apart & make a bracelet, or mix it with new different beads, other colors – make it new again!
– interchangeable pendants, earrings, make accessorizing fun!
– if I don’t like how something I fused turns out, I can just reheat & re-melt the glass, add something new, new layers, till I get what I like
– endless possibilities – flamework, fusing, stained glass, mosaics, enamels, functional (dishes) fun (jewelry) art for art’s sake – beautiful
– glass doesn’t wear out – a prism will shine, reflect color, as long as there’s sunlight
– it can be re-used – if a stained glass piece breaks, that glass can be used to fuse.
– With epoxy, glass pieces can be glued to one another to make completely new pieces for indoors or outdoors
– my happy accidents – things I didn’t intend – often turn out to be my favorite pieces
– reflects light, enhances mood, adds color, brings joy