On the fifth day of Christmas…

my true love gave to me –

5 dichroic fused glass rings!

A big thank you to eveyone who supported small business, shopped local, shopped homemade, and stopped by the Green Gift Bazaar!

We the artists appreciate it more than you will ever know!


thank yous are in order…

Thanks to the Grafton Chamber of Commerce for putting on a great Art in the Park Sept. 8 & 9 – the weather was so pleasant too!

And thanks to all the customers to bought things and the others who complimented my work – it makes the effort worthwhile!

 Sincerely, Kerry Ellen

If you did not get a chance to visit Grafton this weekend, I have things year-round at the Grafton Artisan’s Village and in the Artist Shop at the Jacoby Arts Center in Alton, IL.

My next show will be at the Jacoby, October 20 & 21, for ArtEAST!

Inspirations and Gratitude

Where do I get my design ideas from?  Lately, I have been designing around gifts from my 84-year-old friend, fondly known up at our local diner, Aunt Sam’s Uptown Eatery in Alton, IL, as “Jimmy the Greek”.

Recently Jimmy gifted me with some of his late wife’s old costume jewelry.  I have used some of her pieces and added to them to create new pieces, as in the cluster necklaces I’ve been posting.

But I wanted to do something just for Jimmy, to honor him and wife, Helen, so I made a shadowbox.  I used some of Helen’s old jewelry for accents, and one of her scarves as the background.  I left a placeholder for a photograph – Jimmy had his daughter-in-law put a wonderful photo to Jimmy and Helen together in the old-fashioned frame. 


The weather should be perfect for Grafton’s Art in the Park Sat. 10-6 & Sun. 11-5 – come see us! 


This weekend I will be selling some of the cluster designs I have made using Helen’s things – but the shadowbox – is NOT for sale!

My Pretties

My niece Lindsey and I and the Reflections of Style Fashion Show (put on by the Community Hope Center of Cottage Hills, Illinois) with a display of my crystal cluster necklaces, which will be on sale at the Carlyle Art and Wine Festival in Carlyle, Illinois, August 18 & 19, at the Grafton’s Art in the Park September 8 & 9 at The Grove Memorial Park in Grafton, Illinois,  at ARTEast in Alton, Illinois, October 20 & 21 at the Jacoby Arts Center, and at the Christmas Market at Hawken House, Webster Groves, Missouri, November 4.  These are each one of a kind – when they are gone, they are GONE!

Ride to Live – Live to Ride – Help others along the way!

I will DONATE proceeds from every Harley-Davidson glass suncatcher I sell at Grafton Artisan Village on July 28, 12-4, to the MARCH OF DIMES BIKERS FOR BABIES fund.


I will be demonstrating jewelry-making at Grafton Artisan Village, 15 E. Main Street, Grafton, Illinois, this Saturday – and, in honor of the Metro East March of Dimes Bikers for Babies ride, I will donate proceeds from my Harley Davidson-themed items to the cause.

Live to ride – ride to live – and help others along the way!

Earth Day Celebration – Pere Marquette Lodge

Mushroom/Earth Day Festival

Sun., April 22, 2012
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference
13653 Lodge Blvd.
Grafton, IL 62037

Ah…a day to appreciate the earth and all it yields. Come and relax at Pere Marquette Lodge for the annual Earth Day and Mushroom Fest. Participants will be hunting and judging the mushroom finds, as well as eating some pretty tasty specials. There will be music, vendors and activities for everyone. The event is free. For more information, call (618) 786-2331 ext. 0.

–I’ll be there with handmade & sustainable glass & recycled. upcycled jewelry & gifts–in beautiful Pere Marquette Lodge – INDOORS – rain or shine.

Have a Cool Yule, Y’All!



open Wed & Thurs. 10-6, Fri. 12-7, Sat. & Sun. 10-6

Grafton Artisan’s Village

15 E. Main Street, Booth 19

 Grafton IL

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

Alton IL


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

Alton IL



Green Gift Bazaar – supports Illinois Sierra Club – Piasa Pallisades Group
December 3 (9-5)

$2 admission

Dec. 4 (10-4)

$1 admission

Alton High School

4200 Humbert Road

Alton, IL


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

Kerry Ellen Art Glass Jewelry at Grafton Air Fair September 10 & 11

Even if it is warm that weekend, the breeze from the river and the shade from the park’s trees will keep you cool as you stroll around viewing beautiful work by local artisans…Kerry Ellen is just one of many artists who will bring their best handcrafted treasures for you to see at the 5th Annual Grafton Art Fair!  Live music too! Free fun for those who love beautiful things in a beautiful setting…

11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, at The Grove Memorial Park at Main and Market streets in Grafton.

Show Times – Fused Art Glass Jewelry & More

Fused Art Glass

 Jewelry & More

Show Schedule

5 Aug.


Riverfront Amphitheater Alton IL Evening Farmer’s Market & “Fresh” Movie (Sustainability)
21 Aug.


Edwardsville High School

6161 Center Grove Rd & Rt 157

Edwardsville, IL D.A.R.E. Car Show & Vendor Fair
Sept. 10


Grove Memorial Park, Main & Market St. Grafton IL Grafton Air Fair
Sept. 11


Grove Memorial Park, Main & Market St. Grafton IL Grafton Air Fair
Sept. 17

12 Noon-6PM

Riverfront Amphitheater Alton IL Mississippi Earthtones Festival
Oct. 15


Hometown Comics, 110 E. Vandalia Edwardsville, IL ArtEAST Studio Tour
Oct. 16


Hometown Comics, 110 E. Vandalia Edwardsville, IL ArtEAST Studio Tour
Nov. 6


Historic Hawken House 1155 S. Rock Hill Rd. Webster Groves, MO Hawken House Christmas Market
Nov. 26 Riverbender Community Center, 200 W. 3rd Street Alton, IL Green Gift Bazaar