St. Charles Riverfront Arts Spring ArtWalk – April 27, 28, 29


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

Tree of Life

I make things I love – that make me happy – that are worth the pain in my hands when I work with glass – and this sacred tree of life, reaching up, stretching down, resonates with me. This fused glass pendant was made from recycled stained glass that was then fused. The tree is white enamel baked into the glass.

I recommend this wonderful book about the sacred tree and the cycles of life – from a First Peoples’ perspective:

The Dryad’s Canticle

The dryad sings her song in the breeze,

Pure, sweet, Nature’s canticle,

Praising the sun and the moon,

Thankful for the stars she wears in her hair,

And the deep sweet water she sips from the earth.

She raises her branches to the heavens,

Her trunk planted firmly in the ground,

Her roots growing dense and tangled below.

Strong, sturdy, well-balanced,

She is home to birds and bees and butterflies,

Squirrels and insects and creeping things.

The dryad and her tree offer food for many,

And shade for all.

She wears a cloak of stillness,

Watching busy lives come and go.

She blesses each of the little leaves,

That join together to make this mighty tree.

The dryad cherishes the soil that gives her life,

Growing each day one day at a time,

Taller, wider, ring by ring.

She sings a soft song of silence,

Of giving and taking for the good of all,

Of things that were and are and may yet be,

Verses heard only by angels above and earthworms below

And those who take time to sit under a tree and listen.

By Kerry Ellen (c) 2010

Stay tuned – Kerry Ellen will be making more tree pendants in glass soon!