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|
I have 3 fused glass pieces at the 7th Annual Juried Exhibition at the Jacoby Arts Center:
The Opening Reception is tonight. Or you can stop by today through August 21.
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: http://www.amazon.com/Sacred-Tree-Reflections-American-Spirituality/dp/0941524582
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!