Friday, April 29, 2016

My favorites from the first Spring One of a Kind Show

This year was the very first time that there was a One of A Kind Show in spring. This show is in addition to the one that takes place the first weekend in December. The spring show was half the size of the holiday show, but full of amazing art and design. It was great to see some of the artists whose work I have come to know and love featured at the show, including Case Island Glass and Rediscover Handbags. Today I discovered a few new favorites.

Kimmy Cantrell Fine Art

Christopher Royal

Toshiki and Maryszka

Beatriz Mayorca

Timothy J Hawley
Mark Gleberzon

Alan Daigre Designs

Wood Cycle

Camryn Forrest

Splash Fine Art
Tim Jarosz

Lisa Krannichfeld

Rebel Designs

4 Tamara Nicole

I look forward to going to the next One of A Kind Show this December and hope that the spring show will start a new tradition. It would be nice if, like the holiday show, the spring show partners with Etsy to give up-and-coming artisans a chance to showcase their work. The show continues through Sunday May 1st at the Merchandise Mart and admission is $10.

And if you get hungry while you're there, treat yourself to something from these vendors:

Twisted Eggroll
Gourmet Goodies

Thursday, April 28, 2016

I'm on Patreon now

There are not enough grants for artists. The few grants that are available to us are extremely competitive, and often have restrictions. One well-known grant is for projects that are not intended to make money, which eliminates the possibility of using it to fund things like renting space for a gallery show where the goal is to sell the art. Others only pay for residency programs, which are nice if you don't have to worry about having enough vacation days to go paint in the desert for a month. And then there are a few that change an application fee, which makes me wonder if I should even call them grants. As for state grants, why bother applying for one if you live in a place like Illinois with our serious budget issues?

So that's why I'm taking charge of the situation and taking advantage of Patreon, a service that connects patrons to artists. I'm not sure if it will work or how well it will be received. To be honest, I gave up on crowdfunding after my Indie GoGo campaign to raise money for supplies to complete The Doll Project. I was accused of begging for money on the internet and was humiliated because no one donated a single penny. I'm hoping this time will be different.

The reward I am offering my patrons is an invitation to an exclusive open studio later this year. If you'd like to get involved, please visit:

Monday, April 18, 2016 is back!

Happy to say that my website is back online now, thanks to NameCheap and Squarespace! So go to

Saturday, April 9, 2016

I'm having some technical difficulties with my website right now. For now, please visit to see my online portfolio. And if you need to get in touch with me, DM me on Twitter for my email address. Thanks.

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