Join me at the Ravenswood Art Walk

In addition to networking and having fun with visitors, the past few weeks have been filled with Ravenswood Art Walk preparations.


I have a table in the big tent (located at the corner of Wilson and Ravenswood- west of the Metra tracks) at which I will showcase my wax and wire jewelry as well as the encaustic collages not currently displayed at Art Lakeview and PerficalSense Studio.


The Ravenswood Art Walk is a wonderful show, and the past few years have been blessed with sunshine. I love strolling the Ravenswood corridor and getting a peek into the businesses housed along the railroad tracks. The art is so diverse and inspirational, and I am honored to be part of it this year. Here are my impressions of 2011 and 2012.


The opening reception is on Friday, October 4th from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and the art walk itself is open from 11 a.m. To 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 5; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, October 6. You can peruse the map and artist index here. My friend Jason McPhillips is also participating, as are a few FUSEDChicago artists.


The first Ravenswood ArtWalk took place in 2002 when Judith Roth (President of Chicago Women’s Caucus for Art) ‎ sought to involve her community in the celebration of Chicago Artists Month. Judith asked artists if they would open their studios for a day to the public. A year later, The Jane Addams Resource Corporation partnered with Judith to combine a “Tour of Industry” they had operated since 1998 with the Art Walk. The “Tour of Industry” focuses on the area’s industrial history on the Ravenswood Corridor.


Now a non-profit organization, the Ravenswood Art Walk is an exciting community event kicking of Chicago Artists Month, featuring more than 150 artists and highlighting the talents and diversity of the Ravenswood Corridor.

artwalk sign

I look forward to seeing you in the big tent, and hope the weekend will be as fabulous and vibrant as years past.


Meet, Munch & Mastermind at Crain’s Small Business Week

“Great group of women
who truly care about expanding each other’s businesses!”
~ Casie Fields

Crain’s Chicago Business is hosting Small Business Week from September 30 through October 4, and NEW-The Network of Entrepreneurial Women is excited to participate and to be featured in the magazine!


We will host Meet, Munch & Mastermind, an afternoon of roundtable discussions, in Glen Ellyn on Tuesday, October 1 from 2 to 6 p.m.  

Participants will attend 30-minute sessions of discussions on Healthcare Reform, Social Media for Business and Creativity in Business.

After each session, you’ll have the opportunity to rotate on to a new table with a different group of fellow participants to enjoy another lively, enlightening discussion. Each session will provide opportunities for brainstorming personal concerns/questions related to the topic discussed.


Shannon’s Irish Pub, 428 N Main St, Glen Ellyn, where we had a delicious lunch at our initial Glen Ellyn outing, is hosting our group, and we’ll of course follow the business masterminding with a networking dinner.

“The great thing about Progressive Networking is
that you learn about other women’s awesome businesses,
and you even get feedback which helps your own business.”
~ Erica Thomas

Roundtables will include:

The entire half day event is free. Each participant pays for her own dinner from Shannon’s Irish Pub Special Event Menu

. RSVP at MeetUp or via Facebook. 

Learn more about previous Network of Entrepreneurial Women events.

“Fantastic group of women! I am looking forward to next time!”
~ Lina Bauer

Art Lakeview opens on Thursday

It is time for another art pop-up! My Malachites are participating in ART Lakeview 2013, a juried art installation that creates a strolling gallery experience on Lincoln Avenue.


Sponsored by the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce and SSA 27, the event promotes local businesses in the Lakeview are as well as local artists. The show opens on Thursday September 26, 6-8 p.m. with a “Meet the Artist” reception at The Dog and Fox (formerly The Dog’s Bollox) on 3210 N. Lincoln Avenue.


The art show runs from September 27th through October 20th and my Malachites diptych will be at Powell’s Bookstore at 2850 N Lincoln Ave.


Powell’s Bookstores, Chicago  has been recycling ideas to the world for the over 40 years. It has three independent retail stores in Hyde Park, University Village and Lakeview, each with well over a quarter million quality used, rare, and discounted books. It reminds me of Funny Face’s bookstore, albeit larger.


The artist line-up also includes FUSEDChicago members Katsy Johnson and Brad Hook, whose works will be at the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce, 1409 W. Addison and Waxman Candles, 3044 N. Lincoln Ave., respectively.


The full roster of artists is: Barbara Leahy-Edwards, James V Allen, Dafina Castro, Greg Znajda, George Larson, Jackie Hilmes, Scott Footer, Doug Haight, Derin Baratka, Steve Connell, Azadeh Hussaini, Joey Korom, Alison Bixby, Sue  Goldsmith, Victoria Kowalczyk, Ana Pizarro, Will Knight, Angela Garbot, Katsy Johnson, Christopher Newman, Lynnda Pardoe, Douglas Boehm, Alison Bixby, Rine Boyer, Angela Garbot, Laura Tetrault, Maike van Wijk, Mishu Hilmy, Beverly Alice Nash, Kristin Bruni, Justin Pauly, Jean Nerenberg, Oluwafunmilayo Ajayi, Brad Hook.

I look forward to strolling the exhibit and learning more about the Lakeview community. Exploring different neighborhoods is such fun!

Lighthouse relaxation

Last Wednesday the Network of Entrepreneurial Women gathered at Blue Violet Body Works for networking, a lighthouse tour and mini-spa treatments.


We had a lovely time learning more about the Elgin business community and its amazing entrepreneurial women.


These women are doing amazing things in the Elgin community and the entrepreneurial community as a whole.


Blue Violet Bodyworks offers a variety of massage therapies, including swedish, lympatic, craniosacral, deep tissue, reiki, reflexology, shiatsu, essential oils and athletic. Each massage room is themed, offering a different kind of energy.


We were treated to restorative mini-massages and mini reflexology sessions. There was ample time for networking as well.


The munchies were delicious and the climb up the lighthouse gave us a unique perspective of Elgin.



All NEW co-founders were recipients of a gift certificate drawing, so we look forward to revisiting this location and exploring Elgin’s upcoming events.


Our next event is at the Awakenings Foundation Center on 4001 North Ravenswood Avenue, Chicago on Thursday, September 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. You can RSVP here.


The Awakenings Foundation is a center which supports the healing of survivors of sexual abuse through artistic expression. The artwork of Gabriel Orion Marie will be available for a special preview, and the new Judith Dawn Memorial Gallery will open its door for the first time. The evening will also feature a tour of the Main Gallery along with wine and light refreshments.


The mission of the Awakenings Foundation is to support the healing of artists who are survivors of rape and/or sexual abuse, and to share their stories with the public as a means of raising awareness about the problems faced by survivors in our culture. Most survivors find it empowering to share their stories and get feedback, and this gallery offers an exhibit space to do so. The Awakenings Foundation hopes that visitors leave with a greater sense of understanding and compassion for all who struggle to heal from sexual violence. It is estimated that one out of every three girls, and one out of every five boys, will be sexually violated in some manner before they turn eighteen.


The Awakenings Foundation also administers the Judith Dawn Memorial Fund for the Arts, a program that makes financial awards to survivors who wish to pursue the creative arts as a means of healing, empowerment, and expression. Currently, the Gallery is staffed Wednesdays through Fridays from 11 am to 4 p.m.

We’re super-excited to be part of Crain’s Business Week.


Our ad was featured in the September 9 issue, and the program will include 30 minute roundtable sessions on:

A casual dinner will follow, where attendees will each have the opportunity to eat, network and connect with women business owners from a variety of industries from throughout Chicagoland. Shannon’s Irish Pub is hosting the event at 428 N Main St, Glen Ellyn, IL on Tuesday, October 1 from 2 to 6 p.m. RSVP here.


NEW – The Network of Entrepreneurial Women is a group of Chicagoland business women who are upgrading business networking with fun and creative events that inspire attendees to work together, refer each other and most of all cheer each other on as the membership succeeds. Events rotate around various suburbs on a semimonthly basis, usually the 2nd Wednesday and 4th Thursday of the month.
Can’t make this week’s event? RSVP for our upcoming events at Meetup. You can also like us on Facebook, where the events will be listed as well.


I took off most of August to tend to visitors which meant that my studio was also occupied. As I reviewed the upcoming exhibits and fairs I felt stressed that I had not spent more time in the studio.

Studio Time

Then I created some pieces for Aurora Rose which brought me back into that zone of flow and zen, and their reception of the newbies made me feel better.


As I shared photos of pieces in progress and completed, the earrings not placed in Aurora Rose Boutique were quickly claimed by my friends.


Another friend who had placed a pendant on hold a few months ago was able to send her check in, and I happily shipped her piece off.


Then I got birthstone orders from a repeat customer for two fall birthdays, which has me excited to create custom pieces reflecting family members.


A day later, my Etsy store got an order from someone whose name I didn’t recognize.


Out-of-town visitors admired one of my musical pendants so much they took it home.


It is super-exciting to make sales, because it validates that my creations resonate with people.


All artists struggle with the economic viability of pursuing their passion, so having this sales boost is giving me hope that I can eventually create a steady income stream and truly make a living at this (rather than depleting savings and looking for freelance gigs).


So please put your money where your mouth is and buy from local artisans. Praise is wonderful and being complimented on one’s work is always affirming, but making a sale, no matter how small, is cause for happy dances and joy that words alone cannot generate.


I will showcase my inventory at the Ravenswood Art Walk October 5 and 6 and am hoping for lots of happy dances behind my table in the big tent.

Meanwhile, Art Lakeview will host my Malachites at Powell’s Bookstore. PerficalSense Studio has an encaustic show coming up, about which more details will emerge in the coming weeks.


Chicago Boat Tour Scenery

I had the privilege of taking two architecture boat tours in the past 2 months which has been a pleasure.


I love Chicago’s architecture and always enjoy learning more about the buildings.


It had been a few years since my last boat tour, so it was neat to see the buildings completed that I had watched go up over the past few years.


I even forgot that Trump Tower used to be the site of the Sun-Times building which marred my favorite view of the skyline for so long.


The light was magnificent on the Saturday morning tour last week.


I was mesmerized by the reflection of water on the buildings, the glorious rays of the sun, and the crisp reflection of buildings in windows.


The most recommended tour is conducted by the Chicago Architecture Foundation, but other museums also have volunteers speak on other boats.


I highly recommend taking a day to explore the tourist attractions in your home town.


You learn so much and it is wonderful to be able to introduce guests to your city in this way.

New at Aurora Rose

I dropped off new pieces at Aurora Rose this week.


The store has lots of fabulous fall activities planned and I look forward to the announcements.


My earrings are popular right now, so Kim and Amber wanted in on the action.


I have plans for more pendants like this, with paint brushes and pencil nibs and other ‘utensils’.


My cousin and I beaded earrings as Tweens (before that was a real term), so adding beads to pieces always reminds me of those girlfriendly times.


Pearls have a je ne sais quoi.


Danglers don’t come out in photos, but have such a nice energy to them when worn.


Not all moms have daughters, nor do all moms like pink, so I made a denim and jade version.


Many of my wire pendants are reversible, and this is a rare waxed one that can be worn both ways.


A teaser for the Winter Collection.


I’ll be making more feathered flutteries as this white one found a wonderful new owner.


Pop into the store and peruse all of their lovely gift wares.


If you can’t make it out to Lemont poke around on my Etsy store and see if anything there strikes your fancy. Anything you see can also be customized by special order, and all pendants come with a black satin cord.


Meanwhile, these are up for dibs on Facebook before they go on Etsy.


Any takers?

coppertriangle for dibs

Maraviglia out and about

Here are some Maraviglia I paraded around town recently (with numerous compliments).


Have you seen Hello Holiday’s Derica Dresses?


I can’t part with the double spiral earrings (YET!), but will replicate the pattern to list soon.


New earrings right off the anvil, ready for their Aurora Rose debut.


Painting Geneva red during a planning and pickup trip.


Feeling the Emerald vibe with Green with Honor and Aurora Rose designated Earrings.