Summer tally

It’s been a jam-packed summer.


I was featured on the FUSEDChicago Facebook page.


I saw my friends MyHealthBeet and ConnectedTissue wear their lovely new pendants out and about.


A purple coral set was snapped up by a friend the moment I instagrammed it.


I was pampered by Noktivo and promptly ruined the manicures (pedicures last, though).


I sported one particular collar particularly often this month.


My tribute to Rosalind Franklin flew off to a birthday reveler.


The order of Old Melody diminished my supply of musical pendants, prompting me to refresh that batch.


My passport is renewed for overseas travels.


I inventoried what resides at Dragonfly Boutique and what is at the Collage Cafe and what (of 460 made and counting) is uploaded online.


New pieces were added to Etsy and more will be uploaded soon.


Art Show applications were submitted.


The Ravensood Art Walk gave away my location before I knew I was in!


I was treasuried a few times on Etsy.


A friend gifted me with her old tools.


I am celebrating life!


Business Librarians are awesome!

This month the ladies of the Network of Entrepreneurial Women visited the Schaumburg Public Library for a wonderful presentation of business resources.


We gathered in one of the large meeting rooms, which are available for organizations and business use by reservation. There are also smaller discussion rooms accommodating 5 to 8 people for small business meetings.


The Schaumburg Public Library is the second largest library in the state, after the Harold Washington Library and the Chicago Public Library’s 81 satellites.


Business Liaison Librarian Patricia Smolin had selected a few fun titles for us to peruse. She is very engaged in networking to keep a pulse on what small business owners and local entrepreneurs need as resources to enhance their business.

books pulled

She began her presentation by assigning each of the attendees a Dewey Decimal system category, including 700s for The Arts, 332 for Financial economics, 300 for social sciences, 921s for biographies, 610s for Medicine and health, and 005 for Computer science and information.


Our focus that day was on the 650s, however, pertaining to business resources.


Patricia oversees library resources and programming for Personal Finance & Investing, Jobs & Career and Small Business. She guided us through several resources the Schaumburg Public Library has available to patrons, including: Business Articles and Research, Business Directories, Company Research, Market Research, Industry Surveys and Small Business.


In addition to walking us through the online databases, Patricia also recommended 3 print titles that would be of use to business owners. “I put a lot of value in print,” she said. “What is online may be faster, but it might not be better.” Her recommended print resources include: the American Salaries and Wages Survey for salaries by position (updated every 2 years); Redbook, an annual publication on advertising media, and Best Customers, which offers demographics on consumer demand and generational categories.


As we toured the various sections of the library I encountered a blast from the past with my former employer’s business resource poster on prominent display. I still have the Almanacs I contributed to almost 2 decades ago.


Patrons have access to all databases and resources on-site when they visit the library. By connecting your laptop to the library’s wi-fi, you can access the databases SPL is subscribed to. The library has a large computer assistance center that loans out laptops and offers classes.


Those holding a Schaumburg Library card as their home library can also remotely access the resources their tax payers pay for. Library visitors with a library membership in good standing can check out books as a reciprocal borrower but must return them to the Schaumburg library. Alternatively, they can ask for the check-out through interlibrary loan with their home library.


Businesses with a local establishment in Schaumburg are able to apply for a business library card. Home libraries we represented included: Elmhurst, Evanston, Hyde Park, Indian Trails, Saint Charles and Wheaton. Patricia stressed that patrons should bring up a resource they need with their home library. Librarians are actively looking for ways to serve the community, and making your needs known is the best way to do so.


She stressed however, that librarians can only direct you to resources, but not provide legal, personal, or medical advice (all have been asked of her!). Patricia does rely heavily on her network of professionals to refer any concerns patrons have to such professionals.


The library includes a large teen room with their own section of meeting rooms in which no adults are allowed. The teen room also has a green room with a digital production studio that is open to local businesses by reservation.


Children over 8 can be unaccompanied in the KidsZone. This area is monitored and adults without children cannot roam freely in that section.


The library also hosts book discussions through the fiction department. It also has a vast selection of CDs, DVDs, sheet music and other media.


There was a plethora of international resources in all areas, since the library actively engages with the international community. The library hosts English as a Second Language assistance and citizenship classes that are always full.


I am eager to cross-reference SPL’s resources with what my local library has to offer, and know that the Skokie Public Library also has a treasure trove of resources. Harold Washington’s business section is vast as well. Go find out what your library has to offer!

Language section

Photos courtesy


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. RSVP for our upcoming events at Meetup, or like us on Facebook and check up on the calendar there.


Edges Show Opening

Encaustic art has grabbed my heart since I first learned about it through Suze Weinberg.


I now preside over the group that inspired me so in the beginning, and love attending exhibits by my friends.

Kelly Mathews, Kathy Blankley Roman, Denise Marych,
Amanda Jolley, Catherine Keebler, Laura LaRue,
Dan Addington and Kari Hall

Morpho Gallery has hosted an encaustic show for four years, and this year’s Edges exhibit is the best one to date.

Morpho Gallery Edges Exhibit

There is such a variety of work, and truly edgy ideas and techniques are on display.


It was lovely to peruse the art with fellow FUSEDChicago members and see 11 represented.


There was a variety of textures to examine.

Cate Cormack, Linda Hertelendy-Wein, Margaret Berry,
tephanie Green, Elizabeth Schowachert, Amy Finder,
Nicole Prigan, Carol Hamilton

This particular blue hue is mesmerizing.

Susan Dickman, Stephanie Green, Gina Stanley

I enjoyed the company on ‘my’ wall.

Naomi Hart, Wendy Shapiro, Alex Wilhite,
Maike’s Marvels, Stephanie Green, Gina Stanley,
Joan Moriarty, Susan Dickman, Karl Kaiser,
Dyan McClimon-Miller, Karen Tichy

My pieces were well received, especially since I decided to hang them on edge.

Triangles and Angles by Maike’s Marvels

I like Alex Wilhite’s textures.


Book covers in wax might not be practical, but do combine two of my loves.

Through a Glass Darkly by Dan Addington

Dan Breslin’s dimensional work certainly has an edge to it!


I had seen Pat Lagger’s pieces during Sarah Krepp’s critique and love how she keeps expanding on her theme.

Melissa Lackman, Pat Lagger and Carol Hamilton

Kelly Mathews’ eye was part of that critique as well.


The textures achieved are always mesmerizing.

Cindy Lesperance

Karl Kaiser has tremendous patience.


The Edges show is up through Labor Day weekend, so check out the posted hours or book an appointment with Morpho Gallery.

Melissa Lackman, Pat Lagger, Carol Hamilton,
Alex Wilhite and Robin Miller

Thank you Kathleen Waterloo and Kathy Blankley Roman for jurying such a fabulous show!


Where the River Shannon Flows pendants

I got some studio time in recently and decided to add more musical pendants to my inventory (they keep selling out).


I’ve just about used up the Irish Rose music sheet I received from a friend.  The song is really called: Where the River Shannon Flows.


There’s a pretty spot in Ireland
I always claim for my land
Where the fairies and the blarney will never, never die

It’s the land of the shillalah
My heart goes back there daily
To the girl I left behind me when we kissed and said goodbye

I cut some steel wire and hammered it out.


CHORUS:   Where dear old Shannon’s flowing
Where the three-leaved shamrock’s grows
Where my heart is I am going to my little Irish rose

And the moment that I meet her
With a hug and kiss I’ll greet her
For there’s not a colleen sweeter where the River Shannon flows.


Then I sized and bent the steel around words  I wanted to highlight. This (sold) heart moved around a bit.


I cut the paper with an allowance.

cutting and sizing

Waxing the paper came next.


Then I adhered the waxed paper to the bent wire.


Trimming the pendant came next, along with an extra round of encaustic medium to keep it all together.


It’s nice to realize the three pendants I made from this sheet before have all sold. The round hug is up on Etsy now.


You’ll see the final four appear on Etsy in September and at local pop-up shows.


Sure no letter I’ll be mailing
For soon will I be sailing
And I’ll bless the ship that takes me to my dear old Erin’s shore

There I’ll settle down forever
I’ll leave the old sod never
And I’ll whisper to my sweetheart “Come and take my name Asthore.”


I Googled the snippets of lyrics and found the full song on YouTube:

The making of my Edges submission

This summer has been so busy that a deadline on my calendar snuck op on me. I only had one day before submissions were due for Edges, Morpho Gallery’s fourth annual encaustic show. I was part of Wax(‘N)Blue two years ago and always love the way this annual show comes together.


I decided to continue the wire experimentation I had started with Encounters with Language and Communicating Love. With limited time, and knowing Morpho Gallery is a good venue for small works, I used two 5 x 5 inch cradled boards to start my work.


I had already started a layer of medium so I heated that up and evened out the medium layer.

3_Fusing Medium

I cut out the strips of piano scroll I wanted to use for these ‘edgy ‘pieces. Our prospectus stated: “Artists are invited to interpret the theme of Edges. The word “edge” has many meanings. It can be a noun: the thin sharp side of a blade, a brink, place where two surfaces meet, a line or border where a surface terminates – or it can be a verb: to sharpen, to move sideways, to advance cautiously – to name a few. The exhibit is open to artists in the U.S. who work in the encaustic medium.”


I decided to use a chocolate brown for the background color. It took a few layers for it to get the depth I wanted, and I could have added a few more if I hadn’t been pressed for time.


Then I waxed the scroll and layered that on the piece. With more time I would have re-adhered these layers too as it was a bit bubbly, but pressed for time I evened the paper out as well as I could.


Kathleen Waterloo and Kathy Blankley Roman jurored all three prior encaustic shows at Morpho: Hot Wax in the City, Wax(N)Blue and Unbound(ed). Kathy Blankley Roman is an award winning abstract painter. She has studied encaustic with Jenny Learner and Shawna Moore. Her acrylic and encaustic works have been exhibited nationally and internationally online. She has a lot of earth tones in her work and also uses a lot of mixed media, including vintage paper.


I decided to play with masking tape a bit to give my shapes a bit more edge, potentially channeling Kathleen’s work a bit.


Kathleen Waterloo received her BFA in 1996 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  Her work is represented in Chicago, Minneapolis, Washington DC, and Portland, and has been exhibited nationally and worldwide. Kathleen uses vibrant colors and geometric shapes in her work. After the masking tape came off I adjusted the lines with a razor and a dentists’ tool.


Then it came time to add the wire.


Morpho Gallery “prides itself in seeking talented artists who are on the cusp of being discovered by the mainstream art community.  We invite local artists to exhibit their work in a creative and non-competitive atmosphere where artistic experimentation and development are encouraged. By creating a blank palette inside the gallery, we offer infinite possibilities for an array of colors, textures and media to come together. Morpho Gallery also offers leasing packages at affordable rates to groups and individuals who wish to stage their own shows.”

It took a bit of hammering and re-bending to get the wire to lay the way I wanted to.


Et voila, two new encaustic pieces were ready for submission.


Pushing the deadline does make for instant gratification. I am thrilled to be accepted into the show, along with FUSEDChicago members Carol Hamilton, Catherine Keebler, Cindy Lesperance, Dan Addington, Joan Moriarty, Karen Tichy, Kari Hall, Kelly Mathews, Laura LaRue, Linda Wein and Pat Lagger. The show also includes Alex Wilhite, Amanda Jolly, Amy Finder, Cate Cormack, Daniel Breslin, Denise Minkler, Danielle Miller, Gina Stanley, Elizabeth Schowachert, Karl Kaiser, Margaret Berry, Melissa Lackman, Naomi Hart, Nicole Prigan, Robin Miller, Robin Tripaldi, Stephanie Green, Susan Dickman, and Wendy Shapiro..


The opening reception of Edges – 4th Annual Encaustic Exhibition is on August 7 from 6 to 10 pm at Morpho Gallery, 5216 N. Damen, Chicago, IL 60625. The show runs through September 6th, 2015.