Our artists for the 2020 Prairie View Art Show.

April 3rd & 4th, 2020

Bold colors, painstaking detail, themes of nature and the strength of the divinely inspired woman, these are all aspects of the work I do.

Dorothy Bury Shaw

As a contemporary sacred artist, I incorporate mixed media to explore the experience of inner knowing. I reference ancestral and tribal influences, the truths held dear in all religions, and all the wisdom offered to us through nature’s extraordinary array of splendor. I seek to live in reciprocity with all offering my work as a living prayer.
My work is intricately rendered in watercolor, ink, colored pencil and includes elements of collage.
I studied at the Chicago Academy of Fine Art and have made fine art my focus for the last seven years. I am also a poet and author of the book "Love Without Distance".


Mixed Media

Kim Caisse

I make shadow boxes and other small works that express my love of deep forest spaces and the feeling you only get there. That feeling that life is all around you and that you are in someone else's house, as a visitor.


Hand made one of a kind accessories created using vintage fabrics and leathers.

Diane Chyler

Masters in fine arts degree and I bring all media into my work from hand painting leather to glass fusing my own embellishments.

Handmade soap, and other health and beauty products with ingredients that come from nature.

Susan Crowe - Vayas Homegrown

Vayas Homegrown makes handmade soap from scratch using the cold process method, lip balms, herbal balms and aromatherapy sprays. We carefully select plant oils that encourage radiant, healthy skin and essential oils, specific to the application, that work to improve physical, mental and emotional well being. We use as many organic ingredients as possible, considering sustainability, supplied from ethically harvested producers. All of our products are gluten, GMO and palm oil free.


Natural, artisanal henna body art for ages 6 to 96.

Julie Engh

Professional henna artist for 7 years. Henna paste is organic, hand-mixed in house with quality ingredients. All designs are applied freehand for a one of a kind experience and personalization. Designs last 1-2 weeks.


Upcycled one of a kind purses

Jaclyn Gray Design

Since 2007 I have had the opportunity to make customers happy by creating one of a kind purses that are eclectic, durable and so functional. Every year I have people who tell me the purse they have purchased from me is their most favorite of all time. Warms my heart!


Upcycled antique dishes and unique glass items with stained glass.

Retta Hentschel - I Do Windows

I upcycle antique dishes and unique glass items as focal points in stained glass windows or lamps. Contemporary stained glass colors and textures with decorative solder is used to compliment the glass art.

Facebook: I Do Windows by Rettaglass


Gary Jackson - Fire When Ready Pottery

Handmade pottery with an emphasis on textures & patterns made with handmade stamps. All pieces are one-of-a-kind, food-safe, dishwasher-safe and good for everyday use. Offering a wide range of functional pottery, as well as decorative items. The majority of my work is soda-fired stoneware or porcelain.


Beautiful botanically themed jewelry and sculptures

Sandy James - Of Nature

This jewelry is created from collected botanical specimens. Each piece is sealed, covered with a conductive coating and is then electroformed in copper for 20 to 40 hours. They are then bead-blasted and finished with several layers of various handmade patinas and/or illustrated with colored pencils.

The concept of this work evolved through my interest in the environment, natural area restoration and biology. It is my opinion that as a society we have moved closer to technology and machination, and consequently, farther away from our origins within the natural world. It is my hope that through my art using botanical specimens, I can reintroduce people to the intrinsic beauty that is abundant around us.


Artisan truffles, caramels, marshmallows & drinking chocolate

Katherine Anne Confections

We make small batch confections in our kitchen and confiserie in Logan Square. We use fair trade chocolate and local ingredients. Our drinking chocolate, truffles, and caramels have won Sofi awards from the Specialty Food Association.


Bags, backpacks, wallets, totes and zipper pouches

Kate Kobak

Fabrikate (Kate Kobak) creates handmade, one-of-a-kind bags, purses, wallets, and other accessories — featuring bold prints, surprising contrasts, hidden pockets, and other fun touches. From her earliest memories of sitting on the floor by her mom's sewing machine as she turned out an endless stream of crafts, costumes and dresses; through a rocky grade-school stint in the Brownies, who asked her to leave after she expressed her strong disapproval of a project to make vests out of paper bags; through the first incarnation of Fabrikate in Brooklyn, NY, churning out everything from skirts to draperies to bespoke chihuahua beds; to her current operation based in Champaign-Urbana, Kate is never happier than when she's feeding fabric through her cast iron Singer 241-12, her beloved dog snoring on the couch and her daughter drawing at her feet on her clipboard, testing out each zipper, closure and adjustable strap or filling the pockets of her bags with kisses and kind thoughts for her clients.


Contemporary and colorful handcrafted wearable art. Fabric techniques include felting, sunprinting, shibori and more.

Laura Kochevar - Felt Inspired

Laura loves to experiment with textile techniques, always giving them her own contemporary take. An avid open water swimmer, many of her ideas originate while training in Lake Michigan (is that why she gravitates toward blues and greens?) Inspiration can come from many places: shadows of buildings and trees, clouds, wave formations. But most likely, ideas come from a simple pondering of, “Hmm…What if I …?
As a child of depression era parents, Laura is a practical gal and believes that wearable art should be just as much about the “wearable” as about the “art”.


Original designs in Sterling Silver , 14k Yellow and Rose Golds with Gemstone wonder Lampwork bead accents.

Nancy Krahn

My designs are often inspired by nature. Whether it be a Calla Lily, abstract flowers and vines, a bird or an occasional cat. I love the play of sinewy organic lines juxtaposed against hard edge geometric forms. My pieces are hand fabricated in Sterling Silver , 14k Yellow and Rose golds, with a pop of color in glass or gemstone.


Sustainable art jewelry

Julie Marie Jewelry

Hand-forged and fabricated nature-themed jewelry created from salvaged copper and other resourced metals and materials using primitive metalsmith techniques.


hand built whimsical pottery. functional and sculptural.

Cory McCrory

i make fun pottery. bright colors and textures fill my space. i love the challenge of the puzzle when i begin a new piece.


Hand-dyed Batik and Shibori clothing and pillows

Jill Miller - Hooey Batiks

I primarily draw my designs with melted wax. When dyed the material that is covered with wax is protected from the dye. The wax is then removed from the clothing by rinsing in boiling water.


Recycled fiber/ functional art

Tanya Milojkovic - Mitzibell

Mitzibell creations are combination of functional, wearable styles and fun and edgy designs made from recycled wool, cashmere, and cotton materials. Individual approach and exploration of color and texture makes all Mitzibell products one of a kind.


Jewelry, ornaments, banners, and framed artworks constructed from linen, woven wool & wool blend felt, hand embroidery and beading.

Jessica Pignotti

Jessica's work is a unique mix of fine art and craft techniques and imagery that features a playful combination of domestic artifacts and elements of nature. Jewelry, ornaments, banners, and framed artworks are constructed from linen, woven wool & wool blend felt, hand embroidery and beading. While some pieces are similar they are each unique and individually made with a love of detail and a high level of craftsmanship.


mixed media with found paper and objects

Cindy Sampson

Breathing new life into old recycled bits and pieces to transform into beautiful art.


Bold and colorful art prints inspired by pop culture, literature, and science.

Chhaya Shrader - Lucky Skye Graphics

Lucky Skye Graphics firmly believes that inspiration is everywhere and reflects that in their artwork. The books we read, the movies we watch, and the places we visit provide the stimulus for their bold and colorful art prints.


Woodturned art

Ken Staggs

I've been crafting original lathe turned designs in exotic and domestic hardwoods ranging from functional to purely decorative for fifteen years.

I combine mixed metals with enameled copper to create wall pieces pertaining to the natural world.

Vinnie Sutherland

I emboss layers of plants, roots, grass, and seeds into pewter, brass and copper sheet using an etching press. Vitreous enamel copper tiles are also incorporated. The environment is the central theme.

Henna style textured acrylic paintings

Bala Thiagarajan

Born and brought up in India, I have a passion for colors and patterns inspired by the Indian culture. I create free-hand textured paintings by piping acrylic paints in the style of henna body art on canvas in an attempt to capture the temporary nature of this art onto more enduring surfaces. I paint intuitively - the symmetry of the paintings comes from a meditative practice of organic repetition, with the finished paintings full of rhythm and color.


My silver and gold jewelry has an emphasis on movement, mechanism and unique hingework.

Amy Taylor

My work is entirely hand fabricated in silver and gold, with an emphasis on movement, mechanism and unique hingework...I incorporate gemstones and found objects and more recently have begun to incorporate hand drawn sketches on enamel for a more narrative quality. Each piece tells a story!


Colorful Stoneware Pottery with hand carved imagery.

Jean Wells - Jean's Clay Studio

I began drawing and carving onto my pieces a few years into my life as a potter and have never stopped. My designs have always been inspired by the vibrant and active world around me and have evolved to include everyday household objects and popular iconography. I strive to create imagery that can be visually beautiful, and at times, somewhat playful.

The functional aspect of pottery is extremely important to my work. I want to make objects that are durable, of high quality, and used everyday with ease. I choose to work with stoneware for this purpose, and keep my forms and shapes smooth and simple to showcase the graphic designs I create.

All of my pieces are made exclusively on the potter's wheel, hand drawn and painted. No molds, forms, stencils, stamps or decals are used. I feel this adds an amazing amount of energy and spirit to each piece along with a distinctive and unique identity for the object and its owner!


hand made unique silver jewelry

Lisa Williams

I am a jeweler that creates unique wearable art. I design and construct my pieces with multiple colored sheet metals and wire using traditional metal working techniques including soldering, saw work and etching.
My studio is filled with natural elements I have collected over the years. My greatest source of inspiration is a box of “metal things,” including found objects, scrap, as well as my own experimental designs, in various stages, which I save and use to spark imagination and evolution.


The Windy City Wordsmith creates impromptu poems on any topic, based on the audience's request.

Windy City Wordsmith

The Windy City Wordsmith composes on-the-spot poems on his antique typewriter and performs poems for audiences. The poems vary in subject matter, from sweet poems about love to grotesque tributes to kidney stones, all based on the audience's request. Come get a poem, a perfect gift to bring a smile or a laugh.