An artist and sculptural jeweler, Crystal Hartman creates abstract botanical art rooted in storytelling and process. Growing up behind the jeweler’s bench at Durango Silver Company, she developed a conversation with line, design and space from an early age. Hartman received her BFA for Printmaking from the University of Colorado at Boulder; while there she received a UROP Grant and studied Femininity in Argentina and began working in video and installation. Upon graduation, she filmed for Null Skateboards in Spain, during this time her artwork was featured in the exhibition United BAC! at the CCCB, Center for Contemporary Culture Barcelona and exhibited at locations such as the National Palace of Culture, Sophia Bulgaria and the Florean Museum, Baia Mare, Romania and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder Colorado . Hartman studied contemporary craft and color in Chiang Mai Thailand before returning to the United States and reflecting on the adventures through watercolors that received the Merwin Altfeld Memorial Award for Storytelling in the Arts and membership as a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society. She founded and directed Durango Open Studio, an event celebrating and sharing lifestyles and process in the arts and began curating exhibitions aimed at fostering conversations between various generations of artists. Finding her way back to the jewelers bench through a love of wax and sculpture, her jewelry has been featured in Art Jewelry Magazine and included in exhibitions such as TOP Jewels: International Jewelry Exhibition at the Durango Arts Center and Earthly Delights: Metalsmiths Inspired by Nature at the Lillstreet Gallery, Chicago, IL. Hartman enjoys creating Visual Reviews of Poetry for CutBank Literary Journal and working with writers to develop imagery to hold their stories. Hartman maintains a painting and jewelry studio creating sculptural adornment in the lost wax process and is currently studying light and sound in Champaign Illinois.

I have a degree in Materials Engineering and had a successful career in product development and project management. In my 30’s, my husband and I relocated from the East Coast to rural central Illinois. Needless to say, job prospects in my field were minimal, especially at the level my career had reached. During that next phase of my life, my husband and I bought a major fixer upper and did the work ourselves.
When we were upgrading the electric system that was originally from the time of Illinois’s “Rural Electrification Act” (circa 19305 - 1945) I found myself surrounded by so much copper wire. It was breathtaking! I absentmindedly created a bracelet and a ring with some of the wire that was sitting on the floor. That was the moment I discovered my new calling.

My foray into metalsmithing was a continued series of happy accidents that lead me to where I am now. I began making items for friends and family, who spread the word to others. Soon I was having strangers commission my to make special items from scraps of wire from their homes to keep or give as mementos. With all of this success I decided to venture out into a bigger audience and eventually entered a contest. that I won, with Uncommon Goods focused on making items with recycled or reclaimed materials. That win lead to a contract with the catalog and it kept growing from there as I moved into wholesale.

It all happened so fast and was very exciting at first. Orders came in, bulk product went out. Then I realized that I was missing out on doing what I loved, making one of a kind items that were as special and unique as the person who will wear it. So once again, at the height of my second career, I found myself pivoting direction and returning to the roots of my passion. Taking materials that are unique with a history all their own, and transforming them into one of a kind heirlooms to be treasured for generations to come, just like that old house my husband and I renovated.

Now I am happily in this next phase of life where I am motivated by my own internal passions and choose uniqueness and quality over quantity. I enjoy meeting the person who chooses one of my items and hearing what moves them about a piece. I love connecting on social media with them and seeing how that piece brings them joy after it leaves my hands. People don’t need jewelry in their life, but it sure brings them happiness. I am proud and honored to be someone who added a piece of happiness of so many peoples lives.

Chris Beaty (b. 1976 in Macomb, Illinois) is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign, he returned to school as a nontraditional student after a career as a firefighter. Beaty primarily works as an oil painter, but experiments in a variety of media ranging from monotypes, lithography, drawing and collage. His work can best be described as semi-abstracted figurative representation, with subjects that seem recognizable, yet obscured, and lend to the notion of mystery, androgyny, and sometimes seem a bit unsettling.

I am a graphic designer and illustrator with over four years of experience working on corporate print, web, and branding projects. I create beautiful, professional materials for companies or products that increase awareness and revenue. I am also a potter specializing in smaller, functional piece.

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I am a traditional artist and digital artist. I sell my art and do work for others. I am currently planning to attend parkland and then move onto the Chicago Institute of Art.

Artist/printmaker specializing in linocut and woodcut prints. Urbana, Illinois.

Born into a small Midwestern existence, grew into a certain presumptive bravado and reluctant utopianism. Embracing oddities from everywhere, humbuggery and legerdemain, and an aesthetic of the operational. Learning that things do not have to add up in order to count.

Fine arts artist working in charcoal, pencil, pastel, color pencil and watercolor. Most of my work involves portraits or figure drawings with forays into still life and landscapes now and then. For years I worked mostly with pencil. More recently I've returned to charcoal as it is a much more workable medium and allows greater flexibility in changing and correcting a drawing. I've also worked a great deal with color pencil, pastels, and watercolor in the past few years to broaden my experience in color. I'm also beginning to work with oil paints and hope to do much more with this medium in the future.

Last year I opened Enterprise Art Studio in a re-purposed building on the former Chanute Air Force Base. The building is well situated for easy access from US 45 and I-57. During the summer of 2013 we began holding life drawing sessions on Wednesday mornings and plan to begin holding both life drawing and portrait sessions beginning in 2014 in the early evenings. The sessions are open to all artists and mediums. More details coming soon.

We also participated in the Boneyard Arts Festival 2014, a first for Enterprise Art Studio, with about 30 people stopping by to see artwork by several local Rantoul artists. We also held a live portrait session with a model and multiple artists which allowed visitors to see how different artists approach the same subject.



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