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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.

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.

Mix media artist self thought loving what I do

Born in a small town in Mexico in a humble family i learned to make small scorpions with wire when i was a kid just for curiosity and for fun,4 years ago it came to my mind to create more insect using the wire and after creating a few more insects friends and family will start to like them and i started doing it as a hobby but after a couple months and seeing that people liked thema lot i decided to go further and let my mind and imagination go currently i have more than 70 different sculptures that i can make with wire and i can make basically anything im not very good at expressing my self with words i will just let my work do the talk i love art and i hope one day i can use all my time just to do what i love wire sculptures

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.

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I am the sole proprietor of So'full Garage Creations.
I create sculptures from discarded pieces of metal and a Lincoln mig welder.

Self taught metal sculpture using only Harley and American motorcycle parts to create unique sculptures. Started from his own bike build in 2006 using left over parts good enough to go on a bike but now worth selling, I decided to have some fun and create a statue towards donating to a childrens benefit, to this day this piece still comes back every year and has raised over $9000. With overwhelming responses towards my first piece, I decided to set some goals.... first to raise $50,000 for Veteran and Children benefits, second to see how long it would take and third to make something so beautfull it would make an entire benefit cry. Reached all these goals last October in 2012, $64,000 raised, took 6 1/2 years to do so as well as made a piece that teary-eyed everyone.. The Orndorff Cross! Since October have been published world wide by Easyriders magazine as well as V-Twin, so with I accomplishing my goals, I set new ones..... out to do this for a living as well as creating bigger and better pieces. I just recently came back from my first major show down in Daytona Florida at bike week where I sold Internationally as well as had 14 different magazines shoot my work with all magazines telling me they had never seen anything like it, the crowds response was overwhelming with nothing but positive comments and I was an incredible draw the entire event. I am in the process of working on LIVE performances where I go into Motorcycle dealerships and turn their garbage into one of a kind creations towards the charities of their choice figuring the GO GREEN aspect would be a plus as well as not leaving behind what got me to this point, the charaties. NEVER wanting to stop putting my good foot forward, just wanting to do it on a larger scale... if my art can raise $64,000 locally, I wonder what it could do world wide! I am also doing commision pieces towards companies, weddings and whatever else comes my way in hopes that one day... I will accomplish my new goals.

I was born and raised in Chicago. I attended Columbia College where I received my BS in Fine Art. Upon graduation I taught preschool, ages 3 and 4, for four years at the McGaw YMCA of Evanston. It was then that I realized I wanted to become an art teacher, so I enrolled in the graduate program at Illinois State University where I received my MS in Art Education and Art Therapy. Upon graduation, I worked in an Alzheimer's unit organizing art activities and therapy groups for one year. In 2004 I started teaching art to grades 9 – 12 at Iroquois West High School in Gilman, Illinois, where I am presently employed. I am in my ninth year of teaching, and recently received national certification. I have also been a member of the Illinois Art Education Association and the National Art Education Association since 1998.

I currently show my paintings at Aroma Cafe in Champaign, Illinois, Beads and Botanicals in Urbana, Illinois, and at Po Boys BBQ restaurant also in Urbana, Illinois. I show my work regularly at Artists Against Aids, and have participated in shows held at Indi Go Gallery, The IMC, and at The Coffeehouse in Normal, Illnois.

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