Unique & Original Art By Keri Joy Colestock

Unique & Original Art By Keri Joy Colestock
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Six pieces of mine were published in Contemporary Sculptor table book.

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About Me:

I have been a professional contemporary artist since 2002. I reside in rural Illinois. My wish is to continue to create beautiful but also fun works of art fueled by passion and imagination. I am recycling found objects and having a blast! One man's trash becomes a "Keri treasure!' So the flea markets provide me with the items needed for my work. I specialize in creating "feel good" art sculptures but I also incorporate polymer clay in many of my pieces. Most are whimsical, unique & on the FuNkY side like me!

Featured Artist At The Martini Room May 2015

Featured Artist At The Martini Room April 2015

Published in Healing Power Of Art April 2015

Published In Manhattan Arts International One of the 35 artists out of 1070 selected for April 2015

"Strung Out" was on exhibit for the "Womens Works" March-April 2015

"Stop All The Violince" won Honorary Mention at the Starline Gallery In Harvard January 2015

"I Have A Monkey On My Back" won Honorary Mention at the Starline Gallery In Harvard January 2015

I was the solo Featured Artist at the Starline Gallery in Harvard August 22

My artwork was selected for a Portfolio Feature in the West vs Midwest Issue of Artist Portfolio Magazine.​ June 2014

"Stop All The Violince" won Honorary Mention at the Starline Gallery AND "Leapin' Lizards Makes My Hair Stand Up" won the Peoples Choice Award May 23rd 2014

"Chinese GNU Year won Honorary Mention at the Starline Gallery April 18th 2014

"Eggsistential: Do I Eggsist"

The 4Art Inc Gallery Unique group exhibition of handcrafted Ostrich Egg Art March 2014

Art & Beyond Studio I won one of the The Publisher Choice Awards to be published and promoted in their March/April issue 2014

I was published in San Francisco vs Chicago issue of Artist Portfolio Magazine March 2014
"Who We Aren't" at Union Street Gallery

"With Love & Respect" was on exhibit February 2014

"OMG! Oh Party Gras" A group exhibit at the 4Art inc gallery. My pieces for this exhibit were"Party Gras", Surely You Jest!" & I'm Horny" February 2014

My artwork has been selected for a Portfolio Feature in Issue 17 of Artist Portfolio Magazine. San Francisco vs ChicagoJanuary 2014

I was published in Hidden Treasure Art Magazine November 2013

My "Makin' Purty Music" won 1st Place Award in the Harvard Gala Masquerade Ball Exhibit I will have a solo exhibit in August 22nd 2014

Centerline Exhibit At The Zhou B Art Center

My "With Love & Respect" was included in this exhibit September 2013

"Shattered Mirror" Exhibit 4Art Inc Gallery A group exhibit September 2013

Martha Stewart's American Made People's Choice Award Winner August 2013

Art & Beyond Studio I won one of the The Publisher Choice Awards to be published and promoted in their July/August issue 2013I was published in International Contemporary Artists May 2013

I was contacted by Carolyn Graham Edlund & Carolyn published my artist profile on the Arts Business Institute blog 2013

Art & Beyond I won one of the The Publisher Choice Awards to be published and promoted in their May/June issue 2013

I was on the front cover of Doll Maker's Magazine In Russia April 2013

My work was at 4Art Inc Gallery in the well known Zhou Bros. Art Center January 2013-May 2014
Art & Beyond Studio

Won one of the The Publisher Choice Awards to be published and promoted in their January/February issue 2013

Beverly Art Center Exhibit "I Have A Monkey On My Back" was on exhibit January 2013

I was chosen as the American Made Artist Audience Choice Award Winner November 2012

"Wanna Play? exhibit at The Union Street Gallery "The Apple Doesn't Fall Far..." was on exhibit October 2012

I was chosen to be an Emerging Artist On Art Jury. October 2012

Six pieces of mine were published in the Contemporary Sculptor table book September 2012

My hubcap was one of the featured hubcaps in an article with Ken Marquis of Landfill Art with E-Junkie.Info September 2011

2011: The "KeRicTures" were born. They are 28" whimsical greeters. A collaboration I do with my husband.

I was asked to be a part of the Landfill Art Project. Ken Marquis asked me to be one of his 1041 artists to do my work on a hubcap. Showing trash can be turned into masterpieces. It will be a traveling exhibit and table book. May 2010

Sunday, April 27, 2014

April 25th 2014 Won Honorable Mention at the Starline Gallery My "Chinese GNU Year"

It as great seeing these great people again. They are just AMAZING! They put their hesrts into every exhibit. They WILL spoil you with food & libations. Nancy Merkling I could not love more! Great photographer & an amazing woman. We were brought together by a friend after Nance was diagnosed with Lyme & my 13 yr. battle with it. On the 2nd floor are artist studios, the atrium that is an absolute gorgeous sit, music on both floors & hugs are plentiful!


I Won 1st Place At The Starline Gallery In Harvard The Gala Masquerade Ball





Boy was that a surprise I did not know the show was juried! After walking around Ric tells me to check out my "Makin' Purty Music" & the ribbon was hanging there! They have only 1 first & 2-3 honorable mentions. This award gave me a 'featured artist' show there on August 22nd! How cool! The people there are amazing & it takes 70 volunteers to pull this off. They do things 1st class all the way. From hor dourves being passed around to the yummiest Truffles you can imagine! Full bar & music.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

"OMG! Oh Mardi Gras" Themed Group Exhibit At The 4Art Inc. Gallery

"Surely You Jest!" 1st Piece For "OMG! Oh Mardi Gras" Exhibit At the 4Art Inc Gallery located in the Zhou Brothers Art Center we have themed group exhibits. Next month it is "OMG! Oh Mardi Gras!" We are allowed to make 3 pieces but each HAS to have a mask. My 1st piece completed (below) is "Surely You Jest!" The 3rd piece will not be revealed until I take it to the gallery! The gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday 11-5 so if you give Robin Rios a call prior to you coming she will make sure she is there for you!
"I'm Horny" Piece #2 For "OMG! Oh Mardi Gras!" My sneak previews always leave you guys wondering what I am going to do next! First post when I started this I died this mannequins hair red took her literally for a hair cut.......................her head then was cut in half! My sneak previews always leave you guys wondering what I am going to do next! First post when I started this I died this mannequins hair red took her literally for a hair cut.......................her head then was cut in half!
The 3rd piece has to be an all time Keri favorite! Just not revealing it yet! Hugs & stay warm!

Holy #$%^! What a GREAT beginning to a New Year!

I received this email January 1st early morning. And it rocks hard! My artwork will be included in artwork in the San Francisco vs Chicago issue of Artist Portfolio Magazine.
http://artistportfoliomagazine.wordpress.com/2013/11/17/art-by-keri-joy-chicago/

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The "Centerline" Exhibit In October At The Zhou B Art Center "With Love & Respect"

I always wanted to make a life-sized piece so I did!!!!!!!! This baby is 5 1/2 feet tall. I decided to use the old Japanese fan & the skeletons & skulls I had & make her into a Day Of The Dead piece. Día de Muertos is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. They also leave possessions of the deceased.

The Annual Exhibit At 4Art Inc Gallery "Shattered Mirror"

It pretty much spells out my self 30 years ago. I opened a 'can of worms' but have my dollhouse! Besides 2 glass jars I made EVERY miniature in this piece! What a labor of love!

"Makin' Purty Music" & "Shit Creek Paddle Company"

Makin' Purty Music" Found this xylophone & love the metal & shape. When I posted it it was still 'under construction!' My white pieces got ruined by heat NO saving them after trying multiple products...................I lost more of the 'toothpick detail' each coat. The answer was too late..........Latex Clear Matte Spray. Big problem as the polymer is water based & NEEDS water based coatings. So building up white pieces & get out the molds I made & put them to use! Think (know) I need to make more.
"SHIT CREEK PADDLE CO." Nothin' like bein' up shit's creek without one! How much fun did I have with this?????? My last post was an xylophone where I explained I lost my white pieces due to heat. So this is the second white piece & now I am going back to color! I do have a couple of white pieces in my Etsy store. https://www.etsy.com/shop/kerijoy

Thursday, August 22, 2013

To Mila With Love

Once again now the 3rd time I was published in Art & Beyond. This for the months of July & August. Mila is just one fantastic lady. She is always looking for new artists so if you want to submit your work you too can be published. Hugs, love & kisses. Keri http://www.artandbeyondpublications.com/

Woo-Hoo! How sweet!!! I was nominated again for Martha Stewarts American Made nominee!

Doin' the Keri dance!
I was the Audience Choice Award Winner last year. I found out when Ric Googled my name! Never knew who nominated me! http://marthastewart.com/americanmade/nominee/79423 ONLINE VOTING STARTS AUGUST 26, 2013 I do not believe that last year had anything to do with votes. This year is apparently different. How great but who nominated me? Sure has my info!!!! Hugs, Keri

Thursday, June 27, 2013

New Links: Seems like it's time to update!

Hi guys! Built a new website today & I hardly ever tweak this baby so I think it is time! Hope all is beautiful for you all. I made 2 pair of pants for myself for the 3RD Friday Opening Receptions at The 4ART Inc Gallery. People are lovin' them but I will only make pants for myself! How's that for snooty? But I am hand painting tee shirts & havin' a riot! Hugs.
New website: http://www.kerijoy.net/
Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/kerijoy
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kerijoy/
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Sunday, June 9, 2013

I Was Just Published In International Contemporary Artists GORGEOUS Book!

What a gorgeous book this is! "I Am A Warrior" (for sale) people are just lovin'! Doin' the Keri dance! Boy I am in a good mood today! Hugs all.