Unique & Original Art By Keri Joy Colestock

Unique & Original Art By Keri Joy Colestock

Six pieces of mine were published in Contemporary Sculptor table book.

Six pieces of mine were published in Contemporary Sculptor table book.
My 1st time being published Hugs Nela & Charlie

Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home

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About Me:

I am a Contemporary Artist specializing in a wide-range of art and styles. My works are described as colorful, thought provoking, unique and original. I currently have artwork online through my website http://www.kerijoy.net/. My artwork is also available in galleries throughout Illinois. My wish is to continue to create beautiful but also fun works of art fueled by passion and imagination. necessary pieces I need for my work. At times I incorporate polymer clay into my piece. My style has been referred to as whimsical, unique and on the funky side like me! In addition to my website to can stay up to date on Facebook. l recycle found objects in my pieces so one man's garbage is a Keri 'treasure!' The flea markets provide me with the https://www.facebook.com/keri.colestock


​16 of my pieces are on display and for sale at The Room Of Fox Valley Batavia 2016-

​"In God We Trust" & "Home Of The Free Because Of The Brave" were on exhibit at Water Street Studios June 2016

​"With A Banjo On My Knee" was on exhibit at 4th Fridays At The Starline Gallery April 2016

"Howdy Partner" was on exhibit at the Old Courthouse In Woodstock February 2016

"I'm Horny" & Stop In The Name Of Love" were in the Side Street Gallery Exhibit February 2016

I ressurected my "Wall Dancer" art dolls October 2015

"Strung Out is on exhibit at the Freepoty Art Museum- October-present

"With Love & Respect", I Have A Monkey On My Back," "Aye Carumba" & "Celebrate...Rejoice & Remember" are on exhibit at the Old

Courthouse In Woodstock-present October 2015

"Fez Who???" was on exhibit at Fez Fest- September 2015

"With Love & Respect" is on exhibit at the Old Courthouse In Woodstock-September-present 2015

"Strung Out" & "Weave Me Be" were finalists in the "Noting But a dream Competition September 2015

"Strung Out" won 2nd place in the Off The Grid Competition August 2015

"Strung Out" was in the Williow Creek Exhibit August 2015

Featured Artist At The Martini Room April-May 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 at 4Art Gallery A group exhibit September 2013

Martha Stewarts 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 2013

I 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 issue2013

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

Martha Stewart American Made Audience Choice Award 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

I create with bright beautiful rainbows

I create with bright beautiful rainbows

Friday, July 25, 2008

What Happens At Grandma's.......STAYS At Grandmas!!!!!!

Well it a WONDERFUL 'girl's day out! My Granddaughter Lexi has a darling friend who is Middle Eastern & has been going to her church with her. Well last week Lexi came home in a Sari & with her face covered in a Berka! OY! Her Mom called Good Ol' Grandma Keri ASAP for advice so I thought we would take a 'road trip' to the Bahai Temple where ALL religions are practiced! ~shaking head laughing~

When I was a 'youngster' I would take my sketch book & draw in the rose gardens there so it IS gorgeous & quite spiritual. My daughter Kelly loved going there with me when she was small so a 'blast from the past! Afterwards we found just a great park & I am still crunching sand! Hazel may be small but she is quick & decided to feed Grandma a handful! YUM!
Now I know why opposum eat their young!

Have a WONDERFUL weekend!!!!!!!!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

The Way-Too-Early-For-Christmas Stocking

I had this idea for doing Christmas stockings with a pocket on the side to put candy canes or other sweet gifts. This one is made from recycled wool and flannel fabrics and cotton thread. It's about 15 inches long and about 10 inches from heel to toe. I just listed it in my shop for $30. If these seem interesting and cool, I plan to do some with buttons and other embellishments as well. I'd love to hear what you think...worth pursuing?

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roman golden necklace

Hello, my friends !!

I quite enjoy meeting you all here :)

One of these days I was looking at a jet Swarovski crystal and I thought it could make a beautiful necklace if surrounded by gold !...

I've tried a blend of ancient and modern .. :) as a matter of fact, I 've felt some ancient roman Empress has inspired me while creating this one !!!

Ancient Romans loved balance, class, elegance and beauty, and women had mirrors made of high polished metal ...... just to please men !!

You may find measurements and other details at my etsy store


Love All Of You Bloggers........

Boy I feel so blessed to see all o my buds blogging away. Today is 'girls day out.' Both granddaughters, my daughter & I are going to the Bahai Temple then to the beach. My eldest granddaughter Lexi made friends with a lil Middle Eastern friend who took her to her church twice. Well Lex came home last week in a Sari with her face covered & decided she was Indian!!!!!!!! ~shaking head laughing~ So today we will 'explore' the world.

Last week we took Hazel to the zoo. I am VERY blessed that Kelly my daughter & dearest friend makes sure Grandma sees the baby EVERY Thursday. I must have done something right so Hi Ho Hi Ho its off to play I go!
Hugs & smooches!


Wednesday, July 23, 2008

For All You Wonderful Artists!!

When Keri told me that she was starting a blog, I knew it would be a success. I'm sure you will all agree she's like a people magnet! I practically live in my art studio wrapping wire ~ but I always seem to make time to visit this blog and keep an eye out on all of the artwork, I luv it ~ you are all so talented!! This morning I was thinking "what can I do to contribute to the blog? Nothing really...I'm quite busy preparing for art fairs and craft shows" Well, then another thought occurred to me.... "why not offer something to the talented artists on the blog?" So here you have it... WIRE SIGN HOLDERS! For those of you who display your artwork and use signs or price holders, this is it. Originally I started making these as place card holders and table numbers for weddings and showers, then others began using them for party favors, pictures, recipe card holders etc., Now I use them as my sign holders when my Wire Art is on display. You can find them at www.stores.ebay.com/all-wired-up-functional-art . With the Holiday season quickly approaching, many of you are preparing for the art and craft season too ~ feel free to contact me directly (not eBay) to save 10% off your entire order. One 3"-4" card holder is just a buck! Taller card holders are a thicker guage wire and I can make them up to 12" tall for $4 each..... for more information, drop me a line at linda@allegroartstudio.com Have a colorful day :o) Linda at www.allegroartstudio.com

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

NotYerAverage Red Swirl Lobster

A cuddly crustacean made from red swirl flannel, cotton thread, craftlace and polyfill. It's the newest addition to my shop.


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Saturday, July 19, 2008


Thanks to Keri for this invite to co-author!!! Keri rocks!!
Hi Friends,
This past weekend my husband and I had to make an emergency trip to our hometown of Freeport, IL because my brother-in-law was seriously ill.
The trip ended up being two-fold.
While we were there, we managed to attend our GRAND-niece's baptism. Grace Madonna is a beautiful little bundle and we were so thrilled to be able to attend.
To back-track just a bit, I've been struggling with my biz, trying to stay motivated and trying to rekindle my love and passion for stained glass.
We arrived at the church five minutes before the service started (after driving four hours in the car, and putting my makeup on in a gas station bathroom!)... I was frazzled.
We walked in and my breath was taken away. The stained glass in this church was incredible.
As we stood in witness of Grace's baptism, I was struck by how beautiful this church was, how wonderful the energy was and how stunning the stained glass windows were. From all angles the glass just shimmered and brought me immediately back into focus on just WHY I love this art form. The detail, the precision and the lasting beauty of this great art draws me in, centers me, calms me and makes me filled with gratitude for all the blessings we have in this world.
Needless to say I was so glad we were able to be there for my brother-in-law during his time of need. It was the reason we made the trip but in doing so, I was re-energized, my spirit was rekindled, and my love and passion for stained glass was renewed.
In giving of my love, my time and my energy to the family I was given back SO much!!
I'll share one of the photos I took of the stained glass in honor of this beautiful art form.
I will forever be reminded that even in our greatest hour of need, if we PAY ATTENTION, we are given gifts beyond what we could ever hope for.With gratitude, Laurie B.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

MERMAIDS, MERMAIDS....What fun to be one!!

I'd like to thank Keri Joy, for her lovely offer to let other artists post on her blog! THANKS, KERI....you are a lovely lady in more ways than one! Since, Keri has so graciously offered this opportunity to share my work on her blog, I thought I bring some of my original designed, one-of-a-kind fiber sculpted mermaids here for a visit.
The photo above shows the largest of my "wall" style mermaids. She measures 15" tall. Her upper body/face are 100% silk fabric. Her tail was designed from one of Laurel Burch's whimsical sea creature designs. Her hairdo was designed from a multi-colored Italian yarn, and it has a bit of sparkle to it. Her accents are real sea shells, and Swarovski crystals. Her face has been individually hand-drawn, needle sculpted and hand-painted.
The mermaid above is the largest of my sitting style mermaids, and she also has a tail designed from Laurel Burch's colorful seahorse designed fabric. She is holding a unique, enameled fish in her hands. An "offering" from her magic kingdom below the sea.
This tiny, colorful mermaid is the smallest of my "wall" style mermaids. She measures just about 6.5" tall. I designed her colorful hairdo using about 4 different types of yarn. Her accents are Swarovski crystals and real sea shells.



Medium "Curved" tail wall style mermaid

If you'd like to see more of my work, please visit my DZFANTASY shop out on Etsy by clicking on the link below:


THANKS AGAIN, KERI!! Visit my DZFANTASY blog to see KERI JOY as a "featured" artist!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Blog On My Lil Bloggers

Thank you all so much for putting your work on my Blog. I am humbled & love seeing your work here!
Love & hugs!
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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Pocket Flower Garden Quilted Wall-Hanging

This 23" x 28" quilted wall-hanging is the first I've done in a while. It's made from recycled wool, flannel and linen fabrics, cotton thread, glass beads, and buttons. The flowers are coming out of a pocket from a red flannel shirt (leftovers from some lobsters I made) and can be used for a sachet. The piecing, applique and quilting is machine done. The raw edges will fray and soften the piece over time. I decided to step out of my "rectangular" box and make the edges irregular. I'd love to hear what you think!

More info about this quilt and other items I make may be found in my shop.

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Monday, July 14, 2008

Busy Lil Bee Here!

Hey sweeties!
Hope your weekends were fantastic! I just finished my last of my commission dolls and I am glad they are out of the way. I get nervous doing them because you hope they are 'exactly' perfect & what your customer really wants.
So now I can just play again!

I love seeing you all Blog.....you are amazing people with AMAZING TALENT!
Thank you all. Hugs.


Sunday, July 13, 2008

Christmas in July Sale

GUEST BLOGGER: Artsy Clay Imaginative Jewelry & Gifts

Shop for bargains and stock up on Christmas gifts during the month of July! Many Etsy shops are taking part in a Christmas in July sale with reduced prices on a wide variety of items.

Click here to see one-of-a-kind creations by Artsy Clay.

To see items from participating shops, click here (CIJ) or here (Christmas in July).

Wishing everyone a wonderful week!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Pink Delight Shawl

Be it a chilly Summer night or an Autumn afternoon ..... your neck will thank you :)
Our latest creation is soft and lightweight as a feather and it's just been listed in Junegardens, our shop :


greetings !

NotYerAverage Raspberry Lobster

I just finished this NotYerAverage lobster. It's made from recycled corduroy, cotton thread, cotton batting, glass beads and craftlace and is listed in my shop.

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"A Resting Place Along Life's Journey"

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Collaboration - Great fun!

First, let me say I'm honored to be asked to join this group. Keri is a doll - kinda like her walldancers! It's been fun getting to know her, and three of her "babes" live in Florida with me!

Recently I've been working with some great Etsy artists in a number of collaborations. I don't think I can say enough about how wonderful it is to share and learn from another Etsian. Most are so generous with their time and advice and I really try to pay it forward by doing the same for a newbie if asked.
This piece was an effort to show off the wonderful lampwork bead made by Patty Lakinsmith, of Plays with Fire. Her beads are incredible! I tried to accent the colors by heat coloring the brass and copper I used. The hem of the piece was melted into shape, so I think it's safe to say my torch was the major player here. I made the chain and clasp, then oxidized the whole collar to give it an organic, antique-y look. For movement, the bead was encased in copper and suspended using a heavy gauge wire.

Warrior Collar

Isn't this bead something? When Patty was making this for me to use, she made the back of the bead flat so it would lay well against the piece. But the front has texture and lovely little balls that really set off the contrasting colors. Check out her shop and website.
One of the problems I've had since making this piece has been whether or not to list it in my Etsy store. I want to wear it!!!! The debate has gone on for days, but I think I've finally decided to list it, because I'm hoping other bead artists will want to show off one of their beads in this or another design.
Till next time!
Cyndie Smith

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

We All Need An Angel

Well I guess to avoid boredom one must keep on changing. Last week fairies.....this week angels. ~shaking head laughing~

You peeps are rockin'! Blog away my dear friends. Your talent is amazing & our friendships are even better! Sending hugs & smooches!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

New Punk Baby Gifts Just Added:

Need a unique baby shower gift? Sick of the same old pinks and blues?

Lowleepop specializes in rock and roll, heavy metal, punk, goth, emo baby & toddler clothes.

Our gear would make the perfect gift for hip parents and future rockstar kids!


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Saturday, July 5, 2008

coastal cutie

I have been having lots of fun with shells lately. I really enjoy working with starfish. Here's a picture of something I made a few weeks ago. For more pictures, check out :

www.flickr.com/photos/sugarcookiedolls or check out my website www.sugarcookiedolls.com

Friday, July 4, 2008

Old World Primitives

Etsy: Your place to buy & sell all things handmade

Hi, I am Stephanie Baker, guest blogging via the wonderful and generous invitation of Keri of Wall Dancers. :) Old World Primitives is my business name, and I make handmade primitive folk art. I use only natural materials in the construction of my dolls (mostly new, some vintage) and then stain, paint, sand, and grungy them up to look old. Primitive folk art can look right at home amongst antiques, or is fun if you just want to add the appearance of a little piece of rough and simple history to your home.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

the cutest !! by June Gardens

I had to call these the Fox-Terrier baby booties !

I made them in a yarn with discontinued tufts and I assure you it was a real headache to knit the second bootie !! LOL !!!
For that reason they are a unique pair :)

They are super soft and they suit a new born baby ( till 3 months)

See more details and more cuties in


Thanks Keri!

What an honor to be invited to share on this blog! Keri, you are so thoughtful and it is such a pleasure knowing you. I'm Toni Kelly & I run a business from home that I named Sugar Cookie Dolls & Jewels. I make lots of different things: jewelry, keychains, Christmas ornaments, tree toppers, sea angels, fairies, witches - funny one's, not scarey one's! Lately, I've been on a cupcake kick...here's one.

Tickled Pink

Tickled Pink...that's what I am to be invited to this blog. Thanks so much, Keri, for your kindness, encouragement and beauty. I just love your work and the energy you bring into this world.

Tickled Pink is also the name of my newest lobster. She wanted to enter a mermaid contest. With some fiddling...a little cutting here and teasing of antennae there... this is the result. Definitely Not Yer Average lobster! I hope she'll make a splash!

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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

I Love That You Are All Posting...Blog Your Lil Butts Off & Show Off That Work!

A new commission doll & boy it has been forever since I did my "Keri's Fairies!" How much more original can I get????? Hmmmm????? Not! ~laughing~

It was for a dear friends 7 year old daughter's birthday. While I was at it I made another just to 'see' the feedback on her. I sit here thinking that the last fairies had to be 2-3 years ago. My "Tiny Dancers" I slacked off on too.........and my plant stakes..........

Ahhhhhhhhh ..........Life Is Good Babes!

Please Help Me Give This A Name!

Indoor / Outdoor hanging "thingy" ... I need a name, can you help? This fantastic 15" Wire Art Creation can be used indoors or out because I use non rusting aluminum wire and glass gems. Some choose to use this as a rain chain, because of the waterfall effect on rainy days. Others call it a sun catcher because of the colorful light display when the sun shines. You can also consider it as a Hanging Mobile when it dangles and sways gently in the wind because it's decorated on both sides. This "thingy" can be hung on gutters and trees, I hang mine on a decorative Shepard's hook as part of my landscape. One of my customers hangs this from her Motor Home on road trips and another attached several together (as shown in the picture) Now you see why I'm having difficulty coming up with a name. I would love to have your talented artists send suggestions! Feel free to contact me at linda@allegroartstudio.com and if I use your idea, I will be happy to send you one of these magnificent pieces of art! Keri, I've been keeping an eye on your new blog and you really got it goin' on girlfriend! The artists that have been posting their creations are very unique in their own way and I can honestly say the variety and quality is first class all the way... I actually visit your blog daily with my morning cup of coffee before I start wrapping wire. Of course I'm going to take this opportunity to "plug" one of our new websites http://www.gurlart.com/ where women help women sell their art through an affiliate program. It's FREE to be on the website! This program has really taken off, so be sure to check it out. Oh yes.... you have to be able to handle fun and Ca-RaZY women, just like us. I am inviting all of your wonderfully talented friends to visit me anytime at www.stores.ebay.com/all-wired-up-functional-art and http://www.allegroartstudio.com/, questions and comments always welcome! Enjoy your summer and I'll be waiting for those suggestions :o)

Tuesday, July 1, 2008



I created Lowleepop in 2006 along with my husband, Rob. Inspired by his passion for rock music and my love for edgy fashion, together we have created a unique way to share your love of Rock N' Roll with your child.

Lowleepop specializes in rock and roll, heavy metal, punk, goth, emo baby & toddler clothes. Our gear would make the perfect gift for hip parents and future rockstar kids!

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Dream-catcher by June Gardens

I don't know if dream-catchers can make our dreams come true, but while I gingerly crochet them I make a wish !!! Yes, let's wish !!! :)
I've been appreciating all your creations and I'm flattered to be among such talented artists !!
Thank you again so much, Keri !!

This one has just been chosen by JSTINSON for her Treasury West in Etsy !!
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Thank you for your inspiration