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

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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

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Have a really cute video that my son made of myself..dressed up as a clown as a surprise for my two grand daughters..the Halloween Trio made a stop at the home of some close friends.


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Silent Night...

With Christmas coming so soon...I love Christmas and all that it means..I wanted to post this painting of SILENT NIGHT. It was drawn on a computer and then special effects were added through the use of filters.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Dolls Are Coming Out Left & Right!

Phew! I am just waiting for the crash & burn! With summer not really being a summer this cool weather has been great for doll making. Nothing like finding new embellishments to play with! Sending hugs.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Just Knockin' These Babies Out Lately

Hi guys! Well sales have picked up & after so long of selling nothing (and a 2 month break) I have just done enough embellishment shopping to get myself fired up & ready to play again. I have a feeling I'll be burning out pretty soon. Hope you are all well & beautiful. Cmon peeps show off your work here! Hugs!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Busy Lil Beaver Here

Well my sweet buds It was time to knock out some dolls after DRAGGIN' my feet all summer.I had a 6 day (ouch) hospital stay but this 'Babe' is doing ok now. Needed a good tune up! With business picking up a tad it always gets my butt in gear to embellishment shop. Then I have new toys to play with. I hope you are all doing well. Sending TONS of hugs & love your way!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Spring & summer starting so late here made for late blooming. We just got back from a wedding in Minnesota & the garden is a-sproutin'! The hydrangea flowers are literally the size of hubby's head! The hollyhocks down the whole side of the house are hitting 6 feet...now we are talking! Can't wait for the other half of our flowers to bloom. Will keep you posted. Of course there has to be at least 1 picture of Hazel Joy. Love & hugs to you all.

Any artists that visit or subscribe to my blog that want to post your work...just contact me with your email address & post away! I'd LOVE to have you.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Lilacs - Stitched Paper Collage (ACEO)

Here is my newest listing: an abstract, stitched paper collage I call Lilacs. Made from cardstock left over from the handmade envelopes I make to store ACEOs in.

ACEO (Art Cards, Editions and Originals)
2.5 inches wide by 3.5 inches long
6.4 centimeters wide by 8.9 centimeters long

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Thursday, June 4, 2009

New! Midi Wall Dancers

Midi Dancers so "Babes" of all shapes & sizes can dance together! Where my original Wall Dancers are approximately 10"-12" in length without their hangers....these Midi 'Babes' are 9"-10" in length. Many of my customers have bought my "Tiny Dancers" to go with their larger dolls using them as gifts or they have also used them as Christmas ornaments. I thought these "Midis" would be great & am just loving them. I hope you do too!

Fun whimsical additions for those who enjoy 'different' and 'unusual.' Extremely 'people friendly' art pieces that are truly charming! My wish is that they will make you feel happy, positive and sometimes even encouraged. That they will always put a smile on your face! Whether it’s a “Babe, Mermaid, Angel or Fairy my hopes are that you find the doll that was made for you! All come to you signed and dated by me, Keri.

They are always ready to hang! Their 'unique' hands & arms are made from wire with beads throughout. They are finished with two coats of Poly-Acrylic gloss. Colors on your monitor may not match the dolls exactly. Since these dolls are created by hand, there may be slight imperfections which just adds to their charm. Being made totally from polymer clay, you must treat her 'kindly.'

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

mushroom men

made some mushroom men today. something a little new and different for me, nice change.
little mushroom men, if you pick them they will bite your hand,
so steer clear of the mushroom men.
mealy monster land

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

2:25 Minutes of Fame

Hey! That's me on TV!

Sharon Pelletier of WABI-TV5 in Maine interviewed me about my business last month. It aired last night (5/11/09). So exciting to be part of a news story that was...and is...good! Here's the link to the Channel 5 Story entitled "Quilter Gets Creative in Bad Economy."

Read and see the article here.

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Sunday, May 3, 2009

Oliver Studies Hypnosis

Hi Keri and all! It's been a while since I've posted so I thought I'd blog a little about Oliver, who I found sitting in my kitchen floor one morning. He was unsuccessfully trying to nab my dark chocolates from the cupboard. When I started to scold him, he tried to pull out the hypnosis on me.

Although Oliver has not been a very good house guest, he served as a perfect muse for my folk-art painting. All I knew when I started this painting was the color scheme: red, black, and white. Oliver provided the subject (however, I had to dissuade him from posing in lingerie in the fear of offending delicate audiences.)

Have a great weekend :)


Thursday, April 30, 2009

Time For Vases

Now after making plant stakes as a nice diversion then back to the gals.........
vases seemed like the next on my list to create. I guess Mini Dancers will be next if I cannot get myself back in the groove. I think now it's Spring Fever. Who wants to stay in the house after being cooped up for so long? Hugs to all.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Mexican Chocolate Tart with Cinnamon-Spiced Pecans

Ooooh-la-la! I am testing out chocolate pie recipes for an April 30th fundraiser for Women, Work and Community I am helping to organize. Before last week, when I found this recipe on Epicurious.com, I never knew Mexican chocolate existed. Boy, was I missing out. It is all I can do to keep myself from diving into the tart before my guests get here. Maybe I can talk them into starting with dessert...

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

People Are Commissioning More

With the economy being so slow I guess we have to "make hay when the sun shines" but these have not been really fun. I think vases will be on the agenda! Hugs.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Hi Ho Hi Ho It's Off To work I Go!

I have to be careful what I ask for! So bored of the plant stakes.....now I have commissions for 15! Do I do them??????????? Argh! It's not that the dolls are selling. So I played with more dolls trying to ignore the fact I do have commissions...........what a bad lil monkey I am! So here are the new 'gals.' Hugs to all.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Getting Busy Again

Ok..........so it took a commission to get me going here! But better late than never! ~sigh~ The plant stakes went really well so much so that about 15 are commissioned (poop!) I found myself not overly fond of making them. I wanted the 'diversion' & I guess we have to be careful for what we ask for but as you know with the slumping economy we try to generate a cash flow however we can. So the positive to them. Hope all of you are well & happy. If you have friends that you think would like to show their work & blog just email me. All are welcome. Tons of hugs.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

"Bee Happy!" Kotex Slippers

A friend of mine has been in a funk so I sent her these slippers I made.

Attached was my note:
Since this 'blue funk' has left you feeling depleted & lethargic, I wanted to make bedroom slippers for you as a gift. This way you can just 'chill' & enjoy your R & R sweetie in comfort. Love you to pieces!

You'll most likely agree that it's a splendid idea, and should you wish to do the same, I've included the instructions below:
How to make bedroom slippers out of maxi pads:
You need four maxi pads to make a pair.
Two of them get laid out flat, for the foot part. The other two wrap around the toe area to form the top.
Tape or glue each side of the top pieces to the bottom of the foot part.
Decorate the tops with whatever you desire, silk flowers (this is most aesthetically appealing), etc.
These slippers are:
* Soft and Hygienic
* Non-slip grip strips on the soles
* Built in deodorant feature keeps feet smelling fresh
* No more bending over to mop up spills
* Disposable and biodegradable
* Environmentally safe
* Three convenient sizes: Regular, Light and Get out the Sand Bags.