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

Thursday, May 27, 2010

I Think This Garden Will Be Super-Colors, colors & more colors!

After cramming the house with things-it traveled outside but it looks like it is running out of room too! Hubby should be home so shots on the patio before dinner!

Dolls, dolls & more dolls

The weather is getting gorgeous & the garden looks like it's on steroids! Plants came up now instead of their usual June or July so this is very cool. So why am I making dolls in the house???? I guess we all are suffering the economic mess so you figure that maybe a 'new doll' will appeal to someone. Also with the Lyme I HAVE to stay out of bed so I work & listen to old rock. Art fairs this weekend as a buyer not seller so once you see that great work-you get inspired. Hugs to you all. <3

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

It's Lyme Disease Awareness Month & I Wear My Bracelet Proudly

My 8+ Year Battle.

Presentation to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies By The National Capital Lyme & Tick-Borne Disease Association
April 29, 2010
This afternoon we have heard some very important and impressive presentations. But they were presentations that were sterile scientific discussion. We must not forget that this scientific inquiry is motivated by the human experience of a devastating disease. It must continue to be motivated by that human experience as long as that motivation does not prejudice the scientific method.
Lyme disease patients face tremendous suffering and disability. One study found that chronic Lyme patients experience the quality of life of someone with congestive heart failure or osteoarthritis and suffer more impairment than someone living with type II diabetes or a recent heart attack. Despite the assertions of some researchers that we have the answers that we need, there is much to do in the area of Lyme research. There are many theories that have been studied, recommended further research and that deserve support to conclude their potential validity. As the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (“CBC”) radio program: Ideas: The Bacteria Revolution reported over a decade ago: “Sorting out all the various symptoms caused by tick-borne diseases is no picnic, and both the detection and the treatment of Lyme are surrounded by controversy.”
Lyme disease patients are sick – sick of having their real life experience disclaimed as “anecdotal.” Researchers at Columbia University in New York City published a study in 2008 that added that the fatigue level in chronic Lyme disease patients is equal to that of multiple sclerosis.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Some New Dolls

Hi sweet ladies & a few of you adorable men buds! Right now I am working on a hubcap (???) for an exhibit & because it was so small I could not get the smallest of dolls on it but used white polymer instead. I guess I could have put the doll faces on with colored clay. Hmmmmmmmm. Maybe I will start again! ~shaking head~ Boy the economy is so bad so sales are down & I NEED to make new things & stay out of bed because of the Lyme so I put some things on sale on Etsy so I guess we'll see if that helps. Hugs!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Introducing Madder Root Recipe Cards!

While Christina and I have mostly worked on tea towels over the past month or so, this week we expanded our Madder Root product offerings to include recipe cards.

Whether it's a new recipe or a treasured family favorite these charming hand printed recipe cards are a perfect addition to your kitchen. All cards are printed on 100% recycled paper. At 5 1/2"x 8 1/2" they are large enough for any recipe and folded in half they will fit in a standard 4"x6" recipe box.

Each card is hand printed with water-based non-toxic inks. Slight variations in placement and color add to the charm.

We will be adding more designs and colors soon!

For more information about our recipe cards, tea towels or scarves, please visit www.madderroot.etsy.com.


Monday, May 3, 2010

Boy How Things Have Changed!

Barb & I put our hearts & a ton of work into 'our' Etsy store. When we got the store stocked we then sent an email to our customers & buds. My girl did sell 2 paintings & at that point we realized we had a BIG problem. All of our shipping charges defaulted. If Barb sold & painting then I sold 2 plant stakes they would take her shipping charge on that painting. First shipping price on my plant stakes is $5.25 & the rest ship FREE. But Etsy had the plant stakes shipping at $21.00 each! Twenty cents...........ok! It was just as wrong if they bought from me then Barb. We tried everything in our power to make this work. I went to 3 Etsy forums & Tech Help. I was told that "it is best for you each to have your own store as these glitches happen with a Collective Shop."

It poses other challenges also but until you are "really doing a 2 man (women) store" you do not realize how crazy it can be. We moved Barb into my Etsy Store as I am established there & customers know how to find me rather than starting from scratch. For any of you who has an Etsy store we know that we pay our monthly charges & fees, get convos & emails, get Selling Notifications & payment info & we have our Paypal. It's easy!

The store is recognized as 'mine' & EVERYTHING comes to me. So Barb was not privy to emails if her customer had a question. She never got a Transaction notice then I would transfer $ from my Paypal to hers. So ANYTHING concerning Barb HAD to come through me. So I was transferring emails, questions only Barb could answer, & we also were shipping from 2 different destinations. So if a customer wanted info on their shipment-I had to go to Barb. Now we planned on getting a Paypal account with both of us on there so that was the ONLY thing that we could do jointly.

Unless you are at the computer all day....it is more frustrating then you can imagine. Etsy stores are simple & great for one person-a nightmare for two! We all appreciate our customers & we take care of them from Step A to Step B. Things go fine & you get your positive feedbacks.

To do 'our' store customers would be getting wrong shipping charges POSITIVELY so we could refund but we feel that is not the way to do business. If it was only 1 time ok, but now every transaction would be wrong. So not a good thing. Initially in our Etsy store we have 10 folders so I went to Etsy asking if it was possible that each folder could be a different artist bringing all of our customers with us. I thought it was a GREAT idea! So then it was just Barb & I. She will open a store but because of a hectic schedule it may be awhile. At that point I'll attach a link cus she truly is a GREAT artist.
Hugs to all,