MeltingJellyBean: Mary Jane Byler
MeltingJellyBean was created as a necessity to escape from the stress of work and the pandemic. My inspirations come from nature and other artists.
As an essential worker, I squeeze in the time to experiment and create unique works. I love the movement and colors of fluid art and resin.
Olive Branch Natural Skincare & Co.: Renne and Keith Sanders
My name is Renee and my husband and I are the founders and owners of Olive Branch Natural Skincare & Co. Together we operate our family business with our two children. We have been married for 14 years. We love and enjoy creating our products and interacting with our customers. We have been operating our business now for the last 5 years. We are very excited since this is our first show with Avant-Garde.
We are inspired to create by our family. We think about what other families may need or want by the situations we face. For example, my son was showing signs of skin irritations. So we created products to help combat that issue. As of today, that issue is gone. The formula we use to help with his issue is now apart of our product line. Those products are: Organic Black Cumin Seed Salve & our Whipped Shea Butter Body Butter.
We started out making products for our family and friends whose children or they themselves suffered from contact dermatitis from products from big box stores etc. They too, like us grew tired of by-products, GMO’s, etc. So with popularity, we grew a consistent customer base which resulted in build a thriving business. It’s funny. I discovered the talent or desire to make products by making homemade butter. I have always loved chemistry. I loved creating and figuring out how it might work or mixing to solve.
In 5 years, we plan to increase production and be able to enlarge our customer base to be able to help more people. The message behind our products is: “We believe there is a healthier way to create products that your entire family can enjoy.“
Payton Jean Handmade: Carly Wagner
My name is Carly. I just made a big change to my business after 4 years. I wasn’t finding joy in making earrings. I remembered how much fun I had creating and making things for my kids. So, from that came a new business with a new name “Peyton Jean Handmade”.
The business name is my kids' middles names and I am so in love with what I am doing. I starting being creative after my son was born almost 19 years ago. And haven’t stopped since. I absolutely love to see people happy especially with something I have made. Can’t wait to see everyone at my 2nd Avant-garde show!!
Here is my Instagram at @PeytonJeanHandmade and Etsy: @Carlywag
Lisa (Gene) Kelsey: "Dot Art"
Hi! My name is Lisa Kelsey and I've just retired from a 34-year career as a vocal music director in Ankeny, IA. Along with my husband (who also just retired), we're loving the freedom and flexibility we now have! We have two kids; Ashley, who lives in Columbus, and André, who lives in West Des Moines, IA. Delving into my "Dot Art" has turned into a passion, and I'm beyond excited and honored to share it with you! I've been doing my Dot-Art for about 4 months now. I've also played with epoxy and poured acrylics, but Dot-Art has won my heart. This is my very first Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show, and in fact, it's my very first show EVER!
I've been doing a lot of research online to learn color patterns. From there, I just look at my blank canvas and I can see in my mind what needs to go on it. One thing I've learned is that mistakes are okay! In fact, I consider them necessary as it's only then that I learn what not to do next time!
My five year goal is to hopefully doing what I'm doing now, but better! I also aspire to do more art shows across our beautiful country! If there was a summary of the message behind my work, it would be HOPE, BEAUTY, and JOY.