This Saturday would have been our annual Gardener’s Art Fest and although we cannot host our favorite artists on site this summer, we can feature some of their work.

We started the Gardener’s Art Fest over 20 years ago and from the beginning have chosen our talented, local artists because they either make pieces for the garden or make pieces inspired by the garden and nature. Take a look and enjoy what they’ve created this year.

A Garden Rose

From the artist Sue Borghesi – “I am featuring hand-built clay sculptures in my shop. I create both functional and sculptural work in stoneware and porcelain. I take my inspiration from Nature as she is the best teacher of all! I love trees, flowers, animals and as an avid cook, fruits and vegetables also serve the muse! I often work a series format so at any one time I will focus on one theme and investigate various applications of that form. But please know that each piece is a one of a kind creation and no two are exactly alike!

Recently my passion has turned to jewelry and in particular earrings! I am delighted to show my handmade clay bead creations to you today. I will be adding more styles in the days ahead so come back and check out my Etsy site. All my new earrings are one of a kind and unique in design. I use new ear wires and headpins but also use vintage findings and glass or metal beads together with my handmade clay beads.”

Find Sue’s work here:

Collinson Fine Art

From the artist Kathie Collinson – “Art for me is a second career as I have a computer science degree and worked in the field for many years. I love the attention to detail needed for both colored pencil and photography. I find that observing life, usually plants and animals, inspires me to create honest realistic drawings and photographs that capture moments in time. I think of my pieces as capturing and inspiring moments. Some of these moments are sentimental, some joyful and all honestly represent me. Just as an artist can get lost in the creation of their art, my hope is that others can get lost in my art and be inspired.”

Find Kathie’s work here:

Cooked Earth Pottery

Mary Fischer and Juanda Sims make wonderful decorative and functional stamped pottery. If you are interested in seeing more of their work email

I Do Windows

From the artist Retta Hentschel – “I create unique stained glass. I focus on unusual pieces of antique dishes or agate slices. That focal point is then coordinated or complemented with contemporary glass and soldered together with a decorative solder technique.”

See more of Retta’s work here: or

Karen Altay Rosenberg

Karen donates all proceeds from the sales of her pottery to JDRF 

See more of Karen’s work here:

Pinecones & Stitches

Kathrin Schmid makes unique handmade clothes and accessories for babies, kids and adults

See more of Kathrin’s work here:

Dyonne’s Painted Panes

Dyonne’s hand-painted vintage windows use weather-resistant enamel paint. These windows can be left outdoors for years in the snowy winter, and the hot summers.

See more of Dyonne’s work here:

To set up an appointment to shop Dyonne’s windows call 630-985-2933.

Elegant Designs by Gail

Gail Shavaila makes machine embroidered visors, bags, framed art, towels and more.

For more information and availability contact Gail at

Kim’s Garden Art

Kim re-purposes plates made into decorative Garden Art

See more of Kim’s work here:

You can also text her at 630-531-4000.

Sharon Spitzer

Sharon makes ceramic bird baths, berry bowls and display pieces.

Contact Sharon through her Instagram page:

A Touch of Spring

From the artist Jeannine Stump – “My love for art started in first grade when my class painted clowns. I was so proud of my painting of Bozo The Clown. I began art lessons in second grade because my Aunt Evelyn, a nature watercolor artist, noticed my talent. Being an extremely shy child, art was the way I communicated. Now I still love creating, but I am no longer shy. I am a member of The St. Joseph Watercolor Society and The LaGrange Art League. I have taught art lessons to home school children, adults, middle school children and elementary students. My job as a teacher in a daycare center allows me to expose 8 month through 15 month old children to art.

See more of Jeannine’s work here:

ClaySpace Ceramic Arts Center

We also wanted to give a shout out to ClaySpace. Many of the ceramic artists that exhibit at our show work at this studio. They will be having a CRUISING CLAY “tailgate show” the last Friday of each month this summer! ClaySpace artists will set up their pottery tailgate-style outside of the studio on the last Friday of each month. The first one is this Friday, June 26 from 5:30-8:30pm.

Visit for more information about ClaySpace and Cruising Clay.