We are excited to be featuring several different artists on Saturdays in July this year at our Naperville location! Talented, local artists are chosen because they either make pieces for the garden or make pieces inspired by nature. Join Saturdays in July to shop all the artists beginning July 9. Local musicians will also be playing each week. Listen to soothing tunes as you find handmade home and garden decor just right for you. Here is a sneak peek at what the artists are creating.

July 23, 2022


The Growing Place, Naperville

The following artists will be present on July 23 at The Growing Place, Naperville. Preview their artwork below. Local singer-songwriter Annie Vander will be filling the air with music from 11am-2pm.

Carla Baker

Carla Baker makes handmade jewelry, knit and crochet accessories.

Contact Carla at tbaker5309@gmail.com.

Duane Halleck

Symbiotic rock totems are made with natural rocks stacked 30″-42″ tall. Colorful and one of a kind!

Duane Halleck can be reached at rocktotems@yahoo.com.

Wreath & Trowel

Laura Kirin, former TGP container designer, now channels her talent into making wreaths.

See more of Laura’s work on Facebook at Wreath & Trowel.

Cheerful Greetings

Amy Maaske makes delightful cards for all occasions.

Like her Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/ALMdesigns19.

Plaited Designs

Rock collectors unite! Sandy Bell wraps rocks with knotted leather. Inspired by Japanese basket weaving and knots, these wrapped stones can be used in your mediation space or as decoration.  Stones are wrapped using premium leather cording and can be personalized with a metal stamped washer.

See more of Sandy’s artwork on Instagram @plaited_designs.

Annie Vander

Annie Vander is a local singer-songwriter who also emcees open mic nights at Grace Coffee and Wine in Yorkville. Listen to one of her songs. See what she is up to her by following her on Instagram @annie_vander.

In case you missed them, these are the artists inspired by nature who were at the July 9th & 16th events. Check them out!

Wisdom Lady Shop

Beth Wisdom creates vintage and whimsy tea set pieces arranged in a waterfall pattern for your garden or planter.

Preview more of her artwork on etsy.com/shop/WisdomLadyShop.

A Garden Rose

Susan Borghesi creates both functional and sculptural work in stoneware and porcelain, taking her inspiration from nature. Each piece is one of a kind.

Find Sue’s work here: etsy.com/shop/agardenrose.

Fantastically Glassy

Lisa Banovetz makes glass and ceramic bird baths, wind chimes, tea pots, and yard art.

She can be reached at fantasticallyglassy@yahoo.com.

Elegant Designs by Gail

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

For more information, contact Gail at ladybug1831.gs@gmail.com.

When Not Gardening

Ruth Dykstra embroiders on several types of items made from wet felted recycled sweaters. She values serendipity in her art, finding it fascinating how natural fibers interact with each other and with other materials.

View Ruth’s handmade items.

Jean’s Gems

Marlena Parr brings tables full of handmade and vintage jewelry.

For more information, contact Marlena at marle6pa@aol.com.

Collinson Fine Art

Kathie Collinson captures inspiring moments in nature using colored pencil, abstract encaustic, photo encaustic, photography, painting, and drawing.

Find Kathie’s work here: www.collinsonfineart.com/

Art by Rozanne

Rozanne Priebe’s impressionistic paintings capture Midwest garden scenes and animals in all seasons.

See more of Rozanne’s artwork.

Dyonne’s Painted Panes

Dyonne paints on windows with weather resistant enamel paint. These windows can be left outdoors for years in the snowy winter, and the hot summers. No scrubbing, washing required. 

Email Dyonne regarding additional inventory on hand at dyonnes@comcast.net.

Aaron Kelly

While meandering through artist tents and inspirational gardens, enjoy listening to the music of singer-songwriter Aaron Kelly.

Aaron Kelly was never on American Idol, but did grow up on the edge of the Chicago megalopolis, falling under the influence of John Prine, Townes Van Zandt, and empathy, his songs are carefully crafted and made to last. He’s been featured by American Songwriter Magazine, and released Barefoot and Bottomed Out, his first solo album, in 2016, after zig-zagging across the country for years with Overman.  Making up for lost time, Aaron Kelly Band will release an LP, Songs Still Sing, and an EP, Letting the Animals Out, in 2022.

Sample his sound.

The Potter’s Apprentice

Pauline Ares makes a wide variety of products using clay, fire, color, and texture in her ceramic art.

See more of Pauline’s work: https://www.etsy.com/shop/thepottersapprentice/.

Karen Altay Rosenberg

Karen simulates leaf patterns into functional pottery.

See more of Karen’s work here: www.instagram.com/karenaltayrosenberg/

Yumiko Ceramics

Yumiko Mizoguchi’s functional handmade pottery provides a beautiful setting for your floral arrangements.

More of Yumiko’s work can be seen here: https://www.instagram.com/yumiko_ceramics/

Robert Koch, AWS

Artist Statement

Being an architect as well as an artist I can’t help but being drawn to painting subjects which encompass – “Structure”. Having thus stated that I must follow what is my definition of “structure”.  For me “structure” applies to not only the built environment, which may seem to be the obvious, but it also encompasses landscape, plant life, and the human figure, which explains my interest in painting all of these subjects.

In addition to painting a variety of subject matter, I like to pursue these subjects in various media. While known primarily as a watercolorist, I also enjoy painting in oil, gouache, casein, and acrylic.

Michelle Kuo

Michelle creates functional Asian-inspired ceramics.

See more of Michelle’s work.

Fairy Garden Delight

Anne Niemann makes fairy houses, knit toys, macrame plant hangers, and items made of wood.

She can be reached at anneniemann@comcast.net.

A Touch of Spring

Watercolor artist Jeannine Stump has enjoyed teaching art to children and adults.

See more of Jeannine’s work here: www.etsy.com/shop/ATouchOfSpring


Ken Staggs makes decorative, wooden items.

He be reached at anneniemann@comcast.net.

Heartway Harp & Strings

Julianne, Marie, and Elise are passionate about using their musical talents to bring joy and peace into any atmosphere. They have had the privilege of performing at a range of events from restaurants and coffee shops to outdoor weddings and churches.

Listen to a sample of their style.