Art Show Dates and Classes 2015

Happy Spring!
It’s been a whirl wind here in the last month, many changes and its hard to absorb them all. Maybe next winter I can look back and remember what I was doing during April and now May. My jewelry business is growing nicely and that is all good. It has been a progression that was meant to be. I sent jewelry to a new gallery in New Orleans and that is exciting. The Thomas Mann Gallery:  I/O Gallery will now be showcasing my jewelry. That is a happy feeling. I’m ramping up for show season and can’t seem to keep a stock of inventory and that is also good. It’s good to be busy. I can’t believe my first show is in three weeks… I have a lot of work to do. It’s also my favorite show… Sturgeon Bay’s Fine Art Show Memorial Weekend in Sunset Park (Sat and Sun only.)
I redid my website completely after being coerced into it by my friend Tammy Rae. Her daughter helped me endlessly… I was very frustrated because maintaining a website is a full-time job. I wanted to be able to change my pics, change my slideshow, have a shopping cart, not lose my several domains I maintain, and do it easily with it looking nice. My other web designer was great but she can’t change things on a daily basis. I now have control over minute to minute changes. Well, all of that seemed overwhelming to conquer when I already had a website. I was sick of my old website. It needed a facelift, but I did not want to spend any time changing it or waste time making something I liked even less than what I had. So THANK YOU Kristina and Tammy! It looks amazing and was not as painful as I expected and I love it. It has a full shopping cart attached to paypal and square and I can update it whenever I want to very easily. Please visit it and check it out! I would love to hear your feedback.


Beautiful Bloodstone Necklace ~Sold


Pearl and Dryhead Agate Necklace available Link:

Other personal changes… my father in law passed away very unexpectedly a few weeks ago. He was a wonderful man. He was a father that was an example of how to live your life and love people. We will miss him greatly. His grandson spoke at his funeral and describe him as ‘warm’ and that is so right. He let you love him and he loved you back. He was a warm, loving person with a sense of humor. He was non-judgmental and rolled with the punches. I lost a Dad and a friend. His own children lost not only a father but their guide post, the foundation of their lives. We all are grateful to have loved him and we all are grateful for how he passed away… in his sleep, never sick, living and going and being right up to that moment. That is a beautiful to gift to him and a reward for the self-sacrificing life he lived. Love you Gramps.


Mother’s Twig & Vine Ring ~ This is a custom order with your choice in stones. This was made as a Mother’s Ring with her children’s birthstones. You can have your own ring made in a similar style but they will all be very different. I have made about five of these rings this month and each one is just as unique and beautiful as the next one. Link: 



Florida Fossilized Coral and Citrine… Handmade Chain ~ This necklace is one of the boldest necklaces I have ever made, yet there is a softness about it. If you are interested in this necklace you can send me a message or call The Flying Pig Gallery and purchase it directly from them. It is on display and for sale at The Flying Pig Gallery in Algoma WI. 920~487~9902


Labradorite Bullet Ring Link:



Azurite Specimen Necklace Handmade Chain Link:

Here is the show and class schedule for 2015. I am excited that I did get into the Madison Show and Wausau Art Show. Madison is terrifying me but you have to do new things, right? Why is Madison terrifying? I have a list… It’s huge, it’s a ton of over head in $$$, it’s huge, it has 200,000 people in attendance, it’s one of the top art shows in the nation, it’s huge, it’s windy, it’s huge, I will need help, I have children that are helpful ~ thank God for that, oh did I mention that it’s huge. It is on the streets surrounding Wisconsin’s Capital building so I think I will love it but I won’t know unless I try. IT’S HUGE!!!!!!! Ahhhhhhhhheeeeeeeeeekkkkkkkkkkkkk!

My jewelry classes at Peninsula School Of Art are a little goofed up in the catalog. As I type, I am reminding myself to give them a call. The three days of jewelry making where suppose to be consecutive days. You could pick and choose but not just come on Friday only and think you can make the necklace in the photo in one day. I am a little worried that I will have a class 20 people on Friday that all want to make something awesome to wear for their weekend in Door Co. in one day and that is unrealistic. We will just do what we can with what we have but Friday was only supposed to be available if you picked one of the other days or all three. So if you come Friday only and have never used a torch or a pair of pliers in your entire life we will still have you make something amazing but it won’t be what is in the photo. We will do our best though and as always in class I hold nothing back. We can take class wherever your skill level and imagination allow. All the links to show information and classes are on my website:–classes.html

Late little note… I started posting daily pics in my workshop as they are created on Instagram. If you want to see those pics download the Instragram app (you can go to Instagram on your computer too) and type in the search wild prairie silver. The pics are fun, spontaneous eye-candy, no extra hoopla, very little text. Hopefully see you all soon on a beautiful summer day, in a park at an art show. Take Care & God Bless ~ joy


Art Show Schedule and Class Schedule
Sturgeon Bay Fine Art Show May 23rd, 24th Memorial Weekend, Sat & Sun only. Sunset Park Sturgeon Bay Wisconsin Door Co.
Art On The Square ~ Art Off The Square July 11th, 12th Madison Wisconsin, surrounds the Capital building
Bergstrom Mahler Fine Art Show ~ July 19th Sunday Only, 165 N Park St Neenah WI 10-4pm.
Art In The Park ~ Appleton Wisconsin Sunday July 26th
Artstreet ~ Green Bay Wisconsin August 28th, 29th, 30th Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday
Wausau Fine Art Show ~ Wausau Wisconsin Sept 12th, 13th
Towline Art Fair ~ Ephraim Wisconsin at The Fine Line Gallery Door Co. October 10th, 11th
Redbird Christmas Show East DePere High School Nov 28th Doors Open at 9am
September 14-18th Peninsula School of Art Fish Creek Door County
Sept 14, 15th Business Class Opening Your Etsy Shop: In this class we set up your Etsy store from start to finish. If you already have an Etsy store we make it shine. Class covers social media, SEO and other business aspects of selling your work. Two half day classes, morning
Sept 14, 15th Demo Microscopic TIG welding: Over view of new microscopic TIG welder for jewelry and mixed metal artist.
Sept 16th, 17th, 18th: Three days of making whatever jewelry piece you want from sterling silver…. come one day or come all the days… open to all skill levels.

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7 responses to “Art Show Dates and Classes 2015

  • Gary Wilson

    Hi Joy, enjoyed reading your blog. My gosh you are busy I don’t know how you can keep up with everything! Congrats on getting into Madison. You are going to need a ton of inventory. I love all the pieces that you posted pictures of. One small correction. It is a TEepeeCanyon agate rather than dry head and the only reason I mention it is because it is even more rare especially to get one that large. I sure hope you’ll find time to work bead and button with your busy schedule. All the best Gary Sent from my iPhone


  • Wild Prairie Silver

    You are the best Gary!!!!!!!!!!! I will see you in less than a month at Bead and Button! Can’t wait! 🙂 🙂 🙂


    Hi Joy Congrats on the huge Madison show!! You’ll do fabulously! I was reviewing your items in the new website. Thought i’d bring attention to the page with the tourmalinated crystal pendant that I LoVe! It’s listed as 50$ rather than 500$ whoops!! Looking forward to meeting you in September at peninsula. Blessings for a wonderful show season!

    Thank you , Susan Wachler 404-325-4584


  • Wild Prairie Silver

    Susan ~ I can’t wait for class! It will be fun!!!! The crystal necklace is on Layaway or Reserved and the $50 is a payment. I let customers make layaway payments for whatever time frame we set up in advance and then make the payment amounts for whatever we agree upon…. for example six payments of $50 over 6 months, etc… Hope you are planning on having a wonderful summer and will see you before we know it! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 joy

  • jesshocutt

    Joy, love your work and I am interested in taking some of your classes, but the listing is quite confusing as you stated. So if you take the 3 metal smithing classes (and have experience) what exactly would we be doing?
    Design? Ideas? just needing a little more info?

  • jesshocutt

    I love your work!! I would love to take your metalsmithing classes, but the listing is confusing! If you take the 3 days of classes what exactly will we be doing? Or what does the 3 day classes cover? Is it making the pics in the advertisement or more?

    thanks Jessica Hocutt

    • Wild Prairie Silver

      Jess~ Hi there 🙂 yeah, the way the classes are represented in the catalog is confusing and I apologize for that. When the catalog came out I kinda cringed because it was confusing and not the way it should have been… To answer your question we will learn whatever we possibly can in class. The classroom there is completely equipped with every tool we can think of rolling mill, hydraulic press, torches, flex shafts, stakes hammers… There is really nothing we cannot make in that studio. If you have some experience we can make everything in the photos. If you have no experience than it just takes longer and making one thing in the photos is more realistic. I do not teach in a process of make what is in the photo… I want you to make your own sketch or whatever comes from your own thoughts. I have taken classes that are like a kit and you assemble the parts… this is not that kind of class. You will saw out our own designs and create your piece. How far we take it is up to you and your skill level. I have students that come back to class year after year just for an imagination boost and to stretch out of their rut. They don’t necessarily need the skills they just need some stimulation. I hope that helps answer your question. I really put it all out there when I teach so I think you will love it. Hope this helps 🙂 joy

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