Selected works available at my next trunk show

I am curious. How many of you go to Trunk Shows? And of those who do, what do you think of them?

My goal, when I have a trunk show is to present my latest works. I want to give clients a chance to be the first to choose from new creations. I am always striving to create those unique forms of personal adornment that allow the wearer to express their individuality.

That being said, my annual Holiday Trunk Show, in conjunction with Small Business Saturday, will take place on:

Day/Time – Saturday – November 28, 2015 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
LocationSanta Fe Trail Jewelry
215 Chapala Plaza
Monument, CO 80132


Textured Sterling Silver Earrings with gypsy set faceted Rhodolites.

Marylee Reisig is the owner of Santa Fe Trail Jewelry. She works very hard to create the wonderful atmosphere that is ‘The Trail‘, which embodies her creative soul and love of the arts. She has represented me for years and this trunk show has become an annual event for us. Her support is invaluable and she truly cares about the artists, their work and her clientele. She’s continually growing what is available in her unique space and her warmth permeates this great location in Historic Downtown Monument Colorado.

Back to my earlier questions. If you have never attended a Trunk Show, I would encourage you to do so. It gives you an opportunity to visit with the artist that has put their heart and soul into their designs and work.

If you live in the area, please visit Marylee and me during this event. If you can’t make the date, I would encourage you to visit Santa Fe Trail Jewelry to enjoy the experience and look for that one of a kind work of art.

Thank you and Happy Holidays!

Until next time, I aspire to be more as an artist and a person.

Obviously this is the perfect topic for November’s Blog-o-Sphere Think Tank members to write about.

I am thankful for so many things, it is hard to know where to begin and where to stop.

I have immense gratitude for:

My husband Dan


Our love, friendship, understanding, support and so much more

Our basset hounds


The God given gift to be an artist


My studio space


People who enjoy my work and become collectors


My day job


My intellect, sense of humor, stubbornness, determination and all those qualities that make me me.


Being creative and a problem solver

My parents; their work ethic, their values and love






These are just a few of the things for which I am extremely grateful.

Now let’s see what my fellow bloggers had to share on this topic:

Andes Cruz


Until next time, aspire to be more as a person and artist.


Opening Reception Friday, November 20th, 5 – 8 pm
Market runs November 20, 2015 – January 3, 2016

Part of “Shop Manitou Night” on November 20.

Please join me for the opening reception next Friday November 20th,  from 5-8pm.

The Commonwheel Artists Holiday Market is a favorite tradition in our area. I’m happy to be one of the Colorado artists participating in the event. This truly is a great opportunity to shop for and give the gift of fine art.

Commonwheel Artists Co-op
102 Cañon Avenue • Manitou Springs, CO 80829

I have created a new collection of works, Treescapes and other art jewelry to express your individuality and find that perfect gift.


Until next time, I continue to aspire to be more as an artist and a person.



I have been focusing a lot of my attention on creating Treescapes. They continue to evolve and I like the direction the pendants (and earrings) are taking. While I will continue to make pieces that are ‘framed’, right now I find the clean lines that are simple showcase the stones and the tree shape in a classic way.


Dendritic Opal, pale lavender hue in the stone, set in Sterling.


Classic Snow White Dendritic Opal set in Sterling. The patina created a colorful fall leaf look.


These sort of look like a Treescape forest to me.

Lots of inspiration for some of the current Treescapes has come from a little Bonsai Tree I recently acquired. It has a great twisted trunk with such a graceful shape. I can see its influence in some of my recent pendants and earrings.


Graceful trees – Sterling Silver with Patina


Deep green Variscite set in Sterling; my signature Treescape design.

You can find these and others at my upcoming events. Sign up for my newsletter to get the latest information.

Until next time, I continue to aspire to be more as a person and an artist.


Ande Cruz, the founder of our Blog-o-Sphere Think Tank group, had another great idea for those of us who blog. What if we posted photos, once a month, that embody Why We Do What We Do? These posts will be short and sweet.

For November, I chose this photo Dan took of me creating textures using Chasing & Repousse. Why do I do what I do? It is because I Love to Move Metal!

Now let’s see what my fellow bloggers are sharing about themselves:

Andes Cruz

Until next time, aspire to be more as an artist and a person.


A beautiful October day. That’s me in front of my the latest venue to carry my work, Boulder Arts & Crafts Gallery. I am so grateful that my Treescapes have been accepted and are available through this delightful artist cooperative.

It is one of the oldest artist cooperatives in the United States. Located on the Pedestrian Mall in Boulders Downtown Historic District, it is a popular destination year-round. They represent hundreds of artists from Colorado, the Rocky Mountain region and throughout the United States.

Over 20,000 individual items are in their stock, including paintings, prints, photography, jewelry, pottery, woodwork, stained and blown glass, sculpture, and furniture. Now you can find a nice selection of my Treescapes there.

It truly is an honor to have my work in this gallery. This photo shows a sampling of some of the Treescapes available at Boulder Arts & Crafts.


An added bonus on the day I delivered my inventory, Dan & I were able to meet with our friends Betsy & Will who had just relocated to Colorado from sunny California. We enjoyed lunch and catching up on the antics of our basset litter mates as Betsy has Lemmy, who is our Thorin’s sister.

Until next time, aspire to be more as an artist and a person.


“Why do I do What I do?” is the starting point for this month’s topic of the Blog-o-Sphere Think Tank discussion.

Initially, this question stopped me in my tracks. How do I answer this? Then it became clear.

There is a force that is part of my personality. It drives who I am. I am compelled to be creative. I need to work with my hands because I find it fulfilling. I have done this for as long as I can remember. Whether it was coloring books and not staying inside the lines. Knitting and dropping a stitch. Sewing and needing to rip out crooked seams. Stained glass and dealing with glass fractures. Metalwork and melting bezels. With each exploration comes a fall; the proverbial scraping of the knee and then healing.

The joy of expression that I love is the creative process. Sure there are failures but that just means I am growing as an artist. If I wasn’t trying new things, I would remain stagnate and I find that unacceptable. As long as there is breath in my body, I am going to be making things, experimenting, learning and yes, growing.

Each of us are born with gifts; a particular talent or talents unique to who we are. I know this to be true. As I was meditating and reflecting earlier in this year, it was as if my eyes were opened and understanding grew like a sunrise in my mind. Maybe that’s where the expression “It dawned on me” came from….a glorious sunrise enveloping everything in bright warm light making the obscure visible. I finally knew and understood that I was given the gift to be an artist and express my interpretation of God’s creations.

Those who know my work, know I am drawn to trees. They are my muses. For years I attempted to interpret their unique beauty. Now I have found a niche through my Treescape and Botanical series to express my love of them.


Dendritic Opal Pendant Set in Sterling Silver from Treescapes


Aspen cuff in Sterling Silver  from Botanicals

Please let me encourage all of you to find your inner gifts. They are there. You may already be using them. Or they may be fighting to come out. Either way, living deep within you is the drive and the force to be seen and heard. They are fighting to reach the surface of your being because they are an essential part of who you are. Listen. Allow those abilities to manifest. Will there be moments of disappointment and discouragement? Yes. These are inevitable as you seek to discover your gifts. Please do not let perceived failures dissuade you from your true path. Please ignore to the inner and outer critics. Be fearless.

Know this. Joy awaits you as your inner gifts awaken and grow with your loving attention and nurturing.

Now lets see what my fellow bloggers had to share on this topic:

Andes Cruz 


Diana Bell

Until next time, aspire to be more as an artist and a person.


Cannon Beach

I have just returned from one of the best vacations that Dan & I have shared together. The Pacific Northwest has such diverse areas of beauty that we are more than enamored by what it has to offer. I can easily see us transitioning there if the opportunity presents itself.


Mt Adams

Whenever we travel, photography becomes a huge part of the journey. Dan captures breathtaking scenes. I hunt for the obscure in hopes that it may find its way into my work. One of the true joys we experience on these photo safaris is finding those glimpses of life that may be missed if we just hurried along the trails.


This star fish was a pleasant surprise during one of our morning walks on the beach. A young man found it was still alive and returned it to the sea.


Seeing the gull tracks in the sand was interesting to me. Every morning the wind swept sand revealed a new set of tracks. I liked thinking about how they could symbolize our journeys.


An occasional encounter with a stray feather.


Most of the sand dollars did not weather their trip to shore well. However I did find even the damaged ones to have unique qualities. I did have the good fortune to discover a few, large and small, still intact during the early morning walks. Those have relocated to Colorado as guides for future works.


Me on the left with Linda Steider on the right.

I finally got to meet this wonderful, creative spirit in person. My friend, Linda Steider, who inspires on so many levels. We have known each other for a long time and stay in touch through Facebook and our respective blogs. She is a very talented glass artist and photographer. Linda graciously offered to spend a day with us & shared parts of her world she thought we would enjoy. We did and are so grateful for her generosity. I encourage you to check her blog and see all the wondrous things she captures in her photography. Thanks to Linda, we got to see Mt Adams, enjoy lunch along the Columbia river and even an ice cave where Dan captured this next photo.


Dan had to lay on his back to capture this view of the trees. I just love it; reminds me of what I try to do with my Treescapes series.


Sunset on our last night at Cannon Beach. Just spectacular. While we were at the ocean, we only turned the TV on once for a bit of morning news. The rest of the time, both of us were completely captivated by the sound of the waves, the gulls and the tranquility of being there.

Right now I feel like I am in percolator mode. My senses were overwhelmed at times and I did my best to drink it all in. How this will manifest in my work remains to be seen. I am ready.


Until next time, aspire to be more as an artist and a person.

What kind of a title is that? Well, for September’s Blog-o-Sphere Think Tank writers, one of our own, Tosca Teran, came up with the suggestion to select from your favorite blog, book, or reading material, the 4th and 14th words (that aren’t “the” or “an”) and then drop them into this phrase:
“_____ is the new _____.”

So my title came from one of my favorite books, The Life You’ve Always Wanted by John Ortberg.

I will say this is a very interesting writing challenge. It did take me a few passes through this book to find something that I felt would work for me. My preference is to keep things positive and uplifting. I feel this phrase, “Divine is the new Great“, does that and more.

For me the word ‘divine’ has a very positive, joyful connotation. My preference has always been to choose to be happy and find the good, even in adversity. If everyone had that goal, seeking things that are uplifting, and being that ray of sunshine in others lives, that would most definitely be the new Great.

Now lets see what my fellow Think Tankers found and wrote about:

Andes Cruz
Until next time, I continue to aspire to be more as an artist and a person.



Welcome September and with this month comes the early markings of fall, football, and the Front Range Open Studios tour. This is my 5th year with this great event and I am delighted to say I have been a part of it since its inception.


Just look for the bright yellow signs that will guide you to my studio and those of the other tour artists.

My studio is located at:
17595 Black Forest Road, Colorado Springs, CO


We are the artists of the Front Range Open Studios!

I have seen so much growth in my work since I first joined the tour. Anyone who knows me, knows that one of my goals is to continually grow as an artist and a person. I think you can see the progression of my work in this snap shot of a few of my works over the past five years.


During both days of the tour, I will be demonstrating Chasing & Repousse. However, I have special times set aside for specific demos.



Texture DemoSunday

In addition to that, those who visit my studio can enter either of the drawings I will have. One is for this pair of my Express Yourself earrings that are textured and oxidized sterling silver. A $75 value.


The other drawing will be for a $25 gift certificate to Wisdom Tea House in Monument CO.


It’s going to be a great weekend as each of us explain our creative processes and share our inner most sanctuaries where we create. Please join us for what I believe is one of the best artist studio tour in the state of Colorado.

Until next time, I continue to aspire to be more as an artist and a person.


Kathleen Krucoff

Artist and Metalsmith

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Kathleen Krucoff

Kathleen Krucoff

Artist, Metalsmith & Basset Hound Fan

I've never been one to color inside the lines, so why should my work be constrained by any boundaries?

Being creative is a way of life for me. Metalworking satisfies my love of working with my hands. I consider my art jewelry to be unique forms of personal adornment.

I am blessed to share my life with my best friend, soul mate and husband, Dan. We share our home with three adorable basset hounds.

Aspiring to be more as an artist and a person.

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