Garden Thyme is a gallery/studio that is located in the most beautiful historic place in Illinois named Bishop Hill. As an artist I have been drawn to this peaceful village founded by Swedish Immigrants. (I don’t believe I am a Swedish, but I would love to be) I feel like this is where I am supposed to be. It is so inspiring, peaceful and calm on most days. Then on other days the village is filled with people during traditional events planned by volunteers, many of them descendants of the original Swedish immigrants.
So I am a tranplant. I opened Garden Thyme in August 1, 2015 to show my artwork and to give my son and I a place to make art together. My son Alex has autism, and although I spent 4 years in college and many more working on my art. He was a better artist at 5 years old. He is now 18 and graduated from high school. Since the state of Illinois has no services for him I am making our little studio/gallery his place to work and meet people.
Soon we will live and work in Bishop Hill and I can’t wait for the future.