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.
Garden Thyme is located in a small Historical Swedish Colony in Bishop Hill Illinois. There my son Alex and I create in our Studio Art Gallery. What we create depends on the time of year. I have two passions one is gardening and the other is art. So in the spring you will find me in the garden and making fairy gardens. Throughout the season I grow produce for a farm stand. Then near the end of summer I love painting outside around this beautiful town. I plan workshops and teach others about my passion. I also have a deep love for Mother Earth and plan on doing my share to help save our planet. Planting and propogating, creating art from natural and pre-loved materials. Alex is my own personal sidekick. He is a wonderful artist creating through the eyes of a kind soul. He is less interested in the garden but likes to eat the colorful healthy produce. He brings interest and love to our studio. He is an awesome person with autism and loves speaking to customers about anime.
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