BARRINGTON – What started as the need for studio space to work on her jewelry has turned into an art studio where area artists will display their work.
Cheryl Voss opened Peaces Art Studio & Adornments on Monday at Ice House Mall, 200 Applebee St., Barrington. The studio is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Friday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday.
Voss, a McHenry resident, will sell her own pieces, as well as art from local Chicago area artists such as jewelry, wall, fiber and metal art and more. Each month, she’ll have a featured artist.
“It basically started as I needed a studio where I can work on my own stuff,” Voss said. “Then I realized I had empty wall space and shelves I wouldn’t need, so I decided to bring (other artists) in.”
For years, Voss worked out of her home, but when she began an apprenticeship with silversmith Bob Moon, owner of Once in a Blue Moon, in Ice House Mall, she noticed vacant shops. Since she was starting to outgrow her home workspace, she thought Ice House Mall was a perfect solution.
Since she has put together art shows for years, Voss knew artists were always looking for places to display and sell their work, so she decided to offer space to other artists on consignment.
While working for a nonprofit, Voss began making pieces using oak leaves. She sold them and donated the profits to local environmental causes she believed in. Proceeds from the sales of Voss’ pieces will continue to be donated to environmental causes in the area.
“I got such a positive response and people just loved them, so I started selling them at shows,” Voss said. “My passion is raising money to restore oak woodlands in our area. I love oak trees.”
As a nature lover, Voss said all artists featured in Peaces also will be nature-related artists. For example, this month’s featured artist is Yvonne Beckway of Hampshire, who mixes her own dyes for use in her pieces and even makes paintbrushes out of branches and things found in nature. She works outside on location in a natural area on her property, utilizing the wind to help complete her paintings.
“She doesn’t know exactly what she is going to create until it’s done and it’s beautiful,” Voss said.
Beckway said she is both excited and a little nervous to be the first featured artist at the studio. She’ll have seven or eight pieces on display. She has never displayed in Barrington.
“I try to keep it all very natural,” Beckway said. “I’m working with nature, in nature, of nature… What the wind does is it moves the ink around and I tried to work with that instead of fighting it.”