Featured Artist: Barbara Toner

Barbara Toner was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but has lived in Bettendorf, Iowa, for more than 30 years. She discovered the lure of fused glass creation after her retirement, first dabbling in jewelry, then mosaics and plates, and finally coral and floriform bowls. She enjoys the process of putting together coral bowls because each bowl is a surprise and unique, and each floriform has a beauty all its own, depending on how it folds. Glass has become a passion for Toner, and she can't wait to see what it calls her to create next. Toner's work was selected as part of the Buchanan Center for the Arts 64 Arts National Juried Exhibition in 2016 and is available for purchase in the BCA gift shop. You can find more information about Toner and her work on her website or on Facebook.

Featured Artist: Deb Lutz

Deb Lutz has been an artist all her life and has worked with multiple disciplines including needle arts, Ukrainian eggs, floral design, garden design, quilting, and ceramics until she found her love and passion for fractals. Her dedication to refining the images and the colors is reflected in her finished work. She does her own framing for each unique piece. Although they are digital, no two are ever framed the same. Her love for art goes above and beyond, as she collects frames from all over. 

She has learned a great deal through the years, but much of her knowledge was obtained from her time at Western Illinois University where she obtained a degree in Graphic Communication in 2005. In addition to the prints she creates, she also makes calendars, bookmarks, and note cards, and is currently working on a website. You can view more of Lutz’s work on Youtube or Facebook at Deb Lutz Fractals.

Featured Artist: Judi Minor

Judi Minor’s passion to work with fused glass began over 20 years ago with a desire to make glass stepping stones. Her work has evolved from making stained glass to lampwork beads, having purchased four different size kilns for fused glass items, including wearable art, functional pieces, and wall art.

Minor has traveled throughout the U.S. and to Murano, Italy, studying and training with a multitude of glass instructors. The name of her studio, The Dragonfly Ladies, came to be, after her daughter, Laura, started creating pieces with her. The more glass Minor creates, the more intrigued she is in discovering ways to ‘upcycle’ old windows and shower doors, keeping them out of the landfills, thus creating functional artwork out of discarded materials. You can view more of Minor’s work on Facebook or contact her at: The Dragonfly Ladies, 309-368-5465, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .