I was a studio artist at the Art Sanctuary for several years. As my business grew and other artist friends were seeking options for retail locations, I decided to start my own store. Opening a store that focuses on fine arts and crafts became a goal as I grew my own business and recognized a need for the local artists to have a retail location to display and sell their art.
The Sterling Butterfly opened its doors in 2014, providing customers a location to purchase quality, handcrafted, unique art products as well as providing local artists a retail venue to showcase their own art. I moved my jewelry studio to the back room of the store, so the location is now a multi-purpose studio and store.
We provide a makerspace to learn new skills. Some of the workshops we have hosted are metalsmithing, jewelry making, knitting, drawing, and crocheting. I make all the silver, gold, and gemstone jewelry. The other products come from over 25 artists. My jewelry specialty is to meet with a customer and create a custom piece specifically for them that is crafted with meaning.