About Us

Jody Tockes Painting, photography, and poetry are my favorite means of expression. Healthy living, gardening, and  environmental stewardship are my passions. Looking back over my years as a public school teacher is like viewing a colorful collage of experiences both in the classroom and in nature. I enjoy adding new colors, textures, and layers to my collage whether I am in a classroom, at home or in my studio, the Hive. I consider myself a life-long learner and love experimenting with new artistic techniques and mediums, as well as honing my existing skills. I offer a variety of art and crafts classes, as well as other creative learning opportunities. I enjoy sharing simple ways to nurture our inner artists and lead lifestyles that ensure our health and that of our planet. 

Rick Tockes I get to do all the really fun activities such as the books, accounting, taxes, and most things associated with the business end of the Hive.  Besides helping Jody I am also still working full-time at Midwest Foundation Corporation. We have spent most of our adult lives in the Peoria area and enjoy meeting new people through The Hive. We have three grown children and six grandchildren.

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