Chair #28 - Grundy Elementary School 

Painted by Melissa Barnhill, Local Artist

Melissa Barnhill, Artist

Melissa Barnhill is a mom from right here in Morton! She lives here with her husband Chris and their three children Chris, Samantha, and Katy. 

All three kids went to Grundy Elementary- she said it is a wonderful school where the staff makes you feel like family. Melissa currently designs jewelry for Kevin Kelly Jewelers; where she has followed her passions for jewelry for more than 20 years. There she meets with guest to discuss the piece they would like to create. After she gathers their ideas, stories, and necessities to create the perfect item ideas are rendered up for a final review with the client before the item is completed.

Kevin Kelly Jewelers is a full service jewelry shop located at 7501 N. University in Peoria. They specialize in jewelry repair, restoration, and custom work. All work is done on-site right there at the shop from start to finish. Melissa's design work has placed in national design competitions. Most recently she was recognized in a national trade magazine by the largest jewelry manufacturer in the United States. While her love of jewelry art design run far - she loves the small hometown living here in Morton being involved with the Morton schools, Girl Scouts & MBN (Morton Business Network). Jewelry is her favorite medium for art since it is wearable!! She says the best part of her job is the joy on the recipients faces when they open their piece.