Allegory Gallery Blog

Honor Mystery Challenge

The first time that I met Jen Palmer, I had just moved to Pennsylvania and she messaged me on Twitter.  We became fast friends.  What could have turned out dreadfully wrong ended up becoming something quite wonderful.  I've admired her work for a long time, whether it's her photography, encaustics, or paintings.  She has a sensitivity, that illuminates whatever her subject matter and whatever medium she uses.  We recently had an opening for a show called, "Looking Local" during the Ligonier Art Walk.  The show was a cross-section of work created by residents of Ligonier and the surrounding areas.  I knew that I wanted to feature Jen in the line up.  She created three small-scale paintings with an atmospheric, otherworldly quality.  They felt like you were looking deeper into something spiritual.  I picked, "Honoring the Space Between the No Longer and the Not Yet" to focus on.  Thus, the Honor Mystery Challenge was born!  (If you are interested in the piece, you can contact us by email at and we can give you a price and details.) This kit is loosely inspired by the art piece.  The kit combines a mix of of smoky grays, faded purples, and dusky reds with pops of vibrant orange and earthy browns.  The color palette is perfect for autumn!

So... here's the deal:  Participants of the challenge will purchase a kit.  No one knows what's in it except for us.  We'll send them out and folks will get a SURPRISE when they open the box!  Don't worry, it'll be a good one!  Mystery Challengers will have a few weeks to make something with the kit.  They can use as much or as little of the kit as they like and supplement the kit with beads from their own stash if they so desire.

And then... on Thursday, November 30th, 2017 we'll share all the creations in our Facebook group.  CLICK HERE to visit our Facebook group just for our design challenges.

Now, here's the fine print:  There are only 25 Design Kits available!  Once we receive your order, we will process your kit and send it out within ten business days.  Usually it's faster than that, but we like to make sure that there is plenty of time to make the kits perfect.  HURRY!  Supplies are limited and are on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE basis!  (Sorry, no exceptions!)

I also wanted to mention that all the Design Kits will be shipped with Priority mail.  This can take anywhere from one business day to ten.  For international orders, it may take longer!  If you know it takes a long time to reach your destination (from Southwestern Pennsylvania) please place your orders early! I will do my best to get your kit out as early as possible, but unfortunately I can't be held responsible if it arrives late due to the postal service.

All sales of the Design Kits are final and there are no returns or exchanges.

CLICK HERE to go directly to our online store to get your very own Honor Mystery Challenge kit!