Kelly (O’Reilly) Profenno grew up on Cliff Island, a small island just off the coast of Portland, Maine. She is the only daughter in a family of five. Her interest in art started as a young child, when her grandmother would spend hours with her making dolls, dollhouses, knitting, painting, making Christmas ornaments out of dough, and many other craft projects.
Having an interest in many different crafts, Kelly started making jewelry approximately 2 years after being shown how by a good friend. Once she started, she was hooked. She has done a few area craft shows, and now is building her business by doing jewelry, making hand-painted slates, note cards and gift baskets. Kelly also knits scarves and shawls, and has made several other craft items, such as picture frames, painting wooden lighthouses, etc.
Growing up on Cliff Island, Kelly spent many hours on the beach, collecting seaglass. After years of collecting seaglass, she has a large collection and wanted to find a craft that she loved that would incorporate seaglass. Since each piece of seaglass is unique, every piece of seaglass jewelry is unique.
Kelly lives in Freeport, Maine with her husband of 13 years, Gary. Her husband owns Freeport Self Storage and Computer Patch (see links of interest).