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Saturday, June 25, 2016
2016 A.R.T. Artists Exhibit at the Witter Gallery in Storm Lake!
Posted Thursday, June 9, at 11:09 AM
The Witter Art Gallery in Storm Lake, IA is hosting an exhibit of the 2016 Artisans Road Trip during the month of June! This year's A.R.T. membership is higher and more diverse than in many past years, and promises to be the best year yet! The Artisans Road Trip is a year-around event. Although well known for its weekend studio tour in the early autumn, it holds exhibits at various gallery/art center venues throughout the year...

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2016 A.R.T. Artist Mel Myers Featured at "Pots and Pictures"!
Posted Thursday, June 2, at 11:12 AM

Arts on Grand is holding an exhibit this month featuring the long time Artisans Road Trip artist Mel Myers! The former art teacher from the Spencer High School is being showcased with his many extraordinarily beautiful hand-carved fine clay pots, platters, bowls, plates, vases, casseroles and urns...

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2016 A.R.T. Artists Showing at Summerwind Gallery's "Farm and Field"!
Posted Tuesday, May 31, at 3:42 PM

The Summerwind Gallery in Arnolds Park, Iowa will be featuring a showing of several artists - four of which are artists from the 2016 Artisans Road Trip! The showing titled "Farm and Field" opens on Tuesday June 1st and runs through June 15. Featured Artisans Road Trip artists include Anita K. Plucker, Bruce Morrison, Judy Thompson and Roberta Williams. Other artists are showing as well...

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2016 A.R.T. Artists Showing at Summerwind Gallery's "Bulbs to Blooms - A Floral Show"!
Posted Tuesday, May 10, at 5:01 PM

The newly opened Summerwind Gallery in Arnolds Park, Iowa will be featuring a showing of several artists - five of which are artists from the 2016 Artisans Road Trip! The exhibit will feature "Bulbs to Blooms - A Floral Show", and will open on Tuesday May 17th and run through May 31st...

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2016 A.R.T. Exhibit at the Nobles County Art Center!
Posted Friday, May 6, at 12:10 PM

The Nobles County Art Center in Worthington, MN is hosting an exhibit of the 2016 Artisans Road Trip during the month of May! This year's A.R.T. membership is higher and more diverse than in many past years, and promises to be the best year yet! This will be the first time that the Artisans Road Trip has made the trip across the Iowa border into Minnesota and we are looking forward to more Minnesota shows in the future!...

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2016 Artisans Road Trip Artist Timothy J Arand-McIlrath Receives "Best in Show" Award for Mixed Media Fiber Artwork!
Posted Sunday, May 1, at 4:33 PM

The Jurors for the Fifth Artists' Showcase: Orange City Arts' Regional Exhibition chose " Breezy" mixed media fiber by Timothy J Arand-McIlrath (Okoboji) as "Best in Show"Award. The Artist's Showcase is an art exhibit sponsored by Orange City Arts in conjunction with the Northwestern College art and theatre department. ...

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2016 A.R.T. Artists at the 5th Annual Artist's Showcase in Orange City, IA!
Posted Saturday, April 23, at 12:43 PM

2016 Artisan Road Trip artists, Jo Alberda, Pam Harp, Tim Arand-McIlrath and Judy Thompson will be exhibiting artwork at the 5th Annual Artist's Showcase in Orange City, Iowa. The Artist's Showcase is an art exhibit sponsored by Orange City Arts in conjunction with the Northwestern College art and theatre department. ...

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2016 A.R.T. Artist Hank Hall in National Ceramic Competition!
Posted Friday, April 15, at 2:01 PM

Hank Hall's "Parade Ready" teapot has been selected for the bi-annual 21st San Angelo National Ceramic Competition hosted by the San Angelo Museum of Fine Art (SAMFA) in San Angelo, Texas. Hall's piece is one of 115 chosen out of 721 submitted works from across the U.S. and Canada. Juror Christy Johnson, retired Director of the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona, CA, will speak about the exhibit and present awards at the opening reception on April 15 at SAMFA...

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2016 A.R.T. Artist Timothy J. Arand-McIlrath's Mixed Media Fiber Art Featured in Sioux Center, IA
Posted Wednesday, April 6, at 11:00 AM

Timothy J Arand-McIlrath's Mixed Media fiber art will be featured in the Garden Cafe at Sioux Center Health, Sioux Center Iowa for the months of April, May, and June. In the two dimensional pieces, the backgrounds are painted with acrylic paint, surface designed fabrics, and recently recycled fabrics from garments, sometimes embellished with found objects. ...

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2016 A.R.T. Artists Cherie Courter and Ron Netten!
Posted Thursday, March 31, at 5:07 PM

Paintings by Cherie Courter are on exhibit at the Clear Lake Arts Center from April 3 through May 14. Featured works depict a variety of landscape compositions inspired by different landforms observed across the state of Iowa. Cherie's works are done in acrylic paint on canvas and emphasize such elements as color, texture, pattern, and light. They range in size from 11"x14" to 24"x30"; are framed in oak; with most pieces available for sale...

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2016 A.R.T. Artist Judy Thompson's Badlands Watercolor Workshop!
Posted Monday, March 21, at 2:19 PM

Throughout the year many artists participating in the Artisans Road Trip, offer classes or workshops in their areas of expertise. We're going to try and advertise these opportunities for the public and other artists as best we can this season, and one we just recently learned of looks like a great deal of fun - out in the Badlands of South Dakota with Judy Thompson!...

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Artist As Judge and Jury!
Posted Wednesday, March 16, at 3:55 PM

Often times we wonder about a process or method of approach used by artists in their craft - well how about turning that around "as an artist" to judge or jury the work of other artists? It can be a daunting task! Here 2016 Artisans Road Trip artist Anita Plucker explains her philosophy of that very difficult job!...

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The 2016 Artisans Road Trip - Ready for a Great Year!
Posted Friday, February 19, at 4:13 PM

The 2016 Artisans Road Trip is geared up and ready for another great year! This year finds 41 artists - many of whom are new to the organization and several returning from a hiatus of past years, as well as many other long time returning members! Introducing 2016 members:...

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2016 A.R.T. Artist Marisa Sidles Exhibiting at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji!
Posted Friday, January 29, at 2:40 PM

As Marisa Sidles paddles her kayak, the nature around her fills her with artistic inspiration. "I get this up-close and personal view," she said. Acrylic paintings of sloughs, found metal sculptures of insects, collages of birds --- Sidles will display "Birds, Bugs and Wetlands" themed art in the eARTh exhibit area February-April at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji...

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Artisans Road Trip Artists on Exhibit at the Clear Lake Arts Center!
Posted Thursday, January 14, at 10:54 AM

The Artisans Road Trip has its first exhibition of the year! Showing at the Clear Lake Arts Center; the exhibit began last Friday on January 8 and runs until Saturday, February 13. This exhibit is actually the final exhibition for the artists participating in the 2015 Artisans Road Trip - soon we will have the 2016 A.R.T. group organized and will be looking forward to the new exhibition schedule for 2016!...

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Last Call for A.R.T. 2016 - Join Us!
Posted Monday, January 11, at 11:55 AM

The Artisans Road Trip for NW Iowa is gearing up to begin another great year of exhibits and activities for 2016! Become a part of this artist based/artist run organization started in 2004! Exhibits run throughout the year in the best galleries and art centers in the region, and the weekend road trip in October has been the mainstay of A.R.T. - giving the public a great way to spend the weekend during this beautiful time of the year!...

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Happy New Year from the Artisans Road Trip - See You in 2016!!!
Posted Thursday, December 31, at 3:55 PM

Happy New Year from the artists of the Artisans Road Trip! We'd like to take a moment to thank you for making 2015 a great year and for supporting your local artists of this region! Look for the future artists of the 2016 A.R.T. in the months ahead - as well as future exhibits held throughout the year!...

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Remember - Artisans Road Trip Call for Artists in 2016!
Posted Sunday, December 20, at 2:04 PM

Once again the Artisans Road Trip is looking for Artists for the 2016 season! A.R.T has been going strong in NW Iowa since 2004 and originally started as an open studio tour of the counties in the NW corner of the state. Every year the Artisans Road Trip puts the invitation out for all artists of the region to consider joining for the next season! It is not always possible to find every artist however - so we're putting the word out again! All disciplines and media from painting, drawing, sculpture, mixed media, jewelry making, fabric, wood turning, photography and more are accepted.. ...

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2015 Artisans Road Trip Artists in Area Shows and Hoilday Weekend Events!
Posted Tuesday, December 1, at 2:29 PM

This week and weekend is bringing area holiday art exhibits and sales that several 2015 Artisan Road Trip artists will be participating in! Yes, lots of choices and loads of fun! Each year the artists of this area get together for a Holiday Sale, and this year is no different - except - this year there are two events on the same weekend!...

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Artisans Road Trip Call for Artists in 2016!
Posted Friday, November 20, at 3:05 PM

The Artisans Road Trip is looking for Artists for the 2016 season! A.R.T has been going strong in NW Iowa since 2004 and originally started as an open studio tour of the counties in the NW corner of the state. Every year the Artisans Road Trip puts the invitation out for all artists of the region to consider joining for the next season! All disciplines and media from painting, drawing, sculpture, mixed media, jewelry making, fabric, wood turning, photography and more are accepted...

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Blogger Bio - Bruce Morrison is an artist of the Tallgrass Prairie (Painter/Photographer/Print Maker). He and his wife Georgeann live on a small Tallgrass Prairie remnant where he works as a full-time artist throughout the year. Bruce takes his inspiration from the Tallgrass itself and the natural and cultural heritage of the tallgrass prairie region. Morrison graduated from the School of Art at the University of Iowa. His work can be found in public, corporate and private collections across the United States, Canada and overseas. Blog description - Bruce writes the blog for northwest Iowa's Artisans Road Trip and will share the daily process and ventures taken by area artists participating in each year's A.R.T. event. We'll look into the studio, the shows, the individual medium, and even the thought process of individual artists!