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Wednesday, Sep. 2, 2015
2015 A.R.T. Artist Joanne Alberda and "Tales from a Ghost Town" Exhibit at the Pearson Lakes Art Center!
Posted Tuesday, September 1, at 3:09 PM
Thursday, September 3, an exhibit by Tales from a Ghost Town, will open at the Pearson Lakes Art Center. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7pm with a short presentation at 6pm. Joanne writes. "I would especially love to share my work with my A.R.T. friends in the Lakes area." The show will run through September and October, and will be there at the time of the Artisan's Road Trip in October...

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"COWGIRLS" Exhibit Coming to Arts on Grand!
Posted Monday, August 31, at 10:33 AM

The Cowgirls are coming!!! Carol Herdin, Mona Majorowicz and Barbara McGee have been talking about putting this show together for several years and it is finally ready to hang at Arts on Grand in Spence, Iowa. Barb is a member of the 2015 Artisans Road Trip!...

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Deb Yellick Manly - "Serendipity: Marks of Inspiration"
Posted Thursday, August 27, at 1:43 PM

Deb Yellick Manly will open with her solo exhibit "Serendipity: Marks of Inspiration" at the Witter Gallery on September 4, 2015! The 2015 Artisans Road Trip artist explains - "My body of work combines a love of lettering, words, and design with explorations of layered art mediums. As an artist, I find intrigue in the Interactions of line, shape, color and pattern and am captivated as I explore various combinations and interpretations...

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2015 A.R.T. Artist Haley Rothstein Featured Artist in Storm Lake Gallery
Posted Tuesday, August 18, at 4:30 PM

Haley Rothstein, a multi-disciplined artist from southwestern Minnesota, has her artwork featured during the month of August at the Witter Gallery in Storm Lake, IA. A closing reception will be held for her from 5:30 -- 7:00pm on Friday, August 28th. She will be teaching a two-hour class on Kusudama (origami flowers) the next morning (Saturday, August 29th) from 10:00am -- 12:00 noon...

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2015 A.R.T. Artist Karen Ruddy!
Posted Monday, August 10, at 1:07 PM

Jack of all Trades, Master of SOME. That is a phrase that describes my recent years of work in the Arts. Earning an Undergraduate degree in Art and Education over 49 years ago and only enjoying the opportunity to become fairly serious about my Art after I retired in 2004. I dabbled in Ceramics, Sculpture, Mosaics, Painting, Jewelry Design, Stain Glass, and the most monetarily successful endeavor, Statuary Restoration...

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2015 Artisans Road Trip Artist Marisa Sidles at Spencer's Main Street Market!
Posted Tuesday, August 4, at 1:46 PM

Marisa Sidles, 2015 Artisan Road Trip Artists from Terril, has been participating in Spencer's Thursday evening Main Street Market. Marisa works in a variety of media including acrylic painting and whimsical found metal sculptures. At the Thursday evening event (running until August 13th from 5:00 -- 8:00pm on the Count Court House grounds) Marisa has been bringing her anvil, hammer and antique spoons so that you, the customer, can create your very own piece of original art in the form of a spoon pendant. ...

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2015 A.R.T. Artist Kathy Evert and the 5th Annual Okoboji Bead & Jewelry Splash
Posted Saturday, July 11, at 10:42 AM

Several artists will be part of the 5th annual Okoboji Bead & Jewelry Splash set for July 25 - 26 at the Dickinson County Community Building in Spirit Lake including Kathy Evert of KJEwelry, also the producer of the show. Jewelry artists and others (silk scarves stone accessories for your home and more) will be exhibiting and selling from 10:00 a.m. ...

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See You at the Side Street Gallery in Arnolds Park!
Posted Friday, June 19, at 1:07 PM

Meet and greet artists of the 2015 Artisans Road Trip this Saturday (June 20) afternoon (Noon-5PM) at the Side Street Gallery in Arnolds Park, Iowa! Stop by and see the works of the artists, ask questions or just join in celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Side Street Gallery and the retirement of the gallery founder Mari Stewart! The Side Street Galley will close for the season in July and open again next spring under new ownership...

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2015 Artisans Road Trip Artists Exhibit at the Witter Gallery!
Posted Tuesday, June 9, at 8:45 AM

The 2015 Artisans Road Trip artists are celebrating A.R.T. this spring and summer with an exhibit of their works at the Witter Gallery in Storm Lake, Iowa, during the month of June. Come and view works of art by the best in the region! Better yet, come and meet the artists and get a little insight into their works! An Artist Reception will be held at the Witter Gallery on Thursday - June 11th, and will run from 5:30-7PM! The public is invited!...

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A.R.T. Celebrating Long-Time Member's Retirement
Posted Friday, May 29, at 3:04 PM

Former Artisans Road Trip long-time member Mari Stewart, of the Side Street Gallery in Arnolds Park, Iowa is retiring from the Gallery business, having sold the Side Street Gallery effective later this summer. Marie Stewart's Side Street Gallery has been a lakes area fixture for over 35 years and what better way to celebrate than to spend an afternoon with the Artisans Road Trip artists in celebration!...

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A Fiberartist's Journey - 50+ Years of Making Fiberart
Posted Tuesday, May 5, at 10:43 AM

Tim Arand-McIlrath, Okoboji, will be the featured exhibition at the Nobles County Art Center in Worthington, MN. for the month of May. The exhibition is titled "A Fiber Artist's Journey". "I realized that I had been making art for over 50 years. Recently I have been revisiting printed fabrics from many years before, and incorporating them into new mixed media artwork. ...

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A.R.T. Exhibit at the LeMars Art Center!
Posted Friday, May 1, at 4:33 PM

A.R.T. has exhibits during the year, demonstrating the work of each of the year's Artisan Road Trip artists. The first 2015 A.R.T. exhibit will take place at the Le Mars Art Center during the month of May. This is the first showing for A.R.T. at the Le Mars Art Center! Now is your chance to see the work of artists, both familiar and new to A.R.T.!...

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2015 A.R.T. Artist Kathy J. Evert - KJEwelry Trunk Show Scheduled!
Posted Friday, April 17, at 3:56 PM

KJEwelry will be holding the first trunk show of the 2015 calendar year on Saturday, May 2nd, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Elements Design Studio, 36 Highway 71, Arnolds Park. A trunk show is a showing and sale in a retail store of an entire collection of clothing, jewelry, etc., from a particular designer. ...

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Artisans Road Trip Artists in the Nobles County Art Center Area Art Show 2015
Posted Monday, April 13, at 10:06 AM

Artisans Road Trip is well represented in both the Nobles County Art Center Area Art Show 2015 and the award winners in the exhibition. David Strom -Windom, MN, Haley Rothstein - Windom, MN, Mavis Simms -Sac City, IA., Sarah Morphew - Estherville, IA, Holly Zinn -Lake Park, IA, Bill Lieb - Spirit Lake, IA, Tim Anderson - Cherokee, IA, Tim Arand-McIlrath - Okoboji, IA, Marisa Sidles - Terrill, IA, Deb Yellick Manly - Okoboji/Grinnel, IA, and Kathy Evert - West Okoboji, IA are all represented with artworks in this exhibition. ...

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A.R.T. 2015 is Here!
Posted Tuesday, March 10, at 3:39 PM

The 2015 Artisans Road Trip is organized and ready for it's 12th year as the premier artist organization/event in NW Iowa! The 2015 artist members are as follows: (to learn more about each artist - go to the following link - http://www.artisansroadtrip.com/gallery.htm...

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Clear Lake Arts Center A.R.T. Exhibition!
Posted Wednesday, January 21, at 2:52 PM

Many people may not realize it but the artists of the Artisans Road Trip participate in fine art gallery exhibitions throughout the year. Many such exhibits become area traditions and the Clear Lake Arts Center is one such noted venue. 17 Artisans Road Trip artists are being represented in an outstanding exhibit at the Clear Lake Arts Center in Clear Lake, Iowa this month and next! The artists involved in this year's exhibit are: Barb McGee; Beth Cathcart; Bill Lieb; Bruce Morrison; Linda Fries; Danielle Clouse; David Storm; Dennis Dykema; Glenda Drennen; Joanne Alberda; Joleen Dentlinger; Judy Hemphill; Marisa Sidles; Mitch Eveleth; Perry Polson; Sue Biederman and Timothy J Arand-McIlrath.. ...

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Artisan's Road Trip Call To Artists!
Posted Thursday, January 8, at 2:22 PM

The Northwest Iowa Artisans Road Trip is more than just an open studio tour. For the people following the Tour, it's a chance to get out on a fall weekend to meet local artists in person, see the studios where they work, ask questions about their motivation, watch demonstrations of techniques, and of course, purchase new artwork for their collections...

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2015 A.R.T. Artist Haley Rothstein Featured in Red Rock Center For The Arts Exhibit!
Posted Friday, January 2, at 2:11 PM

2015 Artisans Road Trip artist Haley Rothstein of Windom, Minnesota will be having a solo exhibit at the Red Rock Center For The Arts in Fairmont, MN during January. Haley, a new member to the Artisans Road Trip, had worked for several years as the Gallery Director at the former A Piece of Work, Inc. in Spirit Lake, IA...

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2014 Artisans Road Trip Artist Bruce Morrison at Clear Lake Arts Center Exhibition
Posted Tuesday, December 30, at 10:55 AM

2014 Artisans Road Trip artist Bruce Morrison was invited by the Clear Lake Arts Center to participate in the exhibition "Salute to Agriculture". Morrison works in several different mediums, from photography to painting, drawing and serigraphy. His subject matter is the landscape and flora/fauna of the tallgrass prairie region of NW Iowa. "Agriculture was the biggest benefactor of the prairie soil and it certainly becomes a frequent subject in my landscapes as well.", says the artist...

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2014 Artisans Road Trip Artists and "Art on a Card" Exhibit!
Posted Sunday, November 23, at 3:39 PM

Four of the artists from the 2014 Artisans Road Trip will be featured in the upcoming "Art on a Card" exhibit at Arts on Grand in Spencer, Iowa in December! Exhibiting with other juried artists are Anita K. Plucker, Glenda Drennen, Joleen Dentlinger, and Bruce Morrison...

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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!