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Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014
2014 Artisans Road Trip Artist Bill Lieb - "The Birder" Sculpture Dedication
Posted Saturday, August 23, at 9:42 AM
2014 Artisans Road Trip member artist Bill Lieb recently installed his latest public sculpture, titled "The Birder", at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji, Iowa. The Birder is a memorial to LaVonne Foote for her generous support of the Nature Center...

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2014 Artisans Road Trip Artist Marisa Sidles Opens Studio During RAGBRAI!
Posted Monday, July 14, at 9:34 AM

2014 Artisans Road Trip artist Marisa Sidles, from Terril, Iowa, will have her studio open to RAGBRAI riders and visitors on Monday, July 21, 2014, for 5 minute art projects. The old Terril Post Office, located at 110 North State Street -- south of the fire station, now serves as her art studio where she creates original works of art spanning from expressive acrylic paintings to whimsical sculptures made of left over building and farm supplies...

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2014 A.R.T. Artist - Timothy J. Arand-McIlrath in "Past and Future" Exhibition - Ruth Davis Design Gallery, University of Wisconsin - Madison,WI
Posted Tuesday, July 8, at 4:07 PM

2014 Artisans Road Trip artist Timothy J. Arand-McIlrath writes - " I am very pleased that twelve pieces of my current artwork are included in an exhibition at the Ruth Davis Design Gallery at the University off Wisconsin Madison. The exhibition will be on view from June 19- August 8. ...

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2014 A.R.T. Artist Bruce Morrison at Neal Smith's J.N. "Ding" Darling Art Gallery!
Posted Monday, June 23, at 9:27 AM

2014 Artisans Road Trip artist Bruce Morrison will be exhibiting a solo showing of "From the Tallgrass" at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge's J.N. "Ding" Darling Art Gallery from July 1 through August 21st. The Neal Smith NWR is one of the largest federal refuges in Iowa - this refuge is solely dedicated to the Tallgrass Prairie. ...

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2014 A.R.T. Exhibit at the Witter!
Posted Tuesday, June 10, at 5:10 PM

The 2014 Artisans Road Trip is exhibiting at the Witter Gallery in Storm Lake, Iowa this month! A.R.T. participates in exhibits as a group throughout the year. This latest exhibit opened June 5th at the Witter Gallery and runs through June 27th. There will be an artist's reception at the gallery on Wednesday evening from 5-6:15 p.m. The exhibit at the Witter is being sponsored by Paxton's Jewelry of Storm Lake...

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"COME TO MY WINDOW" - Solo Exhibit by Anita K. Plucker, 2014 Artisans Road Trip Artist!
Posted Wednesday, May 28, at 11:41 AM

"COME TO MY WINDOW" is a new solo exhibit by Anita K Plucker! The exhibit will be held at the Nobles County Art Center, 407 12th St. in Worthington, MN. "This exhibit offers insight as to what matters to me....what is important to me....and what inspires me to create my watercolor paintings and colored pencil drawings,"states the artist...

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Mel Myers and the Iowa Festival of the Arts!
Posted Thursday, May 22, at 1:34 PM

Mel Myers' s most recent kiln load of glazed fired pottery is now unloaded, and packing is underway in preparation for the Iowa Festival of the Arts hosted June 6 -8 in Iowa City. Mel's hand thrown, hand carved pottery draws a crowd as well as devoted, returning purchasers who await his Spring collection...

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Tim Arand-McIlrath - "A Fiber Artist's Journey"
Posted Thursday, May 1, at 4:58 PM

Tim Arand-McIlrath, Okoboji, will be the featured exhibition at the Witter Gallery in Storm Lake, IA for the month of May. The exhibition is titled "A Fiber Artist's Journey". "I realized that I had been making art for over 45 years. Recently I have been revisiting printed fabrics from many years before, and incorporating them into new mixed media artwork. ...

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2014 Artisans on the Map!
Posted Saturday, April 12, at 12:59 PM

Locate your favorite artist participating in the 2014 Artisans Road Trip! All Maps are "drawn" and linked up to your favorite artist or that artist you always wanted to visit! Just visit http://www.artisansroadtrip.com and click on the homepage "Map" link. Artists are spread out through the Iowa Great Lakes region, all the way down to Storm Lake and through Spencer, Terril, Estherville, and the Peterson and Sutherland/Hartley areas!...

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2014 A.R.T. Artists Juried Into "Weather Permitting"!
Posted Friday, March 7, at 1:54 PM

"Weather Permitting" - an exhibit with several A.R.T. artists participating, began this week at Arts on Grand in Spencer, Iowa! This is a great exhibit - who needs to dwell on "just" winter now?! This exhibit has it all - fair weather, stormy weather, after the storm, cold weather, warm weather, you name it and it is fun!...

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"Improvisations" Exhibit by 2014 Artisans Road Trip Artist Joanne Alberda!
Posted Sunday, March 2, at 4:04 PM

2014 Artisans Road Trip artist Joanne Alberda will be exhibiting "Improvisations", An exhibition of photographs and fabric collages at the Witter Gallery in Storm Lake March 4 to 28, 2014. "My work can be described as a translation of everyday images into an aesthetic format. ...

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2014 Artisans Road Trip Artists Announced!
Posted Thursday, February 27, at 10:21 AM

The artists for the 2014 Artisans Road Trip have been announced! They are as follows - listed under their names, medium(s) and locale: 1. Marisa Sidles - Painting, Terril 2. Ron Netten - Potter, Storm Lake 3. Judy Hemphill - Photography, Spencer...

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A.R.T Artist Karess Knudtson Exhibits at Arts on Grand!
Posted Saturday, January 25, at 4:54 PM

Arts on Grand in Spencer Iowa is hosting an exhibit titled "Natural Encounters", a solo exhibit by Artisans Road Trip Artist Karess Knudtson. Karess resides with her family in the beautiful countryside along the Little Sioux River in Milford, IA. Karess studied art and worked in the art department at Minnesota State University, Mankato. ...

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Artisans Road Trip Exhibit at the Clear lake Art Center!
Posted Tuesday, January 14, at 12:49 PM

The Artisans Road Trip is exhibiting their works at the Clear lakes Art Center, in Clear Lake, Iowa from January 15th through February 28th. Although this is a 2014 showing, the A.R.T. artists are from the 2013 membership, but with many new works on exhibit! The new 2014 membership will be determined through a jurying process later this month. ...

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Happy New Year from A.R.T.!
Posted Tuesday, December 31, at 11:46 AM

The artists of the Artisans Road Trip would like to wish everyone out there a very Happy and Prosperous NEW YEAR! Be sure and watch this blog and check out the A.R.T. web site - http://www.artisansroadtrip.com often throughout the year for A.R.T. exhibits and events! And if you are an artist (or may know one) that would like to participate in the 2014 Artisans Road Trip - be sure and download the application from the website at the following link - http://www.artisansroadtrip.com/2014-CallforEntry.pdf or call or e-mail one of the A.R.T. ...

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Artisans Road Trip Looking Forward to 2014!
Posted Tuesday, November 26, at 4:17 PM

The Artisans Road Trip is ramping up to prepare for its 2nd decade in 2014! Since its beginning back in 2004, the A.R.T. has been bringing the best artists in the region to the public's eye and creating opportunities for area and regional exhibits, and opening many artist's studios to everyone taking in the event when it culminates every October. ...

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2013 A.R.T. Artists at the Invitational Exhibit "Wood & Metal"
Posted Saturday, November 2, at 11:12 AM

Arts on Grand in Spencer, Iowa is now presenting a special invitational exhibit titled "Wood & Metal" which will run through November 23rd. A.R.T. member artist William Lieb is exhibiting five wood wall reliefs and five steel sculptures plus models of two large public sculptures in this event. ...

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2013 A.R.T. - Joanne Alberda - "Tales from Heaven and Earth" Exhibit
Posted Saturday, October 26, at 11:00 AM

Activities continue for artists of the 2013 Artisans Road Trip! Remember - just because the "road trip" part of the 2013 A.R.T. is past, doesn't mean the 2013 A.R.T. events and activities are over! We still have exhibits at the Pearson Lakes Art Center at Okoboji, Iowa and one that has just ended at Spencer Iowa's Arts on Grand, and yet another coming up in the next couple months at the Clear lake Art Center - more on that at a later time...

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2013 A.R.T. Artist Anita K. Plucker - Reflections: That Time, That Place
Posted Monday, October 21, at 6:50 PM

From Terril, Iowa, Anita K. Plucker, nicknamed Katie, recently retired - finally enabling her to become a full-time artist and to continue her love to teach by conducting workshops throughout the Midwest. Anita has been a popular art instructor for many art organizations, including the Amana Arts Guild, the Pearson Lakes Art Center, Arts on Grand, A Piece of Work, the Blanden and others. ...

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Thank You! Watch A.R.T. Through the Rest of the Year!
Posted Saturday, October 12, at 4:17 PM

Wow, its been a week since the big weekend for the 2013 Artisans Road trip - time sure flies by when you're having fun doesn't it! The artists participating in this year's activities want to take a moment to say "Thank You" to everyone we had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with, old friends and new acquaintances alike!...

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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!