Northwest Iowa A.R.T. by Bruce Morrison en-us 2017 A.R.T. Artist Bruce Morrison's Artwork at the Lost Island Prairie Wetland Nature Center this Summer! 2017 Artisans Road Trip artist Bruce A. Morrison is displaying his artwork this summer at the Lost Island Prairie Wetland Nature Center on Lost Island Lake north of Ruthven, IA. The natural wetland areas around Lost Island are a particular favorite of the artist; commingling the wetlands and the tallgrass prairie "is the best of both worlds"! The Lost Island Prairie Wetland Nature Center gives the public an appreciation and basic understanding of the wetlands and offers... Sun, 16 Jul 2017 15:58:43 -0500 2017 A.R.T. Artist Penny Adam Juried Into "Iowa Exhibited XXXII" at the Polk County Heritage Gallery in Des Moines, IA! Artist Penny Adam talks about her image in the exhibit; "It is exciting to be a part of this juried show "Iowa Exhibited XXXII" at the Polk County Heritage Gallery in Des Moines, IA! It was a cold February day when this image 'Three Pears' was made. Looking for something red to photograph in honor of Valentine's Day; these pears fit the concept." "Iowa Exhibited XXXII" is the Polk Heritage Gallery's 32nd edition of their juried show - this one features 43 artists from around Iowa. The... Thu, 13 Jul 2017 14:48:10 -0500 "D. Strom - 50 Year Journey" Exhibit at the Pearson Lakes Art Center! 2017 artist David Strom will be having a solo exhibit at the Pearson Lakes Art Center in Okoboji, Iowa from July 6th through August 26th in the Monte Pearson Gallery. The artists reception coincides with the 2017 Artisans Road Trip exhibit starting the same evening - you can bounce from one show to the other! The reception and openings start at 5 pm Thursday July 6 and last though 7 pm. Stop by and see Strom's unique take on the environment so familiar to each of us in this region and... Tue, 04 Jul 2017 10:29:15 -0500 First Summer Exhibits Opening for the 2017 Artisans Road trip! The 2017 Artisans Road Trip is kicking off it's summer exhibition season with two separate shows for July! The first show will be at the Nobles County Art Center in Worthington, MN and runs from July 1 through August 26th. There will be an artists reception open to the public on Sunday afternoon - July 9th, from 2-4 p.m. The next show is to be held at the Pearson's Lakes Art Center in Okoboji, IA and runs from July 6 through August 19th. An artist's reception is... Sat, 01 Jul 2017 17:28:59 -0500 2017 A.R.T. Artist Bill Lieb Juried into the Sculpt Siouxland Exhibition in Sioux City! Bill Lieb, long-time Artisan Road Trip artist, recently had one of his public sculpture pieces juried into the Sculpt Siouxland exhibition in Sioux City. The exhibit is sponsored by an organization of community leaders in partnership with the Sioux City Art Center. The sculpture was installed June 8, 2017 at the corner of 4th Avenue and Pierce Street, about one block northwest of the Sioux City Art Center (shown in the distant background), and will remain in place there for one year. The... Mon, 12 Jun 2017 16:57:43 -0500 2017 A.R.T. Artist Penny Adam at the Octagon Center for the Arts in Ames! 2017 A.R.T. Artist Penny Adam has been included in the Octagon Center for the Arts "Community of Artists" Biennial Exhibit in Ames, Iowa. Penny, a photographer in this years Artisans Road Trip, speaks about her selected work in the Octagon exhibit - "The French Quarter of New Orleans is such an interesting place! With so much to see, and do, there are photo opportunities around every corner. "Song for the Broken" was taken somewhere in the French Quarter while the... Mon, 05 Jun 2017 13:52:26 -0500 2017 A.R.T. Artist Juried Into "Oak Hill Exhibition of Iowa Artists" at the Blanden Art Museum 2017 Artisans Road Trip Artist Bruce Morrison has been juried into the "Oak Hill Exhibition of Iowa Artists" exhibit at the Blanden Art Museum in Ft Dodge, Iowa. The Oak Hill exhibit is a juried exibit, meaning artists must submit their work to be juried by an appointed juror each year. This year's juror was Benjamin Gardner - Chair in the Department of Art & Design and a Professor of Art at Drake University. Morrison is a regional artist from rural... Tue, 30 May 2017 16:50:44 -0500 2017 A.R.T. Artist Anita K. Plucker to Hold Workshop - "Watercolor Basics for Beginning Adults" Well known NW Iowa watercolor artist Anita K. Plucker will be conducting a workshop - "Watercolor Basic for Beginning Adults" at Arts on Grand in Spencer, Iowa. This workshop is geared for the person who has never painted with watercolors, however, the information and practice will also be valuable to the more experienced beginner. Anita will focus on the basics in painting with watercolor and will guide participants step-by-step as they practice these basics and techniques together... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 15:56:05 -0500 Deborah Burow - New Artisans Road Trip Artist for 2017! Deborah speaks about a recent workshop she held: Breaking all the rules is harder than you think. 6 weeks of an art class that was designed to help each artist break out of their paint box proved to be harder than we thought. All those rules about staying in the lines, matching colors to life forms, painting what your experience tells you is successful---all those known entities make us feel comfortable. And maybe a little static. But the class managed to get past the rules and... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:41:24 -0600 The 2017 Artisans Road Trip - Ready for Another Great Year! The 2017 Artisans Road Trip is geared up and ready for another great year! This year finds 31 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 2017 members: Penny Adam, Ames, IA Tonya Archer, Storm Lake, IA Deborah Burow, Cape May, NJ Beth Cathcart, Linn Grove, IA Julie Hamilton, Peterson, IA Patricia Johnson, Spencer, IA Barb McGee,... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:21:26 -0600 "The Earth Laughs in Flowers" A Collection of Floral Watercolors by Pam Harp 2016 Artisans Road Trip artist, Pam Harp is excited to announce that her work "The Earth Laughs in Flowers" A Collection of Floral Watercolors by Pam Harp, will be on display at the Garden Café art wall located in the Sioux Center Health Hospital for the months of January through April. Pam thanks Jo Alberta and Sioux Center Health for this opportunity. The Artisans Road Trip would also like to remind all regional artists that they can be a part of the 2017 A.R.T. event... Sat, 07 Jan 2017 13:05:27 -0600 Timothy J Arand-McIlrath's "A Fiber Artist's Journey, 50 Years of Making Fiber Art" at Arts on Grand! "A Fiber Artist's Journey, 50 Years of Making Fiber Art" . 2016 Artisans Road Trip Artist Timothy J Arand-McIlrath's exhibition featuring artwork from his longtime love affair with fiber, will be at Arts on Grand in Spencer IA, Dec 28, 2016 through Jan 28, 2017. Everyone is invited to an opening reception on January 5th from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. Tim will give an artist talk about the different phases and approaches he has explored. Tim is planning to relocate to Tucson,... Sun, 01 Jan 2017 17:28:19 -0600 Hank Hall Teapots Headed to Houston! Two teapots by 2016 A.R.T.Spirit Lake artist Hank Hall have been accepted into the 10th International Texas Teapot Tournament presented by TEA+ART and C.A.M.E.O in Houston, Texas. Both Frazzled and Tea-Rex are non-functional teapots with acrylic paint over cone 6 stoneware and mixed media embellishments. The biennial exhibit was juried by Linnis Blanton, adjunct professor of ceramics at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX. The show opens with a public reception and juror's talk on... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 12:42:49 -0600 Call to Artists! The 14th annual Artisans Road Trip (A.R.T.) is looking for artists for the coming year! The deadline for applications is Friday, January 16th. All disciplines and mediums are accepted – painting, drawing, sculpture, mixed media, jewelry, fabric, wood, photography, pottery, and more! A.R.T. is an open studio tour held every fall during the second weekend in October. In addition to the October event, participating artists also benefit from year-round advertising with thousands of... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 15:52:09 -0600 Artisans Road Trip Preparing for 2017 - Call for Artists! The Artisans Road Trip is now busy preparing for 2017. Each year A.R.T. opens the organization and "event" up to artists of the region for the next season! Each year the Artisans Road Trip consists of many events throughout the entire year - scheduled exhibits and the noted Autumn weekend event itself. Also, member artists are spotlighted weekly for their personal exhibits and artwork through the year, as well as having their own web page for exposure to the public. A Call for... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 14:19:57 -0600 2016 A.R.T. Artists to be at Christmas in the Gallery at Arts on Grand! Arts on Grand in Spencer, Iowa will be hosting "Christmas in the Gallery" beginning Tuesday November 15th! The work in the exhibit includes artwork of several members of the 2016 Artisans Road Trip, including Lissa Potter, Timothy Arand McIlrath, Pam Harp, Haley Tardiff, and Bruce Morrison. There will be several other artists included as well. The entertainment for the event will feature Ray Meyer on the piano, playing Christmas favorites. Some of the artists will be in attendance... Mon, 14 Nov 2016 13:28:49 -0600 2016 A.R.T. Artist David Strom Exhibit - "A Journey..." "This common shape-triangle over rectangle is the source of my current work. Most of my images are contained within a border of rectangles, a predella format, which was often used in altarpieces and folk quilts. It is my hope that after seeing these paintings the viewer will become more aware of this universal shape which sits humbly on our landscape, just as it does in other parts of the world." David Strom works out of his studio in Windom MN. He received his BFA in Painting... Mon, 31 Oct 2016 14:07:08 -0500 Thank You! All of the artists of this year's Artisans Road Trip would like to express a big THANK YOU(!) for helping make this year's weekend event as successful as ever! Be sure and watch for more happening with artists of the 2016 Artisans Road Trip! Thank you for supporting the arts in NW Iowa! Sun, 16 Oct 2016 15:27:00 -0500 The 2016 Artisans Road Trip!!! It's here this weekend!! Everyone is invited to travel Iowa's scenic byways and back roads looking for one-of-a-kind creations! The 13th annual Artisans Road Trip will be held this Saturday, October 8th from 9:00am -- 5:00pm, and Sunday, October 9th from Noon -- 5:00pm. This year we have 41 artists participating from Estherville down to Storm Lake (and all over in between)! The Artisans Road Trip is a self-guided art studio and gallery tour; free for visitors, the Road Trip is a great way to... Thu, 06 Oct 2016 14:54:14 -0500 Pearson Lakes Art Center Exhibiting Artists of the 2016 Artisans Road Trip! The Pearson Lakes Art Center in Okoboji, Iowa is hosting an exhibit of artists from the 2016 Artisans Road Trip! This special exhibit will run from October 6th through November 27th with the evening artist's reception to be held from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Thursday, October 6th. The public is cordially invited to come and meet some of the artists and view this wonderful show! Come and see a great representation of the works of many of this year's Artisans Road Trip artists - don't miss out! Sat, 01 Oct 2016 12:14:25 -0500