Spencer Daily Reporter blogs http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/ Recent blogs from the Spencer Daily Reporter newspaper in Spencer, Iowa en-us Artisans Road Trip Preparing for 2017 - Call for Artists! (Northwest Iowa A.R.T. by Bruce Morrison) http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/northwestiowaart/entry/67680 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! (Northwest Iowa A.R.T. by Bruce Morrison) http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/northwestiowaart/entry/67621 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..." (Northwest Iowa A.R.T. by Bruce Morrison) http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/northwestiowaart/entry/67510 "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! (Northwest Iowa A.R.T. by Bruce Morrison) http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/northwestiowaart/entry/67367 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!!! (Northwest Iowa A.R.T. by Bruce Morrison) http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/northwestiowaart/entry/67304 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! (Northwest Iowa A.R.T. by Bruce Morrison) http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/northwestiowaart/entry/67252 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 Arts on Grand Exhibiting Artists of the 2016 Artisans Road Trip! (Northwest Iowa A.R.T. by Bruce Morrison) http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/northwestiowaart/entry/67121 Arts on Grand in Spencer, Iowa is hosting an exhibit of artists from the 2016 Artisans Road Trip! The Artisans Road Trip exhibit runs from September 13th through October 29th with the evening artist's reception to be held from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Thursday, September 22nd. There will be hors d'oeuvres and refreshments. 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... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 12:36:57 -0500 Always Something To Enjoy (There's Always Hope by Vicky Treimer) http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/2037/entry/67117 It's coming up...on the horizon...around the corner. And the question remains: Can you wait? Or is your mouth already anticipating the taste of funnel cakes, tom thumb donuts, walking tacos or any other Clay County Fair food? The numerous exhibits, animals, tent and grandstand shows, carnival rides...the list goes on. This year, some of the few entertainers include: MercyMe, 3 Dog Night, Martina McBride, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Restless Heart. There's a lot to celebrate about the CCF. However, for... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 09:32:57 -0500 Living With Meth (There's Always Hope by Vicky Treimer) http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/2037/entry/67008 A new beginning awaited Tom in drug rehab. But he talked convincingly not only to his family but to rehab staff. It didn't matter that his committal was doctor ordered because of attempted suicides. The calls from neighbors who witnessed his illogical behaviors and cutting disrupted his family in the middle of the night. These were the effects of meth in his life. It takes about 3 to 5 days for meth to get out of the body. Tom was agitated by this time and ready for a hit. His ordered time was... Fri, 02 Sep 2016 09:26:32 -0500 2016 A.R.T. Artist Judy Thompson's Homestead Series! (Northwest Iowa A.R.T. by Bruce Morrison) http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/northwestiowaart/entry/66968 The Homestead Series on the Road Again. Judy Thompson's Homestead Series, will be on exhibition at the Aberdeen Recreation and Cultural Center for the months of September and October. The Aberdeen Recreation and Cultural Center is a multifaceted arts and community center that which provides programming in the visual arts, dance, music, theater, and special interest areas. The Homestead Series was created during an artist's residency at the Homestead National Monument in Beatrice, NE and... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 12:34:27 -0500 Tim Arand-McIlrath - "A Fiberartist Journey- 50+Years of Making Fiberart" (Northwest Iowa A.R.T. by Bruce Morrison) http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/northwestiowaart/entry/66933 Tim Arand-McIlrath has an exhibit of his work currently on view at the Clear Lake Arts Center, Clear Lake IA. The exhibit "A Fiberartist Journey- 50+Years of Making Fiberart" will be on view through Oct.3, 2017. Fiberart has been my artistic expression for most of my life. Color, texture and the "feel" of fabric have always been important to me. In an undergraduate printmaking course, I was first exposed to the idea for printing on fabric. My graduate study led to exposure to many... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:07:11 -0500 Before Its Time (There's Always Hope by Vicky Treimer) http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/2037/entry/66802 There's nothing more effective to kill your dreams then the use of an illegal drug of choice. The impact these drugs have is powerful. They become more than just a vice, but a necessity to have to live, breathe and exist. The once responsible person, after the first dose, is hooked. He/She will choose to lie, cheat or steal to get their feel-good drug. Personality changes occur along with withdrawing from family and friends, distrust and hallucinations. The user's family, in sorrow and... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 09:25:56 -0500 "Connecting With Nature Through Sculpture" Exhibit by 2016 A.R.T. Artist Bill Lieb! (Northwest Iowa A.R.T. by Bruce Morrison) http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/northwestiowaart/entry/66769 Bill Lieb has a one-man exhibit of his work at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji, Iowa. The exhibit, titled "Connecting With Nature Through Sculpture", is on display until the end of September. It includes photos and models of six of his large site-specific public sculptures located throughout the Iowa Great Lakes Region and Spencer. Also included as part of the exhibit are photos of his most recent 'Bird Series' kinetic sculptures, each over ten feet tall with three moving... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 10:02:49 -0500 2016 A.R.T. Now Showing at the Red Rock Center for the Arts! (Northwest Iowa A.R.T. by Bruce Morrison) http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/northwestiowaart/entry/66689 The artists of the 2016 Artisans Road Trip are having an exhibit of recent works at the Red Rock Center for the Arts in Fairmont, Minnesota during the month of August! This is one of several exhibits that A.R.T. has been featured in this spring and summer - each one unique. This is the first time A.R.T. has shown at the Fairmont Red Rock Center for the Arts, and just the second time A.R.T. has had an exhibit in Minnesota! An artist's reception is planned at the Red Rock Center for the... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 15:27:30 -0500 How Sweet They Were! (There's Always Hope by Vicky Treimer) http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/2037/entry/66561 I don't relish "senior moments", but I'm sure grateful for those "good old days". As a child of the 1960's, I remember a toy gun brought to school for "Show and Tell". It was no big deal back then though a child couldn't do that now. Respect, trust and love existed in society much unlike today. Families embraced, loved and supported each other. Parents didn't kill their children--or each other-- in despair. Most kids weren't disrespected or used for sex trafficking. People were more content... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 11:38:28 -0500 2016 Artisans Road Trip Artist Pam Harp at the Le Mars Art Center in August! (Northwest Iowa A.R.T. by Bruce Morrison) http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/northwestiowaart/entry/66558 Local watercolor artist, Pam Harp is excited to present her first solo exhibition, "The Earth Laughs in Flowers" A Collection of Floral Watercolors by Pam Harp. Her work will be on display at the Le Mars Art Center for the month of August. The public is invited to meet the artist at a gallery reception on Thursday, August 4 from six to eight p.m. Pam is a Contemporary Realist fascinated by the intricate detail she observes in her floral subjects. From the lacy petals of a peony to the folds... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 09:54:36 -0500 2016 A.R.T. Jewelry Artist Kathy Evert Hosting 6th Annual Okoboji Bead & Jewelry Splash! (Northwest Iowa A.R.T. by Bruce Morrison) http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/northwestiowaart/entry/66465 Local jewelry artist and 2016 A.R. T. participant, Kathy Evert, is once again hosting the annual Okoboji Bead & Jewelry Splash; this is the 6th year. Jewelry artists from Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin will be joining her again for a weekend show on July 23-24 at the Dickinson County Community Building in Spirit Lake. Show hours are 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. both days and is open to the public. Admission is $2. Evert has been creating one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces for 14 years and focuses on... Thu, 07 Jul 2016 14:46:24 -0500 Coincidence or Bad Idea? (A Little to the Right by By Randy M. Cauthron) http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/randysreview/entry/66439 I know what I think. And those who know me know what I think. But I'm curious as to what you think about former President Bill Clinton's on-board plane meeting Attorney Loretta Lynch. Was it just casual conversation as was suggested? Was it something more? Do you have a problem with it or are you okay with it? I will sit back and listen. Tue, 05 Jul 2016 10:13:07 -0500 What Do You Fear? (There's Always Hope by Vicky Treimer) http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/2037/entry/66438 As I get older, there are some activities in life I had no fear of doing when I was younger but wouldn't care to do now. (Shingling the second story roof on the farmhouse with my dad comes to mind). Sound familiar? Perhaps it's a little fear or just more wisdom. I'll go with "more wisdom". There are, however, a lot of incidents the average person fears in life. Whether it be flying a plane, mountain-climbing, world conditions or a personal phobia, be confident that there's really nothing to... Tue, 05 Jul 2016 10:08:19 -0500 2016 Artisans Road Trip Artists Juried into the 2016 Iowa Watercolor Society Exhibition! (Northwest Iowa A.R.T. by Bruce Morrison) http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/northwestiowaart/entry/66425 The Iowa Watercolor Society has announced the artists accepted into the 39th Annual Iowa Watercolor Society juried art exhibit; 3 of which include artists from the 2016 Artisans Road Trip! The honors this year go to Ken Harskamp, Linda Fries and Anita Plucker! The exhibit will be held at the LaPoste Building 1219 Warford Street, Perry, Iowa, and is showing from July 7 - September 11. There will be an opening reception for IWS members and the public on July 7 at 4:30 pm. The 39th... Sun, 03 Jul 2016 12:46:41 -0500 Our Definite Hope (There's Always Hope by Vicky Treimer) http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/2037/entry/66393 No other time in history has the United States been attacked helplessly with bursts of shooting sprees such as we've seen in Obama's presidency. Shooters admit to having affiliations with ISIS. It's definite ISIS is out to destroy the U.S. and all she stands for. Much talk is heard about how to defeat them. It's hard to defeat the enemy when they're living amongst us. U.S. government has become neglectful, lazy and non-caring toward the business of keeping America safe. Illegals cross the... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 14:20:26 -0500 "From the Ground Up - Paintings by Danielle Clouse Gast"! (Northwest Iowa A.R.T. by Bruce Morrison) http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/northwestiowaart/entry/66364 "From the Ground Up", an exhibit of new work by Spirit Lake artist Danielle Clouse Gast, will be on view in the Goodenow Gallery of the Pearson Lakes Art Center (Okoboji, Iowa) June 30th - August 13th. An artist reception will be held on Thursday, July 7th, 5 - 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. The artist explains that in recent years, views from the Gast family's 1946 Cessna 140 airplane have become a point of reference for a series of large scale works. This perspective on... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 11:21:10 -0500 Mass Shootings (There's Always Hope by Vicky Treimer) http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/2037/entry/66266 Another mass shooting occurred in Orlando Florida this weekend. Like others, it was senseless and naturally leaves people wondering why. Omar Mateen, 29, decided to kill 50 people and hospitalize 53 at a gay nightclub. Mateen was a professional security officer and therefore, had a permit to carry a gun. He also had no criminal record. His career and no criminal record sounds like some normal people, right ? Let's look further. Earlier, Omar was offended by gays showing affection in public.... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 16:10:53 -0500 2016 A.R.T. Artists Exhibit at the Witter Gallery in Storm Lake! (Northwest Iowa A.R.T. by Bruce Morrison) http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/northwestiowaart/entry/66220 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. The Witter Gallery exhibit will have an opening reception... Thu, 09 Jun 2016 11:09:35 -0500 Muhammed Ali (There's Always Hope by Vicky Treimer) http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/2037/entry/66205 "Floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee, his hands can't hit what his eyes can't see," was the motto depicting the famous Muhammed Ali. With the passing of the 74 year old heavyweight boxer, one naturally looks intriquely into his life. Mature readers will remember him as Cassius Clay. He took on his present name when he changed his religion to Islam. Though many sportsmen appeared on a box of Wheaties, Ali's picture was the first. The 6' 3" professional had boundless confidence. Not only... Tue, 07 Jun 2016 12:03:24 -0500 2016 A.R.T. Artist Mel Myers Featured at "Pots and Pictures"! (Northwest Iowa A.R.T. by Bruce Morrison) http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/northwestiowaart/entry/66157 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. Mel's hand thrown, hand carved, kiln fired/glazed pottery has always drawn a crowd as well as his devoted returning collectors awaiting to see what new creations he has added to his... Thu, 02 Jun 2016 11:12:39 -0500 The Silent Conversation (There's Always Hope by Vicky Treimer) http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/2037/entry/66096 It takes most people by surprise. An assortment of emotions can be experienced and displayed. More people have thought about it than will care to admit. A silent subject people don't talk about unless it happens. Many lives have been touched by this action. Suicide is the final relief for its victim. Though many may believe it's a selfish act, it is viewed by its victim as the only way out. Life becomes so overwhelming insomuch that there's no future, no hope and thus, no life. Families ,... Wed, 01 Jun 2016 12:37:22 -0500 Delightful Memories (There's Always Hope by Vicky Treimer) http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/2037/entry/66144 There's nothing like the past to introduce the future. Such as it is in Spencer, Iowa. Many changes have occurred since my first move to Spencer in 1979. The renovation of the former Best Auto property ignites the memory of the previous A & W Drive-In location near that area. Remember the food trays that hung on the partially rolled up car windows? About that era would also be Gibson's located across the street to the north where Arnold Motor (south grand) is now. The memories are fresh in my... Wed, 01 Jun 2016 12:35:31 -0500 2016 A.R.T. Artists Showing at Summerwind Gallery's "Farm and Field"! (Northwest Iowa A.R.T. by Bruce Morrison) http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/northwestiowaart/entry/66130 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. The Summerwind Gallery, owned and operated by artist Roberta Williams, carries artwork from across... Tue, 31 May 2016 15:42:53 -0500 2016 A.R.T. Artists Showing at Summerwind Gallery's "Bulbs to Blooms - A Floral Show"! (Northwest Iowa A.R.T. by Bruce Morrison) http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/northwestiowaart/entry/65961 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. Featured Artisans Road Trip artists include Pam Harp (watercolor), Linda Hopkins (acrylic), Bruce Morrison (oils and color pencil), Judy Thompson (watercolor batik) and Roberta Williams (watercolor batik). ... Tue, 10 May 2016 17:01:01 -0500 2016 A.R.T. Exhibit at the Nobles County Art Center! (Northwest Iowa A.R.T. by Bruce Morrison) http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/northwestiowaart/entry/65925 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! The Artisans Road Trip is a year-around event. Although well known... Fri, 06 May 2016 12:10:07 -0500 TRUMPED (A Little to the Right by By Randy M. Cauthron) http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/randysreview/entry/65913 When there were 17 in the GOP field of presidential candidates, they said he had no chance. Every time he opened his mouth and the media played sound-bite after sound-bite, determined to sour the voting public on him, they said this is the end for him. When Ted Cruz captured the first in the nation Iowa caucus, the pundits said he's done. When he started winning, the experts claimed it would never last. As he continued to amass delegates, they said he would never get enough. After he claimed... Thu, 05 May 2016 09:20:12 -0500 Especially For You! (There's Always Hope by Vicky Treimer) http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/2037/entry/65912 There's nothing like it, especially this time of year. Nothing artificial can match the natural aroma. So next time you're outside (and lawnmowers have ceased), go ahead...close your eyes and a natural smile will form as you slowly, slowly inhale. The aroma of fresh cut grass is so pleasing to the senses. It's like stopping to smell the roses. In our busy lifestyles, it's important to slow down, lift what burdens we can and enjoy the simple things in life. Just relax and do nothing is... Thu, 05 May 2016 09:12:57 -0500 2016 Artisans Road Trip Artist Timothy J Arand-McIlrath Receives "Best in Show" Award for Mixed Media Fiber Artwork! (Northwest Iowa A.R.T. by Bruce Morrison) http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/northwestiowaart/entry/65884 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. The Artists' Showcase: Orange City Arts Regional Exhibition offers an opportunity for artists to exhibit their work April 22-30, 2016 at the Northwestern College DeWitt... Sun, 01 May 2016 16:33:56 -0500 2016 A.R.T. Artists at the 5th Annual Artist's Showcase in Orange City, IA! (Northwest Iowa A.R.T. by Bruce Morrison) http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/northwestiowaart/entry/65817 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. The Artists' Showcase: Orange City Arts Regional Exhibition offers an opportunity for artists to exhibit their work April 22-30, 2016 at the Northwestern College DeWitt Theatre... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 12:43:57 -0500 Wow Beyond Belief ! (There's Always Hope by Vicky Treimer) http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/2037/entry/65786 We have the power, capability, mind and resources. Whether we desire to or not is up to us. Living in our comfortable homes and pleasant surroundings, it's hard to imagine anything less. It's really what we're familiar with. May I encourage you to step out of your comfort zone ? This won't be too uneasy and you may even like it. I challenge you to make a positive difference in the life of a child, whether it be in Spencer, Iowa, outside the United States or both. Kids are everywhere: families,... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 12:50:30 -0500 2016 A.R.T. Artist Hank Hall in National Ceramic Competition! (Northwest Iowa A.R.T. by Bruce Morrison) http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/northwestiowaart/entry/65760 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. Hall's "Parade Ready"... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 14:01:44 -0500 It's Just Like Oxygen (There's Always Hope by Vicky Treimer) http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/2037/entry/65755 It's there all the time. In the darkness, sorrow, pain, despair and anguish of life. At your fingertips, mental state and capable grasp. Hope always abounds. It is the positive thought which reinforces faith in the affirmative outcome of your problems. It doesn't matter what you're going through: depression, divorce, betrayal, abuse, neglect or loneliness. Everyone has their discouragements. What is your struggle? You, alone, make the decision to see the positive in life. You realize and know... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 10:26:16 -0500 Spring Sensation (There's Always Hope by Vicky Treimer) http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/2037/entry/65693 The day breaks, birds are singing assorted melodies and Spring has finally arrived. Squirrels will circle up trees and talk to dogs from rooftops. Mother Nature may tease us with forecasts of snow, but to no avail. People are ready to flee the hibernation of winter and experience everything that comes with Spring. Tailgating, landscaping, gardening, boating...even Spring cleaning! (Everything looks better when it's clean.) The list goes on depending on priorities. The sensation of the... Fri, 08 Apr 2016 09:51:12 -0500 2016 A.R.T. Artist Timothy J. Arand-McIlrath's Mixed Media Fiber Art Featured in Sioux Center, IA (Northwest Iowa A.R.T. by Bruce Morrison) http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/northwestiowaart/entry/65679 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. The foregrounds have crocheted webs introduced onto the compositions. Color, texture, repetition, and pattern have always been strong... Wed, 06 Apr 2016 11:00:49 -0500 On The Line (There's Always Hope by Vicky Treimer) http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/2037/entry/65636 We've driven by so many times-- never stopped but looked intently. Whether it be a car accident or a driver pulled over, law enforcement personnel put their lives in jeopardy daily in all aspects of duty. Take, for instance, the speeding driver who is stopped by police. The officer's car door opens. Will the suspect promptly speed away? And if they don't, what are the chances they have a gun? Will they shoot the officer once he/she is in view? What's their mental state? Step by step, the... Fri, 01 Apr 2016 08:31:50 -0500 2016 A.R.T. Artists Cherie Courter and Ron Netten! (Northwest Iowa A.R.T. by Bruce Morrison) http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/northwestiowaart/entry/65632 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. Ron Netten and Cherie have also recently... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 17:07:32 -0500 There's a Better Way For This Kid (There's Always Hope by Vicky Treimer) http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/2037/entry/65577 I didn't look forward to this. Wasn't there another way to rectify the problem? Did it have to come to this? I couldn't fathom going through this again. "It's going to hurt me more than you," my dad sternly stated. Yeah right, I thought. It was the mid 1960's and my toddler mind, full of just a wee little calamity or more, tried to reason the logic of dad's decision. Soon, his hand would be across my behind which would hurt as bad as his hand. This didn't make any sense. Can't we just talk... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 09:25:56 -0500 2016 A.R.T. Artist Judy Thompson's Badlands Watercolor Workshop! (Northwest Iowa A.R.T. by Bruce Morrison) http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/northwestiowaart/entry/65526 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! Judy was invited to Badlands National Park in 2013 as an artist in residence to paint the landscape and she has returned every... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 14:19:49 -0500 My First Spencer Adventures (There's Always Hope by Vicky Treimer) http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/2037/entry/65507 "We're not going to be around forever!" my parents declared, as they booted me out the door. I twirled in the air and bounced on the ground like a rubber ball. Ouch! That hurt bad--in more ways than one. I picked myself up and after recovering from the pain in my behind, I moved to Spencer. The year was 1979. It is pleasant to look back on my adventures in Spencer now. I lived in the Holiday Apartments on west second street. It was a small 3-room apartment. The bathroom sink was small enough... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 09:54:33 -0500 Artist As Judge and Jury! (Northwest Iowa A.R.T. by Bruce Morrison) http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/northwestiowaart/entry/65499 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! "I have been asked to judge a couple of upcoming art shows/exhibits. I look forward to any opportunity to get together with other artists and to discuss ART. However, when... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 15:55:54 -0500 Spencer's Department Stores (There's Always Hope by Vicky Treimer) http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/2037/entry/65441 I couldn't decide. There was a variety of colors to choose from: brown, white, black or turquoise in either desk type, princess or wall. I also had my choice of rotary or push button. But Sernett's Department Store, located at 101 East 7th Street carried more than just landline phones. It was similar to KMart and Shopco. What items couldn't be found in the above stores, could be found at Shoppers Supply, Coast to Coast or Gambles. I barely remember Gambles at 18 West 4 Street. They carried... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 13:17:56 -0600 Do you remember? (There's Always Hope by Vicky Treimer) http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/2037/entry/65369 Johnsons's Grocery was a small grocery store located by the railroad tracks on East 4th Street in Spencer, Iowa. It was the first stop for school kids and the last of the neighborhood grocery stores. Johnson's had a memorable history to it along with other past grocery stores, currently not existing. ( Johnson's grocery building is now located on the Spencer Fair Grounds to enjoy.) I remember Super Valu at the corner of West 8th Street and Grand where HyVee is now. It was on the north end and... Thu, 03 Mar 2016 09:12:44 -0600 Niesner's Five and Dime (There's Always Hope by Vicky Treimer) http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/2037/entry/65289 Oh what fun! This was pure excitement. Nothing today can match the ultimate overflowing joy of a trip to Niesner's Five and Dime. Niesner's was located at Spencer's North Mall before it was renamed Gateway North. It was the only mall in Spencer before the 1980's. Neisner's shared the mall with other businesses. Some of them I remember were: Mode O'Day clothing store, a jewelry store, Center Café, Spencer National Bank, Younker's, the Gift Gallery, Iowa Lakes Community College Learning Center, a... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 08:14:48 -0600 The 2016 Artisans Road Trip - Ready for a Great Year! (Northwest Iowa A.R.T. by Bruce Morrison) http://www.spencerdailyreporter.com/blogs/northwestiowaart/entry/65252 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: Avis Davis, Spirit Lake,IA Barb McGee, Peterson, IA William Lieb, Spirit Lake, IA Joleen Dentlinger, Storm Lake, IA Haley Rothstein, Lakefield, MN Glenda Drennen, Sioux City, IA Perry Polson, Spencer, IA Holly... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 16:13:05 -0600