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A.O.G previews A.R.T.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Arts on Grand currently features work from 20 of the 26 artists participating in the Artisans' Road Trip this year. Their show will run until Oct. 27, for those who are unable to travel out of town to the individual studios.
The Artisans' Road Trip is back for its ninth year of studio touring around northwest Iowa.

This weekend, 26 local artists open their studios to interested patrons traveling from site to site and admiring the work.

A non-profit organization, A.R.T. originated out of artist gatherings that Arts on Grand used to sponsor. Its motto is "Artists working for Artists," and it works for education, diversity, and economic growth through self-guided tours through the studios of established artists. The event takes place in fall to take advantage of the colors and scenic landscapes of the area this time of year.

Since A.R.T.'s beginning, Arts on Grand has shown a preview of the work A.R.T. will offer, allowing patrons a small taste of what is still to come.

"Our highest attended days are always during the Artisans' Road Trip," Martin Arthur, director of Arts on Grand, said. "Their first year, we had a kick-off event. Every year since then, at least one of the artists have used Arts on Grand as the place to show their work, if they don't have their own studio."

At this year's preview, running from Sept. 25 through Oct. 27, 20 of the 26 artists are represented. The media varies from watercolor, oil, and acrylic paintings to pottery, jewelry, and wood carvings. During the weekend, a local photographer will be using the gallery space to showcase her work.

"It's kind of a mini-A.R.T. for those who don't have a chance to go out of town," Arthur said.

Arthur offered a word of advice for those who plan to travel around to individual studios this weekend.

"Don't try to do everything," Arthur said. "Pick an area and go out there and visit the artists and their studios."

This year's A.R.T. will take place on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

"It's a terrific event," Martin said. "It's a great opportunity to meet artists, visit with them, see their work, and buy some art."

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