Saturday, January 7, 2017

"The Earth Laughs in Flowers" A Collection of Floral Watercolors by Pam Harp

(artwork depicted ©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 CafĂ© 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 and exhibits!  Just go to the following link and download the PDF forms, fill out and send in by the January 16, 2017 deadline!

Be a part of a great group of artists like you!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Timothy J Arand-McIlrath's "A Fiber Artist's Journey, 50 Years of Making Fiber Art" at Arts on Grand!

All Artwork illustrated ©Timothy J Arand-McIlrath

"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, Arizona, so it is a bittersweet time for the art community.  He has been a longtime member of the Artisans Road Trip and has been involved in activities Pearson Lakes Art Center, and he has exhibited at Arts on Grand in the past.  The show affords a great opportunity for people to purchase a piece of Tim's work, a tangible memory of his time in NW Iowa.

"Throughout my 50 years as a professional artist I have produced and exhibited my artwork in national/international juried, regional, state and local exhibitions. I have had an incredible "love affair" with fiber and fabric and see myself keeping on creating new artwork as long as possible."

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Hank Hall Teapots Headed to Houston!

"Frazzled" - ©Hank Hall

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.

"Tea-Rex" - ©Hank Hall

The show opens with a public reception and juror's talk on Friday, January 6 from 6-9 pm at TEA+ART on 613 1/2 W 19th Street in Houston and closes January 28. More information about the show and its presenters is available at

Hall creates one-of-a-kind teapots and abstract drawings and paintings in his new home studio and workshop on East Lake Okoboji near Spirit Lake. More information on Hall and his work is posted at on Facebook.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

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 brochures distributed; a regularly updated blog; 24/7 website; plus group gallery exhibitions from Storm Lake, IA, to Fairmont, MN!
All artists in the region are encouraged to apply for the upcoming 2017 season!  For the artisans involved, the Road Trip is a powerful networking and marketing opportunity.  A.R.T. is organized and run by artists for artists.  Together we work to increase art exposure, introducing new art styles to the community and new customers to local artists.  And we want YOU to join us!
For more information, links to the official A.R.T. blog and current artist biographies, as well as a downloadable .PDF of the 2017 Artist Application & Prospectus, go to If you have any questions, please contact chairperson Haley Tardiff at

Monday, November 21, 2016

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 Artists!  Are you, or an artist you may know, interested in taking part in the 2017 Artisans Road Trip?  The Prospectus for the 2017 A.R.T. is now available for downloading and applying to become a part of the 2017 organization and events!  Simply go to the Artisans Road Trip web site ( and scroll down to the Prospectus notice!  Or go directly to the Prospectus right HERE and fill it out and send it in for consideration!  The application fee is completely refundable to anyone who is not accepted for this coming year.

Be a part of a highly regarded group of regional artists and show throughout the year in area exhibits plus the big autumn weekend event!  Make 2017 YOUR Year!


Monday, November 14, 2016

2016 A.R.T. Artists to be at Christmas in the Gallery at Arts on Grand!

 Artwork, similar to these, will be on exhibit at AOG
during Christmas in the Gallery - Upper left clockwise -
Timothy Arand McIlrath, Pam Harp, Bruce Morrison,
Lissa Potter and Haley Tardiff - artwork © each respective artist.

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 to talk about their work.

The exhibit reception will be held at Arts on Grand  in Spencer on Tuesday evening November 15 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm.  The public is cordially invited to view the Festival of Trees, lighted and decorated trees, half trees, and wreathes; and all the other artwork by area artists.  

Christmas in the Gallery runs through December 27, 2016 - don't miss out!

Monday, October 31, 2016

2016 A.R.T. Artist David Strom Exhibit - "A Journey..."

Artwork - ©David Strom

"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 from Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1973 and also studied at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, in Skowhegan, ME, in 1972. David has exhibited extensively in Minnesota and Iowa in solo and juried exhibitions. His most recent exhibitions include, Carnegie Art Center, Mankato, MN, (2016); Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WI, (2014); William Whipple Gallery, SMSU, Marshall, MN, (2014); Nobles County Art Center, Worthington, MN, (2013); SMAC Art Gallery, Marshall, MN, (2012); Pearson Lakes Art Center, Okoboji, IA; (2012); and Arts Center of St. Peter, St. Peter, MN, (2011).

Strom has also been the recipient of the Individual Artist Career Grant from Southwest Minnesota
Arts Council, (2004 and 2011).

See "David Strom - A Journey..." at the Carnegie Art Center in Mankato, MN!  Gallery talk and reception - Saturday, November 5th, from 7-9PM.  Exhibit runs from November 3 - 19, 2016.