Wednesday, August 10, 2016

"Connecting With Nature Through Sculpture" Exhibit by 2016 A.R.T. Artist Bill Lieb!

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 parts activated by the wind.  One of these sculptures, Bird Series No. 3, has been installed on the hillside just south of the Nature Center. Two other 'Bird Series' sculptures are displayed and available at Art on 16th gallery in Spirit Lake and Bijou Gallery in Okoboji.

Bill is a long-time member and treasurer of the Artisans Road Trip. He is a retired architect who has completed more than 200 sculptures and paintings over the past 13 years. He can be contacted at 712.330.7295. His work will be on display during the 2016 Artisans Road Trip at his home.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

2016 A.R.T. Now Showing at the Red Rock Center for the Arts!

Just a sampling of the artwork exhibited at the Red Rock
Center for the Arts in Fairmont, MN during the month of August -
top center (clockwise)  Timothy J. Arand-McIlrath, Hank Hall, Cherie Courter, 
Linda Fries and Haley Tardiff
(all artwork © property of respective artists)

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 Arts this coming Thursday - August 4th, from 5:30-7PM, and is open to the public.
Red Rock Center for the Arts is located at 222 Blue Earth Ave in Fairmont; they can be reached at (507) 235-9262 for more information, or visit their web site at

Monday, July 18, 2016

2016 Artisans Road Trip Artist Pam Harp at the Le Mars Art Center in August!

Artwork ©Pam Harp

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 of a rose, her tightly rendered watercolors capture their exquisite beauty.

Pam's passion for flowers inspire her watercolors. "Have you ever stopped to really take in the amazing detail offered in a flower garden? It seems the closer you look, the more you see. It's my hope to capture that detail in a way that allows you the opportunity to enjoy that incredible array with me."
Pam Harp is an Alton based artist whose work is currently represented at the Le Mars Art Center as well as the Summerwind Gallery in Arnold's Park. Two pieces of her art have been juried into the 2016 Iowa State Fair in August, and she is among the artists selected for this year's Artisans Road Trip, an open studio tour of Northwest Iowa artists on October 8 and 9. 

Her work has also appeared at the Orange City Art's Regional Exhibition at the DeWitt Theatre Arts Center at Northwestern College, an  A.R.T. Group Exhibition at Witter Gallery in Storm Lake and The Denver Discovery at Highlands Ranch Mansion in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

For more information on the exhibition, contact Judy Marienau at 712-546-7476 at the Le Mars Art Center -  Artisans Road Trip information can be found at

Thursday, July 7, 2016

2016 A.R.T. Jewelry Artist Kathy Evert Hosting 6th Annual Okoboji Bead & Jewelry Splash

Jewelry designs  ©Kathy Evert

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 wire and wire-wrapping and precious metal clay (PMC) in her jewelry with semi-precious stones. Some pieces also include re-purposed items such as scrap copper, old foreign coins and more.  She has also begun incorporating the Japanese braiding known as Kumihimo into her necklaces. 

"I enjoy finding unique and beautiful stones and accenting them with wire.  I also enjoy working with wire and creating other pieces such as bangles and earring jackets.  Precious metal clay (PMC) is still my favorite; it has so many applications and can be as creative as I want to be!"  Evert and all of the vendors will be exhibiting and selling their jewelry creations during the weekend.  

Sunday, July 3, 2016

2016 Artisans Road Trip Artists Juried into the 2016 Iowa Watercolor Society Exhibition!

Work of two of three Artisans Road Trip artists to be included in the IWS exhibit.
top two -  Anita Plucker and bottom - Linda Fries
(Artwork copyright property of respective artists)

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 annual luncheon and award ceremony will be held on August 28, 2016.
The 2016 juror and instructor for the annual exhibit and workshops is renowned artist Sterling Edwards. 
Congratulations to everyone selected!

Monday, June 27, 2016

"From the Ground Up - Paintings by Danielle Clouse Gast"!

 Oil paintings on canvas by artist Danielle Clouse Gast
can be seen at the artist's solo exhibit at the 
Pearson Lakes Art Center
artwork © Danielle Clouse Gast

"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 the Iowa Great Lakes and the surrounding areas has opened up into fresh compositions while emphasizing the style most associated with her work: organized, geometric shapes and lines (now referencing planned groves and fields, repetitive docks, and scattered, playful boats). The result is an abstract blend of inviting landscapes that has also provided new challenges and opportunities as a painter – becoming vital to continued growth in Danielle's studio practice.  These land areas that once were familiar from the ground have become new painting territory for the artist; over the past year, this has been the focus for a body of work designed for the Pearson Lakes Art Center’s exhibit.   

More of the artist's work can be found at Summerwind Gallery in Arnolds Park and at Danielle's studio in Spirit Lake by appointment (which is also a stop on the 2016 Artisans Road Trip). Learn more about Danielle's work at

Thursday, June 9, 2016

2016 A.R.T. Artists Exhibit at the Witter Gallery in Storm Lake!

Examples of the artwork and a small selection of the artists
  represented at the Witter Art Gallery's Artisans Road Trip exhibit! 
Artist's work from upper left - clockwise - 
Connie Hankens, Bruce Morrison, Ron Netten,
Cherie Courter, Lee Rainboth, and center - Marisa Sidles.  
All artwork is copyright property of the respective artists. 
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 on Friday, June 10, 2016.  The reception will be from 5:30-7p.m. - the public is invited free of charge!  The exhibit will run through June 29 and the hours at the Witter Gallery are Tues-Wed 1-5p.m., Thurs 1-6p.m., Fri 1-5p.m. and Sat 10a.m.-2p.m.   The Witter Gallery is located at 609 Cayuga Street in Storm Lake, IA - in the south wing of the public library.  You can call the Gallery at (712) 732-3400 or e-mail them at for further information.