Saturday, May 20, 2017

2017 A.R.T. Artist Juried Into "Oak Hill Exhibition of Iowa Artists" at the Blanden Art Museum

"Passing Don's Old Place at First Light - Study"
oil painting - © Bruce A. Morrison

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 Hartley; Bruce works in oils and drawing medium such as color pencil and graphite...he also works with photography, which was his major in art school at the University of Iowa where he earned a B.F.A with a double minor in painting and serigraphy (silkscreen printing).

The artist is know for his regional works involving the Tallgrass Prairie and it's flora and fauna as well as the landscape in the area in which he lives and works.  "I portray real locations and places in the landscape where I live and work and it gives me great pleasure exploring our "neighborhood" through the camera or on my is fun to hear viewers say they know where this or that place is and even throw in their own memories or history of the locale portrayed.

The oil painting juried into the exhibit is titled  "Passing Don's Old Place at First Light - Study" and depicts first light along a gravel road just minutes from the artist's studio.  Bruce's studio is located on their acreage overlooking the Waterman Creek valley - the studio being remodeled into a year-round working studio and gallery,  from an old brooding house/sheep barn built in the late 1920's.

The exhibit  "Oak Hill Exhibition of Iowa Artists" is available for free public viewing now and runs through July 8th, 2017.  Be sure and take in this exhibit and other beautiful exhibits at the Blanden Art Museum the next time you're in Ft Dodge!

You can learn more about the Blanden Art Museum by visiting their website at -  And you can learn more about the artist by visiting his web site at -  or follow his blog at -
Learn more about Bruce and the other artists of the 2017 Artisans Road Trip by visiting their web site at -!


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

2017 A.R.T. Artist Anita K. Plucker to Hold Workshop - "Watercolor Basics for Beginning Adults"

Watercolor paintings ©Anita K. Plucker

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 in a couple of different compositions.  

Available slots for the workshop are on the following dates and times:
March 16, 1-4 pm
March 17, 9-4
March 18, 9-4

For more information about the workshop -  call Arts on Grand at 712-262-4307 to pre-register and to get a supply list.  

Check back again soon for more on the artists of the 2017 Artisans Road Trip!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Deborah Burow - New Artisans Road Trip Artist for 2017!

 Artwork ©Deborah Burow
(click on the image for a larger view)
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 create FREELY.  Flowers never looked so fun. Wild colors, free-form shapes...unlimited imagining...

Each artist used their own style to begin, next they tried new concepts, created backgrounds, and then started painting over them. That was the hardest part. We all wanted to save our masterpiece backgrounds, but they were created to enhance the final stages of the art pieces.  All uncharted territory. All were brave moving from small canvases to larger sizes and bigger images.

We started with backgrounds, taped off some of the design and continued to paint over the top. So hard to cover up those delicious colors and shapes. And such fun removing the tape as we progressed with layers of painting.

We had fun using an app to display our paintings life size, on the wall of real rooms. You can see YOUR own art; use the link http://www/

All asked about future classes. I will email when new sessions start; visit my website -, and sign up for the email on the home page.

All instructors of art classes know the value to us personally of teaching classes. Classwork prep causes us to work hard, too. As we work on the same assignments as our students, we experience first-hand the struggles and joys they are experiencing.  Above are several of the pieces I created right along with all the other artists in class.  I always learn so much from each person. Thanks so much everyone. You were each an inspiration to me. 

Join us again for more on the artists and exhibits of the 2017 Artisans Road Trip!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The 2017 Artisans Road Trip - Ready for Another Great Year!

New, and some returning past members, will make up a very 
diverse 2017 A.R.T.!  From upper left - clockwise - 
Penny Adam, Tonya Archer, Julie Hamilton, 
Beth Cathcart, Patricia Johnson and Deborah Burow.
(All artwork copyright by respective artists.)

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, Peterson, IA
William Lieb, Spirit Lake, IA
Joleen Dentlinger, Storm Lake, IA
Haley Tardiff, Lakefield, MN
Glenda Drennen, Sioux City, IA
Perry Polson, Spencer, IA
Anita Plucker, Terril, IA
Gene Polson, Marcus, IA
Danielle Clouse Gast, Spirit Lake, IA
Tootie Powers, Spirit Lake, IA
Marisa Sidles, Terril, IA
Mitch Eveleth, Estherville, IA
Lisa Potter, Spirit Lake, IA
David Strom, Windom, MN
Ken Harskamp, Ida Grove, IA
Tammy Hoppe, Arnolds Park, IA
Linda Hopkins, Arnolds Park, IA
Cherie Courter, Storm Lake, IA
Hank Hall, Spirit LAke, IA
Ron Netten, Storm Lake, IA
Roberta Williams, Arnolds Park, IA
Karen Ruddy, Emmetsburg, IA
Bruce Morrison, Hartley, IA
Joanne Alberda, Sioux Center, IA
Irene McCoy, Milford, IA

Looking forward to the Artisans Road Trip events of 2017!

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.