Saturday, July 11, 2015

2015 A.R.T. Artist Kathy Evert and the 5th Annual Okoboji Bead & Jewelry Splash

Several artists will be part of the 5th annual Okoboji Bead & Jewelry Splash set for July 25 - 26 at the Dickinson County Community Building in Spirit Lake including Kathy Evert of KJEwelry, also the producer of the show.  Jewelry artists and others (silk scarves stone accessories for your home and more) will be exhibiting and selling from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. both days.  "We are happy to welcome back most of the artists that have come every year as well as four (4 )new artists this year," said Evert.  Artists from Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota are participating.

Three jewelry-making classes are also available during the show.  The show is open to the public and admission is $2.  For more information about the artists and the classes visit and follow us on Facebook at

Friday, June 19, 2015

See You at the Side Street Gallery in Arnolds Park!

Artists to meet and greet at the Side Street Gallery's
Open House Saturday - June 20, 2015!
"©" the artists work shown - upper left - clock-wise: Linda Fries, 
Timothy J. Arand-McIlrath, Barb McGee, Deb Manly, Holly Zinn, 
Karen Ruddy, Marisa Sidles, Irene McCoy, Bruce Morrison, (center) Hank Hall.

Meet and greet artists of the 2015 Artisans Road Trip this Saturday (June 20) afternoon (Noon-5PM) at the Side Street Gallery in Arnolds Park, Iowa!  Stop by and see the works of the artists, ask questions or just join in celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Side Street Gallery and the retirement of the gallery founder Mari Stewart!  The Side Street Galley will close for the season in July and open again next spring under new ownership.
Plan a day at the Lakes - there is plenty to do and enjoy!  And be sure to stop by the Side Street Gallery and enjoy the best artwork the region has to offer!
Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

2015 Artisans Road Trip Artists Exhibit at the Witter Gallery!

Artworks of 2015 A.R.T. artists, like these, will be on display
at the Witter Art Gallery until the end of June.
Artists work (upper left/clockwise) - Glenda Drennen, Hank Hall,
David Strom, Sarah Morphew, Judy Hemphill, Deb Manly, Irene McCoy,
and Kathy Evert.  All work © the artists represented.
The 2015 Artisans Road Trip artists are celebrating A.R.T. this spring and summer with an exhibit of their works at the Witter Gallery in Storm Lake, Iowa, during the month of June.
Come and view works of art by the best in the region!  Better yet, come and meet the artists and get a little insight into their works!  An Artist Reception will be held at the Witter Gallery on Thursday - June 11th, and will run from 5:30-7PM!  The public is invited!
Witter Gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 1:00-5PM, Thursday 1:00-6PM and Saturday 10AM-2PM.  For more information about the exhibit you can visit the Witter Art Gallery web site at or call the gallery at 712-732-3400.
The 2015 Artisans Road Trip exhibit will run through June 25th - hope to see you there!

Friday, May 29, 2015

A.R.T. Celebrating Long-Time Member's Retirement

Example of the artwork at the
Side Street Gallery Celebration on June 20th!
"Anvil Across the Valley" - oil pastel 
© Bruce A. Morrison
(click on image for a larger view
Former Artisans Road Trip long-time member Mari Stewart, of the Side Street Gallery in Arnolds Park, Iowa is retiring from the Gallery business, having sold the Side Street Gallery effective later this summer.  
Marie Stewart's Side Street Gallery has been a lakes area fixture for over 35 years and what better way to celebrate than to spend an afternoon with the Artisans Road Trip artists in celebration!  
On Saturday, June 20th - come and join us helping Mari celebrate her gallery's long standing run, and see artwork from the 2015 Artisans Road Trip artists in attendance, enjoy some camaraderie and good treats and refreshments!
The celebration will be going on from 12 noon through 5p.m. - Saturday, June 20th!  The Side Street Gallery is located in Arnolds Park's Old Towne district at 28 Allen Avenue.  The gallery can be contacted for more information at 712 320-5906.
What a fun way to spend your Saturday afternoon! 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

A Fiberartist's Journey – 50+ Years of Making Fiberart

2015 A.R.T. artist Tim Arand-McIlrath, Okoboji, will be the featured exhibition at the Nobles County Art Center in Worthington, MN. for the month of May. The exhibition is titled "A Fiber Artist's Journey".

"I realized that I had been making art for over 50 years. Recently I have been revisiting printed fabrics from many years before, and incorporating them into new mixed media artwork .  The exhibition will feature selections from the different approaches I have taken with my work over the years. The emphasis will be on the 2D mixed media work and the 3D sculptural mixed media pieces. Also included will be felted artwork, woven and screen printed pieces.

Folk art has long been an area of interest for me. I have researched and collected folk art in all my travels. I have spent extended visits to Mexico and in particular to the Oaxaca area. The color, texture and freedom of expression have fascinated me for many years. There is an incredible excitement in the work of folk artists.

I have been 'accused' of having too much fun creating my art. Not possible in my world. Having fun is one of the prime motivators in my work. I love having viewers smile. I smile a lot while I am working on my art.

In my two dimensional pieces, the backgrounds are painted with acrylic paint or are surface designed fabrics and sometimes embellished with found objects. The foregrounds have crocheted webs introduced onto the compositions. The three-dimensional pieces are usually constructed out of willow branches and are many times painted or varnished. The found objects and crocheted yarn inhabit the structures. Color, texture, repetition, and pattern have always been strong elements in my work. The compositions are based on my observations of the world around us."

The exhibition dates are May 1-30.

Friday, May 1, 2015

A.R.T. Exhibit at the LeMars Art Center!

Examples of the artwork of 2015 Artisans Road Trip artists
that can be seen at the Le Mars Art Center exhibit.
(© the following artists from top left/clockwise - Mel Myers, 
Joleen Dentlinger,Beth Cathcart, Barb McGee, Tim Anderson, 
Bruce Morrison, Hank Hall, and Paula Streeter)

A.R.T. has exhibits during the year, demonstrating the work of each of the year's Artisan Road Trip artists.  The first 2015 A.R.T. exhibit will take place at the Le Mars Art Center during the month of May.  This is the first showing for A.R.T. at the Le Mars Art Center! Now is your chance to see the work of artists, both familiar and new to A.R.T.!

The Le Mars Art Center is located at 200 Central Avenue SE in Le Mars, Iowa.  The art center's hours are Wednesday through Friday 1-5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

The Le Mars Art Center will host the opening Artist's Reception on Saturday, May 2nd from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m. - the public is invited!  You can contact the center for more information at 712 546-7476.  Hope to see you there!

Friday, April 17, 2015

2015 A.R.T. Artist Kathy J. Evert - KJEwelry Trunk Show Scheduled!

KJEwelry will be holding the first trunk show of the 2015 calendar year on Saturday, May 2nd, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Elements Design Studio, 36 Highway 71, Arnolds Park.  A trunk show is a showing and sale in a retail store of an entire collection of clothing, jewelry, etc., from a particular designer.  I will be on hand all day to showcase and talk about the jewelry designs and will be introducing three new collections - my Gearhead Collection of scrap copper pieces from SPM Gaskets in Spencer, the fine wire jewelry (sterling silver and gold-filled) and the Team Spirit Collection (your school colors).  

"I have done a few pieces in the past of the scrap copper and they don't last long, said Kathy J Evert of KJEwelry.  "I will have several pieces of this collection on hand for exhibit and sale and enjoy telling the story about how these came about.  You will have to stop by to hear the story.  The fine wire jewelry collection is a result of several one-on-one workshops taken this winter with a jewelry artist in Phoenix I met several years ago and had the opportunity to study and learn with her this winter. The team spirit collection is a new jewelry addition utilizing the old Japanese braiding technique called Kumihimo.  This collection is made of satin cords and have also been doing several pieces that are beaded as well as braided with leather."  Much more coming in the Kumihimo category as are classes at Arts on Grand and in Spirit Lake or Okoboji this year.

KJEwelry will also be one of the artists at the Orange City Art Burst, part of the annual Tulip Festival.  Art Burst is held on Saturday, May 16th on the Sioux County courthouse lawn, complete with live music, adjacent to the food court, and parade route.  There are 44 artists that have been selected for the event which is free and runs from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.   For more information visit

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