Thursday, September 3, an exhibit by Tales from a Ghost Town, will
open at the Pearson Lakes Art Center. An opening reception will be
held from 5 to 7pm with a short presentation at 6pm. Joanne writes. "I
would especially love to share my work with my A.R.T. friends in the
Lakes area." The show will run through September and October, and will
be there at the time of the Artisan's Road Trip in October. Contact the Pearson Lakes Art Center for more information!
The Cowgirls are coming!!! Carol Herdin, Mona Majorowicz and Barbara
McGee have been talking about putting this show together for several
years and it is finally ready to hang at Arts on Grand in Spence, Iowa. Barb is a member of the 2015 Artisans Road Trip!
These two paintings were completed by Barbara McGee in
the last month, and Barb gives us a little insight and look into the process she used working on these two paintings - one is oil and one watercolor but they were both
painted with only three colors, blue, red and yellow plus white for the
oil painting. This was an interesting exercise, in which McGee learned
that there is a limitless number of colors that can be created from
these three colors. The oil painting was started first, it is a very
tight, precise panting that required a large range of colors and
values. She was surprised to find out that almost every color
mixed required varying amounts of all three of the colors plus white for
the lighter values. The watercolor was started on a Wednesday in
August and was framed and hung on the wall the next day. It didn't turn
out at all as she had intended but when it was done she was happy. The
watercolors were mixed in the same way as the oils except that no white
is required because the paper works as the white. After doing two full
paintings in this manner McGee is taken with the simplicity of working
with fewer colors.
The exhibit runs from September 1 through 26th with the opening reception on Thursday September 3rd from 5:30
to 8:00. The reception is free and open to the public - come meet the artists and take in this fun show!
Deb Yellick Manly will open with her solo exhibit "Serendipity: Marks of Inspiration" at the Witter Gallery on September 4, 2015!
The 2015 Artisans Road Trip artist explains - "My body of work combines a
love of lettering, words, and design with explorations of layered art mediums. As
an artist, I find intrigue in the Interactions of line, shape, color and
pattern and am captivated as I explore various combinations and
art pieces investigate themes of reflection and inspiration. Past and present
collide with an eye to the future embodying change and new growth. Love is a
constant. Some pieces may be considered traditional, whereas many of the works
represented in this exhibit use letters, words, or text as a springboard for
creating more abstract combinations.
and materials used for my creations usually include combinations of gouache,
ink, transparent watercolor, acrylics, watercolor pencils, markers, colored
pencils, gel or metallic pens, markers and/or unusual accents. I often will
create paste paper backgrounds for a more colorful surface to work on. I especially
enjoy working with metallic gouaches, markers, and/or interference acrylics on
most of my works are two-dimensional, some pieces incorporate surface
variation. I have recently begun to construct geometrical forms, incorporating
unique surface design, that may be considered decorative and functional."
"Serendipity: Marks of Inspiration" runs from September 4 through 25th; there will be a closing reception on Friday September 25th. The reception is open to the public and runs from 5:30 - 7pm. Contact the Witter Gallery in Storm Lake, Iowa for more information!
Haley Rothstein, a multi-disciplined artist from
southwestern Minnesota, has her artwork featured during the month of August at
the Witter Gallery in Storm Lake, IA.A
closing reception will be held for her from 5:30 – 7:00pm on Friday, August 28th.She will be teaching a two-hour class on
Kusudama (origami flowers) the next morning (Saturday, August 29th)
from 10:00am – 12:00 noon.
Haley Rothstein, who lives in Lakefield (MN) but works in
Spirit Lake (IA), was born in South Carolina.An Air Force brat, she moved with her family across the country more
than once.She was introduced to Adobe
Photoshop in 2003, and much of what she learned was self-taught.In 2006, she graduated with her Associate's
degree from Minnesota West Community & Technical College, and in 2009
graduated from St. Cloud State University with a Bachelor's degree in Art
Photography.In addition to her
photography related art, Rothstein also draws and paints.
"While my degree is in photography, and the majority of my
expertise is in Adobe Photoshop, my first artistic love has always been drawing
cartoons and comics.When growing up, I
would create new characters, give them personalities and stories, and draw them
every single day," said Rothstein."In
college I set aside my cartoons to learn more technical skills and focus on the
more 'serious' art of photography."
After college, she picked up her brushes and began painting
her "joyful figure" monsters.The
figures became more and more stylized, with brighter colors and happy
grins.Around 2012, Rothstein started painting
a series of abstracted trees, sometimes with birds or people."Because I come from a military family and we
moved across the country a couple times, my love for trees stems from a craving
for a history or 'roots' someplace."
Featured at the Witter this month are select pieces of
Rothstein's work from the last 5 years in the mediums of acrylic paintings,
drawings, and digital paintings.
As a side hobby, Rothstein makes and sells Kusudama
flowers.She made nearly 400 of the
flowers for a wedding in 2013, and since has taught a number of one-day classes
on how to make the adorable folded paper flowers.The class will run from 10:00am – 12:00 noon
on Saturday, August 29th.Cost per participant is only $20.00, and all supplies will be
provided.If you would like to register
for the class, please call the Witter Gallery at (712) 732-3400.
The Witter Gallery, located at 609 Cayuga St. in Storm Lake,
IA, is open to the public from 1:00 – 5:00pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and
Fridays;1:00 – 6:00pm on Thursdays; and
10:00am – 2:00pm on Saturdays.The
closing reception for Haley Rothstein will be held from 5:30 – 7:00pm on
Friday, August 28th.Rothstein will be on hand at the gallery that evening to meet and greet
visitors and answer questions about her work.
That is a phrase that describes my recent years of work in the Arts. Earning an Undergraduate degree in Art and Education over 49 years ago and only enjoying the opportunity to become fairly serious about my Art after I retired in 2004. I dabbled in Ceramics, Sculpture, Mosaics, Painting, Jewelry Design, Stain Glass, and the most monetarily successful endeavor, Statuary Restoration.
The first experience came when Holy Family Parish in Emmetsburg, Iowa commissioned me to restore the hundred and fifty year old badly scaling Stations of the Cross in what began as St. Mary's Catholic church. Having toured other like church statuary projects that were garishly painted vibrant glossy colors I decided to keep the surfaces muted and matte and only paint Jesus in bright white robes keeping the other figures in tones of linen and ochre. Extremely favorable comments by church members upon completion satisfied my decisions. You many see the entire 14 Stations at Holy Family Catholic Church in Emmetsburg, Iowa.
My next foray into Statuary Restoration came when one of the parishioners in the Catholic Church in Fonda, Iowa commissioned me to repair the 600 pound Blessed Mother and Baby Jesus statue that sits in a grotto in front of the church. It took most of the Football team in town to unload it into my studio. The Statue was requisitioned by the family of a second World War soldier many years ago and had been damaged in a storm. It is a most beautiful piece of work from an artist in Italy. See it, in front of the Catholic Church in Fonda. The before and after pictures are seen above.
My next adventure in Statuary Restoration came when the previous Director of Queen of Peace in Sioux City, requested a study of what to do about the Stations of the Cross that have been enclosed in plexi glass out in their Gardens for thirty years and were rapidly disintegrating. The finished restoration of Station Nine took many weeks and turned out to be more labor-intensive than expected and the board decided to buy new modern Stations for their Way of the Cross . This station was in many pieces when I started reconstructing it. The completed Station is on display in the Queen of Peace Board Room, Sioux City, Iowa.
Thus is the Mastery of one aspect of Art in my life.
Click on image of Marisa's work at the Main Street Market for a larger view!
Sidles, 2015 Artisan Road Trip Artists from Terril, has been participating in
Spencer's Thursday evening Main Street Market. Marisa
works in a variety of media including acrylic painting and whimsical
found metal sculptures. At the Thursday evening event (running until
August 13th from 5:00 – 8:00pm on the Count Court House grounds) Marisa has been bringing her anvil, hammer
and antique spoons so that you, the customer, can create your very own
piece of original art in the form of a spoon pendant. Marisa will guide
you through the process to the finished product. If you are not able to
make it to the market, you will have an opportunity to create your own
spoon pendent or see how it is done, during the Artisan Road Trip this
October 10 – 11.
is a customer's finished piece. I love that the "G" is backwords. To
me, is says "I have flaws, but I am still showing courage."
pictured is an example of the other original pieces Marisa creates with
scrap/found pieces of metal including a beetle and angel wings made
from the outside of a dryer perfect for indoors or outdoors.
addition to whimsical metal sculptures, Marisa creates vibrant
paintings in a variety of subjects from colorful birds to landscapes and
portraits. You can see more of Marisa's work by liking her facebook
page at Rissy's Design & Creations, or by visiting her 2015 A.R.T. web site page at - http://www.artisansroadtrip.com/
Thank you for visiting and learning more about the artists of the 2015 Artisans Road Trip!
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
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 www.okobojibead.com and follow us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/OkobojiBead.
Professional artists will welcome guests into their studios to discover and purchase quality original works during the eleventh annual Artisans Road Trip (A.R.T.) on Saturday and Sunday, October 10 through 11, 2015. The free tour will includes many Northwest Iowa Artists representing several counties.
A.R.T. invites you to travel Iowa’s scenic byways and back roads looking for one-of-a-kind art treasures. Artisans will offer a rare glimpse into creative processes as they demonstrate their craft in personal and unique work spaces.