Monday, July 14, 2014

2014 Artisans Road Trip Artist Marisa Sidles Opens Studio During RAGBRAI!

Spoon Pendant by Marisa Sidles

2014 Artisans Road Trip artist Marisa Sidles, from Terril, Iowa, will have her studio open to RAGBRAI riders and visitors on Monday, July 21, 2014, for 5 minute art projects. The old Terril Post Office, located at 110 North State Street – south of the fire station, now serves as her art studio where she creates original works of art spanning from expressive acrylic paintings to whimsical sculptures made of left over building and farm supplies. 
Post Cards by Marisa Sidles
Marisa has come up with 2 fun art projects that will take only 5 minutes: spoon pendants and create your own postcards. 
For $10 you can stamp your own name, birth date, poem or whatever you wish on a spoon that has been made into a pendant for you, creating a personalized necklace or a key chain. For only $2 you can create your own postcard. Marisa will have blank postcards ready for you to put your original design on. She will then mail them for you from the local Terril Post Office to anywhere in the United States. You can even send them home so you have a memento from your ride. 

"I invite you to take a break and get creative," said Marisa. • 712-363-1307

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

2014 A.R.T. Artist - Timothy J. Arand-McIlrath in "Past and Future" Exhibition - Ruth Davis Design Gallery, University of Wisconsin - Madison,WI

2014 Artisans Road Trip artist Timothy J. Arand-McIlrath writes - " I am very pleased that twelve pieces of my current artwork are included in an exhibition at the Ruth Davis Design Gallery at the University off Wisconsin Madison. The exhibition will be on view from June 19- August 8. The exhibit features the work of three alumni who pursued professional careers in the arts  and  student work. There will be a closing reception on Aug 8 from 1:30-3:30pm during which I will be giving a gallery talk.

If you are in the area, please check out the exhibit. I would love to see you at the closing reception Aug. 8."
Thank you for stopping by to learn more about the artists of the 2014 Artisans Road Trip - check back again soon!

Monday, June 23, 2014

2014 A.R.T. Artist Bruce Morrison at Neal Smith's J.N. "Ding" Darling Art Gallery!

All images © Bruce A. Morrison
2014 Artisans Road Trip artist Bruce Morrison will be exhibiting a solo showing of "From the Tallgrass" at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge's J.N. "Ding" Darling Art Gallery from July 1 through August 21st.
The Neal Smith NWR is one of the largest federal refuges in Iowa - this refuge is solely dedicated to the Tallgrass Prairie. "The mission of the Refuge is to actively protect, restore, reconstruct and manage the diverse native ecosystems of tallgrass prairie, oak savanna, and sedge meadow. These were the native habitats existing on the Refuge’s 5600 acres prior to Euro-American settlement."  In keeping with the focus of the Neal Smith NWR, Morrison's exhibit will feature works in keeping with our state's natural heritage of the prairie.
Bruce has spent the past 40+ years painting, drawing and photographing in the Tallgrass Prairie and Prairie Pothole region, and has also worked within the scope of prairie restoration/reconstruction and education of this nearly vanished natural heritage, making it the focus of his work through the years.
The Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge is located adjacent to Prairie City, Iowa - just 22 miles east of Des Moines.  You can find out more about the refuge at their web site -
Morrison's works have been published throughout North America and his artwork has exhibited throughout the United States, Canada and overseas.
Check back again soon for more about the artists of the 2014 Artisans Road Trip!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

2014 A.R.T. Exhibit at the Witter!

Just a sampling of the artists exhibiting at the Witter in June!
(Artwork © the artists - upper left/clockwise - Bill Lieb, Glenda Drennen, 
Ron Netten, Robert Ansorge, Joleen Dentlinger, Ken Harskamp, 
Perry Polson and Dennis Dykema.)

The 2014 Artisans Road Trip is exhibiting at the Witter Gallery in Storm Lake, Iowa this month!  A.R.T. participates in exhibits as a group throughout the year.  This latest exhibit opened June 5th at the Witter Gallery and runs through June 27th.
There will be an artist's reception at the gallery on Wednesday evening from 5-6:15 p.m.  The exhibit at the Witter is being sponsored by Paxton's Jewelry of Storm Lake. 
Come and meet many of the artists involved in this year's Artisans Road Trip, and get a sampling of what this year's A.R.T. has in store for NW Iowa!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

"COME TO MY WINDOW" - Solo Exhibit by Anita K. Plucker, 2014 Artisans Road Trip Artist!

watercolor ©Anita K. Plucker
"COME TO MY WINDOW" is a new solo exhibit by Anita K Plucker!  The exhibit will be held at the Nobles County Art Center, 407 12th St. in Worthington, MN.
watercolor ©Anita K. Plucker
"This exhibit offers insight as to what matters to me....what is important to me....and what inspires me to create my watercolor paintings and colored pencil drawings,"states the artist.

 watercolor ©Anita K. Plucker
"At the top of the list is nature, all forms of it. I am in awe of nature and am grateful for the wonder I feel for it. When I am immersed in it, the real me rises to the surface and life's chaos melts away..... for a while. Nature literally reveals and soothes my inner spirit. I especially love the peacefulness of being out on the water in my kayak. Usually with camera in hand, I am able to capture scenes of nature up close. For the last five years, these outings have led me to create a body of work titled, "From My Kayak"., focusing on the designs, the patterns and the textures created as nature and man play with the surface of the water. I find myself almost constantly looking at my world through an invisible viewfinder, studying and analyzing the light, the shadows, the composition, all of which triggers something inside me to consider what I am seeing as a painting or drawing."

Exhibit Opening & Artist's Reception: Sunday, June 1, 2-4 pm

Art Center hours are 2-4:30 weekdays.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Mel Myers and the Iowa Festival of the Arts!

All pottery ©Mel Myers
Mel Myers' s most recent kiln load of glazed fired pottery is now unloaded, and packing is underway in preparation for the Iowa Festival of the Arts hosted June 6 -8 in Iowa City. Mel's hand thrown, hand carved pottery draws a crowd as well as devoted, returning purchasers who await his Spring collection. 

 All pottery ©Mel Myers
The Iowa City show is the first of eight shows for Mel this summer. Under the building sign of "Clay County Clay", Mel works daily at his studio where walk-ins can see the master ceramic artist at work, admire works in progress, and visit the gallery shop -- all located at his work place at 717 13th Ave West in Spencer, Iowa. Walk-ins are welcome.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Tim Arand-McIlrath - "A Fiber Artist's Journey"

"Swooped" (top view)
artwork ©Tim Arand-McIlrath

Tim Arand-McIlrath, Okoboji, will be the featured exhibition at the Witter Gallery in Storm Lake, IA for the month of May. The exhibition is titled "A Fiber Artist's Journey".

"I realized that I had been making art for over 45 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.

"Eruption", Felted wool, wool fabric, 30"H x 22"W - $350
artwork ©Tim Arand-McIlrath

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.

"Mementos" -  3 panels, 14"x14" Crocheted yarn, shells, sand, $150 each panel
artwork ©Tim Arand-McIlrath  

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 7- 30 with an opening reception planned for May 8 from 5- 6:30PM. The Witter Gallery is located at 609 Cayuga St. Storm Lake, IA.  For additional information contact Ron Stevenson, Gallery Director at 712-732-3400 or