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 www.octulipfestival.com.

To learn more about KJEwelry visit www.kjewelry.etsy.com or www.okobojibead.com

Monday, April 13, 2015

Artisans Road Trip Artists in the Nobles County Art Center Area Art Show 2015

L-R Bill Lieb, Tim Arand-McIlrath, Marisa Sidles, Holly Zinn, with Tim Aramnd-McIlrath's mixed media sculpture - "Spent".

 Haley Rothstein and David Strom.

Artisans Road Trip is well represented in both the Nobles County Art Center Area Art Show 2015 and the award winners in the  exhibition. David Strom -Windom, MN, Haley Rothstein - Windom, MN, Mavis Simms -Sac City, IA., Sarah Morphew - Estherville, IA, Holly Zinn -Lake Park, IA, Bill Lieb - Spirit Lake, IA, Tim Anderson - Cherokee, IA, Tim Arand-McIlrath - Okoboji, IA, Marisa Sidles - Terrill, IA, Deb Yellick Manly - Okoboji/Grinnel, IA, and Kathy Evert - West Okoboji, IA are all represented with artworks in this exhibition. Tim Arand-McIlrath got "Best in Show” Award for his Mixed Media Sculpture “Caught” and Holly Zinn won “Honorable Mention” for her Mixed Media Drawing “Figure Study In Three”.  David Strom, Mavis Simms, Sarah Morphew, Tim Anderson, and Kathy Evert all received “Merit Awards" for their work in the show.  The exhibition at the Nobles County Art Center, 407 12th St., Worthington, MN continues until April 24.

Tim Arand-McIlrath with his mixed media sculpture "Caught" was selected as "Best in Show" by juror Dan Wahl at the Nobles County Art Center Area Exhibition in Worthington, MN.

"Figure Study in Three" by Holly Zinn was selected as "Honorable Mention".

This exhibition shows many media and provides a fresh look at what is happening art wise in our area. Dan Wahl from Walnut Grove, MN served as juror for the exhibition. He selected  a great variety of artworks for awards. The Awards were announced at the Opening Artist Reception held April 12.

Congratulations to all the A.R.T. members who entered their artwork into this exhibition.  If you are in the area stop in to see this exhibition.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

A.R.T. 2015 is Here!

The 2015 Artisans Road Trip is organized and ready for it's 12th year as the premier artist organization/event in NW Iowa!  

The 2015 artist members are as follows: (to learn more about each artist click on their name)
Joanne Alberda
Tim Anderson
Sue Biederman
Beth Morris Cathcart
Cherie Courter
Joleen Dentlinger
Glenda Drennen
Mitch Eveleth
Kathy Evert
Linda Fries
Danielle Clouse Gast
Hank Hall
Connie Hankens
Ken Harskamp
Judy Hemphill
Marie-Louise Kierscht
William Lieb
Deb Yellick Manly
Irene McCoy
Barb McGee
Tim Arand-McIlrath
Sarah Morphew
Bruce Morrison
Mel Myers
Ron Netten
Diane Noll
Gene Polson
Perry Polson
Haley Rothstein
Karen Ruddy
Marisa Sidles
Mavis Simms
Paula Streeter
David Strom
Holly Zinn

2015 has many things in store for the Artisans Road Trip!  Its not just about the big autumn studio tour that A.R.T. has built upon, but also the many exhibits throughout the year!

A.R.T. 2015 will be exhibiting at many area and regional galleries and art centers this year, including the LeMars Art Center during the month of May, the Witter Gallery (Storm Lake) during the month of June, Arts on Grand (Spencer) from late September through October, the Pearson Lakes Art Center from early October through December, and the Clear Lake Arts Center from mid January through February in 2016.

In the meantime the artists of the 2015 Artisans Road Trip are working hard in their studios to bring their best work forward throughout the year - many are open year-round - check out their web sites and Face Book pages, and other means of viewing and even purchasing their works via the links above with each individual artist's name or visit the 2015 Artisans Road Trip web site at - http://www.artisansroadtrip.com!

Look no further for the best in ART in 2015!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Clear Lake Arts Center A.R.T. Exhibition!

Many people may not realize it but the artists of the Artisans Road Trip participate in fine art gallery exhibitions throughout the year.  Many such exhibits become area traditions and the Clear Lake Arts Center is one such noted venue. 

17 Artisans Road Trip artists are being represented in an outstanding exhibit at the Clear Lake Arts Center in Clear Lake, Iowa this month and next!  The artists involved in this year's exhibit are: Barb McGee; Beth Cathcart; Bill Lieb; Bruce Morrison; Linda Fries; Danielle Clouse; David Storm; Dennis Dykema; Glenda Drennen; Joanne Alberda; Joleen Dentlinger; Judy Hemphill;  Marisa Sidles; Mitch Eveleth; Perry Polson; Sue Biederman and Timothy J Arand-McIlrath.

Get a glimpse of the artwork by the top artists in NW Iowa at the CLAC from January 15 through February 28th!  Plan a road trip and enjoy some great works - call the CLAC at 641 357-1998 or e-mail clac@netins.net for more information! 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Artisan's Road Trip Call To Artists!

The Northwest Iowa Artisans Road Trip is more than just an open studio tour. For the people following the Tour, it’s a chance to get out on a fall weekend to meet local artists in person, see the studios where they work, ask questions about their motivation, watch demonstrations of techniques, and of course, purchase new artwork for their collections. 

For the artisans involved, the Road Trip is a powerful networking and marketing opportunity. Not only can you personally connect with a wider audience, you also get to know the other artists on the Road Trip through group exhibitions and meetings. In 2015 alone - A.R.T. has 5 exhibits scheduled throughout the year!

Nowhere else can you get the effective advertising and promotion implemented across so many venues (newspapers, radio, television, regional gallery exhibitions, a comprehensive website and regularly updated blog, and more) for the price of the annual registration fee. 

The A.R.T. Directory and Tour Guide brochure alone has been cited by many artisans as a direct cause of sales. Full-color brochures are sent out each year by mail and distributed to Iowa Welcome Centers, public libraries, cultural centers, restaurants, motels, and retail establishments throughout the area. A.R.T. is organized and run by artists for artists. Together we work to increase art exposure, introducing new art styles to the community and new customers to local artists.

Are you an artist? We want you to join us!

To join the 2015 Artisans Road Trip just download the 2015 application form at the 2015 A.R.T. web site at http://www.artisansroadtrip.com/prospectus.htm or contact any of the contact names listed there.

Make 2015 your best ART year yet!