Sunday, July 16, 2017

2017 A.R.T. Artist Bruce Morrison's Artwork at the Lost Island Prairie Wetland Nature Center this Summer!


"Spring Bobolink"
oil painting - © Bruce A. Morrison

2017 Artisans Road Trip artist Bruce A. Morrison is displaying his artwork this summer at the Lost Island Prairie Wetland Nature Center on Lost Island Lake north of Ruthven, IA.

"Dickcissel"
color pencil drawing - © Bruce A. Morrison

The natural wetland areas around Lost Island are a particular favorite of the artist; commingling the wetlands and the tallgrass prairie "is the best of both worlds"!

"Big Bluestem in Bloom"
color pencil drawing - © Bruce A. Morrison

The Lost Island Prairie Wetland Nature Center gives the public an appreciation and basic understanding of the wetlands and offers opportunities to enjoy the beauty of these natural treasures.  One of the goals of the Lost Island Prairie Wetland Nature Center is to give to give visitors the information and skills needed to make wise decisions regarding our natural resources, to become better stewards of the land and to make an impression that will last a lifetime.

Catch the showing of select artwork of Bruce Morrison on display July through the end of August - and take in the beauty of our wetlands and prairies while you're at it!  A win -win!



Thursday, July 13, 2017

2017 A.R.T. Artist Penny Adam Juried Into "Iowa Exhibited XXXII" at the Polk County Heritage Gallery in Des Moines, IA!

"Three Pears"
photograph - ©Penny Adam

Artist Penny Adam talks about her image in the exhibit; "It is exciting to be a part of this juried show "Iowa Exhibited XXXII" at the Polk County Heritage Gallery in Des Moines, IA!  It was a cold February day when this image 'Three Pears' was made.  Looking for something red to photograph in honor of Valentine's Day; these pears fit the concept."

"Iowa Exhibited XXXII" is the Polk Heritage Gallery's 32nd edition of their juried show - this one features 43 artists from around Iowa.  The Artists Reception and Opening is today - July 13 starting at 5pm.  The exhibit runs through August 25th.  You can find more information at the gallery's web site here - http://www.polkcountyheritagegallery.org/

Thank you for visiting - check back for more on the artists of the 2017 Artisans Road Trip!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

"D. Strom - 50 Year Journey" Exhibit at the Pearson Lakes Art Center!


2017 artist David Strom will be having a solo exhibit at the Pearson Lakes Art Center in Okoboji, Iowa from July 6th through August 26th in the Monte Pearson Gallery.  The artists reception coincides with the 2017 Artisans Road Trip exhibit starting the same evening - you can bounce from one show to the other!  The reception and openings start at 5 pm Thursday July 6 and last though 7 pm.

Stop by and see Strom's unique take on the environment so familiar to each of us in this region and enjoy his graphic drawing and painting styles, framing the inescapable landscape of northern Iowa and southern Minnesota.

David lives and works from his studio in Windom, Minnesota - learn a bit more about David and the 2017 Artisans Road Trip at - http://www.artisansroadtrip.com/David-Strom.htm



Saturday, July 1, 2017

First Summer Exhibits Opening for the 2017 Artisans Road trip!

Works representative of those to be viewed this summer at the
Nobles County Art Center in Worthington, MN and at the 
Pearson Lakes Art Center in Okoboji, IA
2017 Artisans Road Trip Exhibits!
(Artists illustrated above from upper left to right -
Barb McGee, Haley Tardiff, Joanne Alberda, Perry Polson,
Penny Adam and Karen Ruddy - all artwork
© by the respective artists.)

The 2017 Artisans Road Trip is kicking off it's summer exhibition season with two separate shows for July! 

The first show will be at the Nobles County Art Center in Worthington, MN and runs from July 1 through August 26th.  There will be an artists reception open to the public on Sunday afternoon - July 9th, from 2-4 p.m.

The next show is to be held at the Pearson's Lakes Art Center in Okoboji, IA and runs from July 6 through August 19th.  An artist's reception is scheduled at the PLAC for Thursday July 6th from 5-7 p.m.

The Nobles County Art Center hours for your summer viewing are 12 noon through 3 pm Monday through Friday.  The Pearson Lakes Art Center is open throughout the summer from  Monday - Saturday - 10am - 4pm, Thursdays - 10am - 9pm, and Sundays 12pm - 3pm.

Have a great July and August and take in the 2017 A.R.T. summer exhibits! 
 

Monday, June 12, 2017

2017 A.R.T. Artist Bill Lieb Juried into the Sculpt Siouxland Exhibition in Sioux City!

"Bird #4" - kinetic sculpture ©Bill Lieb


Bill Lieb, long-time Artisan Road Trip artist, recently had one of his public sculpture pieces juried into the Sculpt Siouxland exhibition in Sioux City. The exhibit is sponsored by an organization of community leaders in partnership with the Sioux City Art Center. The sculpture was installed June 8, 2017 at the corner of 4th Avenue and Pierce Street, about one block northwest of the Sioux City Art Center (shown in the distant background),  and will remain in place there for one year. 

The 10.5 foot tall abstract sculpture is titled "Bird #4" and is part of a series of five large public sculptures fabricated by the artist in the past two years. The triangular base is weathering steel, the two wing features above the base are stainless steel and the top spinner is aluminum. The piece is kinetic and is activated by the breeze to present curious bewildering movements to engage the viewer in playful conversation.

This is the sixth sculpture entered by Bill Lieb and accepted into the Sculpt Siouxland yearly exhibition over the exhibits thirteen year history. The building at the right is the Great Southern Bank.

See more of Lieb's work at his web site -  williamliebsculpture.com  and on the 2017 Artisans Road Trip web site at - http://www.artisansroadtrip.com/

Thank you for visiting our blog for the 2017 Artisans Road Trip - be sure and stop back again soon!
 

Monday, June 5, 2017

2017 A.R.T. Artist Penny Adam at the Octagon Center for the Arts in Ames!

"Song for the Broken"
photograph - ©Penny Adam

2017 A.R.T. Artist Penny Adam has been included in the Octagon Center for the Arts "Community of Artists" Biennial Exhibit in Ames, Iowa.

Penny, a photographer in this years Artisans Road Trip, speaks about her selected work in the Octagon exhibit -  "The French Quarter of New Orleans is such an interesting place! With so much to see, and do, there are photo opportunities around every corner. "Song for the Broken" was taken somewhere in the French Quarter while the morning crews were cleaning up after last night's revelry. The message is what first caught my eye with the colors and textures also contributing to the image."

The 2017"Community of Artists" exhibit is showing from June 2 through July 27th.  More information about the exhibit can be found at https://www.octagonarts.org/

You can also learn more about Penny Adam at the A.R.T. web site at http://www.artisansroadtrip.com/Penny%20Adam.htm

Watch for more on the exhibits and artists of the Artisans Road Trip!

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 easel...it 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 - https://www.blanden.org  And you can learn more about the artist by visiting his web site at - http://www.morrisons-studio.com/  or follow his blog at -  http://prairiepainter.blogspot.com
Learn more about Bruce and the other artists of the 2017 Artisans Road Trip by visiting their web site at - http://www.artisansroadtrip.com/!