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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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.