Friday, August 18, 2017

2017 A.R.T. Artists Recieve Awards at The Pearson Lakes Art Center's Plein Air Painting Exhibition!

 "Lone Bale at First Light"
oil painting - © Bruce A. Morrison
(Awarded the "PA Brown Best in Show") 

The Pearson Lakes Art Center has opened it's 2017 "Plein Air Painting Exhibition", with the opening reception taking place last night on August 17th.

Two of the artists from the 2017 Artisans Road Trip were awarded recognition during the opening reception!  Bruce Morrison was given the "PA Brown Best in Show" award for his plein air oil painting "Lone Bale First Light", while another Morrison oil painting "Wooded Lane No.1" was given one of the 3 "Judge's Choice Awards".

"North State Street II"
 painting - © Marisa Sidles
(Awarded Honorable Mention) 

Another 2017 Artisans Road Trip Artist, Marisa Sidles, received an Honorable Mention for her painting "North State Street II"!

"Wooded lane No.1"
oil painting - © Bruce A. Morrison
(Awarded "Judge's Choice Award") 

Plein air painting is a traditional practice of painting in the field on location - there was a great diversity of artwork and subject matter represented by this year's exhibit - be sure and take in the show if you're up in the region!

The Plein Air Painting Exhibition will stay on display through September 16th - contact The Pearson Lakes Art Center at 712 332-7013 (email -  visual@lakesart.org) for more information!



Monday, August 7, 2017

"Conversations With my Watercolor Box" - Exhibit by 2017 A.R.T. Artist Glenda Drennen!

Artwork ©Glenda Drennen
 
"Conversations with My Watercolor Box",  an exhibit by Glenda Drennen is now showing at the Witter Gallery in Storm Lake, IA. 
 
A native from South Dakota, Glenda Drennen was a former public school music teacher.  She then began to paint with Watercolor after leaving her teaching career; through her found passion, she has been awarded many memberships like the Iowa Watercolor Society, Watercolor Honor Society, and Iowa Artist. A number of her award winning paintings have been exhibited in corporate and private collections across the States and abroad. Drennen’s Studio - Watermark Studio, is located in LeMars, IA. 
 
Glenda's work is both colorful and whimsical. Her work is very dreamlike and attractive to the eye. Drennen uses her wonderful imagination of storytelling to create her paintings, being inspired from a variety of stories and events in her life.
 
The exhibit will be showing through August 26th - be sure and not miss this wonderful showing!  For more information contact the Witter Gallery in Storm Lake at 712 732-3400.  The Witter Gallery is located at 609 Cayuga Street in Storm Lake, IA.

Monday, July 31, 2017

2017 A.R.T at the Red Rock Center for the Arts in Fairmont, Minnesota!

A sample of the work at the Red Rock Center for the Arts during the month of August!
Far Left (clockwise) - Joanne Alberda, Hank Hall, Haley Tardiff and Bruce Morrison.
(All artwork ©the respective artists)

Artists of the 2017 Artisans Road Trip will be having an exhibit at the Red Rock Center for the Arts from August 1 through the 31! 

The Artisans Road Trip has exhibits at galleries, art centers and art museums throughout the year; this showing at the Red Rock Center for the Arts is the second since their first successful exhibition last year.  These exhibits are a great way to see a sampling of what the artists from A.R.T. are up to, and this year's exhibit is no exception!

Take in the exhibit's opening artist reception this coming Thursday, August 3rd from 5:30 - 7:00 pm - meet some of the artists from this year's event - the public is welcome!  

Thank you for visiting - be sure and check back again soon for more news from the 2017 Artisans Road Trip!



 

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!