Thursday, August 18, 2011

"From the Tallgrass"

"Prairie Cantabile" Painted Violin
(casein on applied canvas - © Bruce A. Morrison)

2011 Artisans Road Trip Artist Bruce Morrison has opened his "From the Tallgrass" exhibit at Arts on Grand in Spencer, Iowa!  "From the Tallgrass" is an exhibition of paintings, drawings and photography celebrating our natural "and" cultural heritage of the tallgrass prairie.

"Summer Along Angler's Bay"
(color pencil - © Bruce A. Morrison)

This heritage is a constant focus in the art work of Bruce Morrison.  Whether it depicts the landscape of the tallgrass prairie region, or its flora and fauna; “From the Tallgrass” is the road traveled the past couple decades for the artist.  And if you were to spend any time with him, it would appear this will continue indefinitely as a chosen path.  “I couldn’t think of a more suitable focus and recurrent theme for my work.”, says Morrison.

"Negus's Bales"
(oil on canvas - © Bruce A. Morrison)

The artist follows his interest and focus in his daily life as well; living on a small piece of prairie remnant; he and his wife, Georgeann, have worked to bring back the native habitat through careful stewardship of their prairie home.  You can follow Bruce through his prairie journey each week on his blog - "Prairie Hill Farm Studio", or learn more about the tallgrass prairie on his "A Tallgrass Journal" blog (which had previously run as a web subscription journal since 2002) or subscribe to his e-mail Studio Newsletter for more information as well.

"American Goldfinch - male"
(photograph - © Bruce A. Morrison)

"From the Tallgrass" will run from August 16 through September 25.  There will be an Artist's Reception on Thursday, August 25th, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. - the public is welcome!

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Sunday, August 7, 2011

2011 A.R.T. at the Sanford!

Various 2011 A.R.T. artists are exhibiting a 
sampling of their works at the Sanford Museum!

As mentioned in past blogs the Artisans Road Trip often has exhibits through the year that give a great cross section of their works.  the 2011 Artisan Road Trip Artists are currently exhibiting at the Sanford Museum in Cherokee, Iowa, from August 1 through August 31st.

"East West Bridge - Okoboji" art work ©Anita (Katie) Plucker

"Cactus" art work ©Beth Cathcart
 "Hitching to Colorado"-CNC plasma cut steel-powder coated white
art work © William Lieb

"Cobalt Splash Teapot" art work © Hank Hall

The hours at the Sanford Museum in Cherokee are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 12:00 Noon to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and SundayFor more information, you can contact the Sanford Museum at 712/225-3922 or via e-mail at
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Monday, August 1, 2011

2011 Artisans Road Trip Artist - Joleen Dentlinger

"Iowa State's Building - 1"
art work ©Joleen Dentlinger

On July 6, a one woman show, entitled "Lines of Time", opened at the Clear Lake Art Center, Clear Lake.  The exhibit will close on August 18 and features both old and new pieces by A.R.T. artist Joleen Dentlinger.  Joleen states, "It was an honor to be asked to exhibit in such a fine gallery." 

Joleen continues - "Having an opportunity such as this gives me the inspiration to do more art and be prepared to exhibit all new pieces for the next time.  With working 4 days a week, my 90 year old Mother who needs assistance at times, extra curricular activities, and not to mention the every day things that take time and effort - I just find it hard to find the time to create. All of my life, I put things off until the last minute, but have found that I generally put out a better product if I do that.  If I have all sorts of time, I just dabble and generally am unhappy with the results.  Knowing that I only have days or hours puts the pressure on, but the end results are wonderful.  BUT, along with the pressure comes anxiety, tension and stress - all of which aren't the best, but the job is done and I'm happy with it!"
 "The Sign"
art work ©Joleen Dentlinger

"For those of you unfamiliar with my art, it is very detail oriented and takes hours to create.  The larger the piece, the more hours it takes.  A judge suggested to me once that I draw larger pieces.  At the time the largest drawing was approximately 14" x 16" and the thought of going larger was rather frightening.  Since then I have numerous pieces that are 22" x 28" and the end results are quite rewarding, but with the changing economy I am reverting back to somewhat smaller pieces."

 "The Sign - 3"
art work ©Joleen Dentlinger

Artist's Statement:  "History and it's preservation rate very high in my heart, right behind home and family.  With my drawings I can document places and things that touched me, whether it's an old farm house, an old Chicago hotel or an intriguing landscape.  By working in pen and ink, I strive and accomplish depth, intensity, detail, "color" and texture - in just a subtle way - as simple as black and white."  

Visit the Clear Lake Art Center, located at 17 South 4th Street in Clear Lake.  Hours are Tuesday - Saturday - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
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