Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A.R.T. Artist in Richeson 75 Figure/Portrait 2012 International Competition

watercolor © Judy Thompson

Even though the studio tour part of the 2012 Artisans Road Trip is behind us this year, the artists of the Artisans Road Trip work through the year with A.R.T. as a group, doing exhibits and meeting to work on activities for the coming year.  Another part of being a participant in the organization is being showcased in our blog, letting everyone know what our artists are up to "throughout" the year. Here we learn about 2012 Artisans Road Trip artist Judy Thompson and her participation and acceptance in a recent competition.  

Watercolor artist, Judy Thompson, had the honor of taking part in the Richeson 75 Figure/Portrait 2012 International Competition.  Her figurative piece, Sojourners is one of 75 pieces of art which was selected from several hundred entries, including entries from four continents in a variety of mediums.

Jack Richeson& Co. is a leading manufacturer and supplier of high-quality art materials. As part of their mission to support the visual arts community, the Richeson School of Art & Gallery and the Richeson75 International Art Competitions were created. The Richeson75 Competitions are meant to offer a venue in which established and emerging artists may show their latest, best work to a wide and appreciative audience.

You can see Judy’s work and the complete exhibition online at Richeson 75 Portraits.

Be sure and check back again for more about the artists of the 2012 Artisans Road Trip - throughout the year!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Thank You!!!

Its been nearly 2 weeks now since the 2012 Artisans Road Trip weekend.  It was a beautiful, albeit crisp and breezy weekend, and 2012 Artisans Road Trip participants got to meet many new "gallery goers" as well as some familiar friends - it is so neat to meet everyone, whether or not for the first time, with a handshake and a greeting :)
Thank you everyone who stopped at the studios, galleries and workspaces.  We hope you had a chance to enjoy some fun "road tripping".  And thank you to everyone who came, fell in love with some works on our walls, and gave them a good home, this is more gratifying than we can adequately express...thank you so much.
We hope to see or hear from you again through the season, as we dig out of the framing work, jobs in progress and new commissions ahead.  Have a grand autumn and watch for more ahead - for the 2013 Artisans Road Trip!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The 2012 Artisans Road Trip is Finally Here!!!

Artwork shown (left to right)
© Karess Knudtson, Anita (Katie) Baedke-Plucker and Judy Hemphill

The 2012 Artisans Road Trip is finally here this weekend!!!  This is the 9th year of this NW Iowa "Studio Tour", and as far as the autumn color is concerned here - one of the prettiest in memory!

 Artwork shown (left to right)
© Perry Polson, Joleen Dentlinger and Timothy J. Arand-McIlrath

It sounds like fall weather is actually going to be here on Saturday and Sunday, so wear your sweater and enjoy the crisp air! Take in all the studios you can and enjoy this weekend!

Artwork shown (left to right)
© Danielle Clouse, Bruce Morrison and Beth Cathcart

The Artisans Road Trip hours this Saturday October 6th and Sunday October 7th are - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Noon to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.  There are four main routes, so the choices are great!  Find maps online for the Road Trip, and see all the artists participating, and directions to their studios - on line at

Hope to see you this weekend!!!