Friday, November 23, 2012

A.R.T Exhibiting in Clear Lake!

The Artisans Road Trip is having their final exhibit of 2012 at the Clear Lake Art Center in Clear Lake, Iowa form November 20 through January 5, 2013!

As mentioned in previous blogs, the Artisans Road Trip is not just about a weekend open studio tour the first weekend of October - its also about the best artists of NW Iowa and bringing their work to the public!

Many of the A.R.T. artists are busy exhibiting in other area shows and exhibitions throughout the holiday season as well.  Small Bussiness Saturday is a really big deal for area artists...they are small business people too!  You can find the A.R.T. artists on the A.R.T. website for their studio locations and contacts -  The GALLERY link will take you right the the artist names and these link directly to each individual. Why not shop locally and support your local economy; bring home works created right here in NW Iowa!

Next year will celebrate the Artisans Road Trip's 10th year!  2012 has been a great year - 2013 promises to be even better!!!

Take in the final exhibit of the year in Clear Lake if you're able, and watch for more great things to come in 2013 - Thank you for your support of A.R.T. in Northwest Iowa!

Friday, November 9, 2012

2012 A.R.T. Mel Myers

Hand Carved Pottery © Mel Myers

Artists of the 2012 Artisans Road Trip are all gearing up for the holiday season!  This week we are highlighting Mel Meyers!

Mel is continually working on new glazes and forms of his hand thrown, hand carved pottery. His colors range from a nice, lively green (popular for the Christmas season), to warm earth tone glazes of browns and golds. He has had recent fun making flower frogs and vases that hold water for fresh cut flowers. His bowls and covered oven dishes have been popular for use at Thanksgiving meals as they keep the food nice and warm for the second helpings.

Mel has been working with pottery for over thirty years -- all in Spencer, so he is a home town, northwest Iowa artist whose work can be found in several galleries.

Mel welcomes people who stop by his studio, which
is open for business daily at 717 11th Ave. East in Spencer. Be sure and stop in and see his most recent work!

For more information you can contact Mel at - 712-580-2529.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

2012 A.R.T. Artist Tim Arand-McIlrath at the Wanda J Skogerboe Juried Exhibition

"Tributaries" and "Starryeyed"
© Tim Arand-McIlrath

Two of the two dimensional mixed media pieces that Tim Arand-McIlrath has been creating are currently being exhibited in the Wanda J  Skogerboe Juried Exhibition currently on view at the Pearson Lakes Art Center in Okoboji,IA.

Detail from "Tributaries"
© Tim Arand-McIlrath

"Tributaries" and Starryeyed" were accepted into the juried exhibition.  "Tributaries" is a diptych consisting of two panels with layered acrylic paint and crocheted yarn. "Starryeyed" has an acrylic painted background with crocheted yarn and beads.

Detail from "Starryeyed"
© Tim Arand-McIlrath 

Founded in 1993, this biannual, juried exhibition is designed to further the art center’s mission by supporting and exhibiting contemporary art from the greater Midwest. This year the Wanda K. Skogerboe Juried Exhibition was judged by Barbara Walton, Associate Professor of Integrated Studio Arts at Iowa State University.

Thirty- five artists with 96 works entered the exhibit; twenty-two artists with 40 works have been selected to participate. 

Other A.R.T. artists included in the exhibition include Judy Thompson, Orange City; Dennis Dykema, Spirit Lake; Karess Knudtson, Milford; William Lieb, Spirit Lake; Hank Hall, Spirit Lake; and Glenda Drennen, LeMars.

The exhibition will be on display through December 31st, 2012
Tim's artwork can be seen online at and is available for purchase at Art on 16th Gallery in Spirit Lake.