Sunday, August 25, 2013

2013 A.R.T. Artist Glenda Drennen

Aqua media artist Glenda Drennen will show her work and demonstrate painting at A Piece of Work in Spirit Lake during the October 2013 Artisan Road Trip.  Drennen’s imaginative paintings are often interpretations of simple things, such as sharing a joke with friends over a cup of tea, or walking a dog. “I enjoy inventing a bit of humor related to otherwise ordinary events,” says Drennen, “such as a small dog that has hobbled his master with his leash. My paintings tend to evoke smiles.”

"Tea for One"
watercolor - ©Glenda Drennen

Tea for One is one of two of Drennen’s paintings accepted in the 36th Annual Iowa Watercolor Society Juried Competition  to be held in Ankeny. The exhibition at the Ankeny Art Center will be open to the public Aug. 1 through Sept. 26. with an opening reception Aug. 1 from 5-7 p.m.  Drennen has a long history with IWS. She had her first painting accepted for competition in 1987 and earned signature membership in 1991. To date 19 of her paintings have been selected for the IWS competition.

 "Song Bird Series"
arylic painting  - ©Glenda Drennen

This week Drennen’s LeMars studio is filled with new paintings in her Songbird Series. These acrylic paintings are smaller than her usual watercolors, but every bit as imaginative. Three themes within this series are Birthday Birds, Sing Your Heart Out, and Singing Lessons. Each bird has very long legs, knobby knees, and often, striped stockings. Drennen will introduce several new songbird themes in this series during the A.R.T.
Drennen has been painting about 30 years, earning signature membership status in the Iowa Watercolor Society in 1992 and in the national Watercolor U.S.A., Springfield, MO in 2002.

In addition to preparation for A.R.T. 2013, she is currently creating 25-30 new paintings for a solo show at the University of Iowa Student Memorial Union in Ames in May/June 2014.  

Be sure to stop at A Piece of Work during A.R.T. 2013 to visit with Drennen and see her work.  At other times you can visit her in Watermark Studio in LeMars by appointment or access her website at

Stop by again for more on artists from the 2013 Artisans Road Trip!

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