Sunday, September 29, 2013

This Coming Weekend - ENJOY A.R.T 2013!

Artwork © the following Artists - top row left to right -
Hank Hall, Marisa Sidles, Dennis Dykema, Diane Noll -
second row left to right - Judy Thompson, Roberta Williams, 
Joanne Alberda, third row left to right - Bruce Morrison, 
Karen Ruddy, Karess Knudtson - bottom row left to right - 
Linda Fries, Barb McGee, Ron Netten

The 2013 Artisans Road Trip is almost here!  This coming weekend will mark the 10th Anniversary of this Artist driven, Artist supported, and Artist created Open Studio and Gallery Event!

The scope of the 2013 Artisans Road Trip is diverse and wide...artists of all disciplines and regions.  Painters, and other two dimensional artists and photographers from the Great Lakes area, through the Spencer area, rural Hartley and down through Peterson and Storm Lake.  Potters, Sculptors and Wood Turners and other three dimensional artists from  Storm Lake, rural Linn Grove, Peterson, the Spencer area, and Great Lakes area to Estherville.

Go to the artists at the A.R.T. website to see where they are and what they do!  Take a day trip through the autumn countryside and see where they work and where they are displaying - make a weekend of it! 

The artists of the 2013 A.R.T. spend all year long working together and in their studios to make this a great event - we welcome you to our studios and galleries for a great time - hope to see on Saturday - October 5th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday - October 6th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.!!!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Pre-event 2013 Artisans Road Trip Exhibits!

A 2013 Sampling of Artists!
(All artwork © the following artists - upper left and clockwise -
Karen Ruddy, Mitch Eveleth, Joanne Alberda, David Strom,
Robert Ansorge, Danielle Clouse, and center - William Lieb)
Click on image for a larger view

The 2013 Artisans Road Trip is opening before the year long awaited event with two great exhibits at Arts on Grand in Spencer, Iowa and at the Pearson Lakes Art Center at Okoboji, Iowa this week!!!

The Artisans Road Trip exhibits at area/regional arts centers and galleries throughout the year, but this is the big A.R.T. push before the October 5 and 6th event this year.   

The Pearson Lakes Art Center and Arts on Grand exhibits will not only give a preview of what's in store for visitors to the studios and galleries during the Artisans Road Trip, but will embody a complete exhibit on their own!  Each exhibit will host an opening reception with many of the A.R.T. artists in attendance.  The Arts on Grand 2013 A.R.T. exhibit opening reception will be on Tuesday - September 24th at 5:00 through 7:00 p.m. and the Pearson Lakes Art Center will host their opening reception on Thursday September 26th from 5:00 through 7:00 p.m.

The Arts on Grand exhibition of the 2013 Artisans Road Trip will run through October 26th and the exhibition at the Pearson Lakes Art Center will run through December 7th.

Get a early look at what the 2013 Artisans Road Trip has in store - and enjoy the 10th Anniversary of this great area event soon! 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Artisans Road Trip Artist Mel Myers at the Octogon

Hand-carved Stoneware ©Mel Myers

2013 Artisans Road Trip artist Mel Myers will be exhibiting at the Octogon in Ames, Iowa on Sunday September 22nd and then will rev up for A.R.T. !

The Artisans Road Trip - a good time for the everyone to see the work of  a local potter who has received acclaim around the state and to buy ahead for Christmas, weddings, and birthday presents - as well as all the other artists exhibiting during the 2013 Artisans Road Trip weekend!

The 2013 Artisans Road Trip is FAST approaching (October 5th and 6th)!  Be sure and take in the best artists in NW Iowa during A.R.T.!  

For more information on the 2013 Artisans Road Trip, check out the A.R.T. web site at -

Friday, September 6, 2013

2013 A.R.T. Artists at the Clay County Fair!

Artwork (upper left - clockwise) Perry Polson, 
Barb McGee and Diane Noll

If you're from NW Iowa or the region, you know that the Clay County Fair is here!  Touted as the "Greatest County Fair in the World", this fair has visitors from all over the country and world during its duration.

What's the 2013 Artisans Road Trip got to do with the Clay County Fair?  Well, as in many past years A.R.T. artists have had great representation at the fair in the "Art Barn".  This year 2013 Artisans Road Trip artists Barb McGee, Perry Polson and Diane Noll will once again be at the Art Barn at the fair where they will be working on their mediums of choice and maybe even a surprise or two!  And other artists will be present as well.

The Clay County Fair, located in Spencer, Iowa, runs from September 7th through 15th this year,  For hours and more information go to

Take a break in the day or week ahead and take in the Clay County Fair's Art Barn and the artists of the Artisans Road Trip!