Saturday, January 25, 2014

A.R.T Artist Karess Knudtson Exhibits at Arts on Grand!

Arts on Grand in Spencer Iowa is hosting an exhibit  titled "Natural Encounters", a solo exhibit by Artisans Road Trip Artist Karess Knudtson.  Karess resides with her family in the beautiful countryside along the Little Sioux River in Milford, IA. Karess studied art and worked in the art department at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She graduated from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia, with a B.S. in Environmental Science and Virginia Tech with a Masters of Arts in Education.

"Four on Screen" 
artwork © Karess Knudtson 

The creative process has been a very important part for the artist, for as long as she says she can remember. The art pieces that Knudtson currently works with are all original and hand-worked. Each begins with her photographs and evolves into a mixed media piece of art. The photos are digitally and physically manipulated. Some pieces are then created with an upcycled “canvas” which might include barn wood, metal remnants and other “historic” reused materials. Encaustic painting with beeswax adds yet another dimension of beauty and protection. The selected artworks are mixed media - photographs and encaustic paintings.

"Better by Far"
artwork © Karess Knudtson

"Natural Encounters" began showing at Arts on Grand January 7th with the exhibit running through March 1st,  Arts on Grand will be having an artist's reception on Thursday, February 6th from 5-7 p.m. - the public is invited!

For more information on the artist's work you can visit her website at -
Be sure to take in "Natural Encounters" in Spencer at Arts on Grand, and visit us again here for the Artisans Road Trip!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Artisans Road Trip Exhibit at the Clear lake Art Center!

The Artisans Road Trip is exhibiting their works at the Clear lakes Art Center, in Clear Lake, Iowa from January 15th through February 28th.  

Although this is a 2014 showing, the A.R.T. artists are from the 2013 membership, but with many new works on exhibit!  The new 2014 membership will be determined through a jurying process later this month.  A.R.T. invites any interested artists to apply by visiting the web site and downloading the application form at - or by contacting one of the organization's members to have a form mailed to them, by calling 712 732-6286!  Its not too late to get in on the action and excitement of the 2014 Artisans Road Trip experience!

To find out more about the A.R.T. showing at the Clear Lakes Art Center, contact the center at 641-357-1998.  The Center's hours are 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesday through Saturday, and is located at 17 South 4th Street in Clear Lake!