Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Clear Lake Arts Center A.R.T. Exhibition!

Many people may not realize it but the artists of the Artisans Road Trip participate in fine art gallery exhibitions throughout the year.  Many such exhibits become area traditions and the Clear Lake Arts Center is one such noted venue. 

17 Artisans Road Trip artists are being represented in an outstanding exhibit at the Clear Lake Arts Center in Clear Lake, Iowa this month and next!  The artists involved in this year's exhibit are: Barb McGee; Beth Cathcart; Bill Lieb; Bruce Morrison; Linda Fries; Danielle Clouse; David Storm; Dennis Dykema; Glenda Drennen; Joanne Alberda; Joleen Dentlinger; Judy Hemphill;  Marisa Sidles; Mitch Eveleth; Perry Polson; Sue Biederman and Timothy J Arand-McIlrath.

Get a glimpse of the artwork by the top artists in NW Iowa at the CLAC from January 15 through February 28th!  Plan a road trip and enjoy some great works - call the CLAC at 641 357-1998 or e-mail for more information! 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Artisan's Road Trip Call To Artists!

The Northwest Iowa Artisans Road Trip is more than just an open studio tour. For the people following the Tour, it’s a chance to get out on a fall weekend to meet local artists in person, see the studios where they work, ask questions about their motivation, watch demonstrations of techniques, and of course, purchase new artwork for their collections. 

For the artisans involved, the Road Trip is a powerful networking and marketing opportunity. Not only can you personally connect with a wider audience, you also get to know the other artists on the Road Trip through group exhibitions and meetings. In 2015 alone - A.R.T. has 5 exhibits scheduled throughout the year!

Nowhere else can you get the effective advertising and promotion implemented across so many venues (newspapers, radio, television, regional gallery exhibitions, a comprehensive website and regularly updated blog, and more) for the price of the annual registration fee. 

The A.R.T. Directory and Tour Guide brochure alone has been cited by many artisans as a direct cause of sales. Full-color brochures are sent out each year by mail and distributed to Iowa Welcome Centers, public libraries, cultural centers, restaurants, motels, and retail establishments throughout the area. A.R.T. is organized and run by artists for artists. Together we work to increase art exposure, introducing new art styles to the community and new customers to local artists.

Are you an artist? We want you to join us!

To join the 2015 Artisans Road Trip just download the 2015 application form at the 2015 A.R.T. web site at or contact any of the contact names listed there.

Make 2015 your best ART year yet!

Friday, January 2, 2015

2015 A.R.T. Artist Haley Rothstein Featured in Red Rock Center For The Arts Exhibit!

Examples of work that can be found at the
"Home Bound" exhibition by Haley Rothstein
(top left - clockwise) - 
"Paragraph 1-4" - ink and graphite, 
"Orange Tree" - acrylic painting, 
and "Dash" - digitally colored drawing
(click on image for a larger view)

2015 Artisans Road Trip artist Haley Rothstein of Windom, Minnesota will be having a solo exhibit at the Red Rock Center For The Arts in Fairmont, MN during January.  Haley, a new member to the Artisans Road Trip, had worked for several years as the Gallery Director at the former A Piece of Work, Inc. in Spirit Lake, IA.

The artist's exhibit "Home Bound", is described as a collection of paintings and abstract drawings.  The exhibit will contain select pieces of Rothstein's work from the last 5 years, in mediums of acrylic paintings, digital paintings, and ink and graphite drawings. 
Haley states that while her degree is in photography, and the majority of her expertise is with Adobe Photoshop, her first artistic love has always been drawing cartoons and comics. While growing up, she would create new characters, give them personalities and stories, and draw them every single day. In college, Haley set aside her cartoons to learn more technical skills and focus on the more “serious” art of photography. After college she no longer had access to a darkroom, and found less and less time for photography. 

Haley started painting her “joyful figures” in 2010. The feeling she wanted to convey was a mix between cute and disturbing. The initial idea was of a simple monster with no face – just teeth – making the shape of a heart with its fingers. As she kept painting them, the figures became more stylized with brighter colors and happy grins.

Haley's paintings began to change around the time she met her husband. Haley started surrounding herself with tree-related art, began painting abstracted trees, sometimes with birds or people. Her love for trees stems from a craving for a history or “roots” someplace. Because she came from a military family and moved across the country a couple times, she states she lacks a long-term history that she can recall with friends: “Hey, remember the time…”

The "Home Bound" exhibit artist reception will be held Saturday - January 10th from 1:30-3p.m. and is open to the public.  The Red Rock Center For The Arts is located at
222 E. Blue Earth Ave., Fairmont, MN 56031 and you may contact the center at 507 235-9262 for more information, or visit their web site at