Friday, January 29, 2016

2016 A.R.T. Artist Marisa Sidles Exhibiting at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji!

Artwork © Marisa Sidles

As Marisa Sidles paddles her kayak, the nature around her fills her with artistic inspiration. "I get this up-close and personal view," she said.  Acrylic paintings of sloughs, found metal sculptures of insects, collages of birds --- Sidles will display "Birds, Bugs and Wetlands" themed art in the eARTh exhibit area February-April at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji.   

"I think the nature center and what I'm working on lately go together," the Terril artist said. "I thought it would be a great honor to display my vision at the nature center and share with people my vision of nature in the area." The exhibit will have a variety of acrylic on canvas, found metal sculptures, collages and mixed media pieces done in fanciful colors. "I want people to see the nature around us here in a more whimsical way and speak to the child in us," Sidles said.
 Artwork © Marisa Sidles

Her newest work is a continued exploration of the creative nature she has had her entire life. Her family helped foster an appreciation for art at a young age, and she dabbled in everything from painting to metal sculpture. Eventually she made a career out of graphic design while spending her free time with other artistic endeavors. "I just love creating new things and experimenting with different materials," she said.
A reception will be held in Sidles' honor 5:00 – 7:00pm Thursday, February 11, at the Dickinson County Nature Center. She will be on hand to discuss her pieces and how she created them. Art lovers will have the opportunity to ask questions, to sample delicious hors d'oeuvres and to even purchase a piece of the collection. Pieces range in price from $100-$400.
Sidles will also share her newest passion of collage with art students 9:00am-noon Saturday, February 27, at the nature center. During her class she will help people create animal silhouettes out of paper and cloth scraps. "They can then take that home with them to create more," Sidles said, adding that her students can even take their newfound skills home to teach their friends an art form that doesn't need expensive supplies. "I just want them to have fun and say they enjoyed themselves for a little bit of time."

The February 27 collage class costs $30, including supplies. Participants need only bring an inspirational photo to use as their subject and copies of pictures or magazine clippings to use in the collage. Students of all ages may pre-register with Sidles by calling 712-363-1307 or e-mailing
View Sidles' exhibit at the nature center through April during open hours 10:00am – 4:00pm, Monday-Friday.
For more information, visit or call 712-336-6352. You can also keep up with what's happening at the nature center on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Artisans Road Trip Artists on Exhibit at Clear Lake Arts Center!

A sampling of artwork showing in the
January-February exhibit at the Clear Lake Arts Center
(upper left - clockwise - Bruce Morrison, Timothy J Arand-McIlrath
Barb McGee, Linda Fries, Cherie Courter, Judy Hemphill and Marisa Sidles.)
All artwork © the respective artists.

The Artisans Road Trip has its first exhibition of the year!  Showing at the Clear Lake Arts Center; the exhibit began last Friday on January 8 and runs until Saturday, February 13.

This exhibit is actually the final exhibition for the artists participating in the 2015 Artisans Road Trip - soon we will have the 2016 A.R.T. group organized and will be looking forward to the new exhibition schedule for 2016! 

This is what is unique for the Artisans Road Trip - there are events and exhibitions lasting throughout the entire year, so be sure and look for what's new with A.R.T. in the region!

Be sure and take in the Clear Lake Arts Center exhibit - a great respite to enjoy during the cold months of winter...warm up with some great art! 

Hope to see more of you in 2016! 


Monday, January 11, 2016

Last Call for A.R.T. 2016 - Join Us!

Artist sampling of A.R.T. 2015 - upper left clockwise -
Sarah Morphew, Paula Streeter, Kathy J. Evert, Holly Zinn,
Gene Polson, Cherie Courter  and Deb Yellick Manly.
All works © respective artists.
(click on image for a larger view)

The Artisans Road Trip for NW Iowa is gearing up to begin another great year of exhibits and activities for 2016!  Become a part of this artist based/artist run organization started in 2004!  Exhibits run throughout the year in the best galleries and art centers in the region, and the weekend road trip in October has been the mainstay of A.R.T. - giving the public a great way to spend the weekend during this beautiful time of the year!
Don't miss out on the last call for artists!  Download the 2016 Artist's Prospectus near the bottom of the A.R.T web site homepage - - fill it out and join us! The deadline for postmarked applications is this Friday - January 15. 
Hope to see you in 2016!