Monday, June 27, 2016

"From the Ground Up - Paintings by Danielle Clouse Gast"!

 Oil paintings on canvas by artist Danielle Clouse Gast
can be seen at the artist's solo exhibit at the 
Pearson Lakes Art Center
artwork © Danielle Clouse Gast

"From the Ground Up", an exhibit of new work by Spirit Lake artist Danielle Clouse Gast, will be on view in the Goodenow Gallery of the Pearson Lakes Art Center (Okoboji, Iowa) June 30th - August 13th. An artist reception will be held on Thursday, July 7th, 5 - 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. 

The artist explains that in recent years, views from the Gast family’s 1946 Cessna 140 airplane have become a point of reference for a series of large scale works. This perspective on the Iowa Great Lakes and the surrounding areas has opened up into fresh compositions while emphasizing the style most associated with her work: organized, geometric shapes and lines (now referencing planned groves and fields, repetitive docks, and scattered, playful boats). The result is an abstract blend of inviting landscapes that has also provided new challenges and opportunities as a painter – becoming vital to continued growth in Danielle's studio practice.  These land areas that once were familiar from the ground have become new painting territory for the artist; over the past year, this has been the focus for a body of work designed for the Pearson Lakes Art Center’s exhibit.   

More of the artist's work can be found at Summerwind Gallery in Arnolds Park and at Danielle's studio in Spirit Lake by appointment (which is also a stop on the 2016 Artisans Road Trip). Learn more about Danielle's work at

Thursday, June 9, 2016

2016 A.R.T. Artists Exhibit at the Witter Gallery in Storm Lake!

Examples of the artwork and a small selection of the artists
  represented at the Witter Art Gallery's Artisans Road Trip exhibit! 
Artist's work from upper left - clockwise - 
Connie Hankens, Bruce Morrison, Ron Netten,
Cherie Courter, Lee Rainboth, and center - Marisa Sidles.  
All artwork is copyright property of the respective artists. 
The Witter Art Gallery in Storm Lake, IA is hosting an exhibit of the 2016 Artisans Road Trip during the month of June!  This year's A.R.T. membership is higher and more diverse than in many past years, and promises to be the best year yet!

The Artisans Road Trip is a year-around event.  Although well known for its weekend studio tour in the early autumn, it holds exhibits at various gallery/art center venues throughout the year.

The Witter Gallery exhibit will have an opening reception on Friday, June 10, 2016.  The reception will be from 5:30-7p.m. - the public is invited free of charge!  The exhibit will run through June 29 and the hours at the Witter Gallery are Tues-Wed 1-5p.m., Thurs 1-6p.m., Fri 1-5p.m. and Sat 10a.m.-2p.m.   The Witter Gallery is located at 609 Cayuga Street in Storm Lake, IA - in the south wing of the public library.  You can call the Gallery at (712) 732-3400 or e-mail them at for further information.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

2016 A.R.T. Artist Mel Myers Featured at "Pots and Pictures"!

Pottery of Artist Mel Myers will be featured at Arts on Grand's
"Pots and Pictures" Exhibit through June!

Arts on Grand is holding an exhibit this month featuring the long time Artisans Road Trip artist Mel Myers!  The former art teacher from the Spencer High School is being showcased with his many extraordinarily beautiful hand-carved fine clay pots, platters, bowls, plates, vases, casseroles and urns.

Mel's hand thrown, hand carved, kiln fired/glazed pottery has always drawn a crowd as well as his devoted returning collectors awaiting to see what new creations he has added to his work!

Myers will be joined with a compliment of art work from other artists represented in Arts on Grand's Gallery Shop - many of which include more artists from the 2016 Artisans Road Trip!

An artists reception will be held at Arts on Grand Thursday evening June 2nd from 5 through 7 p.m.  Refreshments will be served.  The reception is free and open to the public.

Look  forward to this great show - hope to see you there!