Sunday, July 31, 2016

2016 A.R.T. Now Showing at the Red Rock Center for the Arts!

Just a sampling of the artwork exhibited at the Red Rock
Center for the Arts in Fairmont, MN during the month of August -
top center (clockwise)  Timothy J. Arand-McIlrath, Hank Hall, Cherie Courter, 
Linda Fries and Haley Tardiff
(all artwork © property of respective artists)

The artists of the 2016 Artisans Road Trip are having an exhibit of recent works at the Red Rock Center for the Arts in Fairmont, Minnesota during the month of August!  This is one of several exhibits that A.R.T. has been featured in this spring and summer - each one unique.
This is the first time A.R.T. has shown at the Fairmont Red Rock Center for the Arts, and just the second time A.R.T. has had an exhibit in Minnesota!   An artist's reception is planned at the Red Rock Center for the Arts this coming Thursday - August 4th, from 5:30-7PM, and is open to the public.
Red Rock Center for the Arts is located at 222 Blue Earth Ave in Fairmont; they can be reached at (507) 235-9262 for more information, or visit their web site at

Monday, July 18, 2016

2016 Artisans Road Trip Artist Pam Harp at the Le Mars Art Center in August!

Artwork ©Pam Harp

Local watercolor artist, Pam Harp is excited to present her first solo exhibition, "The Earth Laughs in Flowers" A Collection of Floral Watercolors by Pam Harp. Her work will be on display at the Le Mars Art Center for the month of August. The public is invited to meet the artist at a gallery reception on Thursday, August 4 from six to eight p.m.

Pam is a Contemporary Realist fascinated by the intricate detail she observes in her floral subjects. From the lacy petals of a peony to the folds of a rose, her tightly rendered watercolors capture their exquisite beauty.

Pam's passion for flowers inspire her watercolors. "Have you ever stopped to really take in the amazing detail offered in a flower garden? It seems the closer you look, the more you see. It's my hope to capture that detail in a way that allows you the opportunity to enjoy that incredible array with me."
Pam Harp is an Alton based artist whose work is currently represented at the Le Mars Art Center as well as the Summerwind Gallery in Arnold's Park. Two pieces of her art have been juried into the 2016 Iowa State Fair in August, and she is among the artists selected for this year's Artisans Road Trip, an open studio tour of Northwest Iowa artists on October 8 and 9. 

Her work has also appeared at the Orange City Art's Regional Exhibition at the DeWitt Theatre Arts Center at Northwestern College, an  A.R.T. Group Exhibition at Witter Gallery in Storm Lake and The Denver Discovery at Highlands Ranch Mansion in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

For more information on the exhibition, contact Judy Marienau at 712-546-7476 at the Le Mars Art Center -  Artisans Road Trip information can be found at

Thursday, July 7, 2016

2016 A.R.T. Jewelry Artist Kathy Evert Hosting 6th Annual Okoboji Bead & Jewelry Splash

Jewelry designs  ©Kathy Evert

Local jewelry artist and 2016 A.R. T. participant, Kathy Evert, is once again hosting the annual Okoboji Bead & Jewelry Splash; this is the 6th year.  Jewelry artists from Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin will be joining her again for a weekend show on July 23-24 at the Dickinson County Community Building in Spirit Lake.  Show hours are 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. both days and is open to the public.  Admission is $2.  

Evert has been creating one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces for 14 years and focuses on wire and wire-wrapping and precious metal clay (PMC) in her jewelry with semi-precious stones. Some pieces also include re-purposed items such as scrap copper, old foreign coins and more.  She has also begun incorporating the Japanese braiding known as Kumihimo into her necklaces. 

"I enjoy finding unique and beautiful stones and accenting them with wire.  I also enjoy working with wire and creating other pieces such as bangles and earring jackets.  Precious metal clay (PMC) is still my favorite; it has so many applications and can be as creative as I want to be!"  Evert and all of the vendors will be exhibiting and selling their jewelry creations during the weekend.  

Sunday, July 3, 2016

2016 Artisans Road Trip Artists Juried into the 2016 Iowa Watercolor Society Exhibition!

Work of two of three Artisans Road Trip artists to be included in the IWS exhibit.
top two -  Anita Plucker and bottom - Linda Fries
(Artwork copyright property of respective artists)

The Iowa Watercolor Society has announced the artists accepted into the 39th Annual Iowa Watercolor Society juried art exhibit; 3 of which include artists from the 2016 Artisans Road Trip! The honors this year go to Ken Harskamp, Linda Fries and Anita Plucker!   
The exhibit will be held at the LaPoste Building 1219 Warford Street, Perry, Iowa, and is showing from July 7 - September 11. 
There will be an opening reception for IWS members and the public on July 7 at 4:30 pm.
The 39th annual luncheon and award ceremony will be held on August 28, 2016.
The 2016 juror and instructor for the annual exhibit and workshops is renowned artist Sterling Edwards. 
Congratulations to everyone selected!