Monday, October 31, 2016

2016 A.R.T. Artist David Strom Exhibit - "A Journey..."

Artwork - ©David Strom

"This common shape-triangle over rectangle is the source of my current work. Most of my images are contained within a border of rectangles, a predella format, which was often used in altarpieces
and folk quilts. It is my hope that after seeing these paintings the viewer will become more aware of this universal shape which sits humbly on our landscape, just as it does in other parts of the world."

David Strom works out of his studio in Windom MN. He received his BFA in Painting from Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1973 and also studied at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, in Skowhegan, ME, in 1972. David has exhibited extensively in Minnesota and Iowa in solo and juried exhibitions. His most recent exhibitions include, Carnegie Art Center, Mankato, MN, (2016); Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WI, (2014); William Whipple Gallery, SMSU, Marshall, MN, (2014); Nobles County Art Center, Worthington, MN, (2013); SMAC Art Gallery, Marshall, MN, (2012); Pearson Lakes Art Center, Okoboji, IA; (2012); and Arts Center of St. Peter, St. Peter, MN, (2011).

Strom has also been the recipient of the Individual Artist Career Grant from Southwest Minnesota
Arts Council, (2004 and 2011).

See "David Strom - A Journey..." at the Carnegie Art Center in Mankato, MN!  Gallery talk and reception - Saturday, November 5th, from 7-9PM.  Exhibit runs from November 3 - 19, 2016.


Sunday, October 16, 2016

Thank You!

All of the artists of this year's Artisans Road Trip would like to express a big THANK YOU(!) for helping make this year's weekend event as successful as ever!

Be sure and watch for more happening with artists of the 2016 Artisans Road Trip!

Thank you for supporting the arts in NW Iowa!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

The 2016 Artisans Road Trip!!!

Just a "Tiny" sampling of 2016 Artisans Road Trip
artists this year during the weekend Studio Tour!
(Artists work from upper left - clockwise)
Barb McGee, MaryJo Daniels, Pam Harp, Hank Hall,
Glenda Drennen, David Strom, Gene Polson, 
Holly Zinn, Connie Hankens and Avis Davis.
(All artwork © the respective artists)
It's here this weekend!! Everyone is invited to travel Iowa's scenic byways and back roads looking for one-of-a-kind creations!  The 13th annual Artisans Road Trip will be held this Saturday, October 8th from 9:00am – 5:00pm, and Sunday, October 9th from Noon – 5:00pm. This year we have 41 artists participating from Estherville down to Storm Lake (and all over in between)! The Artisans Road Trip is a self-guided art studio and gallery tour; free for visitors, the Road Trip is a great way to spend a weekend with friends and family exploring the work of local artists.

Participating artists this year include: Joanne Alberda, Tim Arand-McIlrath, Sue Biederman, Kathryn Buckley, Danielle Clouse Gast, Cherie Courter, Crystal Cross, Mary Jo Daniels, Avis Davis, Joleen Dentlinger, Glenda Drennen, Mitch Eveleth, Kathy Evert, Linda Fries, Hank Hall, Connie Hankens, Pam Harp, Ken Harskamp, Judy Hemphill, Linda Hopkins, Tammy Hoppe, William Lieb, Irene McCoy, Barbara McGee, Sarah Morphew, Bruce Morrison, Mel Myers, Ron Netten, Anita Plucker, Perry Polson, Gene Polson, Lissa Potter, Tootie Powers, Lee Rainboth, Karen Ruddy, Marisa Sidles, David Strom, Haley Tardiff, Judy Thompson, Roberta Williams, and Holly Zinn. These artisans will offer a rare glimpse into creative processes as they demonstrate their craft in personal and unique work spaces.

The Mission of the Artisans Road Trip is to promote a venue for established artisans to demonstrate their skills, exhibit and sell their original fine art via a self-guided studio tour through scenic Northwest Iowa, thereby encouraging education, diversity, tourism, economic growth, and art appreciation.

Don't miss out on that great Autumn air and sights - take the roads less traveled and even those well traveled ones too - enjoy a day (or two!) out and take in the 2016 Artisans Road Trip!  For more information, pick up a brochure at one of many local businesses, libraries, galleries, or art studios – or check out the official website and blog 24/7 at


Saturday, October 1, 2016

Pearson Lakes Art Center Exhibiting Artists of the 2016 Artisans Road Trip!

Many artists will be represented at the
Pearson Lakes Art Center's 2016 Artisans Road Trip
Exhibit - here is just a sampling!
(Artists work from upper left - clockwise)
Linda Fries, Timothy J. Aarand-McIlrath, Joanne Alberda,
Judy Thompson and Kathy J. Evert.  Center - Karen Ruddy
(All artwork © the respective artists)

The Pearson Lakes Art Center in Okoboji, Iowa is hosting an exhibit of artists from the 2016 Artisans Road Trip! This special exhibit will run from October 6th through November 27th with the evening artist's reception to be held from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Thursday, October 6th.  The public is cordially invited to come and meet some of the artists and view this wonderful show!  

Come and see a great representation of the works of many of this year's Artisans Road Trip artists - don't miss out!