The strongest trend in art sales locally is nostalgia. Don't think of it as a framed painting or print, Storm Lake art dealer Terry Haakinson says, think of it as a window on a simpler place and time.
"A big part of what is popular here today is nostalgic - P. Buckley Moss, Terry Redlin. They tend to be family-oriented, a lot having to do with landscapes. There may be a child, an old tractor or farm building, something that somehow touches that person," said Haakinson, who owns the Frame 'N Art store in Storm Lake.
The nostalgia appeal is not limited to the older art lover, she notes. It speaks to young people who may remember something of their grandparents in a piece of art, or may simply serve as welcome relief to a hectic age.
"Art is about a good, personal feeling. The nostalgia artists remind them of things past, or maybe the way they wish things were. It takes us to a less busy time," Haakinson said.
The craze for wildlife art has eased somewhat. While many new works may incorporate deer, geese or horses, it is done in such a way that it creates a feeling about the interaction between animals and human characters. One print in the Frame 'N Art arsenal shows a pair of deer, partially concealed in the brush, watching as a combine unloads corn into an old truck.
There is very little demand for abstract art on the Storm Lake market, but high-quality impressionist works do have a following. One massive piece shows a street scene with a looming capitol dome emerging from background fog.
Read the rest of this article in the 11/18 Pilot Tribune.