The area's most creative pro artisans come together for a first-ever show at the Witter
Fifty-two northwest Iowa artisans will open their studios to the public for two days in October for the annual Artisans Road Trip - but for the first time, a special exhibit has opened to preview some of the best work of the area's best pro artists.
The show opened this week at Storm Lake's Witter Gallery, and runs through the 27th.
The preview show will be open to the public during regular Witter Gallery hours during through May 27. Visit www.thewittergallery.org for a complete listing of hours.
"It's a pretty amazing show with a lot of different genres of art," said Beth Cathcart, Linn Grove, one of the A.R.T. organizers. "It is a special experience for us, because all of the artists are always doing their own thing for the public during the Road Trip, and so in many cases this is the first time we've been able to see each other's work."
The show is rich with unusual paintings, sculpture - even an unusually painted chair.
The annual road trip is a self-guided open studio tour, the weekend of October 14-15. Over 50 area professional artists representing 11 counties will welcome guests into their studios to discover and shop for quality original works during the third annual tour.
A.R.T. invites everyone to check out the preview exhibit, and then plan to travel Iowa's scenic byways and back roads looking for one-of-a-kind art treasures next fall. The tour offers a rare glimpse into artisans' creative spaces and an opportunity to visit with them as they demonstrate their craft.
We invite you to preview artists' work and download or request a brochure & map @ artisansroadtrip.com. Brochures will be available at local art centers, banks, libraries, community gathering centers, Iowa Welcome Centers and artist locations mid-summer.
A.R.T. maintains a comprehensive website showcasing involved artists and provides links to individual sites - artisansroadtrip. com. The non-profit organization is organized and run by "Artists working for Artists." The organization works to advance Northwest Iowa art, educating and helping to develop local markets and tourism.
"It's a weekend adventure hosted in rural communities by hospitable and friendly people," says Cathcart. "It's about access and exploring places you may have never seen before."
"You are invited to travel at your own pace to discover unique studios," explains organizer and jewelry designer Diane King. "Meet the artists and learn as we share insights into the creative processes of making original art."