Toni Grote is a well-known artist with Sac County roots. She is the daughter of Lyle and Sharon Crabb, and a graduate of Sac City schools. As a Breda resident, she has stayed close to her Sac City home and parlayed her artistic abilities into a home-based business. Although she paints snowmen scenes, still life and many other subjects, she uses her love of rural Iowa to paint beautiful scenes of pastures, cattle, and farm building sites. Naturally, Toni was intrigued by the barn quilts that started appearing in Sac County several years ago. She contacted the Sac County Barn Quilt Committee and offered to create paintings of some of the quilted barns. The Barn Quilt Committee encouraged Grote to proceed, and to select barns from all around the county. In 2008, the artist created original acrylic paintings of the Bette Wassom barn near Sac City, the Russ and Liz Davis barn near Nemaha, the Randall Kreft barn near Sac City, the Don and Jo Nehman barn near Lytton, the Al and Jean Liske barn near Early, the Dick and Betty Frank barn near Schaller, the Ken and Delores Lucht barn near Lake View, and the Jack and Jane Hogue barn at the Prairie Pedlar near Odebolt.
These paintings were displayed for the first time at the Sac County Quilt-A-Fair, held in September 2007. Since that time, Ms. Grote has displayed them in other galleries around Iowa. The paintings remain in the possession of the artist. However, Grote arranged to have note cards made of the eight paintings. The note cards have been available for sale for just over a year, but Grote recently donated her supply of the note cards to the Sac County Barn Quilt Committee. Grote said, "I am so proud of the Sac County barn quilts and I wanted to do something with my art to help support this wonderful project. All the proceeds from the sales of these cards will help provide for long-term maintenance of the quilts so that people can continue to enjoy them for many years."
The Sac County Barn Quilt Committee is very appreciative of Toni Grote's gift. They have placed the set of note cards, which includes all eight of the quilted barn note cards and envelopes, in gift shops around Sac County. The note cards are also available from the barn quilt web site: www.barnquilts.com. Toni Grote's art may also be viewed at her web site: www.artisttonigrote.blogspot.com.