Friday, October 16, 2020

Featured Artist: Mitch Eveleth

This Week's Featured Artist: Mitch Eveleth

Mitch Eveleth creates photorealistic drawings using a pen and ink. His studio name is Reflections in Ink, and he will be showing in Estherville, IA for the 2021 Artisans Road Trip!

Friday, October 9, 2020

Featured Artist: Melanie Cable


 This Week's Featured Artist: Melanie Cable

Melanie Cable is a multi-media artist, who uses a variety of mediums to create "odd mixed arts for the mixed odd crowds". Her studio name is Ms. Chevious LLC, and she will be showing at Art on 16th in Spirit Lake, IA for the 2021 Artisans Road Trip!

Friday, October 2, 2020

Featured Artist: Joanne Alberda

 This Week's Featured Artist: Joanne Alberda

Joanne Alberda is a fabric artist, who collages fabrics and uses machine stitching to create her artworks. Her studio name is JW Studio, and she will be showing at the Pearson Lakes Art Center in Okoboji, IA for the 2021 Artisans Road Trip!

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Melanie Cable Debuts New Coloring Books!

ART Artist Melanie Cable (aka Ms. Chevious) has just released four new and unique coloring books 

that feature her artwork! 

"The last three years have been an explosion of creativity and productiveness for me, and before I knew it, I had a few different series of original drawings," says Cable.  "Each original was scanned in as a final lined artwork before they continued their journey as an original watercolor painting.  I ended up with three different collections that I was able to work into four separate 20-page coloring books, mainly entertaining teens and adults."

"The first two books in the series highlight my demons, and are titled “The Demons are Our Friends!”, Rounds 1 and 2.  Over 40 original drawings have illustrated my personal battles with my own demons. They express all of the grace, humor, and peace that I have earned through the years….we swim, dance, and draw together.  Many also feature other animals that mirror the demons themselves-the whimsy of the owl, the innocence of the squirrels, the awkwardness of the porcupines, and chaos of the hyenas.  The series is meant to be whimsical, but also to serve as a reminder that even in our darkest times, we are not alone.

“The Odd Collection” features sloths on rockets, owls on crutches, Cthulhu floating with his balloons, and my entire “Octopus+Skull+Fruit” series.  There’s a wide variety of spooky and macabre illustrations that are just plain fun. 
Finally, I ended up making a “Nerdin’ Out Collection,” because I had been getting many requests for my stylized approach at the comic book conventions I normally frequent.  I feature many pop culture icons, such as Harry Potter, Hocus Pocus, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and various superheroes. They are instantly recognizable and often laughable, such as Spiderman knitting a scarf on a skyscraper-or the Hulk baking cookies."
These 20-page collections are made by hand, and feature two different sizes. The 8.5”x11” and the 4”x6” travel size are both available for $10 each (includes shipping). Orders can be made through her Facebook page,

Thursday, August 27, 2020

2020 Artisans Road Trip Postponed


The 2020 Artisans Road Trip will be postponed to 2021.

After reviewing a lot of feedback about Covid-19 safety recommendations, the ART Board has discussed the topic of the Coronavirus pandemic in depth and unanimously decided that we need to postpone this year's Artisans Road Trip to 2021.

BE SURE TO KEEP YOUR 2020 ART BROCHURES!  The information in the current brochure will continue to be valid for our artists and locations, the dates will just need to be changed. 

We are all disappointed by the postponement, but will continue to focus on our artists and keep our Blog and Facebook page updated regularly during this time 
(you can find links for both on our website -

We hope everyone has a safe and healthy year, and we look forward to seeing you all in 2021!

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

2020 ART Website Updates!

Our website is now complete and fully updated - meaning the Map pages are active again, all 31 Artist pages are up and running, PLUS a digital version of the 2020 Artisans Road Trip brochure is available for download as a .PDF on the Home Page! Go take a look around and feel free to let us know what you think by sending your comments and questions to

This means you can start planning your October A.R.T. weekend RIGHT NOW! Be on the lookout around the area for A.R.T. posters and brochures on display at local businesses and galleries, as our artists will begin distribution of them very soon. If you'd like to be on the brochure mailing list for this year and in the future (we will directly mail you an A.R.T. brochure), shoot us an email with your name and mailing address to the official A.R.T. email address mentioned above! 

Looking forward to seeing everyone this fall on the Artisans Road Trip!! :)

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Joanne Alberda will be in Sioux Falls this weekend!

ART artist Joanne Alberda will be in Sioux Falls, SD this weekend at Sticks and Steel gallery! 

She will be there with her artwork on Friday, July 3rd from 4:00-8:00pm. The gallery will also be open on Saturday, July 4th.

Featured Artist: Mitch Eveleth

This Week's Featured Artist: Mitch Eveleth Mitch Eveleth creates photorealistic drawings using a pen and ink. His studio name is Reflect...