Sunday, September 30, 2018

$25 Facebook Giveaway!

Do you have your route all planned out for this year's Artisans Road Trip?  Are you planning to see as many artists' studios and galleries as possible in one weekend? Maybe you already which artists you are going to buy work from! How would an extra $25 towards your purchase of amazing, original, local art sound? 

Well you're in luck, because the Artisans Road Trip is having a Facebook giveaway! All you have to do to enter to win a $25.00 gift certificate, good at any of the 28 participating A.R.T. artists this year, is Like the official Artisans Road Trip Facebook page, and share the Giveaway post! You can share the post on your personal page/wall and your professional pages.

One winner will be drawn from the people who have Liked the A.R.T. Facebook page ( and shared the Giveaway post. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, October 10th. The gift certificate is good for $25.00 off a single $25.00+ purchase from one of the 28 A.R.T. artists on Saturday, October 13th or Sunday, October 14th, 2018.

Good luck, and we can't wait to see you during this year's Artisans Road Trip! :)

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Snapshots from the Octagon Receptions!

Here are a few snapshots from the dual Joanne Alberda and Artisans Road Trip receptions at the Octagon Center for the Arts in Ames, IA on August 16th.  Enjoy! :)

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Hall's Artwork on display at MacNider Art Museum!

Artisans Road Trip artist Hank Hall of Spirit Lake, IA is currently featured in a solo exhibition at the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum in Mason City, IA.  Off Center: Ceramic Works of Hank Hall  will be on display through Saturday, August 25, 2018.  The Charles H. MacNider Art Museum is free to visit and open to the public.

Hall won Best in Show during the Iowa Crafts: 42 exhibition in 2015.  As prize for his win he was awarded a solo exhibition in the Museum’s Center Space Gallery in 2016.  Hall was in the process of moving, however, and did not have access to his studio or an excess of artwork.  He asked that we put off his exhibition until he was settled and able to create some new works.  The Museum is now happy to feature his clay and mixed media sculptures in a 2018 exhibition.

The name of my show is Off Center because that is how I work with clay today. Centering clay was the first skill I learned when I began on the potter’s wheel. From that point on, I began to experience great freedom as I experimented with how I made my clay objects, especially teapots. 

Now I purposely alter the parts that I throw on center to make what I see as interesting, entertaining, and sometimes humorous constructions. I like to push, twist, and experiment with every part of the construction process, looking to be a little "off" of what would be considered traditional with my use of materials. 

Being off center in my approach to clay construction allows me to entertain myself on my journey towards personal expression. If others get a kick out of my work, it doesn’t get any better than that! – Hank Hall

Hank's work can be found on Etsy at HankHallTinBinStudio; on Facebook at HankHallArtist; at Art on 16th/Kurio Kastle in Spirit Lake; at STIL, a new boutique in Spirit Lake; at Red Door Gallery in the Pearson Lakes Art Center, Okoboji, IA; and by appointment by calling 712-330-6006. His studio at 15330 250th Avenue, Spirit Lake, will be open to the public during Artisans Road Trip on Oct. 13 & 14.  

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Snapshots from the May 31st Group Meeting!

Here are a few snapshots from the 2018 BIG Group Meeting - where every current participating artist is encouraged to bring their significant other and we all get together for a fun and easy-going potluck! It's a great way to meet the other artists in A.R.T., and this year it was held on May 31st at Innspiration Winery in Linn Grove, IA!

Enjoy! :)



Monday, June 4, 2018

Denice Peters' Art Featured in Massachusetts!

Artisans Road Trip member Denice Peters from Denison, IA has her painting "Break Free" in Cape Cod for a competition and show called "For Pastels Only". The show is in the Cape Cod Cultural Center in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts and runs from Jun 20th -July 15th.  

The painting is of a wild horse breaking through a paper landscape. She used this to depict the feeling we have all had at one time or another, the need to break free from something or someone.  Her work is the product of a lifetime of work to gain her self taught unique realistic approach.

Peters is currently creating her work in her home studio in Denison and invites the public to stop by for a visit on Oct. 13 and 14 at Synergy Art Gallery, during the A.R.T. or call 712-263-3090 for an appointment.

To learn more about Denice Peters' art go to, or Instagram @denice.peters and

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Best of Show in Worthington for Hank Hall!

Artisans Road Trip member Hank Hall from Spirit Lake has received Best of Show at the Nobles County Art Center's Annual Area Art Exhibit in Worthington, Minnesota. He received the award on May 20 during the closing reception for the show.

Juror Bobbie Alsgaard-Lien, retired art instructor at Minnesota West Community and Technical College, selected Hall's "Park Place" for its "ingenuity" and "for creating a beautiful story with your wife's (roller) skate." The piece combines Hall's interests in ceramic teapots, painting, and mixed media sculpture.

Another A.R.T. member Lissa Potter from Spirit Lake received a merit award for her ceramic urn.

Hall is currently creating his work in his home studio on East Lake Okoboji and invites the public to stop by for a visit on Oct. 13 and 14 during the A.R.T. or call 712-330-6006 for an appointment.

To learn more about Hank Hall Art go to Facebook @ Hank Hall and

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

New Look for the A.R.T. Website!

The A.R.T. website has gotten an update! Nothing too fancy, just a little cosmetic work. ;)

We added more color on the Home page, updated the Exhibitions page, and of course uploaded all of the new ARTIST PAGES!  There are still a small handful of pages that are outdated, but they will be updated very soon.

Go take a look around and feel free to let us know what you think by sending your comments and questions to

$25 Facebook Giveaway!

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