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Artisans Road Trip nears

By Staff | Oct 2, 2016

Each year, the Artisans Road Trip allows area art lovers to explore northwest Iowa art in out-of-the-way places. It is a self-guided road trip extending from Marcus, Iowa in the southwest, up to Estherville in the northeast, and some 50 locations in between.

The 2016 tour will be open Saturday, Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Professional artists welcome guests into their studios to discover and purchase quality original works.

The free tour includes many Northwest Iowa Artists representing several counties. A.R.T. invites you to travel Iowa’s scenic byways and back roads looking for one-of-a-kind art treasures. Artisans will offer a rare glimpse into creative processes as they demonstrate their craft in personal and unique workspaces.

Sarah Morphew

Sarah Morphew has a collection of Estherville art as well as artistic portraiture on display at Morphew Studios, 209 Oak Hill Road in Estherville, 712-209-4949.

Mitch Eveleth

Mitch Eveleth will be showing his pen and ink drawings, done with dip pens on board, at 1120 N. Seventh St. in Estherville, 712-362-3930.

Holly Zinn

The artist behind Rural Route Revival Studio, Zinn will show Intaglio etching, oil pastels and India Ink drawings at Highway 9 Antiques, 814 West Central Ave. 712-330-5771

About the Artisans Road Trip

The 2016 tour will be open Saturday, Oct. 8 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 9 from noon to 5 p.m.

A.R.T. is a free self-driving open studio tour.

A.R.T. offers a printed brochure with directions to artist’s studios.

A.R.T. maintains a comprehensive website showcasing involved artists and provides links to individual sites artisansroadtrip.com.

A.R.T. organizes studios, dining and lodging sponsors into 4 area tours.

A.R.T. is organized and run by “Artists working for Artists.”

A.R.T. works to advance Northwest Iowa Art, educating and helping to develop local markets and tourism.