Thursday, August 4, 2016

Art in the Park Elkader 2016!

We're at it again! Elkader's second annual fine art festival will be held in just two weeks! 

Be sure to join us in Founders' Park, Elkader, IA for a weekend of ART, food, wine tasting, live music, kids' activities, and more!!! 

FREE admission and parking 

For more info and festival details visit:
and follow us on facebook 

I'll be exhibiting in the park, but you can still take a peek into my new studio space at  
Willow Creek 115 N Main St, Elkader, IA! :) 

See y'all soon!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Special Exhibits at The Left Bank

open daily from 9am-5pm 
at the McGregor-Marquette Center for the Arts
158 Main Street, McGregor, Iowa 52157

Folks, have you been to visit The Left Bank Shop & Gallery in McGregor, Iowa, yet? If not, you are missing out on some amazing artwork! The best local artists (within a 100-mile radius) have work for sale at The Left Bank. You can find anything from jewelry, baskets, ceramics, paintings, photography, sculpture, and more! 

Not only is this a great space to come for awesome Iowa-made gifts, but there is always an excellent show in the special exhibits gallery. For a couple of more days (2 days...until June 27th!), you can see a really cool exhibit from local and regional folk artists. If you aren't sure what "folk art" is, this is your chance to see a great selection that can open your eyes to an eclectic genre of art. For example, at first glance you may think you're looking at a whimsical painting, but at closer consideration, you'll be amazed at the detail in Barbara Decker's wallpaper collages! You'll enjoy the melodic landscapes painted in oil by self-taught artist Carol Hartmann. Nancy Schmidt's rosemaling, a decorative Norwegian folk painting, is expertly detailed. You'll be captivated by the paintings of Suzanne Aunan, the primitive work of Teresa Champion, and the exquisite pine basket weaving by Roberta Condon. So don't miss out on this enchanting exhibit! Here are a few images in case you can't get there before the 27th. 

And... if you missed this first exhibit of the season, you can always checkout the next exhibit, "A Secret Garden: Art Inspired by Nature," which opens on Friday night, July 1st! Stop in Friday, July 1st between 6pm and 8pm to enjoy free beverages, snacks, and LIVE music by Mandy LaBarge! You're in for a treat because the artwork of Ann McCullough, Karen Juno, Maureen Wilde and Coleen Welter is magical! 

Also, this is a great chance to see a preview of one of our Art in the Park 2016 artists, Ann McCullough. I can't wait to take my baby girl to her first art exhibit at the Left Bank! 
Hope to see you all Friday! 


Thursday, June 23, 2016


I've been away from my computer for a bit 
now you know why...

My husband and I welcomed our beautiful baby girl into the world in May and we've been enjoying each and every wonderful, exhausting, exhilarating, miraculous moment! I cannot believe she's already over a month old, grown so much, and steals our hearts a little more each day! 

true love ♥♥♥

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Exploring Folk Art - at the Left Bank Shop & Gallery

open daily from 9am-5pm 
at the McGregor-Marquette Center for the Arts
158 Main Street, McGregor, Iowa 52157

Looking for a fun way to spend your 
Friday evening? 

Enjoy refreshments and live music with Maritza as you take in the sights of this season's first special exhibit. 

"Exploring Folk Art with 
Local & Regional Artists" 
Exhibit runs May 27th- June 27th

Opening Reception:
Friday, May 27th
from 6-8pm

   After viewing the works of these talented artists, don't forget to browse the many wonderful gifts and works of art available at The Left Bank.

 You'll even find a few of my own JWebb original paintings! 


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Left Bank Shop & Gallery - Season opens this Friday!

Look forward to 
Friday the 13th! 

reopens daily from 9am-5pm 

at the McGregor-Marquette Center for the Arts
158 Main Street, McGregor, Iowa 52157
Thanks to Stephannie Fox-Dixon for these behind-the-scenes photos of volunteers helping hang artwork to
prep the gallery shop space for opening day!
Looking forward to all of the fine art and handmade items for sale at the Left Bank Shop & Gallery!

 Join the party and stop in for 
the opening night festivities!

Friday, May 13th, from 6-8pm 

ART • snacksbeverages • 
and live music by Maritza --- It's Free!


Check back for my review on the first Special Exhibit of the season coming soon!

May 27-June 27
Barbara Decker ~ Paper Collage
Nancy Schmidt ~ Rosemaling
Carol Hartman ~ American Folk Painting
Teresa Champion ~ Primitive Folk Art
Roberta Condon ~ Pine Basket Weaving 
Suzanne Aunan ~ American Folk Painting

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Happy May Day 2016!

Happy May Day!

Today we noticed a sweet floral surprise on our front patio: a May Day Basket! This is such a lovely springtime tradition that several people still carry on in small-town Iowa. In fact, I had never heard of nor encountered a May Day Basket until we moved to the farm. This sweet gesture is in celebration of the change of seasons, the warm weather arriving, and sharing of the flowers produced by the April showers. It has been a bit rainy the past few weeks and we are looking forward to the sunny forecast for the week to come.  

Thank you to our secret May Day deliverer! You brought us some early sunshine to the week's forecast as we eagerly await the arrival of our sweet baby girl! (39 weeks today♥)


p.s. ...Yes, Buddy is spoiled. :)

Friday, April 29, 2016

The LEFT BANK Shop & Gallery

The LEFT BANK Shop & Gallery 
at the McGregor-Marquette Center for the Arts
158 Main Street, McGregor, Iowa 52157

This gorgeous Mississippi shop and gallery space reopens under their new name, 
The Left Bank Shop & Gallery
 Friday, May 13th, 2016. 

For those of you who have followed my posts on the McGregor-Marquette Center for the Arts (MMCA) over the past year, you’re in for a treat! There have been a few changes underway in the retail gallery for the 2016 season. Changes include not only their fresh fun new name, The Left Bank Shop & Gallery, but also an expanded shopping space for the retail gallery; the ability to sneak a look into the old bank vault; and, of course, new artwork from the area’s finest artisans!

There will be excellent special exhibits featured throughout the 2016 season, and you’ll be assisted by three smiling new faces (be sure to say hi to Teri, Stephannie, and Annie) when you shop at the Left Bank!

Special Tonight! 

Enjoy ART and refreshments from 5:30-8:30 during 
the Art After School Program’s Exhibit of Art Around the World.  

The MMCA sponsors an eight week spring after school program that is just wrapping up, and you’ll be amazed by the colors and variety of artwork on display!  One night only, don’t miss out! 

Stay tuned for more updates on The Left Bank