Thursday, May 21, 2015

Save the Dates and Spread the Word! :) │Art in the Park- Elkader, Iowa

Join us for a sunny ART-filled weekend in beautiful northeast Iowa!

Art in the Park 
Founders Park│Elkader, Iowa
Saturday, August 22nd from 10-5pm
Sunday August 23rd from 10-4pm. 

For the past 10 months I've been helping an awesome group of artists plan Elkader's first annual fine art festival, Art in the Park! We've put in countless volunteer hours planning, organizing, raising funds, applying for grants, and building buzz to make our first year as great as possible!

We hope YOU will help us spread the word and be involved with Art in the Park! 
There are several ways to contribute to this community event!  
  • Volunteer! 
  • Be a corporate sponsor and gain ad space in our festival program, among other perks! 
  • Donate! To learn more, visit our fundraising campaign. Choose from a variety of ART-perks and donation levels....It's safe, it's easy, it's a win-win!  
  • Share our facebook, website, and Fundraising campaign with your friends and family! 
  • Save the Dates! Join us at Art in the Park, August 22 & 23, and bring a friend! 

Please, email us if you are interested in helping us out during the festival at

Thank you so much for helping us celebrate the arts in Elkader!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Behind the Scenes at MMCA!

This week I was able to sneak into the McGregor-Marquette Center for the Arts for a behind-the-scenes preview before opening night!

For the past several weeks, the gallery crew has been busy unpacking boxes, organizing artwork, meeting with local artists, painting pedestals, tagging items and entering inventory for the upcoming 2015 season! You really wouldn't believe all that goes into hanging an exhibit or "simply" organizing a display shelf!

Marilyn Etchison, the gallery manager, says she's "excited to see so many new area artists and artworks represented in the Retail Gallery!" I couldn't agree more; I'm excited for my first year as an exhibiting artist in the MMCA Retail Gallery! It's an honor and privilege to show my work in such a beautiful venue alongside so many talented and accomplished artists.

 (Of course I didn't give you close-ups of the paintings—you've got to see these in person!)

If you don't already have a trip planned to visit northeast Iowa, the McGregor-Marquette Center for
the Arts is reason in itself. Inhabiting the grand historic bank building in the heart of McGregor, Iowa, you'll find beauty, culture, and artistic energies abound.  This art space is filled with funky fun sculpture, fine wood-working, handcrafted jewelry, pottery, fiber arts, art greeting cards, Iowan-illustrated books, woven baskets, paintings, photography, and more! The Retail Gallery hosts local fine artists within a 100-mile radius. To view the MMCA website for a detailed list and background info on artists, upcoming shows, and events, click here!

This Friday, May 15th, marks the 2015 Grand Opening! The Retail Gallery will be open from 9am-5pm, and there is a special event in the evening at the Special Exhibit Gallery. Stop in to mingle, enjoy refreshments, and meet Arthur Geisert, Iowa's own multi-award-winning children's book author!

"Arthur's Gift," from 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Arthur Geisert's unique and exquisite etchings have been widely praised and exhibited at the Chicago Institute of Art, among other museums. His work is regularly selected for the Society of Illustrators' annual Original Art exhibition, and his illustrations are now being collected by the Dubuque Museum of Art.

Friday night you can purchase signed copies of Arthur's Mississippi-based children's book, River Town (I already snagged a copy myself!), and several of his other works will also be available for purchase. As if meeting the artist wasn't a big enough perk, on Friday night the McGregor-Marquette Center for the Arts will unveil its recent gift and Kickstarter-funded project. "Arthur's Gift," the 22 hand-colored original etchings used to create River Town, were recently gifted to MMCA and archivally matted and framed for display. Opening night will be the first time these etchings have ever been exhibited! You've got to see these large-scale, intricate masterpieces in person. The detail is incredible, the narrative nostalgic, and he will even be present to answer questions and give autographs!

Below is just a preview of what's in store for you this Friday!!

Stay tuned, I'll be updating you soon with my own review of the Special Exhibit, and my favorite works from the Retail Gallery! In the meantime, don't forget to attend the Grand Opening so you can meet Arthur and have him sign one of his award-winning books of illustrations.

I'd like to say a huge "Thank you" to Arthur for sharing his talent with the world, and for his truly generous gift to MMCA and therefore to the public, You rock!


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day!

Zach and I are truly blessed. We are so thankful for the strength, love and wisdom that has been shared and passed down through the amazing moms and grandmas in our lives. We love you all so much!

 And to our friends and family moms who've made us "Aunt Jilly and Uncle Zachy"....

we couldn't have lucked out with funnier, cuter, more silly and awesome "nieces and nephews!"   
Keep'em coming!! 


Friday, May 1, 2015

MAY DAY and MMCA 2015!

In the spirit of May Day, I have a short, sweet, and spring-filled happy post for you folks!

This morning I packed up a few of my newest Iowa-inspired paintings and made my way east, toward the eclectic and artsy riverside town of McGregor, Iowa!

I was so excited and eager to get to the McGREGOR-MARQUETTE Center for the ARTS that I had to use the cruise control to keep from getting a speeding ticket. The drive was quite breathtaking, the energy from the artists and staff dropping off and accepting artwork was mesmerizing, and I left completely enchanted! I cannot wait to see the first show of the season, along with all of the artwork displayed in the retail gallery alongside the Great Mississippi River.

I am beyond thrilled to be represented by this beautiful gallery space and can't wait to blog about it. Please stay tuned for more details and info about upcoming exhibitions, opening nights, artist demonstrations, and more at MMCA!