Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Driftless Area Art Festival│2015

Last August, a few other Elkader artists and I joined together in the hopes of organizing Elkader's first ever fine art festival. With Kate showing at the prestigious Driftless Area Art Festival last year, Kris and I decided to drive out and take notes! Boy, were we impressed with the level of organization, quality of work, booth displays, and overall atmosphere of this awesome fine art festival! It was obvious that our group would look to Driftless as the benchmark to creating our very own fine art festival in Elkader. I even came home and immediately blogged the fun experience: The Driftless Area Art festival 2014. I also knew right away that I would apply for Driftless 2015! 

After applying, I received my acceptance letter and news that one of my images would be on the official festival postcard! Not only would my painting make the postcard, but they decided to use it on their "friend buttons" which were given to each festival supporter! How cool is that?! 

While I didn't have time to take very many photos of this year's Driftless experience, I did manage to snap some of the highlights with my cell phone! 

  • Selling Art! It's always exciting to see people walk out into the world with one (or two) of my paintings. "Meditate" and "Summer Stroll" have left the building! I'll miss these wooded pathways but hope Olivier and his lovely wife enjoy them for years to come! Thanks, guys! And, thanks to all of those I didn't get to snap a photo of who walked out with JWebb Art! Feel free to send me photos of your paintings in their new forever homes! :) 
  • Meeting A North Carolina Native! Would you believe that a fellow North Carolinian found me in the tiny town of Soldiers Grove in the middle of apple country Wisconsin?! And... we were even wearing the same shoes! Nice to meet you, Rachel!
  • Hanging out with my Homie! After an amazing Saturday of art, Kate and I enjoyed the most delicious dinner provided by the Driftless Team and got to relax before we crashed! Exhaustion doesn't begin to describe it. 
  • Meeting Other Artists! I couldn't have asked for cooler neighbors for the weekend! :) 
  • Familiar Faces! Seeing folks who met me at Art Fair on the Green in La Crosse, people who recognized me from Elkader, and friends who surprised me with their presence, was awesome!
  • Favorite Artist Awards! Receiving three very special Favorite Artist Awards was the icing on the cake! Thank you to my new friend Julissa (what a gorgeous name and sweet girl!), and to Jillian and Declan for picking me as their favorite artist! I loved seeing which paintings sparked interest from these awesome kiddos! 

That about sums up my awesome weekend at the Driftless Area Art Festival!
Thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers, event organizers, patrons, and fellow artists for making it a truly wonderful experience! I look forward to next time! 


P.S. A huge thanks to Jerry and Liz Quebe for not only organizing a truly terrific event for eleven years running, but for offering their guidance, leadership, and encouragement as mentors to us on the Cultural and Entertainment District of Main Street Elkader as we planned our first annual Art in the Park! Art in the Park's first year was tremendous, thanks to role model festivals like the fabulous Driftless Area Art Festival!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

TBT │ Britt's Trip to Saint Olaf

A few weeks ago I scooped up my sis from the Eastern Iowa Airport! We got to spend an entire week together on the farm and exploring small town Iowa. The sightseeing began on the drive home when we stopped for dinner in Manchester and got to peek at the Whitewater Park! 

The next day we traveled over to McGregor, an adorable Mississippi River town, for some shopping, brunch on the boat, and Lady Luck action! We even walked out on top of the boat for a Mississippi River Selfie. Oh, and our new favorite slot machine is now officially the Lucky Lemmings! 

More Highlights of Our Week Included:

  • A trip to see one of my commissioned paintings at the new healthcare facility in Prairie du Chien 
  • Traveling up to Decorah, to the Humane Society of Northeast Iowa, where Britty helped me find Buddy!
  • Church at Norway and a walk through the old cemeteries
  • Wedding Planning!
  • Trying on Dresses at Holly's Bridal
  • A visit to Common Clay Studio in Elkader
  • Time with Zach and Momma D!
  • Delicious home cooked dinners
  • A bonfire with friends and s'mores!
  • A fun and frightening ;) tour of  the infamous Spook Cave! 
  • Picking veggies from our garden to make fresh salsa, pickles, and cucumber salad
  • & more..

Thank you to my sweet sis for making the journey out to Iowa for a week on the farm! 
We love you and and hope you'll come visit again soon!
 (& bring that handsome fiancĂ© and puppy next time, too!)


photos for this post are courtesy of miss Britt!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Welcome home, Buddy!

Meet Buddy, our new farm pup! Well, he's not actually a puppy. He is a 4 yr old collie rescue from the Humane Society of Northeast Iowa. I've been wanting a dog for quite a while and knew I would eventually find the perfect match for us. When my sister was in town a week ago we decided to check out the Humane Society of NE Iowa. Britt has always found the most awesome rescue pets, so I felt certain she would help me find a good match! We walked in and Buddy stole my heart at first sight! I knew I found my doggy. Britt and I looked at several of the others too, and they were all adorable, but I knew right away... 

Zach fell for him, too!

We had to leave him for a few days to have his vet check-up and paperwork handled. It was tough to leave him, but the staff and volunteers took such great care of our sweet Buddy. They went above and beyond in the whole adoption process and I couldn't be more grateful!

We got to bring Buddy home yesterday! 

Thank you Julie, Abby, and all of the wonderful volunteers who took care of our Buddy! It was obvious when I went to visit him that you all loved him and he loved you back! So far he is adjusting super to life with us on the farm! He is being a fantastic listener and getting comfortable around his house and my art studio! I'd say we are bonding quite nicely and will keep you updated on our fun farm life adventures! :)

Are you looking for a pet of your own?! Check out The Humane Society of Northeast Iowa or your own local rescue. There are so many lovable animals hoping for their forever home! This may sound cliché, but rescuing a pet doesn't just make an animal's day, it will change your world... and that's the truth!

We're the lucky ones!
Jillian & Zach