Saturday, September 30, 2017

JWebb Photography | Alyssa's Senior Session

Alyssa's Senior Session
Motor Mill | Northeast Iowa

Earlier this week I met Alyssa at the historic Motor Mill in northeast Iowa for her senior photo session. Alyssa was so fun, easygoing, and truly breathtaking. It was a gorgeous fall day with a light breeze, warm sun, and some sugar and spice. Here are some of my favorites from Alyssa's whimsical fall photo session! 

Although she would have been glamorous in anything, I absolutely love the outfits Alyssa picked out for her session, and how she paired them with the perfect accent jewelry and shoes. The location was quite a show-stopper, too! 

Love this photo of Alyssa and her mom that I caught at the end of her session!

Alyssa, you are absolutely radiant and I wish you the best this year as you prepare for graduation and all of the adventures ahead! Kristina, thank you for trusting me with your daughter's senior photos! What a precious milestone to cherish.


Stay tuned for more from Sunny in Saint Olaf coming soon!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Fiber Art

 Fiber Art

Remember when I said that the Left Bank Shop & Gallery in McGregor, Iowa, has something for everyone? A couple of weeks ago I stopped in and I fell instantly in love with some of their fiber art! I found this adorable handmade hat and scarf. Not only is this fiber art functional, but it's out of this world cute and classic! 

While this hat was probably intended for an adult, it looked so cute as an over-sized hat on my little one, I had to have it. Today was the first morning it was cool enough to wear, so I thought I'd share it with you guys!

Head over to The Left Bank to find some cozy fiber art for you and your wee ones!

Yep, she's warm & cool!

I can already tell this will be my go-to scarf this season, too! 


#SupportLocal #cutebaby #ImightHavetoBorrowHerHat

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Left Bank | My Reflection on Portrait Impressions

Portrait Impressions | a group exhibit 
September 8th - October 30th
9 AM to 5 PM Daily

Last week I posted about the upcoming exhibit at The Left Bank Shop & Gallery in McGregor, IA. So Friday, with my little one in tow, we headed over to see the exhibit. I love going to the special event openings to mingle with everyone, listen to the live music, and enjoy the wonderful refreshments, but Emmajean had slightly different plans. We ended up going just before the official start time, before the crowd rolled in, but we still got to see all of the new artwork displayed. We even got to sneak a few photos of Portrait Impressions and a couple of photos of two of the people who make it all happen at The Left Bank! 

Portrait Impressions | a group exhibit at the Left Bank Shop & Gallery 
The artists definitely had their own unique takes for Portrait Impressions. When you go see this show you will see traditional portraiture, abstraction, conceptual portraits, animal portraits, and more! I really enjoyed all of the different interpretations of the theme for this exhibit. A sense of play and fun shine through the variety of artwork.

I even snapped my own "portrait impression" of the exhibit itself: featuring Sandy and Teri who both work with The Left Bank Shop & Gallery to bring these events to life. These folks are awesome and, along with the other board members, employees, and volunteers, are able to offer northeast Iowa a truly enchanting place to view and purchase local artwork. 

Last minute adjustments! 

This exhibit is seriously fun to view. I love the eclectic mix of styles, the vibrant colors, & the variety of media! 

While everything at this special exhibit is awesome, the glass portraits by Barb McKinlay really caught my eye. Some hang on the wall, some are free standing and catch the light in different ways as you walk around the room. All are vibrant, moody and downright delightful. 

Here are a few detail images of her glass portraits available now at the Left Bank:

This shows how the piece changes as the light shifts or you view the artwork from a different angle. I think what draws me to these is the use of color coupled with the way the piece is constantly changing from the light shining through. To me, this shift in the work plays on the idea that people aren't two dimensional. We are ever changing and reacting to the environment around us at any given moment. What a cool way to take a traditional "2D" portrait and bring it to life. Very cool work, Barb!

If you haven't already been to see this show, or you missed the opening, or you just need to get back for a second look, then you're in luck! This exhibit runs through October 30th.

Don't forget to check out the plethora of other interesting artwork throughout the rest of the retail gallery while you're there! Can you spot any of my new JWebb original paintings? 

There is really something for everyone at The Left Bank!
I can't wait to share what we found for Emmajean...check back soon! 

Cheers ♥

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Left Bank Shop & Gallery | Portrait Impressions

Today was a gorgeous day for a drive along the Mississippi River! Not only did I enjoy the scenic drive, the early signs of fall, the crisp fresh air, but I also dropped off a few new paintings at both The Left Bank Shop & Gallery and The Guttenberg Gallery. Checking things off my to-do list is always a plus, but getting to see all of the beautiful new things at the galleries was icing on the cake!

I highly encourage you to take a relaxing drive up (or down) the river and visit both spaces during the fall leaves season. Either way, you should definitely mark your calendar for the upcoming opening night of Portrait Impressions at the Left Bank Shop & Gallery in McGregor, Iowa. It's happening this Friday, September 8th, from 6 to 8 pm, and there will be live music, refreshments, and mingling! Here is a little sneak peek of some of the portraits that you'll find at the exhibit...

Portraits come in many shapes, sizes, and styles. Come see for yourself at The Left Bank Shop & Gallery's
final special exhibit of the season: Portrait Impressions - Sept. 8 through Oct. 30, 2017.

As you can see from these little teasers... It's going to be a really fun exhibit! 

Join the event on facebook by clicking here!