Sunday, August 12, 2018

Elkader | an Artsy hip town in northeast IOWA welcomes G's Closet and Gallery to Main St

Elkader is an ARTSY hip town in northeast Iowa that's just a skip away from St Olaf. In fact, it's one of the reasons I was excited to move to this beautiful little corner of the world. There's an eclectic mix of restaurants, bars, boutiques, a digital projection cinema, a community swimming pool, amazing parks, the historic Opera House, and more! There are also all of the other amenities families need like grocery, pharmacy, hardware, an excellent school, etc. It's truly a charming area and we've had a blast getting to know the community since we moved here five years ago! 

I have especially loved watching the support of the arts in northeast Iowa grow each year, and I'm not alone. We've recently welcomed many other amazing couples back to northeast Iowa; one of them is Steve and Sally Stendel. Steve and Sally moved to Elkader and opened not just any store...they've opened G's Closet and GALLERY! Yes, you read that right! Elkader has a new art gallery and I am so honored to get to showcase my artwork in this beautiful space. 

When Steve wanted to move back full-time to his hometown of Elkader, he asked Sally what it would take. Wanting to be involved in the community and loving the support she saw first-hand for the arts in our area at Art in the Park, she wanted to open a gallery! (I use a lot of exclamation marks when I'm writing about art and galleries, because they make me so happy!) Sally and Steve also felt there was a market for young women's and girls' clothing and so they decided to create a space that offered both. 

The next thing they had to figure out was where and what they would call it. Since their grandkids had such an influence on their shop and have always called Sally "G" (since they couldn't quite pronounce grandma when they were little), G's Closet and Gallery was born!

They moved into what was once Willow Creek, where I used to showcase my artwork, and they did quite a bit of renovation and rearranging to make a beautiful new gallery space, dressing rooms, a kids zone (God bless you), and storefront! Seeing the transformation was so exciting and I could hardly believe that I would get to show my art in this beautiful setting once again and along with so many other talented northeast Iowa artists! 

G's has such a comfortable atmosphere,
 you'll feel right at home trying on clothes in their beautiful dressing rooms, and relaxing with a cup of coffee in the gallery.

It's bright, airy, clean, and the clothes are ADORABLE!

They have a great selection of new unique name-brand clothes at great prices...
 they've shopped the best sales and are passing them on to you!

I can't even get over this adorable Kids Zone, Emmajean runs immediately for the crayons and coloring book every time we step foot in the door!

Below, artist Bev Hamann shows off her mosaic work to a friend as they have fun browsing the gallery.

The clothes and artwork are in constant transition so be sure to stop in regularly! :)

I'm grateful to Steve and Sally for offering such a refined gallery space for northeast Iowa, and for offering a fun mix of adorable affordable name-brand clothes, shoes, and jewelry, too! 

If you haven't yet, I highly encourage you to check it out! You're going to love G's Closet and Gallery and the gals that run the place, too! 

The Grand Opening for G's Closet and Gallery was just a couple of weeks ago, so be sure to stop in and say hi! 

Sally (top left) helps a customer inside the gallery while Nancy (bottom left) helps assist customers outside during Elkader's Sidewalk Sales and G's Closet and Gallery's Grand Opening! 

Sally and Steve have truly created a special place to shop, visit, and relax in Elkader. They've shown their support of the arts in so many ways and have even pitched in as a patron level sponsor for Art in the Park 2018 and we are so grateful to have them, their support, and their vision in our community! 

  • Take the shuttle up to see it this weekend during Art in the Park and SHOW YOUR ART IN THE PARK PROGRAM for special discounts! (most artwork not included)
  • Any J.Webb Fine Art at G's Closet and Gallery will be 15% off during the festival -- but be sure to come down and see more at Art in the Park- August 18th and 19th! 


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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Art in the Park - Aug 18th and 19th | Join us in Founders Park, Elkader, IA

Keeping it short and sweet! ..... 

Come find my booth at Art in the Park! 

Founders' Park, Elkader, IA 
Sat. August 18th from 10AM to 5PM
Sun. August 19th from 10AM to 4PM


I have some new things for you to see... 
some small, 
some medium, 
and quite possibly a HUGE one, too! 

I'm pretty excited about all of them and hope to see you next weekend!

This is the 4th annual Art in the Park and I've helped organize it from day one. :) It is a labor of love and a whole lot'a fun!! So come see for yourself!



Sunday, August 5, 2018

Creative Couples at the Left Bank Shop and Gallery - Iowa Art - Northeast Iowa

Over the weekend I popped over to McGregor to see the latest exhibit at The Left Bank Shop and Gallery. I am so glad I made it in to see this ADORABLE show that features artwork by four super talented Iowa artist couples! Adorable is an odd word to use to describe an art exhibit, but I couldn't help imagining these folks nestled in their studios, side by side, sharing ideas, brainstorming over coffee, giving each other space to be creative, and critiques to better each other... and ADORABLE is just what comes to mind. :) 

 I loved seeing all of the artwork individually and picturing it being made under the same roof. Not only is the idea behind this show heartwarming, the artwork is quite incredible.

Right away I recognized the fine artwork of Larry and Margaret Stone. Larry is pretty famous in Elkader (and beyond) for his nature photography. We even have a copy of his book "Iowa Landscapes" and one of his prints in our home. I had no clue that he was married to an artist as well, what a fun surprise! Margaret's basket work is absolutely stunning and it feels right at home next to the wooded landscapes of Larry's photography.  

Next, I noticed Rabecca Kobos and Joel Shoemaker's fun and inspired fiber art and pottery. I LOVE their work so much and am so excited that they'll both be at Art in the Park in Elkader, IA, Aug 18th and 19th. They use such great colors and fun patterns. I think it is the color and the texture of the two very different media that draws me to these guys. I love the smooth glossy ceramics with their vibrant color and whimsical designs. It's also neat how well the pottery goes right along with the whimiscal fiber art. Guys, it's beautiful and just makes me want to smile!     

Then I glanced around the room and I first thought I was looking at a photograph by Fred Easker, wow. Wow, that's an OIL painting! My photo doesn't do this piece justice, you've got to get in and see Fred's work for yourself. The detail is unbelievable. 

At first glance it almost seems like Fred and Velga's work is very different. While it is very different media, their attention to detail and meticulous style makes them more alike than different in my opinion. 

This is a Velga Easker piece below....

So at first glance I thought Fred's was a photograph and I thought Velga's was a neat, tidy,  patterned collage. That was just at first glance though. After studying their work a bit more, the realization that I was looking at an oil painting, and recycled material art, made my draw drop. I love how these two trick you at a glance and beckon you to come in close for a longer look. Awesome work from this Cedar Rapids couple! 

And of course.... no one could miss the impressive ceramic display in the center of the show! Nate and Hallie are a northeast Iowa favorite and have been making functional wood-fired ceramics for nearly two decades from their home studio.I am obsessed with ceramics and love the feel and look of their work. Have you ever been near ceramics and wanted to reach out and pick one up? These are just calling to be held. 

You have until August 27th to head over and see this really awesome exhibit!
You can read about the artists, their process, and more, so head on over to the Left Bank and purchase something that will make you smile for years to come!

It's a heartwarming, cozy exhibit, and these couples truly are quite creative!


PS Thanks to the Left Bank Shop and Gallery for helping us spread the word about Art in the Park 2018! It is great to see communities helping communities and artists promoting artists. We're all in this together friends.... :) 

Art in the Park - Regional Fine Art Festival 

Founders' Park, Elkader, IA
Saturday, August 18th from 10-5PM
Sunday, August 19th from 10-4PM