Thursday, November 29, 2018

Art from the Attic | The Left Bank Shop and Gallery

Art from the Attic | The Left Bank Shop and Gallery 

 Collage by Gail Larson
 Jewelry by Marsha Bailey
Painting by Gertrude Wickersheim Lovig

This loving exhibit is filled with layers of history, thought, and some materials you might not expect to find in artwork-- making it all the more intriguing to me! Marsha hunts for silverware that she transforms into fine jewelry. One can guess that the hunt is a fun part of her creative process. Gertrude's paintings are earthy and make you feel warm and cozy. They feel familiar. The collage works by Gail Larson dive into the realm of obsession and story telling. There's a rich narrative, instantly reminding me of Joseph Cornell, the American master of assemblage. Each of these artists have taken their fascination with the world around them and mastered their own on quirky artistic process. I find them equally charming as quirky, and can't wait to get back for another look!

So much about this exhibit resonates in my heart and it actually makes me feel at home. "Art from the Attic" really takes me back to my time at the University of North Carolina, and is a gentle reminder of the importance in making art for oneself. Sometimes the most personal artwork becomes the most universal.  (This exhibit makes me want to create!) 

Like I mentioned, I didn't get to spend near enough time and hope to get back to the gallery before they wrap up for the season on December 16th. I encourage you to do the same! In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this preview here on the blog.  


Thank you to the folks at The Left Bank Shop and Gallery and The McGregor Marquette Center for the Arts for creating such an amazing space to shop and view fantastic art in northeast Iowa, and for this wonderful avenue for us artists to display and sell our work! This has been a wonderful season and I look forward to exhibiting at the Left Bank Shop and Gallery in McGregor, Iowa again in 2019!

Again, a reminder that this final special exhibit for 2018 is "Art from the Attic" and you can still check it out for a few more weeks! Please notice that the gallery hours have been shortened for the winter: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 9 AM to 5 PM. You still have just a few weeks left to do some unique and thoughtful holiday shopping before they wrap up for the season!

Below are a few current images that I took from the retail side of the gallery. 
The Left Bank Shop and Gallery is a great place to shop for original art in Northeast Iowa!  Thank you to everyone for shopping small and supporting your local artists! 

♥ Jillian AKA JWebb

The Left Bank Shop & Gallery
At the McGregor-Marquette Center for the Arts
158 Main Street, P.O. Box 451
McGregor, Iowa  52157
Tel   563.329.2010

​Open 7 days a week  9am-5pm

Nov 9th thru Dec 16th
Open Friday, Saturday & Sunday 9am-5pm

Dec 17th 2018 to May 3rd 2019

Sunday, November 4, 2018

JWebb Photography | Brandy's NE Iowa Photo Session

This is one amazing human being. She's beautiful on the inside and out, and I was so honored she asked me to photograph her. My sessions are typically in the late afternoon or early evening, but we switched it up for this mid morning stroll through the woods and wildflowers of northeast Iowa earlier this summer. 

The light was gorgeous and the trees and land provided a breathtaking backdrop as we talked about life, love, politics, new ideas, and her dream - the 30 Day Gratitude Project 
We actually met awhile ago, but this was our first time spending quality time one on one together and it was so refreshing getting to know her and enjoy the great outdoors together! 

These are some of my favorite images from our beautiful day in the Driftless area of NE ... 

Nature, beauty, breathe.

Butterflies, yoga, breathe.

Peace, sunshine, smiles...

timber, grass, wildflowers...


Strength, confidence, stretch...




Breathe in the fresh air, the light, and the love that radiates from all of the wonderful souls who walk the earth with us. I'm grateful for the awareness that we're all in this together. 

More about her 30 day gratitude project coming to the blog soon.

Brandy, I wish you the best as you follow your dreams and I hope these images help you on your path! I look forward to many more walks in the woods with ya! :)