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Art Harvest Tour
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Don't miss the Art Harvest Tour scheduled for September 27th and 28th!
Here's a link to a downloadable map for all the artists on the Art Harvest Tour!
Hotel Pattee Reservations
One of our venues is the historic Hotel Pattee. They are now taking reservations for Art on the Prairie weekend!
After retiring from teaching middle school students for 34 years, Catherine Huisman decided to combine her passion for fabric with art. She designs and creates 16" square art pillows. Recently, Catherine began creating quilted landscape art pillows. Most of these pillows are of simple abstract landscapes. Some of the landscapes are inspired by photos that she has taken, while others are inspired by a specific fabric.The quilting allows lines of dimension which create the topography of the landscape scene. Occasionally, fibers and embellishments are added for scene enhancers. For other covers, she uses iridescent oil paint sticks for the artwork.
As a botanist at Iowa State, Deborah Lewis has studied plants and nature scientifically for a number of decades. Writing poems, encouraged by poets in Third Stanza (a society of Ames area poets), has opened her eyes to seeing plants/nature in a new light, especially in recognizing relationships and patterns that she had long overlooked. This has led to similar observations of humans' activities and dynamic interactions, from family to strangers. Three of her poems have been published in Lyrical Iowa (2011, 2012 and 2013).
Bicyclist Balancing Pomegranate
Biker, beware, balancing the bonsai
pomegranate on narrow handlebars;
so enticingly lovely, small fruit forming,
perched in its blue, rectangular bowl.
This pomegranate was likely in bloom
on the spring equinox; beware! Do not
suffer Persephone’s fate, as she ate
Hades’ pomegranate’s six seeds of death.
Do not invite your own tragedy, tempted
to focus on balancing a pomegranate,
as you merge your bicycle into traffic’s
brisk flow in this season of new life.