Monday, June 3, 2024

Poster Boy

 I am proud to announce that I am the featured artist for the Des Moines Arts Festival. Earlier this spring I made a special trip down to the Dubuque area and made drawings and studies for a series of paintings of Iowa with the intent of the Des Moines Art Festival picking one for the poster. Having painted in Northeast Iowa for years now, it was a natural process. The painting I submitted from Jackson County I thought would make the best image and felt the most like me is the one they chose. This is a first for me, and Des Moines treated Katie and I wonderfully the night of the unveiling. Great ceremony, impressive organization, and even Hamm's on tap. Despite being Lutheran, I am excited. Before the unveiling I wore white gloves and signed 200 prints.

So....  If anybody wants a print,  it is 23x30" and I can get you one for $45 plus shipping. I do NOT do prints of my work. The painting was scanned in and the print is on nice stock, it really is top notch. Whoever made this print did a great job and this image here does not represent how good it actually looks in person. The print is only sold at the Des Moines Festival of Arts June 28-30. You can only get it in person or by contacting me ahead of time. There are less than 200 available, signed and numbered by yours truly. If anybody has any interest, please contact me so I can take care of that for you.


PS- Des Moines bought the painting so it is not for sale.

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Show Season


 Working hard and focused. Not even drinking! With everything that has happened to me in the last year and a half, just painting and walking the straight and narrow has been good for me. I am planning on this being my last year of a full summer tour, and even designed a tshirt. The granary has been transformed into a gallery space, lots of sweat equity and electrical help from my Dad. Hopefully in August we will have an opening, have a few final details to finish up. The plan is after the gallery officially opens to just spend less time on the the road. Mainly I feel like I owe it to myself and Katie to knock this off. In the future I plan on doing select shows here and there, who knows. I just want to do less work and better work-just like every other artist I know does. But right now I have lots of work and am getting ready for the last big push. Here is my show schedule so far:

May 3-5 Brookside Art Annual, Kansas City, MO

June 8-9 Old Town Art Fair, Chicago, IL

June 14-16 Lakefront Festival Of The Arts, Milwaukee WI

June 28-30 Des Moines Art Festival, Des Moines, IA

July 18-20 Ann Arbor Art Fair- the Original, Ann Arbor, MI

Aug 10th Charlevoix Waterfront Art Fair, Charlevoix, MI

Oct 4-6 St. James Art Festival, Louisville, KY

I have applied for a couple more shows and will add to the schedule need be. This time of year I do miss seeing fair goers, clients, and my friends. We look forward to seeing everyone again!