Making plans to do something special during the peak fall foliage weekend, October 3rd, 4th, and 5th this year? How about wandering the back roads leaf looking and seeing some amazing art in Northeast Iowa! The 17th Annual Northeast Iowa Artists' Studio Tour will be held for three days, a great way to start your holiday shopping while supporting local artists! Shop for jewelry, pottery, baskets, photography, paintings, fiber artwork, silversmith creations, fused glass art,and much more. Your handmade purchases support the local economy as well as a gifted community of artists.
Plan on picking up the girlfriends and making a weekend of it! What could be more fun than shopping with the girls and experiencing Northeast Iowa's peak fall foliage at the same time?
The studio tour begins Friday October 3, and continues through Sunday the 5th from 10 to 5 daily. Travel the rustic back roads of Northeast Iowa in fall splendor and get the opportunity to meet many artists in their own world of inspiration.
There are 50 artists in 36 amazing locations to travel to! You won't want to miss any of the award-winning, amazing artists on the tour, trust me. I enjoy getting to see the artists at work in their own element and many will have demonstrations. Oh, and did I mention you have the chance to win free art? Make sure you sign up!
New to the tour this year is Jordon Kjome, Carl Shick, Kaen Woodbury, Sharlene Bohr, and Rose Schutte. Returning after a hiatus is John Kjome and myself; Joyce Meyer Photography.
You'll find me and my work in Spillville at 113 Dvorak Drive. It’s a great time to drive to the picturesque town of Spillville with its rolling hills and beautiful bluffs. My award-winning work will be on display on metal, wrap around canvas, cards and more. Pick up a brochure at my home along Wander Creek. While in Spillville you might want to hit the large Fall Craft Show at the school gym on Saturday.
You can get yummy homemade chicken noodle soup, hot chicken sandwiches and more there. Don't forget to pick up a couple dozen kolaches before you get back on your road trip. The St. Wenceslaus ladies do a great job with these Czech delicacies. There is nothing like meandering through beautiful rustic landscapes while getting the opportunity to meet the fine artists in our area on a full stomach!
This is free to the public and is a great get-away idea for you and your friends. Or make it a romantic weekend, with many cozy Inns to chose from. Northeast Iowa is one of the most beautiful areas in the country, especially in the fall of the year.
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