By Paul Struck, Editor
Fifty-five talented artists from 11 Northwest Iowa Counties will participate in the Artisans Road Trip 2005 (ART), again scheduled Saturday and Sunday, October 15-16, in communities hugging the scenic Little Sioux River Valley.
The ART 2005 offers a rare glimpse into the artists' creative and private work spaces, and an opportunity to visit with them as they demonstrate their craft.
The artists welcome travelers from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. that Saturday, and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday in 11 counties, including Cherokee, Buena Vista, O'Brien, Clay, Dickinson, Osceola, Pocahontas, Palo Alto, Sioux, Calhoun, and Webster counties.
Cherokee artists include Steve Schroeder specializing in stoneware pottery, Connie Hankens specializing in stained glass and driftwood sculpture, and Dee Reinert specializing in acrylics, landscape, and wildlife paintings.
Schroeder will be displaying his wares in the Framing Nook on Cherokee's East Main Street, while Hankens and Reinert will be at the Cherokee Railroad Depot, both sites in the heart of Cherokee's Downtown Entertainment & Cultural District.
Other area artists participating include Bogenreif Studios in Sutherland and Spencer specializing in stained glass works and glass blowing, Connie Braunschweig of Alta specializing in slab-built pottery, Beth Cathcart of Linn Grove specializing in fine art pottery, Steve Cathcart of Linn Grove specializing in western rustic furniture and accessories, Linda Fries of Peterson specializing in watercolor paintings, Barb McGee of Peterson specializing in photorealistic watercolor paintings, and Bettina Perkins of Anthon specializing in free-flowing watercolor paintings.
Perkins also will be displaying her works Saturday and Sunday in the Framing Nook at 113 E. Main St. in downtown Cherokee.
Other artists involved in the 2005 ART will be in Storm Lake, Sioux Center, Emmetsburg, Everly, Milford, Spirit Lake, Ruthven, Okoboji, Spencer, Sibley, Larchwood, Alton, Dickens, Rolfe, Hartley, Pomeroy, Maurice, Terril, Callendar, Gowrie, Sioux Rapids, Arnolds Park, Ireton, and Jackson, Minn.
Pamphlets with maps are available at the artists' locations, and at participating Chamber of Commerce offices. For more information, check out the web site
The ART 2005 also coincides with the Cherokee Fall Family Fest on Saturday, October 15, at the Cherokee Depot.
Among the many events include the annual "Show & Shine" Car Show in the city parking lot adjacent to the Depot, plus a Show & Shine Show for motorcycles and tractors. The shows will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, October 15.
Speaking of cars, a Midwest Miata Club also plans to make Cherokee its home away from home that day by making a special appearance here in the parking lot just south of the Cherokee Law Enforcement Center on West Main Street.
In addition to all this, the Cherokee Fall Festival includes apple baking and pumpkin baking contests, with entries due at the Depot by 10 a.m. that day. The entries will then be judged and auctioned off at 11 a.m.
Also, the Fall Festival includes wood carvers and their displays, a rope making demonstration, a telegraph communication demonstration, a nature demonstration for kids by Ginger Vietor, Naturalist with the Cherokee County Conservation Board, a farmers market, an art show featuring local artists Dee Reinert and Connie Hankens at the Depot, and many fun games for kids of all ages.
For more information, contact Jim Adamson at 229-9502.