Beautiful weather and a need to get out of the house are perfect excuses to find your way to the 7th Annual Southwest Iowa Arts Tour this Saturday, September 19th!
This year’s event offers 7 towns, 9 stops, and exactly 50 artists! Two of those stops just happen to be in Pott. Co! Be sure to find your way to Avoca’s Main Street and Macedonia as they are both on the tour!
If you haven’t been before, it really is quite mind-blowing how many local artists there are and how amazingly talented they are! You can find anything from magnets, greeting cards, and jewelry to pottery, sculptures, and large-scale paintings! There really is a price point for everyone and I can’t stress how skilled these artists are. Plus, they are all willing to discuss their craft with you on-sight if you’re interested.
The Southwest Iowa Arts Tour is coordinated by Becca Castle, a project coordinator for Golden Hills, RC&D. She pointed out this is a great opportunity to experience what we have in our own backyard and support local artists instead of thinking you have to go to Omaha or Kansas City to get that great piece.
The tour was originally started, and continues successfully, with the purpose of bringing awareness to local artists, creating economic boosts for the rural towns, and exposing people to high quality art they may not even know is in the area. A wonderful part of the tour is that it gives rural folks an opportunity to find one-of-a-kind art as well as perfect gifts for the hard-to-buy people on their Christmas list! Besides all that, by having the chance to meet the artists many specifically-tailored-for-you commissions can be arranged.
It really is a phenomenal gift to our area, and if you have ever been to The Painted Camel in ‘Donia, then you know about Paul and the great artists he and Carol Jean work with. They will have featured artists in ceramics, weaving, pottery, photography, and glasswork on-hand. With a short trip down 59, Avoca will be having their event at the corner of Crocker and Elm behind the Post Office and will feature jewelry, photography, wood sculptures, and an illustrator.
To get a better glimpse of what to expect, swing by Golden Hills and grab the impressive tour guide of locations, artists, and a map or check the Facebook page for artist spotlights!
Due to COVID, this year’s event is only one day, Saturday, from 10am to 6pm and 3 of the stops will be completely outside. All will involve social distancing with hand sanitizer stations and masks are encouraged with a few indoor places requiring them. But do not let that stop you from attending!
I can’t say enough good things about the tour and what it represents - yes, it’s Iowa Nice. Yes, it’s humble Iowa artists showcasing their abilities. And yes, it is a great place to do a little shopping and support local!
See you Saturday!