Regional art show to be held in Guttenberg on April 11

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Gail Larson, coordinator of the Region 3 Iowa Artists Show, is a member of the Clayton County Artists, who have their own show each summer in Guttenberg. Larson and many other Clayton County Artists will be submitting work for the upcoming regional show. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

The Clayton County Artists are hosting this year’s Region 3 Iowa Artists Show in Guttenberg on Saturday, April 11. The show will be held on the third floor of the Municipal Building and is open to the public from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Coordinator Gail Larson expects about 35 artists (fourteen of which are from Clayton County) to exhibit up to three works each.

Local artists Pat Peck, Carol Hartmann, Bev Hamann, Sue Bolsinger, Harry Gresham, Verna Lenth, Heather Meyer, Larson, and others are expected to have work in the exhibition. All the work to be exhibited has been created within the past two years and has never before been shown in Iowa Artists regional or state shows, so viewers can expect to see pieces they’ve not yet encountered.

Guttenberg artist Pat Peck plans to bring three oil paintings depicting scenes from her travels. One image shows a hill town in Italy built on the outcropping of a volcano known as Overito. The second is a painting of Gallway Bay in Ireland, and the third features a group of children watching a man shear a sheep. “With a competition like that, it really inspires you to do your best and find unusual things,” Peck told The Press.

“This year the judge at the show will be David Prehm, noted watercolorist and book illustrator,” said Larson. Prehm will select one piece from each 10 exhibited in Guttenberg for a first, second and third place ribbon, as well as a number of honorable mentions at his discretion. Blue ribbon winners from the regional shows go to the state show, which will be May 2 in Cedar Falls. 

Any member of Iowa Artists who is 18 years or older and lives in the region may exhibit up to three works in the April 11 show. A list of work for the show is to be submitted to Ann McCullough, chair of the show, by April 8. “The regional show acts as the jury process for the state show. It is judged by different judges each year, so we get different 'opinions' of our work each year,” said McCullough. “It's great because they offer critiques after the judging. We can learn and improve our work.” For more information on becoming a member of the Iowa Artists or joining the show, contact McCullough at 563-933-6182.

McCullough is also the president of the Clayton County Artists, a group that meets monthly to share their art and knowledge with fellow artists through activities like sketching and drawing, art technique, and field trips. The group exists to encourage one another, teach and learn, and offer constructive critiques.

Bev Hamann, a Garnavillo resident who is a member of Clayton County Artists, will be showing several pieces that have benefitted from the group critique. She brought one such piece, a large, textured glass jar designed with earth-toned mosaic stones, to a meeting for advice. “The ladies liked being able to see through it, so I didn’t grout it,” she said. The group also helped her choose grout color for a geometric tile she designed using a unique type of stained glass. These two pieces and a third three-dimensional work, a wood-burned gourd featuring a deer camouflaged in fall leaves, will be on display at the municipal building. 

Guttenberg artist Carol Hartmann told The Press, “I will be submitting three pieces to be judged on April 11. The first is Summer on the Mississippi, done in oil on canvas, which was composed from the north overlook on Highway 52.” Hartmann's other two pieces for the show feature the Ulbrich farm, where her mother grew up, and a winter scene including a round barn near Millville in mixed media on a saw blade.

Larson expects to submit an oil painting, a collage, and a fiber artwork for the regional show. Other works considered for awards at the show include jewelry, textiles (including quilts, hangings, baskets, rugs, and weaving), ceramics, sculpture, and glass. 

When the show opens to the public at 1:00 on April 11, awards will be announced and the critiques will be given.  Attendees will have the opportunity to pick their own favorite piece by voting for a People's Choice Award. For more information, visit

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