Art on the Prairie artists released

Stephanie Ivankovich
Art on the Prairie artists released

More than 60 artists will be featured in this year’s Art on the Prairie festival.

The art festival, slated for Nov. 14 and 15, will feature dozens of ceramic, print, glass, jewelry, wood, music, photography, paint, music and textiles/fiber artists from across the state.

Festival goers can meet the artists and buy their work at seven venues in Perry.

This will be the festival’s third year. Last year, the event brought thousands of people to Perry.

Jenny Eklund, event organizer, said Art on the Prairie is special to Perry.

“What I like about Art on the Prairie is the quality of art that’s here and the beautiful buildings that Perry has to offer,” Eklund said. “So many people say to us, ‘I can’t believe this is Perry. You have such gorgeous buildings.’ They don’t know until they come and view the art. Then they are like ‘Oh my gosh, these buildings are so gorgeous.’ We have so much in our community to show and tell, many more things than a lot of communities in Iowa, I just think for the type of art it is and Mary’s (Mary Rose Nichols, event organizer) leadership, it doesn’t get much better.”

Art on the Prairie is something to be proud of, Eklund said.

“You have the Des Moines art show, that’s a big deal,” Eklund said. “What makes me proud, I was at an event at Iowa State, the gentleman at the group that put on the Des Moines festival was at my table. I said I was from Perry Iowa. Once I said ‘Perry’ they all knew Art on the Prairie. You know how good that made me feel? That’s how big of a deal Art on the Prairie is. These people that know art they were very aware of Art on the Prairie.”

Artists will be in Hotel Pattee, the Towncraft building, the Carnegie Library Museum, the Security Bank Building, the Perry Public Library, La Poste and Peterson Designs. The ceramic artists that will be featured are Theresa Bockenstedt, Rebecca Brandow, Hilde DeBruyne, Linda Folden, Sheri Heiland, Emily McFarland, Jim and Judith Miller, Marion Nehmer, Lynsi Pasutti, Eric Peterson and Dan Sorensen. The glass artists will are Deb Casey, Art Ciccotti, Lori Murga and Jim and Julie Vermeer.

The jewelry artists are Teresa Kruse, Jen Lawler, Louise Mcilhon, Kelly Moore, Heather Morphew, Connie Rodgers and Suzanne Latour Stevens.

The mixed-media artists are Jesse Balmer, Chrissy Danger, Brad Kiefer, Michael Lundberg, Steve Murga, Betsy Peterson, Jan Stephan, Jack Wilhoit, Ryk Weiss and Pam Dennis.

The painters featured will be Deb Baughman, Savannah Belgarde, Lisa Cooper, Charolette Hamity, Flo Hayes, Lisa Leavenworth, Jennifer Mally, Pat Millin, Jo Myers-Walker and Misty and Shawn Palek. The photography artists are Jamie Daubendiek, Cindy Skeie, Melissa Stukenholz and Mark Stoltenberg.

Alexis Dwyer and Rick von Holdt will be the print artists featured. The texile and fiber artists are Sarah Bierstedt, Diane Corson, Rebecca Kemble, Silvia Klein, Sue Kluber, Rebecca Loew and Susan Peters.

The wood artists are Larry Cook, Ernest and Claudia Koch and Jan Wormley.