The Iowa Artists Annual Area 7 Art Show will be held Saturday, March 23 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Denver Public Library, 100 Washington St., Denver, Iowa. The show is open to artists in area 7 which includes Butler, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Grundy, Tama and Benton counties. Artists must be 18 or older and members of Iowa Artists. Winners in this show will go on to the state show. The public is invited to view the show and refreshments will be served.
This year's show will be juried by Michele Maring Miller. Michele knew at the age of five she was an artist. Michele states, "My kindergarten teacher held up my drawing and announced that there was an artist in the class. My parents encouraged me by taking me to art shows and museums. They bought me books and supplies. They set up a studio for me in the basement."
Today Michele's studio, home, and gallery are in an 1871 sandstone church in West Amana, Iowa. It is open to the public May to December. Michele has also opened a second gallery in the village of Amana next to the Ox Yoke Inn.
Painting mostly in watercolor, she also does oils, pastels and inks. When Michele retired from teaching she bought a stack of sketchbooks. I sketch a minimum of 15 minutes a day. Watercolor is her favorite medium. Michele shares, "My paintings are painted in my head before they ever reach the paper. Every moment my eyes are open I am seeing a painting. My goal as an artist is to create luminous images that touch happy feelings from our past."
Both 2 and 3 dimensional works will be accepted. Two dimensional works include paintings and drawings in oil, pastel, watercolor, ink, pencil, charcoal or collage. Three dimensional works include ceramics, sculptures, fibers, textiles, and jewelry. All works must be original. No copies, kits, or crafts will be accepted. The maximum measurement allowed for painting/drawings is 4 feet including the frame. All pictures must be hung using a wire. No saw tooth hangers will be accepted. Entries must be delivered to the Denver Library in the week before the show.