2017 NE IA Tour Application Is Available! Apply by March 15

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2016.RoseSchutteThe 20th annual Northeast Iowa Artists’ Studio Tour (NIAST Inc.) applications to exhibit are now available to area artists. For an application PDF or more information go to www.iowaarttour.com click on the events/news tab or contact Darla or Glen Ellickson at darla@earloops.com or 563-382-2295. The 2017 Tour takes place October 13, 14 and 15. Studios are open 10 to 5 daily. Media considered is limited to Fine Art and Fine Craft. Items include: Painting, sculpture, jewelry, photography, clay/ceramics, wood, glass, metal, printmaking, mixed media, handmade paper, fiber, etc. as appropriate at Fine Art Fairs. All works must be original in concept and design and must have been executed by the applicant: works from molds or kits, commercial or manufactured items, and buy/sell are not permitted. Tour exhibitors qualify as “fine artists,” meaning, “They possess the skill to expand and adapt even a high-end craft with individual vision.” Artist’s applications for tour entry are juried, and participants are selected for their work’s technique, quality, and vision and studios must reside within 40 miles of Decorah, in Iowa. Postmark deadline for submitting an application is March 15, 2017.

The self-guided Tour is specially timed to enjoy the fall color and travels along winding gravel roads, for a behind-the-scenes view into the Artists’ personal workspace.

New in 2016 and in the planning stages again for 2017 – preview a sampling of one of Iowa’s favorite studio Tours! A Special Show of the newest works created by this Fall’s Tour Artists, exhibit at ArtHaus in downtown Decorah. This is a unique opportunity to preview the work in-person to help plan your studio hopping route for the 20th annual Northeast Iowa Artists’ Studio Tour.

Many attendees traveled to the Tour from as far as Chicago in one direction to Omaha the other. The 2016 Tour featured 52 artists at 40 locations. Estimated 2000-2500 visitors annually from as many as 15 states and 2 countries have been reported as attending from past Tours. According to the Travel Association of America, Cultural travelers spend more per trip than the average U.S. traveler. The Studio Tour brings economic benefit to the entire northeast Iowa area.

Participating in this event features inclusion of color photos of your artwork and contact information in top quality full-color posters and 20-30,000 brochures, complete with detailed map with GPS to studio locations. These brochures are distributed in many ways, including: being personally handed-out by the touring Artists throughout the country; through a bulk-mailing of nearly 10,000 brochures to the pre-qualified mailing lists of the Artists; to special requests to area Tourism venues; and from the tour drawing cards requesting information.

In 2015 Winneshiek Country Tourism recognized the impact of the Art Tour by presenting its “Great Strides Tourism Award” to the NE IA Artists’ Studio Tour board.

Past NIAST press has included: 2000 September Minnesota Monthly, national exposure in 2000 November American Artist, 2001 Luther Alumni Magazine and 2002/03 Home and Away magazine. 2003 Tour news was included in: The Iowan, Tapestry, several area newspapers, the Des Moines Register, and the Boston Herald. Winneshiek County Tourism Convention and Visitors Bureau (WCCVB) recognized the Studio Tour for “Leadership in Promoting Regional Tourism” in January of 2005. 2007-2016 featured extensive radio advertising on KDEC radio and IA Public Radio.

This free-to-the–public event is self-supporting, funded by artist entry fees, sponsors, grants, donations, and advertising businesses. The Major sponsor is KDEC Radio FM 100.5/AM 1240. More Sponsors are: Darla and Glen Ellickson of Ellickson Jewelry Studio & Gallery, New Albin Savings Bank, Kerndt Brothers Savings Bank, Dave and Brenda Carlson, D.Art.Co (formerly known as the Decorah Regional Arts Council), Decorah Bank and Trust, Bank of the West of Decorah, and Waukon/Viking State Bank. Friends of the Arts include: Douglas Cole Art Pottery, Nate and Hallie Evans of Allamakee Wood-fired Pottery, and Paul Corbin – Clay. In-kind sponsors: Winneshiek County Convention and Visitors Bureau (WCCVB), Trevor Huinker Solutions, KCZQ FM 102.3 SuperC Radio, and Julie Strom Photography, plus ad support from area hotels, cabins, B & B’s and restaurants.

If you are interested in supporting area Tourism and the Arts by becoming a sponsor or advertiser, or a “Friend of the Arts”, contact Glen Ellickson at 563-419-6963.

2017 brochures will be available in May. To obtain a brochure with the Tour map or for other area Tourism information, call Winneshiek County Convention and Visitors Bureau at: 563-382-2023 or 1-800-463-4692 or email: tour@iowaarttour.com. For more complete information about the artists and ongoing events, view the official Tour web-site: www.iowaarttour.com.