Kyra Bellrichard, a native of Austin Minnesota, resides in Decorah Iowa where she creates pottery in her home studio. Outside of her full time job at the local community college, she is also a studio assistant and pottery instructor at The Clay Studio in Decorah.
Blue Bowl by Lisa Truax
Lisa Truax is an artist and teacher living in Pickwick, Minnesota. She attended Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and Michigan State University for her MFA in ceramics. She is originally from Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
"Dancing Cranes" by Jim Wegner
"Simple forms derived from nature are my primary concern. I like to work directly with my material, allowing the forms to emerge as natural and uncomplicated as possible. The things an artist makes become the best testament to what he feels and believes."
Abandoned Farm by Thomas Keller
Growing up in Minnesota, I was always the "picture taker" in the Keller family. In the nineties, my wife (Lynn) and I began to make three trips a year, primarily in the Midwest: Door County, The Upper Peninsula, and the Superior Shore. Lynn was OK with my getting up early before sunrise or rushing to a site before sunset to get the "shot." In recent years I added "macro" photography to my portfolio as well as "still life." Now that I am fully retired, I expect to find more outlets to show my work.
"Ofstedahl focuses his work on melding the known with the unknown by combining natural science with surrealism––a philosophy that has produced a body of visually intriguing work that feels at once illusory and deeply corporeal. 'Having an appreciation for those small things gives us an appreciation for the complexity and beauty of life,' says Ofstedahl. 'It makes us wonder, it inspires us and lets us think beyond the reality that’s immediately in front of us.'” -Rogue Valley Messenger
Fiber Cherokee Tote by Sue Soenen
Sue has been a weaver for more than 20 years. Rattan reed is her preferred weaving material, as reed is easily dyed. She especially loves weaving with bright colors, as seen in Native American patterns. Sue especially enjoys the designs of the Cherokee baskets, as these implement the contrasts of light versus dark colors. She uses RIT products to dye the reed used in creating her baskets.
Blue Heron Beadworks
Blue Heron Beadworks is owned by Ted and Kay Carpenter of Coralville, Iowa since 2006. Our jewelry is hand crafted using semi-precious gemstones, fresh-water pearls, and Swarovski crystals. We hope you find our jewelry to be as others have described it – classic, simple, timeless, dainty, fine, and something to wear forever.
Amy Lonergan has lived in Austin, MN all of her life, and has been active in many local organizations. She was part of the planning process with the Austin Art Center and participated by volunteering with the wine bar committee. Lonergan started her jewelry making business, which she calls Jewelry By Design, with the idea of repurposing items like wine corks and antique buttons into wearable works of art.
With care and skill, Bill designs and makes unique wire-wrapped stone and sea glass pendants, aluminum wire bracelets and rings, beaded rings and memory wire bracelets, earrings of every sort. He loves his work and strives for "hand made made affordable." You'll love wearing his creations!
Lisa Soland comes to the literary world as a renowned playwright with over 40 publications by Samuel French Inc., Smith & Kraus, Applause Books and Dramatic Publishing. Her children's books, The Christmas Tree Angel and The Unmade Moose, have become an annual Christmas reading tradition for many families, and The Christmas Tree Angel Radio Drama is receiving theatrical productions across the globe. Ms. Soland lives in the Smoky Mountains of Eastern Tennessee and teaches in the theatre department at Maryville College.
Costas Candies & Restaurant has been locally owned at operated since 1919, in the same location in downtown Owatonna, MN. Great precision and care goes into every step of the process as we expect excellence in all our candies. We enjoy making quality, decadent treats that keep our customers coming back year after year, from all across the country.
John Steven Kjome
Tom Blahnik’s favorite wood to work with is burl, which is an outward protruding growth caused by distress in a tree. Burl is extremely well-suited to a woodworking technique called turning. Says Blahnik, “Every burl seems to be unique in the turnings that are produced from them.”
"I’m an artist, an entertainer, a friend, problem solver, mechanic, carpenter, painter, you name it…. One thing I do know is that I’m creative."
Layl McDill grew up in Gillette, Wyoming where she began creating things at a very young age. Here first early works were dollhouses, marionettes and even an entire “Smurf Village”. Layl received her BFA in Illustration from the Columbus College of Art Design in 1993. Since then she has exhibited her work around the country. Polymer clay has been her medium of choice using mainly the millefiore technique. The theme of wonder permeates her wall sculptures that are covered with endless details. Her work can also be found in numerous books and publications. Some recent awards include First Place 3-D Essentials Show 2016, “Wendy Alderman” Award Mt. Dora Art Fair, People’s Choice Award “Tiny Worlds”, New Bohemian Gallery Brainerd MN 2014, "Best in Show" at the Banfill Locke Center for the Arts Member show 2013, "Best in Sculpture" at the the 2013 Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts and Award winner at the 2012 Redwing Art Fair.
Lora Lee Bauer
When I was 4, I was going to be a dancer. When I was 11, I decided to be a guitarist and drummer. When I was 18, I was going to be a fashion designer. Somewhere between then and now, life happened and I became none of those things. At retirement, I decided to become the next Grandma Moses. I got a slow start, but am gaining momentum. With each finished painting I get a feeling of accomplishment and hope.
With some local workshops my work started with old barns then moving to scenes of Austin, most done in Acrylic. I also enjoy doing flowers in watercolor.
Even though in the beginning I wasn't any good, I was hooked! I spend and have spent a ton of time down in the clay cavern. It is where almost all of my learning has occurred, and where all of my pottery comes from!
Joseph Sand, originally from Austin, Minnesota, is a full time ceramic artist who operates his wood fired pottery in central North Carolina. Joseph specializes in salt glazed stoneware, and built one of the largest wood fire kilns in the United States. He makes a wide variety of pottery ranging from functional pieces for daily use, to fountains for the home and garden, to sculptural forms.
Lila Lee is a nurse turned amateur photographer. She began her business after taking pictures of the trumpeter swans in Monticello, Minnesota.
"I started working with felting to produce scarves and felt vessels. The colors of the yarns available are amazing and they are so soft and nice to work with. I also found a good way to recycle old wool sweaters by making mittens using several different felted sweaters in each pair. These are so much fun and so warm with the fleece lining." - McCarthy
Sharlene Bohr is a natural dye textile artist mainly using a technique called eco-printing. Her eco-prints result from a contact printing process on wool and silk fabrics. Leaves, stems, bark, and flowers provide the dye. She creates the design using the plant materials, bundling tightly around pipes or sticks to hold everything in place. Heat is applied to release the dye from the plants, printing their shapes and colors on the fabric. Varying pipe metals and combining natural dye methods allow Sharlene to further manipulate color and pattern.
Shelley Aquino Brandon
I am a studio painter, inspired by what my camera catches as I observe the world, striving for a recognizable view of my subject while incorporating the feeling of why I chose it. I have won awards locally and regionally and participated in several National and International Juried Pastel Exhibits.
"A Closer Look" could describe most of my work, which involves intense scrutiny of objects from nature. - Crane
In my work I use various glass types, glass powders, stringers, dichroic glass and glass paints create depth, layers and suggested imagery. - Forbes
Mary Anne Duren
I raise dairy goats on my sustainable farm and make goat milk soaps from their milk. I also have expanded to other natural care products including lotion bars and lip balm; those are made without milk or water to avoid the use of preservatives. All of my products are scented with only natural essential oils and colored with natural colorants like herbs or clays. I do not use any palm oil in my products because its production is the leading cause of rainforest deforestation. - Duren
Lisa Truax creates functional and decorative pottery in high fired porcelain and stoneware. Work is created by hand, either on the pottery wheel or through slip casting porcelain with original hand made molds. All glazes are custom made as well, with a focus on food safety, color, and durability.
I use recycled glass ranging from bottles, old windows, and scrap stained glass to create one-of-a-kind jewelry and accessories. My process is to experiment with layering varieties of large and small pieces of the recycled glass I attain from all over my local area and fire it in kilns designed to heat to 1500 plus degrees. After hours of cooling, I can open the kilns to reveal the results. Sometimes I have a gem right out of the kiln and I can attach jewelry backs to them for wearing right away, other times I'll reshape the pieces on diamond grinding pads then re-fire them for a more finished or even changed appearance. - Jeff Truax
A home for the arts in Austin, Minnesota. Programming includes arts education and galleries at the ArtWorks Center, a performing arts season at the Paramount Theatre, and the annual ArtWorks Festival.
Kids Studio Classes are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Southeast Minnesota Arts Council grant thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund and by a donation from Ruth Wunderlich.
Z Puppets Rosenschnoz programing, including puppets labs and Cellula performance, is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board grant thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund and by the support of sponsors and private donors.
The Austin ArtWorks Festival is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board grant thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund and by the support of sponsors and private donors.