A bumper crop of arts and crafts were brought in this weekend in the seventh annual Art Harvest Tour through Dallas and Boone counties, revived this year after public-health concerns forced the cancellation of the 2020 tour.
Many of our local favorites were seen again this year, and some newcomers were also found among the 10 artists, including Kate Trimble of Cattle Shed Pottery at 21533 Quinlan Ave. in rural Dallas Center.
Trimble is new to the Art Harvest Tour but not to throwing pots, which she has been at for 40 years, including teaching in Earlham and Colo.
Oil painter Jill Woodward was the second Dallas Center artist featured this year. Her works were shown at the Board and Batten Gallery at 1412 Walnut St. in Dallas Center, where Claire Gruver-Pandich of Dallas Center, granddaughter of local landscape painter Constance Fischer, was minding the store Sunday afternoon.
The fabric arts were well represented by by weaver Shari Janssen of Creations Looming at 17495 U Ave. in rural Woodward. Janssen has been a featured artist on every Art Harvest Tour, but this was the first time she welcomed visitors to her home weaving studio.
Janssen was joined Sunday by spinner Kathy Sturtevant of Spiritwood, a spinning wheel restoration firm at 2085 Owl Ave. in rural Woodward. Both are self-taught artists and members of the Des Moines Weavers and Spinners Guild.
Other stops on the 2021 tour included artists’ studios in Boone, Ogden and Perry.