Southwest Iowa Art Tour a Celebration of Local Creators

Published: Sep 17, 2019 11:12:54 AM
Topics: Community, News

For the sixth straight year area communities will highlight the work of a variety of artists during the Southwest Iowa Art Tour.

TS Bank is a proud sponsor of the tour, which showcases artists in a variety of media in Avoca, Council Bluffs, Glenwood, Harlan, Macedonia, Malvern, Neola, Oakland, Red Oak, Shenandoah, Sidney and Tabor. This year’s self-guided tour starts with a “sneak peak” on Sept. 20, with full days of art on Sept. 21 and Sept. 22.

Founded in 2014, the success of the Southwest Iowa Art Tour has grown the sixth annual event to twelve communities, sixteen “Gathering Places” - storefronts and galleries that will house other artists for the tour as well - and more than 90 local artists, according to Rebecca Castle, who coordinates the event for Oakland-based Golden Hills Resource Conservation and Development.

“The Southwest Iowa Art Tour not only makes a business connection between the professional artist and the art buyer – it makes a personal connection between the two. There’s something about getting to meet the artist and get a behind-the-scenes look at their creative process that helps build an appreciation for not only the artist but also the arts more broadly,” Castle said.

The self-guided tour allows artists to showcase their work, studios, galleries and towns.

Participants can hit as many towns as they’d like and explore an array of art forms – including fiber art, sculpture, pottery, painting, metal works, jewelry, glassware and more, according to Golden Hills, which organizes the event with participating artists. Each town will have at least one “Gathering Place” as well, bases of operation for the tour where other artists can showcase their wares.

The sneak peak on Friday will run from 1 to 7 p.m. with the gathering places in Malvern and Macedonia open to the public. Art tour stops will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

“This event helps bring attention to the benefits that the arts bring to rural communities in southwest Iowa. While one intent of the tour is to bring awareness (and art sales) to these local artists, the event is also an economic driver for the communities as a whole.”

Castle said an estimated 2,200 people participated in the 2018 tour, creating an economic impact of $125,000 in southwest Iowa.

For more information, including a full rundown of participating locations, go to or visit the tour's Facebook page.

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Written by Mike Brownlee