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Potluck: Grant Wood Art Festival

Anamosa, Iowa

Compiled by Carol Bodensteiner and Mary Gottschalk

The Art & Legacy
of Wood & Stone

In the summer of 1932, the Great Depression gripped the world. But in Stone City — just four miles north of Anamosa — Grant Wood joined with others to found the Stone City Art Colony to encourage regional artists. Though the Colony only operated for two summers, the roots of appreciation of regional art remain firmly planted.

“Anamosa is an artistic and creative community that cherishes art,” says Michelle Phillips, co-chair of the Grant Wood Art Festival. Celebrating its 40th year, the Festival remains true to Wood’s vision, providing a showcase for regional artists and many young and old local artists.

When the festival opens in Anamosa on June 10, visitors can see some of the original works created in the Art Colony 80 years ago — on loan from descendants of the original students.

In addition, professional artists working today will participate in a juried art show, and student artists will display their works.

Children can re-create Grant Wood’s Lilies of the Alley art using pots, bottle caps, buttons, and other found objects and participate in many other arts and crafts.

Authors Trip Evans and John Duggleby will speak about their books on Grant Wood’s life. 

For information on the full art experience, contact — C.B.

Adrian Dornbush (b. Holland, American 1900–1970), January Twilight, September 1926, oil on canvas, 18x24 inches, Collection of Dubuque Museum of Art, Gift of Dorothy McDonald, 87.02.03.


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