Arts at the Arb 2018



Bickelhaupt Arboretum entranceTake a leap off the beaten path to discover an art gallery without walls at the Clinton Community College Bickelhaupt Arboretum during Arts at the Arb 2018.

The third annual Arts at the Arb will feature works by artist and Iowa native Kristin Garnant. In her biography, Garnant shares that she is a native Iowan commenting, “I grew up on a farm outside of Cedar Rapids where my parents still live and my brother still farms. Perhaps the close proximity to metal objects taught my eye to find the inherent beauty in steel, be it rusted to a fine patina or shimmering like the large shiny plow blades I once scraped and oiled as an annual rite of spring. I am sure that the rolling hills of pasture and finely planted rows of corn also had an impact on my sensibilities.”

With her background in graphic arts and photography, Garnant eventually moved into offset printing, books, journals, and eventually welding. When she encountered the possibility of creating large objects out of steel, Kristin felt the familiarity with her surroundings similar to the toolshed of the farmyard - metals, oils, tools, clutter, odds and ends. And from this, Garnant has created her exhibit of metal pieces for Arts at the Arb 2018.

An Artist Reception will be held on Thursday, August 30 from 5 - 7 p.m. Come meet Kristin, enjoy the music, and learn more about her artwork as you stroll the peaceful grounds of the Bickelhaupt Arboretum. Refreshments will be provided.

The Clinton community is incredibly fortunate to have an annual art event that brings art into our lives in such an accessible way. Arts at the Arb 2018 will be held from dawn to dusk August 1 through August 31. In the previous two years, more than 5,000 people per year have wondered through the public display. In 2017, portrait photographer Jean Black displayed her unique portraits of area children. The 130 portraits were printed in large format on weatherproof Tyvek and displayed throughout the grounds of the Arboretum. The previous year, artists v. skip willits and Robyn Smith partnered to exhibit 10 sculptures and 17 paintings throughout the Arboretum grounds, encouraging visitors to wander the 14 acres looking high and low to enjoy the works. The Clinton Convention and Visitors Bureau has been a partner in the planning of this annual opportunity to view unique art on the beautiful grounds of the Bickelhaupt Arboretum.

Join us at the CCC Bickelhaupt Arboretum during Arts at the Arb 2018!