April 16th was 2016 Opening Day for the retail businesses in Bentonsport, IA.
(B & B's stay open year around.) I plan to have the "Parlor Room Studio" open on as many Saturday's as possible this year. The only reason for it not being open to the public 10-4pm would be do to workshops, other art related commitments, or a family emergency.
The Herman Greef House is located on Sanford St. in Bentonsport. The street is the first road East of the downtown retail businesses. (a few feet from the last business along the strip in front of the Des Moines River....walking distance from all feature locations in Bentonsport) The brick home faces the Mason House Inn, Bed & Breakfast.
Here's a shot of the main room. I'm standing at the front door so this is the first thing you see when walking into the Herman Greef House. The artwork and display panels here will always be changing. So, we're hoping people will come back often to see updates.
Here's artist MaryBeth Heikes working in the studio on a new Poppies collage. She plans to work at the studio at least 2 Saturdays a month so she may share her inspirations and techniques with others. She has original artwork, prints, and some notecards available for purchase in the main room. MaryBeth is also a member of the Co-op Gallery in Bentonsport.
......and here I am posing in front of some of the originals I have in the main room at the moment. These are a mix of "Plein Air" oil paintings of Bentonsport and a couple of Soft Pastel works .
The next date the Parlor Room Studio is open to the public is May 7th, 10-4pm.