713 16th St., Ames
In her small basement studio, Kristi Running Carlson, humbly shows off her intricate drawings and oil paintings of Iowa landscapes.
Carlson became fond of art at a young age. Her father was an artist and she spent a considerable amount of time observing him as a child. His art inspired her to pursue her own career as an artist.
After graduating from Saint Olaf College with an art degree, Carlson continued her education by receiving a Master of Arts from Purdue University and a Master of Fine Arts from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
In 1995, Carlson began teaching art classes at Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa. Here, she became a well-respected art professor and gallery director, winning awards such as the Alpha Chi Professor of the Year and the Holmen Professional Excellence Award. Carlson and her husband moved to Ames in 2013 to be closer to family.
She now spends her days in a studio working on her award-winning drawings, paintings and woodcut prints. As she observes pieces of Iowa land, Carlson creates one-inch graphite drawings. These drawings are then enlarged and transferred to blocks of wood to be carved for her woodcut prints. She invites viewers of her art to observe the land and discuss his or her personal impact upon it.
You can see more of her work by contacting her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting her studio during the Ames Area Studio Tour on Oct. 10 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) and 11 (noon-4 p.m.). Carlson will be in her studio showing off her work and answering questions.
For more information about the Ames Area Studio Tour please visit http://www.amesart.org/ames-area-studio-tour.html.
Note: When visiting Carlson’s studio, please enter through the wooden gate on the left side of the house and follow the brick path around to the back door on the opposite side of the deck.