Do you like the art, history, or the river scenery of rural Iowa? Then mark your calendar for Saturday, September 15th and come to Motor Mill’s 2nd Annual Art Show from 1:00pm - 5:00 pm. Visitors can enjoy viewing/purchasing art, food, free mill tours, mini art classes, and live music. Artists are welcome to come and create on site.
Motor Mill has many stories to tell and many ways to tell them. Are you someone who enjoys and/or collects art? Come to the mill and see if you find a piece to bring home that speaks of the beauty of Northeast Iowa. What about the history, the dreams, and the plans of people who have gone before? Motor Mill volunteer guides are ready to tell stories about folks like John Thompson and Jacob Crosby, of a working mill and a town that once was. They'll tell you stories of the land, the people, the crops, and weather that wrote chapters whole in this story. Listen and learn about the place where Motor Mill stands, created by glaciers, among layers of limestone bluffs that hug the Turkey River.
Find this beautiful, quiet place by taking a drive down the shady winding Grape Road, just six miles south of Elkader off Grandview. At the end of the short gravel road, you will think you see an old iron bridge. It's actually a very authentic-looking steel reproduction of the original bridge, once washed out by recent successive floods. As you gaze through the bridgework, across the Turkey, you see it: Motor Mill. It's even stone stories high, and it's risen on the bank of the river for the last 149 years.
Motor Mill and Northeast Iowa continue to ignite and inspire people. Artists who wish to participate in the show or individuals own and would like to display their Motor Mill/Northeast Iowa art must call Osborne Conservation Center at 563-245-1516 or email them before 4:00pm on August 27th to participate.
Image credit: Jane Metcalf