A Living Community of Artists and Craftsmen
Visitors to Amana often speak of having had a certain picture of Iowa in their minds: a flat, uniform landscape with endless rows of corn. But when they arrive, they are surprised to find rolling hills with luxurious textures that have inspired vibrant landscapes and portraits by Grant Wood and other artists. Above is a landscape by local resident, Gordon Kellenberger, an accomplished painter and founder of the Amana Arts Guild.
As a community, Amana works hard to keep its fine arts and handcrafts alive. Currently, the Amana Arts Guild recruits and assists blacksmiths, coppersmiths, broom makers, and tinsmiths, reinvigorating Amana's early trades. Today, the community finds itself at a critical point in its history where it must keep a balance between its tradition of innovation and preservation of the ways of the past in order to retain the rich skill sets of its tradespeople. To ensure that this knowledge, passed on through hands-on instruction, is properly shared, Amana is working to find new ways to support and highlight these talented individuals.
Stay tuned for more on the Colony's vibrant arts and handcrafted artistry, our community will not let generations-worth of skills slip away.