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Harvest Studio: Documentation, Evaluation and Botanical Art

Harvest Studio Online is a tool of Harvest Studio, a studio and work environment for Cynthia Gehrie, in Crescent, IA.
Cynthia is a professional documenter, evaluator and botanical artist.
Harvest Studio combines multiple perspecives as
              a workplace for documentation and evaluation,
              a video editing studio
              a painting studio
              a studio setting for private art lessons
              an online journal of reflection and inquiry into the interplay of art practice and professional work.
Evolution of Harvest Studio

As a documenter, video editor and evaluator, I worked in classrooms with teachers and children to document their use of new methods and materials. In a collaborative process, we used photo and video as tools for reflection and inquiry. This work expanded when artists joined us, and we began to discover how integrating the arts could engage and focus students and help teachers establish authentic classroom relationships.

I was a hobby painter, and felt that even this small art practice helped me to understand what was going on with art and learning. I decided to seriously study an art form. After many years of study, I earned the Certificate of Merit in Botanical Art at the Chicago Botanical Gardens. As my art practice developed, my professional skills deepened.
Botanical Art tools: drawing and painting with watercolor, soft pastel, casein, oil pastel, carbon dust, ink, and charcoal on paper and hard board surfaces.
Documentator tools: videography, photography, field notes, document collection, interviewing one-on-one and in groups, reflective methods, Internet, video editing, print writing and design.
Evaluator tools: analytic methods that organize, classify, quantify by creating analytic instruments, and build multiple perspectives into the meaning of findings for future practice, and the profession.

Contact Cynthia Gehrie by phone at 712-545-9404 or by email at

Shopping - Internet

Black Walnut Drawng Ink is now available for Internet visitors.

Harvest Studio is a member of Living Loess which is a tour
offered on the third Saturday of each month from May through October.

Current Exhibit: April 1st - 30th

Cynthia Gehrie has original black walnut ink drawings on exhibit with
Loess Hills Plein Air Group
  at The Center in Council Bluffs, IA
  714 S Main Street
      Monday-Friday - 5:00 AM to 8:00 PM
      Saturday - 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM
      Sunday - 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Permanent Exhibit:

Paintings and other botanica from Harvest Studio are on
Permanent exhibit at Loess Hills Gallery
at Loess Hills Woodworks
1919 Old Lincoln Highway
Crescent, IA 51526

The Gallery is open Friday from 10 to 4 Saturday from 10 to 4 (The gallery is closed for the Holidays, and will reopen Friday, January 18, 2013.)