Anita Baedke-Plucker, nicknamed Katie, was born and raised in Terril, Iowa. After graduating from Terril Community School, Anita attended Buena Vista College, Storm Lake, Iowa, receiving a BA in Art Education. She put her artistic career on hold as she soon married and stayed home with her two boys. As the boys grew older, Anita was able to create more work and began to enter area art shows. Her artwork continued to evolve and grow popular as she went from art show to art show, to having limited-edition prints published, to displaying her work in juried regional and national exhibitions and galleries.
After joining the Spencer Area Arts Council, Anita became Director of the Gallery Shop and later, worked full time as the Director of Education and Outreach for Arts on Grand in Spencer until the art department position at the Spencer Middle School opened. Anita recently resigned after 15 years of teaching, enabling her to become a full-time artist and to continue her love to teach by conducting workshops throughout the Midwest and at her new studio/gallery, Artworks by Anita, in Terril, Iowa.
Anita is a signature member of the Iowa Watercolor Society and a member of the American Watercolor Society.
Photo by Rylan Howe
"My watercolor paintings and colored pencil drawings reflect my life in the upper Midwest - rural landscapes, waterscapes, architecture indicative to this area. Currently my inspiration and focus for my work are the designs, the patterns created as nature and man play with the surface of the land and water. I find beauty in the ordinary, often overlooked remnants of a vanishing way of life - the homesteads, farmsteads and the buildings (barns and corncribs in particular) now empty where farm families and businesses once thrived here in the Midwest. "
Iowa Watercolor Society, signature member
American Watercolor Society, member
Arts on Grand, Spencer, Iowa
Artisans Road Trip, NW Iowa
The Iowa Barn Foundation
National All-Media Exhibit, Octagon Arts Center, Ames, IA; juried exhibition, 1 piece, Jan. 29-April 2, 2016.
Dickinson County Nature Center, Okoboji, IA; solo exhibit, January-March, 2015.
Arts on Grand, Spencer, IA; Art on a Card Invitational, juried exhibition, Nov. - Dec., 2014.
Iowa Watercolor Society Annual Juried Exhibition, Des Moines, IA; 2 pieces, Sept., 2014.
Red Rock Center for the Arts, Fairmont, MN; Come to My Window, solo exhibit, July, 2014.
Nobles County Art Center, Worthington, MN; Come to My Window, solo exhibit, June, 2014.
Arts on Grand, Spencer, IA; Weather Permitting, juried exhibition, 5 pieces, March, 2014.
Pearson Lakes Art Center, Spirit Lake, IA; Reflections: That Time, That Place, solo exhibit, Oct. - Dec., 2013.
AWARDS & HONORS
SPLASH 18: VALUE, Iowa Farm, Northlight Publication competition finalist, 2017
SPLASH 17: INSPIRING SUBJECTS, From My Kayak: Paddler's Trail, Northlight Publication competition
Iowa Watercolor Society, Annual Exhibition, 2 pieces selected for traveling show.
SPLASH 16: EXPLORING TEXTURE, From My Kayak: Trumball Lake, Northlight Publication finalist,
top 121 of 1700 entries, 2015
Western Colorado Watercolor Society National Exhibition, Grand Junction, Colorado, 2004
Cheap Joe’s Award, Iowa Watercolor Society Exhibition, Ames, Iowa, 2001
Daniel Smith Award, Iowa Watercolor Society Exhibition, Ames, Iowa. 2001
Honorable Mention, Iowa State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition, Des Moines, Iowa, 1999
Best of Show, Witter Biennial, Witter Gallery, Storm Lake, Iowa, December, 1998
Iowa Watercolor Society Signature Membership, September, 1991
IOWA WOMAN magazine, cover artwork and featured article award, winter, 1991
ARTIST’S MAGAZINE, finalist, top 100 of 5298 entries, 1988 Still Life