There is a new Grant Wood art piece on display at the Grant Wood Art Gallery in Anamosa.
The latest is not a painting or a print. It is a table.
The table is on loan to the Grant Wood Art Gallery from the University of Iowa Grant Wood Colony. It is 7 feet in diameter and has a lazy Susan in the center.
The pedestal is made from half of a metal oil drum. The top of the oil drum is notched and framework on the underside of the table fits in the notches.
For stability, the oil drum has sand in it. According to the Grant Wood Colony, the sand currently in the barrel is the original sand taken from Lake McBride in 1936, the year the table was made.
The table was designed and made for a lake house on Lake McBride, owned by the Stoddard family.
The table is not just for display. It is being used.
The Grant Wood Art Gallery board has its meetings at the table. Gallery visitors are welcome to sit at the table and browse books offered at the gallery.
The table is available for organizations wanting a place to meet. The table may be used for those meetings. Gallery staff will give people attending the meeting a tour of the gallery. A free-will donation is appreciated for the use of the gallery for meetings.
The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is located at 124 E. Main St. in Anamosa.