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weekly art forecasts from Central Iowa

Who’s exhibiting and opportunities for artists

Week of 5/17
Miffy is a large bunny who lives in front of the Des Moines Public Library.

Miffy is a large bunny who lives in front of the Des Moines Public Library.

Meet Miffy!

Learn more about the white bunny that graces the Central Library’s southwest lawn. Jessica Rowe, director of the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation, will talk about Tom Sachs’ sculpture. Why did Sachs choose to portray Miffy, a character created by a Dutch children’s author, and why does the water in the fountain come out of Miffy’s eyes?

Find out all about this new sculpture on Monday at 6:30 PM at the Des Moines Public Library.

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Thursday

5 PM Meet the Artist in Des Moines Mainframe Studios

5 PM Print Your Own Shirt Valley Junction Farmer’s Market

6 PM Know(your)Community Conversations ArtForce

7:30 PM Derek Hough Live! The Tour Stephens Auditorium

Saturday

7 PM Illuminated: an installation by Julia Franklin Closing Reception OL Guild

Sunday

11 AM Valley Junction Arts Festival Valley Junction

Monday

6:30 PM Meet Miffy: Learn About DMPL's New Fountain Des Moines Public Library

Tuesday

6 PM May Gathering of Artists: Creative Artists' Studios of Ames CASA

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Art Beacon Artist in Digital Residence: Maddy Fusco

Opportunities

**new and last chance

**Barnes & Noble Call for Artists Email Interest Now

**Emerging Artists Open Call :: Smack Mellon May 30

**Terrain Exhibitions/ Terrain Biennial Deadline May 31

2019 Iowa State Fair Fine Art Exhibition Deadline May 31

Call for Artist Workshops - Downtown Des Moines Public Library Deadline May 31

80/35 2019 Community Village Deadline June 1

2019 Portal: Governors Island (formerly Governors Island Art Fair) Deadline June 5th

The 13th Annual NewBo Art Fest 2019 Deadline June 14th

Go Elsewhere 2020! 💌 Call for Applications 💌 Deadline July 8

Additional Opportunities Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs

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Rachel Buse
Week of 5/10

Surface Tension Grand Opening at Public Space One

This Saturday, downtown Iowa City gallery Public Space One will present the grand opening of SURFACE TENSION, an exhibition of work by Timmy Wolfe, Maria Aldrete, Tanner Mothershead, Dia Webb, and Donté K. Hayes. Together, they form The Collective, united by a passion for ceramics and clay though many of the artists incorporate other materials into their practice.

This exhibition will explore the uniqueness of each artist and what we have learned from working in a communal studio space with one another. Being together we have found commonalities in themes that address alienation, “otherness,” science-fiction, mental illness, racism, and societal interaction. The Collective’s goal is to create an exhibition which is thought provoking and brings reflection and self-analysis from the viewer.

The exhibition is on view May 11-30 in the PS1 gallery, and the opening reception is from 5-7 PM on Saturday.

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Friday

Today Art Week Art Drop Free Art Friday

5 PM Opening Reception // Art at the Café: Closet Systems Cafe Barratta

5 PM Gallery Opening Liz Lidgett Gallery and Design

5 PM InsideOute by Peter Gosche 1714 Vinton St

6 PM Art Show - Rayna Gasteiger Firetrucker Brewery

6 PM Susan Knight - Lucky Links Project Project

7 PM A Night with MOMENTUM Speakeasy Art Auction The Conservatory

7 PM Ready For Action! An 80's Adventure Cartoon Art Show The Fremont

7:30 PM Disgraced Des Moines Social Club

Saturday

9 AM Market Day Spring The Atrium at Capitol Square

5 PM The Collective presents Surface Tension Public Square One

Monday

5:30 PM The Artist Table: Setting a Place for the Artist Forté Conference Center

Tuesday

3:30 PM Des Moines Roosevelt High School Art Polk County Justice Center

6:30 PM Scriptease: The Insane Root by Julia Holleman Iowa Stage Theatre Company

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Art Beacon Artist in Digital Residence: Maddy Fusco

Opportunities

**new and last chance

**Queer Abstraction Celebration Call For Artists Deadline May 13

2019 Iowa State Fair Fine Art Exhibition Deadline May 31

Call for Artist Workshops - Downtown Des Moines Public Library Deadline May 31

2019 Portal: Governors Island (formerly Governors Island Art Fair) Deadline June 5th

The 13th Annual NewBo Art Fest 2019 Deadline June 14th

Go Elsewhere 2020! 💌 Call for Applications 💌 Deadline July 8

Additional Opportunities Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs

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Rachel Buse
Free Art Friday reveals the 2019 Art Week Poster Artist

This years Art Week poster artist, Karen Lewis, was discovered in a game of hiding free art in public. We asked her a few questions about making things outta cardboard:

Follow  Free Art Friday Des Moines  for more Art Week artist reveals.

Follow Free Art Friday Des Moines for more Art Week artist reveals.

RACHEL BUSE: When did you realize the special sculptural properties of cardboard?

KAREN LEWIS: Junk sculptures have been one of my favorite projects in my kid's art classes at the Des Moines Art Center since I started teaching there a few years ago. Garbage/cardboard is just so versatile and since all you really need is a pile of recyclables or trash and maybe some scissors, it's very accessible. Working with the best crew of friends on Yarn House Live, making all kinds of weird cardboard stuff, over the last year has pretty much been a dream come true. Love the elementary school play aesthetic. 

Karen Lewis is the dream captain for the props department on Yarn House Live. From left to right: Mia Farrell, Karen Lewis and Rachel Buse

Karen Lewis is the dream captain for the props department on Yarn House Live. From left to right: Mia Farrell, Karen Lewis and Rachel Buse

That didn't really answer your question of when. No "ah-ha! cardboard is great" moment, I guess. I've always liked making things out of trash and kind of love being able to toss my art projects back into the trash/recycling when they're finished when I'm bored/unhappy with them. 

RB: What is Yarn House Live and how did you get wrapped up that project?

KL: Yarn house Live is a delightful internet tv show about the misadventures of Leslie Hall (of Leslie and the Lys) and her roommate, Ribbons (the chicken). Our cast & crew of creatives and friends filmed most of our episodes in a barn tv studio in rural Boone county. What a wild time. I’ve been involved on and off with Leslie and the Lys projects for like a decade (yikes I’m old). How did I get involved, hmmmm. Mostly luck, I guess. I’ve been so lucky to end up surrounded by the most creative, fearless, and driven people. Oh! Being only loosely employed helped too. Even though I couldn’t (still can’t) sing or dance, they took a chance on me as a Leslie and the Lys backup singer since I didn’t really have a job and was (still am) great at carrying stuff. Carrying stuff is actually a highly marketable skill when you’re in a touring band/performance art piece!

Karen Lewis constructed a series of sculptures to use in promos for #artweekdsm2019.

Karen Lewis constructed a series of sculptures to use in promos for #artweekdsm2019.

RB: What do you like about the process of studying a familiar object, like a pair of nail clippers, and making your own version?

KL: I’ve always thought sculptures of ordinary objects are funny, especially when they’re extra big, extra small, or made from materials that don’t really make sense. I actually have a collection of miniature toilets, which brings me so much joy! When I make cardboard versions of things I have to try to wrap my head around the design and mechanics of the object before I can translate it to cardboard. I’m not a great planner so I always fail a bunch of times and am constantly ripping projects apart when they don’t work so I can re-work them. It’s like tinkering for dummies.

Look for a chance to see Lewis’s miniature toilet collection at the Des Moines Social Club during Art Week. Continue to discover who else is exhibiting this year by following Free Art Friday Des Moines.

Rachel Buse