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art week for introverts


Until the Woods Began to Move by Anna Gaskell, via Des Moines Public Art Foundation.

If getting out of your comfort zone sounds too intimidating, Des Moines Art Week also hosts a variety of smaller, more intimate events aimed at those who prefer to consume art in a quiet environment on their own. So if crowds make you nervous, be sure to check out some of these great options that will let you relax while taking in some local creative art.

Visit one of the gallery exhibits.
Many galleries are hosting special receptions with artists this Art Week, so it’s easy to forget that they’re also open during their regular hours. Stop by these places to see some great exhibitions at less busy times.

MON 4 PM Rob Stephen’s Art show at Mars Cafe
MON-THURS 11-5 Annual Landscape Show at Olsen Larson Galleries
MON-FRI 11-4:30 IOWA EXHIBITEDXXXIII at Polk County Heritage Gallery
TUES-SAT 10-6 Iowa Artists Exhibited at Moxie Gallery
FRI-SAT 7-10 Urban Visionaries Show at the Des Moines Social Club
EVERYDAY 5-2 Betsy Hart’s Cerebral Terrain at The Lift

Attend the Interrobang Film Festival

The Interrobang Film Festival presented by AARP Movies for Grownups, is three days filled with films and communication between filmmakers and audience members. The audience, whether cinema enthusiasts or curious newcomers, can experience curated screenings of 55 films form 30 different countries. Part juried competition, part public screening and part workshop, the unique film festival event allows people to experience films from artists around the globe.  Films are screened Friday, June 22nd - Sunday, June 24th in the South wing of the Des Moines Public Library located on the Des Moines Arts Festival site.

Organ Concert & Art Show at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral
6 PM, Friday. Feel free to sit in the back and enjoy the music as Central College professor and organist Mark A. Babcock plays selections on the renowned Casavant organ, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

Walk Through Public Art in Des Moines
Take your own, self-guided tour of the Pappajohn Sculpture Park. Look over Anna Gaskell’s pines in her piece Until the Woods Began to Move. Walk through St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral’s Rain Garden and Labyrinth. Use Art Week as an opportunity to enjoy the weather, explore somewhere new in the city, and above all, appreciate local art.

Make your Art Week schedule by checking out the full event listings here