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August First Friday


Catkins — Maggie Vandewalle (source)

a world existing beneath 

via Little Village – Raised just outside Iowa City, Maggie Vandewalle went to the University of Iowa on an art scholarship and has been painting ever since. Although her studies at UI were focused initially on printmaking, she fell in love with watercolors.

Now, painting is her primary medium, and she creates beautiful, off-kilter work that makes you question the evidence of your eyes. Vandewalle paints what should be there instead of what is, teasing at a world existing beneath, or beside, our own. Her paintings are reminders of the truths we saw more clearly as children.

Vandewalle left Iowa for Tennessee 14 years ago, but her work is still carried by Catiri’s Art Oasis, a gallery in Amana that has grown up alongside her, carrying her early work when it first opened 17 years ago.

“It has been amazing to see her develop as an artist, going from a gifted young artist to a talented, accomplished, well-rounded one,” gallery owner Jenise Catiri said in an email.

This weekend, Vandewalle is heading back home to Iowa to open a full solo show at the gallery. She’ll have 20 “fresh-off-the-easel” originals as well as numerous prints. The opening reception, with Vandewalle in attendance, will run from 2-6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4 (the gallery is open until 8 p.m.).


5 PM Janet Hart Heinick & Pam Hibbs Ankeny Art Center

5 PM David Kamm & Amber Morris CSPS, Cedar Rapids

8:30 AM 2018 Iowa Arts Summit
4 PM 60fps Expo Mainframe Studios
4:30 PM Space Plants: Jeff Shinrock Art Opening + Happy Hour Gravitate Downtown
7:30 PM Restless Gaze The Basement

2 PM The Magnificent Maggie Vandewalle Amana, IA



**Oskaloosa Art Center and Studios Gallery Deadline August 10**

Ballet Des Moines Artist in Residence Deadline August 20

**BVU Art Gallery Call for Exhibition Proposals Deadline September 1**

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