Over the past two years, the Riverview Artist Salon has hosted 11 salon events in Des Moines. Bringing together musicians, writers, speakers, and artists, these salons serve to highlight the common areas between local cultures and communities.
Art Week’s Riverview Artist Salon 12 will feature music from the Molly Brandt Band. Brandt, a Drake University Music graduate, has spent her post-grad years advocating for increased access to local music while bringing her take on mid-20th century jazz and R&B traditions to non-traditional music venues around the city.
In keeping with the Art Week theme of broadening the scope of venues and participation in the local arts, it’s fitting to have the Molly Brandt Band providing the musical entertainment for Salon #12. Additional presentations that night from author, John Domini, FACE coordinator, Matt Kargol, and artist, Rachel Buse.
Get out on the street and paint what you see. All skill levels are welcome! Over the weekend, paint a Des Moines scene, then exhibit your work Monday June 18th at the Des Moines Social Club in the Viaduct Gallery. Registration required: $25 (DMSC provides canvas) or $5 (artist provides canvas) DETAILS
Rock the Des Moines Arts Festival Rock Painting
Stop by Five Monkeys Inc. between 1 PM - 8 PM on Tuesday, June 19th to paint colorful rocks that you will then abandoned about town throughout Art Week. This event is inspired by a national kindness movement encouraging the painting, hiding and finding of decorated rocks. DETAILS
Participatory Walk Through the Pappajohn Sculpture Park
Designed and led by Art Center staff: Mia Farrell and Kara Fedje. Sometimes to really see, we need new ways for looking and this guided experience of the Pappajohn Sculpture Park offers just that. Guests of all ages are invited to participate in a variety of facilitated activities and stimulating prompts that explore how personal connections with art can be formed as well as develop an awareness of space—both around, and inside ourselves. *Reservations required - Limited to 15 participants- Click Here for Details from the Des Moines Art Center
DMSC’s classic bracket-style drawing competition is back, this year at Proof Restaurant. Artists will be given a 1'x1’ white board, black marker, and 20 minutes to create their piece inspired by a different category each round. An audience vote will determine which artists move on to the next round. In the final head-to-head round, both artists will have 1 hour, their choice of markers, and a 2'x2’ white board to create their masterpiece. At the end of the night, we’ll crown the 2018 War Paint Champion!
This event is free to spectators, and open to all ages. Artists who wish to compete must register ($7 early-bird, $10 day-of).
Take to the stage in an Open Mic event with special guest Performance Artists Serena Fath, Mia Farrell and Mary Cat Lawler! They will be kicking off this event exhibiting their creative expression followed by a Q&A with the artists. Bring an open mind ready to learn, create and express! DETAILS
Join Laze artist Rachel Buse is a slow motion parade in Downtown Des Moines on Saturday June 23, meeting at 10 AM by the giant umbrella at Cowles Commons. Wear comfortable shows. More details to come. RSVP HERE
Last night I walked out of the blazing heat into the cool cocoon of The Lift to view Van Holmgren’s new show, “S.O.S.”, and found the artist himself seated with friends, flashing his signature grin through the dark of the bar. For Holmgren, who has received national attention recently for his mural featured on “The Bachelor” and his live painting of a food truck that turned the heads of Wu-Tang Clan, “S.O.S.” is a departure from his previous work and takes a turn down a more serious alley.
The show reflects upon the ways in which S.O.S., the internationally recognized distress signal for “Save Our Souls”, has lost its prevalence as it has been replaced by other acronyms used in everyday life of texting and social media. Holmgren says:
“When I look at the content we post in social media, a majority of what is shared are cries for help. The constant struggle of people in our country and around the world is at the forefront of our culture, and fresh news stories come out every day with that theme. The world is spiraling more and more out of control as we live and work for the ideal lives we all deserve.
Money and power are both at the root of the problem, controlled by the very people that we look to for help and protection. This show illustrates and reflects our interactions with these necessities and our resulting cries for help: white picket fences to symbolize our ideal lives in which we are all safe with no fear; cardboard signs are used for begging on the street by people without a home or family; traps set and arrows shot by the same people we look to for protection; bottles used either in celebration or as a way to numb the pain.”
Holmgren’s signature style fits well with this commentary on modern society and delivers his message by provoking thought rather than slamming his audience in the head with a sledge hammer. Viewers feel clever in connecting to the images, and through this experience, the message is made even more powerful.