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City Sounds

Sounds of Art Week, by Trey Reis

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Photo via Des Moines Social Club

The stated mission of Art Week is to encourage broader participation and support of the local art scene, so it only made sense to join up with the Des Moines public piano project, City Sounds. Celebrating its fifth year, City Sounds has once again installed pianos decorated by local artists all around our fair city. The idea is to encourage impromptu performances and the casual soundtracking of Des Moines goings-on by its everyday citizens.

Be a part of the Art Week festivities and hold your own concert anytime at one of these public piano locations:

Raygun – 500 E Grand

Des Moines Social Club – 900 Mulberry St.

Ted’s Coney Island – 3020 Ingersoll Ave.

Woody’s Smoke Shack – 2511 Cottage Grove

Downtown YMCA – 501 Grand Ave.

Shops at Roosevelt – 833 42nd St.

Cowles Commons – 4th and Walnut St.

Windsor Heights – 6601 University Ave.

Smokey Row – 1910 Cottage Grove

Mainframe Studios – 900 Keosauqua Way

More information can be found here

art week for young artists
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via Ugo Rondinone, MOONRISE. east. january, 2005. Painted cast aluminum on steel plinth.

It’s never too early to appreciate art! Children are some of the world’s best artists, and these events are sure to inspire your little ones to create a true masterpiece. Art Week isn’t just for grown ups - many events are designed to reach all art appreciators no matter their age. So if you’re stuck in a summer rut already, skip the water park and bring your kids to Art Week.

Be drawn by the Portrait Studio at the Mars Cafe.
4 PM, Monday. Portrait Studio is a traveling art experience designed to bring unique art by real artists to communities and organizations. All artists have a unique style and practice outside of the studio. Portraits are $10 per face.

East Side Mural Tour + Bike Ride
5:30 PM, Monday. Join Des Moines City Ride for a bicycle tour of the East Side Murals and learn more about the project and the artists behind them.  Meet at Third Space DSM (1707 E. Grand Avenue) at 5:30pm to screen print your own bike themed t-shirt with The Side Garage before the ride!

Rock the Des Moines Arts Festival Rock Painting Event
1 PM, Tuesday. Stop in any time between 1p-8pm to paint a couple rocks to be shared with the world as you visit the Des Moines Art Festival.  There is a national kindness movement that involves painting, hiding and finding rocks.

Baby + Me Drop-In Tour at the Pappajohn Scultpure Park
11 AM, Wednesday. Adults are encouraged to bring their infants (pre-walkers) to an informal tour led by an Art Center docent. While conversation is geared for adults, babies love the visual stimulation of artwork.

Third Space Back Lot Bash
5 PM, Friday. Live Music and DJ sponsored by the Warren Morrow Latin Music Festival with free tacos! Graffiti art demonstrations and live mural painting with Miami based artists Diana Contreras, Nate Dee, and Amanda Valdes Neighborhood Tattoo Artist Showcase with Edgar Tenorio, Adan Gomez, and Ramon Ortiz.

iowa exhibited xxxiii

Written by Julie Joyce

via polkcountyheritagegallery

The current exhibit at the Polk County Heritage Gallery is Iowa Exhibited XXXIII.  The Heritage Gallery is a cultural gem nestled away in the Polk County Administration Building in downtown Des Moines.

Iowa Exhibited XXXIII is the 33rd edition of the juried art show.  Alison Ferris, Director of Curatorial Affairs and Senior Curator at the Des Moines Art Center, judged the show.

Eight Iowa artists won awards in the show:  Best of Show - Laura Travnicek; Merit Awards - Guy Kyar, Sue Heemstra, Jim Heemstra, Alyssa Tauber; Honorable Mentions - Sue Rush, Eric Cantrell, Jeremy Sievers.

via polkcountyheritagegallery


The exhibit runs through Friday, August 3, 2018.  The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 11:00am to 4:30pm. Click here for more info.

Polk County Heritage Gallery • 111 Court Avenue • Des Moines, Iowa 50309