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Mark Raymer’s “No Method, Only Madness”, an etching on view on the fourth floor during the Fitch Open House. 

F I T C H  O P E N  S T U D I O S

For Art Week, the Fitch is opening their doors for a Summer Open House on Tuesday, June 21 at 6 PM. Individual spaces are hosting zine readings, pop up exhibitions, spontaneous happenings and free wine and snacks. On the fourth floor, Jeffrey Thompson and Catherine Dreiss will be exhibiting “four Print Exchanges featuring artists from across the country.” Dazzle your eyes with the delicate, sweet impressions on paper from over 75 artists. Fitch open house info here.

A R T  W E E K :  P A R T  O N E


M O N D A Y :

10 AM - StreetCred Studios Ribbon-cutting and Open House ArtForceIowa

11:30 AM - Drop-in Tour: Pappajohn Sculpture Park Downtown

5 PM - Sticks Artists Opening Night East Village

6 PM - A Conversation with Creators Crane Artist Lofts *Tickets Required*

6 PM - Plein Aire Reception & Auction Viaduct Gallery

6 PM - Des Moines City Ride - Art Week! Des Moines Social Club

Bankers Trust Iowa Artists Collection Ruan Center *On view daily till Jun 24*

Three Shots in the Back of the Head - Photography by Kristian Day  Tacopocalypse *On view daily till Jun 26*

The Art of David Hytone & Joe Heaps Nelson Five Monkeys *On view daily till Jun 30*


T U E S D A Y :

5 PM -  Art of The Craft - Art Week Moberg Gallery

5 PM - An Evening with the Saturday Afternoon Sketch Club Polk County Heritage Gallery

5:30 - Twisted Art Twisted Vine Brewery *Tickets Required*

6 PM - We Must Arise and Act! The Residential

6 PM - Fitch Building Open Studios Summer !

7:30 - Good Kid Rob Zine Reading - Studio 404

7 PM - PKN Des Moines Vol. 25 Noce


W E D N E S D A Y :

4 PM - ZINES! ZINES ! ZINES ! Workshop ! Ritual Cafe

5:30 PM - Quick Draw Red Door Photo and Design 

6 PM - MO Multimedia Exhibit Moberg on Walnut

7 PM - Urban Visionaries Art Show Opening Viaduct Gallery

*On view till Jun 26*





Join Tiffany Sinnott, Levi Biel, Rob Stephens and help destroy mainstream corporate media with your tell all zines. 4-6 at Ritual Cafe Jun 22 ( Yes, during art week !) Drawing by the talented Levi Biel , 2016.

Week of June 24


The Interrobang Film Festival runs from June 26 through June 28 at the downtown library.  Read Alissa Sheldon’s preview of the festival on the Art Beacon website.

E V E N T S :

WEDS JUNE 24, 5 PM  Frank Hansen Art Benefit Show:  The Patient Rider, Nest Gallery

WEDS JUNE 24, 6 PM Town Square Art Show, Crane Artist Lofts

WEDS JUNE 24, 6 PM Fitch Artist Studios Open House

WEDS JUNE 24, 6 PM Big Top Bacchus Life Drawing, Darker Marker Productions

WEDS JUNE 24, 7 PM Urban Visionaries Show, Viaduct Gallery

WEDS June 24, 7 PM Aerial Expo, Courtyard, Des Moines Social Club

THURS JUNE 25, 6:30 PM Gallery Talk:  Fiber, Des Moines Art Center

FRI JUNE 26, 11 AM Interrobang Film Festival Begins, Downtown Library

FRI JUNE 26, 11 AM Des Moines Arts Festival Begins, Western Gateway

FRI JUNE 26, 4 PM  Happy Hour Artist Reception with Thomas C. Jackson, Proof

FRI June 26, 5 PM Van Holmgren S.O.S. Q&A, The Lift

SAT June 27, 10 AM ArtFest Midwest, Iowa State Fairgrounds

SAT June 27, 2 PM Too Broke for the Arts Festival Fest, Vaudeville Mews

SAT June 27, 7 PM John Huffman Pizza Party!, Transient Gallery, Nestcraft

D E A D L I N E S :

NewBo Art Fest - Call for Artist DEADLINE August 15th


Still photo from feature film “Wildlike” by Frank Green

Interrobang Film Festival

by Alissa Sheldon

On June 26, the Interrobang Film Festival opens in the downtown library with over fifty films from around the world. Entering its eighth year, this year’s festival will have greater audience involvement than ever before.  

Festival producer Kristian Day says, “This year, we are focusing on creating a more interactive festival.  Audiences will have the opportunity to meet the creative forces behind the films at the Midwest Filmmaker Discussion Panel, and can take part in the vote for the Audience Choice selection.  In addition, we have included vendor tables and concessions outside the screening rooms for our audience’s convenience and comfort.”

This year, notable selections include Frank Green’s critically acclaimed feature, “Wildlike”, and Meryl Goldsmith’s controversial documentary, “The Syndrome,” which screens Friday afternoon, with the filmmaker in attendance.

Highlights of the weekend include the Mobile Innovation Screening, featuring short films created using mobile phones, followed by an iPhone Filmmaking Workshop.  In addition, author Marty Knepper, will host a lecture and book signing of her new work, “The Book of Iowa Films”.  

The Interrobang Film Festival begins at 11:00 AM on Friday, June 26.  The awards ceremony will be at 3:00 on Sunday, June 28.  All schedule details can be found at the Des Moines Arts Festival website.


Top still from feature film “Wildlike”, directed by Frank Green

Bottom still from student film “Nobody”, directed by William Bryan