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Week of October 14

FROM A DISTANCE #2, 2013 by Andrew Polk, Lithograph (source)


The Print Show, opening at Moberg Gallery on Friday, will showcase the work of over 20 artists, many seen in Des Moines for the first time. Work will range from traditional prints on paper to installations that challenge and expand the definition of printmaking. 

Curated by artists Mary Jones and Catherine Dreiss, the art in the exhibit is a reflection of the diversity of methods and expression in printmaking today. The show will not only feature traditional etchings, lithographs, screen prints and relief prints, it will also showcase digital prints and immersive installations.

The Print Show, which runs concurrently with Karen Strohbeen and Bill Luchsinger’s annual exhibit, is free and open to the public. It closes on November 26, 2016.


F R I D A Y :

5 PM - Grand Opening Red Thread Gallery

5 PM - Opening Reception: Brent Holland and Lee Emma Running  Olson-Larsen Galleries

5 PM - The Print Show Opening Moberg Gallery


S A T U R D A Y :

12 PM - To(get)her: Meeting/Melting/Mending III Iowa City


T H U R S D A Y :

6:30 PM - The Camera and the Street Des Moines Art Center

O P P O R T U N I T I E S :

Rural Creative Placemaking Summit Oct 12-14 Register Now

Iowa Arts Council Project Grant DEADLINE November 1


Bemis: Art, Empathy, and Ethos : Thematic Residency DEADLINE December 1

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Week of August 5

P O R T R A I T  S T U D I O

Celebrate the last First Friday of summer at Eden.  Lounge on the couch and enjoy a cocktail while getting your portrait dawn by the artists of Portrait Studio.

E V E N T S :

FRI, AUG 7, 5 PM - First Friday Portrait Studio, Eden

FRI, AUG 7, 5 PM - Opening Reception, Expressive Strokes, Frame Works

FRI, AUG 7, 5 PM - Opening Reception, NEW WORK: Mike Baur | Jane Gilmor | Randy Richmond | Doug Shelton, Olson-Larsen Galleries

SUN, AUG 9, 1 PM - Art + Architecture Open House, American Enterprise Group

WED, AUG 12, 7 PM - Drink and Draw - Clothed Models, Capes Kafe

D E A D L I N E S :

Overalls All Over - Artist Applications Due August 7

NewBo Art Fest - Call for Artist DEADLINE August 15

Poste Print Festival - Call for Entries due September 1



What’s Next When There’s Nothing Left: The Art of Kim Hutchinson

Kim Hutchinson, Olson-Larsen Gallery

July 20 - September 1, 2012



Review by guest contributors Leah KalmansonChristopher Chiavetta

July 26, 2012

We sat down to talk with Des Moines artist Kim Hutchinson, the night before the opening of her joint show at Olson-Larsen Gallery in Valley Junction. Kim’s past work has usually incorporated textiles, sometimes figuratively (as in a series of works exploring the form of women’s dresses) but more often abstractly. Kim uses swatches of cloth to establish planes of color on canvas, with attention focused on the patchwork stitching holding the compositions together. The cloth itself is a “found object”; Kim gathers her materials from estate sales, weekend yard sales, and secondhand markets. Her textile work takes what was once lost—an abandoned tablecloth, a discarded skirt—and reincorporates it into a narrative structure. The narratives, however, are ambiguous and ephemeral. She describes these textile paintings as telling tales “held together by loose threads; they could at any moment fall apart.”

Kim’s newer works, on display at Olson-Larsen until the beginning of September, feature paper: not only are many of the works on paper instead of canvas, but they also incorporate patches of paper assembled into rough collages. When we asked Kim about her transition from textiles to paper, she replied:

I had been experimenting. It felt liberating… . I wanted to see if I still had my own identity, without doing what I’d always done. When I’m sewing, I’m responding to the pieces that I find, and putting them back together in ways that make sense to me. With paper pieces, there’s more deconstruction—a lot of cutting up, tearing apart.

The patchwork element is still present in the paper pieces, although the threads or stitches are at times absent or not visible. The planes of color hang together, but appear to float or shift. For example, in Linear Destination, the yellow paint visible in the gaps between the pieces of the collage suggests a light or a space behind the composition, just out of the viewer’s sight:


[Linear Destination]

Whereas Kim sees her earlier works as “personal,” in the sense that they speak to issues of human identity and the anonymous histories of other people, she notes that in the paper pieces she has more directly explored and expressed content from her own life. Works such as Together and On the Horizon are evocative of family and home life, while also suggesting transition, movement, and change.




[On the Horizon]

            Overall, the show at Olson-Larsen features a cohesive body of work by an artist confident in both her vision and her media. In particular, the recurring triangular, pyramid-like structure that anchors many of the pieces speaks to the collection’s main themes: the monumental character of everyday life; the human legacies contained in discarded or lost materials; and the preservation of the past that becomes the foundation for future growth.







Leah Kalmanson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Drake University, where she teaches classes in aesthetics, continental philosophy, and East Asian religions. Website

Christopher Chiavetta is an artist living in Des Moines, originally from Rochester, New York.