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via maryjonesart: Scene from walk written collaboratively with @larassakabel during @toddshalom Participatory Walk workshop 

4th Annual 48 Hour Plein Air Painting Festival

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

War Paint

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).

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Performance Art Open Mic

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

Slo-Mo Parade

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 

What else is happening during Art Week? 

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Week of January 20

A  P O R T R A I T  S H O W

On Friday, January 22, the inaugural exhibition opens at The Garage at Salisbury House.  Guest curator Scott Sjobakken says, “I am very excited about the new exhibition program at Salisbury House and am honored to have been asked to guest curate the inaugural exhibition at “The Garage”. A portrait captures the subject at a specific moment in time. This show is literally an exhibition of portraiture, but the show is also meant to be a portrait of what’s going on in the local art scene right now. It is by no means a comprehensive and all inclusive survey, but rather a small slice of the larger whole. I chose artists whose work is representational for the most part, as I wanted this contemporary exhibit to have a dialog with the Salisbury House’s art collection.”

Image:  "Gesture 6062" by Stephanie Brunia

E V E N T S :

FRI, JAN 22, 5:30 PM - Gallery Talk:  Saulaman Schlegel, Viaduct Gallery

FRI, JAN 22, 6 PM - Exhibition Opening:  The Garage, Salisbury House

SAT, JAN 23, 7 PM - Arts Celebration, The Lobby, Creston

C A L L S  F O R  A R T :

Call for Exhibitions, Polk County Heritage Gallery, Accepting exhibition proposals for 2017

Call for Art: We Are Survivors, Public Space One, Iowa City, DEADLINE Feb 2

Call for Submissions: The Big Dance, Viaduct Gallery, DEADLINE Feb 16

Call to Artists: City Sounds, The Des Moines Public Piano Project, DEADLINE Feb 19

Call to Artists: RING OUT FOR ART, Jefferson, IA DEADLINE Feb 29

Call to Artists: The Iowa Lakeside Lab’s Artist-in-Residence Program, Milford, IA DEADLINE Mar 15





Week of June 17

Works by Keith Haring (Photo Credit: David Safris)

U R B A N  V I S I O N A R I E S

Urban Visionaries, featuring the works of Keith Haring, Shepard Fairey, Banksy, FAILE, D*Face, Swoon, and Maya Hayuk opens on June 24 at Viaduct Gallery.

E V E N T S :

THURS JUNE 18, 6:30 PM Gallery Talk:  Antique Abstraction, Des Moines Art Center

MON JUNE 22, 6 PM 48-Hour Plein Aire Painting Festival Reception, Viaduct Gallery

TUES JUNE 23, 5 PM  Art of the Craft, Moberg Gallery

TUES JUNE 23, 6 PM Jason Yi Terraform, The Atrium at Capital Square

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

D E A D L I N E S :

48-Hour Plein Aire Painting Festival - Artist Registration Friday, June 19

NewBo Art Fest - Call for Artist DEADLINE August 15th