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Make art during Art Week



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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