September 2017 Newsletter

Classes, Art Talk, Book Events

Sat., Sept. 2 – Jewelry Making – Beginning Metal Etching, from 1:30p-4:30p;  $60 + $15 supplies.  Artisan Jan Kellogg will teach how to etch on metal and how to use grinding and polishing equipment, and to apply patina to a metal bracelet.  Students will go home with a beautiful copper cuff bracelet that anyone would be proud to wear or gift.

      

 

Tuesday, Sept. 12 – Jewelry Making – Beginning Wirework, 6p-8p;  $40.  Jan Kellogg will teach students to design and construct a bracelet and a pair of earrings using the basic wire working techniques  This is a beginning class.

 

 

 

 

 

Art Talk – Sculpture & Enneagram – Tues, September 19th 5 – 7:00pm with talk starting at 6:00pm:  A conversation with sculptor Annick Ibsen and Enneagram teacher Adele Ver Steeg.   Ibsen will showcase 9 sculptures that interpret a series of personalities, based on a system called the Enneagram. The Enneagram, an old personality analysis system, states that most people fall under certain personalities.  Adele Ver Steeg, Enneagram teacher, will be in conversation with Annick about the crossroads of art and the personalities represented at the Gallery.  This is a free event – wine and cheese will be served.

Sat., Sept. 23 – UP Cycling Clothing 101, on September 23rd & October 14th, 1p-3:30p;  $35 class fee.  Ready to give UP cycling a try?  Join fabric artist Janet Bergeron for a make and take class to UP cycle one of your shirts or tops.

Monday, Sep 25th 6:30 – 8:00pm:  Des Moines Writers’ Workshop to Host Writers’ Panel.   FREE event!

The Des Moines Writers’ Workshop (DMWW) will host a writers’ panel at 6:30 PM on Monday, September 25 at Artisan Gallery 218 featuring six authors at different stages in their careers. The authors [Beth Burgmeyer, Matt Snyder, Rachel Eliason, Francis Sparks, Michael Witt, and Kay Fenton Smith] will read from both published books and works in progress.   Following the presentation, enjoy a reception courtesy of the Des Moines Writers’ Workshop.  Read more

Valley Junction Events

Valley Junction’s Farmer’s Market continues through September on Thursday evenings.  Come and enjoy food and music and stop by the Gallery.

Fall Antique Jamboree Sept 10th 8 – 4:00pm.  The Antique Jamboree is one of the largest outdoor antique shows in the Midwest. FREE admission and parking to the public. There will be Vintage Tractors on site from 9-3.

Artist News

John Evans– John Evans is in a show at Salisbury House through September, by invitation. The 15 artists participating in this exhibit have been asked to provide literary references that relate to their piece of art in a meaningful way. The exhibit will be accessible as part of regular paid tours of Salisbury House through October 15, 2017.

 

Elizabeth Rhoads Read –  Elizabeth is displaying her art at a number of galleries in September and October in Iowa  [CSPS Commons Gallery, Sept.7 – Oct 1;  Black Earth Gallery; and Aug. 29 – Oct.9 at the Polk County Heritage Gallery.  She also has works in Mt. Vernon for the Lincoln Highway Art Festival on Sept. 16th.

 

Denice Peters – Denice will have three paintings in the Tim Murphy Gallery Mid-American Pastel Society show this fall near Kansas City, MO.

 

 

Tom Whalley – Tom received several blue and red ribbons at the Iowa State Fair, including a blue ribbon for sculpture in the Fine Arts Show.  This show is the largest juried art show in Iowa.

Victoria Herring – Victoria had an image, Abstract Lily Pads, selected as one of  15 finalists for the inauguration of the City of Ames’s new Water Plant.

Coming in October!

Holiday hours start October lst.   We will be open Mondays  11 – 4, Tues – Fri 10 – 5:30,  Sat 10 – 5 and by appointment.

Friday October 6th, 5p-9p – Gallery Night in Valley Junction.  Come experience our newest exhibit ‘Deep Water’.

Sat. October 7th, Painting with Pastels Workshop 10a-5p.  Enjoy a workshop with Denice Peters. Open to all skill levels;  Cost:  $120.  Details at:  /

Sat., October 14th, UpCycling Clothing 101, 1p-3:30p.  Also enjoy this time to consult with Janet about Halloween Costumes!

10/26 Sip and Shop:  The Historic Valley Junction Foundation hosts ‘Sip & Shop” on 10/26, 11/2 & 11/9.  This year the theme is “Girls Night Out” and we will have special events such as a ‘Women and the Land’ book signing, Jewelry Stamping Open Studio, and Fashion Show/Scarf Tying demonstrations!   We will donate 5% of our gross sales on these nights to ARL of Iowa!  Details to come soon!.

Tax-Deductible Charitable Gifting

As you plan your charitable gifting and donations before year end, please consider us! Artisan Gallery 218 can receive tax-deductible donations as a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts and services organization.  ALL donations go toward operating expenses of the gallery and support the local art community by allowing us to continue to feature and support Iowa artists!

Donations may be made by check or on our website by credit card in support of our.  Checks should be made out to Fractured Atlas.

Now Accepting New Artists!

If you know of talented artisans who might benefit from exposure at Artisan Gallery 218, please share our story with them.  Consignment information is on our website.

We hope you will review us on various social media platforms including Facebook and Yelp We’d love to have more people visit the Gallery and  support Iowa-based small business and find unique and wonderful gifts for the holiday season.

 

5 Things to Do this Summer at Artisan Gallery 218!

Join in the fun this summer at Artisan Gallery 218 with our newest exhibit opening, book events, and jewelry making classes!

  1. Reception:  ‘I O W I S H’ Exhibit & ‘The Breeds’ by Mary Kline-Misol August 4th, 5-8p.  Join us on the 4th for a delightful introduction to our latest exhibition and socialize with the artists and your friends among the artwork
  2. Book Event:  Karen Quance Jeske, “The Soul Reading Journal”,  Monday July 31st at 6:30 pm.    Jeske will discuss, The Soul Reading Journal, a tool she created to mine books for their spiritual insights. She will share how readers can use the journal to build more meaning into their lives by changing the way they read.  According to Jeske, “stories are one of the best tools to help us tap into our reserves of inner wisdom.
  3. Class:  Jewelry Making – Etching on Metal, Saturday, August 5th, 1-4p  The class is designed to teach students how to etch on metal and take home a beautiful pendant or pair of earrings.
  4. Class:  Working with Copper Metal Clay, 2-day class on Tuesday August 8th [6-9p] & 15th [6-8p].  In this two session class we will make a pendant using ArtClay copper clay.  Once fired and worked on during the second class, you’ll have a lovely pendant to wear or gift.
  5. Book Event:  Karen Weir-Jimerson, Slow Lane, Monday August 28th from 6:30 pm Karen has been gardening since she was 8 years old (when she planted mint and learned the lesson of invasive plants) and now raises perennials, annuals, containers, herbs, and vegetables.  She writes for Better Homes and Gardens, and many others. Her book is a collection of essays on the wisdom and wonder of living in the country.

Artist News!

John Evans’ work which was at the Blandon last month is now in the Gallery and looking forward to a new home.  ‘February Sunlight’

Amy Mueggenberg has a glass piece which was juried into the Fine Arts division of the Iowa State Fair and will be there for you to see when you visit the Fair.  ‘Red River Bowl’

Tom Whalley has two pieces in the Fine Arts division and six in the Woodworking area.  One of them is made from African mahogany and ebony, titled ‘4-part Harmony’.

Coming in September and October!

Art Talk on Sept 19th ——- Artist Annick Ibsen will showcase 9 sculptures that interpret a series of personalities, based on a system called the Enneagram. The Enneagram, an old personality analysis system, states that most people fall under certain personalities. Adele Ver Steeg, Enneagram teacher, will be in conversation with Annick about the crossroads of art and the personalities represented at the Gallery.

 

 

 

 

Jewelry Making classes will continue into September with Beginning Wirework Tues Sep 12th, and Wire-wrapped pendants – date TBD.

Book event on September 25th – the Des Moines Writers’ Workshop, a panel of writers and authors.

Fall Gallery Night, Friday October 6th, from 5-9pm.  

Pastel Workshop:  Saturday, October 7th 10 – 5pm.  In this laid back and fun 1 day workshop with Gallery artist Denice Peters, you’ll be learning about and painting with pastels! Cost:  $120.

FINALLY, we’d like to have you share with us some ideas about programming for the future.  As you know, we host events and hold some of our own as well as classes.  We’d like to have your input.  Go to the 4 question survey at this link to provide us with your input:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9V5QZZZ

April 2017 Gallery Night, Art, Classes and Book Events at Artisan Gallery 218!

Court Avenue D.M. Farmer's Market_M.HeikesOur next exhibit will be unveiled during Valley Junction’s Gallery Night, April 21st.  This special evening will be from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm that Friday night.  We will also have wine, food, and entertainment, as well as a chance to meet the artists!  In addition, explore Mary Kline-Misol’s ‘Children in Trees, and the Man in the Moon’ exhibit of paintings.  Hope you can come!

We are hosting a number of classes and events over the next month-plus.  The Links below will take you to full information about each on our website as well as a way to register and pay for each class [some classes have limited room, so be sure to register beforehand]:
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Wired Gemstone Bangle Bracelet Class on Sat, April 22nd, 10 – 11am, taught by our own Louise McIlhon, Gemstones Jewelry.  Choose your stones and either gold or silver non-tarnish wire.

 

New Moon Bracelet Class by Katie Geraty, Stone Bone Wood Cloth on April 24 bracelets7th  7 – 9pm.    Create your intention bracelet from hand-dyed silk cords and a selection of gemstone beads and sterling silver charms that uniquely represent what you want to manifest in your life.

 

 

Nuno Felted Ruffle Scarf Class on Friday, May 5th  10 – 5:00pm taught by Seattle Fiber Artist, Hilary Hutchinson Grant.  Nuno felting is a process where wool fiber migrates through the weave of a fabric and bonds to the fabric during the process of felting and fulling. Felting equipment, fiber, silk gauze, and a handout is included in the supply fee.  Hurry, you must sign up for this class by April 24th!

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Botanical Print workshop on May 6th & 7th taubotanical classght by Seattle Fiber Artist, Hilary Hutchinson Grant.  She has been experimenting with various techniques of eco and botanical printing and is here to teach us how to obtain beautiful clear and crisp leaf prints using natural and acid dyes as well as mordants and modifiers.  Hurry, you must sign up for this class by April 24th! 

We are hosting three book events through the month of April, starting at 6:30 pm – full details are at the Gallery website.
Monday, 4/3 – Rena Olsen author of “The Girl Before” will discuss the topic of human trafficking with Terry Hernandez, executive director of The Chrysalis Foundation.
Monday, 4/10 – Deb Landwehr Engle and Jean Baker will discuss the topics of their books, “Letting Your Spirit Guides Speak” and “Letting Go”
Monday, 4/17 – we will have eight nationally renowned Iowa writers win celebration of National Poetry Month.

Stay tuned for May happenings, some of which are linked above:  there will be book events on Monday nights during May and come see the new works of our artists! Drop in any time [we are open Tuesday through Saturday] and enjoy the art and ambience of Artisan Gallery 218. Check our website or Facebook page to stay up to date!

 

 

Spring 2017 Art, Classes, and Events

We had an enjoyable evening in mid-February during our opening reception for  ‘New Works’.  If you were not able to make it,  here is a small list of the variety of new work on display now through April 15th:   Three sculptures ‘The Personalities’ by Annick Ibsen. ‘The Wives of Henry’ – 6 museum quality portraits of the wives of Henry VIII by Mary Kline-Misol.  Iconic Des Moines landmark collages by Marybeth Heikes.  New archival quality photographic Images of spring flowers by Jacqueline Stoken.  A New line of botanical printed vests and light-weight ponchos by Janet Bergeron and Annie Williams Temple!

Drop in any time [we are open Tuesday through Saturday] and enjoy the art and ambience of Artisan Gallery 218.

springAwaken to Spring and learn something new!  We have some exciting classes coming  up!   The Links below will take you to full information about each on our website as well as a way to register and pay for each class:

 

 

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Photography classes on March 14th [Art] & 28th [Technology], learn how to create your own artistic images through composition and software.  Set your pictures apart of the usual shots so they convey something special about your subject.

annie classIndigo dye & Shibori fabric and scarf class on March 18th.  You will dye a Habutai silk scarf and (2) 12″ squares of fabric using Indigo dye and ancient Shibori techniques.

 

new moon class 1 copyMake & Take:  New Moon bracelet class by Katie Geraty, Stone Bone Wood Cloth on April 27thCreate your intention bracelet from hand-dyed silk cords and a selection of gemstone beads and sterling silver charms that uniquely represent what you want to manifest in your life.

cobweb classIntroduction to cobweb felting on April 29th, taught by Seattle Fiber Artist, Hilary Hutchinson Grant.  Hilary is known for her wet felted scarves and she is here to teach us how to make a Cobweb scarf for ourselves.

 

nuno feltNuno Felted Ruffle Scarf Class on April 30th taught by Seattle Fiber Artist, Hilary Hutchinson Grant.  Nuno felting is a process where wool fiber migrates through the weave of a fabric and bonds to the fabric during the process of felting and fulling. Felting equipment, fiber, silk gauze, and a handout is included in the supply fee.

botanical classBotanical Printing – a 1 or 2 day Botanical Print workshop on May 6th & 7th taught by Seattle Fiber Artist, Hilary Hutchinson Grant.  Hilary has been experimenting with various techniques of eco and botanical printing and is here to teach us how to obtain beautiful clear and crisp leaf prints using natural and acid dyes as well as mordants and modifiers.

Artisan Gallery 218 welcomes our latest artist, Patricia Davis! Patricia lived overseas for 40 years teaching for the Department of Defense Overseas Schools and retired to her hometown of Des Moines a few years ago.

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“We all live in a world of color. To work with color is inspiring. It is a universal language that needs no translation. It has the power to explain and excite, sadden or stir, arouse yet calm. My passion for color has grown over many years. Color is my tool. I use it to create, interpret or represent. Like Matisse, I use color to create or express how I feel. This is the purpose of my work.”

New Works April 21 – Jun 10 and spring Gallery Night:

Join us for Spring Gallery Night April 21 from 5 – 9pm!  Enjoy food, wine, and entertainment while you mingle with the artists and peruse our new exhibit.  Explore Mary Kline-Misol’s paintings ‘Children in Trees and the Man in the Moon’ as well as other new works.

April Book Events.

the-girl-beforeThe Girl Before’:  In her powerful psychological suspense debut, author Rena Olsen asks readers to consider the unthinkable. When a woman’s life is shattered, what if everything she thought was normal and good and true . . . wasn’t?

Olsen will appear at Artisan Gallery 218 on April 3 at 6:30 PM to sign copies of her book, The Girl Before. It tells the story of Clara Lawson who is torn from her life in an instant, as armed men invade her home. Without warning, she finds herself separated from her beloved husband and daughters and the very last thing her husband yells to her is to “say nothing.”

Letting Go & Letting Your Spirit Guides Speak:  

As always, check our calendar, facebook, and website frequently for the latest in new events and classes!  happy-spring-quotes

 

 

Artisan Gallery 218 Named in US News Travel Magazine!!

In a recent article in US News/World Report Travel Magazine, Artisan Gallery 218 was named as a ‘standout art spot’ in their article,  ’10 Underrated Cities for Art Lovers’!

10 Underrated Cities for Art Lovers | U.S. News Travel

Des Moines, Iowa

“How much do you know about Des Moines? This capital city has a 28-piece sculpture park smack dab in the heart of downtown, along with plenty of public art displays throughout greater Des Moines. Plus, many local restaurants display local artists works on the side of their buildings or on their walls. Standout art spots include the Des Moines Social Club, the Moberg Gallery, the Des Moines Art Center and Artisan Gallery 218. Plus, the popular annual Des Moines Arts Festival, which includes live music, performing arts and visual arts, has received prestigious accolades.”

Checkout the full article here…     Awesome!!

Artisan Gallery 218 Update 8/30/16

Well it has been 7 weeks since we moved out of the Gallery and emergency repairs began!  The founding partners, Annie Temple, Mary Kline-Misol,  Victoria Herring, and Louise Mcilhon have kept busy in their personal lives working on neglected house projects, elder care, family time, creating art, and vacations!

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Annie’s son John has returned from Germany and has achieved his lifelong dream of becoming a ‘Master Brewer’!  Annie has been creating more scarves using the ‘eco printing’ method that uses plants and flowers from her garden to dye the silk chiffon fabric.  She will be offering classes this fall on this technique just in time for making Christmas gifts!

Botanical Printed Scarf Oakleaf detail
Botanical Printed Scarf Oakleaf detail

Mary Kline-Misol

Mary has been nursing her mother back to health who is recovering nicely from a broken hip and femur.  At age 93 she is doing very well thanks to Mary’s care-giving.  Mary also tends to her beautiful flower garden and continues to paint in her studio.

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Victoria continues to whittle away at her list of house projects and travel plans. Her travels have included a trip to Phoenix, a family reunion on San Juan Island, traveling through the North Cascades of Washington, and Morocco!   You may see some evidence of her travels on the Gallery walls this fall!

Louise Mcilhon

Louise continues to hone her construction skills by dismantling the kitchen cabinetry in the Gallery, putting up lattice around her cedar deck, and building a tool organizer in her garage.  She has also enjoyed traveling to the Fall Tucson Gem Show, and fishing trips to Lake Galena, IL, and salmon fishing in Wisconsin! Still, her de-stress activity is making jewelry!

Now for the Construction Update…

The walls and ceiling have all been studded and framed.  Starting this week, the contractors will start putting up drywall in the ceiling and the top of the walls. When the drywall is complete, the original tin ceiling will be re-installed and then cleaning and painting will start.  The brick wall will remain as is, and everything else  will be painted white including the tin ceiling, HVAC runs, and ductwork.  Finally, all new LED linear track lights will be installed.

Our landlord is still working toward an October 1st re-occupancy date but then it will take us several days of moving in and hanging art before our re-opening!  We will make announcements as soon as we can finalize our plans.

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We look forward to seeing you in the fall!

We appreciate your past patronage and hope to see you back in the gallery this fall!

 

Louise, Annie, Mary, Vicky

News Release – Temporary Closure Due to Construction

Date: July 14, 2016
For Immediate Release
Contact: Victoria Herring
515-255-0218 or Curator@ArtisanGallery218.com

Business Looking Up in Valley Junction

West Des Moines, IA – Business has been looking up for Artisan Gallery 218, a recently established art gallery in Valley Junction. The artist-owned gallery is the realization of a dream shared by four renowned Iowa women artists.

 Then on Monday, July 11, when the gallery is typically closed, one of the owners literally looked up. The faux ceiling in the century-old building showed a buckle. It’s a fine point of difference, but artists have a keen eye for dimension, lines and change.

The landlord was contacted immediately. A contractor’s inspection revealed the hidden original ceiling (three feet above the visible ceiling) has been shedding its 100-year-old plaster. The plaster weight was bearing down on the current 12-foot-high ceiling.

Scrambling to remove art that could be at risk during construction, the gallery owners did not open for business Tuesday, July 12, and have temporarily closed the gallery until the ceiling is repaired. Artisan Gallery 218 has been a destination for people searching for art by Iowa artists as well as the site of numerous cultural and educational events in Valley Junction.

“We will be rescheduling events and reopening for business at Artisan Gallery 218 when construction repairs are completed in several weeks. Looking up, this means we can have another Grand Opening,” said one of the artist-owners, Victoria Herring.

Until then, the fine art paintings and sculptures, handcrafted fabrics, global photography, and one-of-a-kind jewelry may be viewed and reserved online at www.ArtisanGallery218.com. The website also links to those of the featured artists. Private viewings may also be arranged at another location by calling 515-255-0218.

Events and Classes for July 2016!

‘Town & Country’ Exhibition Continues through August 4th

The works of Janet Bergeron and Marybeth Heikes continue on display.  Plus a number of new works of the other artisans, including newcomers Annick Ibsen, Jacqueline Stoken and Katie Geraty – Stone Bone Wood Cloth.

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Hot – New Work

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Valley Junction All-Iowa Bash

Sunday July 3rd – we will be open 12 – 4pm. Celebrate America!  Join Valley Junction for a revamped celebration of the United States and all things IOWA!!  Try food and drink from local Iowa vendors, crafts from Iowa makers, music from Iowa bands, and more!

Eco Scarf Printing Class

Make and Take Class by Annie Temple – learn how to print a silk chiffon scarf using flowers and greenery on Sat, July 9th from 2:00 – 5:00.  Details can be found here.

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Valley Junction Christmas in July and Sidewalk Sale, Fri/Sat July 15-16:

We will be participating and will have some works on sale, both on the sidewalk and in the Gallery.  Come and get some great sales pre-holiday season!!

Book Talk Monday, July 18th from 6:30 – 8:00pm

Come hear Iowa Authors, Sparkle Abbey, discuss their latest book, Raiders of the Lost Bark, Book Eight in the ‘Pampered Pet Mysteries’.

Exhibit News!

One of our artists, Annick Ibsen, will have sculpture on exhibit at the ARC Gallery in Chicago, 2156 N Damen Ave., in the ‘It Figures: The Body in Art’ exhibition June 22 – Jul 16.  Congratulations Annick!

Extended Shopping Hours during Valley Junction Events!  We will be open and joining in the various Valley Junction events in July and are open most Thursday evenings for the VJ Farmer’s Market.

RAGBRAI crosses Iowa 7/24-7/30 and a number of our artists have bicycle-themed works in the gallery for that perfect gift!

Coming in August… Aug 2nd New Moon Bracelet Workshop by Katy Geraty – Stone Bone Wood Cloth.  Don’t forget to sign up for this popular session!  See more information here.

SAVE THE DATE!  Our next opening of New Works is on Friday, August 5th from 5pm-7pm 

Our calendar on our website is continually updated as we add new offerings.  Check back frequently!.

Other classes, events, and new artists are in the planning stages.  If you have any ideas, requests or suggestions for classes, events or artists please send us a note:  Curator@ArtisanGallery218.com.

Events and Classes for June 2016!

Exhibition ‘Town & Country’:  The main event in June is the opening of our next exhibit, Town & Country which will focus on exploring the vistas of country, towns, and cities with an opening evening reception on Friday night, June 10th featuring artists:  Janet Bergeron and Marybeth Heikes.  Come and join us for a wonderful evening, 5pm-7pm.

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Father’s Day Gift Make & Take Class:  fish hook braceletLouise Mcilhon will be offering a class for ages 10 and up to make your choice of gifts – either a fish hook leather bracelet or leather key chain with your personal stamped message.  Class Dates: June 9th or June 16th from 5:30 pm-6:30 pm.  Pre-registration is required – see our website for details.

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Welcome our newest artist, Annick Ibsen!  Annick_janShe’s a well known sculptor and painter with a diverse background forming the basis for her art. Since her first paintings in 1995, her work has evolved from pure figurative portraits to cubist interpretations.  Annick is a resident artist at the Ankeny Art Center and in 2012 was awarded the People’s Choice Prize for sculpture installation. Come see Annick’s sculptures in the gallery and learn more about her on our website.

The Gallery welcomes Katie Geraty, founder of Stone Bone Wood Cloth!stone bone wood cloth 1
The intention behind Stone Bone Wood Cloth is the idea that we live and we create and we become a collection of all our intentions.  Hand-made unglazed porcelain vessels and cloth tassels incorporate metaphysical properties of gemstones that help us focus our intentions.    Read more about her here.
Book Launch Event Monday, June 27th from 6p-8p for Kali VanBaale, an Iowa author, and her second novel “The Good Divide”.  “VanBaale presents a vivid portrait of one woman’s lifelong struggle to find peace with what she has rather than what she desires. Fiction doesn’t get more real than this.” ~Publishers Weekly   www.kalivanbaale.com

Extended Shopping Hours!  We are going to be open and joining in the various Valley Junction events in June on an occasional basis and we will be open most Thursday evenings for the VJ Farmer’s Market.

Classes & Events:  Our calendar on our website is continually updated as we add new offerings.  Check back frequently!.

Coming in July and August…. We will have another book talk July 18th with Sparkle Abbey that dog, cat, and art lovers will be sure to enjoy, and August 2nd is a return of the New Moon Bracelet Class.  Other classes, events, and new artists are in the planning stages.  If you have any ideas or suggestions for class, events or artists, please send us a note to:  curator@ArtisanGallery218.com

We accept tax-deductible donations!

In order to expand our art classes, we are in need of a utility sink.  We have estimates ranging between $800 – $2,000. Every donation will go solely to this project unless otherwise specified.   Please consider supporting your community gallery and allowing us to expand our offerings!

Artisan Gallery 218 is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts and services organization.  Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law and can be made in person or via our website:   http://www.artisangallery218.com/support-gallery/

Thank you for your support and continued patronage!!  Stop in to see us!  [Mary Louise, Annie and Victoria]  We are regularly open Tuesday through Saturday and often on Mondays as well.

Events and Artists for May 2016

We now have a CALENDAR ON OUR WEBSITE with all the events and classes coming up!  Check back frequently as we continue to add events.

Trunk show May 3 – May 7th

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We are hosting a special Trunk Show of the cobweb felt scarves, purses, and felted flowers of Seattle artist Hilary Hutchison Grant.  Just in time for Mothers Day, come in May 3rd through the 7th to buy one of Hilary’s favorites at a special discounted price.  Hilary is teaching classes at the gallery on ancient felting techniques.  We still have openings for creating a felted flower Friday May 6th from 5:30 to 7:30.  On Saturday, her cobweb scarf class has been filled, but feel free to come to the gallery to watch some of the class and check out her trunk show.

New Moon Intention Bracelet Workshop May 7th:  

One of our new artists, Katie Geraty, founder of ‘Stone Bone Wood Cloth’ will hold a class “New Moon Intention Bracelet Workshop” May 5th from 7p – 9p. Create your intention bracelet from hand-dyed silk cords and a selection of gemstone beads and sterling silver charms that uniquely represent what you want to manifest in your life.

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Wine Tasting May 20th:

We are hosting the Wine Shop of Iowa’s tasting of Iowa Wines on Friday, May 20 at 6:00 pm.  Come sample some wonderful Iowa wines and enjoy the fine art of our Iowa artists.

Book Signing May 24th:

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Book Signing 5/20 from 6p-8p for Jennifer Wilson, an Iowa author, and her new novel “Water” published by Raygun.

Extended Shopping Hours!

We going to be open and joining in the various Valley Junction events in May – Farmer’s Market [Thursdays] and the Valley Junction Art Festival on Sunday May 22nd from 11am – 4pm.

Coming in June….

On June 4th [Saturday] and for the next 11 Saturdays, Mary Kline-Misol is again offering her Kids Draw Along Class.  Sorry, this class is now full, but if you are interested in future classes of this type, please email or call us so we can note your interest.

Dreamtime Birdhouse Painting:

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Mary is also teaching a craft class for ages 9 – 12 which starts on the 4th and continues through July 16th.   This session is designed to create a global awareness and develop an appreciation for the culture of the desert Aboriginals of Alice Springs, Australia.  Students will go home with a finished hand painted decorative birdhouse.

Exhibit ‘Town and Country opens June 10th:  Our new exhibit  themed “Town and Country” will open with an evening reception and will include a special showing of the art of Janet Bergeron and Marybeth Heikes.  Come see their new works, visit with them and enjoy the other works focusing on the vistas of country, towns and cities in Iowa.

Book Launch /Signing  June 27th:  We are hosting the book launch of a new book by Iowa author, Kali VanBaale,  called “The Good Divide”.  More details will be forthcoming on our website and in our next Newsletter.

As always, come and drop in, enjoy the art and visit with the artists.  Keep an eye out for announcements on our website and Facebook page.  And if you’d be interested in a specific class or event, let us know!!!