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

 

 

Spring into the Season with Adult Art Classes at Artisan Gallery 218!

Learn and create something new with our Adult Art Classes starting next week! Besides the children’s classes focused upon in our last blog post, Artisan Gallery 218 is hosting “Make and Take” classes for teens and adults in its workshop area from now into the summer.  The following classes start our line-up of fun and interesting classes that are sure to spark your inner creativity!

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Annie Temple is presenting a Beginning Needle Felting Class on Tuesday evening, March 22nd.  Enjoy learning about felting, a bit of wine, and taking home your own hand-made treasure.  Annie will then follow that up on April 26th with another Beginning/Intermediate Class where you will learn how to  needle felt a design on a felt purse which you will take home.

http://www.artisangallery218.com/learning/intro-to-needle-felting/

http://www.artisangallery218.com/learning/Needle-felting/

 Fabric Doll Makingjulie doll

Urbandale Fiber Artist, Julie McCullough, has taught doll-making for over 25 years across the country and in Australia!  She will be using her own doll patterns to offer a class on Fabric Doll Making on April 9th.  A popular full-day class [bring your sewing machine!] she’ll show you how to make your very own colorful Elf, Angel, or Mermaid doll.  To get an idea of the quality of her creations, stop in and see Julie’s dolls and fairies we have in the gallery!

http://www.artisangallery218.com/learning/fabric-doll-making/

Wet Feltinghilary scarves hilary felt flowers

Seattle Fiber Artist, Hilary Hutchinson-Grant will be in Des Moines to teach a special group of classes on Friday May 6th and Saturday May 7th only at Artisan Gallery 218!  On Friday evening Hilary will offer  “Felt & Wine night”,  an Introductory Wet Felting Class to ‘Make and Take’ a wet felted flower, a phone case, or a small felt painting – your choice!

This is followed on Saturday with her Introduction to Cobweb Wet Felting Class where you will learn how to make your own Cobweb Felt Scarf in a color of your choosing.  To get an idea of the scarf you will be making, come in now to see Hilary’s beautiful scarves we have in the gallery!

http://www.artisangallery218.com/learning/intro-to-wet-felting/

http://www.artisangallery218.com/learning/intro-to-cobweb-felting/

Children’s Art Classes at Artisan Gallery 218!

Want your child to have some fun and be creative?  We have just the line-up of classes to spur your child’s creativity while learning art methods and exploring the world!

Artisan Gallery 218 is hosting classes for young children ages 6 – 12  in its workshop area on various days from now into the summer.  Complete details and sign-up instructions can be found at our website, www.ArtisanGallery218.com

It’s a Small World!kangaroo

Hilde DeBruyne teaches “It’s a Small World” for ages 6 to 9, on Wednesdays from 3:30 – 4:45 for 4 weeks starting April 6th.

Get ready for an artistic and creative adventure, traveling around the world and using art, music and food to get to know different cultures and be inspired to create their own culturally diverse artwork.

Draw Along Studio Exercise Summer Classmary cat for class

Mary Kline-Misol will again offer her “Draw Along Studio Exercise” class for youth ages 6 – 9 for 12 sessions on Saturdays from 11 – 12:30 starting June 4th.

Child psychologists tell us that drawing is as spontaneous and human an activity as learning how to walk and talk. Drawing is a complex process that requires the individual to isolate discrete bits from the whole entity in three dimensions, and to reproduce those bits accurately in only two dimensions, by relating them logically to each other all the while moving the hand with attained skill.

Mary’s teaching method involves training children to perceive visual data with a basis of the five elements of shape and demonstrating how the general shape of an object is composed of those elements. The language in the class is geared toward creating a non-competitive and non-judgmental environment in which each child will learn that there is no wrong way to draw and that everyone can be successful.

The kids in the current session are having a great time and will have an exhibition of their artwork on April 2nd!.

Dreamtime Birdhouse Craft Classdreamtime birdhouse

Mary is also teaching a craft class “Dreamtime Birdhouse” for youth ages 9 – 12.  This 7 week session is on Saturdays from 1:00 – 3:00 starting on June 4th.

This session is designed to create global awareness and develop an appreciation for the culture of the desert Aboriginals of Alice Springs, Australia.  Each student will have an unfinished birdhouse to decorate with personal color and design choices using acrylic paints,  Students will have an exhibition of the final product at the end of the session.

 

Give the Gift of Art

When you walk the aisles of Target or any other store with dedicated sections of children’s toys, you may notice everything is electronic, battery powered. Toys are flashing, blinking, moving.  Older kids have iPods and game consoles to fill their wish lists.  But what if we removed the batteries, the noise, the i-this and i-that electronics? What would we be left with?

Art.

This Christmas season, consider banishing the notion of buying your children, grandchildren concrete gifts. Give them the gift of creativity and exploration. Give them the gift of art.

Our in-house artist and founding partner, Mary Kline-Misol is offering a children’s art class. This class is focused on drawing. This isn’t a typical construction paper and glue art class. Mary recognizes that even at a young age, children have the ability, and desire, to learn the technical elements of drawing. She employs a method to foster each child’s creativity:

“My method to be used involves training children to perceive visual data with a basis of the five elements of shape and demonstrating how the general shape of an object is composed of those elements. The language in the class is geared toward creating a non-competitive and non-judgmental environment in which each child will learn that there is no wrong way to draw and that everyone can be successful.”

This class is open to 6 to 9 year old children and will be held on Saturday mornings from 11:00 to 12:00. The first class is on January 16th and continues for the next 8 Saturdays.  The last class includes an exhibition at the art gallery of each student’s work for family and friends.

The fee is $160 per student and all materials are included in this class fee.

The best gifts don’t include assembly directions and can’t be found in the aisles of toy stores. The best gifts are ones that last a lifetime. They are the gifts that your children look back on and say, “Remember when you surprised me with that art class? I will never forget that!”

This holiday season, give the gift of art. Give the gift of creativity. Give the gift of exploration.

To reserve a spot, please contact Mary Kline-Misol at 515-255-0218 or email curator@ArtisanGallery218.com

Enjoy a sampling of art from past students:

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