You are involved in the Studio Art Quilt Association. Tell us about this group.
“I am the Iowa Representative of the Studio Art Quilt Association (SAQA), an international group of fiber artists who promote Fiber Art by education, gallery exhibitions, and conferences. The most exciting thing they do is curate traveling exhibitions and actively promote our work to galleries. We have quite a few members in Iowa and the Midwest. I am also a member of the American Quilters Society (AQS).”
How did you get started in fabric and fiber artwork?
“Textiles have defined my world since the age of 8. From work clothing to costume design, dyeing and construction to quilting to hand and art quilting to three dimensional works, my “happy place” has always been the sewing room. I have practiced these skills as a student as well as working at Living History Farms, freelance costuming, competitive costuming, and dance wear.”
Where have you exhibited?
“My representational works and abstract work have been exhibited in several major and smaller art shows, such as American Quilter’s Society (AQS) Houston, AQS Des Moines, Iowa State Fair Fine Arts, traveling Studio Art Quilt shows , Fairfield Iowa, Marion Iowa, Grinnell, and currently at the Des Moines Botanical Gardens. I’ve had some pieces printed in quilt related magazines as well as national calendars.”
What type of work do you like to create, and how do you maintain your skills?
“I really enjoy pushing the medium and love to make bowls, jewelry, clothing, and quilts with unusual topics. I also create custom quilts of buildings based on photographs. I have taken numerous art and drawing classes, as well as Shibori classes, fabric painting classes, dyeing classes, etc. I am continuously exploring and learning new things from classes to participating in exhibits and interacting with other artists such as other SAQA and AQS members.”
Come see Janet’s art at Artisan Gallery 218 – 218 5th Street, West Des Moines, Iowa!
Our next exhibit Primavera (‘spring’ in Italian) opens April 8th with an evening Open House from 5 – 9:00pm during Gallery Night in Valley Junction!
We welcome our newest Artists!
Photographer, Dr. Jacqueline Stoken. Dr. Stoken develops and prints her archival quality black and white photographs in her own darkroom. She has developed a thought provoking body of work of Iowa life and landscape as well as capturing her travels across the country and globe.
Silversmith, Elyse Demaray. Demaray Designs joins us with her beautiful silver and semi-precious stone pendants! “My current collection explores pre-historic and ancient art… from ancient Greece, petroglyphs and rock art from the American Southwest, and African masks from many cultures have influenced the works in this exhibit.”
Fiber Artist, Elizabeth Rhoads Read: Elizabeth is a Fiber Artist from Cedar Rapids who is drawn towards working with simple materials to create her visions including paper and paper cords, used fabric, and other items. Elizabeth’s work involves varying textures and her philosophy is to immerse herself in textures and tones to express the intensity of emotions.
John Evans is an impressionistic artist from southern Iowa working primarily in pastel and colored pencil. A retired art teacher, is a charter member and President of the Iowa Pastel Society and many of his works evoke the quiet and subtle beauty of the Iowa countryside.
Please pre-register via our website or by calling us at 515.255.0218
Hilde DeBruyne is again offering a class for 6-9 yr. olds, “It’s a Small World” starting April 6th and continuing on for four Wednesdays from 3:30 – 4:45 pm.
Julie MCCullough is offering a full day class inFabric Dollmakingon Saturday April 9th from 9a-5p.
Annie Temple will be offering a Needle Felting Make and Take classwhere you will learn how to needle felt a design on a felt purse, on Tuesday evening April 26th, 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Wine and munchies provided!
Coming in May and June…
Hilary Hutchison Grant will be coming to Iowa to teach two classes (Wet and Cobweb Felting) in early May. The classes are almost full, so don’t miss out and sign up now!
We will be holding an ALL IOWA night in conjunction with Wines of Iowa, right up the street, on a Friday night in May [keep an eye on our calendar and website for details]: come visit the Gallery to see our Iowa artists and enjoy a sampling of Iowa wines.
We accept Tax-deductible Donations and are Seeking Sponsors and Donors!
In order to add more artists and extend our reach in the community, we are in need of building movable walls to display more flatwork. Wall additions will allow us to display more artwork and are estimated to cost about $4,000. Your donation would help us defray these costs! Donor names will be displayed on the wall your donation helped to build!
Would you like to sponsor a child to take an art class? You can specify who the child is, or provide a scholarship in your name. Please contact us for details!
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 11 – 5:30 and often on Mondays as well.