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:

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.


“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



Wine, Women, and Words – Plus Holiday Shopping!

Invite your friends and head to Valley Junction on Monday, December 5th for a fun and free event featuring five Sisters in Crime.  Join authors Sparkle Abbey, Dawn Eastman, Anna Loan-Wilsey, and Jody Vorbrich at this holiday mix and mingle hosted by Artisan Gallery 218.  The store opens that day at 10:00 AM.  These talented local authors will share their writing experiences, beginning at 6:30 PM.  The store will stay open past its regular Monday hours (10:00 AM to 6:00 PM) for this special event.

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Sparkle Abbey is the writing duo of MaryLee Woods and Anita Carter.  They are friends and neighbors as well as co-writers of the Pampered Pets Mystery Series. Their pen name was created by combining the names of their rescue pets – Sparkle (Mary Lee’s cat) and Abbey (Anita’s dog). They reside in central Iowa, but if they could write anywhere, you would find them on the beach with their laptops and depending on the time of day either an iced tea or a margarita.) Their books include: Desperate Housedogs, Get Fluffy, Kitty Kitty Bang Bang, Yip/Tuck, Fifty Shades of Greyhound, and The Girl with the Dachshund Tattoo.

When Dawn Eastman was ten years old, her two favorite things were climbing trees and reading. She loved to read Nancy Drew books, but eventually moved on to Hercule Poirot, Sherlock Holmes, and Stephanie Plum.   She lived many years in Michigan, but now calls Iowa home.  She is the author of many cozy mysteries, including Pall in the Family, Be Careful What You Witch For, A Fright to the Death, and An Unhappy Medium. 

Anna Loan-Wilsey lives in a Victorian farmhouse in the Iowa countryside with her patient husband, inquisitive six-year-old daughter and old yellow dog.  She was born and raised in Syracuse, NY but has lived in Finland, Canada and Texas. She is a biologist, librarian, information specialist, and now with the Hattie Davish Mysteries Series, a novelist.  A March to Remember, her new book, is set in Washington, DC.  She is a proud member of Sleuths In TimeMystery Writers of America, and Sisters-in-Crime.

Jody Nolan Vorbrich grew up on a farm southwest of Dubuque and now lives with her husband in Clive. She has three children, four stepchildren, and sixteen grandchildren. She received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Drake University.  Her books, Murder in Central Standard Time, and Missing in Central Standard Time are set in the fictional town of Holland, Iowa, which is loosely based on Pella.

Be sure to take some time to enjoy refreshments and consider the original art available for holiday gifts.  Artisan Gallery 218 plans to offer a series of monthly book events highlighting local writers.  Beaverdale Books will have books available for sale and signing. For more information, call the Gallery at: 255-0218.

Year of Thanks, Week of Savings!

Artisan Gallery 218, in historic Valley Junction, is celebrating its First Anniversary and Thanksgiving with a week of savings on Victoria Herring’s photography of “World Tour Images” starting Monday November 21st!

Herring’s lens captures colorful, indelible impressions of people and places — near and far.  Suitable for framing, her photos make ideal gifts for travelers and armchair wanderers.  Celebrate with up to 50% off!
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Also enjoy 50% off selected wood art objects by Tom Whalley!

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Open Monday through Saturday Thanksgiving week. Closed on Thursday for the holiday.

Make Artisan Gallery 218 your holiday shopping destination!

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.


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

Artisan Gallery 218 Construction Update Aug 4th

Hello Everyone!  We thought you might be interested in what is going on in the gallery.  Here is a brief update:

The entire ceiling has been removed and the interior of the gallery is being prepped for construction = nails being pulled, etc.  The joists in the space are all being raised in the center where there was a small bow and repaired from previous remodels.

The ceiling will be about 2 ft. higher than before so they are prepping to sheet rock the top of all existing walls to the ceiling.  The original tin ceiling will be reinstalled for the majority of the gallery.  Everything in the gallery will be painted white.  There will be a combination of LED Linear lights and track lighting throughout the space.

Overall the space will be spectacular!  We are sparing little cost to make it safe, beautiful and highly functional in a variety of purposes.

We are working toward an October 1st re-occupancy date.  Grand Re-opening date will follow once we are moved back in and the new exhibit is ready!

News Release – Temporary Closure Due to Construction

Date: July 14, 2016
For Immediate Release
Contact: Victoria Herring
515-255-0218 or [email protected]

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 The website also links to those of the featured artists. Private viewings may also be arranged at another location by calling 515-255-0218.