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.