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.

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.

Hot - New Work
Hot – New Work


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:  [email protected].