BNSF Power and Precision' Opens October 11th and runs through December 5th.


Please join us for an opening reception of 'BNSF Power and Precision', an exhibit of engine abstract paintings by Marybeth Heikes.  Reception is during Fall Gallery Night Friday, October 11th, from 5-9pm.  Beverages and light appetizers served.

My abstract train collages and watercolors are inspired by the Precisionist movement in the early 1900's.  The paintings reflect the use of simplified forms of geometric shapes without a lot of details.  The compositions emphasize dramatic close-up viewpoints and I concentrate on abstracting and flattening the picture plane.  My goal is to depict these monoliths with sharpness and clarity with textured, bold colors.  I use my hand painted heavy body acrylic pigments to define the shapes.  Working from my sketches and photos, I zero in on the abstract design with the geometric patterns.  Gray and black tones add spatial dimensions to my designs.  Most of my paintings are done in a series.  These engines began around 2010 and I have used both watercolors and acrylic to describe them."

Marybeth will have 16 paintings in this series on display from October 11th through December 5th

One of Ms. Heikes paintings, Engine Abstraction #10,  was selected to exhibit in the National Arizona Aqueous XXXIV exhibition in Tubac, Arizona.  This nationally juried fall exhibit is in collaboration with the Smithsonian Water/Ways exhibit.











'Bat'Battle for the Ballot'  April 12th - October 4th

 Artisan Gallery 218 invites you to our gallery for a preview of portrait selections from Mary Kline Misol's Suffrage Project 'Battle for the Ballot'.  On display will be 10 of the first completed  historical portraits of the strong women who were pioneers of the cause for the 72 year drive to see the 19th Amendment ratified, giving women their civil rights and the right to vote.   The final project presentation, consisting of the full 19 portraits, will be presented at the gallery in April 2020 celebrating the 1920 Centennial.   

Limited edition buttons (brooches) of each suffragist are also for sale with proceeds going to the League of Women Voters. 

The State of Iowa Ratification of the 19th Amendment centennial is July 2nd of this year.  Come learn about the history of this significant event!

Gallery talks are available for your group!  Just give us a call to discuss and arrange a date/time for your group!

Read the DSM Magazine article here.

Full information about the project can be found on Mary Kline-Misol's website:



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