Art Week Des Moines

Art Week Des Moines | Valley Junction

Riverview Artist Salon 22
Artists of Phenix and Friends Group Show

Thursday, June 23rd, 2022
The Venue, 209 5th St, West Des Moines, IA 50265

3:00PM – 7:00PM

FREE Tickets Available through Eventbrite

Thursdays are Farmer’s Market Day in Valley Junction! And every Thursday after 2:30pm there is no parking on the 100, 200, and (sometimes) 300 blocks of 5th and Maple St out to the alleys. Please use the 24-hour FREE parking off 4th and 6th Streets. 

COVID-19 Protocols

RCAM strongly encourages the use of a mask while in The Venue; however, masking is not required at this time. This protocol will be re-visited periodically and may change based on Polk County infection and vaccination rates. Masks will be available.

If you would like to obtain a Covid-19 vaccine, please click HERE to find a vaccine location.

Thank you for supporting Iowa live music and artists!

Find out about the best arts festivals coming to Des Moines!

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Iowa Artists

Today, the rain didn’t stop River City Art and Music from speaking with Marissa Kay Apothecary at the Valley Junction Arts Festival. You can plant their greeting cards! What a novel idea and great for the environment! A lasting way to remember those who shared their thoughts with you!

You can find these one-of-a-kind cards at, Facebook and @marissakayapothecary


Iowa Musician

River City Art and Music met Joshua Sinclair yesterday morning at Ted Lare Design Build & Garden’s, Art in the Garden, in Cumming, IA.

Josh has made 16 albums and is just getting started. He’s been a songwriter for 20 years and captures what life is like being a songwriter and all the highs and lows of life on the road. His songs will make you laugh, sing along, and raise a cold one in the air. Here’s his latest, Ten Songs for Summer.

Iowa Artist

River City Art and Music caught up with Eileen Johnson at the Ted Lare Design Build & Garden Centers, Art in the Garden event on Saturday, May 14th. For those that don’t know, book folding is an art form that involves folding pages of a hardcover book — sometimes combined with cutting the paper — within the book’s own binding. The finished work pops off the page three-dimensionally and may be hung on a wall or placed atop a table.

You can find more of Eileen’s work at Cards & Things by Eileen, Row your Goat in Winterset, and Atelier at 1109 in Perry, Iowa. You’ll also find her at Artists in the Courtyard on June 4th and Art in the Park on June 5th.

This Weekend!

The 50th Annual Historic Valley Junction Arts Festival, is this Sunday, May 15, 2022 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Over 50 artists from Iowa and beyond will take over 5th Street. This juried exhibition of fine arts and crafts, provides the public with an opportunity to meet, interact with, and purchase original work by artists.

LOCATION: 137 5th Street, West Des Moines, IA 50265

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Parranderos Latin Combo

Travesuras features Juan Sebastian Ramirez Espinosa on vocals, Jose Angel “Joey” Camarillo on tuba, Edward “La Vara” Montoya on Bombardino and Johan Sebastian “Eyes” Perez Correa on clarinet. Darwin Salas on backing vocals and Fernando Aveiga on bass and accordion. Juan Carlos Chaurand and Ryan Mullin on percussion. Engineered by Heriberto C. Roque Perez, mixed and mastered by Jose Angel “Joey” Camarillo .

Travesuras is PLC’s first single from El Gran Chantaje, a collection of 13 songs created with over 40 collaborators recorded in Des Moines, Medellin, Kansas City, Mexico City, Paris, Council Bluffs, Minneapolis, and Santo Domingo.

Music + Merch + Booking: