The Deeper Meaning

A month after the Silent Rivers 25th Anniversary, dsmMagazine Unveiling Party, Chaden Halfhill’s team is still feeling the love and appreciation from those who attended the event in the 6th Avenue Corridor.

They are grateful for the connection’s that helped them make an impact in the community and especially for the inspiration people experienced from the synergies.

It was a beautiful experience to see the event’s deeper meaning take hold on everyone as they witnessed the power that art, culture and diversity have to connect and inspire people.

On the evening of October 29, the courtyard of a gutted historical building at 1601 6th Avenue was a joyous gathering spot to hundreds immersing themselves in a creative atmosphere of inclusivity!

This video by Hannah Wright sums up what it meant to the community.

Halfhill, C. (2018, November 29). The Deeper Meaning behind the Silent Rivers dsm Unveiling Party.

Music Scene in Des Moines, Iowa

Join the Parranderos Latin Combo (PLC) at Moberg Gallery, 2921 Ingersoll Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday, December 8th featuring Juan Sebastian Ramirez on vocals and piano. Doors at 6:00, live music at 7:00. Beer and wine for purchase. $10 at the door.

PLC performs a mixture of folk and urban music from all over Latin America. The Des Moines-based band performs throughout the Midwest, bringing an exciting Latin flavor and (almost always) salsa dancing to every show they play.

The PLC2PR Project took PLC to San Juan, Puerto Rico to record 9 original compositions over 6 days at Playbach studios with Latin Grammy award winning engineers Ramon Martinez and Carlos Velazques. PLC, spent over 64 hours to complete the recording with musicians hailing from Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Colombia, Puerto Rico and the Midwest. This project was funded in part by the Iowa Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Art in Des Moines, Iowa

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Mainframe Studios heats up the winter with glass artistry that will blow your mind. This month’s theme brings together a talented pool of glass blowers, stained glass artists and torch workers led by our own JJ Gaffers in Studio LL02. Bring the family for a festive evening with music, food and a whole lot of art. As always – it’s free and open to the public. We look forward to seeing you!

Art in Ames, Iowa

“01100100 01110010 01100001 01110111 01101110” features 20 framed artworks, 12 tote bags and even a rug printed with original imagery by Ames Artist Matthew Merritt, all drawn by hand or drawn and collaged with photography using a finger, a stylus or a conventional mouse on a 23-inch touchscreen computer. In his artist’s statement, Merritt says he draws multiple “templates” that he then brings together to “carve out” a picture.

“I love abstraction because it gives you a chance to see something unreal,” he says. “Getting lost inside your own imagination is the best feeling, and I hope that is the experience you have as you wander past the pieces.”

A public reception with the artist will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Frday, Nov. 30 at Design on Main. Refreshments will be served. Both the exhibition and the reception are free and open to the public.

Music Scene in Des Moines, Iowa

Founding member, lead singer, and bass player of Kansas City blues-rock band Trampled Under Foot, Danielle Nicole stepped out on her own in 2015 with her debut album “Wolf Den.” In 2018, Nicole returns with a follow-up release via Concord Records.

“I grew up playing the blues, and the blues is still a big part of what I do. But now I’m reaching out more and trying different things. It still sounds like me, but I’m stretching out a lot more than I have previously.”

8:00 p.m. to Midnight

2307 University, Drake Campustown

Art in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Michael S. Ryan and Connie Gross have a way with color that is captivating, compelling the viewer to ask themselves, “How did they do that?” The answer? Through nuance of color.”

“Michael paints landscapes and interior views. He is always striving for that perfect mix of color, line, brushwork, size, and harmony that will make that perfect painting…something poetic”.

“Connie paints abstracts, landscapes and florals and inspires the viewer through color, movement, texture and the play of light through positive and negative shapes.”

“The greatest secret artists have, is how they manipulate hue, tint, shade, tone, saturation, luminosity, chromaticity, brightness, grayscale, vanishing boundaries, undertones, glazes, transparency, reversed grounds, illusion, vibration, temperature, and intensity.”

“Even without a full semester of color theory by Joseph Albers, you can see Mike and Connie’s aptitude when you look at their paintings – they work – you don’t know why, but you see it and feel it.” – Black Earth Gallery

Black Earth Gallery

1010 3rd Street SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401. Suite 2, On the Alley in the New Bo Arts & Entertainment District



Art in Ames, Iowa

Ceramicist Linda Hardie will host the Ames Community Arts Council’s monthly Gathering of Artists from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

The gathering will be at Hardie’s home studio, 5847 Arrasmith Trail, in Ames.

Artists and art enthusiasts of all types are invited to meet other artists, get feedback, get inspired and have fun.

The monthly events are free and open to all. Refreshments will be provided.

Art in Perry, Iowa

Art on the Prairie in Perry, Iowa November 10th and 11th, is the product of dedicated artists, entrepenuers, community members and creative individuals. All of these people volunteer time and talents throughout the year before a festival to make it the outstanding artistic, musical and poetic experience that it is.

Perry, designated as one of Iowa’s “Great Places,” boasts a combination of arts, history, culture, commerce, and recreation, unmatched to any other of its size.  It’s walkable downtown is home to more than 30 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, as well as several murals and public art pieces, including four sculptures along the Willis Avenue boulevard that pay tribute to Perry’s historical ties to the railroad, agriculture, industry, and the Arts.