Thursday, October 17th, 2019
Mainframe Studios, The Big Room
Photographs by Dan Troxell
Crystal Stone’s poetry has been published in various international journals including Writers Resist, Poets Reading the News, Coldnoon, Southword Journal, and others. She is currently an MFA candidate at Iowa State University, where she gave a TEDx talk called, “The Transformative Power of Poetry” and edits poetry for Flyway: Journal of Environmental Writing. Her first collection of poetry, Knock-Off Monarch, was released by Dawn Valley Press in December 2018.
A native of Des Moines, Iowa, Lauren Hickman’s work– in writing, astrological interpretation and intuitive energy balance – has been called both “fierce” and “vulnerable”– the variety of her experience lending to the unique voice of an old soul– both troubled and transcendent. Having trained under astrologers and metaphysical teachers from an early age, she continues intensive study of traditional Reiki and Ageless Wisdom studies, serving the community with intuitive counsel and healing sessions in Des Moines. Lauren studied literature and writing at Central University and has written, acted, directed and produced the underground film flick.
Mia Farrell is a Des Moines lover and native. Mia uses her energy as teacher, healer, spirit, and for the last 4 years has accepted the responsibility that comes with the title “artist”. Often working in interactive performance Mia has created art at the Vaudeville Mews, Kitty City, Petal Palace, the Chapman House, the Barnum Factory, Art Terrarium, and the Des Moines Art Center in the form if artist lead participatory walks. Mia believes that art is gift giving, and she honors this role and strives to gift joy, foster empathy, empower connections, and respects her audience and community enough to challenge them to grow.
Annalibera refers to the musical projects as well as the stage name of vocalist, pianist and songwriter Anna Gebhardt. She plays with various Iowa musicians, including Caleb Swank-Ferrara, David Hurlin, Natalie Simon and Ryan Stier. Focusing on a mix of genres, such as alternative folk, pop, indie rock and experimental, Annalibera crafts wide-eyed, atmospheric indie songs that are equal parts pensive and heartbreakingly beautiful. The Nebraska ex-pat has been performing under the moniker of Annalibera since 2012, but she made her first indelible mark on the music world with 2015’s Nevermind I Love You—a dense, soaring eight-song collection of chiming, beautiful indie rock songs. Blending synth-rock, dream pop and the Laurel Canyon-style songwriting of Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez, Annalibera’s music creates a gorgeous, immersive atmosphere.
Her most recent album, 2018’s Opia strengthens Annalibera’s typically drama-filled and cinematic approach to pop music. Little Village Magazine succinctly described the album’s “exciting and engaging” sound, remarking that Gebhardt’s voice “pierces the fog like the headlights of an oncoming car: unexpected and illuminating.”
Dan Troxell is a photographer living in Des Moines, Iowa, specializing in digital-or-film street and event portraiture wherever there’s light, and sometimes where there’s not.
It’s all about the people, it’s all about the art.