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2016 Ames Area Studio Tour

October 8th and 9th

Get a behind-the-scenes look in this FREE self-guided tour and learn what it takes to create! See artists at work, ask questions, and maybe even purchase your own work of art. 

Presented by the Ames Community Arts Council with the support of the City of Ames Commission on the Arts and the Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Community Grant Program.

2016 Ames Area Studio Tour


Through the darkness of futures past
The magician longs to see
One chants out between two worlds
Fire walk with me

It is time to celebrate the return of Des Moines’ most diverse celebration of art and music, on Halloween Night! Enter the Black Lodge in your best costume at the Crane Artist Lofts, a place with damn fine art, and there’s always music in the air.

Bring Your Own Beverages

Some food will be provided but only until it lasts.

Performances by:

The Vahnevants
Night Stories
Haunted Gauntlet
Odd Pets


Confirmed artists are listed on the poster, but a running list of those who wish to contribute will be updated here;

Rachel Buse Levi Biel Jennifer Leatherby Van Holmgren Michael Watson Rob Stephens John Huffman Christopher Chiavetta Ryan Topeté Jessica Calhoun Jessica Villegas Adam Robert Haug Kyler Vandekieft Angelo Rossi Summer Mills Jake Haselman Edgard Comocho Tanner A Babcock


GRAND OPENING – Red Thread Gallery

As a premier art gallery in West Des Moines, Red Thread Gallery & Art Space promotes and showcases the work of hundreds of artists. Their work involves showcasing new and emerging artists alongside classic, well-established pieces. By providing a space in which to display their latest works, artists appreciate Red Thread Galleries role in sharing their creative aspirations with a wider audience. Come check them out for yourself.

  • Friday, October 14, 5-9 pm
  • 230 5th Street, Valley Junction, Iowa

DSM Girl Gang Hosts Art Show

A collaborative showcase of work featuring members of the DSM Girl Gang using the idea of “Female Gaze” to create works opens this Friday at Gravitate in downtown Des Moines, Iowa.

The DSM Girl Gang chose this as the show title to celebrate creativity from the lens of anyone who identifies as female in our community. The “Female Gaze” also seeks to confront the “Male Gaze” frequently found in art history.


18 Sept 2014 – Exhibition Opening Halston and Warhol: Silver and Suede

$5 admission at the door (FREE members)

Live music / Cash Bar

Halston and Warhol: Silver and Suede examines the dynamic friendship between legendary American fashion designer, Halston (b. 1932, Des Moines), and artist Andy Warhol (b. 1928, Pittsburgh), through art, fashion, photography, video, and personal memorabilia. Born within four years of each other, they had similar beginnings to their careers, both starting out as window dressers for department stores before relocating to New York City where they each found early success in their chosen fields.

Halston became the defining American fashion designer of the 1970s through his effortlessly chic Ultrasuede shirtdresses and other sophisticated minimalist designs; while Andy Warhol challenged the canon of high art by embracing popular culture and celebrity worship. Silver and Suede chronicles the decades-long friendship between the two men, the similarities and intersections in their lives and careers, and the influences they had on each other.

The exhibition will begin with Halston’s hat designs for Bergdorf Goodman, including Jackie Kennedy’s pillbox hat (1961), alongside works by Warhol of Jackie during the same time. A selection of Halston garments, loaned by major institutional and private collections, will illustrate the decades-long connections between Warhol and Halston, who famously socialized with each other while also exerting an influence on each other’s creative practice.

Silver and Suede is co-curated by Lesley Frowick (Halston’s niece), in collaboration with Nicholas Chambers of The Andy Warhol Museum. The Des Moines presentation is organized by Senior Curator Gilbert Vicario.

13 Sept 2014 – Art Meets Fashion – Window Dressings

Admission Fee is $20/$15 for Art Center members.

WRISTBANDS PURCHASED ONLINE IN ADVANCE OF MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 WILL BE MAILED.  Avoid the lines that night and purchase online.  After September 8, wristbands will only be available in advance in the Art Center Museum Shop.  The night of the event, they can be purchased at Amore or PeepToe in the East Village. *Please note the ticket type difference between 21 years and older and 21 years and younger.

Kick off ART MEETS FASHION in the East Village on Saturday, September 13 with the Window Dressings open house. View fashion-inspired window displays while mingling with artists, shop owners, and fellow art lovers.

Inspired by the work in the upcoming major exhibition, Halston and Warhol: Silver and Suede, 19 local artists have partnered with East Village businesses to create Window Dressings — fabulous window displays throughout Des Moines’ East Village. Attendees at the open house will have the
opportunity to view the creations, mingle with shop owners, meet the artists, and enjoy refreshments while strolling through the East Village.

Window Dressings will be on display through Sunday, September 27.

Participating businesses include: Accenti, Aimee, Amour, Artisan’s Jewelry Designs,  Dornink, Eden, J. Brownlee, Jett and Monkey’s Dog Shoppe, Kitchen Collage, Leona Ruby, Lucca, Peep Toe Shoes, Projects Contemporary Furniture, Raygun, Salon W, Sticks, Velvet Coat, Village Boutique, Westrum Optometry, and Wooly’s.

Artists creating Window Dressings include: James Bearden, Alex Brown, Sarah Dornink, Catherine Dreiss, Steve Gerberich, Peter P. Goché, Sarah Grant, Mary Jones, Gabriel Leuders, Rachel Merrill, Robert Schulte, Jr., Lindy Smith, Robert Spellman, Mitchell Squire, Jessica Teckemeyer, Jeffrey Thompson, Chris Vance,
Tim Wisgerhoff, Matt Yegge, and two student groups from Iowa State University: Fashion Merchandising and Architecture Toy! Studio.