Karen Strohbeen's "Doll Heads & Lace"
Dire Fetes: Fall Exhibitions Play Grave Tunes
For Des Moines‘ art scene, fall is the sobering, back-to-work season that follows carefree summers packed with big festivals and light entertainments. This year‘s autumnal calendar reinforces such sobriety with a barrage of deadly serious exhibitions.
Currently playing at Moberg Gallery, master painter Richard Kelley presents a pre-Apocalyptic vision of housing developments, traffic nightmares, mesmerizing women, and escaped zoo animals.
(*APT* indicates a special Art Pimp tout)
Thursday Night Art Walks in downtown Newton
First Friday Art Walks, Fairfield Town Square
Art Stop - ( www.myspace.com/artstop, http://www.artstopinfo.com/ )
A two day visual and performing arts event, with shuttle busses to Valley Junction, East Village, Ingersoll, Gateway West and Roosevelt, but not Drake.
Northeast Iowa Artists Studio Tour (Winneshiek County Convention and Visitors Bureau, 800-463-4692, http://www.iowaarttour.com/ ) APT
Iowa’s original art studio tour takes places around Decorah‘s autumn majesty.
Nine Historic Valley Junction merchants feature quilt-related exhibitions and demonstrations, and hosting opening receptions with artists.
Des Moines’ original alternative gallery plans alternative exhibitions. Be surprised.
Pearls reign this fall in Au‘s effort to provide Art Deco comforts in a troubled year.
Alternative to alternative.
Specializing in purchased estate collections, there’s no telling what you might find here.
Usually a fabulous fiber art show each fall.
The psychological properties of gems are front and center in this master goldsmith‘s repertoire.
“Yuko Ishi, Ken Smith and Mary Merkel Hess”
Ishi’s multimedia studies of birds are a bird watchers’ dream.
“New Works by Sharon Booma” ATP
A rare one person exhibit for Olson-Larsen.
“Kim Hutchison, Brian Roberts, Lee Emma Running”
“Wendy Rolfe, Priscilla Steele”
“Small Works Show”
Includes pieces by Carlos Ferguson, John Beckelman, Richard Black, Pat Edwards, Yuko Ishi, Amy Worthen
Moberg Art Gallery (2921 Ingersoll Ave., http://www.moberggallery.com/ )
“Richard Kelley” APT
Des Moines‘ master painter creates his own magical world.
Hansen’s exhibition are Des Moines most raucously attended as a range of folks respond to the artist’s blue collar wit. Last year’s exhibit featured over 60 new works and a movie premier.
“New Works by Bill Luchsinger & Karen Strohbeen” APT
Creating their first prints in 1970, Karen and Bill were among the nation’s digital print making pioneers, even before David Hockney made it cool. The exhibit will showcase new work on paper, canvas, and ceramic tile.
“Charitable Print Trust”
Robert Schulte leads a group of artists who create prints to sell and also to donate to non profits and charities to use in their fundraising auctions. James Conn, Matt Welbourn and Jim Engler are also included.
“Works by Mary Muller, Leslie Leavenworth, and Joyce Lee.”
“Greater Des Moines Exhibited 17”
“Juried Photography Show”
DMSC’s second annual Halloween themed show.
“Hybrid: Holly Jensen and Michelle Holley Installation”
Steven Vail Fine Arts (Teachout Building, East Village, 309-2763, http://www.stevenvailfinearts.com/
“Not Vital - Dirigerer” APT
Swiss artist paints impressions of great musical compositions by Sibelius, Grieg and Nielsen.
Anaglyph and 3D photographs
Selected Prints from the Estate of Sol LeWitt
“Chuck Close – Works in Edition”
Des Moines Art Center (4700 Grand Ave., http://www.desmoinesartcenter.org/ )
“The Bike Riders - Danny Lyon”
American photographer documents his years with the Chicago Outlaws biker club.
“Kill Them Before They Multiply” APT
Fifteen artists’ visions of viral growth, obsessive repetition, and overcrowding - from the colorful, beehive world of fast food courts, through traffic jams, people on cell phones and suburbia gone amok.
“Iowa Artists Exhibited”
Fifteen artists ranging from performance diva Leslie Hall to realist oil painter Larassa Kabel. Des Moines’ Dan Weiss, Nate Morton and Benjamin Gardner represent the metro.
“Jeanne Mammen” APT
Working as a magazine illustrator in the years just before World War II, Mammen captured a world of nightclubs, street singers, fashionable cafes, and prostitutes in her stylized and often critical images.
“Another Dimension: Sculpture Park Artists’ Prints, Drawings, and Objects”
Works on paper by artists represented in the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park.
“Bad Dreams” APT
Drawn primarily from the Art Center’s permanent collections, Bad Dreams presents the imagery of nightmares, from literal depictions of our worst fears to surrealistic visions that inexplicably conjure up anxiety and unease.
Teeple Hansen Gallery (108 W. Broadway, Suite 206. Fairfield)
Fairfield artists Judy Bales, Manuel Coradin and Shannon Kennedy and Deborah Vanko of Des Moines show multi media works.
“Exquisite Balance: Sculptures by Bill Barrett”
Sculptures recall fluid effortlessness of calligraphy and betray a positivism to which many viewers feel drawn.
“Relationships: Drawn, Analog to Digital”
“The Observant Eye: Beth Van Hoesen”
“Mark Adams: Translation of Light”
“N.C. Wyeth’s America in the Making”
The Vesterheim (523 W. Water St., Decorah, http://www.vesterheim.org/)
“Pieces of Self: Identity and Norwegian-American Quilts”Expressions of family, religious, and ethnic identity in quilts from Vesterheim’s collection.
“Harry Shearer: the Silent Echo Chamber”
A who's who of American politics and punditry in the moments before they go "live" on television.
“Michael Van den Besselaar: Unconscious Optics”
Paintings, resembling old Zenith and RCA televisions, freeze fleeting images once beamed into collective consciousness.
“Culturing Community: Projects about Place”
Projects will include an examination of attitudes towards work and a look at current and pending environmental issues facing the Grinnell community.
“Young Pioneers: Lithographs from the Johnson-Horrigan Collection ”
Examines the role of children in works produced by the Soviet Artists Union in the early and mid 1970s.
“Goya‘s Disasters of War”
All the gruesome horror of war without heroics or romance.
“China: Insights. New Documentary Photography from the People's Republic”
Emerging and vanishing China, through the eyes of seven mainland photographers.
“Wizards of Pop!”More than 60 images from 13 picture and pop-up books reveal a variety of media and techniques in batik, marbleized paper mosaic, and delicate cut-paper, and pop-up books rendered in pencil, marker, watercolor, acrylic, and linoleum block print
“Object as Subject”
It does itself, plus other tricks of self absorption.
“Our World in Focus”Clearing things up.
Blanden Art Museum ( 920 Third Avenue SouthFort Dodge, 515-573-2316, http://www.blanden.org/ )
“Iowa in Pastel - Mary Muller”
MacNider Art Museum (303 2nd Street Southeast, Mason City,641- 421-3666, http://www.macniderart.org/
Hyper-realistic sculptures of Wisconsin artist.