Monday, June 18th

1. Portrait Studio at Mars Cafe in the East Village 4:00PM - 5:30PM

Held during the opening reception of Rob Stephens' exhibit. Portrait Studio is a traveling art experience designed to bring unique art by real artists to communities and organizations. Our first studio was in 2013 in Grinnell, IA and since then we've continued to grow and employ the best portrait artists that Des Moines has to offer. All of our artists have a unique style and practice outside of the studio. Portraits are $10 per face. Facebook Event

2. Rob Stephens Art show at Mars Cafe in the East Village 4:00PM - 5:30PM

What better way to fire up the Des Moines art week than enjoying the art of Rob Stephens in the fashion forward East Village.  Paintings, Wood Cuts ,Drawings and Comics so hot your eye balls will blister. You won’t likely see this kind of art at your grand papys Art Center ! Coffee Baristas have been briefed to set their coffee pots to scorching!  Portraits will be drawn on demand at the opening via The Portrait Studio. Rob Currently shows with Moberg gallery, is a former Iowa Art Fellow, and in a rock band. Facebook Event

3. Palms & trees… Somewhere - Olson-Larsen Galleries Annex - Valley Junction 5:30PM to 6:30PM

"Palms and trees…Somewhere” is a film photography pop-up exhibition from the French photographer Tatiana Giacinti. Through the window of the Ol Guild building, the curious visitors will glimpse a bounty of evergreen photos captured throughout various travels here and there in the world. From a city landscape in Italy to the Arizona desert, the succulent and pine trees show-off with their outstanding foliage. As a real obsession for the palms and trees, Tatiana will transform the Ol Guild building as an odd greenhouse where real plants will thrill among the shiny framed prints. This exhibition is happening simultaneously during Olson-Larsen annual landscape show. The exhibition can be appreciated from the outside of the glass building. Kid friendly. Visit to see more about Tatiana’s photography.   
Opening date: Friday, June 15th, 5-7 pm. Artist presence during Art-Week on Monday, June 18 from 5.30 to 6.30pm  -  201 4th Street, West Des Moines 50265

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4. Des Moines City Ride East Side Mural Tour - 5:30PM - 8:30PM

Join Des Moines City Ride for a bicycle tour of the East Side Murals and learn more about the project and the artists behind them.  Meet at Third Space DSM (1707 E. Grand Avenue) at 5:30pm to screen print your own bike themed t-shirt with The Side Garage before the ride! Ride leaves at 6:30pm.

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5. Olson-Larsen Galleries - Annual Landscape Show

Olson-Larsen Galleries presents their Annual Landscape Show from June 15 to July 21, with an opening reception Friday, June 15 from 5-7 pm. Join us Friday for drinks and refreshments while enjoying work by gallery artists Stuart Klipper and Barbara Fedeler, joined by guest artists, Jean Gumpper and Jenny Kruger. Feast your eyes on a wide array of landscapes depicted through photography, drawing, prints, and paintings! Monday- Thursday the show will be open during normal gallery hours.

6. Des Moines Artist Studio Visits #1 - Christoper Chiavetta & Rob Stephens 6:00PM - 9:00PM

Artist studio visit location: Fitch Building Studio #403 - 304 15th Street Des Moines, IA 50309.  One artist, each day of the week - Please click here for more information on the rest of the artist studio visit series this week.

7. Plein Air Painting event with the Des Moines Social Club 6:00PM - 8:00PM

Use your creative skills to paint a canvas to be displayed at the Des Moines Social Club. You pick up your canvas on Friday June 15th and have the weekend to paint a scene in the Des Moines area. All of the completed works will be displayed in the show Monday June 18th in the Viaduct Gallery. Note: There will be a small supply fee for participation. Additional Details to be announced. Artist Reception 5:30-6PM and Open to Public 6:00-8:00PM . What is Plein Air Painting? We are happy you asked.  Use this helpful link to get up to speed.

8. Riverview Artist Salon 12 - The Basement DM Social Club -  M I L I E U  7:00PM - 9:00PM

Monday, June 18th, 7p-9p What makes Des Moines, and Iowa interesting is its “milieu,” its culture, festivals, art and music. Riverview Artist Salon is proud to host an Art Week Des Moines 2018 celebration of art and music, bringing together individuals from our creative communities who devote a large part of their lives to pursing and supporting our M I L I E U.

Please join Author, John Domini, Vice President and Gallery Coordinator of the non-profit, FACE of Mahaska County, Matt Kargol, Artist, Co-Owner of Portrait Studio, and Manager of Central Iowa’s Art Beacon, Rachel, Buse, Musician, Molly Brandt and Pop-Up Show Artists for an evening of spoken word, information, insight and inspiration.

RAS is a grassroots, privately funded and member driven Closed Facebook Group of over 200 Iowa Creatives from all disciplines. Salon events are free, open to the public and provide members with an opportunity to share their words sounds, passions and works, as well as socialize and network with other members, their people, and the public.

The Basement, DMSC, 901 Cherry St., DSM, IA FREE parking Wells Fargo garage to the east of the DMSC.

9. Performance Art + Open Mic - Art Terrarium 7:00PM - 9:00PM

Special guest Performance Artists Serena Fath and Mary Cat Lawler will be kicking off this event exhibiting their creative expression followed by a Q&A with both artists. This is also an Open Mic event. Bring your open mind, curiosity and creativity to this event. We want to experience what the creative community has to share! We would say this event is kid friendly, but discretion should be advised.

Art Terrarium, 106 11th St, Des Moines, IA 50309 7pm-9pm Facebook Event

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