Thursday, June 21st

1. Amy Putney Koenig In-Progress Mural in Valley Junction 3:00PM - 7:00PM

Visit Amy Putney Koenig while she's painting at Big Acai Bowl in Vallery Juncation at 117 5th st. In walking distance to Olson Larsen Galleries's Landscape Show and Jen Leatherby's immersive installation at OL Guild. 

2. Sticks Art Opening and Trunk Show 5:00PM - 8:00PM

Sticks staff artists will be sharing their personal paintings, photography and sculpture work. Also showcased will be one of our favorite handcrafted jewelry lines from Chicago, Nakamol. A large assortment of Nakamol earrings, necklaces, rings and bracelets will be available, prices range from $15-$175. Come have some wine and appetizers while you shop, and enjoy amazing works by the artists of Des Moines' most recognized brand of handmade furniture and accessories. Located in the East Village, 400 E Locust #12.

3. RDG Dahlquist Art Studio Tour 5:30PM - 7:30PM

Hear from the Public Artist team of David Dahlquist and Matt Niebuhr and get a behind the scenes look at the RDG Dahlquist art studio facility. The first 30 minutes of the event will include networking with small bites and refreshments,  the next 30 minutes -- a walking tour, and finally, a presentation from David and Matt with time for questions and answers about Public Art. The studio is located at 512 Elm St, Des Moines, IA 50309. 

The event is free to attend and is made possible by RDG Dahlquist Art Studio and Yellow Door Gallery. Space is limited to the first 30 RSVPs.  Information here: Questions? E-mail

4. Artist Workshop with Art Noir: Sally Linville of The City Girl Farm - 5:30PM - 7:30PM

Join Art Noir for a meet-and-greet with Des Moines Arts Festival artist Sally Linville, Creative Director of The City Girl Farm based in Kansas City.  Sally's "sophisticated barnyard" felted chicken footstools are one-of-a-kind pieces made of natural materials - fiber, wood and bronze - created to bring delight and wonder into the world.  See the chickens, meet Sally, and learn about her creative process.  We'll have a simple art activity planned so you can tap into your creative side.  More exciting location details will be revealed to the registrants.  Participation is capped since it is at a Private home so please RSVP fast through our facebook event page to secure your spot! Click here to register. 

Not an Art Noir member? Learn more about joining here

5. Art Week Workshops at Art Terrarium: Floral Adornments and Rituals for the Summer Solstice - 6:00PM

Learn the basics of putting together small scale floral arrangements while creating boutonnieres and flower wands.  Enjoy a special solstice treat from Dust Bowl Bakery. Sip komboucha and join us in a short goal setting ritual.  For more information, click here.

6. Bruised Birds, Empty Nests, an immersive installation by Jen Leatherby - 6:00PM - 8:00PM

Leatherby's work attempts to express her feminine and human experience. Through the use of multi-sensory, immersive installations and interactions, she asks the viewer to ponder women’s rights, freedom, and oppression. Leatherby incorporates found and everyday objects for installation and sculpture in addition to using sound, performance, painting and sewing. Facebook Event

OL Guild, the alternative exhibition space operated by Olson-Larsen Galleries located at 201 4th Street, West Des Moines 50265

7. Feminist Fuel - Des Moines Art Center - 6:00PM - 8:00PM

We know that fighting the patriarchy is exhausting. Stop by the Art Center for a fun, feminist-focused evening that's sure to reinvigorate you. Screen print a T-shirt or tote bag featuring exclusive designs created for the exhibition In the Spirit of Louise Noun with our friends at The Side Garage. Grab some fuel for the resistance from the cash bar that will be serving up signature coffee cocktails. Mix, mingle, and make before taking time to explore the museum. Find more details on the Des Moines Art Center Website.

8. Des Moines Artist Studio Visits #4 - Benjamin Gardner 6:00PM - 8:00PM

Artist studio visit location: 1056 36th Street Des Moines, IA 50311.  One artist, each day of the week - Please click here for more information on the rest of the artist studio visit series this week.

9. Urban Visionaries Show at the Des Moines Social Club - 6:30PM - 10:30PM

The Urban Visionaries show focuses on urban artists from around the world. Artists Retna, Banksy, Shepard Fairey, FAILE, and Martin Whatson will be shown in the Viaduct Gallery. The opening night will feature, music, drinks, and lots of great art.

10. Recurring Event - Olson-Larsen Galleries - Annual Landscape Show

Enjoy 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.

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