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2014 Fall Arts & Entertainment Guide- Art


Fall is a time of transition in Iowa: Students go back to school, the lush green landscapes lose their pigments and the art studios change their exhibits. You can still catch many of the shows started in the summer, but most of them will be taken down and replaced by new pieces and new artists. History is a big theme in this year’s art, with showcases of town history and people of the past. The Octagon Center for the Arts will continue its historical display of Ames, and the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art will bring history to life through the Civil War, the first war captured with photography.

Recurring and special events will also captivate audiences with art walks in Fairfield, the Octagon Art Festival in Ames, tours around Decorah and the return of the American Quilt Society.


Recurring Events and Family Attractions

First Friday Art Walks, Fairfield Town Square and East Village of Des Moines

Special Events

Steven Vail Fine Arts presents “Dialogues,” which opens Saturday, Aug. 23, from 5-8 p.m.

Steven Vail Fine Arts presents “Dialogues,” which opens Saturday, Aug. 23, from 5-8 p.m.

Sept. 26-28 — Annual Arts & Crafts Show. Located at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, the largest show in Iowa provides a platform for more than 300 exhibitors to display their talents and art crafts. Thousands of handmade crafts will be available for purchase. For more information, call 563-652-4529 or 563-357-1986, or email

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Sept. 28 — Octagon Art Festival. Main Street Cultural District in downtown Ames, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn more at This 44th annual event remains free to the public.

Oct. 1 – 4 — “American Quilt Society’s Quilt Week.” The biggest quilt show in the nation returns to Des Moines. Taking over the Iowa Events Center, the event will feature more than 1,000 quilts, a Merchant Mall, the newest quilt-making supplies and other quilt-related gifts. Learn all about it at Admission at the door is $11 for AQS members and $14 for non-members.

Oct. 3 – 5 — Northeast Iowa Artists Studio Tour. Iowa’s original art studio tour takes place around Decorah’s autumn majesty, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, thanks to Winneshiek County Convention and Visitors Bureau. For more details, call 800-463-4692 or visit

Oct. 9 — Art Walk 2014. Fill your night with beautiful music and aesthetic art displays along Main Street in Marshalltown. The annual event goes from 5-8 p.m. Stores and restaurants will be open for business. For more information, call 641-844-2001 or email



Art Dive, 1417 Walnut St., Des Moines’ original alternative gallery plans alternative exhibitions. Be surprised.

Fluxx, 333 E. Grand Ave., Fluxx is in flux. Keep up through Fluxx Gallery’s Facebook page.

2AU Limited, 200 Fifth St., West Des Moines, Unique gems and exquisite pearls are just a few of the many options for this personal studio, where jewelry is designed and created by the artists with your help.

Des Moines Social Club, 400 Walnut St., 288-3672, Circus, wrestling, tai chi, akido, theater, belly dancing and other acts of sociability make the club the most eclectic venue in town.

Kavanaugh Gallery, 131 Fifth St., West Des Moines, 279-8682, From fine art to prints and sculptures, you never know what eclectic pieces you’ll find here.

Susan Noland Studio Gallery, 902 42nd St.: The psychological properties of gems are front and center in this master goldsmith’s repertoire.

Limited Engagements

Olson-Larsen Galleries

203 Fifth St., West Des Moines

Aug. 22 – Oct. 4 — “New Work” by painter Brent Holland, multimedia artist Gabriel Lueders and intaglio, silkscreen and paper sculpture artist Anna Lambrini Moisiadis.

Oct. 10 – Nov. 29 — “New Work & Gallery Night” by painter Edward Avila, printmaker and mixed media artist Priscilla Steele and painter Jan Zelfer-Redmond.

Dec. 5 – Jan. 17 — “New Work & Small Works” by artist Paula Schuette Kraemer, painter Scott Charles Ross and textile artist Debra Smith.

Moberg Art Gallery

2921 Ingersoll Ave.

Through Aug. 30 — “Four Solos.” The exhibit features Frank Hansen, Madai Taylor, Jordan Weber and John Hull.

Sept. 5 – Oct 18 — “Works on Paper.”

Oct. 24 – Nov. 29 — “Karen Strohbeen & Bill Luchsinger.”

Dec. 5 – Jan. 31 — “Holiday Group Show”

Des Moines Social Club

900 Mulberry St., Des Moines

Through Aug. 31 — “The Ones We Love.” Curated by Lindley Warren, the exhibit is for upcoming photographers around the world to show the people they love and cherish in an intimate display.

Aug. 24 and Aug. 31 — “Portrait Studio” by Rachel Buse, Cat Rocketship and John Pearson.

Sept. 5-28 — “Drive.”

Octagon Center for the Arts

“Defining Ames: 150 Historic People, Places and Events” is on display through Oct. 25 at the Octagon Center for the Arts. This exhibit celebrates Ames 150th Anniversary.

“Defining Ames: 150 Historic People, Places and Events” is on display through Oct. 25 at the Octagon Center for the Arts. This exhibit celebrates Ames 150th Anniversary.

427 Douglas Ave., Ames

Through Sept. 27 — “Business Signs From Past Times.”

Through Oct. 25 — “Defining Ames: 150 Historic People, Places and Events, 1864-2014.”

Heritage Art Gallery

111 Court Ave.

Through Sept. 4 — Iowa Exhibited XXIX. The 29th annual show, with juror Mary Jones, professor and chair of art and design at Grand View University.


State Historical Society of Iowa

600 E. Locust St., 515-281-5111

Ongoing — “Hollywood in the Heartland.” Celebrate the legacy of Iowa in film with pieces from movies filmed here and actors born here, along with matinees of movies tied to Iowa every month.

Des Moines Art Center

4700 Grand Ave., 277-4405

Through Aug. 24 — “From Speaker to Receiver.” Explore the role of communication, both spoken and written, as it facilitates for sociability in a world overcome by digital communication.

Through Aug. 31 — “Dancers.” Featured work from the permanent collections of the Des Moines Art Center.

Through Sept. 21 — “Jazz.” Henri Matisse’s “Jazz” portfolio features 20 images of spontaneous, pure and vividly colored works of the 20th century.

Through Oct. 19 — “Nick Cave: Drive-by.” The video exhibit captures sculptor, fabric artist and trained dancer Nick Cave’s art in action, featuring his “soundsuits,” or wearable sculptures.

Ankeny Art Center

1520 S.W. Ordinance Road, Ankeny,


Aug. 5 – Sept. 27 — “Central Iowa Textile Show.”

Oct. 2 – Nov. 26 — “Bob Cooper with Jim Enger and Bill Schaefer.”

Nov. 4 – 26 — “Members Art Show.”

Brunnier Museum of Art

University Museums

290 Scheman Building, Ames

Opening Aug. 26 — “America in the Making: 75th Anniversary After ‘America in the Making.’ ”

“Asian Export.” The furniture of Carrie Chapman Catt and selections from the Decorative Arts Collection.

“Beauty Through Experiment: The Cermaics of Wedgwood”

“HOT and COOL: Three Generations of Gaffers”

“Sophisticated Simplicity of the Victorian Era.” Selections from the Iowa Quester Glass Collection.

The Vesterheim

523 W. Water St. Decorah

Through Nov. 16 — “Flora Metamorphicae.” An ongoing project created by a group of six contemporary Norwegian ceramic artists. Each artists crafts ceramic flowers, which are brought together to open in a carpet of 4,000 flowers.

Aug. 22 – April 19, 2015 — “Scandinavian Modern Design: Norwegian Enamel.”

Opening Sept. 12 — “A Restored Connection: A Dream of Cultural Identity.”

Opening Nov. 1 — “Love Norway X.”

Opening Dec. 6 — “Chicago Norske Klub.”

Faulconer Gallery

Grinnell College

Through Sept. 28 — “Edward Burtynsky: Water.” After traveling the world for five years, Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky created an ambitious representation of the fragmented lifecycle of water with more than 50 large-scale photographs.

Cedar Rapids Museum of Art

410 Third Ave. S.E., Cedar Rapids

Through Sept. 21 — “Grant Wood: American Impressionist.” The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art holds the largest collection of works by Grant Wood.

Through Jan. 4 — “Carl Van Vechten: Photographer to the Stars.” Born in Cedar Rapids in 1880, Carl Van Vechten left Iowa to explore his interests in art, music and opera. He went on to write for “The New York Times” and later took an interest in photography. This exhibit showcases the photos he captured of his circle of famous friends, including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Langston Hughes and Gertrude Stein.

Through Nov. 2 — “Marvin Cone on My Mind: The Ceramics of Dean Schwarz.” Cedar Rapids-born Dean Schwartz displays his own pottery inspired by the paintings of Marvin Cone.

Oct. 11 – Jan. 18 — “Shadows of History: Photographs of the Civil War from the Collection of Julia J. Norrell.” As the first war to be captured through photography, this show includes 42 works by George N. Barnard, Mathew Brady, Isaac H. Bonsall and other prominent photographers.

National Czech and Slovak Museum

1400 Inspiration Place S.W., Cedar Rapids, $10 for non-members

Until further notice — “Faces of Freedom: The Czech and Slovak Journey,” “Celebration! Rituals and Revelry of Life” and “Images Gone With Time.”

MacNider Art Museum

303 Second St. S.E., Mason City

Through Sept. 6 — “Kathy Sosa: Solo Exhibition.”

Sept. 19 – Nov. 29 — “Area Show: 44.”

University of Iowa Museum of Art

1375 Highway One W., Iowa City

Through April 1 — “Jackson Pollock: ‘Mural’ ”

Sept. 13 – Dec. 7 — “Tea Time: Going Dutch.”

Ongoing — The University of Iowa Museum of Art Mapping Project online and Video Classrooms

Figge Art Museum

225 W. Second St., Davenport

Through Nov. 2 — “Two Americans in Paris: Stuart Davis and Grant Wood.” The exhibit focuses on the experiences and careers of two American artists who studied in the cultural capital of the world during the 1920s.

Through Sept. 7 — “Local Threads” and “Innovators and Legends: Generations in Textiles and Fiber.” As a companion to the latter exhibit, “Local Threads” features artists in the Quad Cities using fiber and textiles to create vibrant works of art. “Innovators and Legends” shows more than 70 pieces by 50 artists exploring the myriad possibilities of fabric, thread, fiber and yarn.

Through Sept. 14 — “From Pencil to Printed Page: Arthur Geisert’s Thunderstorm.” Visitors have the opportunity to experience Arthur Geisert’s storytelling process from the initial sketches to the painstakingly hand-colored illustrations in his 2013 picture book, “Thunderstorm.”

Through Oct. 26 — “Living Proof Exhibit: Cancer Survivor Art.” Celebrate the creative spirit of cancer survivors in this showcase of patients’ work within a 150-mile radius of the Quad Cities.

Aug. 30 – Jan. 25 — “Turned Wood.” The exhibit showcases a selection of works form artists who have been inspired by the unique qualities of wood.

Sept. 13 – Nov. 2 — “Artists First College Art Faculty of the Quad Cities.”

Sept. 27 – Jan. 4 — “African American Art After 1950: Perspectives from the David D. Driskell Center.” A chronicle of the evolution and growing prominence of African American art over the past 60 years.

Nov. 15 – March 15 — “Self-Taught Genius: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum.” Folk art is celebrated with handmade artwork in the form of quilts, furniture, paintings, sculptures and more.

Through April 26 — “A Legacy for Iowa.” Important paintings from the University of Iowa collection. CV






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