Husband and wife team artists and gallery owners, Shawn and Misty Palek, are sharing some of their vast library of artworks with us this summer! We hope you can stop by to see their work in our gallery, but if you miss it, you can always visit them in their gallery in the East Village: Palek Studio, 506 E. 6th St., Suite 200, DSM, IA 50309. And if they inspire you, Palek Studio is a great place to go make art yourself!
Art Day 2016 was a beautiful spring day full of inspiration at the Urbandale Library!! Thank you to all the artists who shared their work and everyone who came to participate!
• Watercolor painting with Misty Palek of Palek Studio
• Coloring for All Ages
• Portrait sketches by Chris Thomas
• The Saturday Sketch Club plein air painting in the Tree Garden, library grounds
• Photography lessons & photo booth with Kathryn Winslow
• Weaving by Silvia Klein
• Sculpture creation station
• Woodcarver Art Mann
• Spring Craft by Gina Bartlett of Creative Geniuses
Judith Eastburn's exhibit is an exquisite collection of gelatin silver prints on fiber-based paper. They are printed from negatives in the darkroom, not digitally. This means that the image is extremely permanent and 100 years from now it should look the same as it does today.
For questions or orders, contact JLEastburn@gmail.com
"I believe we are profoundly affected by the landscape of our childhood. It establishes our sense of space and how we fit into it, and we recognize as familiar those places encountered later in life which resemble it. I was born in Iowa, and grew up in the southeast corner near the Mississippi River in an area of limestone bluffs and wooded ravines. Visits to my grandparents meant drives to central Iowa through gently rising and falling open fields. These are the landscapes which serve as my point of reference when I photograph in other parts of the world. I think Iowa and its openness made me aware of the horizon and sensitive to smaller variations in the land’s surface."
View her photography on her website here...or visit the gallery today!
18 Women and over 50 pieces of art grace our one small gallery this February! We hope you come take a look. Show will be displayed through the month of February, 2016.
Please join us for an artist reception
Saturday, February 13 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
My work is representational with an emotional tint. I paint out of the joy I feel about nature and people. I connect with God and my best self when I pick up a brush.
- Leslie Leavenworth, 2015
In the Gallery July 1 – August 15, 2015
The Central Iowa Textile Artists (CITA) came into being in 2003 when six people with an interest in textile arts decided to meet on a monthly basis to encourage and challenge each other.
Today there are 13 members of this artist’s group. Of the 13, three are published authors, five have pattern companies, six teach classes in various techniques, and three have hand-dyed fabric and/or clothing companies. All are award-winning artists whose works have hung in galleries and/or shows and private collections all over the country.
Each artist uses her own mix of quilting and art techniques that can vary for every piece of art she produces. These techniques may include piecing, painting, dye painting, dyeing, collage, silk screen, and embellishing with hand and machine decorative stitching, couching and beading.
CITA members include:
Ilene Bartos - Urbandale
Janet Bergeron - Norwalk
Jan Hall - Des Moines
Hollie Hart - Des Moines
Barbara Jones - West Des Moines
Rebecca Kemble - West Des Moines
Linda Knierim - Grinnell
Angela Lawrence - Des Moines
Jean O’Donnell - Des Moines
Janet Pittman - West Des Moines
Wendy Read - Fairfield
Barb Stewart - Clive
Jeanne Stilley - Des Moines
In the Gallery April 16 – May 16
Luke grew up in Dallas Center and graduated from the University of Northern Iowa. He currently resides in Ankeny with his wife Jennifer. The couple owns a new home, one that has a lot of blank wall space. So Luke set about making paintings to fill those walls. Friends and family were taken by the décor. “It just makes me feel good,” said one.
Indeed, much of Luke’s work is very emotional. Painting offers him a break from the tediously detailed pen and ink illustrations he’s spent much of his life creating. In brushes and canvas, he can just cut loose and give form to pure energy and aggression.
But there is a method to the madness. He logs ideas every day, making sketches and doodles that seem to have a bit of magic in them.
Then, with the blank canvas calling him, he begins.
When he’s painting, he seeks balance in color, shape, and lines. He’ll work (and rework) some canvases over and over again until he’s sure the feeling is right for the moment. In those bursts, when everything seems to flow, the paints have minds of their own, guiding Luke, instead of the other way around.
When the act of creation seems like a direct connection to a deep emotional well, when the brushes seem to be the ones in control, that’s when Luke is happiest in his work.
That other people seem to get a kick out of those colors and lines adds immeasurably to his joy.
In the Gallery March 1 - April 15, 2015
Ben Schuh earned degrees in visual art and graphic design in 2004. Driven by his love of painting, he has focused his career as a professional painter and is pursuing opportunities to showcase his paintings.
He considers himself a portraitist of life and believes it is critical to build relationships with his clients and to support local businesses. By doing this he can see what is going on where he lives and in the communities he travels to around the country. By learning why people are drawn to his work he is able to take their reactions and challenge himself as an artist. After all, it is his patrons who allow him to continue to push himself further as he pursues this dream.
Characterized by bold brushstrokes, distinct colors, and multiple layers, each work is one of a kind, offering the perfect compliment to any room. His original paintings can be found in homes, offices, and private collections across the United States as well as in Canada and Europe.
"By painting from the heart my latest works explore the importance of supporting everything local. From art to business to farming… let’s make a difference!" – Ben Schuh
MORE on BenSchuh.com
These prints are products of Urbandale Public Library Art Galleries Art Under Pressure steamroller printing event. On May 10th these relief prints were made using a steamroller in the parking lot of the Library. There will be a silent auction of the prints on the to help further other Gallery projects starting on June 20th and going until the 30th. Go to the Silent Auction page for more information.
What is a relief print?
The simplest form of relief printing is stamping. Part of the stamp is raised and that part gets inked. Part of it is recessed and that part does not get ink. When the stamp is inked and then pressed down on paper the image that was raised is now printed on the paper. Where the stamp was recessed the paper shows through.
Other forms of relief printing are really just a variation stamping. Artists carve away parts of a flat surface leaving a raised surface that will be inked and then transferred onto paper or fabric. Often this is done on wood blocks or linoleum. In our case they were carved large sheets of MDF board.
How were these made?
So on May 10th all the artist brought their boards and we rolled ink onto the carved boards trying to make sure we did not get ink into the recesses or carved areas of the board. The boards were then moved over to the printing area and centered. The artists choose a variety of fabrics to lay on top of the inked board. With all the wind that day this definitely became a group project.
After the fabric was laid, a layer of newsprint was put down to keep any ink from seeping through the fabric and onto the carpet layer. Carpet was used to evenly disperse the weight of the steamroller. Then a board was placed on top of everything and the steamroller is ready to drive over the print.
Once the steamroller applied the pressure needed to transfer the ink from the boards to the fabric everything was reversed and the fabric was hung to dry.
Here is a more comprehensive look at the art, programs and the artists showing at the UPLAG.