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  Downtown Iowa City March 3 Gallery Walk
Friday, March 03, 2017; 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Gallery Walk

Meet the artists, March 3, 5-8pm during downtown Iowa City’s Spring Gallery Walk, the first of the year. Gallery Walk takes place at twelve locations and is self-guided, free and family-friendly. Maps are available at each location. Gallery Walk’s newest participant is Public Space One, located in the Wesley Building, 120 N. Dubuque. Other participants include AKAR, The Englert Theatre, Glassando, Iowa Artisans Gallery, MC Ginsberg Jewelers, MidWestOne Bank, rsvp, Textiles, the Senior Center’s Old Post Office Gallery, United Action for Youth (UAY) and US BANK.

Public Space One features two different events in two locations. Scrap Happy Panels: Pena Lynn Lubrica & Dave Dugan takes place in P.S. One’s regular location, 120 North Dubuque, in the Wesley Center. Pena Lynn Lubrica makes new clothing from thrift shop dress shirts and kimonos, and then uses the scraps to make quilts and fabric collages. Dave Dugan draws cartoons on paper he makes out of paper scraps: junk mail, old phone bills, etc, and the fabric scraps too small for Pena Lynn's projects. (ends March 25)

Public Space One also hosts Near Future Ends at its special exhibition site, 323 E. Market St. Near Future, is a site-specific cumulative group exhibition organized by Public Space One with work from artists aimed at learning, reflecting, and energizing local creative action in response to the current political and social climate. It features several elements including a content-producing news station, a print and resource center for compiling and distributing information on art action, and many other artist projects, both documented and installed. (Same day event, ends 3/3)

Iowa Artisans Gallery presents Gordon Kellenberger: New Works in Pastel. The artist will be in attendance and demonstrate his painting techniques during Gallery Walk. A well known Iowa artist, Gordon Kellenberger is a full time painter working out of the Wasch Haus Studio in the Historic Amana Colony. A graduate of UNI, he is a former art teacher and founder of the Amana Arts Guild as well as the Iowa Pastel Society. Iowa Artisans Gallery is located at 207 E Washington St. (Ends April 16)

The Senior Center features Paintings by Thomas Kowal. Formerly of Chicago, Kowal is known for his illustration work with well-known companies such as Jim Beam, Motorola, Beatrice Foods, and Keebler. Since retirement to Iowa City, he is now painting subject matter of his own choice. Kowal won many honors as a Lane Tech High School graduate, including two scholarships to the Art Institute of Chicago and the Chicago Academy of Fine Art. He went on to work for multiple advertising agencies and art studios before starting his own business in 1976 as a free-lance artist illustrator. The Old Post Office Gallery is located at 28 S. Linn St. (ends April 28)

AKAR features New Ceramic Works by Matt Kelleher. A well-known ceramist, Kelleher is an Iowa native now living in Alfred, NY, where he is an Assistant Professor. AKAR is located at 257 E. Iowa Avenue. (ends Feb. 10)

US Bank hosts Entropy / Integrity, Recent Works by Deanne Warnholtz Wortman. This exhibit of recent works explores the ideas of disintegration and coherence. Included is a portfolio of eight Hosta leaves that survived the 2015 winter. It also includes several large portraits of ancient trees growing in the Iowa City-Johnson County area. These works are on paper and/or silk with polymer, graphite and hot stamped foil. Warnholtz Wortman is a local resident who teaches foil stamping techniques in the area. US Bank is located at 204 E Washington St. (Ends April 19)

r.s.v.p. features The University of Iowa Center for the Book in an exhibit entitled
New Work in Calligraphy, Letterpress Printing, Book and Paper Making. r.s.v.p. is located at 140 North Linn St, next to the Motley Cow. (ends March 31.)

Textiles showcases Quiltz, textile art by Patti Zwick. A passion for quilt making began in 1984 with Patti Zwick’s first quilt of more than 4,000 pieces. Her distinctive use of color remains a key component in her vibrant wall hangings. Textiles is located at 109 S. Dubuque St. (Ends May 20)

The Englert Theatre’s Douglas and Linda Paul Gallery will display Photography from the Permanent Collection. Including work from Bill Adams and Sandy Dyas, the exhibit is a retrospective of past events, including Mission Creek Festival. The Englert is located at 221 E. Washington St.

Aaron Moseley: Wood Fired Ceramics is the featured exhibit at Glassando. The artist will be in attendance. A local artist, Moseley chooses wood firing because he feels it showcases the raw clay at its best. The feel of the piece in a person’s hands is important, but Moseley says form and function are the main intention of each piece. He accepts that the glazes are affected by the atmosphere and the relative crudeness of wood kilns. About his process Moseley says, “Learning to fail successfully is the trickiest part, but when you learn to do that, failing and experimenting becomes fun. Taking advantage of this aspect of wood firing, it allows each piece to be unique but have a similar aesthetic.” Glassando is located in the Old Capitol Mall. (ends March 31)

UAY (United Action for Youth) presents Jace Halter: huis, an exhibit of drawings.
The UAY Youth Center showcases art by area youth and is located at 355 Iowa Avenue.

MidWestOne Bank’s presents MWO's Annual KIDS’ Art Exhibit, with student art from area elementary schools. MidWestOne Bank is located at 102 S. Clinton St. (Ends March 31)

Visit five of the twelve venues during the Gallery Walk for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate from Textiles. In order to qualify, participants will have their Gallery Walk postcard or map stamped, available at each location. Simply present the mailer card for a “punch” at Gallery Walk locations. Completed cards may be dropped off at any participating venue.

For more information on Gallery Walk, contact Iowa Artisans Gallery (319) 351-8686.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON GALLERY WALK: The downtown Gallery Walk was started in the early 1990’s as a way of showcasing MC Ginsberg’s exhibit of work to be auctioned at the Domestic Violence Intervention Program’s Fine Art and Fun Fundraiser. At that time, participants numbered five: MC Ginsberg, Iowa State Bank & Trust, Iowa Artisans Gallery/DJ Rinner Goldsmith, Arts Iowa City and the Barn Collections (no longer downtown.) For several years, the DVIP fundraiser continued to be the centerpiece of the March Gallery Walk, but other Walks were added in June, during the Iowa Arts Festival and in October. Gallery Walk is administered by volunteers. Several of the exhibition venues are devoted to businesses other than art but demonstrate the vibrant cultural scene in Iowa City. Anyone wishing to exhibit work in one of the exhibition venues should contact Astrid Bennett,

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Fri, Mar. 3; 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
c/o Iowa Artisans Gallery, 207 E Washington St,
Iowa City, IA 52240
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(319) 341-7887
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