Downtown Gallery Walk This Friday During Iowa Arts Fest

One of the Downtown’s longest and best traditions returns this Friday, the Summer Gallery Walk during the Iowa Arts Fest. Enjoy the first hours of the Iowa Arts Fest celebrating 16 curated artist showcases, June 1st, 5-8pm.

This free event is open to everyone to take a self guided tour of 16 different shops, galleries and other locations that have curated feature artists and pieces of art. Participation in the event is easy!  Start at any of the locations, bring your map (can be found HERE) or pick one up at any of the participating locations and begin your tour of art and enjoy complimentary snacks and drinks.

Visit 7 of the sixteen 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, at each location visited. Simply present the mailer card for a “punch” at Gallery Walk locations. Completed cards may be dropped off at any participating venue.

2018 June Gallery Walk Participants include: 
Moss – Iowa City
Public Space One
Willow & Stock
U.S. Bank
MidWestOne Bank
The Englert Theatre
Old Post Office (Iowa City, Iowa) (The Center)
M.C. Ginsberg: Objects of Art
Akar Design
Iowa Artisans Gallery
United Action for Youth
Ten Thousand Villages, Iowa City
Over the Moon Studio

Artist Shows: 
Katelyn McDonald at Moss Iowa City
Barry Phipps at rsvp
Chelsea A. Flowers at Public Space One
Claudia McGehee at Willow & Stock
Iowa City Branch of National League of American Pen Women at Us Bank
John Moyers at MidWestOne bank
Bill Adams and Sandy Dyas at Englert Theatre
1st Floor: Linda Brown, Top Floor: Nancy Ostrignai at Old Post Office Gallery
Christine Manwiller at Textiles
Nancy L. Purington at M.C. Ginsberg
Shumpei Yamaki at AKAR
John, Jane and Kara Schlabaugh at Iowa Artisans Gallery
Lawrie See at Glassando
Art Club members from Coralville Central Elementary, Kirkwood Elementary, and Grant Wood Elementary at United Action for Youth
Elinor Krieger Coble at Ten Thousand Villages
Kathy Edwards Hayslett at Over the Moon

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. 

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