Gallery Walk

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Join us for one of the best downtown traditions; Iowa City Gallery Walk. For over 20 years, this event has taken over downtown and filled your favorite businesses with wonderful works of art. Make a day of it and grab a bite to eat, shop, and gallery walk in beautiful downtown Iowa City! This FREE event is open to everyone to enjoy a self-guided tour of shops, galleries, and other locations that have curated featured artists and pieces of art.

The 2021 Downtown Summer Gallery Walk is Saturday, June 5th from 11:00am – 5:00pm. The traditional event will be moved to Saturday to help accommodate the occupancy limits in the businesses and give you more time to appreciate the beautiful artwork. A friendly reminder that face coverings are required and to please keep a safe distance while visiting downtown. Stay tuned to see the list of participating shops and featured local artists.
Visit 7 of the venues during the Gallery Walk for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate from one of the participanting businesses! In order to qualify, participants will have to print out the Gallery Walk postcard or map and have it stamped at each location visited. Simply present the mailer card for a “punch” at the Gallery Walk locations. Completed cards may be dropped off at any participating venue. A winner will be selected and notified the following week once cards have been collected.

2021 Summer Gallery Walk Shops & Artists:

AKAR: Brenda Quinn: New Ceramic WorkA summer ceramic show with floral tableware.

Beadology Iowa: Victor Schmidt: In Plain SightVictor Schmidt has an eye for the unusual and will show off his multi-media pieces of art. A staff member at Beadology Iowa, Victor also creates finished jewelry and does jewelry repair.

Blick Art Materials: Carlos Maldonado: In Plein Site  – A series of plein air paintings in gouache and acrylic.

Glassando: Lawrie See: Handmade Jewelry and lampwork Glass Beads – An expanded selection of colorful lampwork glass beads and jewelry from local Solon, IA based artist Lawrie See.

Iowa Artisans Gallery: Jac Tilton: Things That Caught My Eye –  The “background” of life is what is the most interesting.
It tells a story about change, and that change can create possibilities for interesting images. Once important buildings are quickly decaying, and once significant buildings have been re-purposed many times to much less glamorous uses. I don’t have a great interest in these places out of a sense of nostalgia but rather how they have changed over time and how the changes have altered their appearance, social significance and importance. 

LGBTQ Iowa Archives & Library: Andy Abeyta (2019) and historical photographs: Prairie Pride: Iowa in 1988 and 2019 – A celebration through photography of LGBTQ Pride in Iowa. Featuring images from the 1988 Gay Rights March in Dubuque and the last pride before the pandemic in the Quad Cities in 2019.

Luxe Interiors: Kent Broadbent: Abstract Expression – Acrylic Paintings

M.C. Ginsberg: Objects of Art: Robert Yale Richardson, Claire Thoele, Beppie Weiss, Patricia Knox, John McGlinn, and Deanne Wortman: M.C.Ginsberg Featuring ArtiFactory –  A collaborative show featuring an influential group of Iowa City artists. The artwork ranges from 2D watercolor, pen and ink drawings, portraits in pencil, oil, and pastel, and printmaking to 3D metalwork, paper sculpture, and fiber.

Om Gifts for Body & Soul: Shirley Nelson: Native American Pottery & Jewelry – Horse Hair Pottery and Jewelry made by Native American Tribe Artists, Navajo.

Prairie Kitchen Store: City High School Art Students: Collected work from City High School Students – A collection of art from some hard-working and creative City High School students.

Public Space One: Rick Tibbott and Cody Hilleboe: There is No Place – A two-person exhibition of sculptural ceramics.

Ten Thousand Villages: Hunter Loushin: Garden of Reverie – An oil on canvas portrayal of Nature’s most inner sanctum, where color and texture enrapture, pierce, and angularly ensnare.

Textiles: Laurie Haag: Square One – This collection of images combines original photographs collaged with abstract digital painting, within the bounds of a square.

Sweets and Treats: Deanne Wortman: Tiny Town – Collage with hand-dyed papers, pen, and ink.

United Action for Youth: Stephie Sumaili and Filon Kalembire: Blooming Art – A collaborative show featuring two youth artists from Southeast Junior High. They will be showing a wide variety of work including paintings, drawings, and collages.