Gallery Walk

June 7, 2019 and October 4, 2019: 5-8pm

Join us for one of the best downtown traditions; Iowa City Gallery Walk.

Enjoy any and all of the three Downtown Gallery Walks of 2019!  This free event is open to everyone to take a self-guided tour of different shops, galleries and other locations that have curated feature artists and pieces of art.

Visit a certain number of venues during the Gallery Walk for a chance to win a special prize! 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.

See below for a list of participating shops, artists, and the descriptions of the shows you will see!

2019 Summer Gallery Walk:

  • AKAR  –  Group Show: “Wearable Clay” – Featuring a collection of jewelry made by contemporary clay artists.
  • Blick Art Materials – Greta Songe and John Martinek: “Recent Work by Greta Songe and John Martinek” – Greta Songe and John Martinek have been living and working together for almost 10 years. Together, their work includes drawings, plein-air paintings, prints, illustrations, and editorial cartoons. This show features a wide range of topics and media, reflecting recent work by both artists.
  • Brix Cheese Shop & Wine Bar – Joseph Essaf: “Life in Rose Colored Glasses” – A wine-tinted floral watercolor exhibition.
  • Glassando –  Jeanne Rehfuss: “Inspired and Fired Dichroic Glass Jewelry and Art Glass” – Dichroic Glass jewelry including colorful earrings and pendants plus fused glass art pieces. All glass is designed, cut, assembled, kiln fired, and finished by Jeanne in her glass studio in Iowa.
  • Iowa Artisans Gallery – Astrid Bennett: “Tarps + Scrolls: New Work by Astrid Hilger Bennett” – Over decades, Bennett’s work has always embraced expressive painted, printed and dyed textiles. This new series focuses on Tarps that are bold and large. Metaphorically, Bennett sees tarps as protective, versatile, adaptive. She will also show small, subtle scrolls. In all of these new works, she adds mixed media and drawings from the natural world. Like theater props, she temporarily displays them in outdoor, alternative settings. A longtime local resident, Bennett has shown her work nationally and internationally.
  • Luxe Interiors Jay Provorse: “Introspective in Abstract”- Jay Provorse is an abstract artist working primarily in acrylics. Depth of color and sweeping movement are hallmarks of Jay’s work.
  • M.C. Ginsberg – Scott Stines: “Scenic Iowa” – Photography.
  • MERGE – Local Iowa City Area Artists: “ART @ MERGE”MERGE Iowa City will feature the (5) local artists creative works that adorn the walls and halls.
  • MidWestOne Bank – Gerry Mansheim: “Poet’s Funeral” – ‘Poet’s Funeral,’ a triptych which hung in Kenney’s Bar in downtown Iowa City between 1958 and 1969, by Iowa City artist and historian Gerry Mansheim will be shown at MidWestOne Bank on the night of Gallery Walk. Mansheim is also the author of Iowa City – An Illustrated History.
  • Moss – Mitchell Hilzer: “Resurgence” – Featuring a collection of functional ceramics by Mitchell Hilzer.
  • Neumann Monson Architects – Neumann Monson Architects: “/skeCH/“- Neumann Monson’s architects and designers will exhibit their personal and varied artistic works to give you a glimpse into the workings of a creative mind. Works will range from sketches to more completed works, 2D to 3D. All are evidence of a creative mind’s efforts to understand our world.
  • Public Space One – Zen Cohen: “The Gatekeepers” – An eco-mythological, multi-channel video and sound installation.
  • r.s.v.p. – Iowa City Press Co-op: “Print Portfolio Showcase” – A showcase of the newest release of the ICPC print portfolio entitled ‘Refrigerate After Opening: The Ultimate HOW-TO Polar Vortex.’ During the polar vortex of 2019, 19 artists took on the theme of instruction, with prints from the practical to the evocative offering guidance on HOW TO do a thing. This print portfolio is a biennial print exchange and a fundraiser for the ICPC scholarship fund. Each is available to purchase as a portfolio containing original hand-pulled prints or as an affordable digital reproduction. For more info, visit: http://www.publicspaceone.com/icpc/portfolio
  • Ten Thousand Villages – Lin Swanson: “Intentional Accidents and Creative Prompts” – Lin Swanson, of Color Tonic, presents ‘Intentional Accidents and Creative Prompts’, a collection of dyed textiles for displaying, wearing, or using to create your own art.
  • Textiles Inc. – Ivy Moore: “Boxed In” – All items are constructed from recycled repurposed materials.
  • The Center’s Old Post Office Gallery – IOWA WATERCOLOR TRAVELING SHOW: “IOWA WATERCOLOR TRAVELING SHOW” – Coming from Osmond Florida, artist Janet Rogers juried and judged this year’s annual IWs Exhibition that consisted of sixty paintings chosen from 150 entries from IWS members across Iowa. Janet has been a professional artist for thirty years and is a signature member of the Florida Watercolor Society and the American Watercolor Society and a nationally recognized instructor. The traveling exhibit of thirty paintings is selected from the main exhibition and includes the five IWS Awards of Excellence, Best Transparent Watercolor and seven Honorable Mentions. The thirty paintings in the traveling show represent the work of 26 members. One can truly say that the IWS Traveling Show is the best of the best.
  • The Englert Theatre – Andy Schmidt: “Starman Press” – A collection of screenprinted posters created by Andy Schmidt (Starman Press) for Mission Creek Festival. The exhibit will be a retrospective of Andy’s handcrafted posters from the Englert archive, spanning the festival’s 14 years.
  • The Makers Loft  – Jan Duschen: “Sentient Beings” – Collection of meticulous new critter drawings presented as limited edition giclée prints.
  • United Action for Youth Artists from Tate High School: “A Collection of Work from Tate High School” – High school students from Tate High School will exhibit work created over the past school year.
  • U.S. Bank – Don Hetzel: “Experiences on a Blank Surface” – The show will consist of drawing on Arches, tempera on Arches and acrylic on canvas. The work will have a variety of styles and techniques with subject matter consisting of figurative, landscapes and abstract.
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