Gallery Walk

Friday, October 8, 2021 - 5:00 - 8:00pm

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 Fall Gallery Walk will be the last gallery walk of 2021, on October 8th from 5:00 – 8:00pm. 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. 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.
Please note, masks are required for this event by everyone regardless of vaccination status.

2021 Fall Gallery Walk Shops & Artists:

AKAR: Group Show: New Arrivals for your Fall TableCurated ceramic tableware for upcoming fall holidays.

The ArtiFactory: Group Show: Flag Project with other pop-up exhibits – The Flag Project is a photographic study of New York City in the weeks following September 11, 2001. Also featuring a preview of Jonathan McHugh’s October exhibit, a group show by local plein air artists and a show of works by the Thursday evening Life Drawing artists. (The ArtiFactory is located in the lower level of the Wesley Center at 120 N Dubuque St.

Beadology Iowa: Rick Hugil: Beaded Gourd LampsLocal carpenter Rick Hugil uses locally grown wood and gourds to make one-of-a-kind lamps.

Blick Art Materials: Warning Dove: Prism ReformAbsurdist mixed-media collaborations of Jay Schleidt, Tyler Luetkehans, & Jerry Glover.

Glassando: Kristen Bergren: Pillows, Bags, Purses, and More –Kristen uses unique buttons and yarn to handcraft unique pillows, bags, and purses.

Iowa Artisans Gallery: John Martinek: City and LandscapeThese recent images are observational drawings and paintings created from the local Iowa cityscape and landscape. The investigation of these places is important to me as a visual meditation and exploration. Whether wandering through the downtown or along the local waterways, there is much to discover as things evolve and change from season to season, year after year in a pattern of building and eroding. The images in this exhibit are primarily ink on clay board (scratchboard) drawings and paintings and watercolors.

The Knit Hole: Dana Telsrow: The Consummate ModernityDana’s mischievous, contorted character studies are healing for those under pressure of the anxieties of modern life.

Main Library Gallery, University of Iowa Libraries: Anna Barker, Curator: From Revolutionary Outcast to a Man of God: Dostoevsky at 200Explore the life and works of 19th-century Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky. The exhibit features many items from UI Libraries Special Collections & Archives.

Public Space One: Group Show: Evidence of Joy (March!) – A one-night-only installation of costumes, props, documentation, and other jubilant debris from the first year of Joy March. What is Joy March? How dare you!

rsvp: Karen Carcia: Send – Send, a letterpress poetry broadside series exploring the frisson of grammar, semantics and erasure. This exhibit will take the form of an interactive window display with viewers invited to participate by creating an original erasure to add to the display from mini letterpress broadsides provided by the artist. – *Please note, the event is on the sidewalk and the exhibit can be viewed through the window. The store won’t be open during the event and they will most likely leave at dark around 7:00pm.

Textiles: Beatrice Giunta: Points of View – A subjective, black and white viewpoint on Iowa’s landscape.

Sweets and Treats: Oglesby Finlay: Avian Portraits Post MortemA collection of Oglesby Finlay’s signature theme of Memento Mori. These drawings pull on the idea that people of the past are often quickly forgotten. Replacing their recognizable features with crow skulls highlights the idea of anonymity we feel when seeing photos of people that are long dead.  (only open until 6:00pm)

United Action for Youth: Group Show – Celebrating Pride