Gallery Walk

Friday, October 2 - Friday, October 9, 2020

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 an evening 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 2020 Downtown Fall Gallery Walk will begin Friday, October 2nd, and end Friday, October 9th. The traditional event will be expanded for a week to accommodate the occupancy limits in the businesses and give you more chances to appreciate the beautiful artwork. A friendly reminder that face coverings are required and to please keep a safe distance while visiting downtown.

Visit 7 of the venues during the Gallery Walk for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate from Textiles! 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.

See the 2020 Fall Gallery Walk Locations below and rsvp on Facebook for the most recent updates:

2020 Fall Gallery Walk:

  • AKAR – Jenn Cole: “New Ceramic Work” – Jenn Cole is based in Tennessee, and the work in the show was made while in residency at the Iowa Ceramics Center in Cedar Rapids
  • Ewers Mens Store – Sally Gierke: “Fall for Pottery” – Beautiful and useful pottery inspired by midwest landscapes
  • Iowa Artisans Gallery – Kate Brennan Hall: “Meet the Artist: A Conversation with Kate Brennan Hall” – Iowa artist Kate Brennan Hall creates whimsical, handprinted tea towels and cards. But did you know she is also an illustrator + printmaker whose clients range from Fortune 500 companies to small publishers? In this new series of online “Meet the Artist” programs, learn more about her processes, her drawing and paintings, and ask questions. This Zoom event is free. Pre-register required by visiting the website. (https://iowaartisansgallery.com/pages/classes-1)
  • Luxe Interiors – Mike Finlayson, Ulpi Gonzalez, and Ben Ford: “Bringing the Outdoors In” – Landscape Photography by Various Artists
  • Textiles – Emily Jalinsky: “Imperative Acceptance/Transcendence” – Emily Jalinsky is a printmaking and mixed media artist, educator, and arts organizer living in Iowa City, IA. Her work centers around mental health and processing changing states within the body through semi-abstract organic forms and repetitive patterns. Through implementing mindfulness and ritual into her studio practice, each piece is brought into a state of stillness with a reminder of resiliency.
  • Ten Thousand Villages – Bunyaad: “Fair Trade Rugs”  – We will be featuring over 300 hand-knotted, Pakistani rugs
  • Glassando – Laurie Haag: “Digital Art” – Photography and digital painting
  • Public Space One – Davin Watne & Dawn Wooley: “Dancing for Good ” – An outdoor installation of air-dancers are emblazoned with a national call to work together and turn the page on a difficult time. They flap pathetically, yet with hope, creating a conflicting feeling of political possibility and potential absurdity
  • Om Gifts for Body and Soul – Casey J. Wullner: “Paved in Skin” (An Exploration of the Feminine Divine) – OM Gifts proudly presents “Paved in Skin” An Exploration of the Feminine Divine, by visionary artist Casey J. Wullner. This series features the painted portraits of goddesses and divine feminine figures from a wide diversity of cultures throughout history and throughout the world. Casey’s technique uniquely combines the use of concrete, acrylic, and ink, and his precision and attention to detail in his work are truly mastered and a wonder to behold!
  • Prairie Kitchen Store: Elinor Krieger Coble: “en plein air Watercolor” – A series of en pleine air landscape paintings
  • United Action for Youth – UAY youth and families: “#uay50years” – We look upon our 50th birthday with anticipation and hope that together we will have the will and resources to help our future generation CREATE, GROW and SUCCEED  *****please note, only open  10/2 and  10/9: 5-8pm
  • Blick Art Materials – Duffus and Caputo: “Paintings” – Recent oil paintings by Justin Duffus and Robert Caputo
  • HABA Salon – Dawn Frary:  “Forces of Nature: A Visual Grimoire”  –  A collection of thirteen photographs by Iowa City artist Dawn Frary intended to escort viewers to the liminal space between nature and the supernatural. The photographs, created with 35mm film, are of this world and yet they are otherworldly. Each image is a magic spell, an invocation of the elements, a summoning of spirits
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