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T O N I G H T  Thursday April 24:

7 PM - Art Vacancy - Opening Ceremony **Begin at the corner of Main Street and Kellogg Avenue in Ames**

7 PM - Jim Duede Photo Exhibit Opening

T O M O R R O W  Friday April 25:

4 PM - Story County Education Exhibition - Octagon Center for the Arts

6 PM - Art-A-Holics’s hosts Hooray for Hollywood

7 PM - Art Vacancy - All Vacancies Open

9 PM - Art Vacancy After Party

S A T U R D A Y  April 26:

1 PM - Art Vacancy - All Vacancies Open

S U N D A Y  April 27:

1 PM - Art Vacancy - All Vacancies Open

3:30 PM - Figure Drawing at the Des Moines Social Club

D E A D L I N E S :

Snapshot 2014 Octagon Center for the Arts DEADLINE APRIL 28

Grin City - Fall Session Grinnell, IA DEADLINE May 1

Artist Fellowship Guidelines Des Moines IA DEADLINE MAY 1

Project Grant - Iowa Arts Council Des Moines IA DEADLINE MAY 1

CASA (Creative Artists’ Studios of Ames) is organizing a local studio tour on Saturday, October 4th 10am-5pm. There is a fee to participate. CASA will provide coordination and publicity for the event. Email Amanda Barr (amandabarr@gmail.com) for more information. DEADLINE May 1

Visiting Assistant Professor in Painting & DrawingIowa City, IA NOW HIRING

Market Day 2014 Des Moines IA APPLY NOW

Reinbeck Art Festival Reinbeck, Iowa DEADLINE June 2

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Hung Up

by Jennifer Mitchard on April 23, 2014

Hung Up is the new show at Mars Cafe featuring paintings, sketches, and textiles by Heidi Hafner. The painted objects and “tapestries” are executed with great skill and modesty. As the title suggests, all of the works are based on things that hang; drying peppers, an old canvas bag, her work apron, and the woven canvas tapestries. Most of the work has serene colors and a rough finish making the viewer ponder a deeper meaning which Heidi explains in her statement about the work:

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Hafner’s “Blue Tapestry Study” 2011, oil pastel on paper (Source: Mitchard)

"I’m drawn by objects hanging on the wall, the ones often overlooked. They discolor and age, get beat up and gather dust. They gain new textures in their oldness and become lost in their environment.

The beauty of imperfection daily surrounds us. With that in mind, my work leans toward roughness, incompleteness, and modesty.

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Installation shot. Hafner at Mars Cafe. (Source: Mitchard)

This interest inspires me to paint raw, un-stretched canvas. I rip, mar, and mend the painted cloth, capturing the aged look of the things I study. These are my tapestries. I then recreate them in portraits, highlighting details that may otherwise go unnoticed.

I hope my work brings viewers to stop and notice the details, to appreciate their stories.”

Jennifer Mitchard is an artist working in Des Moines. WEBSITE 

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blastedheath:

Ignace Kennis (Belgian, 1888-1973), Man in the rain at night. Canvas, 72 x 93 cm.

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Ignace Kennis (Belgian, 1888-1973), Man in the rain at night. Canvas, 72 x 93 cm.

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A new religious statue in the town of Davidson, N.C., is unlike anything you might see in church.
The statue depicts Jesus as a vagrant sleeping on a park bench. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church installed the homeless Jesus statue on its property in the middle of an upscale neighborhood filled with well-kept townhomes.
Jesus is huddled under a blanket with his face and hands obscured; only the crucifixion wounds on his uncovered feet give him away.
The reaction was immediate. Some loved it; some didn’t.
"One woman from the neighborhood actually called police the first time she drove by," says David Boraks, editor of DavidsonNews.net. "She thought it was an actual homeless person."
That’s right. Somebody called the cops on Jesus.

"ooh!  a poor person in need of help!  i better make sure they get arrested!"  to me, that’s the issue that’s most troubling.  Apart from that, the statue, and the idea behind it, is one of the parts of Christianity that even a grouchy atheist like me has to admire…

gallifreekydeeky:

A new religious statue in the town of Davidson, N.C., is unlike anything you might see in church.

The statue depicts Jesus as a vagrant sleeping on a park bench. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church installed the homeless Jesus statue on its property in the middle of an upscale neighborhood filled with well-kept townhomes.

Jesus is huddled under a blanket with his face and hands obscured; only the crucifixion wounds on his uncovered feet give him away.

The reaction was immediate. Some loved it; some didn’t.

"One woman from the neighborhood actually called police the first time she drove by," says David Boraks, editor of DavidsonNews.net. "She thought it was an actual homeless person."

That’s right. Somebody called the cops on Jesus.

"ooh!  a poor person in need of help!  i better make sure they get arrested!"  to me, that’s the issue that’s most troubling.  Apart from that, the statue, and the idea behind it, is one of the parts of Christianity that even a grouchy atheist like me has to admire…

Source: circuitfry

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walkerartcenter:


From “Choreographing Experiences in Space: Olga Viso Interviews Jim Hodges”


If you’re in Minneapolis, check out the huge Jim Hodges exhibit showing now. 

walkerartcenter:

From “Choreographing Experiences in Space: Olga Viso Interviews Jim Hodges”

If you’re in Minneapolis, check out the huge Jim Hodges exhibit showing now. 

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