It’s time to ramp it up

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December 2016

A year ago, we presented you with an opportunity to help build a multi-disciplinary art center in Iowa City. There was support for this concept, but it was widely suggested that we first emphasize programming.

As a result, Art in the Afternoon was born. In this monthly program, local artists give presentations about their craft and technique. Jo Myers taught us to paint watercolor birds, Mary Merkel-Hess gave us a glimpse into her paper works, and Megan Bishop immersed us in the world of the Oaknoll artists. We’ve learned about cartooning and metalworking, ceramics and more. Life Drawing sessions, generously hosted by Beadology, have been very popular. More dynamic events are booked at The Center through April 2017.

What’s Next?
It’s time to ramp it up. Community feedback indicates a desire for more hands-on activities, more variety in programming, and more options for children and youth. There is interest in expanding Life Drawing, as well.

How Do We Make It Happen? With funding, we will:

  • Hire an executive director to focus on programming and community engagement.
  • Obtain temporary space. Increase our class offerings.
  • Develop a volunteer network and expand collaboration with other arts groups.

That is why we ask for your support today. At this critical point in ArtiFactory’s growth, your generous donation will help us implement the things you’d like us to do. Please donate today.
Thanks very much for your help in moving forward.

Dan Sig

Sincerely,
Dan Cummins, President, Arts Iowa City

P.S. If this dream resonates and you feel you may have something significant to offer in achieving it, please contact us directly at Artifactory@artsiowacity.org

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The Art of Found Objects

December’s ARTIST  •  Marge Clancy

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MargeDiscover how simple items from nature can become works of art. Driftwood or leaves can become her canvas. Since the ’70’s Marge has created the costumes for High School, Community Theater and Riverside Theater productions. The plays include Guys & Dolls, Bus Stop, Naughty Marietta and many more. A backdrop she made for the band, Dogs On Skis, is in Okoboji Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Now, her talents have turned toward her natural art.


1:00 PM Sunday, Dec. 18th
in The Center’s Assembly Room
28 S Linn St, Iowa City, Iowa
ADMISSION IS FREE

ART IN THE AFTERNOON is a monthly artist talk / workshop held on the 3rd Sunday of each month.  This series focuses on introducing local artists to the Iowa City community.

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December Life Drawing

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Drawing the figure is captivating and challenging. The figure may later inhabit our landscapes and scenes. We will be drawing both clothed and nude models .  Please bring your own drawing materials.  Participants must be age 18 or over.

The ArtiFactory is a project of Arts Iowa City a 501(c)(3)non-profit

Dec. 18th • 5:00 to 7:00 PM (arrive on time)
Beadology • 220 E. Washington
Cost: $8.00 per session

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How To

Compose With Value

November’s Artist •  Janice Bell

Value is the range of gray tones from black to white.  Janice will discuss how value changes within a work of art work lead the eye and create interest. Information on how to create value maps will also be provided. Various art forms will be used as examples, from ceramics to wood, as well as artwork by the artists.

By Janice Bell  Janice’s paintings are inspired by spending time outdoors, hiking the woodlands of Iowa, gardening, and paddling lakes and rivers. Her message to viewers is to pause for a moment, take a deep breath, really look at their surroundings, and see the beauty that is all around them. Janice considers her paintings a respite from the everyday hustle and bustle of life and hopes that viewers will feel the same.

  Janice has exhibited in juried shows across the state and became a signature member of the Iowa Watercolor Society in 1995. She began taking watercolor classes while living in New Orleans and continues her studies with various workshops, but for the most part, she is self-taught. She finds the mixing and blending of pigments on and off paper to be exciting and she delights in the challenge of creating a successful work of art. Over the years she has developed her own style of using rich saturated color and the play of light and shadow to capture the beauty found in nature.


1:00 PM Sunday, Nov. 20th
in The Center’s Assembly Room
28 S Linn St, Iowa City, Iowa
ADMISSION IS FREE

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ART IN THE AFTERNOON is a monthly artist talk / workshop held on the 3rd Sunday of each month.  This series focuses on introducing local artists to the Iowa City community.

Refreshments are provided.

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November Life Drawing

Life Drawing by Jo Meyer-Walker

Drawing the figure is captivating and challenging. The figure may later inhabit our landscapes and scenes. We will be drawing both clothed and nude models .  Please bring your own drawing materials.  Participants must be age 18 or over.                                                           

  The ArtiFactory is a 501(c)(3) non-profit 

Nov. 20th • 5:00 to 7:00 PM (arrive on time)
Beadology • 220 E. Washington
Cost: $8.00 per session

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October Artist

Mary Merkel-Hess

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Mary Merkel-Hess will show images from her 30+ years as a paper artist. She will discuss her process and sources of inspiration as well as her installations at the Marriott in Coralville, at Oaknoll Retirement Residence in Iowa City and other places.

Pieces by Mary have appeared in many national and international exhibitions. Her work is in permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Art and Design in New York, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Mass. and the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.


1:00 PM Sunday, Oct. 16th
in The Center’s Assembly Room
28 S Linn St, Iowa City, Iowa
ADMISSION IS FREE

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ART IN THE AFTERNOON is a monthly artist talk / workshop held on the 3rd Sunday of each month.  This series focuses on introducing local artists to the Iowa City community.

Refreshments are provided.

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October Life Drawing

LifeDrawing 10

Drawing the figure is captivating and challenging. The figure may later inhabit our landscapes and scenes. We will be drawing both clothed and nude models .  Please bring your own drawing materials.                                                            

  The ArtiFactory is a 501(c)(3) non-profit 

Oct. 16th • 5:00 to 7:00 PM (arrive on time)
Beadology • 220 E. Washington
Cost: $8.00 per session

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September Life Drawing

Drawing by r.y. richardson

Drawing the figure is captivating and challenging. The figure may later inhabit our landscapes and scenes. We will be drawing both clothed and nude models .  Please bring your own drawing materials.                                                            

  The ArtiFactory is a 501(c)(3) non-profit 

Sept. 18th • 5:00 to 7:00 PM (arrive on time)
Beadology • 220 E. Washington
Cost: $8.00 per session

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AGELESS ART: The Oaknoll Collection

“Art heals the soul and frees the mind. Art tells a story that words cannot always express.  Art is ageless, timeless, and has no boundaries.”  Megan Bishop

Megan Bishop is an Iowa City artist who, at a young age, taught painting to her cancer-stricken grandfather.  She witnessed the way it comforted him and was then led to work with seniors in our community.  Megan will talk about her teachings at Oaknoll Retirement Community while highlighting the paintings of her students. The artists themselves will be on hand to tell us their stories and share their work.

2:00 PM Sunday, Sept. 18th
at Beadology 220 E. Washington
ADMISSION IS FREE

Art In The Afternoon logo

ART IN THE AFTERNOON is a monthly artist talk / workshop held on the 3rd Sunday of each month.  This series focuses on introducing local artists to the Iowa City community.

Refreshments are provided.

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Creating a place in Iowa City for education, practice, exhibition and collaboration in fine arts and crafts.