May Artist: Brian Lee, Architectural Furniture

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b_lee_rBrian Lee is a registered architect, furniture designer and fabricator based in Iowa City, IA.

Brian produces interactive furniture that operates at the intersection of architecture, furniture, body-scale and urban-scale. He approaches his work as functional small scale experiments for larger architectural applications. A native Iowan, he holds a Master of Architecture from Cranbrook Academy of Art and has practiced in Iowa City since 2014.

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Come and  hear Brian talk about his life and his work.  His presentation will begin at 2:00 PM on Sunday, May 15th, at Beadology, 220 E. Washington St., and admission is free.  Refreshments will be served.

To see samples of Brian’s work online, click HERE.

Iowa Architecture Month Presentation

Christiania: 40 Years of Occupation

6:00 PM,  April 28, 2016, at Film Scene

ChristianiaPresented by Neumann Monson Architects for Iowa Architecture Month.  Hosted by Film Scene.

FREE Admission.
Seating will be first-come, first-seated.

In 1971, young people claim an 85 acre abandoned military base in the heart of Copenhagen and set up a community. Over the next 40 years, they build a self-governed community with the hope of becoming legitimate.

Christiania was born in 1971 when youthful idealism and a severe housing shortage incited hundreds of young people to occupy 85 acres of deserted brick buildings, woods, ramparts and canals as their home. Finding it politically unpopular to evict the young settlers, the Danish government declared Christiania a “short-term social experiment”.

Over forty years later, Christiania is still standing.

Through interviews with longtime Christiania residents and police and government officials, CHRISTIANIA explores consensus democracy, alternative building methods, drug policy and Scandinavian culture in a provocative and often humorous character study of this fascinating community.

“I just enjoyed watching every minute…beautiful story of that unique community.” —Rick Steves, Europe Through the Back Door

April Artist: Thom Hall, Furniture Designer

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The Artifactory and Beadology are pleased to announce that our April artist for the Art In the Afternoon program will be Thom Hall, furniture designer and master craftsman.  Thom resides in Mechanicsville, Iowa.  He says of himself:

‘I’m a Southeast Pennsylvania native and have lived in Eastern Iowa since the  early1970’s. I have earned a B.A. degree in Photography and Visual Arts from Franconia College, Franconia, NH.

When designing furniture, I look at it with a sculpture’s eye and I am happiest when working in a modern style.’

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Come and see samples and slides of Thom’s work, and hear him talk about his life and his techniques.  His presentation will begin at 2:00 PM on Sunday, April 17th, at Beadology, 220 E. Washington St., and admission is free.  Refreshments will be served.

To view Thom’s website, click HERE.

Life Drawing Drop-in Class Starting

The ArtiFactory and Beadology are proud to co-sponsor a

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drop-in class, to be held on the 3rd Sunday of each month, starting March 20, at Beadology from 5 to 7 PM.  The cost will be $8 per session.  Please bring your own drawing materials.

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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 from 5 to 7 on the third Sunday of the month at  Beadology in downtown Iowa City. Cost is $8 per drop in session. 

March Artist: Shumpei Yamaki, Ceramicist

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Now in its second month, the Art in The Afternoon program moves permanently to the 3rd Sunday of the month, this month on March 20th, at 2:00 PM at Beadology.  The featured artist this month is Shumpei Yamaki, Ceramic Artist, Dancer, Teacher, Artist-in-Residence at Scattergood Friends School.  Shumpei will talk about process, show slides, show actual work, talk about his journey from doing hip-hop dance to becoming a ceramic artist rooted in Japanese aesthetics and techniques and how those things are connected. And he will entertain questions and discussion.  This event is FREE.

Shumpei shows locally at AKAR and in NYC at Sara Japanese Pottery. He was Featured in September 2015 Ceramics Monthly
He specializes in wood fired pottery, often using clay which he has dug himself.
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Shumpei Yamaki was born and raised in Kamakura, Japan.  He moved to Philadelphia in 1996 to study dance.  Following an automobile accident in 1999 he enrolled in a ceramics class as physical therapy and discovered a passion for ceramics.  He concentrates on traditional Japanese techniques, wood-firing and methods of relying on local resources and conservation.  He is currently the resident artist at Scattergood Friends School and Farm.  He is building a wood-fired kiln for the school and has been experimenting with local clay in his personal endeavors as a wood-fire potter.

ArtiFactory Guest Artist Series

Join us as we launch a new monthly series:
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As a step toward building a new Art Center, Arts Iowa City/ the ArtiFactory project is kicking off a monthly series of art events, sponsored by Beadology.  ART IN THE AFTERNOON  is a monthly artist talk/workshop held every 4th Sunday of the month.  This series will focus on introducing artists to the Iowa City community. Light refreshments are provided.

ADMISSION IS FREE!

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Jo Myers-Walker is an artist and teacher;  working with people of all ages.  She is always exploring new techniques and materials, finding the joy  of creating something is in the process of visualizing a project and figuring out how to actualize it.  Her classes and workshops take a gentle approach. They all involve real artistic technique, and also some element of the “inward journey.”  By telling their story through art, people often create beautiful things that they never thought they could.

Jo is looking forward to meeting Iowa City artists and will share briefly some of her work in different mediums.  Her current focus is watercolor and will demonstrate  watercolor techniques by painting ” people like birds” on a pop up card .  She will bring supplies for you to play along with her and see which one of your feathered friends show up on your card.

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Thank you Beadology, for hosting this FREE event,  featuring one of Iowa City’s newest artists. For more about Jo, click here.

2:00 PM on Sunday, February 28, 2016 at Beadology
220 East Washington Street, Iowa City

 

Oct. 1 Beaux Arts Ball benefits Arts Iowa City, others

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Come join AIA South East Iowa for a festive night to benefit three arts organizations from your community: Arts Iowa City, Eastern Iowa Arts Academy, and Friends of Cedar Rock! The night will include appetizers/beverages, a silent auction, live music, dancing, prizes, and more. Contact Nick Lindsley for sponsorship information at nlindsley@neumannmonson.com. All event proceeds will be donated to the three arts organizations. Masquerade masks will also be provided at the door. Business casual dress is preferred, and costumes are encouraged.

$15 @ DOOR or $150 TABLE SPONSORSHIP (8 TICKETS)

OCT. 1ST @ OLD BRICK IN IOWA CITY

6 PM – 10 PM

Tickets on Eventbrite

Colors of the Prairie Dye Class

We gathered plants from the Scattergood Prairie to print and dye with..and my-oh-my we had fun. And because we could, we also had an indigo vat (or three) going.

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The yellow fabric was made from St. John’s Wort and the Orange is from Coreopsis. Really! The folks in the upper center photo are stirring the organic indigo vat starter.

Winners of the Arts Fest 2015 Drawing

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Arts Iowa City drawing winners, Iowa Arts Festival 2015

Winners of the Arts Iowa City drawing for the fine craft objects displayed at the Iowa Arts Festival 2015, as determined in a drawing held on June 10th, were as follows:

The fused glass plate created by Patty Housby of Des Moines was won by Lauree Christman of Iowa City.
The two ceramic mugs created by Shumpei Yamaki of West Branch were won by Carl Geiken of Iowa City.
The natural dyed silk scarf created by Amy Weber of West Branch was won by Paul DeYoung of Iowa City.
The anodized aluminum pins created by Louise Rauh of Iowa City were won by Andrea Wilson of Iowa City, Jennifer Gersten of Tiffin, and Lucy Laurian of Iowa City.

Thank you for participating in our drawing, and for providing us with your views on what you want to see in a Community  Arts Center in Iowa City.

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