Category Archives: Art In The Afternoon

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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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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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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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

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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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August Art In The Afternoon


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Vero Smith is the Assistant Curator of the Legacies for Iowa Collections-Sharing Project at the University of Iowa Museum of Art. In March 2016, she graduated from Harvard Graduate School of Design’s master of design studies program in art, design, and the public domain. The Legacies for Iowa project is a large-scale arts-sharing initiative that brings the extraordinary collections of the University of Iowa Museum of Art to communities across the state. This lecture will explore the history of museums more generally as well as how Legacies for Iowa hopes to become a model for contemporary museum practice.

2:00 PM Sunday, Aug. 21st
at Beadology 220 E. Washington
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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July Artist: Robert Richardson, Cartoonist and Artist

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The Artifactory and Beadology are pleased to announce that our July artist for the Art In the Afternoon program will be  Cartoonist and Artist, Robert Richardson.  His presentation will be held at Beadology at 2 PM, on Sunday, July 17th.

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Robert Yale Richardson, is retired from thirty-five years as the prepress manager for Tidewater Direct in West Branch, Iowa.

2004-05 he contributed a weekly editorial cartoon in the Iowa City Press Citizen under the name rytoonz.

2005-2012 Robert taught an evening class, “Cartooning for Beginners,” through the Coralville Parks and Recreation Department.
In retirement his focus is on painting and drawing with watercolors, pastels and ink.

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If you are interested in viewing some of his work, visit rytoonz.blogspot.com.  We hope you’ll come and see Bob’s presentation.  This will be interactive!  Bring your ideas, and learn to do some cartooning!  Supplies will be provided.

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

2:00 PM, Sunday, July 17 at Beadology, 220 E. Washington

ADMISSION IS FREE!

June Artist: Tim Linden, Metalworker and Sculptor

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The Artifactory and Beadology are pleased to announce that our June artist for the Art In the Afternoon program will be  Metalworker and Sculptor, Tim Linden.

tim_linden1Tim Linden is a local metalworker with over 35 years of experience in the industry. Tim worked as an exterior sheet metal fabricator for ASI Sheet Metal in North Liberty for 22 years.

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Tim now owns and runs Tim Linden, Inc. pursuing his own sculptural work and providing metal fabrication to artists and architects in the area.

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

2:00 PM, Sunday, June 12 at Beadology, 220 E. Washington

ADMISSION IS FREE!

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.