Art Shows & Resources

Exhibitions featuring Local Iowa Artists

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    Terrarium and West of Here

    Larry Mendenhall, Photography

    November 17, 2018 – December 22, 2018

    Frame Works is pleased to announce the exhibition Terrarium and West of Here featuring fine art photography by Larry Mendenhall. The show will open at Frame Works, 5800 Merle Hay Road, Johnston, Iowa on Saturday, November 17, 2018 and hang in the gallery until December 22. 2018.

    Artist’s Statement:

    Despite being completely different from each other, the subjects in this exhibit share a common theme: exploring the shapes and forms waiting to be discovered when looking carefully at any object.

    The wonderful variety of forms and shapes of plants can take us on a visual roller coaster ride, create a world of mystery, and dance in a kaleidoscope of light and shadow. In a similar fashion, the natural and man-made shapes found in the West also provide unique opportunities to explore shape and form.

    In both subjects, we’re encouraged to look carefully at our own every day environments to enjoy the beauty that the surrounds us.

  • Urban Gardening

    Penny Adam, Photography

    September 7 – 29, 2018

    Frame Works is pleased to announce the exhibition Urban Gardening featuring photographic art by Penny Adam. The show will open at Frame Works, 5800 Merle Hay Road, Johnston, Iowa on Friday, September 7, 2018 and hang in the gallery until September 30. 2018.

    Please join us for the opening reception on Friday, September 7 – 5:00pm to 7:00pm and meet Penny.

    Artist’s Statement:

    Penny Adam says, “This collection, exhibited with Frame Works, is a cumulation of two of my favorite genres of photography – street and macro.  Large or small, the world around us is an amazing place!

    Photography provides a great outlet of creativity from the day job.  As a formally trained design professional working in the architectural construction industry, the work day is filled with projects across the country.  Each day revolves around fast paced communications, decisions, client needs, and results.  By contrast photography causes me to slow down, take a look around, and appreciate life whether on the city streets or in nature.  My intent with the exhibition is to convey a snapshot of city life by capturing a moment unfolding or by sharing a vision of the amazing intimacies of nature.

    Being somewhat introverted, street photography seems a bit intrusive, but the stories are fascinating with their windows into everyday life.  Whether conflicting – as in “Separate Worlds” or “Serenade” – joyful – “Dancer” or “Joyful” – or simply matter of fact – “Back to the Office” or “Song for the Broken” – there are stories on the streets.  Instances change quickly so it helps to have practiced fast paced decision making.

    Macro photography is quite different with its focus on the elements of design such as line, shape, color, form, and texture.  My goals with macro are to apply elements of design into visually harmonious images by containing enough detail to validate existence yet remain abstract enough to be ethereal and invoke an emotion or experience.”

  • 10th Anniversary Show

    August 1 – 31, 2018

    Please join us on Saturday, August 11 for our
    Open House. We will be celebrating 10:00am to 4:00pm with refreshments, discounts, drawings – including a chance to win a FREE custom framing project.

    Register to win one of 10 amazing prizes, including a $500 gift certificate toward custom framing!

    The drawing will be held in the shop on Friday, August 31.  You need not be present to win.  (Although, it would be nice if you stopped by and placed an order…)

    And, please…only one entry per household.

     

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    Pam McKenna – Mixed Media

    June 2 – 30, 2018

    Frame Works is pleased to announce the exhibition Pamela McKenna Art and Design Series featuring works of art by Pamela McKenna. The show will open at Frame Works, 5800 Merle Hay Road, Johnston, Iowa on Saturday, June 2, 2018 and hang in the gallery until June 30. 2018.

    Please join us for the opening reception on Saturday, June 2 – 4:00pm to 6:00pm and meet Pamela.

    Artist’s Statement:

    Pamela McKenna was born in Waterloo, Iowa and her exposure to art began early. Her Danish mother was always ahead of her time, incorporating unique styles, textures, shapes and colors into her home décor. Pam believes this eye for design was passed on to her as her mother enrolled her in numerous art workshops, always encouraging her to grow her creativity. She was also inspired by her elementary and high school teachers at the rural school she attended. Years later, these early experiences continue to influence her art and design as she teaches herself how to work with different mediums. Whatever the current art medium might be, Pam always strives to integrate the right elements, finding balance within each piece. Watercolor has always been her greatest love, but her other interests include screen-printing, inks, graphite, oils acrylics, fabric, paper, and mixed media. She also enjoys bringing art and design into her home décor, a passion undoubtedly inherited by her mother. In regards to her love for art Pam explains, “We can do what we want with huge passion and intricate detail – each piece becomes a special little work of art.”

  • Heart Art

    Jim Bryson, Painter

    May 4, 2018 – May 31, 2018

    Frame Works is pleased to announce the exhibition Heart Art featuring works of art by Jim Bryson. The show will open at Frame Works, 5800 Merle Hay Road, Johnston, Iowa on Friday, May 4, 2018 and hang in the gallery until May 31. 2018.

    Please join us for the opening reception on Friday, May 4 – 5:00pm to 7:00pm and meet Jim.

    Artist’s Statement:

    Jim Bryson states: I have loved art all my life but it never worked out for me to pursue my artistic urges other than to just dabble in it from time to time. After retirement the serious pursuit began. I do oil paintings mainly to fulfill my desire to create and enjoy the beauty of art. That is why I have titled this art show “Heart Art”. My quest is simply to create art that is pleasant to the eyes and hopefully engages the heart. All of us hold good and precious sentiments that have been stored in our hearts over the years. It could be a walk down a winding tree lined path, a warm summer day at the beach, or a flower covered field. The power of art helps us to relive these memories and cherish them once again. If my art succeeds in this way then my “passion” will have been rewarded.

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    Blue Tinsel

    Debi Garner, Watercolors

    December 1 – 31, 2017

    Frame Works is pleased to announce the exhibition Blue Tinsel featuring works of art by Debi Garner. The show will open at Frame Works, 5800 Merle Hay Road, Johnston, Iowa on Friday, December 1, 2017 and hang in the gallery until December 31, 2017.

    Please join us for the opening reception on Friday, December 1, 2017 – 5:00pm to 7:00pm and meet Debi.

    Artist’s Statement:

    Debi Garner is a professional watercolor artist and exhibits extensively throughout Iowa. In addition to creating whimsical and refreshing fun watercolors of her travels, she also continues to use her art for healing post traumatic stress syndrome from her 9/11 experiences in New York.

    Her dramatic 9/11 painting, “It’s Raining People” was given honorable mention this fall by the Iowa Watercolor Society.  That painting will travel across Iowa for 2017-18.  Her painting “Taxi” won this year’s people’s choice award in the Iowa Watercolor Society’s miniature show.

    Debi Garner’s introduction to art was a one semester class in junior high school. She took every project home to complete and with the help of her mother, Marian, they finished all the homework and she received an A+.  At age 60, Debi signed up for her first “real” art class.

    Debi exhibited at Frameworks September of last year.   She returns this year with her Holiday Show, Blue TinselBlue Tinsel is a combination of her favorite things…including her Grandmother’s aluminum Christmas tree with shades of blue and her precious “snow-people.”

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    Game of Watercolor

    Bob Prosperi

    June 2, 2017 to June 30, 2017

    Frame Works is pleased to announce the exhibition Game of Watercolor featuring works of art by Robert Prosperi. The show will open at Frame Works, 5800 Merle Hay Road, Johnston, Iowa on Friday, June 2, 2017 and hang in the gallery until June 30, 2017.

    Please join us for the opening reception on Friday, June 2, 2017 – 5:00pm to 7:00pm and meet Robert.

    Artist’s Statement:

    Robert Prosperi states: “Watercolor is a game with four players … paint, paper, water and artist.  What are the rules for this game and who makes them?  Water, paint and paper make the rules. It’s the artist’s job to interpret those rules and use them to turn the game into his vision.  Each of the first three players has their own properties which can make an effect on the outcome.”

    Robert found an interest in watercolor painting while in college studying architecture.  After retirement, he had the freedom to turn his creative interests back to what he most enjoyed.  To refresh his skills, Robert began classes from a skilled watercolor artist at The Des Moines Art Center, once again finding good instruction and the discipline that is required by this medium.

    The things that he finds of interest as topics for his paintings are images that contain dynamic, natural elements.  Water adds life and movement to a painting, whether it is a large tumultuous ocean, a shifting shoreline or reflecting pool.  He also finds this same quality in the man-made world.  The inventions that move us, such as ships and railroad equipment, have also become the topics of his paintings.  Old barns and deserted structures have a story to tell.  They have been touched by someone, in their construction, in their life, and in their abandonment.  Even historic landmarks are dynamic.  They are the road-marks that bring us to where we are today.

    Robert starts each new painting with confidence and a little fear. “It takes very little to ruin a painting.  I pay constant attention to technique and vision to successfully put the image I have in mind on paper. Done well, the rewards are gratifying.”

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    Belize and Points West

    Jess Lindsay, Photography

    April 1, 2017 to April 29, 2017

    Frame Works is pleased to announce the exhibition Belize and Points West featuring works of art by photographer Jess Lindsay. The show will open at Frame Works, 5800 Merle Hay Road, Johnston, Iowa on Saturday, April 1, 2017 and hang in the gallery until April 29, 2017.

    Please join us for the opening reception on Saturday, April 1, 2017 – 4:00pm to 6:00pm and meet Jess.

    Artist’s Statement:

    Jess Lindsay was born and raised in Iowa Falls – a beautiful and scenic small town one and one-half hours north of Des Moines. In 1981 Jess purchased his first set of camera gear and his passion for photography was born. Photography was a hobby for Jess while working for Pizza Hut in Iowa and Minnesota through the 1980s. In 1989, after moving back to his hometown, Jess opened Lindsay’s Photography, a full-service storefront studio, in downtown Iowa Falls. This was soon followed by a move to a 1600 square foot building on the family property on the northwest corner of Iowa Falls.

    Jess’ formal photography education came through the School of Hard Knocks, self-taught tutorials, studying the Masters, and MAIPP (Mid-America Institute of Professional Photography).

    Lindsay’s Photography, now in its 28th year, continues to serve Iowa Falls and the surrounding communities as a full-service studio specializing in Portrait Collage Art and Scenic photography.

  • Songs of Spring

    Michele Baggenstoss, Painter

    March 4, 2017 – March 31, 2017

    Frame Works is pleased to announce the exhibition Songs of Spring featuring works of art by painter Michele Baggenstoss. The show will open at Frame Works, 5800 Merle Hay Road, Johnston, Iowa on Saturday, March 4, 2017 and hang in the gallery until March 31, 2017.

    Please join us for the opening reception on Saturday, March 4, 2017 – 4:00pm to 6:00pm and meet Michele.

    Artist’s Statement:

    Using rich color and precise detail Michele B. Baggenstoss renders lifelike figures and florals. She combines her love of animals with her desire to paint.  Since the age of 9 Michele knew she wanted to be an artist. It started in a 3rd grade classroom where she drew her first horse and saw everyone was in awe of how realistic it was. It fueled her desire to learn more about art and found a book on how to draw animals in her school’s library. She took it out repeatedly, memorizing the lines and forms used to create animals like horses and lions. In her adult life, she found the book that started it all and it is sitting on her shelf today.

    Michele studied Illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, which is where she was also born and raised. There she was classically trained under masters in their field in painting. She says her two biggest instructional influences were Michael Deas (known for his work with the US stamps) and Sam Martine, who had studied under the renowned Bob Peak.

    Michele also became an art educator, an unplanned path in her life that she discovered she loved. It gave her the ability to be able to touch art every day.  After earning a Master’s in Communication Design from the New York Institute of Technology, she continued to teach but on the college level. At this point in her life, Michele has achieved the ability to be able to wield both a brush and a mouse with equal ease to create art.

    It is clear in her paintings of flowers that one of her biggest influences is Georgia O’Keeffe. She also adds that illustrators like Maxfield Parrish and Norman Rockwell have also left an impression on her as well.

    Nature plays a large part in Michele’s art, she states: “The curve of a petal, the majesty of a horse, the love in a pet’s eyes draws me in and instills a need in me to explore the emotions that they convey with line, shape and color.”

    Michele’s work has been exhibited across the country in various galleries and studios, from NYC to Ventura, California. Michele currently resides in Des Moines, Iowa with her husband, a native son of Iowa. She works out of her home studio with her two faithful Scottish terriers at her side, Rhiannon and Swagger.

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    “simple beauty”

    Photography by Shari Miller

    February 4, 2017 – February 28, 2017

    Frame Works is pleased to announce the exhibition “simple beauty” featuring works of art by photographer Shari Miller. The show will open at Frame Works, 5800 Merle Hay Road, Johnston, Iowa on Saturday, February 4, 2017 and hang in the gallery until February 28, 2017.

    Please join us for the opening reception on Saturday, February 4, 2017 – 4:00pm to 6:00pm and meet Shari.

    Artist’s Statement:

    Shari Miller is a photographer with a passion for seeking beauty in our ordinary, everyday lives. Through her work, she invites people to look more closely – more deeply – to see more of the beauty that exists in the world, in others, and within themselves. She believes that there is beauty to be found anywhere if we simply linger longer or choose to look from a different perspective. When beauty seems difficult – or even impossible – to see, she believes we are called to look again with even more attention and with even more intention – and perhaps even do what we can to bring beauty to it.

    Shari does online mentoring and offers workshops and presentations on using photography as a creative companion to greater self-discovery. She embraces photography as a contemplative practice and is keenly interested in the meaning we can gain from the process of photography, the creation of the final image, and the effect of collective seeing in helping to develop our artistic and human voices. She has been a presenter at the annual Out of Chicago Winter Conference and enjoys working on collaborative creative projects. She lives in Polk City with her husband and two sons and can often be found wandering the shores of Saylorville Lake posing and photographing feathers, acorns, shells, sand, driftwood, ice, wildflowers, fox tails, and other small bits of nature.

    Facebook: Shari Miller Photography
    Instagram: @sharimillerphotography
    Google+: #beautyintheordinary
  • Up-coming Shows

    December 2016

    Art Exhibition featuring works of art from the Inmate Art Program from the Iowa Correctional Institute for Women

    February 2017

    Photography Exhibition featuring works of art by Shari Miller

    March 2017

    Art Exhibition featuring works of art by Michele Baggenstoss

    April 2017

    Photography Exhibition featuring works of art by Jess Lindsay

    June 2017

    Watercolor Exhibition featuring works of art by Bob Prosperi

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    Art Play

    Featuring watercolors by Debi Garner

    Friday, Sept. 9, 2016 – Friday, Sept 30, 2016

    Frame Works is pleased to announce the exhibition Art Play featuring works of art by Debi Garner. The show will open at Frame Works, 5800 Merle Hay Road, Johnston, Iowa on Friday, September 9, 2016 and hang in the gallery until September 30, 2016.

    Please join us for the opening reception on Friday, September 9, 2016 – 5:00pm to 7:00pm and meet Debi.

    Artist’s Statement:

    Debi Garner says: “I have had several influential art teachers in my life…every one of them “appeared” to me after I turned 60 years of age.  I’d never had an “ART LESSON”  in my life before 2013, but I’ve been “Playing” with watercolor paint, water and paper since 2010.

    At first glance you might think these painting are… (Certainly Bright!)

    OR…you might say, “Wait, I see pencil lines…”

    Or maybe just…Hmmmm?

    Each of my paintings IS “Imperfect”.  My three very different “groupings” are quite distinct, one from another.  My work IS typically bright, “a little off”, & the differing styles just plain… Don’t Match!”

    Debi began playing with water, paint and colors when her mom, Marian Garner began her journey with Alzheimer Disease.  Debi works with “WATERCOLORS” every day to practice letting go.  Watercolors, it is said, have a tendency to move wherever they want to go.  In other words playing with watercolors (water and paint on paper) is much like herding cats.

    Debi states: “We sit and study colors, movement and shapes and talk about what we see.  Through my mom’s eyes, my paintings are perfect.  Through my eyes, they are made of love, compassion and gratitude, as well as questions to God. They are my way of speaking to fellow travelers as we walk together and explore unknown territory.”

    Her turquoise Martian “FRED” series is new.  He is her dreams on paper.  Her “Blu Cat” series is just for fun.  Debi makes cards of these cats with attitude and send them to friends who may need a good laugh.  Her “Prayer Paintings” are just that, prayers.

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    Finding Stable Ground

    Photography Exhibition featuring works of art by Dylan Huey

    August 5, 2016 – August 31, 2016

    Frame Works is pleased to announce the exhibition Finding Stable Ground featuring works of art by local photographer Dylan Huey. The show will open at Frame Works, 5800 Merle Hay Road, Johnston, Iowa on Friday, August 5, 2016 and hang in the gallery until August 31, 2016.

    Please join us for the opening reception on Friday, August 5, 2016 – 5:00pm to 7:00pm and meet Dylan.

    Artist’s Statement:

    Dylan Huey states: “I always strive to use photography as a way to tell a story.  A photograph by itself is a story of light.  It takes a moment and turns it into a lifetime.  The interesting twist is that it takes being viewed before there is meaning.  A photograph that is never shown never gets to tell its story and we never have a chance to learn from that moment.  I work to use my photographs and camera to share the light that I see in the world.  There is a lot that we can all do to help others as long as we can see it.  Bringing light to the dark allows me to focus on what’s important.  I will always continue to find projects that can tell a story, the story of light in this world.”

    The Exhibition:

    Finding Stable Ground

    One of the greatest purposes of art is to share, to share a story or a feeling.  It allows you to find a common thread between you and someone else.  I think it is important for people to be reminded how we really are linked to the rest of the world.

    After the earthquakes in the Nepal, I have been searching for a way to help.  I have been to Nepal before. When I went in 2012 I went as a guide, photographer and videographer with Above and Beyond Cancer (ABC), they are a cancer survivorship program based in of Des Moines, IA.  ABC decided to return on a service trip to a cancer hospital we visited on that 2012 trip.  When I found about this idea I knew I had my way to help; a story, a photographic essay about strength and human connection.

    It is hard for many us to understand how your life would change from a major disaster in a developing country.  Unfortunately, cancer is something we can almost all relate to.  Almost everyone has had a personal connection to someone who has had cancer.  Just the thought of dealing with both at the same time is almost impossible to fathom.  This is the story I explore through photography, along with the shared experience between the people working and depending on the hospital and the survivors and doctors of Above and Beyond Cancer.  But this is how people come together when have a shared story.  Even though they are half a world apart the desire to help is there.

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    War and Peace

    Paintings by Tyler Morford

    July 8, 2016 – July 30, 2016

    Frame Works is pleased to announce the exhibition War and Peace featuring works of art by local painter Tyler Morford. The show will open at Frame Works, 5800 Merle Hay Road, Johnston, Iowa on Friday, July 8, 2016 and hang in the gallery until July 30, 2016.

    Please join us for the opening reception on Friday, July 8, 2016 – 5:00pm to 7:00pm and meet Tyler.

    Artist’s Statement:

    Tyler Morford states  “My paintings balance between realism and idealism. I paint landscapes and historical scenes that were significant geo-political or military events with an emphasis in the 18th and 19th century art styles including Neoclassicism, Romanticism, and late Baroque styles.” Tyler uses use different color schemes along with symmetry and asymmetry designs to make the viewer think about the scene depicted and for the viewer to enjoy the colors overall.

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    Old Ghosts

    John Sepanic

    Photography Exhibition

    May 7, 2016 – May 31, 2016

    Frame Works is pleased to announce the photography exhibition Old Ghosts featuring works of art by local photographer John Sepanic. The show will open at Frame Works, 5800 Merle Hay Road, Johnston, Iowa on Saturday, May 7, 2016 and hang in the gallery until May 31, 2016.

    Artist’s Statement:

    A collection of 100% organic, cruelty-free, locally sourced, gluten-free art. This dynamic, must-see collection includes images of abandoned Des Moines, abandoned faith, longing, loneliness and redemption. Please make plans to be a part of the ongoing Des Moines Renaissance at the opening reception of Old Ghosts, Saturday, May 7, 2016 – 4:00pm to 6:00pm at Frame Works.

    The Artist:

    John Sepanic says:  “My interest in photography goes as far back as my dad’s 35 mm Pentax and my mom’s Polaroid. As a child I was captivated by Stephen King’s Christine.  It’s impossible to look at a decaying old car and not think of it.  There is the beauty of rust and decay, along with life and stories in the inanimate.  I have always watched horror movies, or ‘spook shows’, as my dad would call them.  I also went to Catholic school, and they were never shy about warning us that evil is real and waiting if you slip up.  As a result, I have a bit of a darker view on many things in life.  I learned at a young age there is more to the world than what lies on the surface.  I like to let the darkness shine through.  I try and create visually, that moment between fight and flight, to explore the “other”, the great unknown.  The moment when you feel you should take some action but instead you stay to watch and see what the story is – what lies in the shadows.”

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    Local Color

    Vivid images of life in greater

    Des Moines by photographer

    Ron Powers

    March 4, 2016 – March 31, 2016

    Frame Works is pleased to announce the art exhibition Local Color: Vivid images of life in greater Des Moines by photographer Ron Powers. The show will open at Frame Works, 5800 Merle Hay Road, Johnston, Iowa on Friday March 4, 2016 and hang in the gallery until March 31, 2016. Please join us for the opening reception Friday March 4, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm and meet Ron.

    Artist’s Statement:

    Webster’s New Universal Dictionary defines local color as 1) distinctive, picturesque characteristics or peculiarities of a place; 2) fine arts, the natural color of a particular object as it appears in normal light.

    When Ron was young he dreamed of becoming a famous painter, but eventually discovered that photography was a better medium for him. Ron’s approach to subject matter and composition is greatly influenced by the Masters of 20th Century American painting, especially Norman Rockwell, Edward Hopper and Andrew Wyeth. Ron is fascinated by the properties of light and color that transform the banal into the beautiful and make the commonplace appear extraordinary. All of Ron’s photos were taken in Des Moines and the suburbs during 2010 – 2015.

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    Abstracts and Mountains

    The Art Of Glenn Roberts

    January 9 – 30, 2016

    Frame Works is pleased to announce the art exhibition Abstracts and Mountains featuring paintings by Glenn Roberts of West Des Moines. The show will open at Frame Works, 5800 Merle Hay Road, Johnston, Iowa on Saturday, January 9, 2016 and hang in the gallery until January 30, 2016. Please join us for the opening reception Saturday, January 9, from 4:00pm to 6:00pm and meet Glenn.

    The Artist & His Work:

    Glenn’s exhibition, his first, will include work he has done over the past two years. He began painting in Oak Park, Illinois, where he trained under Frank Schaben. Glenn also studied under Nancy Wong in Oak Park. He lived in Oak Park for year before returning to the Des Moines area.

    Glenn has had a long career as Vice President and Director of Research at The Iowa Poll of the The Des Moines Register. He retired after 40 years and recently started painting. Glenn has been studying art the past year and a half under Greg Allen Fuqua as well as other instructors at the Des Moines Art Center. Greg Allan Fuqua says: “All of Glenn’s paintings enjoy success and new understanding through changing their orientation.”

    Glenn’s art draws on his experience as a newspaper researcher and his rich life around the world, including 10 years as a mountain climber while in his 30s and a member of the Iowa Mountaineer Club at the University of Iowa. He has climbed mountains in Colorado, Canada, Austria, Switzerland and France.

    Glenn’s paintings reflect his interest in bright mixed colors and intense texture. His interest in art was strongly influenced by a long personal association with Clark Hulings, a western and European artist living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Glenn spent many hours with Clark and his wife Mary in their home exchanging ideas on art and politics.

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    Reflections

    Works of Art from the Inmate Art Program

    Iowa Correctional Institution for Women

    December 1 – 31, 2015

    Frame Works is pleased to announce the art exhibition Reflections featuring original pastel works of art from the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women’s Inmate Art Program. The show will open at Frame Works, 5800 Merle Hay Road, Johnston, Iowa on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 and hang in the gallery until December 31, 2015.  This exhibition marks the fourth collaboration between Frame Works and the Inmate Art Program.

    The Artists and the Program:

    In 2004, Mary Muller began teaching art lessons at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women (ICIW) in Mitchellville, 20 miles east of Des Moines. Her goal was to find among the inmates, women who had the talent and the drive to develop an expression of art to be relied upon for future income and personal growth. There is no question that creativity helps build a more positive self-image and greater confidence in accomplishment. It has been proven that this type of endeavor leads to positive life changes. The women become aware of their ability to create beautiful art while improving their self-image, gaining confidence through decision making, problem solving, and the awareness of the effort and time required by themselves and others in the class, thereby improving their social skills.

    In 2008, Muller recruited three artists to teach the classes when demands of her own work made it impossible for her to continue. Artists volunteering their time are Joan Broek, Jan Davison, Penny Sullivan and Sus Sweitzer. Periodically exhibitions are provided for showing their work, thereby sharing it with our community and providing additional value of their talents. The program continues to grow, adding more classes to reach more inmates.

    This exhibition will include 60+ paintings by women in the Inmate Art Program. For more information about the art program, purchases or commissions, contact Penny Sullivan at jpenny.sullivan@yahoo.com.

  • Cornstalks and Branches

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    Cornstalks and Branches

    Art Exhibition featuring Abigail Livingood

    2D & 3D works in fiber, metal & wood

    November 5-20, 2015

    Frame Works is pleased to announce the art exhibition Cornstalks and Branches featuring 2-d and 3-d works in fiber, metal and wood by Abigail Livingood. The show will open at Frame Works, 5800 Merle Hay Road, Johnston, Iowa on Thursday, November 5, 2015 and hang in the gallery until November 20, 2015.  Please join us for the opening reception Thursday, November 5, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm and meet Abigail.

    The Artist & Her Work:

    Abigail says: “What is the story I want to share? It is about making the invisible visible – an autobiography of inner workings.  In my spiritual-listening artist journey every piece of art shows my opposing qualities of Strength and Fragility. There are two visual metaphors that come and go in my work repeatedly because they consistently allow me to express varieties of meanings in these opposing qualities in varieties of ways with different materials.

    Cornstalks became one of my autobiographical metaphors during the family move from Florida to Iowa in 2004 – starting with the charming patchwork images of the Iowa landscape through plane windows as I flew back and forth during the geographical shift.  The individual plants contain elements that are foolish and whimsical as well as strong and regal. They aptly describe who I am and qualities in what I create.

    Branches are another autobiographical metaphor because they represent my connection to something spiritually bigger and stronger, long standing and quietly powerful. No matter that I may be or feel broken, broken off, windswept, or discarded, my true identity is to the stronger whole tree and that is a beautiful deep truth.

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    Expressive Strokes

    Expressive Strokes

    Black & White Photography by Larry Mendenhall

    August 7-31, 2015

    Frame Works is pleased to announce the art exhibition Expressive Strokes featuring black and white photography by Larry Mendenhall. The show will opened at Frame Works, 5800 Merle Hay Road, Johnston, Iowa on August 7, 2015 and hung in the gallery until August 31, 2015.

    The Artist & His Work:

    Expressive strokes is a concept borrowed from pencil drawing.  It refers to a line that varies in width, angle, and pressure to create a more expressive line as compared to one drawn with a ruler. Examples of expressive strokes are abundant in nature and are the subject of “Expressive Strokes”, a showing of black and white photography by Larry Mendenhall.

    A former newspaper photographer and editor, Larry Mendenhall began concentrating on landscape photography in the late ‘90’s and began Quiet Places Photography in 2003. Since then, his work has appeared in numerous juried art shows and exhibitions. His portfolio of rural Iowa churches was featured in issue #109 of LensWork magazine.

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    Mesbah’s Light and Color

    Works of Art by Mesbah Prosser

    July 11-31, 2015

    Frame Works is pleased to announce the art exhibition Mesbah’s Light and Color featuring works of art by Mesbah Prosser. The show opened at Frame Works, 5800 Merle Hay Road, Johnston, Iowa on July 11, 2015 and hung in the gallery until July 31, 2015.

    The Artist:

    Mesbah Prosser is a 23 year old artist with autism. When diagnosed at age 4, he showed advanced spatial reasoning, but delayed social skills. He has been drawing and painting for most of his life.  Mesbah has an impressionist style; he draws what he feels more than what he sees. This is particularly evident in his choices of colors. He is intense about putting in details, but then splashes or swipes color across the scene. Mesbah draws freehand, he sometimes paints without drawing first, and often from memory.

    Mesbah works in a variety of mediums. He draws in ink and pencil almost every day, mostly drawing trains for his own enjoyment. Working on canvas or plywood, he most often uses acrylic but has been known to try oil and watercolor; he likes to add paper, fabric to make a collage. The common thread running through his work is his love of color. He commonly adds patches of colors that feel good to him; the kaleidoscopic image is an end in itself.  It is not unusual for him to laugh hysterically while painting.

    Mesbah has matured in his art since his show at Frame Works in 2013. He graduated from Valley High School where he worked with Tom Murphy and recently has been taking various classes at the Des Moines Art Center as well as private lessons from his mentor, Concetta Morales. In the past two years, he has expanded his subject matter learning to add more depth and subtleties to his work.

    Mesbah's Light and Color

    Mesbah's Light and Color

  • Art by Marv

    Art by Marv

    Artwork by Marv

    Exhibition Featuring Paintings by Marv Freund

    May 2-30, 2015

    Frame Works is pleased to announce the art exhibition “Artwork by Marv” featuring paintings by Marv Freund. The show opened at Frame Works, 5800 Merle Hay Road, Johnston, Iowa on Saturday, May 2, 2015 and hung in the gallery until May 30, 2015.

    The Artist:

    Marvin “Marv” Freund was born and raised in Fort Dodge, Iowa.  His art training started while attending Fort Dodge Senior High School and continued at Iowa Central Community College.  Marv was a sign painter and billboard artist at Combs Outdoor Billboard Company.  Marv owned his own sign company for 21 years where he specialized in murals and outdoor billboards.  He served as a County Supervisor for Webster County and on the School Board in Fort Dodge.  Marv is an Army Veteran having served in Korea.

    Marv is now retired and lives in Johnston, IA with his wife Nancy.

  • Details To Notice

    Details To Notice

    Photography by Kerrie Hill

    April 4 – 30, 2015

    Frame Works is pleased to announce the art exhibition Artistry in Pastel featuring original pastel works of art from the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women’s Inmate Art Program. The show will open at Frame Works, 5800 Merle Hay Road, Johnston, Iowa on Saturday, December 6, 2014 and hung in the gallery until December 31, 2014.  This exhibition marked the third collaboration between Frame Works and the Inmate Art Program.

    The Artists and the Program:

    In 2004, Mary Muller began teaching art lessons at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women (ICIW) in Mitchellville, 20 miles east of Des Moines. Her goal was to find among the inmates, women who had the talent and the drive to develop an expression of art to be relied upon for future income and personal growth. There is no question that creativity helps build a more positive self-image and greater confidence in accomplishment. It has been proven that this type of endeavor leads to positive life changes. The women become aware of their ability to create beautiful art while improving their self-image, gaining confidence through decision making, problem solving, and the awareness of the effort and time required by themselves and others in the class, thereby improving their social skills.

    In 2008, Muller recruited three artists to teach the classes when demands of her own work made it impossible for her to continue. Artists volunteering their time are Joan Broek, Jan Davison, Penny Sullivan and Sus Sweitzer. Periodically exhibitions are provided for showing their work, thereby sharing it with our community and providing additional value of their talents. The program continues to grow, adding more classes to reach more inmates.

    This exhibition will include 60+ paintings by women in the Inmate Art Program. For more information about the art program, purchases or commissions, contact Penny Sullivan at jpenny.sullivan@yahoo.com.

  • Artistry in Pastel

    Artistry in Pastel Opening Reception

    Artistry in Pastel Reception

    Artistry in Pastel Opening Reception

    Artistry In Pastel

    Works of Art from the Inmate Art Program

    Iowa Correctional Institution for Women

    December 6 – 31, 2014

    Frame Works is pleased to announce the art exhibition Artistry in Pastel featuring original pastel works of art from the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women’s Inmate Art Program. The show will open at Frame Works, 5800 Merle Hay Road, Johnston, Iowa on Saturday, December 6, 2014 and hung in the gallery until December 31, 2014.  This exhibition marked the third collaboration between Frame Works and the Inmate Art Program.

    The Artists and the Program:

    In 2004, Mary Muller began teaching art lessons at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women (ICIW) in Mitchellville, 20 miles east of Des Moines. Her goal was to find among the inmates, women who had the talent and the drive to develop an expression of art to be relied upon for future income and personal growth. There is no question that creativity helps build a more positive self-image and greater confidence in accomplishment. It has been proven that this type of endeavor leads to positive life changes. The women become aware of their ability to create beautiful art while improving their self-image, gaining confidence through decision making, problem solving, and the awareness of the effort and time required by themselves and others in the class, thereby improving their social skills.

    In 2008, Muller recruited three artists to teach the classes when demands of her own work made it impossible for her to continue. Artists volunteering their time are Joan Broek, Jan Davison, Penny Sullivan and Sus Sweitzer. Periodically exhibitions are provided for showing their work, thereby sharing it with our community and providing additional value of their talents. The program continues to grow, adding more classes to reach more inmates.

    This exhibition will include 60+ paintings by women in the Inmate Art Program. For more information about the art program, purchases or commissions, contact Penny Sullivan at jpenny.sullivan@yahoo.com.

  • Landscapes & Elevators

    Landscapes and Elevators

    Photography by Judith Eastburn

    November 7 – November 29, 2014

    Frame Works held the art exhibition “Landscapes and Elevators” featuring the photography of Judith Eastburn. The show opened at Frame Works, 5800 Merle Hay Road, Johnston, Iowa on Friday, November 7, 2014 and hung in the gallery until November 29, 2014.

    The Artist:

    Judith Eastburn was born in 1944, and grew up in Burlington, Iowa. Her earliest experience with photography involved pictures taken with a box camera and printed at the drugstore. She earned a BA degree in Zoology at the University of Iowa in 1966, followed by a Master’s degree in Microbiology. In addition to science courses, she began taking photography classes in the Art Department, and embarked on a lifelong fascination with seeing through her camera (at this point a 35 mm) and printing in the darkroom.

    Eastburn spent the 1970s teaching Microbiology at the University of Alabama and working in labs in Alabama and Iowa City as a research assistant. These positions included the study of fruit fly populations, cockroach nerve growth, corn photosynthesis and cholera toxin. During this decade, she enrolled as a part-time student in the University of Iowa Art Department, eventually earning an MA, then a Master of Fine Arts in photography. She also holds a teaching certificate for K-12 Art from the University of Iowa.

    Since that time, she has taught photography courses at the university level at SMSU Springfield, Richmond-upon-Thames College in England, and Grandview University, Des Moines. Other teaching experiences range from photo classes for children 8-12 through high school courses in art, most at Dowling Catholic High School and Grandview University. She is now retired and enjoying the time to travel and work in the darkroom. She currently uses a medium format camera and works exclusively with black and white film, developing and printing in her darkroom.

    Judith Eastburn has exhibited work since 1980, appearing in 31 juried shows and in 16 invitational exhibitions. She has presented 12 one-person shows.

    Artist Statement

    I believe we are profoundly affected by the landscape of our childhood. It establishes our sense of space and how we fit into it. Later in life, we find a familiarity in new places that resemble that early setting.

    I was born in Iowa, and grew up in the southeast corner near the Mississippi River in an area of limestone bluffs and wooded ravines. Visits to my grandparents meant drives to central Iowa through gently rising and falling open fields.

    These landscapes serve as my point of reference when I photograph in other parts of the world. I think Iowa and its openness made me aware of the horizon and sensitive to smaller variations in the land’s surface.