Artist Challenge…

I often wonder why artists get anxious when asked to do a commissioned piece of art work. Some of you know that recently I have been doing quite a few pieces of art work that are very large, abstract and vibrant. I was challenged recently to create a piece where the topic was “Nightmare on 7th AV”.  This in itself spoke to me as something that needed to be dark and mysterious or Halloween themed (I even thought about including spiders and skeletons at one point).

It took me a while to wrap my brain around something I could produce that would still be artistic and recognized as something I would create since this theme just wasn’t speaking to me. I thought about this for quite some time and even did a couple of tests in which I was resistant to using bright colors.  I even thought about just saying, no.

I’d say third times a charm and I am pleased that I decided to use twilight purple, which brings me to the name “Twilight”.  Persistence pays off…an artist should stay true to them self.

Thanks friends at DKW Gallery for the challenge…

 

Alcohol Ink Painting, 11 X 14, Twilight

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Cornell Homecoming After Hours

Welcome Cornell Alumni Oct 5th and 6th!!! We are so excited to be hosting this year’s first uptown event at Mount Vernon Creates.  CHEERS!

 

 

 

https://alumni.cornellcollege.edu/page/homecoming-and-reunion-weekend-2018-schedule

 

New Event Space – Grand Opening Oct 20, 2018

We’re getting excited for our new and bigger event space…coming soon. Our grand opening will be Oct 20th. Watch for details…all are invited to join us for music, fun and more.
We will be hosting music and events as well as renting out this space for graduations, receptions, parties and gatherings.
 
It’s shaping up nicely already. The walls are framed, our tables are being built and music is lined up for Oct, Nov and Dec.
 
Watch for details or stop in to inquire.

Restaurant Week thru Sept 23, 2018

Join us for Restaurant Week thru Sept 23, 2018.  Stop in and get your passport.  Purchase at 5 participating places gets you in a drawing for some nice prices!

Any purchase in our gallery gets a signature in your passport.

We have wine specials listed below:

Tom Marshall Performing

September 29th from 7:30 – 10:00 pm

Tom Marshall is a singer, songwriter and main stage performer at Oklahoma music festivals such as the Woody Guthrie Festival, the Norman Music Festival and Live Music on the Canal. Veteran of song circles and songwriter showcases all across Oklahoma and Texas with the likes of Ellis Paul, Jimmy LaFave, Tom Skinner, Bob Childers, and Paul Maloy to name a few.

Suggested Donation: 10.00

 

Vinyl Night – Thursdays

Sept 27th wine special: 2 for 1 wine glasses
Sept 20th wine special: Restaurant Week special
Sept 13th wine special: 10% off purchase
Sept 6th wine special: Glass of wine with purchase of a bottle
Aug 30th wine special: Bottle of Apple Cranberry 10.00
Aug 23rd wine special: Any bottle(s) of wine for 2.00 off

Come share stories though the decades of music, bring your favorite record or listen to ours and relax in our beautiful gallery setting.

There will be weekly wine specials…

NewBo Art Festival 2018 – August 5, 2018

Schedule for 2018 NewBo Art Fest
Sunday, August 5, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
The 12th Annual NewBo Art Fest is excited to be on the Sunday schedule of newbo evolve! As always, the Art Fest is FREE to the public. There will be 36 local and regional artist booths along 3rd Street SE, a live mural demo, ceramics demos, sculpture exhibit, 2x2xU exhibits, music, food and crafts for kids. Don’t miss this experience where arts, culture, and the community of NewBo come together create that unique new bohemian vibe.
Where : NewBo District of Cedar Rapids
Along 3rd Street SE between 10th Avenue SE and 12th Avenue SE, and the NewBo City Market yard.
FREE TO THE PUBLIC
9:00am-3:00pm NewBo Art Fest artist booths open for business

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS :
Sarah Benesh
Cara Briggs Farmer
Aaron Butcher
Abigail Butcher
Christopher Carman
Art Ciccotti
Rosemary Craig
Don Dixson
Marti Dvorsky
Russ Fagle
Haley Gallagher
Jefferson Henshaw
George Herman
Hassan Igram
Lori Kidd
David Leeper
Nancy Lindsay
Paul Marlow
Gina Molby
Denise Murphy
Lisa Nelson
Sara Neuzil
Ariane Parkes-Perret
Elaine Peyton
Kyle Powell
Meg Prange
Brittany & Jake Putnam-Winch
Connie Rogers
Gina Rogers
Autumn Rozzario Hall
Al Sabin
John Paul Schafer
Nancy Solbrig
Niq Thomas
Alan Upah
Marcy Zeadow