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Jo Myers-Walker's Blog by Jo Myers-walker - 2w ago

Sunday, July 8, 2018, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.:  My artwork and I will return to the Garden Art Fair at Reiman Gardens (Ames, IA).

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Reiman Gardens website)

For the price of admission to Reiman Gardens (reduced for this special event), you can also “enjoy the work of new and returning artists who will be displaying and selling their garden and nature inspired art. These high-quality products include jewelry, painting, pottery, fabric, woodwork, glass, home décor, and much more. While here, visitors can view and buy a variety of high quality art as well as the Gardens’ features: the summer blooms, the Hughes Conservatory, the Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing and the Gift Shop.”

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Jo Myers-Walker's Blog by Jo Myers-walker - 3w ago

Sketching our model in front of The Java House

This summer I’m teaching “Figure Drawing and Painting in Downtown Iowa City,” organized by the Artifactory, and we took to the streets for our first session on June 11. The next class is Monday morning, June 25 — you can drop in for any or all of the remaining sessions if you’d like to “venture out into the cool summer mornings, capturing the sunlight casting over the figure to show facial form and folds on clothing.”

The cost is $25.00/person per session; bring your own supplies (including a folding chair, and sketchbook and drawing/painting materials you enjoy).

Upcoming dates are Monday mornings, 10 a.m.–noon on:

  • June 25,
  • July 16 and 30, and
  • August 6 and 20, 2018

We’ll meet at The Center, Room 211 (28 S Linn St, Iowa City) to start. See also the Classes and Events page for details!

Poster and some materials for the class
(Click image to view a larger version of just the poster)

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Jo Myers-Walker's Blog by Jo Myers-walker - 1M ago

Inside the tent at the 2018 Iowa Arts Festival in downtown Iowa City

My booth at the 2018 Iowa Arts Festival earlier this month, with a little help from my friends! I needed 11 helpers setting up and taking down the tent due to the windy weather. Thank you to all my helpers, and everyone who stopped by during the Festival.

Helpers; on the right, holding onto the tent in 30 mph wind!

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Jo Myers-Walker's Blog by Jo Myers-walker - 2M ago

Dressed up for the game Gala

I made 54 “sitters” (small acrylic sculptures) for centerpieces for the Newman Center’s Gala on April 21 (see the previous post Crowded house). The students who I used as models helped me set them up for the Gala. Here the sitters are seated on my card catalog beforehand — looks like they’re at a football game!

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The Center’s new Program Guide is posted (Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center, Iowa City, IA), and registration is open for Summer 2018 classes! I have two classes coming up:

See the Classes and Events page (links above) for more information, or The Center’s Summer Program Guide (PDF, approx. 3.74 MB) or online registration site to find out about all of their classes.

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Jo Myers-Walker's Blog by Jo Myers-walker - 3M ago

One of the cards opened flat
to show front and back
(click image to view larger)

The Sisters of St. Francis have taken pictures of the Canticle sculpture (inspired by St. Francis’s well-known Canticle) and had them made into greeting cards. Each card highlights a symbol from the artwork with a reflection to contemplate.

Proceeds from sale of the cards will go toward awareness of human trafficking, starting with support for Lila Mae’s House (link is to a Sioux City Journal article; note the “Ways to help” and “Signs of human trafficking” in the left-hand column).

The cards are sold as a set of 8 with envelopes (one of each design), bundled in a watercolor-paper pouch I’ve hand painted with a little Francis in the woods, for $25.00 plus any shipping costs. Please contact me (email jomyerswalker@gmail.com) if you’re interested in buying a set!

I so enjoyed creating the Canticle of Creation sculpture and highlighting the symbols Francis and Clare so loved in nature. From the card in the photo above:  “The Canticle of Creation sculpture is an ongoing celebration of life. Francis and Clare knew that God loves us so much to create an ongoing evolution of life. It is for us to marvel and be inspired at the dignity of all creatures.”

The eight card designs
(click image to view larger)

Painting lots of pouches
to bundle the card sets

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A favorite subject

Coming up on Saturday, April 28, 2018, I’ll lead a watercolor painting lesson for the first-ever Coffee & Canvas Fundraiser to benefit the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center (28 S Linn St, Iowa City, IA).

This creative event will also feature “local food and coffee, music, and silent auction. While guests enjoy a lively ambiance, they will be supporting Iowa City’s local senior center and get to bring home their masterpiece at the end of the event.” Doors open at 11:00 a.m. and the event wraps up at 1:30 p.m. There is a link on the Facebook event page to buy tickets ($50.00 per ticket).

Pictured:  We’ll practice watercolor techniques using images of a favorite subject, chickens! All levels of experience are welcome.

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Jo Myers-Walker's Blog by Jo Myers-walker - 4M ago

Sitting around, waiting to be painted

“Sitters” have been taking over my apartment as I cut out fifty of the little slumped-acrylic sculptures for centerpieces for Gala 2018, the largest “FUNdraising” event for the Newman Catholic Student Center at the University of Iowa. Next I’ll be painting the figures. The students posed as models for them and will help me with the centerpieces, which will be sold at the gala to support the Newman Center’s programs.

Gala 2018 will be held on April 21 at The Celebration Farm venue. Tickets for the event are $75.00 and seats are limited to the first 250 people. See the Gala 2018 website for more information!

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Jo Myers-Walker's Blog by Jo Myers-walker - 5M ago

The finished painting with people completed

I am repeating the Linn Street scene with a different composition and more people going to school with their morning coffee. I sit and watch what is going on with my neighbors, draw them to get a story in that moment.

The in-progress photos (below) show that as I paint the background, I leave a space where they will live.

In progress, leaving space for the inhabitants

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Jo Myers-Walker's Blog by Jo Myers-walker - 5M ago

Iowa Artisans Gallery logo
(click image to visit their site)

I’m honored to be the subject of an article on Iowa Artisans Gallery’s website:  In the Studio with Jo Myers-Walker. Anne from the gallery came over and took photos of the studio and interviewed me, with thoughtful questions including my work’s spiritual influence.

Iowa Artisans Gallery is in downtown Iowa City and has my watercolors for sale when available. Their blog also has interesting interviews with other artists whose work is featured in the gallery.

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