Girls' Night Out: Steel Cow Paintings by Valerie Miller. Iowa Artisans Gallery hosts “Girls Night Out,” Steel Cows by Valerie Miller through November 7. Valerie Miller is an Iowa artist and fairly recent University of Iowa graduate. She visits cows in fields across the country, naming each cow painting after her family, friends or people who have influenced her. Miller has established a national presence with her oversized cow portraits, from which her canvas prints are made.
Several new “Girls” make their debut at the gallery including Arlene, Caroline, Kelly, Sharon, and Yolanda. They join Queenie, Virginia, Susan and the rest of the Girls. Hers is a family operation, with woodworker husband Josh creating the frames. The couple has an interest in sustainable practices. Her original paintings are made on organic cotton canvas, and the frames are built with certified sustainable maple.
Iowa Artisans Gallery was established by artists in 1984. The gallery features work by American artists and focuses on Midwestern artists wherever possible. Daily hours are Monday-Wednesday 10-6pm; Thursday’s Downtown Shopping Night: 10-7pm; Friday 10-6pm; Saturday 10-5:30 and Sunday 12-4. For more information, please contact the Gallery at 319-351-8686.