American Craft Week takes place October 7-16, 2010. Communities of individuals, small businesses and organizations across the country are joining together to celebrate the way that handmade objects enrich daily lives and contribute to the national aesthetic and economy. Iowa Artisans Gallery features American Craft artwork year round, but kicks off American Craft Week with an exhibit entitled Jesse Ahrendsen, new works in Glass. In addition, the Gallery will highlight daily featured artists from a selected group of its contemporary craft artists. These artists include ceramists Royce Yoder and Amanda Barr, woodworkers Thom Hall and Pete Pestalozzi, glass artists Hokanson-Dix and Jesse Ahrendsen, fiber artists Kevin Harris and Antrim Street Studio, and jeweler Wiwat Kamolpornwijit. Last year, the Gallery focused on local artists. This year, the focus is farther afield, but Ahrendsen and Hall are local, Barr is from Ames, and Yoder has family in Kalona. Read on below for more details about our local American Craft Week participants. Check out the Iowa City Press Citizen's coverage of this event. For the full effect of the coverage, see the actual paper, which includes a nice array of photos.
Jesse Ahrendsen: New Works in Glass. Iowa Artisans Gallery hosts handmade glass by local artist Jesse Ahrendsen, September 8 – October 10. Jesse Ahrendsen is an emerging artist who has been blowing glass since 2004. His training included an apprenticeship at the well-known Bogenrief Studios in northwest Iowa as well as studies at Kirkwood Community College, where he works in the glass studio. Ahrendsen displays an aptitude for glass that is exciting for someone so new to the field. He strives to combine elegant forms with complicated techniques. Commissions include a 60-piece hanging glass sculpture at Kirkwood Jones County Regional Center, and a 40-piece hanging sculpture in the restaurant at Kirkwood Community College, as well as lighting fixtures in Quinton’s Deli and private collections in the United States, Australia and Italy. His work was included in two Glass Art Society’s Student Shows.
Iowa Artisans Gallery features American Craft artwork year round, but kicks off American Craft Week with an exhibit entitled Jesse Ahrendsen, new works in Glass. In addition, the Gallery will highlight daily featured artists from a selected group of its contemporary craft artists. These artists include ceramists Royce Yoder and Amanda Barr, woodworkers Thom Hall and Pete Pestalozzi, glass artists Hokanson-Dix and Jesse Ahrendsen, fiber artists Kevin Harris and Antrim Street Studio, and jeweler Wiwat Kamolpornwijit. Hokanson-Dix are the current cover artists for American Craft Magazine. Last year, the Gallery focused on local artists. This year, the focus is farther afield, but Ahrendsen and Hall are local, Barr is from Ames, and Yoder has family in Kalona.
DJ Rinner Goldsmith features Limited Editions, beaded necklaces, bracelets and earrings that incorporate select and Don Rinner’s “rare find” gemstone beads. These will include original designs by Bethany Young, Brittany McConnell and Louise Rauh as well as collaboration pieces.
The Chait Galleries Downtown celebrates American Craft Week with new work from artists Craig & Teresa Miller. The Millers bring a taste of Colorado back to their home state of Iowa with their unique, one-of-a-kind twist on furniture. The Millers design, carve, sand, and oil branches of the ancient piῆon trees that are indigenous to the southern Colorado area they call home. The finished furniture pieces lay bare the unique beauty of the craggy trees culminating in functional and innovative art. Chait Galleries is located at 218 E. Washington Street in Iowa City.
Modela kicks off American Craft Week with a trunk show and opening reception Saturday, October 8 from 1-5 pm featuring Iowa City artist, Jillian Moore. Moore was featured in the April/May 2011 issue of the national magazine American Craft—a sponsor of American Craft Week. She creates colorful, scientific sculptures and jewelry using composite resin and spray foam insulation. Moore was named a Society for Contemporary Craft LEAP Award finalist for 2011. View the American Craft magazine article here.
AKAR features Recent Ceramics by Michael Hunt and Naomi Dalglish of North Carolina. The exhibit closes October 21. AKAR is located at 257 Iowa Ave.
Home Ec Workshop offers workshop space and classes, plus quality craft supplies. Their exhibit, Embroidered Pet Portraits, runs through October 31. Home Ec Workshop is located at 207 N. Linn St.
The Iowa City Johnson County Senior Center, 28 S. Linn St, invites the public of all ages to learn to quilt during America Craft week 2011. The quilters meet
in room 211 Wednesday and Friday mornings from 8 AM - Noon. Also featured is the exhibition, Regeneration: From Canvas To Cloth, One Generation to the Next, with Dianne Day’s mixed media interpretation of Walter Skrivseth’s art. A selction of his original paintings will also be on display. Walter Skrivseth was an abstract artist, who studied in New York City under Hans Hoffman during the height of the abstract expressionist period, when America was the only place where art was occurring after the devastation of WWII in Europe. It was also when he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. He lived and painted in Greenwich Village until his wife could no longer care for him. He moved to back to his native Minneapolis to live in a nursing home until he died some 30 years later. Dianne Day, his niece, always felt a connection to his paintings, oils created in New York City, and acrylics painted every day he lived in that nursing home. After retirement, Day had time to take a new look at his paintings, interpreting them through cloth and mixed media. All proceeds from the show will go to the Friends of The Center, and the Southeast Area Multiple Sclerosis Association, in memory of her uncle, Walter Skrivseth.
Glassando shows Handpainted Silk Scarfs by Julia Lohrman Audlehelm.
Julia has been accepting commissioned pen & ink art for over 20 years but painting on silk scarfs is a truly new artistic venture for her. Julia explains that her mother always had a passion for creating art. When Julia’s mother passed away, she left behind a legacy of artistic energies and art supplies. It took Julia years to go though these supplies but when she did, she found the directions and materials to make hand painted silk scarves. Now with each scarf she creates she feels she honors her mother’s creative energies. The display will run until Oct 31. Glassando is located in Old Capitol Town Center.
Local Resources for Contemporary American Craft classes, supplies:
Beadology hosts a variety of jewelry and lampworking classes, including Make 2 Bracelets, 2-Drop Peyote Bracelet, Basic Stringing, Basic Wirework, Introduction to Lampwork-Flame I, Dutch Spiral, and Bo-Jangles. Beadology is located at 220 E. Washington St.
Fired Up Iowa City, Blick Art Materials, Common Threads Quilt Shop, North Liberty
University of Iowa, Kirkwood Community College.