June 22 - 24, 2018 Western Gateway Park Friday & Saturday 11AM - 10PM I Sunday 11AM - 5PM
20 Years!

Artist Demonstrations

Professional Artist Demonstrations

Artist Demonstrations presented by

Friday, June 23, 2017

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Jaana Mattson – Mixed Media – Booth Number LN26

In this demonstration the artist will introduce her approach to creating landscape compositions with felted wool fiber, introducing different varieties of dyed roving and techniques for needle felted textiles.   Needle felting is a simple, dry method of creating non-woven fabric by joining wisps of fiber using a barbed needle. The organic textures and impressionistic colors of blended wool offer a very painterly effect, especially suited to landscape imagery.

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Jon Kamrath – Sculpture – Booth Number LS37

Building blocks: Artist Jon Kamrath will demonstrate how to build trompe l'oeil architecturally inspired sculptures out of clay that look like children's wooden building block toys. 


Saturday, June 24, 2017

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Candiss Cole Footit – Fiber/Wearables – Booth Number LS7C

“I will demonstrate the Japanese techniques of shibori which are a pleating and folding of fabric using different types of items readily available around the house to create unique designs on fabric. I will have finished fabric as well as finished garments to show the entire process from start to finish.”

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Marina Terauds – Printmaking – Booth Number GN55

Watch Marina in her demo of intaglio printmaking from sketch to print, which includes working on copper and zinc plates, inking, wiping, and printing from plates onto paper.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Chris Dahlquist – Photography – Booth Numbers LS29 and LS30C

Meet Chris and learn how she uses 21st Century technology to reference 19th Century photographs, how she maintains a human hand while employing digital technology, and explore the layers of her latest body of work "Ghost Notes".

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Cali Hobgood – Photography – Booth Number LN23C

Cali will be demonstrating techniques of hand-coloring black and white photographs.

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Adam Crowell – Wood – Booth Number GS5

Adam Crowell with Boxed Music will walk through the history of tongue drums, one of the world's oldest instruments created by tuning wood to scale. Adam will explain how early man began making music with wood and how the drums evolved to the ergonomic, sculptural instruments of today, including a few pieces that he invented based on that centuries-old foundation. He'll demonstrate how anyone can play his work with simple, light taps -- no musical talent or experience required. 


Sunday, June 25, 2017

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Xavier Nuez– Photography – Booth Number GN1C

Xavier Nuez will be demonstrating how he light paints his images during long exposures at night.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: C.E. Smathers – Mixed Media – Booth Number GS17C

The artist will be demonstrating the construction of pine needle baskets with the coiled basketry technique, using pine needles and sewing with raffia or waxed linen.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Sundie and Brad Ruppert – Mixed Media – Booth Number LN12C

Sculptural Felt: See how Brad and Sundie make a stable of wildlife, winged and furry creatures using the small remnants trimmed from the brims in the process of making cowboy hats. By cutting, bending, nailing and shaping thousands of pieces of hatmaker's felt they create immense depth, texture and detail that is very difficult not to touch, however petting will be encouraged during this demonstration.

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: George Raab – Printmaking – Booth Number LS39C

“Intaglio printmaking incorporates techniques such as acid etching, engraving and aquatint and is an indirect medium which involves some alchemy. It always has something to say and I never know exactly what it is until I peel the paper from the etched and inked zinc plate using my manual press. With me to demonstrate I will have materials used to create my landscape etchings as well as some working proofs and finished etching plates.”

Located at each individual artist’s booth

Emerging Iowa Artists Workshop

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Friday, June 23, 2017:

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Michael Jones – Woven Photopgrahy – Booth Number 11

Through the process of weaving, I physically merge two or more photographs. Using my own photography, I'll demonstrate the joining process by weaving together separate images that have been cut into strips while discussing why I've chosen the particular images.”


Saturday, June 24, 2017:

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Madalyn Loring – Sculpture – Booth Number 4

"I Love to Clay" is an interactive wheel throwing demonstration, which will explore throwing a variety of forms on the wheel. This demonstration will include the formation of bottles and closed forms and show how I "give life" to them by using a blowing technique. Audience participation is encouraged, by having volunteers assist me with each step of creating pottery on the wheel. I use the closed form techniques to help construct my sculptures. 

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Julia Meyer – Drawing – Booth Number 5

Meet Julia and learn her ballpoint pen techniques as she draws, and try them for yourself.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Emma Nichols – Mixed Media – Booth Number 7

"My workshop is aimed to engage younger audiences by highlighting a systematic approach to creating a narrative or story visually. I will be making approximately 3 pieces in mixed media using audience input on the elements of the narrative including the setting, characters, emotion, etc. I will walk through my approach to incorporating the elements of a story into a compelling composition."

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Lauren Haylock – Brass Etching – Booth Number 3

Meet Lauren and learn the process of etching brass. She will be demonstrating how to chemically etch metal to add line and texture jewelry. Guests will be able to learn the process by making their own brass charm.

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Janelle Logemann – Photography – Booth Number 6

Want to know how to do the same camera techniques and angles Janelle uses all from your phone? Come meet Janelle and participate in a "Learn & Experience" activity on provided scenery.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Jenna Nunamaker – Painting – Booth Number 8

Jenna will demonstrate both her abstract and realistic painting techniques.

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Xin Chen – Woodworking – Booth Number 1

“My demonstration has two parts. The first demonstration is to show how to disassemble my furniture to an image because my furniture can be shown in two different forms (the furniture and the image), and this also is one of the most important feature in my work. The second one is to demonstrate fundamental woodworking techniques such as, sawing, gluing, clamping, and cutting.”


Sunday, June 25, 2017:

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Brittany Winch – Collage – Booth Number 9

“During my presentation I will demonstrate my technique in juxtaposing ultra-flat planes with texture to create a dynamic composition. I'll be showing how collage with painted elements can create and energize a piece.”

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Kayla Parker – Booth Number 10

Meet Kayla and watch her silver soldering demonstration, learning how to fabricate and solder a bezel in sterling silver..

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Kristi Collera Pearson – Jewelry and Décor – Booth Number 2

“My demonstration will be myself carving intuitive designs into skull and bone with a rotary tool


Located at Emerging Iowa Artist Demo Tent – between Grand and Locust on 13th Street