23 Jan 2019

First Friday / Feel the Love

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Welcome to our love fest! We’re putting together a group exhibition from the heart – filling the air with warm fuzzies to get us through these cold winter nights. Pink drinks and a little Barry White will be on hand to help seal the deal.  What else, you ask? Just a little performance by Ballet […]

6 Jan 2019

DSM / Artist Finds Peace In Real-Life’s Pieces

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Julia Franklin’s work adds dimension to the memory of her father—and his mysterious life. DSM Magazine | Jan/Feb 2019 Writer: Brianne Sanchez Photographer: Duane Tinkey You will never meet Julia Franklin’s father. He committed suicide in 1990. But through exploring her upcoming installation “Picking Up the Pieces,” you may come to know Johnie Andrew Tucker […]

3 Jan 2019

CITYLAB / Des Moines Wants to Be the Affordable City for Artists

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By Clara Hogan As Iowa’s capital city grows, its creative class has a pitch to artists in pricer cities: We’re creative, we’re affordable, and you can help us stay that way. Ask someone to name U.S. cities with booming creative scenes and they’re likely to name the usual suspects: New York or L.A.; maybe Austin, […]

31 Dec 2019

REGISTER / People to Watch: Justin Mandelbaum

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By Kevin Harty, Des Moines Register Justin Mandelbaum believes Des Moines is on the verge of something big. https://www.desmoinesregister.com/videos/news/2018/12/21/developers-passion-bringing-exciting-real-estate-projects-des-moines/2207955002/ Sure, Iowa’s capital city has several good things going for it: Plenty of available jobs, a relatively low cost of living and a reputation for a high quality of life. But Mandelbaum thinks with some more […]

31 Dec 2019

FIRST FRIDAY / Keep It Mellow

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2018 was so awesome we are starting off 2019 nice and easy. Come on by with family, friends and visitors for artful fun as we keep it mellow and gear up for another year of exciting events. See you soon!

31 Dec 2019

WHO-TV 13 / Mainframe Studios Working to Make Des Moines a City Known for Art

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BY MICHAEL DASILVA, WHO-TV CHANNEL 13, DECEMBER 31, 2018 DES MOINES, Iowa — 2019 will bring some changes to downtown Des Moines, and it could bring more artists to the area if a Des Moines developer has his way. “I think that fundamentally art is what makes a city exciting,” said Justin Mandelbaum, a local real estate developer and the […]

14 Dec 2018

LAST CALL // Gifts from our artists please all

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Our final open studio party of the year! SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2210 AM to 4PM Make your last buys your best buys. We promise to make it easy and fun.  Bring your family, friends and visitors for unique last-minute gifts, door prizes, music, food, drinks, kid activities and more. Here’s a snapshot of what you can […]

4 Dec 2018

FIRST FRIDAY // Glass Art with JJ Gaffers Studio

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GLASS ART // Mainframe Studios heats up the winter with glass artistry that will blow your mind. This month’s theme brings together a talented pool of glass blowers, stained glass artists and torch workers led by our own JJ Gaffers in Studio LL02. Bring the family for a festive evening with music, food and a […]

15 Nov 2018

NEWS RELEASE // Two Dads, Two Daughters & One Cause at Mainframe Studios

Two artists team up to help find a cure for a fatal disease that both of their daughters suffer from – cystic fibrosis (CF).  Des Moines, IA (November 17, 2018) – Artists Tim Hugunin and Jeff Rider are painters at Mainframe Studios who both have daughters suffering from cystic fibrosis (CF). On Saturday, November 24th […]

6 Nov 2018

UPPER IOWA UNIVERSITY // Lee Emma Running’s Five Miles From Fayette

Mainframe artist Lee Emma Running recently finished a permanent art installation titled “Five Miles from Fayette” at Upper Iowa University’s Edgar Fine Arts Hall. Running’s “Five Miles From Fayette” is a site-specific window installation inspired by the C.C. Parker Herbarium of Upper Iowa University. According to the University Archives, C.C. Parker became UIU’s first professor of […]