7 Jun 2018

ART WEEK | Open Studio Event with Gustav Art

Mainframe Studios is hosting a special open studio event, welcoming visitors to the Des Moines Arts Festival to discover yet another gem in Des Moines’ art offerings. Our new model for art studio buildings is already the largest nonprofit art studio building in the nation – and there are still two more floors to go! […]

7 Jun 2018

#artistsofmainframe | Des Moines Arts Festival

Visit our artists at the 2018 Des Moines Arts Festival! Community Support Advocates (Community Outreach Booth) Ben Schuh and Scott Kaven of Gustav Art (Booth GN32C) Linda Lewis (Booth LN47C) Salsa Des Moines (Community Outreach Booth) The Knotty Nail (Interactive Arts Booth at Grand & 13th) Those who have experienced the Des Moines Arts Festival® […]

7 Jun 2018

#artistsofmainframe | Polk County Heritage Gallery

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Several artists from Mainframe Studios is featured in the current exhibition at The Polk County Heritage Gallery. IOWA EXHIBITED XXXIII JUNE 4 – AUGUST 3, 2018 Reception and awards takes place Thursday June 7, 5.30pm-7.30pm. Iowa Exhibited is an annual juried show opened to all artists based in Iowa. This year’s judge is Alison Ferris, […]

6 May 2018

DES MOINES REGISTER | Tom Petty, Van Halen … Prince?!

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This Des Moines duo created art for some of rock’s biggest albums By Matthew Leimkuehler, mleimkuehler@dmreg.com  // Video Photos by Kelsey Kremer Photo shoots with Tom Petty. Car rides with Stevie Wonder. Studio time with Fleetwood Mac. One fan’s rock ‘n’ roll fantasy is reality for Jay Vigon and Margo Nahas, a husband-wife artistic duo who […]

15 Apr 2018

FIRST FRIDAY | The Art of Vinyl

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A FIRST FRIDAY TO REMEMBER! Come celebrate the acclaimed work of Margo Nahas and Jay Vigon. The wife and husband team have created artwork for over 80 album covers. Some include Van Halen “1984”, Prince “Purple Rain”, Fleetwood Mac “Tusk”, Stevie Wonder “The Secret Life of Plants”, and Quiet Riot “Metal Health” (Watch our video). […]

31 Mar 2018

Hosting guests from near and far

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This week, we had the pleasure of hosting guests from across the nation. On Tuesday, artists Ashley Hanson and Corbin LaMont along with students from Iowa State University visited Mainframe for a tour and interview. Public Transformations is Ashley’s cross-county documentary art project highlighting how rural-based artists and arts organizations make their communities a more […]

30 Mar 2018

KFMG 98.9 FM is Live!

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After years of anticipation, the nonprofit arts and culture radio group KFMG 98.9 FM is now broadcasting from Studio #111 at Mainframe Studios. Thanks to Silent Rivers Design + Build and KFMG’s many volunteers for helping make their move possible.

28 Mar 2018

PRESS RELEASE | April 6 First Friday Event Features National Art Exhibition

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Des Moines, IA (March 28, 2018) – Mainframe Studios presents an open artist studio event every first Friday evening of the month from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Each event features a unique art form, music and pop-up dinner menu by The Tangerine Food Company. For its Friday, April 6th event, Mainframe Studios will highlight The […]

24 Jan 2018

OPEN STUDIO / First Friday with Tangerine Food Co.

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EAT // Mainframe Studios joins local First Friday offerings with an open studio event featuring flavorfully fun dinner options of dogs, brats and chili with The Tangerine Food Company. Cherry Madole and Susan Madorsky have been offering outstanding catering services to the Des Moines community for 10 years. Visit their new website at https://www.tangerinefoodco.com/. EXPLORE […]

17 Jan 2018

DSM Magazine | An Iowa Treasure Comes Home

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“The Baker’s Boy” is just one of many characters drawn by Iowa legend Ding Darling in his world travels a century ago. A treasury of Darling’s personal sketchbooks and other artifacts form the foundation for a new center that commemorates the Pulitzer-winning Des Moines Register cartoonist and conservationist. A new center preserves the legacy of […]