A Creative Community In Downtown Des Moines

Transforming Central Iowa’s Art Scene

By creating a financially self-sustaining economic and cultural driver, serving as a national model that stands the test of time. Once fully complete, Mainframe Studios will be one of the largest affordable workspaces for artists in the country.

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Jun 18

Art Week TV Promo

Tune in on Facebook live to see a sneak peek of the Art Week TV line up.

Jun 18

Country Fence // Virtual Painting Class

Create a country landscape with Amy O'Brien over Zoom. Learn the elements of art from the comfort of your home.

Jun 19

20 Paintings 20 Days

In celebration of Art Week 2020 Jess Quinn, a local artist from Mainframe Studios, will be hosting a two day backyard art show featuring 20 paintings she created over 20 days during June 2020.

Jun 26

Doorway in Greece // Virtual Painting Class

Paint a beautiful grecian doorway as part of the Virtual Traveling World Classes hosted by Amy O'Brien Art.

People confuse custom with expensive. It can be formal gowns, but also your favorite pair of sweat pants that are ruined because you wore then every single day for years. Custom really means making whatever you want!


My best stuff comes when I stop thinking about it. I don’t look outside for inspiration. My new designs, with the patterns, I want to get a rep to get it to the proper places. Its all unique stuff, I haven’t’ seen this anywhere before.