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Dec 02

FIRST FRIDAY // Annual Ceramics Invitational

Ceramics takes center stage at Mainframe Studios' 4th annual ceramics invitational. Local artists exhibit clay sculpture and pottery, plus a visit from Central Academy students, and four floors of open studios.

Dec 03

Art Class Ages 5-10

Jess Quinn, licensed art educator, in studio #407 will introduce your child to basic art techniques that will provide a solid foundation for future art lovers and artists. Children will explore art using paint, oil pastels, and drawing media. This unique learning experience places an emphasis on having fun while exploring creativity.

Dec 03

Art Class Ages 9-17

Students choose what they want to create in this one hour art class with certified art educator, Jess Quinn. They start by choosing the medium, acrylics, watercolors, pencils, markers, or mixed media. Next they decide their subject, landscape, abstract, animals, people etc. All materials as well as guidance and instruction are given during the class. Class held in studio #407

Dec 03

Adult Art Class

Ages 16+ Looking for an excuse to get out of the house and be creative. This is it! Bring a project you need to finish or use my supplies to start a new one. This is a great opportunity to get input and make art with other creatives. Are you a beginner? This class is for you too! I will help guide you in making an artwork you can be proud of. Taught by Jess Quinn, a certified art educator and artist; class held in studio #407

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.

Explore Artists

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.