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Feb 22

WORKSHOP / Elements of Art and Design w/ Amy O'Brien

Cover the five elements of art using pencil, charcoal and paint in an easy going atmosphere. All skill levels welcome!

Mar 06

First Friday // Get Cultured

Open studio festivities include diverse cultural adventure options. Learn about John Busbee’s The Culture Buzz that promotes arts-related activities in Central Iowa. Groove to the music magic of Ramona and the Sometimes. Make art with John Schlimm’s The Smile that Changed the World public project. Listen to the vocal brilliance of City Voices students. Enjoy creative food and drink by The Tangerine Food Company. Meet the amazing artists of Mainframe while exploring three floors of 75 diverse art studios.

Mar 07

National League of American Pen Women, Inc. / Presentation by Mollie Cooney

Free event with former news anchor, Mollie Cooney, who will provide a bird’s eye view of how the newsroom has changed from when she started in the early 70's to current day journalism and news coverage. Join the conversation in Momentum Studio #104.

Mar 07

WORKSHOP / Sip & Paint Abstract Sailing Mood

$55 per person. Paint a 12" x 24" canvas with a stunning abstract sunset done in Acrylic Medium and Paint.

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.