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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upcoming events Your source for First Fridays, Workshops, Classes, Special Events + More

Nov 20

PLAY ON VIRTUAL CONCERT // Midori

Live from the Ordway Theatre in St. Paul, Minnesota, violinist Midori will transfix you with her graceful precision and intimate expression! A visionary artist, activist, and educator whose unique career has been dedicated to exploring and building connections between music and the human experience, Midori has been a leading concert violinist for over 35 years.

Nov 28

Mainframe Studios Shopping Event // SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

Over 75 open artist studios to explore, featuring local art and artists of all kinds. Ceramics, jewelry, painting, hand blown glass, custom clothing, scarves, and blankets. Find the perfect gift for a loved one, art to fill your home, or just something cozy to make you smile!

Dec 04

First Friday // The Elements

Come enjoy art of earthly wonders as winter nears. Metal, glass, paper, fiber and clay will all be on display for this open studio event. Explore three floors of creative spaces offering an amazing mix of holiday gift giving and decor options.

Dec 05

Mainframe Studios Shopping Event

Over 75 open artist studios to explore, featuring local art and artists of all kinds. Ceramics, jewelry, painting, hand-blown glass, custom clothing, scarves, and blankets. Find the perfect gift for a loved one, art to fill your home, or just something cozy to make you smile!

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!

GRETCHEN BOHLINGGRETCHENBOHLING.COM

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.

JAY VIGONJAYVIGON.COM