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Exciting news..... Don Rinner is coming to town for his fabulous trunk show! The 20th-22nd, of October. Appointments will be available if you would like one on one time with Don for specific orders. Please contact the gallery at 319-351-8686 to set up a time while Don is here in town.
Michael Ryan is our featured artist for the month of October.
Michael S. Ryan is a contemporary American colorist painter. He can be described as mix of both new impressionism and new expressionism. In simple terms, his paintings are a quilt-like combination of color, design, and bold expressive brushwork. Ryan paints both landscape and figures. Many of his larger paintings are at home in corporate and institutional settings, while the smaller work fits nicely into any home. His work is found in museum, institutional, corporate, and individual collections across the US . Learn more about Michael's work Here.
Meet Mike Ryan! The Iowa City Gallery Walk will take place October 13th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. This walk offers a self guided chance to see several art shows in one night. This is a great chance to meet local artists as often the artist is present at the show - Mike Ryan will be at Iowa Artisans Gallery to talk about his work and answer questions! All shows are free and family friendly. Light refreshments will be served at several stops. No reservations or tickets required. Maps are available at each location. Art lovers can learn more by visiting Here
Connie Roberts
It is that scary whistle time of year!
Connie Roberts is an icon here in Iowa City. People come into the gallery just looking for what she has done recently. Collectors love her halloween characters.
Second Sunday with Hal Ide - Please Join us Sunday, October 8th from 1:00 to 2:00 pm when Iowa City artist Hal Ide, speaks about his Artist -In- Residency experience at the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area, Coulee Dam, WA From 8/30-9/17, Hal was invited to take part in a program that matches Artists with National parks. Although his experience ended up being less than idyllic due to the severe forest fires, Hal has returned with a unique perspective on our nation's natural wonders.
Potter of the month - What Cheer Pottery
turtle mug - What Cheer
New feature:
Potter of the Month
What Cheer Potters has a small studio in the office building of an old clay factory in south central Iowa. They have built Their studio entirely themselves. They spend their day working on the potter's wheel, mixing glazes, decorating pots, firing kilns, and trying to make each piece as creatively as they know how. 
Jere is a masterful potter. After making pottery for more than 40 years, his expertise at handling the clay on the wheel shows clearly in his light, beautiful forms. Kate also works on the wheel making smaller pots, but her mastery has been on the glaze and design applied to each piece. Much of her time is spent drawing and mixing glaze tests in order to decorate the pot and create new decorations and colors. 
What Cheer Potters make fine functional stoneware using a potter's wheel and a special blend of clay, which adds a unique quality to the workability and firing properties of the finished product. The glazes and clay body are continuously being developed for color, feel, and texture, with qualities that work well in the microwave and dishwasher.
What Cheer Potters believes that the life of an artist is a continual learning process. It requires a dedication to learning in order to convey the inner feelings and experiences that have accumulated and to transfer it to a formless lump of clay. Even after years of experience and thousands of pots, the trained eye can see qualities that might have made a difference in bringing more "life" and excitement to each pot. Jere and Kate keep looking and learning to develop their inner selves, because it is only then that each piece will have a presence to stand on its own as an expression of its creator.
In The Studio - With Art Circotti, Glass Blower from Ames, Iowa.

Local Iowa City author, Dr. Jon Kerstetter,
Jon will be returning to the Iowa Artisans Gallery to discuss his book, Crossings, on Sunday October 22nd from 3:00-5:00 pm. Reading will begin at 4:00. This memoir details Jon's courage while overcoming and accepting life's challenges. Books will be available for purchase- be sure to get your book signed by Jon.

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