I moved to Des Moines the last day of June last year, starting work on July 1. Just in time to miss the Des Moines Art Festival which was just a week earlier. So I have been waiting a full year to experience one of Des Moines most talked about annual events!
And I will say, it lived up to the hype! The artwork was varied and exceptional. There were primarily Midwest artists but the entire country was well represented. There were food vendors, beer tents (the whole area was open container), and live music. There was a family area where kids could make their own art, a tent containing children’s art from the Des Moines area, and tons of other experiences surrounding one of the most impressive areas of downtown Des Moines: The Pappajohn Sculpture Park <3
A couple years ago Adam and I decided that we would try to get a piece of art from everyplace we lived, whether that end up being 2 pieces or 10! We are counting my graduation gift from my parents as our Tallahassee piece. Her name is polka dot and I will share a picture of her in a later post when I talk a little about where Adam and I live. But she was painted by a local artist in Tallahassee and is beautiful! The artist is gaining in popularity and her work is now in galleries across the country. Pretty exciting! But we took this trip to the festival to discuss what kind of art we both appreciate and what kind of piece we would like to add to our collection (without pulling the trigger on a piece quite yet!)
The weather even cooperated! It was a BEAUTIFUL day in the high 70s. Not a cloud in the sky and the wind didn’t even seem to be a factor. If you live in Des Moines and didn’t go to the Festival this weekend, you missed out!
I would be remiss if I failed to mention Adam’s favorite part: American Dream Machines was open to the public with over 50 old cars available to view. Adam was definitely in his happy place, picking out his “dream car” and chatting up the owner on the business.
I am so glad Adam and I took the time to go to the festival and I am already looking forward to spending more time there next year but we made it an early night so I could finish packing for 4 days in Texas!
1. Does your city have an annual festival that the whole community looks forward to?
2. What kind of art are you most drawn to?