A group of Ames artists will be hosting their 10th Annual Arts Open House Nov. 15-17. Hours are 5:30–10 p.m. on Friday, 1–7 p.m. on Saturday and 1–4 p.m. on Sunday. Amber Russell welcomes guests to her home at 814 Seventh St. in Ames.
Featured artists include Amber Russell, Tina Rice, Letitia Kenemer, Robert Russell, Brendan Zimmermann, Hugo Kenemer, Emily Kobliska, and Nacole Lamoureux. Each artist will have hand-made artwork for sale, however browsers are welcome too!
Amber is a Special Education Teacher who makes jewelry on the side. Her beaded jewelry features semi-precious stones, including her signature stones - turquoise, coral, quartz, agate, and pearls with Thai and Bali silver. Her designs for earrings, bracelets and necklaces range from delicate accents to chunky show-stoppers. Amber will also have a great selection of her famous sock monkeys with personality (not your traditional red heeled monkeys!).
Tina is a graduate of ISU with an emphasis in metals, and is a working artist. She recently opened Pixi (formerly The Left Bank Studio) in Gilbert, Iowa. Tina’s sterling silver jewelry is intricately designed with interesting forms that are classic and timeless. Much of her recent work incorporates colorful enameling that is often reversible for fun variations.
Letitia is the Fine Arts Coordinator at the Memorial Union. She will be featuring mixed media wall art, hair clips made with vintage jewelry and original cards. New for this year is a line of colorful jewelry made with metal washers and resin. The earrings and pendants are reversible and fun to mix and match.
Robert retired from Mid-American Energy, but has always been an artist at heart. Robert’s sculptures incorporate copper wire, found objects and beautiful stones. His has 3D wall pieces as well as free-standing works. He now features small “bookmark” sculptures that are beautiful and economical.
Brendan is a jack-of-all-trades from Stone House Woodworking in Napier, Iowa. He will be showing various woodworking projects including hall mirrors and cutting boards. He will also have a sample Arts and Crafts style chair. His pieces are meticulously assembled, using locally sourced native lumber and materials with a nod to historical furniture styles.
Hugo is co-owner of Heroic Ink Tattoo Shop in downtown Ames. After drawing most of the day at work, Hugo spends many of his evenings drawing and painting. His illustrations would be classified as urban alternative or underground contemporary art. Hugo is also selling home-made soap in a number of delicious scents.
Emily is an art teacher at Gilbert Elementary School, as well as a member of Paintpushers, a group of area artists have monthly critiques and annual exhibits. Emily creates collage using photos, fabric, paper, paint, and drawing media.
Our new addition for this year is Nacole Lamoureux of Nic Nac’s Paper Crafts. She designs cards for all occasions as well as other handmade paper items. Perfect for adding something special to a gift or for a quick thank you to friends, family or co-workers.
The public is encouraged to visit “Amber’s House”, and experience hand-made artwork in a cozy, comfortable environment open to all. For more information contact Letitia Kenemer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-231-3687.