OPEN HOUSE AT ARTISTS’ STUDIOS

Detail of an orchid from an untitled 2014 oil-on-linen painting by Jeffrey Thompson, one of the artists with studio space in the Fitch Building.
Detail of an orchid from an untitled 2014 oil-on-linen painting by Jeffrey Thompson, one of the artists with studio space in the Fitch Building.

Tour the studios of more than 30 artists at their annual open house in the Fitch Building, 304 15th St., from 6 to 9 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 14.

In addition to meeting artists in their own creative spaces, visitors can purchase art directly from printmakers, painters, photographers and sculptors. They include three of the five 2015 Iowa Arts Council Fellows: sculptor Rachel Buse, painter Larassa Kabel and printmaker Robert Stephens.

Since the 1980s, Des Moines artists have flocked to the old brick building’s concrete floors, high ceilings and large windows. Originally a factory for a company that made soap and other personal-care products, the building is among several iconic structures, each named after historic figures, whose origins will be explained in the January issue of dsm magazine.

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