New Gallery Opening

Above: Hunt Slonem, “Myconos” (2019), oil on wood. An acclaimed painter, sculptor and printmaker, Slonem is widely known for his so-called “Rabbit paintings.” The artist often repeats imagery in this series as well as in his other works, telling the Wall Street Journal that creating such repetition is similar to spiritual meditation.


In yet another sign of Des Moines’ vibrant and growing arts scene, Des Moines art adviser Liz Lidgett, right, will open a 1,100-square-foot gallery in the East Village in April.
Liz Lidgett Gallery and Design will showcase the work of some 15 local, national and international artists, including Hunt Slonem, whose works are in the collections of more than 100 museums around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Other artists include Kristi Kohut, Andrea Ferrigno, Ronni Nicole, Nate Nettleton and Des Moines-based Olivia Valentine, who often incorporates textiles and photography in her installations (read more about Valentine is this dsm story).
Lidgett says the gallery also will focus on education, with programs that help connect viewers to the artists and their works. Plus, a percentage of profits from each show will be donated to arts organizations.

The “time is right” for this kind of gallery, Lidgett says. “We’re excited to introduce new artists to the area and bring new works to this market.”

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