Moberg To Host First Reception Of 2021

A preview of one of the works that will be displayed at Chris Vance’s exhibition at Moberg Gallery, which opens with a reception Friday. Watch a preview video of the artwork. Photo: Moberg Gallery

Writer: Luke Manderfeld

It’s been a little more than a year since Moberg Gallery last held an in-person event. On Friday, they’ll return to some sort of normalcy and host an opening reception for “Chris Vance 2021,” showcasing new works from the popular Iowa artist.

Safety protocols remain in place, including a one-way path throughout the Grand Avenue space and a limit on the number of people in the building at a time. There will also be a drink garden in the back of the building, where Vance will be on hand and people can space out and mingle. But for Ryan Mullin, manager of Moberg Gallery, having any type of event is welcome.

“It’s a good feeling that some type of normalcy is coming our way. It’s been a long time,” Mullin says. “We’re excited.”

Art enthusiasts can expect a mix of both old and new from Vance, who is also known for his exterior wall murals around Greater Des Moines. Many of Vance’s works will have plenty of color, vibrancy and complexity—staples of his graffiti-inspired style—but he’s also produced some simpler pieces.

“It’s like a greatest hits of all of his aesthetics,” Mullin says.

The opening reception starts at 5 p.m. It’s free to attend and pre-registration is not required, but only a few people will be allowed in at a time. Watch a sneak peek of the exhibition in this preview video.

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