Luke Matthews

Plenty to buy, see, eat, and do at the Des Moines Arts Festival

Plenty to buy, see, eat, and do at the Des Moines Arts Festival

One of my favorite weekends of the year is this very weekend. The Des Moines Arts Festival always showcases some of the coolest art around. I’m not much of an art aficionado, but even I can tell that what’s on display is very cool. I’m always draw to the incredible photography and art deco designs done by the talented artists from all over the country.

It took me maybe ten years of coming to the Des Moines Arts Festival before I decided to finally buy something. Even then, it was a gift for someone else. I was always intimidated by the prices. Before long, I realized that if you really want beautiful artwork in your home or your office, it’s worth the investment. But sometimes, you just can’t afford to spend the kind of money you’d like to spend on a great photo or painting.

This year, STAR 102.5 decided to showcase some cool artwork that you could purchase at the Arts Festival for under $200. Let me tell you, it’s not that it was hard to find these items, it was hard to decide which ones to showcase since there’s so many! In my hunt to find cool things around the Festival, I happened about John Booth’s tent. He does incredible paintings that are very vibrant and realistic. Tucked in the back of his tent was something that caught my eye – a painting of a red crayon that stood about 3 feet tall. I instantly knew that this would look fantastic in my son’s nursery. So I had to buy it.

I am so thrilled with my purchase. I only wish I could have bought more of his stuff. He has a very large and stunning painting of Scrabble tiles as well as some really awesome rubber ducks. So much cool stuff and that was just in one booth! There’s more than 150 visual artists to enjoy throughout the Des Moines Arts Festival, so you’re sure to find something you’ll like. Check out some more of the under $200 items I found!

Anthony Pack - Urban Folk Art
Anthony Pack – Urban Folk Art
John Charbonneau
John Charbonneau
Kreg Yingst graphics/printmaking
Kreg Yingst graphics/printmaking
Mr. Hooper Art
Mr. Hooper Art
Steve Swagerle Paintings
Steve Swagerle Paintings
Vicki Ryer - James Bird
Vicki Ryer – James Bird

Even if you don’t want to purchase art, there’s lots of fun, live entertainment, seriously delicious food, and fantastic people watching (I’m a fan of looking at the artwork that people purchase).

The weather hasn’t been the best, but that hasn’t deterred the crowds from coming out, and it shouldn’t deter you! The Des Moines Arts Festival runs all weekend is free to enjoy.

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