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Watch: Iowa City portrait artist Heith A. Banowetz seeks to capture the soul in old photographs

Soulful eyes, sensitive hands, old-fashioned facial hair, delicate lines and stippling. These and other, more subtle features make up the distinctive style of self-taught Iowa City artist Heith Banowetz, who crafts portraits using “humble” materials like pen, pencil and charcoal. “I feel like sometimes we have this tendency to feel rushed or pressured into speaking. […]

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Watch: Mark Vollenweider’s mighty pen

“I’ve spent a lot more time thinking about the world I’d like to live in, than the world that we do live in,” Mark Vollenweider told Little Village. During a studio visit, the Iowa City artist talked about discovering his artistic medium, the impact of COVID-19 and politics on his work and how anger can […]

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Watch: One trashy art show

Studio Visit: Post Consumer Content Post Consumer Content, a series of art installations curated by artist Louise Fisher, featured the work of five area artists over the course of five weeks in July and August. Each week, one artist displayed work outside Public Space One that took used items most would discard, and showed how […]

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Watch: Artist Hannah Givler ‘collaborates’ with her materials to create architectural sculptures

Iowa City artist Hannah Givler lets the materials around her — including scrap wood, metal and river stones — guide her artistic process. Her work takes on an array of forms and varies in scale from small sculptures to room-sized architectural creations capturing both the simplicity and complexity of her materials. Presented by Artifacts […]

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Studio Visit: Photographer David Van Allen

With a style that is as unique as the portraits he creates, photographer David Van Allen invites you inside his Cedar Rapids studio to discuss his process to portraiture. Van Allen has been taking pictures for decades and discusses the common misconception between the subject and the overall image in this Little Village Studio Visit. […]

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