JAN 12, 2016



SNEAK PEEK: Come to today's unveiling, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the atrium at Capital Square (400 Locust St.), and you'll be among the first to see the new issue of dsm magazine. But we couldn't resist sharing this story with you a few hours early. Artist Amy Uthus creates beautiful works in porcelain, specializing in a technique called
slip-casting. Porcelain "looks really fragile, but it has strength inside," she says. The wafer-thin leaves of porcelain pictured here range from a mere 1 millimeter to 3 millimeters thick.
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"Hippie" can describe your spirit again, rather than your physique, if you find the right fashions for the Des Moines Community Playhouse events scheduled in March.  

PLAYHOUSE PARTIES TO CENTENNIAL 

The 1960s and '70s return to the Des Moines Community Playhouse in March, when those decades will be featured in the theater's "countdown" to its centennial in 2019.  Each spring, "Countdown to 100" will present a musical review based on a different era, leading up to the 100th anniversary season. The series will debut with a reception March 4 and the themed concert at 7:30 p.m. March 5. Prices range from $35 to $250. More information will be available soon at the Playhouse website, by email or by phone at 515-277-6261. The Playhouse is the second-largest U.S. community theater and ranks among the six oldest continuously operating community theaters in the country.  
Matthew Hemminghaus won an award of excellence at last year's Des Moines Arts Festival, where his fetching photos of the roosters and hens he raises on his Missouri farm drew raves. He'll return to the 2016 festival, for which he also served as a juror last week, along with Ames artist Kathranne Knight, Colorado artist Lynda Ladwig, Visionary Services co-owner David Safris and dsm Editor Christine Riccelli.

SO REVEALING
  
The Des Moines Arts Festival may be more than five months away, but it's top of mind for us. That's because last week, our editor was privileged to serve as one of the five jurors for the 2016 show, helping to choose the 165 artists--out of 952(!) applicants--who will be invited to exhibit.
 
We can't yet spill who made the cut, but you won't have to wait long to find out. The Arts Festival is hosting a new event, aptly called "Reveal," Jan. 20 to announce the participating artists. Billed as "an intimate dinner party on the floor of Wells Fargo Arena," the debut event will also give you a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the jury process, a chance to win a  painting by Chris Vance, exclusive offers for the 2016 festival and more.
 
Tickets are $125 per person, with special discounts for young professionals and artists. For more details and to buy tickets, go to squareup.com/market/dmafreveal. And don't forget to mark your calendar for the festival: June 24-26 in Western Gateway Park.
Detail from a painting by Catherine Dreiss, one of the artists featured in the new exhibit.

SALISBURY HOUSE OPENS NEW GALLERY 
 
The Garage at Salisbury House is the location as well as the name of Greater Des Moines' newest gallery. Featuring local artists, the gallery will mark its public opening with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22. Among the artists represented in this inaugural exhibit are Brad Ball, Stephanie Brunia, Rachel Buse, Catherine Dreiss, Larassa Kabel, Tatiana Klusak, Annick Sjobakken, Scott Sjobakken and Lindley Warren. Future exhibits will include historical as well as artistic subjects.  
MiniJoops packs a lot of fashion into kid sizes in the shop at 424 E. Locust St. 

BIG-BIG STYLE FOR ITTY-BITTY BUYERS
By Lacy Brunnette 

MiniJoops proves that children can be just as stylish as (if not more stylish than) the adults in their lives. The East Village boutique carries smaller, independent brands that focus on organic materials and fine construction. Owner Malisa Mac Nab seeks out styles that depart from the big-box retail look, instead favoring individualized looks for young fashionistas.

  Little shopping assistants will find
  plenty of room to scoot around. 
MiniJoops opened in August at 424 E. Locust St., next to Aimee. Mac Nab already had built a substantial online business--frequently shipping orders to Australia, Los Angeles, Japan, the United Kingdom and other far-flung sites--and believed it was the right time to establish a bricks-and-mortar presence.

Light and airy, MiniJoops has bright decor and plenty of space for children to run (complete with a tent). Wittily designed baseball T-shirts, sumptuous brocade dresses and bohemian rompers are styled and displayed throughout the store. MiniJoops carries celebrity-favored labels, such as Beau Loves, Thief&Bandit, Tiny Whales, Tutu Du Monde and Wovenplay.
 
For more info, call 515-243-1579 or visit minijoops.com.
  
Lacy Brunnette is a Des Moines fashion and style writer who also owns a
public relations company. Follow her on Twitter at @LacyBrunnette.

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