JUNE 21, 2016



Freshly retired, Tom Whitehead found himself with some time on his hands - and got busy.

GETTING THE RUNAROUND 
 
A group of volunteers has completed a labyrinth project at beautiful Brenton Arboretum. Eight people, led by retired art teacher Tom Whitehead, devoted about 200 hours to the brick installation, designed to help visitors meditate as they commune with nature. The labyrinth concept encourages participants to walk thoughtfully along the brick lines, contemplating life's twists and turns, "and find solace in the fact that, no matter how circuitous the route, you're still working toward a deeper, central purpose," according to a statement from Brenton. Learn more about the arboretum on the organization's website.
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The Arts Festival spreads out along downtown streets, around the sculpture park and across corporate campuses.

SUMMER AT ITS FESTIVE FINEST 
 
The key is in the plural: It's the Des Moines Arts Festival. Arts: visual, performance, film ... it's all a far cry from the days of a few painters and potters encamped in a park. The 2016 edition this weekend is a celebration of artistry in many forms.
 
The schedule includes some 120 events and activities with performances spread among three stages and other sites Friday through Sunday, June 24-26.
 
The Arts Festival follows the ramp-up of Art Week with its own array of four to 12 events daily, continuing today through Sunday.
 
We're looking forward to performances by the Well Pennies and Grand Funk Railroad, and we've picked some indy screenings to see at the Interrobang Film Festival in the library. Watch for updates on Facebook and Instagram. If you see any of us with dsm name tags, say hi. We'd love to meet you. 

WHO HAS MOTIVATED OR INSPIRED YOU? 
 
One of our favorite annual events is the recognition for local leaders and achievers receiving the "Sages Over 70" award. It all starts with your nominations.

Help us identify this year's honorees, the people you appreciate and respect for their consistent leadership and contributions to the community. We're eager to learn about people over 70 who have been a role model or mentor to you or to others. But we need to hear from you by July 1, so please don't let this opportunity pass. Find more details and the nomination form here.   
The Bankers Trust collection includes these works by, from left, James Navarro, Mitchell Squire and Michael Wilson.

PUBLIC ART YOU CAN BANK ON

Next time you visit a Bankers Trust lobby, look around. Suku & Co. are putting up artwork to give you something more encouraging to focus on than your checking account balance. Bankers Trust recently purchased works by 12 well-regarded (and some of our favorite) Iowa artists. They are on display this week (through Friday) in the Ruan Building lobby, then they'll be scattered among the 12 Central Iowa locations of Bankers Trust, where they will rotate locations every 60 days.
Karen Goldsworth, Lana Jones-Gould, Lana Leander and Becky Cooper helped us celebrate the arrival of our May/June issue. July/August will make its debut June 28.

SO LET'S HAVE A PARTY 
 
We think every new issue of dsm magazine is something to celebrate. Many people seem to agree, as attendance has grown at the events where we unveil the new cover and hand out copies to the crowd. Join us for this festive ritual next Tuesday, June 28, this time at Willis Lexus, 2121 N.W. 100th St. in Clive. We'll be there from 5 to 7 p.m., with the unveiling and brief comments at 6 p.m. 

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