Tuesday, August 18, 2009

the Picador Rocks Iowa City Art

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By the looks of D-(eye) on Arts it would appear The Daily Iowan Arts staff died in a terrible plane crash or something, but it’s not true. All of the staffers were on a much needed week-long “summer break”. Now all of the Arts & Culture writers are back and reinvigorated to deliver IC event coverage.

The Daily Iowan begins publishing on Thursday with an 80 Hours front written by yours truly covering Camp Dirtbag a four-day music festival at the Picador. However, one thing I wasn’t able to cover extensively was the Wednesday art exhibit pre-party being put on by the venue.

I was able to speak with the Picador’s resident art expert/general worker Paige Harwell. Here is a bit of what she had to say:

DI: So exactly is going to be going on Wednesday during the art show?

Hamilton: “We have thirty-plus artists with work on display. At 8 p.m. there will be a showing of an 8mm film that will be about 20 or 30 minutes long. Then there will be a $5 raffle to support United Action for Youth.”

DI: Where did you find the artists to donate these pieces?

Hamilton: “We found local artists to donate some of their pieces. It’s just kind of a mixture of artwork, both 2D and 3D. It’s a way to get local artists together and show off their work in an open setting. We hope they will do some trading of work too. Iowa City is pretty talented.”

The Picador manger Chris Wiersema added:

“The artwork ranges from pieces done by those that have gone to art school and had formal training, to those who have not. There will be stuff by tattoo artists and graduate students. “

There will also be some bands playing on Wednesday to kick off Camp Dirtbag, including Twelve Canons, Saxophone Pete, Lwa, and Limbs and Digits. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the art will be on display both upstairs and downstairs at the Picador. There is no cover charge for the event and all raffle proceeds go to United Action for Youth, so it’s for a good cause.

Check for coverage of the rest of Camp Dirtbag events on the cover of Thursday’s 80 Hours section.

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