Yellow Door Gallery is a residential alternative gallery space that is shifting the perceptions and dynamics of visual, aural, and performance art.

Located in a private home in Des Moines, Iowa, the space connects emerging artists and collectors through quarterly salons, installations, concerts, and afternoon teas.

Yellow Door Gallery
2121 Wakonda Drive
Des Moines, IA 50321

Open Sundays 1–4pm or by appointment.

Interested in making an appointment
or sharing your work? Contact us: info@yellowdoordsm.com

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Exhibitions

09/09/17–10/22/17
From Off to On
Works by Katy Kirbach + Zoe Nelson

From Off to On - Works by Katy Kirbach + Zoe Nelson
Katy Kirbach, Untitled, 2017 - Oil and acrylic on woven canvas, 29 w x 23 h in
Zoe Nelson, Meditation in Blue, 2016 - Oil on canvas, 34 w x 30 h in

Featuring works by Katy Kirbach and Zoe Nelson.

Yellow Door Gallery
2121 Wakonda Drive
Des Moines, IA 50321

Open Sundays 1–4pm or by appointment.

11/04/17–12/10/17
In Layers
Works by Michelle Bolinger, Michael Jefferson + Allison Reimus

Featuring works by Michelle Bolinger, Michael Jefferson, and Allison Reimus.

01/13/17–02/18/17
Once Animates
Works by Saulaman Schlegel + Spivey Knapik

Featuring works by Saulaman Schlegel and Spivey Knapik.

Events

Upcoming Events

09/09/17 from 6–10pm
Opening Reception / Salon Series No. 5

Join Yellow Door Gallery for the opening reception of From Off To On and Salon #5, featuring artwork by Katy Kirbach and Zoe Nelson, words by Kyle McCord (Professor at Drake), music by Odd Pets, and comedy by Tim Overton.

Salon Details: Attendance is capped at 65 and the suggested donation per person is $5. All proceeds benefit the performers. Light snacks, wine + beer are always provided, but a BYO libation or morsel to share is always commendable.

Artist preview at 6:00 and performances begin at 8:00pm.

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10/15/17 at 4pm
Yoga with Good Vibes

Sundays are sacred. Join us for Yoga in the Gallery at 4pm. Bring your own yoga mat. Donations if you feel so moved. Drinks provided. Sunni Swarbrick will lead the class!

10/22/17 from 1–4pm
Closing Reception: From Off to On
Works by Katy Kirbach + Zoe Nelson

Join us for the closing reception of From Off To On featuring artwork by Katy Kirbach and Zoe Nelson.

10/22/17 at 3pm
DOOR to DOOR Reading Series No. 2

Hosted by Open Door Rep and Yellow Door Gallery. There is a $5 suggested donation the day of the show and seating is limited to first come, first served. Light snacks and libations are provided.

Check back for more information, or email info@yellowdoorgallery.com.

10/25/17 from 6–8pm
An International Salon:
University of Iowa's International Writing Program

Five Univerity of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) writers gather for a special performance at Yellow Door Gallery, reading excerpts from their poems, plays, and novels, critiquing art, and playing music. Join us for an evening featuring 5 internationally acclaimed writers.

The International Salon will start promptly at 6pm. Beer and wine provided.

11/04/17 from 6–10pm
Opening Reception / Salon Series No. 6

Join Yellow Door Gallery for In Layers and Salon #6, featuring artwork by Michelle Bolinger, Michael Jefferson, and Allison Reimus words by Brian Spears, music by Annalibera, and more.

Salon Details: Attendance is capped at 65 and the suggested donation per person is $5. All proceeds benefit the performers. Light snacks, wine + beer are always provided, but a BYO libation or morsel to share is always commendable.

Artist preview begins at 6:00pm and performances begin at 8:00pm.

What is a Salon?

Since the late 17th century, salons have brought people together to amuse one another and refine the taste and increase the knowledge of the participants through both cultural and intellectual conversations. Yellow Door Gallery salons exist much in the same way: as a place and forum that brings people together through shared experiences with visual, aural and performance art.

Salon Details

  • Attendance is capped at 65 and donations are accepted. Proceeds benefit the artists directly.
  • Light snacks, wine + beer are provided, and a BYO libation or morsel to share is always welcome.
  • Doors open at 6:00 and performances begin at 8:00. We tend to wrap up around 10:00.

Past Events

08/20/17
Closing Reception:
Heidi Wiren Bartlett + Kuldeep Singh

Join us for the closing reception for [sharp tongue quiet lips] featuring works by Heidi Wiren Bartlett and Kuldeep Singh. Free street parking available. Enter through the yellow door.

07/08/17–08/20/17
[sharp tongue quiet lips]
The Art of Heidi Wiren Bartlett + Kuldeep Singh

[sharp tongue quiet lips] - The Art of Heidi Wiren Bartlett and Kuldeep Singh
Heidi Wiren Bartlett, Black Diana White Diana, Archival Digital Pigment Print, 45 w x 30 h in
Kuldeep Singh, Another Gilgamesh, Oil on linen, 10 w x 8 h in

Featuring work by Heidi Wiren Bartlett and Kuldeep Singh.

07/08/17
Salon Series No. 4

Join Yellow Door Gallery for Salon #4, featuring performance, 2D, and 3D art by Heidi Wiren Bartlett and Kuldeep Singh, music by Iranian composer and scholar Nima Hamidi, words by Jeff Porter, Professor in English at University of Iowa, and local produce by farmer Jordan Clasen of Grade A Gardens.

Salon Details: Attendance is capped at 65 and the suggested donation per person is $10. All proceeds benefit the performers. Light snacks, wine + beer are always provided, but a BYO libation or morsel to share is always commendable.

Doors open at 7:00pm and performances begin at 8:00pm.

06/25/17
Yoga with Good Vibes

Sundays are sacred. That's why we're having Benjamin Spellman of Good Vibes Yoga to Yellow Door Gallery for a yoga session among the art. Consider this the official "Art Week Wind Down."

Bring your own yoga mat. Donations if you feel so moved. Drinks provided.

About Good Vibes: Good Vibes Yoga is an all-inclusive community emanating good energy and soulful experiences. Here, you are part of a movement. Visit www.goodvibesyoga.com to learn more.

About Yellow Door Gallery: Yellow Door Gallery is a residential alternative gallery space that is shifting the perceptions and dynamics of visual, aural, and performance art. Visit www.yellowdoordsm.com to learn more.

06/25/17
Closing Reception: Gyan + Jim Shrosbree

Join us for the closing reception for “Finding Distance” featuring works by Gyan Shrosbree + Jim Shrosbree. Free street parking available. Enter through the yellow door.

06/18/17
DOOR to DOOR Reading Series

Hosted by Open Door Rep and Yellow Door Gallery, you'll hear a reading of Orange Flower Water, a play written by Craig Wright.

The Chicago Tribune describes the play as "Uncommonly intense and intimate ninety-minute drama." "A brutally honest drama about marriage and infidelity" by Chicago Sun-Times, and "Simultaneously visceral, with crackling humor, and intellectual." by Star Tribune.

There is a $5 suggested donation the day of the show and seating is limited to first come, first served. Light snacks and libations are provided

06/02/17
Artist Reception: Gyan + Jim Shrosbree

Artist Reception: Gyan + Jim Shrosbree

Join us on “First Friday” for the artist reception for “Finding Distance” featuring works by Gyan Shrosbree + Jim Shrosbree. Free street parking available. Beer will be served or BYO. Enter through the yellow door.

05/13/17
Salon Series No. 3

Features art by Jim Shrosbree + Gyan Shrosbree, music by Christopher The Conquered, and words by Adam Hooks, English professor and Shakespearean master. In addition to art, music and readings, underground BBQ masters Cale Johnson + Aaron Gibbons of Dave Boys BBQ will be serving up an assortment of their specialty meats. They'll show us how meat can be art too.

05/07/17
Closing Reception: Andrea Ferrigno

From Des Moines originally, Andrea has shown her paintings, drawings, and prints not only across the Midwest, but both nationally and internationally. Currently a Professor of Art at Knox College in Illinois, Andrea has won an array of awards, honors and grants and has participated in workshops in France, Vermont and Iowa.

To learn more about Andrea and see her work, visit www.andreaferrigno.com

04/07/17
Artist Reception: Andrea Ferrigno

Artist Reception: Andrea Ferrigno

From Des Moines originally, Andrea has shown her paintings, drawings, and prints not only across the Midwest, but both nationally and internationally. Currently a Professor of Art at Knox College in Illinois, Andrea has won an array of awards, honors and grants and has participated in workshops in France, Vermont and Iowa.

Andrea finds the visual arts an opportune place to freely inquire about and understand the world. She looks analytically to science and philosophy in order to glean information and inspiration from our shared attempt to understand, as well as communicate about the natural world. Andrea enjoys exploring these ideas in a variety of media including drawing, painting and print. Moving through media allows her to stay in a mode of continuous questioning, discovery, and risk.

Andrea has her MFA and MA from the University of Iowa and her BFA in Painting from the Kansas City Art Institute.

To learn more about Andrea and see her work, visit www.andreaferrigno.com

03/25/17
Salon Series No.2

Featuring art by Andrea Ferrigno, spoken word by Christopher Merrill, small bites by Tami's Tarts, comedy by Onnalee Kelley, and an acoustic set by Spencer Brown.

Doors open at 6pm, speakers begin at 7pm.

02/03/17
Artist Reception:
Andy Davis + Benjamin Gardner

Please join us for our official public opening and artist reception featuring works by local artists Andy Davis + Benjamin Gardner. Artist discussion/Q&A will begin at 7pm. Free street parking available. Wine and beer will be served. Enter through the yellow door.

Andy Davis Andy Davis was born in Des Moines, Iowa in 1989. Davis received his BFA in 2011 from the Kansas City Art Institute and completed MFA in Studio Practice at Southern Methodist University in 2016. Davis’ nomadic practice took him to Vietnam in 2013 and 2014 and recently continued thanks to a residency at Archive Fever: SOMA Summer 2016, Mexico City and a Post-Graduate Fellowship at the Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Art in Dijon, France. He is currently developing a residency program focused on political ecology in collaboration with the NGO Estampa Verde and Rancho Los Amigos in the rainforests of Veracruz, Mexico. To see more of the artist’s work, visit www.andypdavis.com

Benjamin Gardner Benjamin Gardner was born in rural Northern Illinois. He received his BFA from Millikin University and his MFA from Illinois State University. He has participated in recent group exhibitions in Iowa, South Carolina, New York, and Germany. Gardner is Chair of the Department of Art and Design at Drake University and lives and works in Des Moines, Iowa. To see more of the artist’s work, visit www.benjaminagardner.com

01/20/17
Salon Series No.1

Yellow Door Gallery’s inaugural salon hosted nearly 100 individuals over the course of the evening. Salon Series No. 1 featured visual art by Andy Davis + Benjamin Gardner, live music by the husband + wife duo In Rooms, a poetry reading by Anna Meister and a knockout home-brewed sour beer by Marcus Walsh. It was a memorable event and a fabulous way to kick off Yellow Door Gallery’s Salon Series.

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