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2019 Art Week Des Moines Community Art Project

Initially we were to have a big community art party on Friday June 21 in the Roosevelt Cultural District.  We got nervous about the weather and it was cancelled.  This project was originally planned to be my contribution to that event.  I held a few different events during Art Week and took the flowers to each event.  I asked and sometimes even had to coerce people to participate.  Everyone had a great time and lost themselves creating for a short time. I had an absolute blast watching people from all over the city create!!  When I ran out of flowers I handed out round beads and people painted their own flowers.  I ended up with well over 100 Flowers In my pottery studio...

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City Sounds Piano Project - Day 2 & 3

APRIL 12 I went down and gave the girl her second coat of primer.   APRIL 13 So I brought the kicker panel (that's what I call it)  to the gallery with me today.  A blank canvas.  A lot of white space on this portion but the rest of my "canvas" has a different feel.  So what might work well on this wide open space may not translate too well to the rest of the piano. I've been thinking almost non stop for days on how I'm going to lay it all out.  I've let my brain drift from the concept that popped in my head the instant I found out I'd be chosen, maybe it's time to go back...

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City Sounds Piano Project - Day 1

I'm so excited to work on this project!  I love art AND music so this is an amazing pairing in my mind.  I have many thoughts on the project, so I thought I'd share them via blog. APRIL 9TH Today was my first work day in Mainframe Studios.  Walking through the door here is nothing new to me, I worked here in the early 90's for USWest (now Centurylink).  I walked in and immediately started reflecting.  My life has changed so much since I called this my work home.  I was so young then.  Now? Eh, not so much.  From working in this building to now, I realize that every job I have had in my life has prepared me in some way,...

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American Small Business Champion by SCORE and Sam’s Club WINNER!!

I am proud and honored to announce that Five Monkeys Inc has been chosen as an American Small Business Champion by SCORE and Sam’s Club.The American Small Business Championship ( awarded this title to 102 small businesses for their dedication to the success of their businesses. Each state winner will be awarded an all-expense-paid trip to a training and networking event in Reno, NV, SCORE mentoring and publicity throughout the year. Each Champion is also eligible for one of three $15,000 grand prizes. YES! You read that right!  A chance to win one of three $15,000 prizes!!   Five Monkeys Inc suffered greatly during the construction in our neighborhood last year and if we could win one of these grants it would go...

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2017 Cityview "Best of" WINNER!!

I'm so thrilled to have a won an award in the Cityview's 2017 Best of.  Five Monkeys Inc won "Best Kept Secret on the Local Retail Scene"  We were runners up in the "Best Local Art Gallery" and "Best Local New Store".  All great things!  I hope that we will become a household name in local art and continue to grow.  I have said from the beginning once I get people in the door, they love the merchandise and down to earth atmosphere I try and foster here, I just need to get them here.  I sure hope this helps!!

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