P A S S I O N
Supporting and promoting Iowa based Creatives through social media, small group meetups and community events is something I’ve been passionate about since January 2014. That January the first River City Art and Music, Meetup.com “Meet and Greet” event was held at the Des Moines Art Center and a Facebook Community page, and website were launched as a way to reconnect with my art, my love of music, and other creatives. Over the years, meetup events fostered friendships and built connections between new and existing residents, art advocates, benefactors and creative community members.
In 2019, the name of the meetup was changed to Salonniere DSM and events included dining followed by art and music events. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Salonniere DSM events were placed on hold.
While attending an event at the Des Moines Social Club in August, 2016, the formation of an “artist salon” was mentioned. Someone approached the Des Moines Social Club with this idea, and they were interested enough to put it on their calendar; however, an unfortunate series of events transpired and the salon was cancelled. That November, I began development of Riverview Artist Salon (RAS) based on a modern day salon in Baltimore, Maryland and famous historical salons of Paris and New York. From interactions with creatives over the previous two years, this concept was needed, so I joined my experience and love of hospitality with my soul’s reason and passion for being and held the first salon on Thursday, January 26th, 2017.
RAS events are driven by Members of a Closed Facebook Group of the same name. The group is grassroots, volunteer funded, and has over 300 full time, part time, emerging and returning Iowa creatives from all disciplines as well as businesses, organizations, educators and advocates of Iowa art and culture.
Through regularly scheduled public and private events held in Des Moines, Iowa. Members are provided with a free platform to share their words, sounds, passions and works through presentations, displays, performances and shows.
On Wednesday, March 11th, 2020, (the day the WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic) RAS19 would turn out to be the first and final in-person Riverview Artist Salon at xBk Live, it’s brand new home, after the closure of the Des Moines Social Club.
Five Riverview Artist Salon’s were scheduled. In addition to March 11 (RAS19), other dates included April 8 (RAS20), June 23 (Art Week/RAS21), August 12 (RAS22) and October 14 (RAS23).
From June 19th through June 26th, 2020 RAS20 went online with a barrage of social media promotions on Instagram and Facebook with works by Central Iowa Creatives curated organically for ArtWeek Des Moines. Artist’s works and actions effecting change at the local, regional, national and international level through creative expression were posted daily on River City Art and Music, and Riverview Artist Salon’s, Instagram and Facebook feeds as well as on www.rivercityartandmusic.com.