Art In the Barn

Art in the Barn

Friday, September 25th, 2015
6169 Northglenn Drive
Johnston, IA (map)

For Attendees
Wine, boutique beer, light appetizers, and displays from local artists will be featured at this annual fundraiser for the Johnston Public Library

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For Artists
Register and pay your registration fee online

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About Art In the Barn

Works by local artists, light appetizers, and live music will highlight this annual fundraiser for the Johnston Public Library hosted by the Friends of the Library. This year, Art In the Barn will exclusively feature hanging art –pottery, jewelery, pens, cards, knitting, and other art will be featured at Craft In the Barn in November.

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Rather buy tickets in person? Art In the Barn tickets are available at the library –6700 Merle Hay Road, Johnston, IA 50131– and at the door.

The Artists

Penny Adam


Medium: photography

Sara Burrier

Des Moines

Medium: Watercolor & Colored Pencil

Sara was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa, returning after four years in college to continue growing her family in the Des Moines community. As a little girl she played pretend, hid in trees, and rode her bike to make her imagination come alive. Sara's work resonates the need and beauty of nature plus playful imagination through her watercolor and colored pencil illustration. Fairies, mermaids, old stories, and fairytales used for light instead of the darkness they once were used to convey entices her and is the driving force for her subject matter. She has taught at the Des Moines Art Center for ten years, currently publishing her second book, and has licensed her work to gift and paper manufacturers. Her faith and motivation to inspire others continues to grow as she finds new opportunities to share her work.

Lisa Cooper


Medium: Acrylic on Canvas

Lisa has been painting for the last 7 years, and started her pet portrait business in 2014. Her realistic pet portraits are shipped to clients all over the U.S., and also overseas. As an animal lover - this combines her two loves - pets, and paintings. To view more of Lisa's work, you can view her Facebook page: Lisa Cooper - Artist

Allison Coy


Medium: Painting, Drawing

Karen DeHaven


Medium: photography

Colleen Eckhoff


Medium: graphite

Chad Elliott

Coon Rapids

Medium: Paint

Chad Elliott strives to create music and art that inspires, uplifts and moves his audience emotionally by relating life experiences through dream-like imagery. In his Wilderman’s exhibit series, he additionally hopes to inspire families to think about creating and nature as a whole mind project through painting, writing and song.

Victoria Herring

Des Moines

Medium: Photography

Victoria is a native of Des Moines and by training and education an attorney, but her love of and involvement in the visual arts dates from her childhood, as well as taking courses throughout her life. More recently, she has been developing her “right brain” talents, focusing on photography as her medium. Combining a love of travel, art and photography, her images speak to a desire to find unique views and subjects to share with others, allowing them to recapture or explore other parts of this world and viewpoints. She particularly appreciates patterns and design, and hopes to convey a sense of them in her works. She has been juried into a variety of shows in the Midwest and received honors in competitions. A more complete bio and sample of her works is at her website,

Jeff Johnson


Medium: photography

Karla Kuhn


Medium: Acrylic

Leslie Leavenworth

West Des Moines

Medium: oil, watercolor, acrylic

Leslie is a nurse by profession and an artist by avocation. Since moving to Iowa 15 years ago, she has fallen in love with the landscape and people. Leslie is experimental in her approach, trying a variety of mediums and subject ideas. Her artwork is an eclectic mix of landscapes, portraits, and abstracts reflecting this journey of exploration.

Connie Pruitt


Medium: Mixed Media Painting

Connie Pruitt's art is a mixture of acrylic paint, papers and found objects. She incorporates a bit of whimsy in her designs, making them a one of a kind work of art. She has a Masters in Art Education and has been teaching for over 30 years. As well as being an educator and free lance artist, she is a certified art therapist as well as the owner of the first social painting company in Des Moines, el arte Uncorked.

Greg Punelli

Des Moines

Medium: Photography

Michael Riggs

West Des Moines

Medium: Photography

Imad Saab


Medium: photography

Imad has been an avid photographer his entire life. Many of his photographs focus on architectural details of historical Ottoman villas and the street scenes of his hometown of Beirut, Lebanon.

Scott Sjobakken

Des Moines

Medium: Oil Paint

I was born in Dubuque, Iowa in 1975. I earned my BFA from Iowa State University in 1998 with a major in Drawing Painting and Printmaking. At ISU I spent a semester studying in Rome. In 1999 I moved to Jersey City and in 2006 I moved again, to Brooklyn. In 2013 returned to my home state of Iowa. I currently live and work in Des Moines, Iowa.

Cindy Skeie

Windsor Heights

Medium: Photography

I began my adventure with macro photography about eight years ago. I fell in love with the fascinating and amazing world of nature up close. It never gets boring for me as I continually make new"discoveries" through my lens. I'm often told that I have a unique perspective to which I respond, "just look a little closer and see what I see". From the brilliant color of flowers to comical bugs to the complex world of fungus, macro photography allows me to discover the intricate beauty that exists everywhere in nature.

Edith Steinberg


Medium: Fiber Paintings

Edith Steinberg was born in 1969 in Tallinn, Estonia. At the age of 5 she told her Mom she will become an artist. At the age of 6 she won her first award among adults by designing and executing a poster, that was printed, and sold 6000 pieces. After that, life took a different turn and she ended up studying at the Estonian Institute of Humanities. She graduated with a degree in Sociology but later became a Journalist. In the field of journalism Edith excelled as an Editor, Managing Editor and Editor-in-Chief, but the desire to paint was still in her. "I can describe it only as a seven year itch, she saids laughingly. To ease the itch, she helped her gallery owner friend to organize art exhibitions and took different summer courses of painting, calligraphy and composition at the Estonian Academy of Arts by well-known artists, British painter Robbie Busche and Estonian artist Tiiu Vaik-Pallo. In the U.S. she took classes from famous watercolorist Nadine Hawbaker of Grimes, Iowa. "I love to use mixed media, because it is so versatile and leaves all of the doors open.Since 2004 Edith's work has been exhibited in United States at Hoyt Sherman Art Show and 2009, 2010 at State Fair Art Show and 2010 Heritage Gallery in Des Moines. Her work has been sold to different countries, farthest to Australia and Japan. "I am still at the beginning of my path as an Artist, but as beat novelist Jack Kerouac said, life is a journey and I do enjoy every minute of it.

Mary Steinberg


Medium: Watercolor and Acrylics

Although, Mary was born and raised in the oil fields of Texas and Oklahoma she has deep family roots on the East side of Des Moines. A native of Des Moines now for over 60 years. Mary has enjoyed using her creative skills with most painting media. Oils, watercolor, Sumi ink, and acrylics. Studying with the brilliant Dwight Kersch, and incredibly talented Nadine Hawbaker. Mary enjoys applying her skills to her own perspective of nature, landscapes, and still lifes. Mary has had numerous paintings accepted for exhibition at the Hoyt Sherman Womens Club and State Fair Art Exhibitions, and has won numerous awards at these shows. Mary's passion for painting can be seen in her use of colors and perspectives in her paintings

Todd Steinberg


Medium: Photography

Natural born Iowan, Photographer Todd H. Steinberg Born in Des Moines Todd Steinberg represents a corn fed Renaissance man in the best sense, his serious profession as a Medical Physicist at Mercy Hospital Radiation Oncology department is balanced by many hobbies: photography, classic cars, and music. A native to Des Moines and a graduate of Johnston High School and the University of Iowa. Todd's passion for photography originated over 35 years ago when he purchased his first 35mm camera. His journey has taken him to years of photographing Track and Field and Sports photography. Drake Relays, World Championships, NCAA's as well as US Championships. In his recent years Todd's work has won considerable recognition in many publications in U.S and Europe - Cosmopolitan, CNN, Forma Media magazines to name a few. Locally many of his photos have been exhibited the past six years at the Iowa State Fair photo competition, winning honorable mentions as well as a front cover of Momentum and Welcome Home Des Moines magazine. His diverse eye for composition and light has captured many inspiring landscapes, flowering portraits, and nature in its purist form. In Todd's own words "Photography is my artistic expression of the nature and people around us in there purist form. What fascinates me the most, in photography is the challenge to capture the moment that will never repeat itself." As my father would say, "Light is what you make it".

Our Sponsors

  • Greg Judas, Willmington Group LLC, Johnston

  • John Deere Financial, Johnston

  • Connie Pruitt, El arte Uncorked, Urbandale

  • Charter Bank, Johnston

  • Lisa Cooper, Artist, Johnston

  • Anne Temple, Gilded Vintage by Annie, Johnston

  • Mark O'Toole, Oaks Construcion, Johnston

  • Donna Alley, Imagine Art Interiors, West Des Moines

  • Vicki and Jerry Lage, Perry

Information For Artists

  • Artists can begin set-up for Art In the Barn at noon on the day of the event
  • Each artist will be allocated two 8'h x 22"w panels

Artist Registration ($20) *required

IMPORTANT! Artist registration for Art In the Barn is now closed

Artists who work in clay, ceramics, gourds, wood, fiber, and other non-hanging mediums will be invited to participate in Craft in the Barn –a full day art and crafts fair on Saturday, November 21 at the library. More information about Craft in the Barn forthcoming.

Contact Us


Contact Information (phone or email):



Johnston Public Library Foundation
6700 Merle Hay Road
Johnston, IA 50131
(515) 278-5233