Art In the Barn

Art in the Barn

Friday, September 23rd, 2016
6169 Northglenn Drive
Johnston, IA (map)

For Attendees
Wine, craft 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
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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. Art In the Barn features hanging art exclusively.

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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

Sara Burrier

Des Moines

Medium: Watercolor & Colored Pencil

Sara Burrier is an award winning watercolorist recognized as a leading mermaid and fairy illustrator. She owns her own freelance business out of her home studio, Sara B Illustration, selling her art throughout the world. Sara is inspired by florals, birds, faith, beautiful faces, and all things nature, a constant thread within her work. Traveling throughout the midwest selling her work, she finds the best parts about her job are connecting with her customers, giving out smiles and hugs, helping others discover their light through art, and teaching. When Sara isn't creating you can find her cooking, crafting, or sharing moments with her family.

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

Anna Hornsby


Medium: Photography

Nicole James

Des Moines

Medium: Mosaics

Nicole Marie Krayneski James was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. Perhaps inspired by her surroundings, she won a coloring contest in first grade when she drew a picture of an elephant -- drawn freehand from a stamp on a letter that her Uncle Dennis sent her. Recognizing the greatness within, Nicole's mother Mary enrolled her in drawing classes. Fast forward a decade or so later, and Nicole took her talents to Drake University, where she earned a B.F.A. specializing in sculpture, and later earned a Masters in Teaching from Drake in 2002. A passion for teaching children how to do the art stuffs landed her a job as an arts sherpa at the Des Moines Art Center where she served as the Studio Programs Coordinator until 2013. Along the way, she continued to create art, including her finest creations -- four talented creative geniuses. She currently instructs young people at the Des Moines Art Center, the Downtown School, and the After School Arts Program. Nicole enjoys tacos, cheap white wine, the color magenta and playing with her four boys and five pet chickens.

Leslie Leavenworth

West Des Moines

Medium: oil, acrylic, watercolor

Although a nurse by profession, Leslie has studied painting since age six. Now that her three children are raised, she has time to focus on developing her art. Since moving here 16 years ago, Leslie has fallen in love with the quiet beauty of the Iowa landscape. You will find her most weekends painting on location with the Saturday sketch group or studying portraits under Mary Muller. 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.

Shawn Palek

Des Moines

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas (Airbrushed)

Greg Punelli

Des Moines

Medium: Photography

I grew up in Des Moines and graduated from Dowling High School. I got interested in photography taking a class at Dowling developing black and white film and have been hooked ever since. I love taking pictures of wildlife, landscape, sports and nature photography. There is so much beauty and a lot to explore just in Iowa. For me it's all about being outdoors and the journey to get the shot. I have made so many friends and learn so much through what I call my photography family.

Michael Riggs

West Des Moines

Medium: Photography

Photographer specializing in wildlife, landscapes, and local landmarks. I've spent nearly 15 years developing my skill and learning to film places from my unique perspective.

Edith Steinberg


Medium: oil

EDITH STEINBERG ARTIST BIO Edith Steinberg was born by the Baltic Sea in Estonia. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and worked as a journalist. In the field of journalism Edith excelled as an Editor and Editor-in-Chief, but the desire to paint was still within her. "I can describe it only as a seven year itch," she saids. To ease the itch, she took different courses of painting, calligraphy and composition at the Estonian Academy of Arts and drawing course in London Art College. "Writing and painting stand closer to each other than a first glance would suggest. The creative process is perfectly comparable, "she says". Steinberg loves cheerful colors. "The whole atmosphere brightens up when you apply blue, red and yellow with a hint of purple on the same canvas". Since 2004 Edith's work has been exhibited in the United States at Hoyt Sherman Art Shows, Iowa State Fair Art Exhibition, and the Heritage Gallery in Des Moines. Winning an award at the Des Moines Woman's club art show in 2012. "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 truly enjoy every minute of it."

Mary Steinberg


Medium: Watercolor

Mary Anne Steinberg - Artist Bio Although, Mary was born and raised in the oil fields of Tulsa, Oklahoma she has deep familiar 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 pastels. 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

Born in Des Moines Todd Steinberg represents a corn fed Renaissance man in the best sense--his serious profession as a Medical Physicist in Radiation Oncology 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 40 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, Olympic Trials, 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. 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".

Information For Artists

  • Art In the Barn features hanging art exclusively
  • 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

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By your participation in this event, you agree that neither the Friends of the Johnston Public Library, the Johnston Public Library Foundation, nor the City of Johnston is responsible for any losses of or damage to property, including artwork.

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Contact Us


Contact Information (phone or email):



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