Art In the Barn
Friday, September 21st, 2018
Simpson Barn
6169 Northglenn Drive
Johnston, IA (map)

For Attendees
An exhibition of works by local artists and plenty of appetizers, wine, craft beer, and live music by Molly Brandt are included with admission to 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

An exhibition of works by local artists and plenty of appetizers, wine, craft beer, and live music by Molly Brandt are included with admission to this annual fundraiser for the Johnston Public Library. Tickets are on sale now at the library and online and at the door the night of the event. Art In the Barn features hanging art exclusively.

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IMPORTANT! Online ticket sales are closed but tickets are available at the door.

The Artists

Jim Bryson


Medium: Oils

Lisa Cooper


Medium: Acrylic On Canvas

I love painting pet portraits. However, I am showing some landscapes that I recently painted for inclusion in an art book that was published in Australia

Karrie Daniels


Medium: Acrylic; Mixed Media

By day, a mild manner scientist - but by nights, weekends, and holidays I get to become my super alter ego of being an artist. I enjoy seeing the world in all of its colors and textures and emotions and I reflect that in my paintings and encourage others to experience the senses of every piece of art.

Colleen Gleason

Dallas Center

Medium: Acrylic Pour, Pastel And Oil

Marilyn Johnson


Medium: Alcohol Ink

I have tested the water with several mediums over a lifetime. The past several years ago I have focused on Alcohol Ink and love the vivid bright colors. The flow of the inks is a challenge to the artist and your creativity. The results open up a new world of art colored with beauty.

Leslie Leavenworth

West Des Moines

Medium: Oil, Watercolor, Acrylic

Leslie is a nurse by profession and an artist by avocation. Since moving to Iowa 20 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: Acrylic And Oil

Connie Pruitt Art-----Artist Statement Connie Pruitt Art Urbandale, Iowa Artist Connie Pruitt was raised on a farm in southwest Iowa where she learned to appreciate the beauty of nature around her. Gardens, timbers, farm ponds and animals were an inspiration to Connie as she began to develop a love of creating art. Her current work is in oil, acrylic and mixed media paintings on canvas and is a reflection of her love of the beauty in nature. Connie attended Iowa State University where she graduated with a degree in Art Education in 1982. In 1993 she obtained her Master’s Degree in Art Education at Northwest Missouri State University. She also received her Art Therapy Certificate through Grandview University in 2010. Connie retired this year after 36 years of teaching art. Connie has created many commissioned art pieces over the years. She has created everything from murals on library walls to limited edition watercolor prints of historical buildings to artwork for the president of Tanzania. Every year she works with the American Cancer Association to create a one of a kind, interactive art piece to be auctioned off at the Iowa Coaches Verses Cancer Gala. One of those pieces is hanging in the Hope Lodge in Iowa City. In addition to her art business, Connie also created the company Happy Llama, an art therapy art kit company. and @my.happy.llama on instagram.

Michael Riggs

West Des Moines

Medium: Photography

My work includes images from my many travels and also local landmarks.

Annette Scieszinski


Medium: Oil Paints, And Jewelry

Annette Jennings Scieszinski has been communicating through art for over 30 years. Her Impressionism technique elevates the viewer experience through dynamic use of color and texture. Enjoy the trip!

Heidi Segner


Medium: Watercolor/gouache Sketches & On Wrapping Paper,etc.

I work as an accountant, but in my free time I have explored various art mediums. I simply love art! Creating art, going to art shows, galleries and even talking about art brings me great joy. For the past several months I have been exploring & growing in surface pattern design. It is so thrilling to take art that I have created and put it on something tangible.

Tracey Simmonds


Medium: Alcohol Ink And Collage

Tracey Simmonds creates alcohol ink paintings that juxtapose the loose flowing nature of this medium against controlled detail work to transport the viewer into the painting. In addition to her ink work she also enjoys creating collages out of citrasolv altered papers. She shares her work at local art exhibits and at Art Happy in Grimes, and shares her techniques with workshop participants both locally and on the east coast. Her works are in private collections. She is a contributor to the e-book Alcohol Ink: How It Is Done. Her studio is located in central Iowa.

Emily Verdoorn

Des Moines

Medium: Pen And Ink

For as long as I can remember, I have loved making and drawing. What was at first unselfconscious play has grown into a career in making art and sharing this passion in teaching art lessons to children. After graduating from Belhaven University in Jackson Mississippi with a BFA in Visual Art I moved back to my home in Des Moines, Iowa. I love drawing on location in pen and ink and recording the mundane glory of our everyday experiences.

Darci Wolf


Medium: Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor And Photography

Over ten years ago I made the leap back into art rediscovering the mediums and techniques to find my own artistic expression. I have thoroughly enjoyed the journey and continue to get inspired by nature through my painting and photographs as well as other subjects such as portraits and abstracts.

Our Sponsors

  • Johnston Hy-Vee

  • JoAnn Manning

  • Hilde DeBruyne

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

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

Contact Us


Contact Information (phone or email):



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