The Fall Art and Upcycle Market is an annual event that brings a variety of artists from across the Midwest to Historic Valley Junction, in West Des Moines. This year the market was held on Sunday, Sept. 14.
The Fall Art Market has been occupying historic Valley Junction, in West Des Moines since 1971. “I think just having access to art is just good for any community,” said Katie Rooney, events manager for the Valley Junction Art Foundation.
Due to a successful first year, the Fall Art Market has included upcycled art for a second year. Rooney describes upcycled art as, “Taking something and making it into something different, something better.” The market included a variety of repurposed and upcycled items including, jewelry made from old keys and a clock made from an old bicycle tire.
A variety of artists from across the Midwest and the country traveled to Valley Junction to display their upcycled art. The artists displayed a assortment of artwork including; prints, sculptures, paintings, pottery, jewelry, clothing, photography, and stain glass.
At the Fall Art and Upcycle Market there is always something for art lovers of all ages. This year children had the chance to paint a dumpster from Waste Connection. The new colorful dumpster will be placed somewhere in Des Moines. Other children’s activities included sidewalk chalk and hula hooping.
The Fall Art Market not only benefits to art lovers it also greatly benefits the artists. Several young local musicians preformed during the event. The event also gave new artists a chance to show people their work. “It’s good to get the feedback and at the end of the day I get to see how things worked out. It helps me decided if it’s something I should do more of,” said water photographer, Drew Otto, a recent graduate from Coe College. This is Otto’s first art festival.
To learn about upcoming cultural and art festivals in Valley Junction you can visit www.valleyjunction.com.