An abundance of notecards

Sample Abundant Homes notecard back and front, with watercolor design by Jo Myers-Walker

Sample back and front of a card
(click image to view larger)

Watercolor painted pouch made in the shape of a house

Prototype of pouch to hold Abundant Homes notecards. Styles will vary.

Response to the Canticle notecards has been so enthusiastic that we’re working on a whole new set! Abundant Homes is a set of 9 notecards with envelopes, each with an image from one of my paintings on the front, and some words to contemplate on the back. Once again the cards will be bundled in a hand-painted pouch, this time in the shape of a house!

Thumbnail of page showing designs of Abundant Homes notecards

Abundant Homes card styles
and messages
(click image to view larger;
PDF, approx. 570 KB)

In the photos below, I called in the reinforcements to help paint pouches for the Canticle notecards — we got into “St. Francis mode” and let the color flow. I’m looking forward to working with groups to make the new “house” style. Please contact me (email if you’d like to join in painting pouches (ages 12 and up), or to order a set of cards.

Each set of notecards, either Canticle or Abundant Homes, sells for $25.00 plus any shipping costs, with proceeds going to Lila Mae’s House to support survivors of human trafficking.

For more informaton:

Two different groups of people watercolor painting at tables full of supplies and painted papers

Painting pouches for a cause
(At left, buddies from a couple of different Catholic
churches in Ames; at right, fellow Franciscan Associates)

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New Fall classes at The Center

Logo of the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center


Registration has begun for Fall 2018 classes at The Center (Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center, Iowa City, IA)! I’ll be teaching:

See the Classes and Events page (links above) or The Center’s online registration site or Fall 2018 Program Guide (PDF, approx. 4.3 MB) for more information.

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August 2018 Newsletter

Detail of painted building from the sculpture at Mercer Park Aquatic Center in Iowa City

(click image to download PDF)

Click the link below to view or download:
In this edition:
  • Repaired and in good working order
    (My new knees-in-training)
  • Behind the scenes:  Making the Mercer mural
    (Interactive sculpture on a grand scale)
  • Stretched fabric prints
    (One of my current directions in artwork)

See previously:  Mercer mural revealed

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Backdrop to the stars

Abstract watercolor painting by Jo Myers-Walker, swirling dark blue with white accents and roundish gold area


I’m honored to have my artwork used to make a backdrop for Simply Stellar!, the 2018 Senior Variety Show in Ames. Show organizers had this painting’s design printed onto 15' tall canvas. The design is quite abstract, so as not to detract from the performers in front of it.

Update:  I had the opportunity to enjoy the Friday show, and they made my design come alive with aurora borealis and stars shooting across the backdrop. It was wonderful to see my Ames friends still performing and enjoying life to the fullest. This year’s performances are finished — keep an eye on the Senior Variety Show website for information on next year’s show.

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Storefront of Iowa Artisans Gallery in Iowa City, IA featuring works by artist Jo Myers-Walker

Storefront of Iowa Artisans Gallery in Iowa City

Iowa Artisans Gallery featuring me in their window (shower curtain, pillows, and paintings). Lately the scene on the shower curtain — “Clock Tower in the Rain” — has looked just like the weather outside!

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Figure drawing downtown

An artist's model poses at a coffee shop sidewalk table while being sketched by class members in downtown Iowa City

Sketching our model in front of The Java House

Pencil sketches of a model drawn by various artists

Looking at our sketches on a June morning

This summer I’m teaching “Figure Drawing and Painting in Downtown Iowa City,” organized by the Artifactory, and we took to the streets for our first session on June 11. You can drop in for any or all of the remaining sessions if you’d like to “venture out into the cool summer mornings, capturing the sunlight casting over the figure to show facial form and folds on clothing.”

Update:  This class has ended for Summer 2018 — thank you to everyone who joined in! See the Classes and Events page for what’s coming up.

Sketches by Jo Myers-Walker illustrating figure drawing concepts

Poster and some materials for the class
(Click image to view a larger version of just the poster)

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Photos from the Festival

Jo Myers-Walker's artist booth at the 2018 Iowa Arts Festival in Iowa City, IA

Inside the tent at the 2018 Iowa Arts Festival in downtown Iowa City

My booth at the 2018 Iowa Arts Festival earlier this month, with a little help from my friends! I needed 11 helpers setting up and taking down the tent due to the windy weather. Thank you to all my helpers, and everyone who stopped by during the Festival.

Jo Myers-Walker's artist booth at the 2018 Iowa Arts Festival in Iowa City, Iowa

Helpers; on the right, holding onto the tent in 30 mph wind!

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Students in the stands

Sitters, slumped acrylic sculptures by Jo Myers-Walker, shaped and painted as college students and sitting on card catalog drawers

Dressed up for the game Gala

I made 54 “sitters” (small acrylic sculptures) for centerpieces for the Newman Center’s Gala on April 21 (see the previous post Crowded house). The students who I used as models helped me set them up for the Gala. Here the sitters are seated on my card catalog beforehand — looks like they’re at a football game!

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Cards for contemplation

Notecard with photo of Canticle sculpture by Jo Myers-Walker

One of the cards opened flat
to show front and back
(click image to view larger)

Watercolor paper hand painted to make pouches to bundle notecards

Sample pouches, back and front. Pouches are hand-painted and designs vary; one pouch per set.
(click image to view larger)

The Sisters of St. Francis have taken pictures of the Canticle sculpture (inspired by St. Francis’s well-known Canticle) and had them made into notecards. Each card highlights a symbol from the artwork with a reflection to contemplate.

Proceeds from sale of the cards will go toward awareness of human trafficking, starting with support for Lila Mae’s House (link is to a Sioux City Journal article; note the “Ways to help” and “Signs of human trafficking” in the left-hand column).

The cards are sold as a set of 8 with envelopes (one of each design), bundled in a watercolor-paper pouch hand painted with a little dancing Francis, for $25.00 plus any shipping costs. Please contact me (email if you’re interested in buying a set!

I so enjoyed creating the Canticle of Creation sculpture and highlighting the symbols Francis and Clare so loved in nature. From the card in the photo above:  “The Canticle of Creation sculpture is an ongoing celebration of life. Francis and Clare knew that God loves us so much to create an ongoing evolution of life. It is for us to marvel and be inspired at the dignity of all creatures.”

Page showing designs of notecards with 8 different photos of Canticle sculpture by Jo Myers-Walker

The eight card designs
(click image to view larger)

Hand-painted watercolor paper to bundle notecards

Painting lots of pouches
to bundle the card sets

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Crowded house

Sitters, small slumped acrylic sculptures by Jo Myers-Walker, shown before painting

Sitting around, waiting to be painted

“Sitters” have been taking over my apartment as I cut out fifty of the little slumped-acrylic sculptures for centerpieces for Gala 2018, the largest “FUNdraising” event for the Newman Catholic Student Center at the University of Iowa. Next I’ll be painting the figures. The students posed as models for them and will help me with the centerpieces, which will be sold at the gala to support the Newman Center’s programs.

Update:  Gala 2018 was held on April 21 — thank you to everyone who helped support the Newman Center! See the post Students in the stands for a photo of the finished “crowd,” complete with paint.

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