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Postcards for Peace

A watercolor painting by artist Jo Myers-Walker shows a large crowd of stylized figures stretching off into the distance, coming together to advocate for a world without nuclear weapons

People coming together for “A world without nuclear weapons”

A favorite part of attending St. Thomas More Catholic Church is the opportunity to work with fellow parishioners for causes that are important to us. I painted this scene, showing people from all over joining together, to use as the decorative side of postcards for the group project Postcards for Peace. After this weekend’s Masses (January 28–29, 2023), churchgoers will have a chance to address the postcards to our political leaders and write why they are urging our government to sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).

Nuclear weapons remain an active threat to all life on the planet, and sending postcards may seem a small measure. Recent church bulletins remind us to Pray — Study — Act, even when the odds seem against us; and they include a World Peace Prayer for contemplation (link is to some historical information about the prayer on liturgy.co.nz).

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It Happens Here, Too

A silhouetted figure in a dark urban space in a promotional image for the informational event It Happens Here, Too about human trafficking


Update:  This event will be rescheduled after being cancelled for weather safety concerns. Keep an eye on the Johnson County Human Trafficking Coalition social media for updates!

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It Happens Here, Too:  Human Trafficking in Iowa
Informational event at Iowa City Public Library (sponsored by the library and by the Johnson County Human Trafficking Coalition)

Diana Cox and I will lead one of the break-out sessions at this event, where we’ll show and discuss the short documentary film “Chosen” about teenagers deceived into trafficking. I’ll also be learning from other presenters and attendees! This open-to-the-public event brings together many people and organizations involved in working against human trafficking and helping its survivors.

I’ll have cards and scarves from my Creating for a Cause collections for sale to support causes including Lila Mae’s House. The founder of Lila Mae’s House, Sister Shirley Fineran, recently received one of six Outstanding Anti-Trafficking Service Awards given by the Iowa Network Against Human Trafficking.

From the event description:  “Human trafficking is happening here in Iowa. Come to learn more about how to identify human trafficking, the tactics used, and join break-out sessions to talk with others about how this issue affects our communities.”

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Fabric scenes on a smaller scale

Flying dogs and owners, improvisational fabric wall hanging by artist Jo Myers-Walker

Flying dogs and owners, 17″x 13″

I’ve been using up material left over from the (church-wall-sized) Easter story wall hanging to create these little improvisational wall hangings, or “magical narrative fabric collages.” This size is easier to manage, which was especially helpful when I was recuperating from a knee replacement earlier this year! Being creative can be useful in recovery — you figure out how to make things better. The varied textures and shapes of the leftover fabric inspired images of childlike fun.

I’ll have these collages at the Eastside Artists Show and Sale which continues Saturday and Sunday (December 3 –4, 2022), along with watercolor paintings, cards, and more!

Fanciful improvisational fabric wall hangings by artist Jo Myers-Walker

At left, Violin lesson, 12″ x 15″;  At right, Flower picking, 10″ x 12″

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Eastside Artists Show and Sale 2022

Postcard announcing 2022 Iowa City Eastside Artists Show and Sale with collage featuring realistic female cardinal and map of Iowa city area by collage artist Chris Carman

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Friday, Saturday, and Sunday,
December 2, 3, and 4, 2022:

“Local Art from Hand & Heart” — I’m looking forward to having a booth at this year’s in-person (face masks required) Iowa City Eastside Artists Show and Sale!

The event is held at the Masonic Building, 312 East College Street in downtown Iowa City. You can find more information at the Eastside Artists website and Facebook page.

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Exhibit at Iowa Artisans Gallery

Artist Jo Myers-Walker point to a painting while talking with an attendee of November 2022 show opening at Iowa Artisans Gallery

Discussing one of
the watercolors

Still-life watercolor painting and some small whimsical fabric artworks by Jo Myers-Walker

This display includes some little
tapestries I’ve been making.
More about those later!

Thank you to everyone who stopped by the opening event at Iowa Artisans Gallery for the show “Creating for Causes,” featuring my Creating for a Cause artwork and products. The exhibit remains at the gallery (207 E. Washington St. in downtown Iowa City) for the month of November 2022, along with the work of many other artists in many mediums and styles!

(Photos in this post courtesy of Jeanette)

Wall of watercolor artwork by artist Jo Myers-Walker on display at Iowa Artisans Gallery, with a close-up on four paintings of women

This wall includes paintings of women whom I
imagined symbolizing the courage of survivors

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New! Art gallery shop – and more! – website

Screenshot of Jo Myers Walker's new Art Gallery Shop site at jomyerswalker.com

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at jomyerswalker.com

Multi-colored flyer listing consultation and mentoring services offered by artist Jo Myers-Walker

Mentoring and Consultations
at jomyerswalker.com

Check out my new Mentoring, Consultations, Gallery and Commissions website at jomyerswalker.com! I’m excited to focus on individual and group Mentoring, individual Consultations, and Illustration, aspects of my career in which I’ve been developing expertise over many years. The new site will also host my original art for sale in the Fine Art Gallery and offer commissions for Painting, Illustration, and Project Design.

theleftbankstudio.com will remain here as a complementary site with more emphasis on charitable and spiritual activities and my day-to-day adventures. The Creating for a Cause page highlights products created to promote awareness and to raise money for special causes, featuring images from my artwork. Here on my blog I’ll continue to show you scenes from my life, and tell you about events as they come up.

The new site is the result of much brainstorming and work with wonderful collaborators. Find your next paintings and learn about commissions, consultations, and mentoring at jomyerswalker.com. I hope you will enjoy it!

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Autumn workshop at the Prairie

Watercolor paints and sketches arrayed on a tabletop with a pair of colorful glasses


Friday, October 14, 2022,
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.:

Join us for my workshop Imagination Unbinds Hope, at Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat near Wheatland, Iowa! We will be painting intuitively, finding shapes in clouds and our imaginations, finding our voice. This is a day of discovery, meditation and release, enjoying the beauty of the Prairie.

Cost is $45.00 per person including lunch and art supplies. You can register online at the event page on the Prairie Retreat website.

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Sunday conversations

Sunday Conversations, watercolor painting of rocking chairs on an elegant front porch by artist Jo Myers-Walker

Sunday Conversations, 16″ h x 20″ w

Update:  The Octagon show was great (and windy!), I saw lots of friends and left new paintings at the Octagon Shop. (My original post is below.)

I’ll have this new painting, “Sunday Conversations,” at the Octagon Art Festival this Sunday (September 25, 2022, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) along with other original watercolors, prints (including my illustrations of “Rufus Rutabaga Flicktail Finds His House”), and cards (including ones from my Improvisational Fabric Wall Hanging). The Art Festival web page now has a list of this year’s artists and a map to our booths.

These rocking chairs were inspired by the front porch of Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat near Wheatland, Iowa. I’m looking forward to returning there to lead a workshop on October 14 called Imagination Unbinds Hope. More details at that link, and in an upcoming post!

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IWS Annual Meeting and exhibition

After Finals, watercolor painting of Iowa City scene by artist Jo Myers-Walker

“After Finals”
(Iowa City scene)

I’m especially honored to have my painting included in the Traveling Show! The 2022 – 2023 schedule and preview are now posted on the Traveling Show page of the IWS website.

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I’m honored to have one of my paintings, “After Finals,” included in this year’s Iowa Watercolor Society (IWS) exhibition. All of the exhibition paintings will be on display for the IWS Annual Meeting, luncheon, watercolor demo, and award ceremony on Sunday, September 11, 2022 at beautiful La Poste in Perry, Iowa.

This year’s judge for the award ceremony and guest artist for the demo is noted watercolorist Sarah Yeoman, who will also teach a workshop at La Poste from September 12 through 14, 2022.

A number of the exhibition paintings, selected by the judge, will travel on and become the 2022–2023 IWS Traveling Show — keep an eye on the Traveling Show page of the IWS website for the new year’s schedule and a preview of the show! (At the time of this post, you can see paintings from the 2021–2022 show on the Traveling Show page.)

IWS membership is required to register for the Annual Meeting event and for the workshop. It’s a great way to meet and learn from other Iowa artists, and from a nationally-known guest teacher.

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