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Celebrate Snow Day 2017!

Whether or not it’s snowing outside, it will be snowing at Area515 on December 14th from 6:30 to 9pm! You’ll have the opportunity to watch your very own snowflake get laser cut or 3D printed, then skate on over to the personalization station to decorate with glitter, paint, ribbon and more.   We’ll also have […]

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PSA: Fire Extinguisher Recall

Shop safety isn’t exciting to talk about, but it’s pretty important. If you don’t have fire extinguishers handy in your shop, you should get some. If you do, go check them — because Kidde is recalling a ton of fire extinguishers. Basically if it has a plastic handle and was made between 1973 – 2017, […]

Artist in Residence - Ben Brown

Artist in Residence – Ben Brown

Ben Brown uses steel and wood to make art and furniture. For the vast majority his pieces use reclaimed and salvaged materials are used.  The deep-grained patinas of weathered steel mixed with an industrial shape makes for a rough and naturalized geometry—a sort of aesthetic of primitive science. Much of Brown’s inspiration has come from natural phenomena and his […]

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Artist in Residence – Tibi Chelcea

Tibi Chelcea has been recognized for his outstanding work which demonstrates his ability to take elements and processes of traditional printmaking and combine them with operations of digital technologies. His work shows an astonishing correlation between old and new technologies, and issues of consumption, serial design, automated vs labor-intensive processes, are brought to the fore. […]

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Artist in Residence – Michael Van Dyke

A graduate of Iowa State University in 2005, Michael Van Dyke is a visual artist located in Des Moines, Iowa. An artist with an investigative and curious approach, Michael utilizes a wide range of mediums, including painting, furniture, sculpture, and photography as well as digital mediums of video and graphic design. While studio art is […]

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Artist in Residence – Celeste Moreno

Celeste Moreno received a dual degree in science in art through the Biological and Pre-Medical Illustration program at Iowa State University.   Moreno believes that science and art are not opposites but are symbiotic pathways to understanding our world. Her work focuses on communicating scientific concepts through artistic and experimental methods such as digital painting, […]

Artist in Residence - Amenda Tate Corso

Artist in Residence – Amenda Tate Corso

Meet Amenda Tate Corso, one of our five artists in residence. Corso is an Artist and Metalsmith with a BFA in Jewelry/Metals from Metropolitan State University of Denver. She recently completed an Artist Residency with Ballet Des Moines. Corso’s studies led her to the realization that she wants to put her focus into “how things work.” […]

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Side Hustle Saturday Recap

Most Side Hustle Saturdays are pretty laid back, chatty affairs for people with side hustles or trying to figure out if they can make it work. This past weekend, we switched it up and had Tom Swartwood from Drake Innovation come and talk to us about taking our hobbies to businesses. He crammed an unbelievable […]