Family Affair: Trunk Show Exhibit by John, Jane & Kara Schlabaugh

Iowa Artisans Gallery hosts A Family Affair: Trunk Show by John, Jane & Kara Schlabaugh, June 5 – July 6, 2015. This exhibit presents new works and home décor by the extended Schlabaugh family, which is well known nationally but based in Kalona. The exhibit opens during the June 5 Gallery Walk, 5-8pm, at 14 locations in downtown Iowa City. The artists will be in attendance.

John and Kara Schlabaugh presented demonstrations during the Iowa Arts Festival. John  demonstrated how he assembles one of their signature clocks, plus frames for Motawi tiles. Kara demonstrated doing linocuts printed on wood.

Established by Emil and sons Mark and John in 1981, Schlabaugh & Sons is well known nationally as clockmakers. Emil retired in 1991, but John and Mark, and John’s wife Jane, kept the name in order to honor their father’s contributions. The family regularly ventures into new, contemporary variations of their work.

In recent years, Schlabaugh & Sons has become especially noted for its Mission-style clocks, collaborating with Motawi Tileworks to incorporate wood and tile. Nawal Motawi founded Motawi Tileworks in 1992 after learning tile making at Detroit’s historic Pewabic Pottery. Later she returned to Ann Arbor, began making her own tiles in a garage studio and sold them at the local farmers’ market. Today, Nawal is still designing and making tiles in Ann Arbor. Her companies, Motawi Tileworks and Rovin Ceramics, employ more than 30 people. Motawi Tiles are now available for sale at the Gallery. More Information here.

Daughter Kara Schlabaugh takes her family’s creative inclinations one step further. A 2015 graduate of Drake University, she has earned acclaim as an emerging artist both in painting and graphic design. She will show modernist landscape paintings, which were a hit in the emerging artists’ section of the Des Moines Art Festival and have sold regularly at the Gallery. She also creates linocut-printed wood coasters, candle holders, and plant containers.

Jane Schlabaugh created plant containers for succulents, using repurposed discs from farm equipment, with wood bases lino-printed by Kara.

Iowa Artisans Gallery was established by artists in 1984. features work by American artists and specializes in Midwestern artists. 2014 is the Gallery’s 30th Anniversary!

Daily hours are Monday through Friday 10am-6pm; Saturday 10am-5:30pm and Sunday 12-4pm. Open until 7pm Thursdays during the summer. For more information, please contact the Gallery by email or by telephone, 319-351-8686.


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at Iowa Artisans Gallery: John, Jane and Kara Schlabaugh, in their exhibit, A Family Affair, June 2015. Framed Motawi Tilework tiles by John Schlabaugh, linocut printed candleholders and coasters by Kara Schlabaugh.
at Iowa Artisans Gallery: John, Jane & Kara Schlabaugh, in their exhibit, A Family Affair, June 2015. Shown: paintings and plant holders by Kara Schlabaugh.
at Iowa Artisans Gallery: linocut printed candle holders by Kara Schlabaugh

at Iowa Artisans Gallery: Linocut plantholders by Kara Schlabaugh
at Iowa Artisans Gallery: Clock display by Schlabaugh and Sons, plus Motawi Tileworks
at Iowa Artisans Gallery: painting by Kara Schlabaugh

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