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karen cooper
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  • Jefferson, IA
  • United States
  • painting
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accepting credit cards

Started this discussion. Last reply by karen cooper Apr 10, 2018. 13 Replies

Town Art Fair, Leawood, KS

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57thStreetArtFair (Chciago) advice?

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karen cooper commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Des Moines Artist Sues for Copyright Infringement
"WAS it copyrighted and if yes, then why? Most people that see it, whether in the ad or on the wall will not think of it as art, but rather just a painted wall. "neutral backdrops" - I think that's a pretty good description for the…"
Aug 26, 2019
karen cooper replied to Diana Augustine's discussion Battery Lighting for Dummies
"another option (affordable!!!) from harbor freight:"
Jul 8, 2019
karen cooper replied to Edgar Williams's discussion Do Low Prices Upset Other Artists?
"Sonja, for any artist who also exhibits at a gallery, will be seeking gallery representation eventually, OR for an artist who hopes for repeat collectors/clientele, it is NOT okay to price your paintings according to venue. The only price change…"
May 8, 2019

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several! including Krasl, Naperville, Prairie Village
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Karen cooper's Blog

Des Moines Arts Festival

Posted on June 28, 2014 at 7:30pm 8 Comments


I was checking the weather forecast for the festival, and up pops this winner.  Pretty much a sad commentary on the current state of affairs, eh?

-just thought you should know...

Art or Product?

Posted on May 15, 2014 at 2:41am 28 Comments


Welcome to the Cooper studio, assignment, Lipetsk.

Art Or Product?

Ah.  Tis the season of the great American ‘Art in the Park”.  Art Fair.  Art Festival.   Art on the Square. Spring Festival of the Arts.  Fall Festival of the Arts.  Botanical Garden Festival of the…


Geneva Fine Arts Fair, A Review

Posted on August 1, 2013 at 7:00pm 10 Comments


Welcome to the Cooper studio, Jefferson, Iowa, where I've recently arrived after exhibiting at the Geneva (Illinois) Fine Arts Fair.

Do you remember a month or so ago, when on these very pages, I posted a blog article titled A Walk Through At The Des Moines Summer Arts Festival?  No?  Well, here's a link:   …


A Walk-Through At The Des Moines Summer Art Festival, 2013

Posted on June 30, 2013 at 6:23pm 27 Comments

A Walk-Through At The Des Moines Summer Art Festival, 2013


Welcome to the Cooper studio, Jefferson, Iowa.  Yup, that Jefferson.  The one about an hour northwest of Des Moines, close enough so that it was perfectly logical to drive in and spend the day, just to review an art show that I was not exhibiting in.

And so, here we are:  a review.

Saturday, 1PM.  Husband and I park the car at the nearest parking ramp and head towards the southeast corner of the…


Running Like The Bambi's...

Posted on November 13, 2012 at 9:18pm 3 Comments



Welcome to the Cooper studio, Jefferson, Iowa, where today, was a run morning.  As I've mentioned before, and I'm sure you've heard, there are a select few mornings of the week where I do a predawn run/trot/limp - one of those.  


I was…


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At 1:04pm on July 11, 2011, Kathleen Neff gave karen cooper a gift
For your valuable input and inspiration, not to mention excellence in writing your blog and consistency in your work. Thank you.
At 10:12am on March 9, 2011, Kathleen Neff said…
Well, we've left our winter behind (I hope)...SW Missouri is notorious for 'I-44 corridor changes' and I'm right on it!  Oh, and I know Jefferson...I was born and raised in Boone (Co.).  So, do you still have the Red Barn festival?  I do both painting (fine art) and painting (fun art illustrated barnwood signs) as well as sculpture in polymer clay. I always wanted to get back 'home' but the timing has been wrong for shows I really wanted to do and now the state of the gas prices is giving me pause for thought.  My brother lives in Eldora and my sister in Dubuque so I have reason to make an extended trip. Do you do many Iowa shows?
At 8:25pm on November 30, 2008, Connie Mettler said…
Hi Karen,

Thanks for joining this new site. Were you at Krasl this year or last? I was there and would love to meet you. Maybe next year.

In the meantime, please invite some friends to join. We can turn this into an artists destination, "the more, the merrier."

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