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Urbandale Public Library/Art UP Close Program 2019

Meet the Artist:  Marcia Leeper

Marcia Leeper will serve as the Urbandale Public Library’s Art UP Close resident artist from September 1 – November 30, 2019.  She will lead a variety of workshops and presentations for all ages.

Artist Statement

My careers and life experiences have been rich and varied. Each portion of my life has been connected by creativity and teaching. These experiences have included being a professional Girl Scout, a coordinator of staff training at a home for children with disabilities, working at a garden magazine for 20 years, and planning and facilitating presentations in horticulture in many locations in Iowa and around the country.

Now I am recycled and composting beautifully, working in gardens and at a greenhouse in the spring. I can’t wait to see what will be next in this world of art that is emerging for me.


Gallery Exhibition & Reception

Leeper’s work will be on display in the Urbandale Public Library Art Gallery from September 15 – October 31.   Meet the artist at a special reception in the Art Gallery on Saturday, October 5 from 10:00 – 11:30 AM.  


Program Schedule

Pre-registration required for all programs. 

For Adults 18+
  • Art in the Garden. Tuesday, September 17 @ 6:00 PM. 
    Looking for hidden shapes and beauty will give your creative side subjects for pencil drawings while we are out in nature on a fall evening.   Register online or by calling 515-278-3945.
  • In Your Mind’s Eye.  Sunday, October 6 @ 1:30 PM.
    Let’s explore imagination in art and life. Bring an open mind and your fun-loving spirit. Register online or by calling 515-278-3945.
For Teens (ages 12- 17)
  • Teen Ink. Thursday, September 26, 5:30 PM. 
    Teens will create a watercolor base, then find hidden pictures and bring them to life with ink. Register online or by calling 515-278-3945.
For Kids
  • After School Art.  Monday, September 9, 4:30 PM.
    Create and paint bird sculptures for the Library’s butterfly garden.  For ages 6 – 12.  Register online or by calling 515-278-3945.
  • Junior Artists.  Friday, November 8, 10:00 AM. 
    Children will harness their imaginations as they explore our resident artist’s favorite art techniques! For ages 3-7, siblings welcome.  Register online or by calling 515-278-3945.



Look for Leeper’s artwork in the StoryWalk around the pond in Urbandale’s Walker-Johnston Park in mid-October.



About Art UP Close

The Urbandale Public Library Art UP Close program was established to celebrate the work of local artists and encourages the community to experience the arts through engaging opportunities.   The program sponsors local artists conducting informative presentations and hands-on workshops throughout our community.  The goal is to develop and sustain the public’s awareness and interest in the arts, cultivating a true appreciation for all forms of human expression. Art UP Close makes our community a dynamic place to live, work, and visit!

Art UP Close offers two, three-month paid sponsorships to visual, literary, performing, and mixed media artists each year. Watch our website for the 2020 program application available later this year.


The StoryWalk™ Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition (VBPC) and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.