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

Dates/times subject to change.  Watch this page or check the Library’s events calendar this fall for more details about additional workshops and presentations led by Marcia Leeper.

  • Tuesday, September 17 @ 6:00 PM – “Art in the Garden” program for adults 18+.
  • Sunday, October 6 @ 1:30 PM – “In Your Mind’s Eye” program for adults 18+.


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.