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Sticks Trunk Show at Sticks Gallery! 0

Have you always wanted to customize a Sticks piece? Pick out your own words, imagery, and colors?

If you're from Iowa just like Sticks, now's your chance!  Sticks Gallery in the Historic East Village of Des Moines, IA is having a trunk show!  Work one on one with a Sticks artist to create the piece of your dreams.  Initial custom fees are waived and a free drawing is included.  They'll also have complimentary snacks and mimosas for you to enjoy throughout the process!

Can't make it to Des Moines that weekend?  They're taking virtual web appointments!

Please call (515)282-0844 with any questions or to set up your appointment today!



  • Lisa Stark

Sticks Trunk Show at Earthenworks! 0

Have you always wanted to customize a Sticks piece?  Pick out your own words, imagery, and colors? 

If you live in the Pacific Northwest, now's your chance!  Earthenworks Galleries in Port Townsend and La Conner, WA are having a trunk show!  Work one on one with a Sticks artist to create the piece of your dreams.

Give Earthenworks a call today to set up your appointment!

  • Lisa Stark

Sticks Installation at Greenwood Elementary School 2

Sticks is honored to have recently been commissioned by local elementary school Greenwood Elementary here in Des Moines, Iowa.

Read on to learn more about this fun custom project!

The mural is located in a new entry atrium that was added to the school just last year.  The school itself however was built back in 1901!  It was a big, open space that was calling for some public art to fill it up and greet the students and staff as they enter each day.

The concept and title for the piece is "What We Love About Greenwood Elementary" and all of the students, over 300 of them, were involved from start to finish.  Before any art began every student told Sticks what they personally love about their school.  Some kids drew us what they love, some told us stories, and some made lists.  This became our inspiration and a condensed list of the students' thoughts are what make up the poem at the base of the mural!
Once all the artwork was completed in our own Des Moines, Iowa art studio, it was finally time for installation in the school!  This is where we brought the students back into the process.  As we were hanging and installing the panels, we brought in each class and gave them a bit of a presentation.  We told them about our artistic process and talked about the importance of public art.  They had a lot of fun finding and chatting with us about some of their favorite things that made it into the poem.  Unveiling it to everyone was so exciting!

The public art aspect also ties into another fun part of the project - this board that highlights artists of the week!  We adore how it focuses on the students' creativity and free thinking, and each grade level gets some love.
We had such a blast creating this project with the students and staff, making bright and inspirational art is a true joy for us.  We hope they love it as much as we loved creating it.❤️

Do you have interest in a Sticks installation or a unique project we can help with?

Our Special Projects Representative Fran would be happy to chat with you more!  

(515)246-8361 ext. 201
  • Lisa Stark

HUGE After Christmas Sale!! 0

It's one of our biggest sales of the year and it's back! The holiday hustle is over, treat yourself and start of 2018 with some Sticks!

This week only receive 20% off your entire purchase on using code 20JAN2018 and with your Sticks puchases with our participating retailers:

ArtQuest Gallery
14 W Hinsdale Ave
Hinsdale, IL 60521
Ph: (630) 887-8281

28 W St. Charles Rd
LombardIL 60148
Ph: (630) 495-6909

Quirks of Art
423 Prince George St
WilliamsburgVA 23185
Ph: (757) 645-4366 

Sticks Gallery
400 E Locust St
Des Moines, IA 50309
Ph: (515)282-0844

Stowe Craft
55 Mountain Rd
StoweVT 05672
Ph: (802) 253-2305

Wildcat on a Wing
10061 Ball Ground Hwy
Ball GroundGA 30107
Ph: (770) 735-6923

Hurry this sale ends Saturday the 27th and a deal this good won't be back around for awhile! Shop Sticks today!

  • Lisa Stark

Sticks ❤ Shawn Johnson East 0


A few weeks ago we were lucky enough to have a visit from Shawn Johnson East.  She's a bit of a local celebrity - we're all very proud to have an Olympic athlete from Des Moines, Iowa!


And while she's stopped in to see us before, this occasion was a little more special.  She partnered up with Google to share her favorite hometown small businesses and we were lucky enough to be featured in a full vlog while she took Andrew on a date around DSM.

Watch the full video here, featuring our art director Amy:

Thanks for the visit and hometown love Shawn, hope to see you again soon!

  • Lisa Stark

6 Beautiful Gifts that Serve a Purpose 0

One of the most stressful parts of the holiday season is trying to find the perfect gifts for all of your loved ones. Growing up I remember opening gifts at my family Christmas gatherings from distant relatives and thinking to myself, "what the heck am I ever going to do with this?!" From that day on I made it a point to make sure I was giving gifts that people would want to use. Some of my favorite gifts have been those that I am able to use on a daily basis. One year for my birthday my mom gave me an electric toothbrush. At the time I was disappointed with the lack of excitement I got when I opened the gift. However, it turned out to be one of my favorite gifts because it is something I use daily!

There are so many wonderful gifts out there that it can be overwhelming trying to find the best products to buy for the holidays. Here are six wonderful gift ideas that are sure to serve a purpose. The best part... Products from these designer lines can all be found at the Sticks Gallery in the East Village. Making Sticks your one-stop shop for the holidays!


1. Adorable magnet sculptures from Prairie Dance that can be personalized by attaching and displaying your favorite photo memories. 

2. Wild cherry utensils by Jonathan's Spoons, beautifully unique and crafted to be useful in your daily life. 


3. A festive holiday tray from Sticks to display all of your holiday cookies in style!

4. Custome cutting boards from Maple Leaf to carve your holiday meats in style.

5. Pure soy candles from 1803 Candles to flood your home with sweet smells this holiday season.

6. Catstudio state glasses and tea towels to honor your favorite vacations and home sweet home.

Leave a comment below with some of your favorite holiday gift ideas! :)

  • Alaina Riley