Meet-and-greet for next month’s artists is Sept. 6

The Central Iowa Art Association invites the public to the opening reception of the September Auditorium art show featuring mixed media artist and Marshalltown native Vicki Meyer and weaver, Ali Cooper on Sept. 6.

The wine and cheese reception is open to the public from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Fisher Community Center. Both artists will be available to visit with the public and will offer items for sale.

Meyer is a MHS, MCC and the University of Iowa graduate and is currently employed by Emerson Process Management. Her interest in art developed after college.

She is known to use pieces of metal, wood, old books, maps and newspapers to create her conversation starting pieces of art. Meyer is a formidable texturist, if-you-will, relating pieces inspired by architecture,natural shadows and geometry and an astute minimalist. You might be surprised to learn that water plays a pivotal role in her creations – looking to remove paint from her pieces, rather than adding, to have a desired effect.

She and her husband, Don, live in Marshalltown and are the parents of two girls.

Ali Cooper, born and raised in the Midwest, received her BFA in fine art in 2006 from the Kansas City Art Institute. Post graduation, Cooper spent the next two years traveling the United States and Central Europe until 2008 when she moved back to the Midwest and established a weaving studio in eastern Iowa.

Cooper is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Handweaver’s Guild of America’s Dendel scholarship and the International Textile Market’s Virginia Jackson Design award. Her work is in private collections and has been reviewed in FiberArts magazine as well as Shuttle, Spindle, Dyepot.

Cooper is shifting the focus of her work from fine art to design. She has spent the past year designing and weaving fabric for American Gothic, a clothing line by Kim Sun Designs. She also participates in What a Load of Craft, a well-received annual craft fair in Iowa City. You can find Ali’s weavings in local boutiques in the Iowa City area or on her website at