Cyanotype and Illustration

"Heirlooms" at Pearson Lakes Art Center, Okoboji, Iowa

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Opening: January 10, 2018 from 5-7 P.M, artist talk at 6:00
Where: Weaver Lobby Gallery and McIlrath Landing Gallery

Heirlooms are up on display at the Pearson Lakes Art Center in Okoboji, Iowa until March 9, 2019. The work is a collection of both rare Midwestern wild animals and domesticated rare breeds of livestock and poultry. The Heirlooms series celebrates the relationship of co-dependence we share with livestock animals. Wild animals enrich our living, surprising us with their unconventional ways and beauty.

The show aims to remind us of the special thing that we are entrusted to preserve and protect: the gift of life, in all its many forms.

For more on the exhibit, visit:

See a video tour of the exhibit on Facebook

Read about the show in the Northwest Iowa Review

Art Walk, Main Street Ames 2018

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On the first Friday of June every year, Main Street Ames hosts Art Walk. Area artists set up shop in downtown businesses and demonstrate and explain their artwork. Naomi had a great turnout at the Octagon Gallery Shop. She exposed and developed cyanotypes, explaining the art process from start to finished work. 

Exhibit at Iowa Law Library through August 2017

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A selection of the body of work "Restless Tenants" will be displayed at the the Iowa Law Library in Des Moines, Iowa, from May - August, 2017. The Law Library is located in the State Capitol and is visited by thousands of people each year.

Read the summary from the Iowa Arts Council here.

"Restless Tenants" in this context is a representation of the inherent challenges and benefits of the urban and rural landscape of Iowa. The Law Library is a reflection of the values that result from that dichotomy through the lens of the law. 

Energy Source,  Cyanotype and Tea, 2014 10x10". 

Energy Source, Cyanotype and Tea, 2014 10x10". 



Artwork receives Honorable Mention at Octagon exhibit

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The piece Florida Cracker Cow received an honorable mention award in the Clay, Fiber, Paper, Glass, Metal, Wood exhibit which was on display at the Octagon Center for the Arts from January 27 - April 1, 2017. The exhibit was juried by Santiago Cal, internationally exhibited professor of Sculpture at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. 

Florida Cracker Cow,  2016, Cyanotype, Acrylic, and Spraypaint. 18x24"

Florida Cracker Cow, 2016, Cyanotype, Acrylic, and Spraypaint. 18x24"

Find Naomi's Cyanotypes at the Des Moines Art Festival, June 2017

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The series Heirlooms will be featured at the Des Moines Art Festival in downtown Des Moines, 2017. The festival runs from June 23-25 in western gateway park. 180 of the best artists across the country will be featured, only 12 were accepted from Iowa. 

View Naomi, and the other participating artists on the festival website here.

Belgian Hare Rabbit, 18x18"

Belgian Hare Rabbit, 18x18"

Public Art at Dordt College

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The installation Boundless Horizons was installed in October of 2016, and will be on permanent display at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa in the new Science building construction. Find it on the ground floor outside of the administrative offices. 

The piece celebrates and studies the many avenues of discovery made available in God's created world through the study of science and technology, the created order of the universe. 

New show, "Heirlooms" at Iowa Central Community College

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October 1-31

New work will be featured at Iowa Central Community College featuring Heirlooms. Images of traditional "heirlooms" are juxtaposed in contemporary landscapes. The work raises questions about issues such as commercial genetic manipulation and a culture that values high production over husbandry. 

Octagon Arts Festival

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New work featuring paintings and alternative photographic process on display at the Octagon Arts Festival September 28 2014 in downtown Ames. 

Exhibition at Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art

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Restless Tenants

April 30 – June 29, 2014

Bone Creek Museum presents the work of Naomi Friend this spring. Friend is a new generation of agrarian artist. Her work questions how we live in connection to the land in the 21st century. The themes that she explores are related to the mission of the museum; to connect people to the land through art.

Friend’s latest series, Restless Tenants, explores the interrelationships of humanity to our food and our residences. Friend is serving as curator for this exhibition to combine objects from the permanent collection with her latest work, to strike up a conversation between old and new in these relationships.

Interview at KHOI Ames Community Radio

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Artist and ISU student Naomi Friend talks about her artwork, which is on display at the Stomping Grounds Café in Ames. The art works, a combination of watercolors, and prints of photographs on paper, wood, and canvas include images of farm buildings and farm houses, family members, Iowa landscapes. Friend describes it as, “art about land and life in the Midwest.”

To listen to the interview, click the "source" link below. Naomi's segment begins about 1/3 of the way through, after the program about the passenger pigeons.  


Artwork recieves honerable mention for Diffusion Magazine

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Diffusion is an independent, contributor and reader-supported annual that highlights and celebrates unconventional photographic processes and photo related artwork. Diffusion strives to spotlight artists pushing the boundaries of traditional photographic processes as well as introducing new and innovative voices through articles, interviews, and image galleries.

Described as ‘a wonderful bundle of inspiration,’ Diffusion is supported by an audience of photographers, gallery directors, educators and art enthusiasts worldwide.

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Art in the Park

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Come see Naomi's work at the Okoboji Art in the Park art festival, supported by the Pearson Lakes Art Center. New work for sale! The work will show from 9:00-5:00 August 3 at Preservation Plaza within Arnolds Park.