Past Shows

Cevin Cox


July 1-29, 2022

“Nostalgia” is a tribute to carefree childhood. From familiar board games to youthful carnival rides, follow Cevin Cox on a journey back in time.


Cevin Cox, mixed media
It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words, so I try to pack as much meaning into each piece as possible. Growing up in a military family allowed me to travel the globe and gain exposure to different cultures and ways of thinking. I am anything but ordinary and you’ll find my masterpieces just as unique. Using all types of mixed media, my goal is to portray imaginative ideas, political statements, and often humorous messages. 
Cevin Cox developed a passion for art at a young age. As a means of channeling his overactive energy and imagination, Cevin began creating oil paintings at age 10. A self-taught artist, he has always been inspired by art history, especially by the most off-beat and controversial artists. He is known for his large array of “frank” designs, pop art bright colors, and thought-provoking hidden messages. Cevin now resides in Burlington, Iowa, with his wife and their five children. 

Christopher continues to pass on his love of art to his students and endeavors to broaden his artistic skill set by learning to weld and practice metal fabrication. The creative mind should never cease thriving to experience new things.

My work is created in an abstract style, incorporating varieties of bright colors, patterns and textures. Cartoonish figures are used as a vehicle to depict my experiences of the magic, wonder, stresses or absurdities of everyday life or as a personification of interesting scientific concepts or terminology. My inspiration comes from a variety of places. It could sprout from a figurative sketch, something thought provoking I have read or seen, or derived from personal
introspection and belief.

I like to work in a variety of mediums: acrylic, spray paint, wood and wire assemblages, and most recently oils. The artworks are usually started by playing with the media in a haphazard, chaotic way. I layer colors, splatter paint and stencil patterns, eventually portioning off areas with controlled outlines. Though the kaleidoscopic whimsy of the artworks may be what first draws attention, I challenge the viewer to discern underlying metaphors.

Chris Mulder


June 2-28, 2022

The show is titled “Pathos”, a word of Greek origin meaning experiencing the self through storytelling, emotion, and metaphor.

The paintings and sculptures use bright colors and a playful abstractness to explore a variety of subjects: personal experiences, magic and fantasy, and the curiosities of science and nature.

Christopher Mulder is a South Dakota native, but moved to Burlington in 2003 to begin a teaching career. He has been employed by the Burlington Community School district as an elementary art teacher for 19 years.

He began to develop his artistic voice while pursuing his Bachelor of fine Arts degree at the University of South Dakota. There, he honed his drawing and painting skills, dabbled in photography and printmaking, and ultimately chose sculpture as his emphasis. Christopher learned traditional woodworking techniques with mallet and chisel as well as using a chainsaw and other power tools. He also found a love for incorporating wire, bits of metal, leather, and other discarded, leftover materials.

During his time in college, he also became interested in creating works of art that were clandestinely placed in public spaces and left to “live” for as long as they were allowed to stay there. Some of the works were small cement figures, in groups, set in places of high traffic about the campus. Others, large abstract carvings tied hanging from trees, left among the hiking trails outside town. These temporary “installations” eventually led to an interest in creating murals and
other sanctioned public works of art.

Christopher continues to pass on his love of art to his students and endeavors to broaden his artistic skill set by learning to weld and practice metal fabrication. The creative mind should never cease thriving to experience new things.

My work is created in an abstract style, incorporating varieties of bright colors, patterns and textures. Cartoonish figures are used as a vehicle to depict my experiences of the magic, wonder, stresses or absurdities of everyday life or as a personification of interesting scientific concepts or terminology. My inspiration comes from a variety of places. It could sprout from a figurative sketch, something thought provoking I have read or seen, or derived from personal
introspection and belief.

I like to work in a variety of mediums: acrylic, spray paint, wood and wire assemblages, and most recently oils. The artworks are usually started by playing with the media in a haphazard, chaotic way. I layer colors, splatter paint and stencil patterns, eventually portioning off areas with controlled outlines. Though the kaleidoscopic whimsy of the artworks may be what first draws attention, I challenge the viewer to discern underlying metaphors.


Des Moines County Area Art Teachers

Art Flow III



  • Paula Bolander
  • Craig Fleece
  • Pam Geeding
  • Carol Keller-Hein
  • Nicole Kamrath
  • Christine Laue
  • Geri Lloyd
  • Dylan Morgan
  • Tony Onesto
  • Edward Weng

High School Art

These two exhibits feature the young talent of two local high schools.


BHS Student Art Exhibit // May 3-11

West Burlington Student Art Exhibit // May 17-22


23 artists + 46 pieces

All Fiber Show

April 1-27, 2022

This exhibition features 46 pieces of artwork from 23 fiber artists living in Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri. It will showcase multifaceted techniques like ply-split braiding, tapestry weaving, embroidery on a corset, and needle felting using materials like hand dyed yarn and manipulated fabrics.
Additionally, workshops were scheduled for the general community to teach needle felting, wet felting and basic weaving.

Judy Bales

Building on 30 years of experience in diverse artistic endeavors, including fiber artist, fashion artist and public art design team member, Judy Bales creates art that is the exciting and improbable marriage of cold industrial materials and the sensuous qualities of nature. She utilizes industrial materials, many of which are found, recycled, or salvaged, in an ongoing effort to reveal beauty in unlikely places.


Janet Bergeron

I've been making art quilts for over 20 years. My special loves are abstraction, painting and dyeing fabrics, and landscapes. I am a member of Studio Art Quilts and have exhibited nationally. I started sewing in 4H, home ec, and have taken many art classes over the years.


Carine Brown

I am Carine Brown, born in Singapore, a watercolor artist and also use paper fibers to create paintings for over 20 years. The fiber media is one of my favorites to create paintings and I totally enjoy doing.


Jean Caboth

I am a fiber artist working with collage printing on fabric which is then embellished with hand embroidery. I have been doing this type of work since 2010, when I took a workshop at the U of Minnesota in this method of fiber work.


Pam Calderwood

I have been sewing for 50 years, quilting for 30. In recent years I have transitioned from traditional quilts to art quilts. I enjoy not using patterns because it's always a surprise how the piece will turn out.


Susan Cunningham

Four years ago, I spotting a needle-felted penguin in a yarn shop in Maine. I purchased wool and a barbed needle and was immediately hooked on the craft. I roll and stab bits of wool roving to create 3D, whimsical animals, birds, mushrooms, flowers, and gnomes, as well as 2D paintings on wool and linen.


Jan Friedman

I weave tapestries and fiber collages with a wide variety of materials. My pieces draw their inspiration from sky, water, land, and vegetation. In my current work, I am concentrating on what we stand to lose because of climate change and the dire necessity of countering this threat.


Karen Ihrig

The sensual qualities of natural fibers—especially wool—captured Karen’s creative imagination early I life and has never left. So many possibilities. So little time. Vocation: English teacher (retired). Avocation: creating things (on going). “Seeing what everyone has seen and thinking what no one has thought” IS the creative experience in All forms of endeavor: teaching, art, or the civic duties that have been important in her life.


Rebecca Kobos

Rebecca’s work combines strong colors, line, shapes and textures. She uses fabric and free-motion stitching to create realistic and whimsical images in her collages. Her pieces often include both commercial fabric and fabrics that she hand-dyes.


Susan McIntyre

I am a mixed media artist currently working in fibers. I call my process "Bricolage: something constructed or created from a diverse range of available things." I enjoy experimenting and pushing the boundaries of traditional art quilting, using unconventional materials and techniques. I'm originally from the southwest U.S. and my studio is now located in Grinnell, Iowa.


Maria Montalvo

Maria Montalvo is a fiber and paint artist from Macomb, Illinois. She joyfully and continuously explores new ideas and methods in these mediums.


Marilyn Moore

I have been intrigued with baskets for many years. Thinking about what can be placed in the basket, what gives life to the inanimate object of the basket informs the way that I look at my work. The basket is the container of things needed to maintain my life, utilitarian as well as beautiful. Memories, mementos of my own life process, are kept in the baskets that I make. An ancient art form, used in many cultures for ceremonial purposes as well as for functional household uses, it remains my way of linking myself to the continuum of basket artists past and present.


Kathy Neff

I enjoy paper making because it is so versatile. It can be sculpted like clay or manipulated like cloth. My ideas are sourced from nature.


Lisa Nelson

Lisa Nelson has been a professional felt artist for 7 years, and continues to be amazed and inspired by the versatility of wool and the textures and shapes that can be created. She lives on a quiet river near Janesville, Iowa, and when she’s not felting, she enjoys horseback riding and baking. As a life-long-learner and former public school teacher, she also dedicates time to learning new techniques from others and delights in teaching people about the magic of felting with wool.


Meg Prange

Meg Prange lives on a farm south of Russell, Iowa with her husband and two dogs. She has been creating vibrant, imaginative hand-appliqued fabric pictures since 1995. Each piece develops within and springs forth with a surprising life of its own.


Elizabeth Rhoads Read

Elizabeth Rhoads Read uses simple materials to create organic sculptures.Her pieces create illusive light, interspersed space and speculation beyond the boundaries of the medium.


Wendy Read

Beginning with the sewing skills learned as a young girl, I have incorporated many of these same techniques and sewing supplies, expanded upon the basics, and incorporated exotic and interesting fibers and materials, paints and dyes, to create my art. This multitude of fibers and materials has become my paint and my canvas.


Rowen Schussheim-Anderson

Rowen Schussheim-Anderson, Augustana College professor of art, has also taught at Arizona State University, the Smithsonian, the National Endowment for the Arts’ Artists-in-Education program, and Appalachian Center for Crafts. She’ was one of two master weavers for the American Tapestry Alliance’s 2018 annual retreat. Her work is included in many permanent collections.


Ann Miller Titus

I work in the tradition of quilt makers before me, using hand applique to create contemporary, abstract surface design. Machine quilting and hand embroidery complement the surface by adding texture and additional design elements. My focus throughout the process is composition, movement, and playfulness.


Joan Webster-Vore

Joan Webster-Vore is a graduate of the University of Iowa, receiving her MA in Textile Design from the Department of Home Economics, and an MFA in Design from the School of Art and Art History. Her work has appeared in numerous competitive, invitational and solo exhibitions both regionally and nationally. She lives in Hudson, Iowa.


Christine Williamson

Christine is a spinner, weaver, knitter, dyer and sewist and often combines these skills to create a fiber art piece. She enjoys trying new techniques with every new work. In this exhibit, she is introducing a nontraditional tapestry weaving technique called Split Shed weaving.


Deborah Zeitler

I began my fiber journey as a weaver, and since have included dyeing, felting, shoemaking, and a braiding technique called Ply-Split Braiding as components of my pieces. I mostly work with wool, silk, cotton, and leather. My interests include handwoven fabric for wearables, Ikat dyed 2D pieces, Ply-Split 3D forms, handmade shoes (both leather and fabric) and functional woven articles.


Barbara Zumdome

Barbara has been raising sheep near Fort Madison for over 60 years. Lamb Lane Farm’s wool is used all over the United States by other artisans to demonstrate the wonders of wool. 

The Art of Mark McWhorter

Roads, Trails, and Travels

March 3 - 26, 2022

The subjects of most of my paintings, both watercolors and acrylics, come from traveling. In this exhibition are included works from Iowa, North and South Carolina, Kentucky, Colorado, and Wyoming. Many of the works are the results of camping and backpacking trips into some extremely isolated places! Creating art works from these adventures is my way of enjoying these places to the fullest and then being able to share them with others.

My stoneware and Raku pottery are an outgrowth of my love of history. Working in clay, creating new forms and combinations of techniques requires historical research into pottery forms of the past and techniques new to me. It gives me a lot of pleasure to know that people use my pottery and include it as a part of their lives.

Mark McWhorter Bio

Mark McWhorter grew up in Ashland, a small town in the hills of Eastern Kentucky.  He earned both a BA (1977) and a MA (1979) while attending Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky.  


Beginning in 1980, he was employed to teach art at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa.  Course assignments included a wide variety of subjects from Art History to Ceramics and Watercolor.  The opportunity to teach a wide range of art subjects and media is one of the characteristics of working at a community college that McWhorter most appreciated.


In 1984, McWhorter was asked to design the Indian Hills Art Gallery on the Ottumwa campus of IHCC.  With the gallery’s completion in 1985, McWhorter was appointed Indian Hills Art Gallery director and curator. Then in July of 1999, he was appointed lead professor of the IHCC Art Department. In the summer of 2020, McWhorter retired from his teaching position at Indian Hills. Since then he has been able to continue his work as an artist full time.


Working comfortably in several different media, his works in clay consist of both traditional and non-traditional utilitarian vessels. Subject matter for his two dimensional works in watercolor or acrylics are usually taken from the rural Iowa landscape, from travels in North and South Carolina, and the Northern Rocky Mountains. “As a Realist, I try to distill what I see down to only those elements that perfectly describe the subject without unnecessary detail and over complicated color.”


McWhorter has exhibited his work in both art gallery and art festival settings in various regions of the United States, including Kentucky, Iowa, Missouri, and Wyoming. His works can be found in corporate and personal collections in the United States, Europe, and Japan.

Jane Elizabeth Shank

A Season of Study

February 3 - 26, 2022

Jane Elizabeth Shank grew up in the midwest, residing in Wisconsin, Illinois and currently Wayland, Iowa. She always looks forward to summer vacations that are spent at the family’s summer home on Madeline Island, Lake Superior. Jane paints in pastel, oil, and watercolor. She shares her views of Midwestern landscapes, Lake Superior, Madeline Island, France, and many other places she and her husband may “wander of” to. It is common to find her expanding her knowledge and experimenting with other mediums.

Jane sold her first drawing (a robin in a nest) at the age of 6 to a neighbor lady for the firm price of a dime. This encouraged her to keep at it. She credits her teachers, “I was blessed with some really wonderful art teachers as a young student and received much encouragement from them.” In high school she and a school mate were paid an “A” in biology for a mural in the science lab. In 1988 Jane became a mother and a wife. Then went on to have a colorful career in as a business owner. Although most family members and friends marked Jane as an artist, 1997 was the beginning of her movement into painting professionally. In 2002, Jane began to study under artist, Donna Guy. Jane and a small group of women met every week in Donna’s studio.

After a strange series of coincidences Jane met a building owner, Richard Gilmore. They commonly saw the need for an art gallery in their hometown. Jane devoted a couple years to the opening of the gallery called Art Domestique in Washington, IA. In the gallery atmosphere she learned about what it means to be a professional artist. Opportunities for study were abundant and Jane has taken many workshops from artists including John Preston, John Evans, Tom Nachreiner, and Cécile Houel. In 2019 she mentored with a small group of artists under David Garrison and began to develop a cohesive body of work to exhibit and most importantly she gained a host of artist
friends. The gallery’s opening marked an epoch in her life and a new season for her work.

A Season of Study.

Artist Statement - Jane Elizabeth Art

I am not fancy. I don’t have an important college degree. I’m not deep, existential or artsy fartsy, but I am a little diferent. It seems that I can produce a lot of work then it sits while I do life for a while. When I get back to it I grade it, improve it, finish it. If I still like it I may get it framed. I want to leave something here before it’s time to go. Something good. God puts so many opportunities in our path. My job is just simply to try not to balk, pay attention and keep trying. Sometimes it’s hard work but I am grateful because the efort always brings me joy.

"A Season of Study” reflects 20 years of study and appreciation of God’s work. My job is just simply to try not to balk, pay attention and keep trying to reflect that. I hope it brings you joy!

Earthly Treasures

January 11-28, 2022


Multi-artist Gallery Show titled "Earthly Treasures". 

All Member Show

November 16 to December 23, 2021

The annual All Member Show concludes our calendar year in our Gallery. Over 50 Art Center members are represented in this show. Every piece of artwork displayed is created by our members and varies from fiber art to mixed media and everything in between. This is always a popular show and many shop the artwork for holiday gift, most artwork is affordable and locally made.

Our All Member Show is just one of the perks of becoming a member of the Art Center. Members also receive quarterly newsletters, $10 off kids and adult classes, discounts in our Gallery Lounge, advance ticket sales to our biggest events, and invitations to gallery openings and special events. A monthly membership option includes a number of built in classes/workshops.
Both membership options help make it possible for the Art Center to carry out their mission to provide an art experience to Burlington and the surrounding area!

Itty Bitty Bits of Art

Artist Reception: Friday, November 5th / Live Music by Jefferson Connection from 6-8pm

A small works show featuring artwork no bigger than 12" in any direction from over 40 artists. Get started on your holiday shopping and give the gift of original art.


Susan Partain

Moments in Time


As far back as I can remember I have enjoyed seeking ways to capture and express the beauties around me. While raising a family, I set aside my artistic explorations. Upon becoming an empty nester, I dusted off my art supplies. So, with my camera in tow, my husband and I traveled, hiked, and explored. Along the way I created art, exhibited some of these works in various art fairs, judged art works of others, and taught art. Today I continue my pursuits and explorations in the joyous pursuits of additional “Moments in Time.”

Artist Statement

"We all have memories of special moments that stand still in time. Whether it’s a sunset or sun shining through leaves or a face that glows, it’s all beautiful. Exploring ways to express these special moments, I have incorporated mediums including oils, pastels, acrylics, watercolors, and most recently colored pencils. I happily present to you my special places and “Moments in Time.”


Carol Gunn

Lasting Impressions

Carol Gunn is a Bonaparte, Iowa, native who lives just a few miles outside of Bonaparte with her husband Allen. She enjoys gardening, cooking and any type of artwork. She currently is exploring color and techniques of working with pastels. She is a member of Iowa Artist and Iowa Pastel Society.

Carol attended IHCC in Centerville, Iowa, and was greatly influenced by her instructor Richard Dutton. After she graduated with an AA Degree from IHCC, she attended Northeast Missouri State University (NMSU), now known as Truman State University, in Kirksville, Missouri. After graduation graduating from NEMU, Carol taught art at Fox Valley Schools for seven years. When her daughter, Erica, was born, she began teaching in the Harmony School District, where she taught 28 years before retiring. She was blessed with the joy of teaching many students and sharing the wonder of creating art. Many of her students went on to successful careers in art.

Carol is now happily retired and has time to devote to her own works of art. She loves gardening, it’s not a surprise that one of her favorite subjects is floral. She also enjoys doing landscapes and still-life objects.


Artist Statement
"My subject matter tends to vary. I am influenced by color, texture, and reflected light. If an image attracts my attention, I want to draw it. It’s my way of capturing a moment of joy I’ve had while viewing an image. Some of the art I create has a story that goes with it. In other cases, I was mesmerized by something I felt when I saw it. My work tends to be detail-oriented and realistic. Currently my favorite medium is primarily pastel."

The Strange Girls Club

The Strange Girls Club...The unlikely pairing of artists working in different mediums yet sharing a common “Strange Girl” be strange is to be unique. Care to join our club?

Artist Statement - Linda Ross

It’s strange how things progress.  In 2014 a friend and I randomly pinched out 2 small head pots, based on a book of Native Artists from Arkansas.  The following year, I joined a workshop of a figurative artist who showed me how to throw and alter forms to create figures.  I was hooked on the process.  It makes sense to me, like a fabric pattern, darting and joining pieces.  As a potter of 30 years, I have been influenced by nature and its patterns that I am surrounded by daily.  Much of my time has been spent in production of functional wares.  I’m not going to lie, the past year was strange… I suddenly had time to create different forms and explore.  “My Girls” are the result of this.  Each girl is unique, just as we all are.  Embrace and celebrate that uniqueness, silliness and yes, the strangeness of it all.


Artist Bio - Linda Ross

Born a maker in Burlington, Iowa, I learned to use tools at an early age.  My parents encouraged the never-ending question, “What if?”.  They bought my first pottery wheel at the age of 16 and I have never looked back.  I graduated with a BA from Iowa State University College of Design.  Shortly after graduation I found the love of my life and we built on a farm near Wever, Iowa.  We constructed a studio in the barn and I raised two children on my hip, as I worked the clay.  Fast forward to 2021, as we near the completion of a new studio.  I will begin to answer the age-old question all over again, in new surroundings.

Artist Statement - Mary Ilmberger Scott

It doesn’t matter what path your life is on it is vital for every individual to maintain some level of activity in what brings serenity and gratification. Creating art, my art…does that for me.

My creative process is simplistic with solitude being the key ingredient. More often than not, I gravitate to a palette of muted tones, textures, and colors that bring a soft, calmer color experience. Drawing and scratching into layers of wet paint on wood is a must. For me, wood lends itself to the process far better than canvas.

Much of my work time and space is in my home and studio in SE Iowa near a cornfield. It is here that I can let my creations pass through mind and hands. It is also a refuge for my husband and faithful studio dog, Ted. This is where, for me, life is very good.

Artist Bio - Mary Ilmberger Scott

A native of Lee County, Iowa I dabbled in art my entire life. A first love, I finally got serious in 2010-2011. While my children were still young I had a wonderful opportunity for creative outlets. Working in my art and sharing in retail stores with good friends and fellow artists at The Wild Pear and The Artisans Next Door in Fort Madison, Iowa my creative juices truly
began to flow.

A self-taught acrylic and mixed mediums artist I find inspiration from my surroundings and numerous online art classes/workshops. I love exploring new mediums with
 the latest being oil & cold wax.

The life of an artist can be creative in so many ways. My work is extremely gratifying but great relationships is the refining touch.

Margaret Ertz

Steeples & Street Lights

About Margaret Ertz:
I am a native Iowan and have been drawing and painting for over 40 years. I attended the University of Iowa School of Fine Arts from 1985-1989. After raising three beautiful daughters, I began actively exhibiting my work in 2010. I work in both oil & acrylic on canvas.

I paint cityscapes, focusing on the architecture, light and life moving around it. My landscapes tend to be more atmospheric and abstract.

Artist Statement
My eye is drawn to light and shadow, line and pattern. Architecture and street traffic provide me with all these elements as well as solid forms in space with dynamic movement and opportunities for abstraction. In my landscapes, I attempt to capture a mood with light and color.

I am most influenced by impressionists (historic & contemporary) who represent their own time and place through their art. My intention is much the same-to record glimpses of my personal visual and sensual experiences specific to 21st century American urban life.

Nash Cox

My Vehicle for Self Expression

When not in his studio, this Iowa resident can be found at the occasional car show or more likely wandering obscure country roads in his seventy year old truck in search of his next automotive muse. 
Nash Cox is a self taught Artist who works exclusively in watercolors to create highly detailed automotive paintings. Sourcing images from his own photographs, Nash's paintings present the viewer with a little bit of the soul and a little bit of the history of each vehicle he paints.

An internationally recognized Artist, Nash's paintings can be found in private collections as far as Puerto Rico and Australia.

A signature member of the Iowa Watercolor Society, Nash works from his studio and gallery located in Chariton, Iowa where he lives with his wife, Terry, and their two dogs.

Artists Statement: 

I've always had a real fascination with old cars. My fondest childhood memories almost always involve an old car or truck. I still remember the feel of the sun warmed fenders on my dad's 1947 Ford pickup as he worked on it in the backyard or the smell of the upholstery in my mom's 1949 Plymouth.

There's a feeling I get from old cars that I feel I understand but can't  put into words and I think that's why a paint them. I travel with a camera under my seat and a cell phone in my pocket so I can photograph old cars when I find them. When I find one that has set neglected- that is rusting back into the Earth it was formed from- I get a strong impression of its past as if the car has one last chance to tell its story.

Choosing which vehicle to paint or which image to use is more intuitive than anything. If it feels right it will continue to feel right throughout the painting process.

After a truly exhausting attempt at living a normal non creative life I plunged back into the art world that had consumed my childhood. The moment I tried watercolor I fell in love with it. I don't believe a person can ever truly master watercolor and instead see it as a constantly evolving partnership. I like to say I'm a self taught artist but the truth is each painting teaches me how to paint the next.

Sure, I believe old cars are beautiful, especially cars from the thirties, but classic automobiles also remind me of a time when things were simpler. Today, my daily driver is a rusty but beautiful 1953 GMC pickup. It has become my signature.

I count myself lucky as  I am able to take two of my greatest passions, one being art and the other being vintage automobiles, and I get to turn those into a way of life.  Yep, going to car shows is part of my job. I am also lucky that my wife, the real love of my life, supports me on my journey.

Mary Zeran

Happy Zone

I look at this show as a homecoming. Not only is it a mini retrospective of the work I’ve created over the past 10 years, it’s my way of thanking the community that encouraged me to be an artist

I come from a family of artists. It was something we just did. My mom and gramma always  had projects for me to do. I made paintings, created “rock sculptures”, and pushed sequins into styrofoam.

Many people don’t realize that my first “serious” art classes where at the old Art Guild. Lillian Ruben was my ceramic teacher. She was so encouraging. She treated us like artists, even this dorky middle schooler in the adult class. I remember great conversations about what Lillian was making. She made art making seem like it was just what people they lived their lives.

That’s when it all started.


Mary Zeran grew up in a family of women artists. Textiles, embroidery, and woodcarving, were their visual language. Abstracted shapes and forms were their words.  Each time Zeran picks up a brush or scissors, she immerses herself in the language of her family. As she abstracts flowers, trees, and all the colors of nature, she speaks her mother tongue. This language brings her closer to her family’s traditions, histories, and stories. 

Zeran has exhibited nationally and internationally in New York, Seattle, and Chang Mai, Thailand. Zeran’s work is currently featured in a solo exhibit for the CRMA 125th anniversary.

Museum permanent collections include The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, and Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids IA.

Corporate collections include Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, EMC, Des Moines, IA, First Bancorp, Southern Pines, NC, Grafix Corporate Collection; Cleveland, OH, Grant Thorton, Chicago, IL, Human Services Building, Cedar Rapids, IA, Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, IA, Newton Wellesley Hospital, Newton, MA, Raining Rose Corporate Collection, Cedar Rapids, IA, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, The Fallon Companies, Boston, MA, United Fire Group, Cedar Rapids, IA/ Los Angeles, CA.

Zeran is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. She received an Oregon College of Arts and Crafts Residency, and a 2% for the Arts Purchase Prize from the Visual Arts Commission in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Mary Zeran was born in Iowa City, Iowa in 1964. She received her B.F.A. and M.F.A. from University of Iowa. She currently lives and works in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.


This 18 woman show was made possible by Karla Mundt. Karla wanted to provide an opportunity for more women to show their work in our gallery.

Rebecca Vorkapich
Carlene Atwater
Cecil Houel
Cathryn Layer
Christine Williamson
Margaret Ertz
Linda Ross
Liz Buhmeyer
Mandy Robertson
Jessica Kirby
Lillian Rubin
Karla Mundt
Lida Derry
Mary Illmberger Scott
Robin Fisher
Susan Garcia
Susan Reinier
Carol Gunn

Ken Reif

Porcupine Mountains Experience

"The truth will set you free."
For me that truth is in my artwork. Turning two dimensional surfaces into compositions that evoke emotion. Painting and the instruction I have received has changed the way I view the world.

I am set free every time I stand at the easel. 
I am set free when I look through the Artist eye.
I am set free to create. 

At an early age I formed a deep respect for nature, a respect I transfer to canvas. I am also a musician and my love of music compels me to paint portraits of musicians too.  I begin the process with priming the surface black then using an impressionist palette I create my work. Capturing through the Artist eye vibrant colors which evokes emotion, causing the viewer to pause, to think and to enjoy in the now.

I consider my work to be "Renewable Energy". The viewer is renewed with each viewing, much like listening to your favorite music. 

Thank you for allowing me to share my art with you.
Ken Reif

Carol Jean Carter

Murray Iron

Burlington, Iowa native Carol Jean Carter received her BA from Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa and her MA in Art from the University of Iowa in 2002. Carter moved from Burlington to Des Moines in 2001. She has worked on a number of commercial and fine art photography projects.

The first industrial project was Murray Iron in downtown Burlington and later when they moved to West Burlington. This was the oldest working factory still in operation west of the Mississippi at the time.

From late 1990’s through 2010 Carol has been photographing industrial interiors of Iowa factories that have closed or are in the process of closing.  Most have been demolished. This series is called “Artifacts of Industry”.

Some of the Iowa industry that Carter has photographed are: Dubuque meat packing plant and slaughter house (most recently owned by Farmland), Burlington Basket Factory, Borden Dairy in Des Moines, Blaul’s and Sons wholesale grocery (circa early 1900’s) and Sheaffer Pen of Fort Madison.

Carter’s photographs take cues from documentary photography but use a more painterly approach to maximize the storytelling element of her work.  Her saturated colors and attention to lighting capture the poignant beauty and stories of these discarded places.

Artist, Carol Jean Carter, is an Iowa native currently living in Des Moines.

One of her previous long-term projects, Artifacts of Industry, explored the industrial interiors of Iowa factories that had been closed or demolished.

“The content of my work is somewhat documentary, my concepts are in line with a social commentary, but my printing style and interpretation takes a more painterly approach.  I consider my work to be a memoriam to Iowa’s industrial past.”

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