Past Shows - Gallery Lounge

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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