Linda Lewis: “We’re All Under the Same Sky”

Linda Lewis’s exhibit, “We’re all under the same sky” is a way of looking at the links between us no matter what age, culture, ethnicity, or gender.  For 34 years, Linda worked as an educator in the Des Moines Schools until she took a workshop given by a narrative sculptor in Santa Fe, New Mexico […]

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Chuck Richards: “Jitters, Critters and a Magic Wand”

Chuck Richards trained as a fine artist with a concentration in drawing and painting. His imagery has always been representational, mostly figurative and frequently narrative. Since coming to Iowa State University in 1998, his work shifted direction down a new, but related path and he began to write and illustrate a children’s book entitled Jungle Gym […]

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Pella Invitational Exhibit

Seven local Pella artists are spotlighted in this exhibit which runs from November 18 – December 11.  The artists include Ken Esveld (photography), Joline De Jong (mixed media), Joe Hoksbergen (illustration, digital prints), Marlyn Hoksbergen (ceramics), Mary Robertson (mixed media), Eric Robinson (prints), and Andrea Van Wyk (painting). A reception for the artists will be […]

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Rebecca Strzelec: “Trial Balloons”

Rebecca Strzelec, Allison B. Allen artist-in-residence Rebecca is Professor of Visual Arts, Pennsylvania State University, Altoona College.  She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally and has work in the permanent collections of the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY, Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI and the Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA as […]

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Gerhard Nollen: Discovering a Dutch Master in Pella

Gerhard Nollen (1830-1901), came to Iowa from the Netherlands in the 1850s. He worked as a portrait painter in Pella and Keokuk. The Pella Historical Society owns many of his works and they have undergone restoration recently.  His largest and most famous work is “Dream of Arcadia” which is owned by the Iowa Historical Society. This […]

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Mary Merkel-Hess: “Patterns of Growth”

Fiber artist Mary Merkel-Hess grew up in Evansdale and Gilbertville, Iowa. She received her B.A. in philosophy (1971) from Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and her B.F.A. (1976) from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She earned her M.F.A. in metalsmithing from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, in 1983. She is married and has two children. Her sculptural […]

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Senior Art Exhibit

  April 24th through May 2nd the Mills Gallery is featuring the work of Ashton Mayer, Sean Robbins, Levi Ross, and Rick Williamson. A reception for the artists will be on Saturday, April 25th from 1:00-3:00pm. May 2nd through 14th  the Mills Gallery will feature the work of Ashlei Bos, Grace Hove, Jennifer Johnston, Alison Ranniger, […]

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Gifts to Mother Nature

At the closing on April 14th of Dear Mother Nature: Defiled, the exhibiting artist, Ilse Schreiber-Noll gathered the gifts to Mother Nature left by gallery visitors to be burned in a short closing ceremony. The event was inspired by a Peruvian custom where similar gifts are burned to thank and celebrate Mother Nature.

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Linda Weintraub visiting Central College

Our theme and exhibiting artists in the Mills Gallery this Spring were suggested to us by Linda Weintraub, author of several books on contemporary art including TO LIFE! Eco Art in Pursuit of a Sustainable Planet. Linda Weintraub will be visiting the Central College campus this week to give a lecture titled Art-is-an Environmental Health Clinic: Art and […]

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Dear Mother Nature: Defiled

Ilse Schreiber-Noll is our third Allison B. Allen Visiting Artist working with the theme Dear Mother Nature. Below is an excerpt from her Artist’s Statement: “The series Defiled shows the destruction of the environment juxtaposed to its beauty with emphasis on the abolition of life in our soil, the earth’s living cover, the biosphere or […]

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