In the Gallery

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.

NEW Gallery Hours
Sunday - Monday Closed
Tuesday - Thursday from 10am-6pm
Friday -Saturday from 10am-4pm

Free + Open to the public.

Join us on 1st & 3rd Fridays for Gallery Lounge. Enjoy wine, beer, and charcuterie boards available in a creative atmosphere.


Get the kids involved with our Gallery Scavenger Hunt

Giving kids an appreciation for art encourages exploration, self expression, logical thinking, self-esteem, imagination, and creativity. We’ve made up a fun little scavenger hunt for your family to do together at the Art Center! Just stop by the front desk anytime for the scavenger hunt. 


View the 2021 Gallery Schedule here.



Mezzanine Gallery

A second gallery located upstairs of the Art Center features larger artwork for sale and from our Private Collection.



Mini Gallery

A small space between the Artists Market and Gallery.