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Tonja Ihlenfeldt

Tonja J holds a BFA in Painting from Arizona State University. For over 40 years Tonja has been drawing, painting and pursuing bold expressionistic images to touch the hearts of people. Each piece conveys a message of hope and love.


Tonja has shown in galleries and art shows all over the United States and her work has found homes as far away as Taiwan, Australia and Japan.

Tonja has been married to her high school sweetheart over 34 years and is a mother of 7 children. In 2014, Tonja and her husband Tim adopted an 8yr old boy and an 11 year old girl from an orphanage in Nicaragua. Tonja and her husband grew up in Hudson Iowa, spent 20 yrs in Arizona and in 2007 moved back to Iowa. They live in Mason City, Iowa.


Tonja’s current work is mixed media. Her process includes editing digital photos, printing them on canvas, then painting on the canvas to create an original piece of art.


New Month, New Exhibit!

Every month CCAC hosts a new artist.  Here are some images from past exhibits. Most of the artists are from Iowa.



Interested in having a show at the Charles City Arts Center?

Our exhibits last one month and come with support from our friendly staff, an opening reception and lots of publicity!

Thanks for applying! We’ll be in touch soon.


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