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New Exhibit, New Classes And Great Weather!

CHARLES CITY, Iowa - The weather is great and we have a really cool show this month. "Home Free" from artist Tonja Ihlenfeldt features her unique photograph/paintings.

“I always purpose to touch the heart of each viewer with a message of hope and love. “Home Free” can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. I desire that someone will walk away from this show seeing hope…that there is a path in life to make everything good.”

Ihlenfeldt’s work involves both painting and photography. The two mediums are blended together on canvas to form a unique final composition that starts with a printed photo on canvas that is either stretched on a frame or stretched over a birch box. Then she paints.

“I am a trained oil painter, but this process is different than traditional painting. In traditional painting, I decide a composition first. In this, I have to “find” the composition with the paint. Sometimes this includes leaving exposed photo images or covering much of the photo. Color, brushstrokes and parts of the photo all contribute to create a finished piece.”

The opening reception for "Home Free" took place on Friday March 1st and saw close to 40 visitors. The event was sponsored by Jeremy Rogstad State Farm.

The exhibit is up all month, so you still have plenty of time to come check it out.


Membership renewals are flowing in! Thank you so much!

If you haven’t renewed or you are looking to become a first time member, you can do so in person or by clicking here: MEMBERSHIP

Memberships are essential for us to continue to work towards our mission to encourage and advance the arts and artists in and around our community.


March classes are underway. The kids have so much fun with Meredith.

I wish I was a K-6th grader again, I would do it! Plus... no more mortgage and bills if you’re a kid! Sweet!


Thank you all for reading and being a part of such a great thing in Charles City. We love our Arts Center and hope you do as well.

Share this link on your social media if you want? Its a free way to help us out and we appreciate it greatly.

AND... enjoy this nice March weather so far.


Charles City Arts Center

301 N Jackson

Charles City, IA 50616


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