Plein Air Show

On display August 23 – September 30, 2022

“En plein air” is French for “in open air” and refers to the act of painting or creating art outside with the artwork’s subject in plain view of the artist. With the invention of more portable art-making materials, plein air painting grew in popularity and is fairly accessible for professionals and novices alike.

This collection of works was created in Central Gardens and outdoors by Midwest artists. Most of the art was created just recently on August 20, 2022 during our Artist Paint Out in the Central Gardens of North Iowa.

2020 Members Show

a view of multiple pieces in the 2022 Members Show

We are honored to have members who are passionate and dedicated to the arts. Submissions to the show ran for about 2 weeks ending on September 10, and we got a great collection of diverse works including ceramics, painting, pencil, watercolor, fused and stain glass, and more. Stop in to see some of what your friends, coworkers, and community members are making in the area.

On display September 13 – October 7

You can now become a member online!

If you are an artist with us, you are invited to have an artist spotlight show. Spotlights are typically a month long, but they can be adjusted to fit your schedule. These are an opportunity to be highlighted in our community and an added bonus for being an artist in the gift shop, Hanson Gallery, or Art Sail. Contact Jessi at for more information about having your own spotlight.

Next in our Hanson Gallery is…

Goodnight, Shut Up by Abbi & Sophie Ruppert from October 4 – 28, 2022