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The Art IMPACT in the Mt. Pleasant Public Library has a new artist installment. This two-month gallery installment features Southeast Iowan Jerilyn Horn.
Horn’s work in pastel and charcoal captures the beauty and the comforting memories of growing up in the Midwest. Art is her way to share fond memories of a childhood growing up in the Midwest.
Using a variety of mediums including watercolor, acrylic, charcoal, chalk, and sometimes a combination, she pays tribute to the agriculture, landmarks, and landscapes that she grew up with. Her exhibit also includes samples of some of her commissioned works. The common theme visible through her work is the sense of home.
Horn credits her grandmother Barbara Garrels with an early interest in art. Watching her grandmother create beautiful oil paintings had a profound effect on her, eventually leading Horn to pursue a bachelor of fine arts degree in Interior Design which she completed in 2008. After her college experience, she went into the interior design field but soon received other custom art requests.
Her work has been exhibited and sold at the Snake Alley Art Fair, the Art Center of Burlington, the Burlington Fine Arts League GALA, the Louisa County Art Show, and the Midwest Old Threshers Art in the Park. Like many artists these days, her work can be seen and ordered online at ArtworkByJerilynHorn.com.
As Horn grew an art following, she found herself yearning to do fine art full time. She took that leap of faith in 2019 inspired by a quote from her grandmother: “Go for that dream. The experience will make you feel excited, frustrated, discouraged, joyous, hopeful, fulfilled and most importantly it will feed your soul!”
She has continued in her family tradition of teaching art by leading classes at The Art Center of Burlington, the Airport Road Vineyard, and the Mt. Pleasant Middle School Art Club. In 2018, she was the featured artist at Southeastern Community College’s Art Gallery.
The public is invited to share Horn’s work at the Mt. Pleasant Arts IMPACT free gallery located in the Public Library. Hours for public viewing are Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Her exhibit will run through the beginning of June.
Artwork in her display may be purchased by contacting the artist through her website, and arrangements may be made for custom commissioned projects by emailing the artist. Contact information is available at the exhibit in the library.