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Admission into Jester Park
& the Nature Center is FREE

The Galleries at the Jester Park Nature Center

The Galleries at Jester Park Nature Center offers the opportunity for local art to be displayed and made available for sale to park visitors.


Different Strokes

The Different Strokes art exhibition highlights the work of three Iowa women working in different mediums. Join us for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the featured artists at the opening reception on September 10, from 6 – 8 p.m. at The Galleries at Jester Park Nature Center..

About the Artists

Mary Jo Hinds will be showcasing a collection of oil paintings. As an artist, Mary Jo hopes that her canvases can bring beauty and peace in our fast-paced world, if for only a few minutes. She paints what she feels in her heart. To her, practice and learning to appreciate the beauty in everything are great teachers. A simple leaf...a close up of a horses eye...a drop of dew on a flower petal all hold limitless lessons. Mary Jo advises, "be bold, step out of your box, try new ideas". Mary Jo feels that every painting she creates is another opportunity for practice; she is always learning and growing. She credits this approach to her teachers, and her supportive family. The love of life expressed in her work are an inspiration for many and through purchased and commissioned work, this love has found homes all around the United States.

Pam Douglas specializes in painting and drawing, primarily working in pastel. She focuses on landscapes and still life. Rather than represent the row crops of the Midwest, she finds beauty in the landscape ignored and left to nature. Her paintings and drawings evolve from a method of layering color to build variations of depth and pattering, producing both tension and harmony. Her desire is to create two-dimensional work that exceeds the limits of depth and becomes an entity for the viewer to explore through the use of color.

Kimberly Isaac is a self-taught artist. Her work is abstract and she loves to express her feelings with acrylics. Through painting, she discovered that colors could express what words could not. She loves the abstract aspect of her work and enjoys hearing the different interpretations from the public.

FREE to the public

Exhibition Dates

The Artists in the Making exhibition will be on display from September 4  - December 27 during Jester Park Nature Center hours. View hours here.