Agora Arts

104 e water street decorah iowa 563.382.8786


Local Artists. Local Images.

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Carl Homstad

Carl Homstad is a well-known local woodcut artist and painter who has been working in the area as an artist for over 40 years. His artwork has appeared in the books Building with Cob, Carpenter of Song by Michael Carey, Art of the State: Iowa, and Murals of Iowa. Also in The Artist's Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic and on Iowa Public TV’s "Living in Iowa.” He has worked with the Iowa Arts Council in the Artist in the Schools and other programs. In 1998, Carl received a Distinguished Service Award from his alma mater Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. His murals appear in small towns throughout the midwest and his woodcuts can be found at Agora Arts.

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Mary Ann Gloe

"I find that every few years I shift my artistic gears and head in an entirely new direction even though I largely consider myself a watercolor artist. Two years ago I was into cut-work watercolor. Before that I was obsessed with creating under-painting texture with Halloween cob-webbing, largely due to an experimental watercolor class I had taken through the Iowa Watercolor Society. Recently I REdiscovered oil painting but on a very large scale. So does this mean I will continue as an abstract oil artist for the rest of my painting days? I doubt it. I never know when my muse will move me to shift gears again and lead me to who-knows-where!"   ~ Mary Ann Gloe




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Carol Gaustad

Carol Gaustad has been a practicing artist for over 35 years. After graduating from the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls in 1978 with a B.A. in art education, she taught elementary art for 34 years in the Howard- Winneshiek and the Decorah Public Schools, retiring in 2014.

Carol enjoys exploring the juxtaposition of colors, color layers and nuances through the mediums of watercolor, oil painting, pastels, and silk paintings. Her favorite themes include figures in natural settings, floral still life and the changing seasons of the beautiful northeast Iowa landscape.

Other prints/printmakers include Curly Girl, Carol Travers Lummus, Jeanine Scheffert, Steel Cow and Zoe Klosterboer.