“Flowers from Iowa” is the focus of IMPACT Art Gallery in the Public Library



Susan Partain is an artist who has found her special focus. Her passion lies in perfecting artwork in colored pencil drawings.


Samples of her work with floral and other subjects are currently on display in the Mt. Pleasant Public Library Art Gallery sponsored by Arts IMPACT. Visitors are invited and encouraged to visit during regular library hours 9am to 8pm Monday through Thursday, Friday 9am to 5:30pm, and Saturdays 9am to 2pm


Susan Partain, a Florida native, studied art at Florida College where she was exposed to the wide variety of artistic media. After marriage and a move to Montana, she continued her education at the University of Montana.


Her education included studies with nationally and internationally known television artist Jerry Yarnell.


Under Yarnell’s tutelage, Susan felt “like a thirsty sponge,” coming to an appreciation that every artist brings something different to the art world.


As time moved on and Susan continued perfecting her skills, her children moved to the Burlington area. Then, about ten years ago, Susan and her husband moved to Iowa from Montana to be nearer grandchildren.


Working at the Great River Christian School, Susan has become more and more devoted to the particular intricacies of art with colored pencils. She freely admits, “I’m addicted. Colored pencils are my favorite!”


In retirement, she is getting back into the art world and looks forward to future projects. Many of the subjects for this current exhibit include flowers from her own Iowa garden. Gardening is her other passion. Susan anticipates future projects of photographing Iowa for an All-Iowa Show in the future.


This exhibit will be featured at The Gallery in the Mount Pleasant Public Library through the end of July. It is sponsored by Mount Pleasant Arts IMPACT with support from the Enhance Henry County Foundation.