Jerilyn Horn’s Pastel and Charcoal Artwork Featured at Art IMPACT’s Gallery in the Library


            The April-May mini art gallery in the Mount Pleasant Public Library features Southeast Iowa artist Jerilyn Horn. Her work captures the beauty and the comforting memories of growing up in the Midwest.

            Using a variety of mediums including watercolor, acrylic, charcoal, chalk, and sometimes a combination, Jerilyn pays tribute to the agriculture, landmarks, and landscapes that she grew up with.

            Her exhibit also includes samples of some of her best commissioned works. The common theme visible through her work is the sense of home.

            Jerilyn credits her grandmother Barbara Garrels with an early interest in art. Watching her grandma create beautiful oil paintings had a profound effect on her, eventually leading Jerilyn 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

            As Jerilyn 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.

            Art is Jerilyn Horn’s way to share fond memories of a childhood growing up in the Midwest. The public is invited to share her work at the Mount Pleasant Arts IMPACT free gallery located in the Public Library. Hours for public viewing are Monday-Thursday 9am to 8pm, Friday 9am to 5:30pm and Saturday from 9am to 2pm. Her exhibit will run through the beginning of June. Artwork in her display may be purchased by contacting the artist through her web site, and arrangements may be made for custom commissioned projects by emailing the artist. Contact information is available at the exhibit in the library.