In the Gallery

John E. Evans is an artist working primarily in pastel and colored pencil. He is a retired art teacher who spent 39.5
years in the classroom.

A graduate of the University of Northern Iowa with a bachelors degree in art education, John began his teaching
career at Lynnville-Sully where he taught K-12 art for 19.5 years. He joined the staff at Pekin in 1992 where he taught
Middle School Art, High School Art, Photography, Computer Graphics and was the yearbook adviser. John retired
from education in the Spring of 2010 after a 39.5 years in teaching.

During his time in education he maintained a studio in his home where he continued to develop a personal style in a
variety of media.

He is a charter member of the Iowa Pastel Society.
A signature member of the Iowa Pastel Society.
Past President Iowa Pastel Society.

Best of Show at Louisa County Fine Art Show-2018
Awards in a variety en plein air events around the state
One-man show at Old Post Office Gallery, Iowa City 2015
One-man show at Maquoketa Art Experience 2015
One-man Show at Indian Hills Community College 2015
Work in many private collections.

Represented by:
Art Domestique 118 S Iowa Ave, Washington, Iowa
Artisan Gallery 218- 218 5th Street, West Des Moines, IA 50265

Artist Statement
I am a landscape painter. My subject matter is very traditional and my painting style floats between realism and
impressionism. The Impressionists and Post Impressionists have greatly influenced me.

If I could put my finger on why I paint, what I paint, where and how I paint, it is to simply search out special places
and explore the emotional moments with all senses on high alert throughout the entire process of creating art. It
intrigues me how light elevates a commonplace landscape to an extraordinary one. I strive for my paintings to be
lyrical accounts of that unique fleeting moment in time. My intent is simply to convey an emotional and intuitive
response to the mystery and serenity of the landscape in light and shadow. Hopefully, I compel the viewers to
interpret my work from their own rich pool of memories, impressions, and experiences and in a little different way
each time they encounter it.

I found pastel to be a wonderful link between painting and drawing. The pastels’ ability to maintain the integrity of
individual strokes, combined with the liveliness of its colors, foster a passionate poetic language of marks.
If I can give the viewer an impression of atmosphere, if I can open their eyes to the simple beauty around us, then I
have done well.


Gallery hours are from 10am to 6pm Monday through Friday and 10am to 4pm Saturday. Open late during Jefferson Street Farmers Market on Thursday nights until 7pm. Free and open to the public!

Gallery Lounge is open the 1st & 3rd Friday of every month from 5-8pm for art, live music, wine, beer, charcuteries, and uncorked conversations!


View the 2019 Gallery Schedule here.



Mezzanine Gallery

A second gallery located upstairs of the Art Center features larger artwork for sale and from our Private Collection.


Currently on Display

Cecile Houel

Tim Laffey

Amy Long

Ken Reif

Douglas Rutzen



Mini Gallery

A small space between the Artists Market and Gallery.


Currently on Display

Summer Art Camp