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Featured Artist: Marge Gansen
Marge Gansen, 90 years young, resident of Riceville, has oil paintings illustrating her personal history from her childhood home and their family farm of 70 years. Her husband Gerald lived with her on that farm just south of Riceville. She portrays Iowa landscapes, cornfields and scenic barns. As Iowa winters bring on their own beauty, Marge captures those “picturesque” moments as well.
Some might recognize historical landmarks of the Little Brown Church in Nashua, St. Cecelia Church, rural Elma and the viaduct in Riceville.
After Marge and her husband, Gerald retired from farming, they spent their winters in Florida. The vivid color portrayals of tropical birds, scenery and floral still life are examples of that time in their life.
Art was a love of Marge’s from an early age. She entered a paper doll dress picture in a contest that was chosen to be published in the Des Moines Register in 1941. She was 12 years old at the time.
Marge’s first formal training came in 1980 with an oil painting class. She was hooked on the medium from then on. She honed her skills with many other classes most notably following the teachings of Bob Ross, famed artist from his PBS series.
Marge’s passion for the arts also drew her to cake decorating and playing the piano, the accordion and playing the organ at church. She plays mostly “by ear” ( without sheet music).
Marge loves to share her hobby of painting with their eight children and 19 grandchildren. Many paintings were especially painted for them and are inspired by special interests they have.