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Get Inspired at Shepherd Gallery and Creativity Center in Guttenberg
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Get Inspired at Shepherd Gallery and Creativity Center in Guttenberg

Guttenberg is a small river town along the Mississippi River. The Shepherd Gallery and Creativity Center is located in their charming downtown area. The gallery calls a historical limestone building home. Of historical note? The still beautiful limestone building was built in 1852 by German immigrants.

Shepherd Gallery is connected with the gallery of the same name in New York City. Guttenberg’s gallery showcases the artworks of local artists inside the charismatic building. Currently featured local artists include Chris Abigt, Susan Leonhart, Roger and Judy Westemeier, Steve Takes, and Cathy Recker.

The second floor of the gallery is known as the Creativity Center. It's a fantastic public studio, which is open to all patrons. The studio offers art supplies and space for all guests to engage in art. Guests can request the help of studio volunteers for their art project. From painting to pottery, visitors can learn new techniques and master new skills.

One of the most well-known programs offered by the Creativity Center is the After School Arts Program for children. The program aims to create interest in arts among young children. It runs for three days a week (Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday) and accommodates ages5th grade and above. For children below 5th grade, the program is still open only on Mondays.

The center's membership fee is as little as $5 per month. It's fee is used to carefully maintain the gallery and art supplies at the Creativity Center. Such a small fee for such quality family time! The gallery shop sells hand-made gift items, paintings by local artists, and incredible regional pottery.

For more details, please click here, call 563.252.2787 or email at or

Gallery Hours: The gallery is open five days a week. Below are the summer hours:

  • Saturday: 10 am-4 pm
  • Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: 10 am-5 pm
  • Friday: 1 pm-  pm.
  • The gallery is closed on Sunday and Tuesday.

Gallery Location:

Shepherd Gallery and Creativity Center, 214 S. River Park Drive, Guttenberg, IA – 52052

Enjoy and explore the gallery with friends and family!

* Image courtesy Flickr Creative Commons.

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    We're moving this to the top of our spring/summer Northeast Iowa "must do" list! Thanks for contributing to Imagine Northeast Iowa!
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