Open House to Showcase Mother’s (Marion Gunderson) Watercolors


What’s the difference between this year’s open house and last year’s? This year prints of 26 watercolors are available; last year there were prints of 13 watercolors. This year note cards will be also available, and on Sunday, there will be jewelry by Heather Morphew.

Please check out the 5-Ws information below the photos.


These three proofs were approved last week. To date, proofs of 26 of Mother's watercolors have been approved. Prints range in price from $15 to $70.


The items in this jewelry collection were designed and created by Heather Morphew. Heather will have her jewelry available at the open house on Sunday the 14th until mid- or late-afternoon. (Click on photo to enlarge.)



The second annual November holiday open house featuring prints* of Mother’s (Marion Gunderson) watercolors.

Jewelry will be available on the Sunday (the 14th) of the open house.


All profits from sales of prints go to the Rolfe (Iowa) Public Library where Mother worked for 35 years. To date, approximately $3,000 has been given to the library.


Thursday, November 11: 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Saturday, November 13: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Sunday, November 14: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Anyone is welcome to attend. I will be hosting.

On Sunday, jewelry designed and created by Heather Morphew will be available.


14106 Green Dr., Perry, Iowa, Bill’s and my home. (Directions are below.)


1. *Prints may also be viewed and ordered online. Print prices range from $15 to $70.

2. On the Saturday and Sunday of the open house,“Art on the Prairie” will be held in Perry, including at the historic Hotel Pattee.

3. Contact information: (515) 465-2746

4. Background information about Mother is available at this blog. On the home page, click on the “Marion Gunderson” category.

DIRECTIONS to 14106 Green Dr., Perry, IA

Bill’s and my home is 2 ½ (2.5) miles west of Perry, Iowa, on Highway 141.

Or, about 30 minutes northwest of the I35/80 Grimes exit at the northwest edge of Des Moines.

If coming from the east, for example from Des Moines:  Take Highway 141 to Perry until you get to the stoplight that is at the Hy-Vee/McDonalds intersection. From that stop light, continue through the intersection (don’t turn at the intersection) and keep going west another 2 1/2 (2.5) miles past Hull Ave. (gravel) and past H. Ave. (gravel) until paved (not gravel) Green Drive is on your left.  Turn left/south onto Green Drive. Green Drive curves back to the east. Our home is about 1/20th mile off of Highway 141.  It is the first house in the development.  (If you get to the airport on Highway 141, you’ve gone 1/4 mile too far west.)

If you are coming from the west on Highway 141, for example from Dawson:  Once you are on Highway 141 with the Perry airport driveway on your right (on the south side of Highway  141), continue another 1/4 (.25) miles east.  (Go somewhat slowly on Highway 141 between the Perry airport and our house because Green Drive pops up sooner than you’d think.) Turn right/south onto paved (not gravel) Green Drive. Green Drive curves back to the east.  Our home is about 1/20th mile off of Highway 141.  It is the first house in the development.


(Click here to go to Louise Gunderson Shimon’s blog’s home page.)


One Response to “Open House to Showcase Mother’s (Marion Gunderson) Watercolors”

  1. Marti Gunderson Carlson Says:

    Am thinking about youthis weekend and hoping the open house is a wonderful and successful time for all.

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