For artist and teacher E.J. Miley, the new studio, gallery and bookstore in Mason City are the culmination of a longtime dream.
Business partners John Means and E. J. Miley have turned a crumbling building, which had been scheduled for demolition, into a sleek art gallery, studio and small bookstore.
Saturday's opening will feature the work of Miley
, as well as 14 other artists.
Miley's signature work is whimsical pictures of dogs.
also accepts commissions for painting pictures of people's pet dogs.
business, Ars Gratia Caninae (Art for the Sake of Canines), is a tribute to his
muse and pet dog, Bubba.
mentioned to me that he
wanted to have a gallery.
For Miley, who retired from Lincoln College last year, the project is the culmination of a longtime dream.
"Eleven has always been my lucky number," Miley
The Ten 5 Art Gallery (also named for its address) is dedicated to Means' mother, the late Eleanor Jo Means.
She was a painter and fashion designer.
"We have the same initials," said Miley
, who also shares the same birthday as John Means' father, the late Dr. Jack Means.
Miley, who taught art for 20 years at Lincoln College, will offer adult painting classes at the new studio.
The classes will be limited to five people per session.
The six-week sessions will meet once a week from 6 to 8 p.m. at a cost of $120.
For an additional fee, Miley
can supply paints and brushes.
Each student will work at an easel with a clip-on light.
For more information about art classes, or the gallery, people can contact Miley