The La Porte City FFA Historical and Ag Museum will host a special showing of Lela Powers Briggs’ paintings on Thursday, April 25 from 6:30-8:00 PM. This showing will include several local works as well as works generously loaned in by the Waterloo Center for the Arts.  Guests may also tour the 2013 exhibit “Mixing It Up,” an eclectic assortment of items that give a unique perspective on history. Admission will be $2.00 and light refreshments will be served.

Lela Powers Briggs was born in 1896 in the small northeastern Iowa town of Powersville, which was founded by her grandfather. In 1902, her family moved to Waterloo where her father founded Powers Manufacturing. A graduate of East High, Briggs attended the Art Institute of Chicago and Iowa State Teachers College before her marriage to Wilbur Briggs in 1918. They relocated to a family dairy farm near La Porte City where, despite the exhausting manual labor of farming and raising a family following the Depression, Briggs continued to paint. She studied with Grant Wood, Marvin Cone, and Adrian Dornbush at the Stone City Art Colony, but retained a unique style all her own. Her critically acclaimed paintings serve as a documentary on rural life, local communities, and individuals of her era. Don’t miss this opportunity to view the works of a gifted artist who left a legacy in watercolor.

The La Porte City Museum hours are Tuesday and Thursday 1-4 and Saturday 9-12 from April-November or by special arrangement. Contact the Museum by logging on to their website at, Facebook page, or by calling 319-342-3619.