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About Us

Our Owner

Dr. Kim Blakesley (Kim, as we all know her), was born and raised in Ackley, Iowa.  She moved to the Cedar Falls area as an Art/Business teacher with West High School in 1999. Since that time, Kim moved through the school system as both a teacher and an administrator. Kim left her public educational career behind in the summer of 2014. 

The idea to open Cedar Valley Art and Wine in Cedar Falls began during a trip Kim took to California. Her daughter, Katie, took her to a painting and wine establishment in San Diego. The experience was a memorable one that Kim took home and shared with her husband Bruce. Bruce suggested she start her own business and bring her love of art to the community and surround areas of Cedar Falls. Thus, Cedar Valley Art and Wine was born. The doors opened to this fun and vibrant artistic environment on September 8, 2014. In September of 2015, Cedar Valley Art and Wine moved to it's current location at 307 Main Street in Cedar Falls, Iowa. 

Kim's experience in the arts began during her high school years. Painting was her first love and one that continues with her today. From leisure to commission work, Kim spreads her love for canvas and paint using a variety of techniques and skills. 

Kim attended the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) in Cedar Falls attaining degrees in Art, Business and Educational Leadership and Supervision. Her art has been sold throughout the United States with several pieces finding their way to Croatia and the Ukraine. Kim's artwork is available for purchase at Cedar Valley Art and Wine and at Gallery 106 on Main Street in Cedar Falls. Commissioned art pieces are available upon request. 


Cedar Valley Art and Wine Artists

Cedar Valley Art and Wine has a great line-up of qualified artists. Each is ready to assist you in creating a special masterpiece.

Kim Murray
Sarah Carpenter
Lacy Irwin
Karen Utterback
Johanna Weston
Alexis Steckel

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