About Big Picture
Big Picture Gallery and Studio is owned by and under the direction of Ms. Becky Popelka. Ms. Popelka realized she was passionate about the visual arts as an undergraduate student at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa. After obtaining a degree in visual art and art education, she taught for one-year abroad in Cairo, Egypt followed by two-years of teaching k-8th grade art and coordinating the 5th- 8th grade Talented & Gifted program at Clayton Ridge School District in NE Iowa. From 2008-2011 Ms. Popelka studied graphic design at Iowa State University, earning her MFA and teaching college level design technology courses. Ms. Popelka settled in Iowa City in 2011 and spent the last six years teaching art at Regina Catholic Education Center as well as teaching art education courses at the University of Iowa.
A note from the Owner/Director:
I could not be more thrilled about starting Big Picture Gallery and Studio! Owning my own art school and gallery has been a dream of mine since I was an undergraduate student. Through Big Picture I hope to make the arts more accessible to my community. I seek to create a welcoming work and play space that is filled with joy, excitment and wonder. The arts bring such a vibrancy and richness to our lives and my vision for Big Picture is to facilitate and inspire creative expression for our patrons and students. The Gallery enchances the Studio/School, offering a place for local artists to exhibit works for sale, gain exposure, and influence budding artists. Come visit us and get your art on!
"I am seeking, I am striving. I am in it with all my heart."
-Vincent van Gogh
About Art Educator, Amy Doyle:
When I was a child, I loved everything that was creative. I ate up the arts as if they were the food for my soul. I grew up with a deep rooted love and appreciation for the arts and creativity. As I grew older, I had an art teacher who so deeply inspired me to follow my artistic dreams that I decidedto pursue a degree in Art. I graduated from Winona State University in 1999, with a BA in Art, study emphasis on painting and graphic design.
When I became part of the north liberty community, in 2016, I gained extensive experience working with children as a Paraeducator at Garner Elementary school. I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of an environment where I could inspire the hearts and minds of children.
A serendipitous twist of fate brought me into Big Picture Gallery and Art Studio. Within a single conversation, I had found a world that mixed my love of creativity with a world nurturing that same love in the hearts of the children in the surrounding community. I am so excited to be a part of this creative world within Big Picture Gallery and Studio.