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A new book remembers vibrant Cedar Falls watercolorist Marjorie Nuhn

Talk of Iowa, hosted by Charity Nebbe

Marjorie Nuhn had little recognition of her talents as a watercolorist in life. But a posthumous memoir written by her brother is leading some to take a look back at the Cedar Falls native. We also hear from Rick Garmin, a screenwriter, who was born in Marion, Iowa.

Heather Skeens said she didn't know a lot about Marjorie Nuhn when she started at the Hearst Center for the Arts in Cedar Falls. But when a curator at the center dropped an unpublished manuscript on her desk, she said she had to learn more.

On this episode of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe speaks with Skeen about getting that manuscript published and what it says about the artist's life. Then, Barbara Lounsberry, a retired English professor at the University of Northern Iowa, joins to discuss the artist's work.

Last, we hear from Rick Garmin, a screenwriter who has found a niche in writing movies for Hallmark. We hear about how he got to this point in his writing career and the value these movies have during the pandemic.


  • Heather Skeens, cultural programs supervisor at the Hearst Center for the Art
  • Barbara Lounsberry, retired emerita professor of English at University of Northern Iowa and author of a trilogy on Virginia Woolf
  • Rick Garmin, Marion native and screenwriter
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Zachary Oren Smith is a reporter covering Eastern Iowa