Octagon Gallery Shop Ames, Iowa
Gallery Shop

Gallery Shop

The Octagon Gallery Shop is a consignment retailer for original works of over 150 area artists. Enjoy a unique shopping experience in the Octagon Gallery Shop where you’ll find hand-crafted jewelry, pottery, paintings, photography, fiber, wood, cards, and more! With such a wide range of items, there is something for every budget.


If you are traveling or local and looking for a unique gift, visit the Octagon Gallery Shop for fine art and craft items. The staff is ready to answer questions, help you make a selection, or place special orders for one-of-a-kind items. The Gallery Shop offers gift certificates, layaway, purchasing on approval, and shipping services.


Be sure to visit the adjacent Octagon Community Gallery to view the current exhibit, which is accessible through the Gallery Shop, then travel to the third floor to view exhibits in our Sweeney and Main Galleries. Work rotates regularly and features area artists in a wide range of mediums.



Naomi Friend is a professional artist in Central Iowa. She makes art about the land and life based on farming, or "agrarian" art. She is most interested in the intersection of wild, urban, and rural environments and the work of humans as caretakers of creation.

Her work has been shown in solo shows in Iowa and Nebraska, and other group shows. It is recognized in local radio, newspaper, published in Diffusion magazine, and resides in public and private art collections. It has received awards in national juried art exhibits. She exhibits in a variety outdoor public art events including the Des Moines Arts Festival. 

She earned a Masters of Fine Art in Integrated Visual Arts at Iowa State University in 2013 and grew up in the community of Sioux Center, Iowa. Her undergraduate degree is from Dordt College where she studied fine art and graphic design. Naomi worked for three years at the Octagon Center from the Arts as the Exhibits Director. Naomi operates a small 3 acre farm, Friends Flowers, where she grows flowers for local markets.   

Visit Naomi's website at: naomifriend.com


  Click here to watch our video about Naomi

   Event at the Octagon Shop!

ArtWalk was Fun! June 1, 2018

What is cyanotype? How do woodturners turn wood?

Patrons learned quite a bit from Shop Artists Naomi Friend and Rob Wallace. Naomi explained the multi step process of her cyanotype work. She combines her drawings, photography and other elements into beautiful works that she creates on canvas and paper.






















Camera, drawings, chemicals create negatives that are exposed to sunlight

Rob makes a mess but it is mesmerizing to watch.




We have RAGBRAI Items!
Shirts, cards, suncatchers, buttons, magnets, bottle openers!!!




Not sure how a piece of art will look in your house? You may take the work home and try it out!!

If you like it, keep it! If not, bring it back to the Shop.

Contact us for more details.





Octagon Gallery Shop Hours

Monday-Friday 10:00 – 5:30 PM

Thursday 10:00 – 7:00 PM

Saturday 10:00 – 5:00PM

Questions or comments?
Contact Terrie Hoefer, Shop Manager
at 515-232-5331

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