Welcome to the Agora Arts web site! Agora Arts features art and fine craft created by over 250 American artists and craftspeople. Agora Arts is located in the Hotel Winneshiek, an historic hotel in the heart of downtown Decorah. Decorah is nestled in the beautiful bluffs of northeastern Iowa, and is home to Luther College, Seed Savers Heritage Farm, small organic family farms, The Loft on Water Street, and the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum. We are only 2.5 hours south of Minneapolis, 4 hours northeast of Des Moines, or 5 hours northwest of Chicago. Gail Magnuson, a Decorah native, Luther graduate, and artist owns and operates the gallery. Gail opened Agora Arts in 1992 with the consigned work of 30 local artists. Agora Arts is a 4-time recipient of the Niche Top 100 Retailers of American Craft Award. Criteria for the award include promoting and marketing American craft, treating artists fairly, and giving back time and energy to the community. Decorah's newest place to stay, The Loft on Water Street, was opened in May of 2006 and is also owned and operated by Gail. The Loft on Water Street is a luxurious, two-bedroom loft apartment in the heart of downtown Decorah that is rented out by the weekend, week or longer.
If you would like more information about a specific artists work, please e-mail us and we can send you an up-to-the-minute digital picture of the work we have on hand.
Agora is open 7 days a week for your convenience! Our hours are Monday through Friday from 10 to 6, Thursday evenings until 8, Saturday 10 to 5, and Sunday 12 to 4.