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2018 Bluff Strokes Paint Out

Bluff Strokes is a competition amongst plein air (in the open air) artists, who will come paint Dubuque for the week of October 8-14, 2018. We will award approximately $10,000 in prize money. Each artist has their favorite scenes to paint: landscapes in the rolling hills, historic downtown buildings, river scenes or the Arboretum. The artists who came in 2016 were blown away by the variety that Dubuque offers. Come see them paint and then view (and purchase) their artwork on Friday, Oct 12 (6-9pm) at our Patron Preview Party and the Public Sale on Saturday, Oct 13 (9am-7pm).

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2018 Dubuque Area Writers Guild Anthology

2018 is the 40th anniversary of the Dubuque Area Writers Guild Anthology

This year is the 40th anniversary of the DAWG anthology and we are completing our compilation in collaboration with another great organization, the Dubuque Facing Project.  The Dubuque Facing Project is a non-profit organization that “connects people through stories to strengthen communities. Their model guides communities as they enlist a team of writers to be paired one-on-one with citizens who are facing life circumstances that deserve to be shared to better educate the broader community. The pairs meet, get to know each other and share stories of triumph and tragedy, of loneliness and community, of hate and happiness, of deep depression and lofty goals.”

The Dubuque Facing Project is focused on Facing Diversity and this year we are helping to support the creation of an anthology centered on the stories of Dubuque’s LBTQIA+ community. We will launch this book as the kick off to DubuqueFest and have a reception at the Dubuque Museum of Art, May 18th from 6-8 pm where we will have selected submissions from the Facing Diversity compilation share their stories. Food and refreshments will be served. This event is free to the public. Books will be available at the reception and are free to the public.

Visit Dubuque Facing Project and Dubuque Area Writers Guild on Facebook

For more information, contact Heidi Zull at dubuqueareawritersguild@gmail.com.

Come on and join the Guild!

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2018 Elisha Darlin Award Tim McNamara

Dubuque County Fine Arts Society is proud to announce: Timothy McNamara to receive 2018 Elisha Darlin Art Award

January 2018, the Fine Arts Society nominations included Art on the River Committee, Creative Adventure Labs, Tim McNamara, Northeast Iowa School or Music, Tim Runde, and Voices Productions. Fine Arts Society presents the 2018 Elisha Darlin award to Tim McNamara.

Saturday, May 12, 2018, Doors at 6:00 pm, Award Presentation at 7:00 pm
Convivium Urban Farmstead 2811 Jackson, Dubuque, Iowa
Free at door – Food and beverage available for purchase. Live music!

More information available here.

Supported by Trappist Caskets at New Melleray Abby

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DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival 2018 this weekend

Dubuque’s very own homegrown all arts festival is back!

Join us in Washington Park & Town Clock Plaza in beautiful Downtown Dubuque for three FREE days of art, live music, and interactive hands-on activities for all ages! May 18 – 20, 2018.

Check back here in the coming weeks for updates on our programming schedule, performance details, & more.

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Press Release: 2017 DubuqueFest Arts, Wellness, & Music Programming Announced!

Dubuque County Fine Arts Society Hosts 40th Annual DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival May 19-21, 2017 Free Festival Celebrates Music, Art and Culture in Historic Downtown Dubuque DUBUQUE, Iowa, April 26, 2017—Dubuque County Fine Arts Society will host its 40th annual DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival May 19-21, 2017. Held in the heart of the historic downtown […]

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DubuqueFest 40th Anniversary 70s Throwback Party

dfest throwback fundraiserIn 1977, Dubuque County Fine Arts Society founders Ruth and Russ Nash brought DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival to Downtown Dubuque for the very first time. Come shake your groove thang with us at The Lift as we celebrate the festival’s 40th Anniversary!

Friday March 10, 2017 8PM-2AM at The Lift basement level of 180 Main St, Dubuque, IA.

This is a 70s-themed party, so bust out your your bell bottoms, platform shoes, and go find a Farrah Fawcett wig if you’ve lost those lucious youthful locks of yours.

-Live DJ playing your favorite 70s song requests all night long
-Free snacks provided by Festival Disco Divas Amanda, Rose, and Danielle
-Birthday cake!
-Prizes awarded for Best Dressed
-$10 suggested donation at the door

Can’t attend but still want to support DubuqueFest? Donate online through PayPal: http://bit.ly/2jRBssD. Just write “DubuqueFest donation” in the special instructions box. Easy!

Thank you for 40 years of art, music, & fun, Dubuque! We wouldn’t be here without YOU!

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DubuqueFest Artist Application Open

Art Fair Application

Join us this spring in beautiful downtown Dubuque for the 40th annual DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival!40th dfest cakeYou asked, we listened!  DubuqueFest applications will now be accepted through Zapp!

Click here to apply!

We know many of you already have Zapp accounts for other shows, but do not worry if you don’t.  The sign-up process for artists is easy, quick, and always free to create your account.

Set below Dubuque’s picturesque bluff is historic Washington Park, home to the DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival. Join the eclectic mix of artists who gather each May to exhibit and sell their work.  As Dubuque’s reputation grows as a tourist destination for art and culture, the popularity of the DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival grows with it, drawing lovers of art and history to the oldest festival in Iowa’s first city.

Artist Amenities:
Spacious 12 x 12 booths
Curbside loading and unloading
Free Parking (including overnight RV)
Complimentary Breakfast
Artists’ reception at Dubuque Museum of Art
Helpful On-site Art Fair committee members
2 Emerging Artist Scholarships
Overnight security
Boothsitters
$1,000 in cash awards

Get more festival information at www.dubuquefest.org.

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Dubuque Area Writers Guild to Publish Annual Anthology

February 3rd, 2017writing
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT:  Heidi Zull & Gwen Werner, Project Editors
dubuqueareawritersguild@gmail.com

Dubuque Area Writers Guild to Publish Annual Anthology 

DUBUQUE, IA. – In conjunction with the 40th annual DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival (May 19-21, 2017), the Dubuque Area Writers Guild is excited to announce that it will be publishing the 39th edition of its Gallery book project. This year’s publication, “Movement” will be an open-genre anthology showcasing the art and writing of Dubuquers and those with ties to the Dubuque area. The concept “movement”, can focus on a variety of components, such as change or having changed, either physical or emotional. Or the movement of location, trends or ideas. Movement can be the bustle of people or the passage of time. Movement can also be the progressive development of a poem or story. Submissions about “movement” as a concept are encouraged, but works of any theme will be considered.

Writers of all ages may submit fiction, non-fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry and memoir pieces. Prose entries should not exceed 1200 words. Poems should not exceed 30 lines. The project also invites submissions of black and white artwork (drawings, photography, digital art, etc.). Manuscripts should be double-spaced and the author’s name, address, e-mail address and telephone number must appear on each submitted page. Writers should also include a short biographical paragraph about themselves along with their submission (not to exceed 50 words maximum).

Electronic submissions are strongly preferred, and should be sent to dubuqueareawritersguild@gmail.com as attached .jpg or Word files. Please include the words “2017 Gallery submission” in the subject line of the email. If necessary, materials may also be mailed to Dubuque Area Writers Guild, PO Box 1166, Dubuque, IA 52004. The deadline for submissions to the anthology is April 1st, 2017.

Writers selected for publication may be invited to read at a reception to celebrate the launch of the anthology, which will be held Friday, May 19th during DubuqueFest at the Dubuque Museum of Art. The public is invited to attend the reception/reading and encouraged to purchase copies of The Gallery.

For more information, contact Heidi Zull or Gwen Werner at dubuqueareawritersguild@gmail.com.

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ARTIST APPS + OPEN CALL FOR VENDORS + FUNDRAISER

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Dubuque Area Writers Guild Anthology

DAWG ShapesAnnual Release Party will be held as part of DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival on Friday May 20, 2016.  More information of the release party will be added when available.

Dubuque Area Writers Guild Gallery 2016, “Shapes,” will be an open-genre anthology showcasing art and writing by area creators of all ages. Submitters are asked to consider all senses and definitions of the theme: some examples include physical shape, emotional shape, the shape of a life or journey, or how one is shaped by one’s environment or experiences.