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Mississippi River Art Workshops

Welcome to Mississippi River Arts Workshops.  Our initiative was organized in late 2014 by a group of Dubuque area artists and arts supporters who recognize the unique beauty of the community and surroundings.  Our goal is to create art experiences for artists which explore and capitalize on this natural and man-created beauty.  We will focus initially on painting, but will broaden our focus as we move forward.  More Information click here.

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Nash Gallery Current Exhibit

matt mikuliceOne of contemporary art’s most exciting draughtsman. Matthew Mikulice was born in 1984. He attended Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa where he graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor’s of Art degree in studio art, emphasis in drawing. He has shown all over the tri-state area. He currently lives and works in Dubuque, Iowa.

Exhibition runs until April 6. Gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays 12-4 p.m.

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Call for Submissions

Dawg Call 8.5x11Dubuque Area Writers Guild
2014 Gallery

In keeping with longstanding Dubuque tradition, the Dubuque Area Writers Guild will be publishing its annual anthology this May in conjunction with DubuqueFest!

The Dubuque Area Writers Guild is currently seeking submissions for the 36th edition of its annual Gallery book project. This yearʼs publication will be an open genre anthology showcasing art and writing of Dubuquers and those with ties to the Dubuque area, and will be open to works of any theme or subject.

Writers of all ages may submit fiction, non- fiction, poetry and memoir pieces. Prose entries should not exceed 1200 words. Poems should not exceed 30 lines. The journal also invites submissions of black and white artwork (drawings, photography, digital art, etc.). Manuscripts should be double-spaced, with name, address, e-mail and telephone number appearing on each submitted page. Writers should also include a short biography along with their submission (50 words max). Electronic submissions should be sent to dubuqueareawritersguild@gmail.com as attached .jpg or word files. Materials may also be mailed to Dubuque Area Writers Guild, c/o Heidi Zull, 1631 Main St. Apt. 1, Dubuque, IA 52001. Writers selected for publication may be invited to read at the launch reception held during DubuqueFest May 16th, 2014 and the public is invited to attend.

The deadline for submissions is March 31st, 2014.

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

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2014 Elisha Darlin Art Award Winner Greg Orwoll

ED 2014Award Celebration
Friday Mach 28, 2014
Five Flags Theater

Dubuque County Fine Arts Society is proud to announce that they will present Greg Orwoll with the 34th annual Elisha Darlin Art Award at a reception on Friday, March 28 at the Five Flags Theater.

Five Flags Arena doors on Main St. will open for reception at 6PM where appetizers will be served with cash bar.  Award ceremony will begin in Five Flags Theater at 7PM.

Tickets on sale Friday March 7, 2014 at 10AM
General admission $25, Group of ten or more receive $3 discount
Tickets available at Five Flags Box Office and Ticketmaster.com, or email EDAward@DCFAS.org to reserve you tickets.

This year, Fine Arts Society presents the award to Greg Orwoll.  Greg’s 31 years with Dubuque Colts Drum and Bugle Corps created a rich and encouraging environment for the members.  The Colts have an international reach to bring students to Dubuque to learn, compete, and experience the joy of expression through music and motion.  Award ceremony will include performance by Dubuque Senior High band ensemble and some other fun surprises.

More information available here.

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Elisha Darlin Save the Date

Dubuque County Fine Arts Society is proud to announce that they will present Greg Orwoll with the 34th annual Elisha Darlin Art Award at a reception on Friday, March 28 at the Five Flags Theater.

Greg’s 31 years with Dubuque Colts Dum and Bugle Corps created a rich and encouraging environment for the members.  The Colts have an international reach to bring students to Dubuque to learn, compete, and experience the joy of expression through music and motion.

The public is encouraged to attend. Mark your calendars and save the date; more details will be announced soon.

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Announcements Events Trainwreck Productions

Trainwreck Productions presents the play “No Exit”

NoExitFriday & Saturday, January 17 & 18
7:00p.m. at the Dubuque Bike Coop (2206 Central Ave.)

Dubuque, Trainwreck Productions presents the play No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre, translated by Paul Bowles, and directed by Alex McCarthy. Three strangers are locked up together for eternity in one hideous room in hell. The windows are bricked up, there are no mirrors, the electric lights never turn off, and there is no exit. Hell is not the rack and fire, but the burning humiliation of souls stripped by the cruel curiosity of the damned. Hell is other people. Admission is $5; seating is extremely limited. For more information, visit www.trainwreckproductions.org.

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Announcements Events Nash Gallery

Nash Gallery’s Current Exhibition: “From Dawn to Dusk”

Evan“From Dawn to Dusk” Photorealistic oil paintings by Evan Ventris

“Growing up in rural Northeast Iowa gave me a deep appreciation for the natural beauty in landscapes. This series of Iowa landscapes allowed me to showcase the beauty I see throughout the area. Some of the references I use for this series comes from photographs I take while driving old country roads searching to find just the right setting. Many times I find myself rushing to capture that perfect image before the awe inspiring colors and shadows disappear. Other photographs I have taken from my own back yard, with the rolling corn fields of family farms spread across acres in the distance”.

Evan Ventris grew up on a farm in Clayton County and is now living and working in rural Dubuque County. His recent efforts have been on creating photorealistic oil paintings. Previously he has also created digital images and 3D sculptures. Evan received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Clarke University.

Recent group shows include The Salon Exhibition in August 2013 and Clarke University’s offsite exhibit and the Salon de Refuses during the Fall Into Art gallery tour in October 2012.

GALLERY HOURS: 12:00-4:00 PM Saturdays and Sundays.

Exhibition ends December 1rst.

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Call to Artists! TRUNK SALE

Nash GalleryNash Gallery, Dubuque, IA, is seeking artist submissions for a holiday trunk sale fundraiser for the gallery to be held Friday-Sunday, November 29-December 1, 2013. All 2D & 3D fine art will be accepted. Live music will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Submissions

  • The Nash Gallery committee will select work for the sale
  • Fine art (not crafts) will be selected
  • All pieces must be priced to sell; price modestly with the intent to sell all submitted pieces
  • Any number of pieces may be submitted for consideration. Online digital submission is preferred, but hardcopyor CD’s may be submitted to the address above (include SASE if you want them returned)
  • Email digital submissions to nashdbq@gmail.com with “Trunk Sale – Your Name” in the subject line. Size yourJPEG images to 300 dpi resolution, 4×6” image size approximately. Do not imbed the images in a Worddocument
  • Each image must be clearly marked with artist’s name, title, medium, and a retail price
  • Artists must provide display/browsing solution – limited table and wall space will be provided
  • 2D work must be framed or ready to hang
  • 3D work must be manageable in size and able to stand alone
  • Artist is responsible for delivery and pick up of their work

Timeline

  • November 10, 2012 – Entries Due
  • November 17, 2013 (or earlier) – Notifications
  • November 24, 2013, 3:00-9:00 p.m. – Delivery of Work / Signing Contracts

*Pieces must be labeled with your name, title, medium, and retail price; work must be browse-ready.

  • Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 2013, 10:00-6:00 p.m. Trunk Sale
  • December 8, 3:00-9:00 p.m. Pick Up Unsold Work

Sales

Unlike regular exhibition sales, because this is a fundraiser, all work will be subject to an 80% commission for the gallery. The work submitted will be sold at modest prices. Nash Gallery will take care of sales and sending artists checks. By submitting pieces to the trunk sale, you are agreeing to these sales conditions. Contracts will be signed upon delivery of work.

Promotion

The sale will be marketed through the use of posters, handout postcards, local/area publications (365ink, TH, Julien’s Journal, etc.), direct email marketing, and Facebook. Digital submission images will be used for this.

 

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Nash Gallery Call to Artists, “EROTICA”

Nash GalleryNash Gallery, Dubuque, IA, is seeking artist submissions for a group show to be held December 20, 2013 through February 14, 2014.  The theme will be “EROTICA.”

  • All mediums, including but not limited to 2D, 3D, installation, and performance art work, will be accepted
  • All work must be original
  • Art work must reflect the artist’s interpretation of the theme
  • A non-refundable $15 jury fee is required (mail to the gallery at the address above)

Submissions

  • The Nash Gallery committee will select the work for the exhibition
  • Any number of pieces may be submitted for consideration. Online digital submission is preferred, but hardcopy or CDs may be submitted (include SASE if you want them returned)
    See submission instructions: Nash Gallery Application
  • Digital images must be formatted to be read on a PC.  Size your JPEG images to 300 dpi resolution, 4×6” image size approximately.  Do not imbed the images in a Word document.
  • Each image must be clearly marked with artist’s name, title, medium, retail price (or NFS)
  • Artists must provide display solutions – wall space and limited podium space will be provided
  • 2D work must be framed or ready to hang
  • 3D work must be manageable in size and able to stand alone
  • Contact curator Trish Feldman-Jansen to discuss installations or performance art
  • Artist is responsible for delivery and pick up of their work

Timeline

  • November 10, 2012 Entries Due
  • November 17, 2013 (or earlier) Notifications
  • December 8, 2013, 3:00-9:00 p.m. Delivery of Work / Signing Contracts
    *Pieces must be labeled with your name, title, medium, and retail price; work must be display-ready.
  • December 20, 2013, 5:00-9:00 p.m. Artists’ Opening Reception
  • February 14, 2014, 5:00-9:00 p.m. Closing Reception/Valentine’s Party with Rogue Collections
  • February 16, 2014, 3:00-9:00 p.m. Pick Up Unsold Work

Sales

All work will be subject to an 10% commission for the gallery. Nash Gallery will take care of sales and sending artists checks. Artists are responsible for paying their own sales tax. By submitting pieces to the exhibition, you are agreeing to these sales conditions. Contracts will be signed upon delivery of work.
Promotion

The exhibition will be marketed through the use of posters, handout postcards, local/area publications (365ink, TH, Julien’s Journal, etc.), direct email marketing, and Facebook. Digital submission images will be used for this.

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Dubuque Fine Arts Players One Acts Plays 2013

Dubuque Fine Arts Players
Produces Winning One-Act Plays – From Its 36th Annual National Contest
August 22, 23 and 24, 2013 – 7:30pm

Nation’s oldest one-act play writing contest presents three prize-winning dramas on Mindframe’s stage.

World premiere performances of three outstanding new theater works will be presented by Dubuque Fine Arts Players in its 36th Annual National One-Act Play Festival on August 22-24.

The performances are winners in Dubuque’s contest, the longest established one-act playwriting contests in the nation. Since 1977, the Dubuque Fine Arts Players (a theater wing of the Dubuque County Fine Arts Society) have sponsored a national one-act playwriting contest and have offered productions of the winning scripts.

The contest is a unique theater tradition. Every year playwrights from around the US and several foreign countries submit unproduced original one-act plays to the contest. Each script goes through a rigorous screening process in which scripts are read by a panel of volunteer script readers. What makes the contest unique is that the readers represent people from all walks of life in the community. After multiple readings, the top ten scripts from this process are then evaluated by a panel of directors and final judges who select the 3 prize winners and determine which plays will be produced and staged by local volunteer actors, directors, and technicians.

For a second year, the productions will be at Mindframe Theaters in Dubuque, through a partnership with Mindframe.  Special lighting and stage embellishments and the availability of refreshments will make this a memorable evening of live theatre for Festival patrons.  This year’s plays are powerful statements about survival, life, and death:

  • First Prize: Like Music by Eleanor Kennedy of Chatham, NJ.  This is a thoughtful play about missed connections, and making choices when everything on the menu looks good.  Directed by Danny Fairchild, the cast includes Valerie Heitzman, Nicholas Johnson, and Aaron Pozdol.
  • Second Prize: Last Days of Wonder by Tess Light of Los Alamos, NM.  Near the end of her counter-cultural life, a mother finds ways to connect with both of her daughters. This drama directed by Jill Heitzman features Michele McKinlay, Maggie Pickering, and Mary Schreiber.
  • Third Prize: The Favor by D.C. Savadge of New York, NY.  In this insightful drama directed by Matt Zanger, two women at the beach realize their time has come.  The cast includes Lisa Anderson and Marion Roberts Lubinski.

Performances of this year’s one act plays will be August 22, 23 and 24(Thursday, Friday, and Saturday) at 7:30 pm at Mindframe Theaters, behind Kennedy Mall in Dubuque. An opportunity to meet the directors, actors and possibly some playwrights for discussion will follow the performances each night. Tickets are $15.00 at the door, $10 for college students with ID and younger.   More at www.dbqoneacts.org.