Artist Enclaves

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Have you stood at the Balltown scenic overlook and marveled at the beauty of the Mississippi River Valley; or closely examined the unique craftsmanship of architecture throughout the Dubuque? Perhaps you have visited the Arboretum at sunset, or walked through the quiet glory of Eagle Point Park at dawn? Have you witnessed a barge churning up the river, or a canoe silently gliding downstream? Have you witnessed the splendor of the fall colors as the leaves paint the bluffs, or the electric green of the farm fields after a summer thunderstorm? These are scenes of Dubuque that beg to be captured in art.

Mississippi River Art Workshops, an affiliate of Dubuque County Fine Arts Society, will sponsor the Bluff Strokes Paint Out, October 9-15, 2016, where 50 artists will focus on capturing the beauty of Eagle Point Park. Dubuque is an ideal location for plein air artists who travel ready to paint a stunning scene at a moment’s notice. With the city’s abundant access to scenery, history, and architecture, there is no lack of opportunity to be inspired.

For the casual artist, Pinot’s Palette offers a friendly atmosphere to experience painting with the assistance of an instructor. If you are over 21, bring your own drinks and appetizers and enjoy painting your own masterpiece with friends. Family and children’s classes are also available.

Matter, located in the Mill Work District, allows adults and children to embrace artistic skills. Whether in a one-hour experimental venture, a two-day workshop, or a six-week class, learn the art of stained glass, throw pottery, or explore other activities.

Dubuque Museum of Art is featuring the work of Printmaker and Illustrator Arthur Geisert through August of 2017. Explore Geisert’s artistic process from concept drawing to etched copper plates to books. From August 5 to September 25, 2016, the members of the Dubuque Camera Club will be exhibiting photos of Dubuque’s magnificent architecture.  Classes for drawing, oil painting, landscape painting, and even a Young at Heart creating time for toddlers are also offered by the Museum.

Need a space to create? StudioWorks in the Mill Work District offers classes with resident artists, private art studio space, collaborative work space, and educational forums.

So whatever your creative experience level, Dubuque will absolutely be your artist enclave.


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