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

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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!

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

DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival 2018 this weekend

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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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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!