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Art Discussions with Dale Fisher | Curator With The University of Iowa Museum of Art

  Monday, October 23, 2017 | 6:30pm | Maquoketa Art Experience Free and Open to the Public   Session 1 :  Art as an Instrument of Change         “Art is a means by which a collective abstraction ̶   society ̶   acquires a memory and a conscience.”  E. B. FeldmanRead More

Ellen Wagener | Pastel Artist | September 2 – October 30, 2017

“Drip, Blow, Burn, and Sunrise in Jackson County”     A One of a Kind Exhibit, You Will Want to See Artist Statement: Ellen Wagener says she knew her life’s calling before she hit kindergarten. “I really wanted to be an artist, because when I grew up in DeWitt, thereRead More

Kimberly Darling Exhibition | Fates and Fiber

Monday, July 10, 2017 – Thursday, August 24th, 2017 Meet the Artist Reception | July 14 | 4-7pm   Artist’s Statement: I have always been engaged by the creative fiber arts. I come by it honestly;it was bred into me. I inherited my love of textiles from my mother, whoRead More

Layers of Maquoketa Coffee House

  6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, August 10, 2017 Maquoketa Art Experience Come join us for an evening of literary reading, drama, instrumental and vocal performances at the 2nd Layers of Maquoketa Coffeehouse. Enjoy the talents of your very own friends and neighbors and relax with coffee and teaRead More

Party with a purpose! Friday, August 11, 2017 | 7pm – 10:00pm

Join us for a night to support FIDA’s work in Haiti Patrick Bentrott, executive director of FIDA-US  A short introduction of FIDA and their work in Haiti will be given Location : Maquoketa Art Experience 124 S. Main St. $25 per ticket  Buy in advance or at the door!  Read More

Meet the Artist Reception | July 14 | 4-7pm

           Bruce Howdle | Ceramic Artist                                          and    Kimberly Darling   | “Fates and Fiber” artist                    Read More

Slices of Life | Sunday, July 9, 2017 | 2:00pm

Press Release*** Press Release*** Press Release*** Press Release*** The Jackson County Historic Preservation Commission will, in co-operation with the Jackson County Historical Society and the North Bend Community Center, present the program, Slices of Life, at the Maquoketa Art Experience (MAE) on July 9, 2017. The program will be hostedRead More

Woodcarver Reception

Free and Open to the Public Thursday, June 15, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Author B. J. Schwartz (Bret Terrell) |Meet The Author– Tuesday, July 18, 2pm

Bring your camera, purchase a book and take your picture with Max XX, The Malamute and Children’s Book Author, “Plumery Tails”,  B. J. Schwartz (Bret Terrell)  Bret  moved from St. Paul, MN to Iowa with his fiancé in 2007. During the winter months he wrote poetry just as he did as a young man. HeRead More

Joan Becker Presentation | Mental Health

Layers Of Maquoketa Celebration – Past, Present and Future

Tuesday, April 18 – Saturday, April 22, 2017 Community Fun, and Excitement

Artist Reception

Artists: Pauline Maloney and Kathy Schumacher Friday, May 26, 2017 5pm – 7pm Kathy Schumacher speaking  6PM Free And Open to the Public

Tim Cuffman Returns To MAE for a Second Concert

Sunday, April 30, 2:00 pm   Timothy Cuffman earned a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Violin Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa. He has been a teaching assistant at the University of Iowa and Ohio University. Cuffman also holds Masters degrees in Violin Performance and Upper StringRead More

Wettach Reception

Wettach Reception | Sunday, March 19, 2017, 1pm – 3pm The Wettach Exhibit Curated | Kathleen Edwards UMIA |Sunday, April 9, 2017, 2pm – 3pm (Free and Open to the Public)  

LIP Sync Contest and Speech Readings Return to MAE

                                CAGE Speech & Drama Club                                                  Featuring  Maquoketa Students Friday, March 24, 2017 | 7 pm Fundraiser to help raise money for CAGE 2018 Drama Production   Open to Students, Parents, and Community Members Donation | $3.00 per person                     ConcessionRead More

Dancers In Company

Sunday, March 26, 1:00 pm Donations Accepted and Appreciated for this event The University 0f Iowa’s premiere touring dance company, Dancers in Company is in its 33rd year.The company presents works by nationally and internationally active faculty and guest choreographers created around this year’s theme of “home.” Using dance toRead More

Valentine’s Event | The Black Velvet Band

Celebrate Valentine’s Day Early Sunday, February 12, 2017 | 3:00pm Refreshments and Fun for All! Suggested Donation |$10 per person  “Her eyes, they shown like diamonds, you’d think she was queen of the land,  With her hair thrown over her shoulders, tied up with a black velvet band.” The headwatersRead More

Artist Reception

  Meet the Artists Sunday, January 22, 2017 | 1-4 pm Phillip Roeder | Photographer | “Selected Works: 2010 – 2016” Kurt Ullrich | Photographer | “I Am Everyday People” Free and Open to the Public

University of Iowa Museum of Art | Traditions in Clay Shards Continued

  Discussion with Dale Fisher | Curator UIMA Thursday, December 8, 2016 | 6:00pm Free and Open to the Public

University of Iowa Museum of Art |Clay Revisited

  Discussion with Dale Fisher | Curator UIMA Thursday, November 17 | 6:00pm Traditions in Shards Free and Open to the Public

Writers Round-Table | Saturday, October 29, 11am – 2 pm

Meet with authors: Teresa LaBella, Ramel Hunter, Craig A. Hart, Francesca Hawley, Staci Mercado, Karen Musser Nortman and Robert Banks. The authors will have copies of their latest books available for sale/signing and at  12:oo pm will participate in a “round table” discussion on their journeys to becoming published authors.Read More

Your Words and Your Story | For Fun, Laughter and Learning, Don’t Miss This Event!

Sunday, 11/13/16 and Sunday, 11/20/16  Begins | 1:00 pm No Cost You have a story to tell but thought you couldn’t or didn’t know how to “tell your story?” Maybe it’s the story that gets retold at family gatherings, a story about you or something you have seen and needsRead More

Join Us for an Evening of Art, Inspiration and Fun

Maquoketa Art Experience Holiday Celebration  Sunday, December 4, 2016 4:00 – 7:00 pm Speakers at 5:00pm: Artists-Sara Lubinsky and Janice Bell  Music by: Maquoketa High School Singers Joel Hagen, Director Hors d’ oeuvres & Local Wines Free and Open to the Public Voluntary Contributions are appreciated

Artist’s Reception and Demo

Sunday, September 11, 1pm – 3pm The Fiber Art Studio of Dubuque KC Barnes Free and Open to the Public  

ART SURROUNDS YOU: THE ARCHITECTURE OF JACKSON COUNTY

Sunday August 21, 2016 |2:00pm Duane Hagerty, CEO of Heritage Works, is a historic preservation consultant, architectural historian   Ryan Engelman, Heritage Works’ Preservation and Programs Manager, is a historic preservation professional with extensive knowledge of Dubuque’s heritage.   Art surrounds us in our daily lives, yet we rarely takeRead More

Meet The Artists

Friday, July 8, 4pm – 7pm Suzanne Rogers | Jewelry Artist from Dublin, Ireland Barb McKinley | Glass Artist from Dubuque, Iowa Mary Wells | Watercolor Artist  from  Quad Cities, Iowa Free and Open to the Public Donations are Always Welcome

Meet the Artists

Thurday, June 16, 4pm – 6pm  Public Reception Featuring Woodcarvers: Fred Cogelow and MarvKaisersatt

Textiles From Around The World

Monday, July 18th | 6:00pm The UIMA School Programs Collections textiles featured in this program showcase a range of textiles from around the world. These works of art function as utilitarian items, movable temples, protective clothing, ritual objects, and narrative works of art that mesh language and visual arts. JoshRead More

Pre-Columbian Presentation/Discussion | Tuesday June 28 at 6:00pm

      University of Iowa Museum of Art Education Coordinator, Julia Jessen, will provide an introduction to pre-Columbian art of Mesoamerica and a discussion of pre-Columbian artworks in the University of Iowa’s Museum of Art collection. Artworks discussed will relate to the basic topics of Cultural Beliefs and Practices,Read More

Dale Fischer, Curator University of Iowa Museum of Art: Discussion Series

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 Time | 6:00-7:00 pm Topic | Grant Wood’s Plaid Sweater

Jazz Repertory Ensemble | University of Iowa School of Music

University of Iowa will be bringing the  Jazz Repertory Ensemble To the Maquoketa Art Experience Thursday, April 7th at 7:00pm Open to the Public | Donations Accepted and Appreciated Don’t Miss This Excellent Musical Performance By 17 of Iowa’s Outstanding Musicians

University of Iowa Museum of Art School Programs

Interactive presentations of original works of art in k-12 classrooms. With funding from the UIMA Education Partners, the museum’s Education Department purchased artworks specifically for exemplary, object-based learning during art, social studies, and language arts classes. Students can examine closely—and even handle—many of the objects. Presentations usually last fifty minutes. This event isRead More

Meet the Artist

Pam Ohnemus- “Our Vanishing Landscape” Acrylic Exhibit  Reception: Sat, October 3, 2015, 4pm – 6pm  Presentation: About Prairies at 5PM

Art Dialogue and Discussion Series

  Dale Fisher, Curator of Education University of Iowa Museum of Art Presents: French Art: Impressionism and Post Impressionism Monday, October 19, 2015 | 6:00pm Free and Open to the Public    

Jackson Pollock’s Mural: The Story of a Modern Masterpiece

Maquoketa Art Experience and Voy Theater to show: Jackson Pollock’s Mural: The Story of a Modern Masterpiece November 9 from 7:00–9:00 p.m. Voy Theater (207 S. Main ) in downtown Maquoketa This event is free and open to the public This documentary tells the story of Mural from its creationRead More

Photo Session With Dave Updegraff |Saturday, December 12th

Dave  is an avid photographer who lives in Dubuque and works in Maquoketa.  For some time he has been looking for a way to share his passion for photography using the skills he has developed over many years with people who might otherwise not be able to afford a formalRead More

They Are Back | The Black Velvet Band

Saturday,February 27, 2015 | 2:00pm Tickets:  $10.00 (sold at the door) Refreshments and Fun for All!! Chuck Jorgensen, Dale Kilburg, Dan Caraway, Curt Lichter and David Manning   Artists Statement: “Her eyes, they shown like diamonds, you’d think she was queen of the land, With her hair thrown over herRead More

The Davenport Chordbusters

Sunday, March 6, 2pm – 3pm  Donation: $15.00 (per person)  Don’t miss this fabulous concert (Refreshments Provided) The Chordbuster Barbershop Chorus was formed in 1952 as the Davenport, Iowa Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS). We are one of over 800 chapters located throughout the United States and Canada.Read More

Reception Maquoketa High School Artists

High School Exhibit Open House Wednesday, February 10 | 6-8PM

Open Reception

Meet The Artist Sunday, February 7, 1pm – 3pm Halle Siepman | Parthenon Sculpture Drawing Exhibit

LIP Sync Contest

CAGE Speech & Drama Club Hosting LIP Sync Contest Featuring 7th – 12 Maquoketa Students March 25, 2016 | 7:00 P.M At the Maquoketa Art Experience | 124 Main Street Fundraiser to help raise money for CAGE for the June New York Drama Tour   Open to Students, Parents, and CommunityRead More

University of Iowa Museum of Art Discussion Series

Dale Fisher Returns: A Discussion About Jackson Pollock’s Mural   Thursday, March 24, 2016 | 4:00pm Open and free to the public Commissioned by art collector and dealer Peggy Guggenheim for the entry to her New York City apartment in 1943, Mural by Jackson Pollock (American, 1912–1956) is considered oneRead More

Awesome Art Association For High School Students | Tuesdays: 3:45 to 5:00pm | 124 Main Street

  Our next art project will be in the “spirit of spring”.  We will be creating our fairy gardens out of everyday items. Item donations are needed for this project  

Inspired Painting Party

Maquoketa Art Experience Fundraiser | Sunday, April 24, 2016 | 1-4pm Limited Number of  Participants–Register today to reserve your space   Bring a friend or friends Enjoy the fun Take home your own creation! Food and wine/drinks are provided Cost: $40.00 Registration Link | http://mkt.com/inspired-painting-parties/maquoketa-art-experience-fund-raiser

Credit, Relicense, Audit Class With Andrew Huot

Date | Tuesday, June 21- Wednesday, June 22, 2016 | 8:30am-5:30 pm Andrew Huot is a book artist and bookbinder in Davenport, Iowa. He operates Big River Bindery, a shop for bookmaking and letterpress printing, book repair, and design. He has a Masters in Book Arts from the University ofRead More

Meet The Artist

Charles Morris and Ted McElhiney Sunday, May 15, 1pm – 3pm Free and Open to the Public Refreshments Provided

Scribblers Chat Group

Meets Every Third Saturday | 2:00 pm Meet other writers and share ideas and frustrations. This is open to the public and is an informal group who meets monthly to Relax-Listen-Share!!

An Art Dialogue and Discussion Series | What is Art?

Dale Fisher, Curator of Education University of Iowa Museum of Art Mon, September 14, 6pm – 7pm   (Free and Open to the Public)

Opening Reception

Sun, September 13 1-3PM Sarika Sugla, Mixed Media and prints Jac Tilton, Water Color and abstract Drawing

Meet the Artists

Friday, July 10, 2015 TF Hempel | Water color artist and Author: Book Signing — “Boats, Barns and Bungalows ” Bob Felderman | photographs range from entertainment events to landscapes to portraits to travel locations to commercial photograph Gerald Marella | nature photographer Ronald Tigges | photographs local landscapes, corporateRead More

The Timber City Bells

Sunday, August 23, 2015 | 2:00pm Location: Maquoketa Art Experience located at 124 S. Main Street in Maquoketa. The Timber City Bells is a nonprofit community handbell choir comprised of members from Maquoketa and surrounding areas. Freewill donations to cover performance costs will be accepted. A social time will followRead More

Iowa City Concert Opera Presents: Così fan tutte by Mozart

Saturday, August 29, 2015 | 7:00pm Così fan tutte by Mozart Sung in Italian with English synopsis Iowa City Concert Opera presents a concert version of Mozart’s comic opera, Così fan tutte (So Do They All). Two officers, Ferrando and Guglielmo, are sure that their fiancées Dorabella and Fiordiligi willRead More

Scribbler’s Chat Group

Saturday, July 18, 2015 | 2:00pm Meet other writers and share ideas and frustrations

Scribbler’s Chat Group

Saturday, June 20, 2015 | 2:00pm Meet other writers and share ideas and frustrations

International Woodcarvers Congress Reception

Thursday, June 18, 2015 All carvers welcome-open to the public

International Woodcarvers Congress Invitational Reception

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Don’t Miss This Exciting Finale With Dale Fisher

Thursday, June 11, 2015 20th Century Contemporary Art During the last half of the 20th century, the range of art media continued to challenge the depiction of subjects that are both literal and metaphorical, recognized on the face of an ever-changing society, and perspectives that are individualistic, evocative, and atRead More

Politics Expressed in Prints

Friday, May 29, 2015 Serhat Tanyolacar is a Turkish born multi-media artist, print maker, political activist and autism advocate. His latest large scale relief prints focus on reconstructions of daily life imagery with the components of nostalgia and popular culture. His reconstructed narratives bring an absurd socio-political commentary over theRead More

Discussions With Dale Fisher, Curator at University of Iowa Museum of Art

Thursday, May 14, 2015 20th Century and Modernism In Europe and America, revolutionary visions broke with conventional representational works as artists explored modern ideas and modes of expression. The pervasive influence of the vaguely defined “modern” led artists and their audience to consider their lives in imaginative ways, influenced byRead More

Make Mother’s Day Extra Special: Bring Her to the Muscial Performance of Inti-illimani

Sunday, May 10, 2015 A Chilean Orchestra which formed in 1966 and continues today with a rich history of music and a story to tell– Inti-Illimani (Inti-E-gee-manee) means “Son of the Illimani,” in the Aymara dialect.) The group has a dramatic history, starting in 1967 in Santiago, Chile, as aRead More

Great Give Day

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 Great Give Day…Pass it on! The Maquoketa Art Experience is participating in @Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque’s 24-hour online giving day on Tuesday, May 5. There’s a bit of friendly competition to be had, so get ready to play. We wish all nonprofits across Northeast IowaRead More

Artist Reception | Open To The Public

Sunday, May 3, 2015 Meet and Greet the Artists who are currently Exhibiting: John Evans – Pastel Artist Anna Haglin – Altered Books and Prints Eastern Iowa Regional Woodcarvers

Music To Our Ears: University of Iowa Violin and Vocal Duet

Friday, May 1, 2015 Timothy Hsu, violin An Oklahoma native, Timothy Hsu has had the opportunity to perform and teach in various cities throughout the country and South America, including Baltimore, Dallas, Aspen, Iowa City, Nashville, Oklahoma City, and Washington, D.C. Mr. Hsu has always had a passion for teachingRead More

X-acto X-acto Contemporary Prints from the University of Iowa

Saturday, April 25, 2015 Demonstration of various print making techniques

Lunch Time Poetry

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 and April 29, 2015 Maquoketa Art Experience celebrates National Poetry Month The Maquoketa Art Experience invites the public to celebrate National Poetry Month by attending informal poetry reading events in April. Participants may read their favorite poems, read their own original poems, or just sit back,Read More

A Vietnam Journey

Sunday, April 19, 2015 Come and enjoy a trip to Vietnam through photographs. See a traditional wedding, Mekong Delta and the tribal people of SaPA and much more. No cost but donations to the Maquoketa Art Experience are always welcomed.

2015 East WaMac Art Conference

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 Don’t miss the young artistic and creative talent that permeates the East WaMac Conference

19th Century Europe and America–Dale Fisher | U of I Museum of Art

Thursday, April 2, 2015 An interactive discussion of 19th Century Europe and America. Join this informative and interesting discussion: Learn and laugh as we explore our past with Dale Fisher!

European Art Reborn

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 The Renaissance in Italy and Northern Europe. After the long era of the Middle Ages, European Art was “reborn” as the arts looked back to Pre-Christian empires to portray timely concerns, both religious and secular, in the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries. The age of Leonardo,Read More

Open Reception | Meet the Artists

Saturday, February 28, 2015 Open House: Saturday, February 28, 2015 | 5-7 pm Print Demo: 5:30pm

Art Dialogue Discussions

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 Dale Fisher, Curator of Education at the University of Iowa Museum of Art Art of the Ancient World This discussion will cover several works from classical antiquity. From archaeological prehistory to artifacts from Jericho, through Egypt, Greece and Rome, explore how these civilizations demonstrated their valuesRead More

Opening Reception

Sunday, February 15, 2015 Images of America’s Heartland Exhibit by Tom Christopher Come and welcome Tom back to the Maquoketa Art Experience

Opening Reception

Sunday, February 8, 2015 Quilting From the Sidewalk Exhibit and Soft Doll Fiber Art Exhibit. Come * Greet * Meet these creative artists as they share their talents with us!

“Map Of My Kingdom” by Iowa’s Poet Laureate, Mary Swander

Saturday, February 7, 2015 Coffee Hour with Mary Swander Monday, February 9th 10:00 am | Open to the Public Exchange and Discussion of Poetry/Prose: Mary will share some of her poems and discuss the journey of a writer. Bring some of your own works to share!

The Black Velvet Band

Sunday, January 18, 2015 Chuck Jorgensen, Dale Kilburg, Dan Caraway, Curt Lichter and David Manning The Black Velvet Band began more than 25 years ago as a local Irish band that played at St. Patrick Day parties in the Maquoketa, Iowa area. BVB gradually expanded its repertoire to include folk,Read More

MAE Holiday Celebration

Sunday, December 14, 2014 Mr. Swanson will discuss the new Hancher auditiorium, upcoming events and available outreach programs to the public and area schools. We look forward to seeing you at this event!

Duo Rosa

Sunday, December 7, 2014 Elizabeth Oakes (University of Iowa)and Nathalie Cruden (Des Moines Symphony) They’re Back For A Second Appearance ! From Morley to Mancini; Explore highlights from over four centuries of music with Duo Rosa – including some Frank Sinatra favorites! Featuring works by Bach, Telemann, LeClair, Nardini, Mancini,Read More

Artist Reception | Rosalie Baker

Sunday, December 7, 2014 Rosalie’s subjects are realistic, whimsical, and challenging. Her work reflects pictorial images inspired by family and nature. She has won several awards and honors as well as publishing several books about this artistic medium. Come and meet this award winning fabric artist.

Russian Guitar Quartet

Sunday, November 9, 2014 Musicans: Dan Caraway, Oleg Timofeyev, Alexei Stepanov, Vladimir Sumin Hosted By: The Maquoketa Art Experience | 124 South Main | Phone: 563-652-9925 Dan Caraway and Oleg Timofeyev duo return with the full Russian Quartet to the Maquoketa Art Experience. You will not want to miss thisRead More

Rosalie Baker | Pictorial Quilt Artist

Sunday, December 7, 2014 | 1-3pm Rosalie began quilting in 1993, after retiring from a career as a commercial artist. She has applied her artist training to the fabrication and designing of pictorial quilts.

Tom Hempel | Watercolor Artist

Sunday, October 26, 2014 | 1-3pm Tom Hempel is one of the Quad Cities area’s most talented and creative watercolor artists. Tom has completed over 1,000 paintings depicting homes – new and old – schools, universities, public and private office buildings and churches. His work is widely distributed both inRead More

Zen Doodle Artists

Sunday, October 26, 2014 | 1-3pm Zen Doodle art is fun and easy to learn. It is often wrongfully referred to as doodling. Zen Doodle is focused on creating pattern designs and mindfulness so that you do not think of anything else. The relaxed, meditative state created can relieve stressRead More

Artists Reception | Zen Doodle

Sunday, October 26, 2014 Zen Doodle art is fun and easy to learn. It focuses on creating pattern designs and mindfulness. The relaxed, meditative state created can relieve stress and lead to increased focus and productivity. Come and meet the artists and view this unique art form !

Artist Reception | Tom Hempel

Sunday, October 26, 2014 Tom Hempel is one of the Quad Cities area’s most talented and creative watercolor artists. Tom has completed over 1,000 paintings depicting homes – new and old – schools, universities, public and private office buildings and churches. His work is widely distributed both in and outsideRead More

University of Iowa Museum of Art Program

Monday, October 20 – Friday, October 24, 2014 Monday, October 20 – Friday, October 24, 2014 | 8:30am – 3:00pm K-12 School Programs Collections being held at the Maquoketa Art Experience October 20-Oct 24th. This has been available to the area for the last 3 years and has been aRead More

Opening Receptions | Meet the Artists

The Iowa Pastel Society Saturday, October 11, 2014 | 6-8pm Pastel demonstrations by John Evans and Tom Christopher during the reception.

Plein Air Painting with Iowa Pastel Society Artists

Saturday, October 11, 2014 A French expression which means “in the open air” and is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors, which is also called peinture sur le motif (“painting on the ground”) in French. The public is invited to join the Iowa Pastel Society artists asRead More

Duo Rosa

Friday, August 8, 2014 Join violists Elizabeth Oakes (University of Iowa) and Nathalie Cruden (Des Moines Symphony) for a musical trip around the world. Enjoy beautiful works from America, France, Hungary, England and other parts of the world as these artists bring to life the music of LeClair, Telemann, BartokRead More

Timber City Bells

Sunday, August 3, 2014 Location: Maquoketa Art Experience located at 124 S. Main Street in Maquoketa. The Timber City Bells is a nonprofit community handbell choir comprised of members from Maquoketa and surrounding areas. Selections include “The Beatles: John Lennon and Paul McCartney” and “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Freewill donationsRead More

Respect | A Musical Journey Of Women

Sunday, June 22, 2014 COST: Suggested Donation at the door | $10.00 The Maquoketa Art Experience is pleased to present the University of Iowa Department of Theatre Art’s Iowa Summer Rep touring production of Respect: A Musical Journey of Women on Sunday, June 22 at 2:00 pm at the OhnwardRead More

The Smithsonian Traveling Museum of Music

Sunday, June 8, 2014 Cost: Adults- $15.00 | Students-$10.00 Tickets available at: Osterhaus Pharmacy, Maquoketa, Iowa and Maquoketa Art Experience Join us at the Maquoketa Art Experience on June 8, 2014 at 1:30 pm for the “The Smithsonian Traveling Museum of Music,” featuring Bob and Sheila Everhart (Grammy nominated SmithsonianRead More

Terzetto

Saturday, May 17, 2014 Terzetto is a classical string trio consisting of 2 violins and a viola. The focus of the performance will be Dvorak and “Melody”. Kelsey Platt is from Appleton, Wi. She completed her undergraduate studies with Samantha George at Lawrence University. She graduated with a Bachelor ofRead More

McDonald’s Fundraiser

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 Please stop by McDonald’s to help raise funds for Maquoketa Art Experience. These funds will be used to help bring The Smithsonian Traveling Museum of Music on Sunday, June 8, 2014, at 1:30pm. Come to McDonald’s on Wed., May 7, after 4pm to help us bringRead More

OPEN HOUSE: Maquoketa Art Experience and Maquoketa Chamber

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 Join us in celebrating the completion of the renovation at MAE. Help us to welcome the Maquoketa Chamber’s to their new space at the MAquoketa Art Experience. Where: Maquoketa Art Experience , 124 S. Main St., Maquoketa, IA Description: Open House Maquoketa Art Experience and MaquoketaRead More

GREAT GIVE DAY

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 COME-PARTICIPATE-SUPPORT The Maquoketa Art Experience is participating in the Great Give Day which assists non-profit organiztion with their funding: Community Foundation hosts 24-hour, online fundraising event for more than 50 Northeast Iowa nonprofits. The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque and Jackson County(CFGDJC) is hosting Great GiveRead More

The Mississippi River Valley Art Drive (MRVAD)

Sunday, May 4, 2014 “The MRVAD art drive is a self guided driving tour that allows the public to visit artists in their homes, studios and retail galleries. It allows the public to interact with the artists in their creative enviroment each spring and fall. ” Maquoketa Art Experience (MAE)Read More

Kristina Paabus Printmaking Presentation

Sunday, May 4, 2014 Kristina Paabus is the 2013-14 Grant Wood Fellow in Printmaking at the University of Iowa. She studied Fine Arts and Religious Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Printmaking at The Estonian Academy of Arts (EAA), and received a BFA and Art History Concentration from theRead More

Print-Making workshop opportunity

Friday, May 2, 2014 University of Iowa Graduate Art Students will be conducting a print-making workshop at the Maquoketa Art Experience. The workshop is open to all high school art students and interested adults. This workshop will focus on silk screen and relief printing techniques. It will be broadcast live,Read More

An Ongoing Dialogue in the Art World: Comparing Works of Art and Craft, With Works of Elizabeth Catlett and the Gee’s Bend Quilts

Thursday, April 24, 2014 Join us Thursday, April 24, 2014 for a presentation comparing Black American works of art and craft by Dale Fisher from the University of Iowa Museum of Art. The University of Iowa Museum of Art’s School Programs include a collection of Gee’s Bend Quilts, made byRead More

The Mississippi River Valley Art Drive (MRVAD)

Friday, April 4, 2014

Valentines Day House Concert with David G. Smith

Friday, February 14, 2014 Many couples shared a special Valentine evening at MAE with a Romantic House Concert by David G. Smith. Complementary snacks and wine were served. Biography: Spending much of his time on the back roads between Iowa and Nashville, this compelling artist is kicking up dirt inRead More

Dennis Vance Mask Opening Reception and Lecture

Friday, February 7, 2014 Everyone was welcomed to stop into MAE to welcome Dennis Vance and his wooden mask Exhibition to our North Gallery space. MAE provided complimentary snacks and beverages. Dennis gave a lecture on cultural masks from around the world and how they have influenced his art.

Open Stage Night

POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE Area High School performers are asked to come and entertain a live audience with their talents in singing, playing an instrument, dancing, reading poetry or a short story, or performing an improv or comedy act. Maquoketa alumni will be also present to share their talents: NateRead More

Maquoketa Kiwanis Holiday social

Saturday, December 14, 2013 The Maquoketa Kiwanis Club invited guests to their Holiday Social, hosted at the Maquoketa Art Experience, the money collected was put towards the Kiwanis scholarship fund. Four local wineries provided wine tasting with a variety of hors d’oeuvres. Musical entertainment was provided by Sherry Krogman.

Jo Myers-Walker and Louise O’Donnell Water Color and Pastel Exhibition Opening Reception

Friday, December 13, 2013 Many stopped into MAE to welcome Jo Myers-Walker and Louise O’Donnell Water Color and Pastel Exhibition to our North Gallery space Friday, December 13. MAE will provided complimentary snacks and beverages.

MAE Annual Holiday Reception

Saturday, December 7, 2013 Maquoketa Art Experience invited everyone to join them for an evening of art, inspiration, and conversation at their third annual reception. They were happy to welcome featured speaker, Kathleen Edwards, Curator of the University of Iowa Museum of Art. Local wines and hors d’oeuvre were servedRead More

Russian Guitar Duet Performance

Sunday, November 17, 2013 Maquoketa Art Experience invited everyone to an afternoon of Russian musical stylings with Dan Caraway and Oleg Timofeyev. Dan and Oleg performed from 1:30pm – 3:30pm, Sunday afternoon on November 17. Artist Biographies: Maquoketa native Dan Caraway began playing guitar at the age of nine, butRead More

Keegan Moore LIVE, an Acoustic Artist

Saturday, November 16, 2013 Many came to hear local artist, Keegan Moore, LIVE IN CONCERT at MAE on Saturday, November 16 at 7 pm!

Mississippi River Valley Art Drive

Saturday, November 2, 2013 Many came to MAE to join artists within 100 miles of the Mississippi River for a fun-filled weekend of art. People were invited into their homes, private studios, art functions and galleries to see where the creations originate and take shape. View the work of moreRead More

Seeking Signs Murder Presentation and Book Signing

Sunday, October 6, 2013 A Century in the Making — One hundred years ago, Minnie Seamer’s death shocked her rural Iowa community. On a rainy summer morning June 20, 1913, a young farmhand found her body hanging in the barn. The coroner ruled it a suicide, but distraught family membersRead More

Mississippi River Quilts Opening Reception

Saturday, October 5, 2013 MAE invited everyone to join them on a Saturday afternoon to celebrate the art of quilting. Guests saw the Mississippi River Quilts exhibition and met many of the quilters. Guests also enjoyed a wide variety of refreshments.

Open Stage Night

Saturday, September 21, 2013 We welcomed singers, songwriters, bands, pianists, comedians, thespians and more. MAE provided low-cost refreshments, fun props, lighting, and sound equipment.

Art Mart

Saturday, September 14, 2013 Many people in our community donated pottery, sculptures, paintings, prints, and other wall or functional art for our Art Mart. Some local artists contributed their works as well. This fundraising event took place during the week of Maquoketa’s city-wide garage sales for others to purchase theRead More

McDonald’s Fundraiser for Maquoketa Art Experience

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 Guests helped support Maquoketa Art Experience by eating at our local McDonald’s: 1019 W. Platt St. We appreciate you helping make MAE and its programs a success!

Opening Reception and Demonstration for Janet Checker’s Women of the Americas Exhibition

Saturday, August 31, 2013 Guests had a fun and informative afternoon at MAE where they got to meet pastel portrait artist Janet Checker. Janet also demonstrated her painting techniques. During the reception, refreshments were served.

Fishtival

Saturday, August 17, 2013 This celebration of “art, music, food, and culture” took place in the Mississippi River town of Bellevue, Iowa on Saturday, August 17 through Sunday, August 18, 2012. On Saturday and Sunday, MAE had a booth near the riverfront along with other art vendors. There was alsoRead More

Classical Moods String Quartet Performance

Sunday, July 14, 2013 MAE welcomed a string quartet performance! Visitors enjoyed an afternoon of listening to all of their favorite classical music. The string quartet, Classical Moods, featuring Gwen Patton on cello, Cathy Seyfert on second violin, Therese DeVore on viola, and Dorie Dettmann on first violin performrf variousRead More

Opening Reception and Demonstration for Trúc Deegan’s Oriental Brush Painting in Watercolor and Chinese Ink

Friday, June 21, 2013 MAE proudly hosted a reception honoring Trúc Deegan, artist of oriental brush painting in watercolor and Chinese ink. Visitors met Trúc and saw her at work as she delivered a free demonstration. She discussed her background and techniques so that visitors could understand her creative process.Read More

Opening Reception for Mad for Motor Madness Exhibition by Jesse Bakey

Monday, June 17, 2013 Many visitors stopped in and joined us for this one-of-a-kind exhibition. We hosted this reception in honor of Jesse Bakey, the Clarke graduate artist behind our life-sized derby car exhibition. MAE was excited to have this unique installation in our gallery during Maquoketa’s Motor Madness event,Read More

International Woodcarvers Congress Reception

Thursday, June 13, 2013 MAE welcomed the Wordcarvers Congress and the public to this honorary reception. We provided an assortment of snacks and beverages along with art to enjoy including carvings by Neil Cox, Rick Harney, Bob and Josh Guge, and Kirt Curtis and Linda Langenburg Curtis.

Woodcarver at Work: MAE Studio hosts Neil Cox

Friday, June 7-Sunday, June 9, 2013 Woodcarver, Neil Cox, set up out in front of MAE and used our space as his studio. Neil Cox’s primary interest is in figurative sculpture. He is fascinated with story telling and tries to capture some of its magic in his pieces. He sculptsRead More

Open Stage Night

Saturday, May 4, 2013 Once again, MAE called on all performers to entertain a live audience with their talents in singing, playing an instrument, dancing, reading poetry or a short story, or performing an improv or comedy act. MAE provided some low-cost refreshments, fun props, stage lighting, and sound equipment.

Opening Reception for Dutiful Citizen Exhibition by Steve Banks

Friday, May 3, 2013 Visitors stopped in MAE to welcome Steve Banks’s exhibition to our North Gallery space. MAE provided complimentary snacks and beverages.

Maquoketa Vision 2020: Input Session

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 MAE was pleased to offer up our space to host this special Vision 2020 input session. The Vision 2020 committee members and the Iowa State University-Jackson County Extension office invited all members of our community to come participate in this event. Over 200 visitors of allRead More

Opening Reception for Arteage à Trois Exhibition and Artist Demonstrations

Friday, April 5, 2013 MAE hosted this reception for guests to meet three members of The Art Collective: Bill Wohlford, Amy Nielsen, and Judy O. Gray. These three artists are from the Quad Cities area and had diverse works on display in our North Gallery March 21-April 27, 2013. TheirRead More

Presentation: Maquoketa Creativity: An Outsider Perspective

Sunday, March 24, 2013 John and Sandra Hudson delivered this presentation focusing on creativity within our daily lives and our local community. John Hudson drew upon his academic research and shared some hints about jump-starting our creativity. Once everyone was in a creative mindset, Sandra Hudson shared examples of creativeRead More

Reception for Tom Christopher Exhibition

Thursday, March 14, 2013 MAE hosted a reception in honor of pastel artist Tom Christopher. Visitors came to meet Tom and learn about his work, which appeared in our north gallery February 16 through March 15, 2013. MAE provided tasty snacks and beverages.

Open Stage Night for the Performing Arts

Friday, March 8, 2013 This Open Stage Night proved to be one of our best yet with extremely diverse acts. We welcomed singers, songwriters, a band, a pianist, a novelist, comedians, thespians and more. MAE provided low-cost refreshments, fun props, lighting, and sound equipment.

Tom Christopher, Pastel Painting Demonstration

Saturday, February 16, 2013 Artist Tom Christopher delivered this free pastel demonstration that was open to the public for viewing. We had 30+ people attend, several of whom signed up for his workshop, “A Lesson in Values.”

Open Stage Night for the Performing Arts

Saturday, January 19, 2013 Improv acts and comedy stole the show at this Open Stage Night. We also heard musical performances, watched a four-person mime act, and listened to poetry and short stories. As always, MAE provided some low-cost refreshments, fun props and puppets, as well as stage lighting andRead More

Maquoketa Art Experience Second Annual Fundraiser

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Artist Presentation: Diana Strait’s Fiber Arts

Monday, November 19, 2012 During this presentation, Diana Strait discussed different quilting techniques from traditional to alternative, artistic quilting. Diana showed numerous examples of her work to give established and aspiring quilters a new perspective on this cherished art form.

“It’s a Wonderful Life in Maquoketa” Vendor Fair

Saturday, November 17, 2012 In coordination with the Maquoketa Chamber of Commerce, MAE set up booths to allow home-based businesses to exhibit their wares and sell them prior to the holiday season. The Chamber-sponsored photo contest was judged and the winning photos exhibited. The Chamber provided food for this holidayRead More

Opening Reception: Marcia Wegman Abstract Acrylics Exhibition

Friday, November 9, 2012 MAE held a two-hour reception to meet artist Marcia Wegman and learn more about her abstract acrylic paintings, which were on display through the end of November 2012.

University of Iowa Presentations to Area Schools

Monday, October 29-Tuesday, November 6, 2012 Dale Fisher, Curator of Education at the University of Iowa Museum of Art and his associates presented a variety of programs throughout the week to second graders through tenth graders. Programs included Graphic Novel and Comic Art, American Indian and First Peoples, and AfricanRead More

Young Entrepreneurs Presentation

Monday, October 22, 2012 You may have heard about many young, native Maquoketans moving back to the area to start a fresh, new business. MAE has too, and we wanted to learn more about these innovative entrepreneurs and their respective business ventures. This one-hour presentation, hosted in collaboration with theRead More

Not-so-Starving Artists

Monday, October 22, 2012 This recreational artists’ group met, created art, and shared conversation and a meal. Artists in attendance worked on various projects including watercolor painting, quilting, and beading.

Open Stage Night for the Performing Arts

Saturday, October 20, 2012 MAE hosted our fourth Open Stage Night in celebration of the performing arts. We had musicians, singers, comedians, puppets, and improv actors take the stage to share their talents with the crowd. The puppets were especially amusing to watch from the audience.

Opening Reception: William A. Carson Exhibition

Saturday, September 29, 2012 A large crowd attended this reception to learn more about the late William A. Carson and his artwork. Carson was a renowned artist who lived in Maquoketa. Lowell Carlson delivered an informative presentation about William Carson, and some of his descendants spoke as well.

Art Mart – MAE Fundraiser

Saturday, September 22, 2012 Many people in our community donated pottery, sculptures, paintings, prints, and other wall or functional art for our Art Mart. Some local artists contributed their works as well. This fundraising event took place during the week of Maquoketa’s city-wide garage sales for others to purchase theRead More

Bellevue Arts Council’s Fish-tival with Art Vendors

Saturday, August 18 and Sunday, August 19, 2012 This celebration of “art, music, food, and culture” took place in the Mississippi River town of Bellevue, Iowa from Friday, August 17 through Sunday, August 19, 2012. On Saturday and Sunday, MAE had a booth near the riverfront along with other artRead More

Open Stage Night

Friday, July 13, 2012 MAE hosted another fun-filled evening for performing artists in and around our community. We provided new sound equipment, microphones, and lighting purchased through our Dubuque Racing Association grant, a keyboard, improv topics, and some fun props. We also offered soft drinks and bottled water for aRead More

Opening Reception for Arthur Geisert’s Thunderstorm

Saturday, July 7, 2012 MAE invited the public to stop by to view and learn more about Arthur Geisert’s illustrative etchings from his latest children’s book, Thunderstorm. We provided snacks and beverages, free of charge.

National Woodcarvers Congress Reception

Thursday, June 14, 2012 MAE welcomed the Wordcarvers Congress and the public to this honorary reception. We provided snacks and beverages along with art including hand-carved wooden ducks by Steve Kerper. Kerper’s ducks have been exhibited at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. as well as 48 states and 32 differentRead More

Chalk the Block

Saturday, May 12, 2012 Participants enjoyed chalking the block in downtown Maquoketa!

Open Stage Night for the Performing Arts

Friday, May 11, 2012 MAE and the community enjoyed another Open Stage Night with even more participants than last time. Musicians, singers, actors, and comedians entertained guests. Some guests joined the show by creating their works of art off stage through drawing and writing.

University of Iowa Museum of Art Programs for Maquoketa Community Schools Students

Monday, April 30-Thursday, May 3, 2012 and Monday, May 7, 2012 Dale Fisher, Curator of Education at the University of Iowa Museum of Art presented a variety of programs throughout the week to second graders through tenth graders. Programs included Graphic Novel and Comic Art, American Indian and First Peoples,Read More

Opening Reception for Evan Stickfort’s Life is Suffering

Saturday, May 5, 2012 The public attended Evan Stickfort’s art exhibit and opening reception to view and learn more about his work. Photo Credit: Nick Schmid

Karaoke Kickoff for TorqueFest

Thursday, May 3, 2012 Nothing goes together better than hot rods and music. MAE kicked off this year’s TorqueFest by hosting karaoke.

McDonald’s Fundraiser for Maquoketa Art Experience’s Children’s Classes

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 Thanks to all those who came out to support children’s and beginners’ classes at Maquoketa Art Experience by eating at McDonald’s. We appreciate you helping make MAE and its programs a success!

Dale Fisher, UIMA Curator of Education, Sharing Art Experiences with Maquoketa

Monday, April 30, 2012 Dale Fisher, from the University of Iowa Art Department, delivered a presentation explaining ways that Maquoketa Art Experience is partnering with UI to share UIMA works of art with Maquoketans. Dale showed and discussed the history and culture of different African and Graphic Novel pieces throughoutRead More

Not-so-Starving Artists

Monday, April 23, 2012 This recreational artists’ group met and created art while sharing conversation and a potluck lunch. They brought different projects to work on including watercolor painting, quilting, and beading.

Open Stage Night for the Performing Arts

Friday, March 30, 2012 MAE welcomed 60+ people who celebrated the performing arts in our community. Participants shared their talents in singing, playing instruments, telling stories, and reciting poetry. The audience cheered on artists, enjoyed the sharing of talents, and even joined the show toward the end of the event.

David Foster Presentation

Monday, March 26, 2012 MAE proudly hosted David Foster, an international sculptor who graduated from Maquoketa High School and currently resides in Lake Tahoe, California. He spoke to a crowd of nearly 60 people at MAE and stayed for an hour after his presentation to answer questions from the audience.Read More

MAE Annual Fundraiser

Friday, December 2, 2011 Thanks to all who were able to attend and support MAE! At our special fundraiser on June 11th, nationally-acclaimed artist Rose Frantzen painted a portrait of the lucky person in the audience whose name was drawn. This fundraiser will help Maquoketa Art Experience to create aRead More

Rose Frantzen: Portrait Demonstration Fundraiser for Maquoketa Art Experience

Saturday, June 11, 2011 Thanks to all who were able to attend and support MAE! At our special fundraiser on June 11th, nationally-acclaimed artist Rose Frantzen painted a portrait of the lucky person in the audience whose name was drawn. This fundraiser will help Maquoketa Art Experience to create aRead More

Guitarist Chris Davis’s Performance

Sunday, December 26, 2010 Maquoketa native, Chris Davis’s show at Maquoketa Art Experience brought in a crowd to hear a collection of classical songs performed live. Chris holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Guitar Performance and Music Business from Drake University and is currently pursuing graduate studies in guitarRead More

Portrait Society of America Conference: Rose Frantzen Portrait Demo

April 2010 Rose demonstrated her portraiture style in front of an audience of 700 people at the Portrait Society of America National Conference held in Washington, DC, April 2010. Click here for a video of Rose’s Gallery360 talk at the National Portrait Gallery.

Timber City Days

Saturday, June 27, 2009 Maquoketa Art Experience participated in Timber City Days with an open collaboration on a large canvas in our new exhibition/workshop space at 124 S. Main. All visitors were invited to add to the painting. Wine tasting was offered by both Tabor Home Winery and Brush CreekRead More

MAE Holiday Art Walk

Friday, November 28, 2008 Maquoketa Art Experience held its first Holiday Art Walk in downtown Maquoketa, the day after Thanksgiving, November 28th, 2008 from 5 to 9pm. Three new fine art spaces downtown and the Old City Hall Gallery were open to the public and featured drawings and paintings byRead More

Timber City Days

Saturday, June 28, 2008 Maquoketa Art Experience participated in Timber City Days by placing a large canvas on the sidewalk outside of our workshop space at 103 S. Main, inviting anyone to add to the painting. Black, white, and gray paint were used to create a sprawling, somewhat surreal landscape.Read More

MAE Open House

Friday, May 30, 2008 Maquoketa Art Experience hosted an Open House Reception on Friday, May 30, 2008 from 5 to 8pm at 103 S. Main, Maquoketa to introduce the public to the activities and objectives of the Maquoketa Art Experience. The event was open to the public who had anRead More

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