Upcoming Events



      Thursday, November 29 | 6:30      Art of the Short Form
      A Conversation about the versatility of the short film and how all the previous steps apply in making our own short films with the hope of inspiring propellor to make their own works of cinematic art.

      Free and Open to the Public

      Donations Always Appreciated

      Artist Statement

      A picture is worth a thousand words and a second of film is 24 individual pictures strung together to give the illusion of movement. A two-hour long film clocks in at 172, 800,000 words – I make films because I have a lot to say and I don’t quite have the words for what I attempt to declare. I have no desire to convince someone of an idea as much as take someone on an experience. I do believe that great art comes from great pain, much to the dismay of the characters I have created. Metaphor is extremely important to me because at the end of the day I feel art has to mean something. When you can start with an idea which only exists as neurons firing around in your brain, write that down, put that into the hands of a team of sometimes thousands of people, and show an audience exactly what transpired in the ether of creativity – that might be the only magic that exists.

      I think Cinema is the great American art form. The American experience is so diverse that Cinema lends itself to potentially unlimited avenues of exploration. With my experience and knowledge of how to create the medium and what has been done with the medium, I am uniquely capable of using new technologies to push forward classic film techniques. Cinema is the result of an intensely collaborative process, and I have been quite independent on that end, but my goal moving forward is to continue making films while adding my experience and knowledge to the base of a larger film community.



    • Please Join Us For A Piano Recital

      Celebrating Our New Grand Piano

      Saturday, November 17, 2018 | 2:00pm

      ShinHyung Kim, originally from South Korea, is currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy at the University of Iowa, studying with Dr. Ksenia Nosikova. She was a teaching assistant from 2015 to 2018at the University of Iowa. She received her Bachelor degree in Piano Performance from the Chung-ˇAng University in 2011, studying with Prof. Chiho Cho. During her undergraduate years, she earned the Honor Scholarships which were only given to three outstanding students. After earning her B.M. degree in piano performance from Chung-ˇAng University, Ms. Kim moved to the United States. She received her Master’s degree in Piano Performance at the Michigan State University in 2015, studying with Professor Deborah Moriarty. While studying at the Michigan State University, she got the the music scholarships and fellowship. In 2014, she was selected to perform in the Greater Lansing Community Concert Series.

      Also, she worked as accompanist for youth choir at Community Music School in East Lansing(2013-ˇ2015). Ms. Kim has received numerous prizes including Second Prize winner in the United States International Piano Competition and finalist in the MTNA-ˇStecher and Horowitz Two Piano Competition (2018). Also, she won the Second Prize in the Haneum Piano Duo Competition (2009). She has performed in Korea, the United States, and Italy. She performed W.A. Mozart Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-ˇ flat Major, K.271 with National Symphony Orchestra in Korea. She has given numerous solo, chamber, lecture recitals at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Oaknoll Retirement Residence, Mercy Hospital, and Melose Meadows Retirement Residence, Lansing, East Lansing, and the University of Northern Iowa.

      She has also participated in the master classes at Centro Studi Carlo Della Giocomain Todi, Italy. During her graduate study at the University of Iowa, she had a masterclass with professor Blanca Uribe, and attended a music festival, Musikfest (Faribault, Minnesota) in 2016.

    • Times: 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM 

      Bring your lunch and stay as long as you wish!

      November 23, 2018 Topic: The early modern art period of German Expressionism and the 2 movements of Die Brücke and Der Blaue Reiter.

      December 28, 2019 Topic: Cubism – Analytical and Synthetic – Pablo Picasso

      January 18, 2019 Topic: Fantasy and Surrealism – Salvador Dali

      February 15, 2019 Topic: Social Realism – Edward Hopper



       Sunday, December 2, 2018 | 4:30 – 6:30 pm

      Maquoketa Art Experience 10 Year Anniversary Toast

      Entertainment By:

      Leslie Finer, Pianist and Director of

      Jim Foster, Pianist


      Evanny Angelene

      Tara Moorman

       Hors d’ oeuvres


       Open to the Public | Donations Always Appreciated



    • Wednesday, December 26th 6:30 pm

      Come and experience an original work in progress by Maquoketa native, Minneapolis-based dancer/choreographer Laura Osterhaus, with collaborator and live accompaniment Sam Rosenstone. An interactive discussion to follow the performance.

      Samuel Calvo Rosenstone

      Hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Samuel  is a keyboard player and pianist whose versatility has enabled him to perform on stages in classical, jazz, funk, and pop settings in the Twin Cities and beyond. Inspired by his roots on both sides of the Atlantic, Rosenstone attended the University of Minnesota receiving a B.M. as a Schlafle Family Scholar studying piano under Alexander Braginsky. While at the University of Minnesota, Rosenstone was a finalist in The Schubert Club Student Scholarship Competition in 2014 and received the Jeanne Arland Peterson Scholarship for excellence in Jazz Studies in 2015. Rosenstone’s versatility as a musician and collaborator has enabled him to share the stage with a wide variety of artists including singer and songwriter HALEY (Haley Bonar), Cory Wong (Vulfpeck), pop singer Eric Gordon (American Idol), dancing and musical troupe The Rhythmic Circus, folk rock band TABAH, and instrumental group Purple Funk Metropolis. Rosenstone maintains a busy performance schedule throughout the Midwest and is excited to be performing in Maquoketa, IA for the first time.

      Laura Osterhaus

      Proudly carrying her Iowa roots with her to Minneapolis, Laura has resided in the Twin Cities since 2012, moving there to attend the University of Minnesota. While pursuing her B.A. in dance and fashion studies, Laura had the opportunity to perform the work of modern/contemporary dance choreographers Uri Sands, Nora Chipaumire, Gregory Dolbashian, Maurya Kerr, the Martha Graham Dance Company and Garth Fagan, to name a few. Shortly after graduating, she made an appearance on the Terrace Theater stage at the Kennedy Center, performing a student work at the American College Dance Association festival. Laura is in the middle of her third season with Zenon Dance Company, through which she has performed the work of choreographers Danny Buraczeski, Michelle Boulé, Penelope Freeh, and others.

      Laura also performs in project-based work throughout the country for John Mark Creative and with her co-creators in Kelvin Wailey. You may have caught some of her recent on-screen work in Sylvan Esso’s latest music video, PARAD(w/m)E. Her newest endeavor has been breaking ground on her own choreographic project—SLO Dance Company. She’s so excited to have the opportunity to share movement and moments with her hometown audience.



    • Peace Pipe Players will again perform a “reader’s theater” play for this Holiday of “love”

      Mark Your Calendars: February 14, 15 and 16 | 7:00 PM

      Desserts and Beverages

      (More to follow at a later date)

    • This  Group of Women (55-year-olds and up) will Resume Practices on:

      Tuesdays | Beginning November 6th

      11:30 – 1:00 PM

      Lunch Hour Singers Needed! ( Bring your Lunch)

      Free and Open To Women Who Like to Sing!

      Meet, Greet and Create Together Through Song


    • This group meets the third Thursday of every month at MAE at 1:00 pm

      Come “zen” and doodle 

      Meet   *   Create   *   See


    • Every fourth Thursday of the month | 1-4pm | FREE

      Credit Classes for Teachers and Artists

      Bring any art project to work on during this four-hour time period.

      MAE can provide easels, computers, and drop cloths.

      Just bring your other materials and project(s).




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