Upcoming Events

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    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. He wrote a book and went to some local publishers who suggested with his poetry to write children’s books. Not sure if that was the direction he wanted to take, he had to ponder the idea.  Later on that evening he was at his computer with his k-9 companion Max by his side. Here is where he created the idea to write stories about a young boy and his Alaskan malamute. He wrote 7 books in “The Adventures of Max & I” series, each one more progressive than the next utilizing challenging words for children to learn from and providing a glossary in the back for their reference. A strong fan base resulted as they visited malls, schools and many functions spreading the word of the books. 

    During the height of the popularity of his books, Max passed due to bone cancer. Devastated, he did not want to go on with the “Adventure”.  He was encouraged friends, teachers and home school students about continuing the books as they were so entertaining and educational they must go on.  

     He went to look for a new protagonist, when he showed up at the breeder he fell in love with not just one boy, but two Alaskan malamutes. This birthed the next series “Plumery Tails”,  The Adventures of Lil’ Maxx and Bear. There are now three series geared more for the teen years.  

    This brings us to where Bret is today…The Plumery Tails Malamute Ranch, located in Cottonville, Iowa, “Plumery Tails Malamute Ranch”  is a family owned interactive proprietary, where visitors willingly provide compensations in order to observe, up-close, the loving affections and behaviors of our nine Alaskan Malamutes. With each paid admission, patrons are allowed to take pictures, videos, acquire informative answers to questions while observing the natural frolik and pack order rituals of this amazingly intelligent breed. Also explained is the daily lifestyle and care for our Malamute dependents. Customers of Plumery Tails are provided with an escorted tour, throughout our domicile, showing where the boys eat, sleep and reside during their more intolerable seasons: non-winter months, unbefitting to their original make up and cold weather habitat.

    Bret and his wife place enormous educational emphasis on the breed’s history and innate behavioral patterns, their derived purpose as well as their origin; to include some of the practices of their creators, The Mahlemut peoples of Alaska. 

    All in all, Plumery Tails is a heartwarming and cathartic opportunity to commingle with a “true” pack of large, powerful, intelligent and somewhat intimidating dogs, on their own territory, without the fear of imposition nor disruption by the presence of man. This is the uniqueness we provide that keeps the public coming back for more.



    Layers logo color6:30 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 tea provided by Maquoketa’s Forte Coffee Shop.

    The event is free and open to the public.

    Sponsored by the Maquoketa Art Experience, the Maquoketa Sentinel-Press, Layers of Maquoketa and the University of Iowa Office of Outreach and Engagement


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    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

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    Location : Maquoketa Art Experience

    124 S. Main St.

    $25 per ticket  Buy in advance or at the door!

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        Tickets Available at:

    Maquoketa United Church of Christ

    Osterhaus Pharmacy

    Maquoketa State Bank (Main St.)


  • A free student run ART CLUB for high school students in the community.


    Come and see what it is about

    Let out your creative side in a fun environment

    When:  Every Tuesday Begins September 6th, 2016

    Time:  4-5 pm

    Where: Maquoketa Art Experience (124 S Main)

    A safe place for students: 

    To express themselves in creative ways

    To try new things

    To become the artist they want to become


  • 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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