Past Events

  • Airing on December 9, 2020 

    Featuring Maquoketa Alumni Musicians.

    The layers of the Maquoketa 2020 Virtual CoffeeHouse Alumni Concert is now ready for your viewing pleasure – Click here !

              Eleanor Kahn                              Shannon Regan Hickman            Christina Petaros Egan

    Marcia Gansen Martin                   Charles Craig                                      Dr. Jeremy Crawford

    The 2020 Virtual Layers of Maquoketa Coffee House which you are about to watch, welcomes 5 renowned musical performers and a nationally honored scenic designer –all alumni of Maquoketa High School.  These performers also pursued performing arts degrees at prestigious university levels and continue to perform in their areas of expertise. 

    These professionals attended high school during the joint tenure of now retired, music directors Kent Crawford and Pamela Crawford. Kent and Pam, will introduce each of our performers. 

    Layers of Maquoketa and the Maquoketa Art Experience thank these talented alumni from Maquoketa for taking the time to share their “gifts” with you and the community of Maquoketa, Iowa.  We would also like to thank Kent Crawford, Pam Crawford and Nathan Woodward for helping to orchestrate this event

  • MAE’s Facebook and on YouTube at 7 PM on Wednesday December 16th

    Link for viewing: Http://

    Link For Q&A and Artist Talk:  Michael Landez and Laila J. FranklinTime: Dec 16, 2020 07:40 PM

    Join Zoom Meeting —

    University of Iowa dance artists Michael Landez and Laila J. Franklin lead viewers through moments of performance and rehearsal based around ideas of danced ‘gesture’ in spaces of remembering and imagination.  See them collaborate on a journey through their creative process and watch the dance that emerges! Gesture. will go be available to view through MAE’s Facebook and on YouTube at 7 PM on Wednesday December 16th.  Stay tuned for more information. 


    Laila J. Franklin (b. 1997) is a dance artist and movement researcher from the Washington, DC area. She is currently based in Iowa City, IA, where she is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Choreography at the University of Iowa as an Iowa Arts Fellow. Her academic and artistic research is in body histories, citational practices, and compositional world-building centered around Black social and performance modalities and technologies. Laila holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Contemporary Dance Performance, with an emphasis in Composition from The Boston Conservatory. While attending the Conservatory, Laila performed work by artists such as Aszure Barton, Keith A. Thompson, Mark Morris, and Zoe Scofield. She has worked as a collaborator with Boston-based company Ruckus Dance, founded by Michael Figueroa. She has served as a Shuffle Cohort Teacher and Administrative intern for Cambridge-based organization Midday Movement Series, founded by Marissa Molinar. She is a co-founder and current member of Dance Farm Collective.


        Michael Landez is originally from San Antonio, Texas where he began his training in ballet and tap. He enjoys performing, making, and teaching about dance through active participation with those that want the experience. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology, certification through the American Ballet Theatre National Teacher Training Curriculum (Pre-Primary – Partnering) and is currently a Master of Fine Arts candidate in Dance at the University of Iowa. He is a co-founder and current member of the Dance Farm Collective and Ballet Master for the Alamo City Performing Arts Association.




  • Sunday, February 23, 2020
    2:00 – 3:00pm
    Donations Appreciated
    The Iowa Hawkapellas, an all-female a cappella group at the University of Iowa!

    Love A cappella? We’re pitch perfect and ready to sing our way into your hearts. Covering your favorites classic ballads, today’s top hits, and everything in between. You won’t find an instrument at our performances, just the beautiful and energetic mix of female vocalists.


  • Sunday, March 1, 2020 | Time 2:00 pm

    Artist Bio:

    Jacob Harrison Jones (Jake) earned his BFA in Studio Art with an emphasis in New Media from the University of Central Oklahoma. He is currently receiving hisMFA in Intermedia at the University of Iowa in Iowa City.
    He is  currently working in a variety of time-based practices including animation, video, film, performance, sound, and radio.

    Jones was a resident of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma for over twenty years before moving to Iowa for graduate school.

    Topic of Presentation:

    What is Intermedia?

    This presentation gives a general introduction to the history of the Intermedia program at the University of Iowa with an emphasis on what is happening in this program today. Founded in 1968, Intermedia was one of the first performance-based MFA art programs in the country. Jones will also be sharing their work as well as work from current students in Intermedia.



       A show filled with skits created by the performers over the course of many rehearsals.

    It is an exaggerated mirror of society that uses both serious moments and funny

    moments to entertain.


  • 2020 is the year of the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in America. 

    We celebrate the women who led the struggle, and honor all women who inspired them, Maquoketa Art Experience will host SUZANNE WRIGHT, an artist residency at the University of Iowa to discuss her artist medium and her journey as a woman in the art world today, as a part of the Regional Women’s Art Exhibit Commemorating Women’s Suffrage | April and May 2020  at the Maquoketa Art Experience


    APRIL 19, 2020 AT 2:3OPM

    Guest speaker, Suzanne Wright is currently an Grant Wood Fellow, Painting & Drawing She is an artist and professor living and working in Los Angeles. She earned her BFA at Cooper Union & MFA at the University of California San Diego & also attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

    Wright’s Paintings, drawings and collages propose a contemporary feminist alchemy, forging alternative frames of reference with new perspectives that attempt to lead us to a re-vitalized kind of perception,equality and empowerment. Her most recent solo show “Feminist Alchemy” was on view at Wilding Cran Gallery in Los Angeles in 2018, researching the architecture of Washington D.C. and Using Google Earth to view the capital city from an aerial perspective, the painting series created an inverted, ‘feminized’ version of the city’s monuments, opening a dialogue that responds to those historically masculine symbols of power. Other recent exhibitions were at Commonwealth and Council in LA called “The Rainbow Control Room” and Angel’s Gate Cultural Center in San Pedro California. She has been included in exhibitions at Stephen Friedman Gallery,London, Stefan Stux, Claire Oliver Gallery, and Monya Rowe, in New York. In 2014 She was awarded the Kraus visiting professorship in Painting and Drawing at Carnegie Mellon, and has taught a several universities in New York and Los Angeles. Her work can be seen in publications including Cock, Paper, Scissors, Feminist Landscapes, Strange Attractors, Armpit of the Mole and Art and Queer Culture (Phaidon, 2013). Wright has been an active member of various AIDS and LGBTQ organizations, including ACT UP/New York from1989-1998.




    SUNDAY, MAY 3 | 2:00 PM 

     Open to the Public | Donations Appreciated

    Ballet Quad Cities is one of our Midwest region’s premiere arts organizations. Launched as a professional dance company in 1996 by Chief Executive Officer Joedy Cook, Ballet Quad Cities has garnered critical praise for its stunning performances. Ballet Quad Cities is the longest-running resident professional ballet company in the entire state of Iowa and western Illinois, one of only 100 in the nation. Our award winning performances and interactive school and community programs are accessible for people of all ages, shapes, sizes and ABILITIES.

    Each year we touch over 30,000 people with the amazing, athletic and entertaining art of dance



    Shake the Muse – An Art Inspiration App

    Each time you shake your phone/tablet, the Muse gives you a new set of art elements to bring together in a new piece or body of work. More than 20 billion combinations of elements are possible on the app. Visit for more details. More than 20 billion combinations of elements are possible on

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  • December 1 – January 30, 2020

    Artist Reception | Sunday, December 82:00 – 4:00pm


    The Iowa Watercolor Society (IWS) is an organization with over 170 members that are beginning, amateur and professional artists.  The organization offers the opportunity for watercolorists of all skill levels to network with artists statewide.  The only requirement for membership is an interest in watercolor painting.  IWS was organized in 1977 by a group of devoted artists that loved watercolor painting.  They were led by Joe Messner of Cedar Rapids.  Each year the organization sponsors an annual meeting, a juried exhibition, a luncheon with an award ceremony and workshops.  The organization’s primary purpose is to promote and support the arts in Iowa with an emphasis on watercolor painting.

    2019 Juried  Water Color  Winners

    Richard Hanson                   1st Place

    Marvella Blome                    2nd Place

    Richard Parker                     3rd Place

    Nash Cox                              4th Place

    Michael Broshar                   5th Place







    Come hear your neighbors, friends, and colleagues tell

    their own stories about farming!


    “A Harvest of Memories and Hopes” Storytellers:

    Roger Stewart

    Steven Tubbs

    Skott and Cale Gent

    Lori Schnoor

    Heather Moore

    Date & Time of Performance:  November 10,2019 | 2:00pm

    Mary Swander will tell story of her experience of food and farming. She will also allow the audience to respond to the performance with comments on the content of the stories, or to allow the audience to respond to the performances with stories of their own. Swander will put the stories in a context of the larger food movement, and in particular, the umbrella of AgArts, a non- profit that she founded:

    Local Venders will be present with a “sampling” of their products

    The Black Velvet Band will provide music centered around farming, agriculture as well as some of their unique sounds

    Open to the Public

    Sugested Donation | $5.00



  •                         Latin Jazz Ensemble
                    Friday, April 267:30 – 8:30pm

    The University of Iowa Latin/jazz Ensemble is a student jazz ensemble that studies and performs the genre of “Latin/jazz.” The ensemble is directed by James Dreier (Lecturer – jazz dept.) and is considered one of the top-tier jazz ensembles in the UI jazz program.

    Since its inception in 2003, the UI Latin/jazz Ensemble has continued to evolve and progress. The ensemble performs in major UI concerts, public schools (through the UI Arts Share program), and performance venues throughout Iowa. The ensemble hosts the bi-annual UI Latin/jazz Festival at the University of Iowa.

    In 2004 the group recorded their first CD “Latin High Life” and its second “La Esencia” in 2006. Jim Musser of the Iowa City Press-Citizen wrote: “La Esencia fairly bursts with savvy chops, inventive arrangements and sky-high potential.” The group has since released three more CDs “Frontera” (2008), “Esso” (2011) and “Todo Entaya” (2016).

    The UI LJE has performed with many acclaimed Latin Jazz Artists, including Victor Mendoza, Ray Vega, Michael Mossman, Wayne Wallace, Michael Spiro, Felipe Salles and Mark Walker. The ensemble is made up of both undergraduate and graduate students.

    Boston’s Latin/jazz legend Victor Mendoza says of the UI Latin/jazz Ensemble “…they perform it (the style of Latin/jazz) with as much integrity as any other groups I hear or work with, around the world.”

    Contact James Dreier for any further information



  • Thursday, May 2, 2019 | 6:30 pm

    Come join us for an evening of literary reading, drama, instrumental and vocal performances at the 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.

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

    A variety of ages and a variety of talents!  You won’t want to miss this event!

                                              Free and Open to the Public

  • Theme: Uniquely Maquoketa

    This year, we will ponder, “What makes Maquoketa uniquely Maquoketa?” Is it the unique buildings and architecture found throughout the town? Is it the museums, public facilities, and businesses that survive and thrive year after year? Is it the new business and places of interest that have recently been created? Is it the people who love and support the community in many different ways? We are the only Maquoketa in the nation – show us what makes Maquoketa such a special place to live!”

    Submission Categories – we are looking for your unique perspective on:

    • Landscape/Architecture (buildings, parks, nature)
    • Historical/Businesses (museums, local businesses);
    • Personalities (local persons of note, people making a difference)

    Photographer Classes

    Adult (13 and over); Youth (12 and under)


    • Submission Deadline: Friday, April 26
    • Photos will be displayed at the MAE from Monday, April 28 through Saturday, May 4.
    • Judging: Wednesday, May 1
    • Winners will be announced at the Layers of Maquoketa Coffeehouse on Thursday, May 2.


    First place and runner-up prizes will be awarded for each category/class, as well as one overall Best in Show.

    Judging Criteria

    All photo submissions will be judged based on:

    • Originality/creativity
    • Storytelling
    • Composition
    • Appropriateness to the theme
    • Technical proficiency (lighting, exposure and focus)

    Submission Guidelines

    • Photos must be originals, taken by the person whose name is associated with the photo submission. We encourage photographers to submit photos that are taken during the current season.
    • Only one submission per category, per photographer.
    • Photos may be edited/filtered for color (or black & white), but no “artistic” filters (e.g., watercolor, mosaic, pen & ink, etc.), nor any photoshopping should be used. No other media (e.g., paint, pen, etc.) should be applied to the photo.
    • Photos must be no smaller than 5×7″ and no larger than 11×14″.
    • Photos must be printed on photo-quality paper, and mounted on black foamcore board, with at least 1″ margin on all sides.
    • Photo submissions should be marked on the back with the photographer’s name, address, age (for Youth class), and location of photograph or name of subject.
    • Photo submissions can be dropped off at the MAE/Chamber of Commerce.
    • Photo submissions and prizes can be retrieved after the contest beginning Monday, May 6. Any submissions not retrieved by Friday, May 10 will be discarded.
    • By submitting a photo, the photographer agrees that the photo may be used in association with promotion of the Layers of Maquoketa celebration, and may be reproduced in the Maquoketa Sentinel-Press, if the results of the photography contest are published.

  • Saturday, June 152:00 – 3:00pm 

    Free and Open to the Public | Donations are Welcomed

    Bill Mueller comes from a family of storytellers whose rich detail will delight many. In Time to Ship Another Steer, Bill writes a collection of memories growing up on the farm as one of eleven children. Experiences are so vivid you feel that you’re there as part of his family. He saw the book as a way to preserve some family history for his grandkids and great-nieces and great-nephews, and regale them with stories of rural life in the 1950s and 1960s. This is a look at how his family made ends meet and what life was like on a small produce farm. Even kids who were lucky enough to have grown up farming weren’t blessed with ten brothers and sisters and two iconic parents.

  • June 8 – 16, 2019

    Hajny / McDonough / Frel / Lacasse

    Artists Reception | June 12, 5 to 7 p

     Public Demo by Lacasse


    Free and open to the Public

    Donations Appreciated

  • Fonseca, McDonald and O’Donnell
                           Saturday, July 13
                            2:00 – 4:00pm
                       Open to the Public

    Meet the artist reception 

    August 9th from 5-7PM

    Open to the Public

  •  Sunday, December 1, 2019 | 4:30 – 6:30 pm

    Maquoketa Art Experience 

    Entertainment By:

    University of Iowa String Quartet


    Pam Fetzner | Alcohol Ink 

    Iowa  Watercolor Traveling Exhibit

     Hors d’ oeuvres


     Open to the Public | Donations Always Appreciated

  • The Brazilian Choro: Lecture-Recital A Journey for Brazil’s National Identity

    October 6 | 2:00pm

      Donations Appreciated      

    Kim Carr is a native of Maquoketa. Her love of music started at an early age. After graduating from MCHS she studied Clarinet    performance at the University of Iowa. She is currently volunteering her time and talent in the music department at Maquoketa’s Middle School. She lives in Maquoketa with her husband John Williams, and 12-year-old son Sam Williams.

    Maurita Murphy Marx has a PHD in Clarinet Performance and Pedagogy. She retired from teaching at the University of Iowa in 2014. She continues to enjoy music and is particularly interested in Brazilian Choros which is best described in American terms as “the New Orleans jazz of Brazil.” It is a complex popular musical form based on improvisation, and like New Orleans jazz, blues, or ragtime, grew from a formalized musical structure and many worldly influences. She is currently enjoying retirement and traveling along with her music.



  • Sunday, April 28, 2019
    Free and Open to the Public
                  Eva Richards 

    RICHARDS graduated with First Class Honours from the Royal Northern College of Music in 2018, where she studied with Nicholas Trygstad. In November 2018, Eva performed Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor with the Ulster Orchestra in the final of the Flax Trust Music Awards, for which she was awarded the audience prize. Eva performed in the Wigmore Hall in November 2017 in the final of the Irish Heritage competition. Eva was selected to participate in the 2017/18 Ulster Orchestra Professional Experience Scheme as well as the 2018 RTE National Symphony Orchestra Mentoring Scheme. She has been a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland. Eva also has a keen interest in chamber music and was awarded a ‘Playing for Peace’ Scholarship to the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music in New Hampshire. She has had masterclasses with Alisa Weilerstein, Paul Watkins, Karine Georgian, Steven Doane and studied with Andrès Díaz as part of the 2016 Camerata Ireland Academy at Clandeboye Festival. In 2013 Eva was the winner of the Northern Ireland Young Musician of the Year Competition.

    She is currently pursuing her MA in Cello Performance with Anthony Arnone at the University of Iowa.


          Alexander Ferkey

    A musician of varied interests, Ferkey has performed has performed around the Midwest in a variety of musical genres ranging from jazz, orchestral, and chamber music to musical theater, rock, and metal.

    As a native of central Wisconsin, Ferkey pursued undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with professor David Story. As a member of the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Symphony Orchestra and UWSP Wind Ensemble, Ferkey has performed with acclaimed musicians such as percussionist Evelyn Glennie, David Taylor, and the late David Maslanka.

    Ferkey has recently participated as a semi-finalist in the 2018 BassEurope Solo Competition in Italy. In 2017 Ferkey became the first bassist to win the Alice Peet Faust Concerto Competition, resulting in a performance of Giovanni Bottesini’s Concerto in B minor with the UWSP Symphony Orchestra. Ferkey was also named a semi-finalist in the 2017 Classics Alive Young Artist Competition and in 2016 received an honorable mention in the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition.

    Ferkey is currently completing a masters degree in double bass performance at the University of Iowa under the tuition of professor Volkan Orhon, and has pursued additional studies with Jeff Bradetich, Joel Quarrington, and Petru Iuga. Named an Ambassador of the Doublestop Foundation in 2018, Ferkey performs on a Lorenzo Carcassi model bass violin built by Barrie Kolstein (c.2000), a loan made possible with the generous support of Matthew Way.


    MARCH 15, 2019

    Times: 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM 

    Bring your lunch and stay as long as you wish!

    Kimberly Darling Art Discussion:  Social Realism/Edward Hopper

    and the Regionalists and Grant Wood.


    MARCH 15/2019

    Times: 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM 

    Bring your lunch and stay as long as you wish!

    Kimberly Darling Art Discussion:  Social Realism/Edward Hopper and the Regionalists and Grant Wood.


    Location: Maquoketa Art Experience | 124 S Main

    Cinema is a form of art given rise out of the Great Depression.
    When all hope was lost to so many people the magic of the
    cinema breathed life and wonder into our world.
    It is a medium that has survived for more than a hundred
    years and gone through numerous technologies and movements.
    It has always been geared towards an audience of everyone,
    and we are desiring to celebrate that great form of human expression.
                                                        Would you like to help? Come join us to find out how!

    Saturday, April 13, 2019

    8am – 1pm

    Come and see the talent of our youth!

    Free and Open to the Public

  • July 15th-September 3, 2019

    Meet the artist reception | August 9th from 5-7PM


    Artist Statement

    I have enjoyed photography for my entire life. Beginning in about 6th grade my dad had a darkroom and let me help in the darkroom and take photos, and I have taken photographs ever since. first with a Kodak Brownie of my dad’s then my first camera a 127 Kodak, then with a Contina, range finder 35MM, then with my first digital a Minolta 700i, now with a Nikon D90 and Nikon D7100. In my retirement, I am doing more photography. As I go thru life day by day, seeing things that call to me, beautiful things, meaningful things, ordinary things in a different setting, that I feel a need to capture and preserve for others to enjoy. So I take photographs. I see a person, thing or scene that I think would make a beautiful photograph, and it’s my job to try to capture what I am seeing. Sometimes I can. Sometimes the light, the scope, the beauty I see, can not be captured, even with today’s technology, but I have to try. I don’t have a specialty and take photos of many different subjects, in many categories, and find beauty in many things.

    I  develop photos in Lightroom and Photoshop, sometimes using new techniques such as HDR sparingly. I am sometimes torn between color and black and white, I like a beautiful color scene, but it seems for some photos black and white makes a person see the subject itself without the distraction of color and that is good too…

  • Saturday, April 13, 2019.

    12:30 PM Artist Workshop
    2:00 PM Artist Talks Begin
    3:00 PM Reception

    Mark your calendar for a Meet the Artist event coming to Maquoketa, Iowa.

    The five newest Iowa Arts Council Fellows are crisscrossing the state this year to display and discuss their work with other Iowa artists and arts supporters. So mark your calendar for a “Meet the Artist” event near you, and say hello to:

    • Noah Doely has received national and international attention for his visual artwork addressing the various ways the natural world has been interpreted throughout history.
    • For Mary Jones‘ latest project, she walked portions of Des Moines’ east side neighborhoods and created a mixed-media exhibit about urban walking, focusing primarily on the city’s infrastructure.
    • The author of “Instead of Dying,” Lauren Haldeman started writing as a girl in Washington, D.C.
    • Julia Franklin has been creating art from discarded objects for more than 20 years, telling stories from the objects people leave behind.
    • Using only window light and inspiration from Dutch still-life paintings, Molly Wood‘s photography explores botanicals as metaphors for the natural cycles of life, death and rebirth.

    The final stop is the Maquoketa Art Experience in Maquoketa. Join us there on Saturday, April 13, 2019.

    Free and Open to the Public

    Donations Always Appreciated

  • “Brilliant as a Dark Cloud: The Goddess Kali” Presentation/Discussion
    Wednesday, February 6th | 6:30pm
    Vero Smith, Curator at the University of Iowa’s Stanley Museum of Art
    A discussion about the Goddess Kali, the current art exhibit of Kali at Maquoketa Art Experience
    What does it all mean and who is this Goddess Kali?
    Free and open to the Public
    Donations always Welcomed

    MARCH 15/2019

    Times: 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM 

    Bring your lunch and stay as long as you wish!

    Kimberly Darling Art Discussion:  Social Realism/Edward Hopper and the Regionalists and Grant Wood.


  • September 5 – October 31, 2019

    Artist Reception | September 8 | 2-4pm


    Larry J. Davis, a native Iowan, grew up in Clinton, Iowa along the Mississippi River. After attaining a BA in Fine Art at the University of Iowa he completed a four-year tour with the USAF in England before returning to the Midwest to begin his professional arts career. In 1986 Davis moved to Jacksonville, Florida, where he took a position at what is now Florida State College at Jacksonville, serving as both a full-time Professor of Art and for many years as art department coordinator. During this time he finished Masters Degree studies at Jacksonville University while also pursuing an active artistic output and exhibition schedule. His 2010 retirement from academia saw a long-awaited return to full-time studio activity. The 2012 relocation of Davis Studio to Knoxville, IL was an opportunity to reunite with the Midwest culture and landscape that has long been inspiring to the artist.

    Artist Statement

    My undergraduate art experience in the 1960s at the University of Iowa, as well as later graduate study there, left me with an appreciation for both realistic and abstracted art. While I still use both approaches, the bulk of my current production is in oil/cold wax and is in an abstracted manner. Many of my abstracted landscape paintings and drawings feature high horizons that allude to distant prairie or coastal vistas, while still allowing pictorial space to explore the intervening colors, shapes and textures of the ground plane downward to the viewer’s feet. Later oil paintings trend toward a more complex surface through the inclusion of cold wax techniques. 50 years of figure drawing also exerts a strong influence on the organic motifs in many of my works.

    This selection of my recent paintings is comprised of a combination of both Impressionistic and Abstract Expressionist interpretations of landscape, still life and figurative subjects. In the last few years I’ve concentrated on using oil paints, along with cold wax, to achieve complex color and textural results, primarily on cradled panels. Some of the works also combine charcoal and oil sticks to enhance the importance of drawing as the fundamental tool in the finished work.

    Having grown up in Clinton, IA it goes unsaid that I have a reverence for the inspiring landscape, flora and fauna of Jackson, Clinton and Dubuque Counties. I hope this shows up in some of the newest works created for this exhibition.




  • Wendy Allen


    William Crook

    Friday, March 1, 2019| 5:00 – 7:00pm

    Free and Open to the Public

    Donations Always Appreciated

  • University or Iowa Stanley Museum of Art of Iowa


    Robert Peterson  

    January 12, 2019 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm

    Free and Open to the Public

    Donations are always appreciated


  • A Maquoketa Alumni | Community Christmas Sing

    SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2018 3:50 PM

    If you graduated (from HS anywhere………


    (each is one block from the GABLES)

    BEFORE 1970: come from the EAST (corner of Olive and Pleasant)

    1970-1989: come from the NORTH (corner of Main and Platt)

    1990-2009: come from the WEST (corner of Library @ 2nd St and Pleasant)

    2010-in MS &HS: come from the SOUTH (corner of Middle School @ Locust and Main)

    A CAROL LEADER (aka music teacher) will lead your carol! We will sing many carols gathered in

    the Main Street community Green Space singing as you walk to Maquoketa Art Experience for more

    singing, Cookies/Cocoa/Coffee and a short time of fellowship!





    PAMELA CRAWFORD | | phone 563-652-2591 leave a message

    JOEL HAGEN | | Phone 563-652-2451 ext 4278


    NANCY KILBURG (Maquoketa Art Experience) | Phone 563-249-6200

  • March 10, 2019 | 2:00 pm

    Free and Open to the Public | Donations Always Appreciated

    Caleb Lambert began his musical training at age eleven in Olympia, Washington where he studied euphonium and trombone with Syd Potter and Richard Lopez. In 2007 Mr. Lambert attended Roosevelt University in Chicago, Il where he studied with Jay Friedman and Peter Ellefson.

    In demand as an orchestral musician, Caleb is currently second trombone in Orchestra Iowa and served as the interim second trombone for the 2017-2018 season in Quad City Symphony. Mr. Lambert also performs frequently with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra and Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony. As a freelance musician, he has had the honor to work with the Chicago Symphony, South Bend Symphony, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, New Chicago Brass, and many others.

    Mr. Lambert was awarded the Grand Prize at the Chicago Brass Festival’s Solo Competition on euphonium in 2012 and can often be seen performing on euphonium and bass trumpet around the Midwest.

    During his tenure with the Axiom Brass Quintet Mr. Lambert was awarded the Preis der Europa-Stadt Passau and taught classes in chamber music and trombone pedagogy at some of America’s leading music conservatories including the Juilliard School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Boston University, New England Conservatory, University of the Pacific, Southern Oregon University, University of Las Vegas, Western Illinois University, California State University, Sacramento and many more. In addition to his teaching duties at the University of Iowa where he is earning his Doctorate of Musical Arts, Mr. Lambert is a low brass teaching partner at West Music in Coralville, IA and runs a small private studio in Iowa City.



    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.

  • Tapestry rehearsals will be suspended for the next six weeks—starting today. (March 12 through April16). 
    This is a response in support of recommendations for senior citizens to remain out of group settings, especially those with underlying health conditions during a time of pandemic covid-19.
    We are appreciative of your voice and friendship.
    Concern and good wishes for all–stay vigilant and be well!
    Meet, Greet and Create Together Through Song


  • Sunday, October 28, 2018

    2:00 – 3:00pm

    Discussion and viewing of this intriguing work of futuristic wood design

    An intricate wooden book; comprised of five different mechanical puzzles. In order to read the book, you must unlock each page in succession in order to progress, following along with a clue-laden story engraved into the back of each puzzle.

    Artist Statement

    Growing up in the eastern rural farmlands of Iowa, I was taught many life lessons through the various days of farm work and imaginative play on my parent’s cattle farm. Such lessons as diligence and taking pride in one’s work; as well as a respect for all living things, man or nature. As a child, my mom would shoo my siblings and I out of the house, telling us to go “play” rather than be indoors and watch television for which I am eternally thankful now, albeit not so much back then. Those years of childhood instilled a sense of imagination and wonder that still drives my designs today. Taking in everything and being able to create and design things that no one else has imagined or thought up yet is the very thing that fuels my passion. The interaction between the user and the product should be both visually pleasing and physically engaging for all involved. I simply want to challenge the user, improve my abilities, and continue to discover new and exciting designs to benefit all.

    Now I’m currently the CEO of Arcane Concepts Inc., the business I started when my Codex Silenda Kickstarter Campaign took off like a rocket. Currently, our small business as of now has 2 Lasers and 3 total employees but we’re kicking books out the door by the dozen or more each week. The business has been growing slowly but surely for the past two years and we are nearing the end of our Kickstarter Campaign, excited to start the next big idea (…Codex #2?…Shhhh… it’s a secret!)

    Don’t miss this unique opportunity

    Purchasing Available At This Event

    Free and Open to the Public

    Codex SILENDA (sci-len-dah)




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

    Come “zen” and doodle 

    Meet   *   Create   *   See



    Sunday, October 7, 2018 | 2:00 pm

    Don’t miss this opportunity to travel without the expense!

    Free and Open to the Public


  • Saturday, October 20, 2018 | 7:00pm | Maquoketa Art Experience

    Created and performed by John Rapson, Professor University of Iowa Music Department


    A genre-bending tale with lilting Western ballads, gentle Mexican

    waltzes, folk songs and melodies from the East, evocative tone

    poems and raucous ragtime melded together by


    a story about LEAVING HOME

    of TRAVEL and wandering the WEST

    a COMING-OF-AGE story

    a story of FORTUNES won and lost



    a story of LOVE late in life

    and a dastardly MURDER

    with cowboys and Indians, landowners and congressmen,

    society ladies and ladies of the night, school children and old folks

    Afghans, Mexicans, Chinese, Czechs and Poles,

    and special appearances by the famous

    Buffalo Bill Cody and Medicine Joe Crow

    You will laugh, you will cry

    you will fret, you will sigh

    Special guest artists,

    Iowa City’s singer/songwriter legend: Dave Moore voice, slide guitar, accordion, harmonica

    And introducing singer/songwriter: Danyel Gaglione voice, North African mandole

    from France, now an Iowa City immigrant.



    An Afghan child of twelve leaves his home near the Khyber Pass, wandering India for

    years before boarding a boat in Bombay and landing in Seattle. After exploring the west,

    he settles in Sheridan, Wyoming to take over a business selling tamales. He works 80

    hours a week and becomes famous for his food and eventually learning how to invest in

    the stock market. As he gains and loses fortunes, he nonetheless lives frugally choosing

    to spend his money in acts of kindness and generosity. He gains citizenship in 1925, has

    it revoked by U.S. xenophobic laws and regains it again thirty years later. He becomes a

    legend, both back home in the borderland between Afghanistan and Pakistan and in

    Wyoming. He has an arranged marriage late in life and sires six children before abruptly

    and tragically being murdered in his 80s. His children and their offspring have recently

    founded a mosque in Gillette, Wyoming that has drawn the ire of some eastern Wyoming

    residents and received national attention in the press. (Based on an article by Kathryn Schulz in the June

    6/13, 2016 issue of The New Yorker: American Chronicles: Citizen Khan and used with written permission



    -Hot Tamale Louie’s trick is to make you think this is an old-fashioned tale told through

    traditional means, but in reality this is a vital and modern work whose adventurous

    collision of musical genres, aural and visual storytelling, and themes of place, politics,

    and identity is as reflective of our complex times as the history it seeks to illuminate.

    Andre Perry

    The Englert Theatre, Mission Creek Festival director


    -Wow! Wow! Hot Tamale Louie was hands down one of the best performances we’ve

    ever seen. We loved everything about it with the emphasis on everything! The whole

    concept was done so well that it’s difficult to express how much we enjoyed it. Everyone

    gave outstanding performances … the music and musicians blew us away, the narrator

    was awesome, the design, narrative, and presentation of the slides, and even the timing of

    the slides was right on the mark. What a great, great story you told. Thank you so much

    for an evening that we’ll remember for the rest of our lives.

    Justin and Jill Fishbaugh


    -John Rapson has created a timely musical piece called “Hot Tamale Louie”. It tells a

    colorful brave life story in music and prose and encapsulates our current immigration

    “mess.” An Afghan immigrant is determined for a better life, risks it all to succeed. His

    story shows how our laws move back and forth in a dizzying dance … first to permit him

    citizenship, then to take it away. The story doesn’t end there. Rapson’s music

    compositions allow us to taste this determined life in a Wyoming town at the turn of the

    century, a combination of many skin tones, heritage and beliefs and ties it to today in a

    brilliant whimsical musical way.

    Lisa Baum, KCCK radio

  • November 1 – December 27, 2018



    Tara Moorman was raised in a family of fine craftsmen and women who were always building something. She embraces their creative and artistic traditions. Inspired by old family photographs and a desire to bring her ancestors to life, the photos became an opening that allowed her to merge art with love of family, history, ancestry and storytelling. Her ancestors beckon her to keep working and sharing her creativity with the world.

    Tara’s work “Letters to my Ancestors”, her summer 2017 solo show at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art (CRMA) was widely received. Tara’s artwork and intuitive writings from the show were published by the CRMA. She has exhibited at numerous juried exhibitions at the CRMA, Black Earth Gallery, Polk County Heritage Museum, Davis Art Center, Ft Myers, FL, The Albuquerque Museum of Art and the Sedona Art Center.

    Her work is found in many public and private collections, including the United Way of East Central Iowa, The American Cancer Society, Hope Lodge at the University of Iowa Hospitals, St Luks Hospital, and the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.

    Tara was born in Newton, Kansas. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas. She lives and works in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

    Artist Statement

    A box of old family photographs from the 1800’s – 1960’s, inherited from my mother and grandmother, are the impetus for my work. Inspired to bring these ancestors to life, the photos became an invitation to merge my art, love of family, history, ancestry and storytelling. Painting their spiritual light with an aura of rainbow colors, creates an etheric atmosphere, while showcasing their period clothes, beautifully patterned dresses, boots, hats and cars lends a contemporary feel to the portraits.

    Meet my maternal grandmother, Anna Stubblefield Nation, follow her life as a young girl, living on a farm, through her marriage to her childhood sweetheart, Charlie Nation, up until her last days. If you see your family in mine, please join me, reconnecting and honoring those who came before.


  • “Evanny Angelene Henningsen grew up in Eastern Iowa in an environment that helped foster her early propensity for art. During high school, she actively participated in life drawing sessions with Chuck Morris at Maquoketa Art Experience and in the Quad Cities with Atom Gallery. After completing an Associate’s degree, she moved to Florence, Italy to study classic realism at Angel Academy of Art with a method adopted from 19th century European ateliers. After two years, she left to explore a different method of painting utilizing a full-color palette under contemporary master, Jeff Hein, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Subsequently, Evanny worked and exhibited at Poor Yorick Studios, attended workshops and was a recipient of the Hudson River Fellowship in New Hampshire. Having returned to the Midwest, Evanny is currently teaching and exploring new painting techniques. She is admired for her ability to create a sensation of life and depth of soul. Her work can be seen on her website or Instagram @evanny_angelene.” 
  • January 3 – February 28, 2019 

    Artist Reception | 2-4PM – Saturday, January 12, 2019

    Artist Statement

    My years of technical art illustration, graphic art, photography, and engineering drafting experience are the foundations of my art. The approach that I have for drawing, etching, and painting is via my technical background.

    Robert Henri and a group called The Eight influenced my thinking about the arts. One of Henri’s books, The Art Spirit was inspirational. All of these are very important not only to me, but should be for all artists. The following are statements that I’ve collected over the years:

    1. We are not here to do what has already been done.

    2. The artist is the person who leaves the crowd and goes pioneering.

    3. All any artist can hope to do is add his fragment to the whole.

    4. The artist who has great emotion might burst into tears-but that is far as he will get if he has no practical side. The artist must have the emotional side first, the primal cause of his being an artist, but he must also have an excellent mind, which he must command and use as a tool for the expression of his emotions.

    5. No matter how good an artist’s education is his education is in his own hands. All education must be self-education.

    6. Few artists will ever mention that they have studied under themselves.

    7. We must realize that artists are not in competition with each other.

    8. You can learn much from others, but more from yourself.

    9. Try to reduce everything you see to the utmost simplicity.

    10. A work of art is the result of the effect of the model on the artist. It is not the model we need, but the vision.

    11. Works of art are created, not to satisfy the viewer, but the creator.

    As I read, draw, etch, and paint, I try to apply the techniques of suggestion rather than showing. Most of my art looks super detailed, but take a closer look. You will find that many details are loosely painted or drawn. I like to call my artistic style as being: Abstract Realism.

    I have a great appreciation for all styles and media in the art

    Activities in Art

    1. Vice-President, Creative Artists Club, Cedar Rapids, IA, 2011-2016

    2. State Show Director, Iowa Artists, State Show (May), 2014

    3. Travelled (1990 – present) to 48 of the 50 USA states and internationally to 20 countries. Visited dozens of history museums, cathedrals, churches, art museums, art studios, art galleries, parks, commercial manufactures of artistic objects, theater performances, orchestra concerts, ballets, artists, etc. Some of the countries are China, Thailand, Netherlands, Russia, Norway, Italy, Germany, Austria, and others.

    4. Christmas, I have created an original drawing or etching for the cover of my personal Christmas card for each of the past 47 years.

    5. Library, My personal library contains 1,100 art books out of 2,500 total.

    6. Fine Artist, created fine art ink drawings, etchings, engravings, woodcuts, prints, landscape paintings, portraits, custom welded jewelry, and metal sculptures from 1967 and on. Many works have won awards.



    Meet the Artist

    Reception | Sunday, July 15 | 2-4pm

    Free and Open to the Public

  • Dale continues with his  fascinating and informative Art Series:



    July 2:  CANCELLED

    August 16: CANCELLED


  • Another Layers of Maquoketa Event

    Friday, May 4, 2018 7PM 

    Maquoketa Art Experience

    Free and Open to the Public

    This play documents American farmscape through interviews with real people involved in real changes in how we grow our food and live our lives in the rural United States. You’ll take delight in a sip of Zinfandel at a new winery and savor the taste of organic vegetables on a truck on its way to the local farmer’s market. You’ll make a stop at a bed and breakfast and Hispanic cultural center and gaze out the window at restored wetlands and prairie. You’ll also suit up in protective clothing and a mask before you enter a hog confinement operation and you’ll watch pigs move quickly down a conveyor belt at an IBP slaughtering plant. You’ll experience the David and Goliath story of an organic farmer up against the economic forces of the 3500 acre agri-business operation next door. In the end, you’ll understand that during the pioneer days, farming completely changed the ecosystem of the prairie. A hundred and fifty years later, this landscape is dramatically changing again.Links to articles:

    • A Look at the Farmscape(Farm Journal Magazine, January 10, 2009)
    • ‘Docu-drama’ Shares Reality of Farming(Iowa State Daily, February 20, 2008)
    • Agriculture, arts joined through “Farmscape” play, campus group(Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture)
    • Rediscovering Rural Iowa(Cedar Falls Times, February 21, 2009)
    • Theater Performance Explores Hardships of Iowa Farming(iStockAnalyst, March 01, 2009)

    Saturday, April 21

    Time: 8 – 1:00

    Where:  Maquoketa Art Experience

    Cost:  Free and Open to the Public

  • April 27, 2018 | FRIDAY  | 12:00pm
                    Conceptual Art



        The most significant piece of modern art from the 20th century

        Fountain by Marcel Duchamp.


    After a long winter, it’s nice to finally see crocuses and tulips poking out of the ground. Warm weather will be here before we know it! As part of the Layers of Maquoketa celebration, a photography contest will be held. The theme is “Springtime in Maquoketa.” We’re asking photographers of all ages to take photos of what Springtime in Maquoketa looks like to them. 

    Submission Categories: 

    • Landscape/Still Life (fields, barns, flowers)
    • Daily Life/Candid (gardening, kids playing);
    • Wildlife/Livestock (birds, cows, dogs)

    Photographer Classes: Adult (13 and over); Youth (12 and under)

    Submission Deadline: Friday, April 27

    Judging: Wednesday, May 2

    Photos will be displayed at the MAE from Monday,April 30 to Saturday, May 5.

    Prizes will be awarded for each category/class, as well as overall Best in Show.

    All photo submissions will be judged based on: Originality/creativity, Story telling, Composition, Appropriateness to the theme, and Technical proficiency (lighting, exposure and focus).

    Submission Guidelines:

    • Photos must be originals, taken by the person whose name is associated with the photo submission.
    • Photos may be edited/filtered for color (or black & white), but no “artistic” filters (e.g., watercolor, mosaic, pen & ink, etc.), nor any photoshopping should be used. No other media (e.g., paint, pen, etc.) should be applied to the photo.
    • Photos must be no smaller than 5×7″ and no larger than 11×14″.
    • Photos must be printed on photo-quality paper, and mounted on black foamcore board, with at least 1″ margin on all sides.
    • Photo submissions should be marked on the back with the photographer’s name, age, photo category, and city of residence.
    • Photo submissions can be dropped off at the MAE/Chamber of Commerce.
    • Photo submissions can be retrieved after the contest beginning Monday, May 7. Any submissions not retrieved by Friday, May 8 will be discarded.
    • By submitting a photo, the photographer agrees that the photo may be used in association with promotion of the Layers of Maquoketa celebration, and may be reproduced in the Maquoketa Sentinel-Press if the results of the photography contest are published.



  • Saturday, May 5th, 2018

    The Layers of Maquoketa will host a “Chalk the Walk” event as a part of the May 1 –May 5, 2018 Layers Celebration. This event brings together many different layers/groups/individuals who are a part of this community, defining who we are as Maquoketans. Chalk the walk will give you an opportunity to express yourself and who you are as an individual, family or friends.


    Registration may be done the day of the event at 9:00am. A sketch, picture or a discussion of your project may be presented at that time.  Possible projects will be available for you to use.  An artist is available to advise you in anyway.  You may bring your own chalk.

    Applications may also be picked up at: Maquoketa Chamber at 124 S Main, Maquoketa, Iowa 52060. Please include a colored photo or color copy of your proposed work and identify it with your name.
    To apply Online, please Register below:

    Register here for the Event

    More Information About Chalk The Walk


    • Please sign you chalk art work when finished.
    • Please no use of words, logos or anything that is demonic, gang related or inappropriate for “family”viewing
    • No Fixatives such as hairspray etc.
    • People will be walking around your square, please try to keep your supplies well contained.
    • Please respect others who are painting around you; i.e.: do not walk on their painting or have open beverage containers which could spill and ruin someone’s artwork.
    • There will be no access to power sources during the festival. Please bring your own batteries to supply power to your electric equipment.


    • Layers of Maquoketa will provide special pastel chalk. You will receive one box of chalk to start, which includes 24 colors.
    • If you need additional colors a “chalk Swap” will be available and you may “swap” with other street painters as well.
    • You may supply your own pastel chalk. Layers will also provide erasers for blending and baby wipes.


    • Hats for sun.
    • Piece of cardboard to sit or stand on to avoid smearing your work.
    • A pillow, gardner’s pad or knee pads to kneel on.
    • Plastic to cover your work when finished.


    • Use chalk sparingly. Build up your layers, start with a very light layer on the bottom.
    • A big chalkboard eraser works great for laying down large areas of color. Moving the eraser in a circular motion.
    • If you are a first timer, consider using one object as the focal point of your work-a face, a frog, etc. Small details are hard to manage on a rough surface—so think BIG and DRAMATIC.
    • The more you work with chalk on concrete, the more confortable you get. So, practice on the driveway at home..
  • February 8  | 11:30- 1PM

    Where: Maquoketa Art Experience                                  

    124 S. Main St., Maquoketa, IA

    Have you ever visited an art gallery or museum and thought “What were they thinking? This isn’t art.” or “How can they call this art!” Are you someone who wants to have a better understanding of Modern Art? Then join our lunch and learn discussions! Introductory topics will focus on how to look at art, analyze form, and determine style. Later discussion will delve into the various purposes of art, levels of content, and contextual influences. These lively discussions will be led by Kimberly Darling, a retired Scott Community College instructor of History of 20th Century Art and Architecture.


  • Monday, January 29, 2018, 6:30pm 


    The Museums of Paris 

    An exploration of the collections in Paris’ museums range from classical ancient monuments to iconic works of the 20th century. Dale Fisher takes you on a virtual tour of museums and monuments of Paris.

    Free and Open to the Public




    Friday Feb 9 – 7:30pm (Cast: June Wahl & Jack Jones)

    Saturday Feb 10 – 7:30pm (Cast: Janet Burrow & John Burrow)

     Sunday Feb 11 – 3:00pm (Cast: Leslie Jacobsen & Jay Kahn)



    Love Letters is a funny and emotional portrait about the powerful connection of love. Two friends, rebellious Melissa Gardner and straight-arrow Andrew Makepeace Ladd III have exchanged notes, cards and letters with each other for over 50 years. From second grade, through summer vacations, to college, and well into adulthood, they have spent a lifetime discussing their hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, and victories and defeats. But long after the letters are done, the real question remains: Have they made the right choices or is the love of their life only a letter away?

    Produced by   Maquoketa Peace Pipe Players | Directed by Colleen Miller

    Hosted by | Maquoketa Art Experience

    Tickets purchased prior to performances are $13.00

    Tickets purchased at the door are $15.00

    Click here to purchase tickets

  •                       March 8 – April 25, 2018

    Artist Reception | Sunday, March 18, 2018 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm


     Artist Statement

    Art is your expression of what is beautiful. Crafting is an art which
    requires learning a skill. Combining my love of painting and the desire for
    depicting nature at its best inspired my watercolor paintings.

    I began drawing at an early age; my favorite subject was animals. My
    grandmother owned a store and graciously provided me all the supplies I
    needed, while encouraging me to continually improve.

    As an adult my life was filled with work, family and outdoor activities and
    my painting was put aside. Years later I picked up painting again; painting
    on any pallet I could find: wood blocks, metal, paper, ceramics, glass and
    furniture. I seemed to hunger to create a style, so I enrolled in every adult class found in the area trying to refine or define my art. After attempting my styles I found my muse through watching and depicting nature at its best, hence I found a love for wildlife painting.

  • Thursday, January 18,2018 | 5 -7 pm
    Maquoketa Art Experience3
    124 S. Main Street
    Maquoketa, Iowa
    Open to the Public
     Faces of Iowa State Video by Rose Frantzen:

    Sunday, January 21 | 2:00 pm 
    Come and meet this exciting local author
    You won’t be disappointed!
    Free and Open to the Public
    Donations are Always Welcomed!
    Author’s Bio:

    Staci Mercado won a Midwest Book Award for her historical fiction novel, Seeking Signs (Four Feathers Press, 2013). She has published work in Barely South ReviewFlash Fiction MagazineOur Iowa, and Broad Street. With an MFA in Creative Writing, Staci teaches writing at Central DeWitt high school, youth workshops at the Iowa Writers’ House in Iowa City, and was awarded the 2017 Outstanding Literary Arts Educator Award from the Midwest Writing Center. 

    Summary of “Honey Whiskey Murders”:

    Elsie Edens, the teen detective who found her sister’s killer in Seeking Signs, is back. In her early 20s now and solving cases on her own, Elsie has developed into a full-fledged investigator working for a prominent Clinton, Iowa, agency. It’s Sunday, November 5, 1922, and in the local paper, rural Iowa residents are shocked to read the headline “Coldest-Blooded Double Murder in the History of Clinton County.” A well-known, respected husband and wife were brutally slain the previous night in their country store in Low Moor, Iowa. The local authorities, already under scrutiny for a rash of cold cases, call for help from an aging private investigator who sends Elsie, his young and ambitious protégée, to examine the crime scene. Prohibition complicates her inquiries and leads her to an old friend who helps her uncover a motive for the murders. It seems the Chicago Outfit has turned its attention to a small town in Iowa’s Driftless Area, a rocky section of limestone bluffs, river bottoms, and immigrant families determined to survive. During her investigation, Elsie is forced to relive a gruesome incident from her past — one that proves locals like her are perfectly capable of taking care of themselves. Honey Whiskey Murders is based on actual events. The novel shares the historical fiction spotlight with two other crime thrillers: The Wettest County in the World, the historical novel that inspired the movie Lawless, and Road to Perdition, the graphic novel that preceded the film of the same name.


    Maquoketa Art Experience Holiday Celebration 

    Sunday, December 10, 2017 | 4 – 7 pm

    Program Begins at 5:45pm


    Speaker | Rose Frantzen

    Live Auction | Floral Still Life Painting (22″ by 34″) by Rose

    (Flowers of Choice by Purchaser) 

    Starting Bid | $4800

    Music | University of Iowa String Quartet

    Hors d’oeuvres and Local Wines


    Join the Celebration

    Also See:


                                      Iowa Brass Trio

    Thursday, December 14 at 4 pm at Maquoketa Art Experience. 

    Free and open to the public. 

    Come and listen to the sounds of music to enhance your Holiday Season

  • 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, who was a lifelong seamstress and fabric artist. I learned to sew, knit, and crochet from her. Weaving and felting I discovered more recently.

    As a yarn collector, I am fascinated by the colors and textures, both visual and tactile. Whether shiny or dull, sparkly or matte, smooth or fuzzy, skinny or fat, lumpy or loopy, curly or flat: I want it all. I love to look at it, but most of all I want to touch it. My yarn hoard inspires me. Being a spinster, (maker of yarn,) I find happiness in an aromatic sheep’s fleece, delight in the process of washing away the dirt to uncover the white wool beneath, waiting for me to dye it brilliant hues. Then the real fun begins; what type of yarn do I want to create?

    My process is intuitive and tactile. I must touch something to really understand it, and that will help determine what I do with the fiber. My fiber art, whether it is wearable or not, plays with color relationships, creates visual patterns, and also invites touch. Spinning yarn from fiber is my passion and greatest joy. I am, and always have been, a fiber artist, although it took me forty years to figure out.

    I was born and raised in northwest Iowa, or what I call the tundra. Graduated from the University of Iowa with a BFA and MA in art. Worked for a regional art supply store, then managed stores in Omaha, Kansas City, and Des Moines. Moved to the Quad Cities and started teaching at Scott Community College. Lab courses were Color Theory, Basic Design, Interiors 1 & 2, and Textile Design. Lecture courses covered Textiles and Materials, as well as History of Art,
    Architecture, and Decorative Arts. I retired in May 2015, after 25 years teaching in the Interior
    Design Program.image4

    I am a member of the Quad Cities Fiber Arts group, and the Valley Weavers and Spinners Guild, participating in demonstrations and instruction in the fiber arts. I spend asmuch time as I am able in northern New Mexico, exploring regional fiber arts. I devote the majority of my time, whether spinning, dyeing, knitting, weaving, or crocheting, to my love of all things fiber.


    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.)


  •            Bruce Howdle | Ceramic Artist


       Kimberly Darling   | “Fates and Fiber” artist

                        Free and Open to the Public


  • 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 hosted by the MAE, starting at 2 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend.

    Admission is free | Refreshments will be provided

    This pictorial program will feature rare photos – some never before seen by the public – of Jackson County and its people. The main focus will be on rural life, people, and, architecture, from the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.

  • Free and Open to the Public

    Thursday, June 15, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
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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.


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  • Tuesday, April 18 – Saturday, April 22, 2017

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    Community Fun, and Excitement

  • Artists: Pauline Maloney and Kathy Schumacher
    Friday, May 26, 2017
    5pm – 7pm
    Kathy Schumacher speaking  6PM
    Free And Open to the Public
  • Sunday, April 30, 2:00 pm

    Cuffman Photo


    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 String Pedagogy from Ohio University. He performs frequently with Orchestra Iowa, the Mansfield Symphony, and the Ohio Valley Symphony. He has studied violin with Dr. Stephen Miahky and Dr. Scott Conklin and viola with Christine Rutledge and Dr. Michael Kimber.

    Don’t miss this enchanting and talented performance

    Donations are Appreciated


  • 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)
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                                    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
                      Concession Stand and Other Fundraising Items Available for Purchase.
  • Photo by Mark Zhu // Student Life Marketing + Design

    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 to investigate personal, local, and global issues relating to home, UI Dance students will perform a thrilling and diverse concert and use workshops and public discussions to facilitate community conversations throughout Iowa.

    Don’t miss this lovely performance

  • 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 headwaters of the Black Velvet Band were at an annual St. Patrick’s Day party in Maquoketa, where Rob Deegan, Chuck Jorgensen and friends strummed and sang songs of the season in the misty ‘70s. Over the decades there were many people who sat in with them at those parties, and eventually a loose group of minstrels started sharing their music in other community venues. In 1997 we took our name from one of our favorite songs, and BVB was born. During those years we were fearless, playing a wide variety of private and public venues in and around Maquoketa just for the joy of sharing music. Eventually our playbooks were stuffed with over 300 songs that we’d performed, expanding the scope of our music beyond our Celtic origins into the American folk and folk-style traditions as well as our own material.

    By 2002 the cast of characters stabilized at six: Rob and Chuck with their guitars, Curt Lichter playing bass, Dan Caraway on mandolin, Dale Kilburg and his box of harmonicas, David Manning with flute, whistles, banjo and autoharp, and everyone singing. Each of us have stretched our comfort zones learning new instruments and styles, and each brings essential skills and talents to the on-going party that is BVB (which, in case it isn’t obvious, is all about us having fun).

    Producing a CD in 2009 fundamentally changed our band. Live audiences, especially noisy ones, are often forgiving. The recording process, by contrast, is cruel, forcing us to listen to ourselves critically. We had to carefully choose our songs, arrange them to suit us, and improve our performance technique. Curt and Dan brought past recording experience to the studio and got us through it and back to live performance. Rob’s continuing decline and death in 2012 were hard times for us all, but his spirit lives on in the band.  We have continued to pare down our song list but invest more of ourselves in each one. Lately we’ve been working on new material, a process that we love almost as much as performing.



    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


    Discussion with Dale Fisher | Curator UIMA

    Thursday, December 8, 2016 | 6:00pm

    Free and Open to the Public


    Discussion with Dale Fisher | Curator UIMA

    Thursday, November 17 | 6:00pm

    Traditions in Shards

    Free and Open to the Public

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    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.

    This event is free and open to the public

  • 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 needs to be remembered?

    Then this workshop is for you!

    You will be able to tell your story in written and verbal form that is unique to you.


    Layers of  Maquoketa are sponsoring this event at no cost.

    Register ahead at Maquoketa Art Experience to participate.

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    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

  • Sunday, September 11, 1pm – 3pm

    The Fiber Art Studio of Dubuque

    KC Barnes

    Free and Open to the Public


  • Sunday August 21, 2016 |2:00pm


    Duane Hagerty, CEO of Heritage Works, is a historic preservation consultant, architectural historian


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    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 take the time to notice. What we see everyday are houses, barns, churches and school buildings. Although these buildings were constructed for the specific function of providing shelter, their designs often stimulate the senses and stir emotions. They are the very definition of art. This presentation by Duane Hagerty and Ryan Engelman of Heritage Works in Dubuque will highlight the art embedded in Jackson County’s historic buildings and help you look at buildings in a whole new light.

    Heritage Works is a historic preservation nonprofit focused on highlighting the importance of the Dubuque region’s historic architectural resources and assisting in the preservation and redevelopment of those resources.

    Free and Open to the Public

    Hosted by MAE

    Sponsored by the Maquoketa Historic Preservation




  • 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

  • Thurday, June 16, 4pm – 6pm  Public Reception
    Featuring Woodcarvers:
    Fred Cogelow and MarvKaisersatt
  • 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. Josh Siefken, Assistant Curator of Education at the University of Iowa Museum of Art will present a discussion of these works along with pictures and various items for the public to view.

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    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, Life and Death, Personal Appearance, Animal Symbolism and Significance, and Power.

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    Wednesday, April 27, 2016

    Time | 6:00-7:00 pm

    Topic | Grant Wood’s Plaid Sweater

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    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

  • Thursday, September 13th, 2018 | 6:30 pm

    Suggested Donation | $10

    Plunkett is Flute player from Lettermore, a small village in Connemara. He began playing the Irish tin-whistle at the age of six before progressing to the Irish concert flute. He has played extensively throughout Ireland with some of Ireland’s finest traditional Irish musicians such as renowned whistle player Mary Bergin. A testament to the high standard of Plunkett’s musicianship was being invited to perform with a team of professional musicians for a premier performance of a specially commissioned suite, ‘Sruth’ at Éigse An Spidéal in 2013.

    Plunkett has recently graduated from University College Cork with a first class honors degree in Music. During this time, Plunkett concentrated on performance becoming the recipient of both the Dónal Doc Gleeson Award and the Séan Ó Ríada Memorial Prize which is awarded to the student who displays the deepest understanding of the nature of Irish Traditional music at an academic and performance level. He is hoping to continue his studies and start an MA in music therapy in 2019.

    Conor is a full-time musician and creator of new Irish music. Born in Ennis, Co. Clare on the 10th of May 1968. A diatonic accordionist he also plays other instruments such as piano, violin etc.. Conor performs concerts and does workshops etc on a regular basis. He has recorded numerous albums of traditional music including Cooley’s House ( 1992 ) and Oidhreacht (1997 ), Rough and Ready (2015) etc.. He is a past member of many professional bands including Arcady with Frances Black, Seán Keane, Four Men and a Dog, The Tulla Céilí Band, Shaskeen etc   Conor lived in France for a number of years in the 1990s and worked as accordionist with legendary Breton singer Gilles Servat. During this period he performed in many prestigious venues all over France, such as The Olympia and the Bércy in Paris. Since then he has made countless tours in every country in Europe, America, Canada etc and played in most of the major folk festivals of the world. He has successfully completed a number of commissions including The Connemara Suite in 2014. (Please see Conor’s YouTube channel ( Conor T Keane ) Conor’s original music reflects the exposure he’s had as a working musician to a number of musical genres, mostly of Irish and continental origin. He seeks to develop his original music on a continual basis and enjoys all aspects of collaboration with like-minded people while working towards the realization of various musical projects.


    (Sponsored  by AgArts)

  • Artists:
    Tara Moorman
    Evanny Henningsen
    Friday, November 2, 2018
    5:00 – 7:00 pm
    Free and Open to the Public
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    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 is open to the public.


    Tuesday, October 20, 9:15 – 11:30am and  1-3pm | American Indian and First Peoples

    Wednesday, October 21, 10:00- 11:00am and 1 – 2:15pm | Art of Africa

    Thursday, October 22, 9:30 – 11:05 am and 1:20 – 3:00pm | Art of Africa

    Friday, October 23, 9 – 10:35am and 1:20 – 3:00pm | Folk Art of India



  • Pam Ohnemus- “Our Vanishing Landscape” Acrylic Exhibit 

    Reception: Sat, October 3, 2015, 4pm – 6pm

     Presentation: About Prairies at 5PM


    Dale Fisher, Curator of Education University of Iowa Museum of Art


    French Art: Impressionism and Post Impressionism


    Monday, October 19, 2015 | 6:00pm

    Free and Open to the Public



  • Pollock TItle CardMaquoketa 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 creation to its journey around the world.Emmy Award winning filmmaker Kevin Kelley, the film’s producer and director, proposed the film project because of his love of art and passion for the new University of Iowa Museum of Art. Kelley described the film as a “film about a journey – the journey of how one painting changed the course of modern American art over seventy years ago, and the painting’s journey around the world after a disastrous flood destroyed its home

    A question and answer session will begin immediately following the screening where guests may interact with film director Kevin Kelley and UI Museum of Art Director Sean O’Harrow.


  • updeDave  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 formal family or single portrait.

    Saturday, December 12, 2015 Dave will bring his portable photography studio to Maquoketa Art Experience and for four hours photograph individuals and families for portraits. 

    From 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon and from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., he will be available to take your photograph in a formal portraiture setting.  This will be on a first come first serve basis. 

    There will be no charge and you will receive one 8 X 10 portrait suitable for framing and a CD with the image so that you may make additional prints as you choose.                                      

                      Come and Have a Photo Session with Dave For The Holidays

                                           For Details Call:                            

                          Maquoketa Art Experience,  563-652-9925  or Maquoketa Chamber, 563-652-4602 

               (All photographs taken will be the sole property of Mr. Updegraff) 

  • 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 her shoulders, tied up with a black velvet band.”

    The headwaters of the Black Velvet Band were at an annual St. Patrick’s Day party in Maquoketa, where Rob Deegan, Chuck Jorgensen and friends strummed and sang songs of the season in the misty ‘70s. Over the decades there were many people who sat in with them at those parties, and eventually a loose group of minstrels started sharing their music in other community venues. In 1997 we took our name from one of our favorite songs, and BVB was born. During those years we were fearless, playing a wide variety of private and public venues in and around Maquoketa just for the joy of sharing music. Eventually our playbooks were stuffed with over 300 songs that we’d performed, expanding the scope of our music beyond our Celtic origins into the American folk and folk-style traditions as well as our own material.

    By 2002 the cast of characters stabilized at six: Rob and Chuck with their guitars, Curt Lichter playing bass, Dan Caraway on mandolin, Dale Kilburg and his box of harmonicas, David Manning with flute, whistles, banjo and autoharp, and everyone singing. Each of us have stretched our comfort zones learning new instruments and styles, and each brings essential skills and talents to the on-going party that is BVB (which, in case it isn’t obvious, is all about us having fun).

    Producing a CD in 2009 fundamentally changed our band. Live audiences, especially noisy ones, are often forgiving. The recording process, by contrast, is cruel, forcing us to listen to ourselves critically. We had to carefully choose our songs, arrange them to suit us, and improve our performance technique. Curt and Dan brought past recording experience to the studio and got us through it and back to live performance. Rob’s continuing decline and death in 2012 were hard times for us all, but his spirit lives on in the band.  We have continued to pare down our song list but invest more of ourselves in each one. Lately we’ve been working on new material, a process that we love almost as much as performing.

    We will be returning to the Maquoketa Art Experience and Clinton’s Wide River Winery, continuing an almost-monthly appearance at Stonecliff Winery in Dubuque’s historic Star Brewery building and refreshing our Irish roots by playing again at Sam and Sue Sandburg’s annual St.Pat’s Party. Wherever we’ve been we’ve met folks who really enjoyed our eclectic blend of songs and sounds served up in real time by real people. We hope you will, too.

    Come * Listen * Enjoy

  • Sunday, March 6, 2pm – 3pm  Donation: $15.00 (per person)

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     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. The total BHS membership is just below 23,000, making the Society the world’s largest male singing fraternity. The Society was formed to preserve barbershop harmony as an original American musical artform. Its motto is: “Keep the Whole World Singing”.

    Under the able direction of Michael Callahan, the chorus and its quartets regularly entertain a wide variety of audiences. Perhaps you have heard them singing the National Anthem at local baseball games, caroling at their annual Christmas show and local nursing/retirement homes, delivering singing valentines to lovers of all ages, or in concert at their annual show in March/April called “Holiday in Harmony.” They have also performed for the Governor of Iowa, President Ronald Reagan and have shared the stage with the Quad City Symphony.

    The Chordbusters proudly support several charitable causes: The Harmony Foundation, the Davenport Family ‘Y’ programs for children, Toys for Tots, local school vocal music programs, and Quad City food pantries.

  • High School Exhibit
    Open House
    Wednesday, February 10 | 6-8PM
  • Meet The Artist

    Sunday, February 7, 1pm – 3pm

    Halle Siepman | Parthenon Sculpture Drawing Exhibit

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    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 Community Members
    (Donations will be appreciated by Cage)
     Concession Stand and Other Fundraising Items Available for Purchase.
  • Dale Fisher Returns: A Discussion About Jackson Pollock’s Mural


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    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 one of the iconic paintings of the twentieth century. Now in the collection of the University of Iowa Museum of Art, it represents a transitional moment in Pollock’s career, as he moved toward an experimental application of paint.
    You won’t want to miss this exciting and informative discussion of this exquisite piece of art!
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    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


  • 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
  • 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 of the Arts in Philadelphia. He teaches bookbinding and conservation for the University of Illinois and has worked in conservation across the country. He exhibits his work widely and it is held in over 25 university collections.

    Location: Maquoketa Art Experience
    Registration and Credit Link:


    • $255 1 Drake EMDA credit
    • $185 1 Relicensure credit
    • $135 Audit/no credit
  • Charles Morris and Ted McElhiney

    Sunday, May 15, 1pm – 3pm

    Free and Open to the Public

    Refreshments Provided

  • 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



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    Dale Fisher, Curator of Education University of Iowa Museum of Art

    Mon, September 14, 6pm – 7pm
      (Free and Open to the Public)
  • Sun, September 13 1-3PM

    Sarika Sugla, Mixed Media and prints
    Jac Tilton, Water Color and abstract Drawing

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    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, corporate and architectural photography and videography in the Tri-State area

  • 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 follow the performance.
    Location: Maquoketa Art Experience located at 124 S. Main Street in Maquoketa.

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    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 will be true to them no matter what. At the urging of Don Alfonso, a philosopher, and Despina, maid to the two ladies, they play a trick on the women to test their loyalty. Will the ladies remain faithful, or are all women fickle, as Don Alfonso claims? Performed in Italian with English synopsis, this production is presented in partnership with University of Iowa ArtsShare. This production is appropriate for all ages and admission is free.

    Iowa City Concert Opera is a company of professional singers, conductors, and pianists, working collaboratively to bring engaging and entertaining opera performances to audiences throughout Iowa. This performance stars Jacqueline Lang (Fiordiligi), Lisa Neher (Dorabella), Mitchell Widmer (Guglielmo), Nicholas Harbeck (Ferrando), Jessica Saunders (Despina), and Jordan Pohlmann (Don Alfonso), conducted by Patrick Zubiate with Tony Nickle, pianist.

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    Free Admission – Appropriate for all ages – Presented in Partnership with Iowa Arts Share

    MAE Donations are Welcomed and Appreciated !

  • Saturday, July 18, 2015 | 2:00pm

    Meet other writers and share ideas and frustrations

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    Saturday, June 20, 2015 | 2:00pm

    Meet other writers and share ideas and frustrations

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

  • Sunday, June 14, 2015

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    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 at times, collective and subversively ironic.

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    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 the contemporary problems in politics, world economy, gender roles, nationality, and global culture.

    He received his MFA at University of South Florida. He studied Fine Arts at Bilkent University Fine Arts Department and received his second BFA at Austin Peay State University in 2008. Tanyolacar has exhibited his works in New York, California, St. Louis, Michigan, Washington D.C., Florida, Tennessee, Istanbul and Ankara. He has taught studio art classes at University of Iowa, University of South Florida, University of Tampa, Florida Institute of Technology and Eastern Florida State College.

    Serhat is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor and recipient of The Grant Wood Fellowship in Printmaking at University of Iowa.

    Artist Statement

    “As an artist, my intention in artistic production is to use my daily life experience in satirical and ironical reconstructions often by adding the nostalgia element. The reconstructed (art) product then intends to create a visual dialogue between itself and its viewer. When I first came to America in 2012 the majority of my works were based on my Turkish experiences. Frankly in my studio practices I never directly aimed to work with Turkish social, political, cultural structure when I was living in Turkey. Especially since 2011 I have been seeking for different; poetical and innovative strategies to form a (more universal) dialogue between the art work and the audience even if the subject is specifically the other, or the Orient.”
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    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 by popular culture. The popular idea of the “melting pot” was recognized as an uneasy accommodation rather than a social order without conflict. In hindsight, Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton aren’t seen as being modern, but they were of their time and remarkably progressive. Pablo Picasso and Jackson Pollock are still regarded as quintessentially “modern’, and yet are as rooted in tradition as any other artist even as he broke all the rules handed down.

  • 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 a group of engineering students who picked up guitars, Andean flutes and maracas and realized that making music was more fun than continuing their studies! They became part of a folk music revival called nueva cancion or “new song” supporting a widespread populist political movement and the leftist leadership of Salvador Allende.

    They were touring in Europe in 1973 when Allende was ousted from power in a military coup which brought to power Augusto Pinochet. After learning that a prominent nuevo concion musician, Victor Jara, had been assassinated, the band did not return home to Chile. Thus began what is sometimes called “the longest band tour in history,” extending to 1988, when the political situation again changed, and they were able to perform in their home country.

    The group made its home base in Italy, and toured all five continents from there, absorbing musical influences and adding instruments over the years.

    After more than four decades, most of the musicians are different, but their roots in traditional Latin American culture are still evident in their repertoire and their use of traditional instruments.

    The group’s appearance in Maquoketa was arranged through the University of Iowa’s Hancher Auditorium, by means of a grant from the Iowa Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Local sponsors include the Maquoketa Sentinel-Press and the Maquoketa Art Experience.

    Suggested Donation: $5.oo | Proceeds go to Club hOpe to help with all the volunteer work they do!

    Reception: Monday, May 11 at Maquoketa Art Experience | 5pm

    Press Comments:
    The iconic Chilean group wowed the audience! MORNING CALL (Easton, PA)

    Few Latin American acts can rival this Chilean group in terms of the sheer beauty of sound. Much like a Zen affirmation, Inti‐ Illimani’s music floats within your soul, filling it with calmness and hope. THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

    An Inti‐ Illimani concert is a wild ride through Latin music, a whirlwind of Andean folk tunes, tangos from Argentina, Brazilian sambas, and throbbing, sobbing love songs from Mexico. All the players displayed relentless virtuosity in a concert that was pure exhilaration to the very end. THE WASHINGTON POST

    Additional information about this musical group available at Inti-illimani’s website:

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    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 Iowa much success on Tuesday, May 5!

  • 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 teaching and community engagement programs throughout his career. During his time at Peabody, Timothy was actively involved in several outreach organizations for students in underserved communities, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids and the Greater Baltimore Youth Symphony’s Bridges after school programs as a lead violin teacher. He was also on the TWIGS violin faculty at the Baltimore School for the Arts. In the summer of 2012, Timothy traveled to Acarigua Venezuela to teach and perform in one of their country’s El Sistema education sites. He was also one of two violinists from the United States asked to teach a special masterclass in Guanare, Venezula during that same summer.

    Mr. Hsu is currently finishing his doctoral studies with Katherine Wolfe as a teaching assistant at the University of Iowa. He enjoys teaching his non-major undergraduate violin students at the university and hopes to become a violin professor after graduation. He holds degrees from the University of Central Oklahoma and the Peabody Conservatory. His former teachers include Dr. Hong Zhu and Violaine Melancon of the Peabody Trio.

    Neher, Lisa R J, vocalist

    Mezzo-soprano Lisa Neher brings dramatic specificity and committed physicality to operatic, concert, and song repertoire. Trained as a stage actress, she is equally comfortable in the worlds of opera and spoken theatre. A composer and passionate advocate for contemporary music, she frequently premieres new works as well as established masterworks of the last fifty years. Recent engagements include Alto Soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Central Iowa Symphony and the Grinnell Oratorio Society, Mozart’s Requiem with the University of Iowa Choirs & Orchestra, a staged performance of Augusta Read Thomas’s Sun-Songs: Three Micro-Operas with the Center for New Music, and the role of Jennifer in the premiere of the chamber opera One Thousand White Paper Cranes for Japan with the Singaporean ensemble Chamber Sounds. She appeared as Mrs. Malaprop in The Rivals with the Martha-Ellen Tye Opera Theatre this April. Lisa is a Teaching Artist at Coe College and was a 2014 Young Artist with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre. She is the creator of the One Voice Project, which promotes the composition of new works for unaccompanied solo voice through a call for scores initiative. Lisa is a student of Susan McBerry, Julia Broxholm, and Katherine Eberle, and is pursuing her doctorate in voice at the University of Iowa under the tutelage of Stephen Swanson. For more information, visit

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    Saturday, April 25, 2015

    Demonstration of various print making techniques

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    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, relax, and listen.

    The first reading will be held at the Maquoketa Art Experience on Wednesday, April 22 from 12:00-1:00pm. Since April 19 – 25th is National Cowboy Poetry Week, poems should relate somehow to a Western or cowboy theme and some authentic “cowboy food”.

    The second reading will be held at 12:00-1:00pm on April 29th. Themes for this week’s poem will center on nature and conservation in honor of Earth Day and Soil & Water Stewardship Week.

    The Academy of American Poets founded National Poetry Month in April 1996. The celebration is meant to encourage the reading and writing of poems, increase the publications and distribution of poetry books, and highlight the legacy and achievements of American poets.

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    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
    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!

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    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, Michelangelo and Raphael owed as much to the Greeks and Romans as it did to the Vatican as these artistic titans laid the groundwork that artists still rediscover to this day.

  • Saturday, February 28, 2015

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

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    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 values and beliefs through their arts.

  • Sunday, February 15, 2015

    Images of America’s Heartland Exhibit by Tom Christopher
    Come and welcome Tom back to the Maquoketa Art Experience

  • 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, popular and original music which is propelled by a unique blend of instruments: Guitar, mandolin, auto harp, flute, harmonica, fiddle, and a base. Four part harmony blends the voices of this group into a pleasant listening experience for all.

    Come * Listen * Enjoy
    Suggested Donations: Adults $10 Students (K-12th) $5

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    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!

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    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, Berio as well as some Christmas carols.

    Awesome, talented, inspiring and enjoyable are some of the many comments the audience used to describe Duo Rosa ‘s previous performance at the Maquoketa Art Experience.

    You won’t want to miss this performance!
    Tickets Available At The Door:
    Adults – $10.00 Students (18 and under) – $5.00
    (Snow Date | Thursday, January 8, 2015 | 6:00pm)

  • 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.

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    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 this exciting musical performance!

    Under the aegis of Dr. Oleg Timofeyev, the Russian Guitar Quartet debuted at the International Annual Russian Guitar Festival in 2007. It featured new arrangements for four Russian seven-string guitars of great works of the composers Cesar Cui, Alexander Borodin, Modest Mussorgsky, and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (of the “Mighty Five”). This debut marked the beginning of virtuoso chamber performance of the rich Russian guitar tradition, which had been submerged following the introduction of the Spanish guitar to the USSR by Andrés Segovia in the1920s.

    The seven-string Russian guitar is tuned in G and had a separate existence from the Spanish tradition, dating to at least the late 18th century. It developed not only with Russian music, but also Roma, Jewish, Georgian and other traditions within the Russian Empire.

    Tickets available at the door: Adults: $15 Children: $5

  • 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.

  • 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 in and outside the Quad Cities.

  • 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 stress and lead to increased focus and productivity.

  • 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 !

  • 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 outside the Quad Cities.
    Come and enjoy meeting this talented artist.

  • 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 a wonderful learning experience for students kindergarten through 12th grades. These programs are offered at no cost. The website is: .

    IMA Docents and instructors lead interactive presentations of original works of art from around the globe. With funding from the University of Iowa Museum of Art Education Partners, the UIMA education department purchased these works of art for use in K-12 programing.
    The UIMA currently offers six collections.
    Please click on each link below to learn more about the different collections and view a sample of works included in each collection.

    African Art
    American Indian & First Peoples Art
    Art of India: Folk Art
    Art of India: Hindu Icons
    Gee’s Bend Quilts
    Graphic Novel & Comic Art

    Students are able to closely examine and handle many of the artworks. A presentation usually lasts 50 minutes.
    The public is also invited to attend this educational experience

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

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    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 as they do “plein air” painting at various Maquoketa sites. Bring your canvas, paints and easel to paint along side of these accomplished artists!

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    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, Bartok and Dowland and some popular favorites.

    Look no further for an evening summer getaway that fits in every budget!

    Elizabeth Oakes, violist, is an active chamber musician, teacher and performer and is currently the Coordinator of the University of Iowa String Quartet Residency Program at the University of Iowa. For twenty-two years, Ms. Oakes served as the violist of the Maia Quartet and as a member of the Quartet, she performed throughout the United States, Asia, Canada, and Europe and concertized in major venues including Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, the 92nd Street Y and Washington DC’s Kennedy Center. Her collaborations with other artists included Maia Quartet performances with Daniel Avshalomov, Joel Krosnick, Helen Callus, Andre Michel Schuub and Robert Kapilow. Ms. Oakes has taught at numerous summer festivals including the Interlochen Advanced String Quartet Program, The Great Wall International Music Academy in Beijing, China and the Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

    Ms. Oakes is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory where she received a Bachelor of Music degree in viola performance as a student of Jeffrey Irvine. She continued with a Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music with Heidi Castleman and a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Conservatory of Music with Paul Coletti. At the Juilliard School, she served as a teaching assistant to Sam Rhodes of the Juilliard Quartet.

    Nathalie Cruden received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from the Eastman School of Music. While there, she was a student of John Graham and studied chamber music with the Cleveland Quartet. She has also studied with William Preucil, Heidi Castleman, Atar Arad, and Mark Jackobs. She has participated in the Aspen Music Festival, the Heidelberg Schloss-Festpiele, the Quartet Program, and Piccolo Spoleto.

    Nathalie was the Principal Violist of both the Cedar Rapids Symphony and the Cedar Rapids Opera from 2001 to 2007. During that time she was also an adjunct faculty member at Grinnell College.

    More recently, Nathalie has been a guest artist with the Hill House Chamber Players, the Musical Offering, The Maia Quartet, and the Lyra Baroque Orchestra. Currently, Nathalie plays with the Des Moines Symphony and teaches privately. She is also an occasional substitute with the Minnesota Orchestra and the Omaha Symphony. Nathalie is a native of Iowa City where her musical life began at the Preucil School of Music.

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    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 donations to cover performance costs will be accepted. A social time will follow the performance.

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    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 Ohnward Fine Arts Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. This new musical, written and created by Dorothy Marcic, tells the journey of women using Top-40 music from songs like “Someone to Watch Over Me” to “I Will Survive.”

    Marcic combines excerpts of more than 60 songs with women’s own stories about finding dreams, lost love, relationship issues, entering the workforce, gaining independence, and more. From the codependence of “I Will Follow Him,” to the anger of “These Boots are Made for Walking,” to the cynicism of “What’s Love Got to Do with it,” and finally to the strength of “Hero,” this show is more than just a story worth telling, it’s a must-see and must-hear production! Learn more at:

    The Department of Theatre Arts is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The mission of the University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts, like that of the University as a whole, is to disseminate, develop and preserve knowledge. We understand “knowledge” to include the ability to understand and appreciate the theatre arts, and the vision and skill to create new works of art, which enhance the human condition. For more information on upcoming productions, please visit us online at or You can also follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook!

    This production is sponsored by the Maquoketa Art Experience and Maquoketa State Bank

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    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 Smithsonian recording artists).

    Artist Biographies:

    The Everharts have been performing old-time and traditional country acoustic music in the “Oh Brother Where Art Thou” style for 20 years of their married life. Bob has celebrated his 50th year in music. He is proficient on his Martin 12-string guitar, French-harp, lead vocals, as well as country style humor and anecdotal storytelling. Sheila plays the upright acoustic doghouse bass, fiddle, and clog dances in the style of her Ozark Mountain ancestors. The couple has one daughter, Bobbie Lhea, born October 3, 1996. They make their summer home in the rural village of Anita, Iowa, where they own the Pioneer Music Museum and have a winter home in Veracruz, Mexico. (However, most winters are spent on tour.) They have devoted their lives to the preservation and performance of America’s rural country music. In their words….”the real deal when it comes to an authentic musical genre.”

    The Everharts have conducted a huge number of concerts all built around the historical aspect of America’s early music on the frontier – music of the settlers and homesteaders of the Great Plains and prairie. The Smithsonian calls their concert a “Traveling Museum of Music.” Their songs and the manner in which they play them reflect the true American innovative method of oral tradition, with their own creativity blended in. These Smithsonian Institution recording artists have become one of the most “in-demand” acts of this nature in the upper Midwest and have received tremendous accolades and honors from their peers as well as international fans. They are listed with the John F. Kennedy Performance Arts Center for special Diplomatic Corp. presentations as well as Governmental programs. They record for the prestigious Smithsonian Institution, located in Washington DC, with six successful projects released on the Smithsonian-Folkways label. One of those, “Time After Time,” was a Grammy nomination. Bob worked closely with and became a lifelong friend of Moses Asch, the founder of Folkways Records in New York City. He also befriended Marjorie Guthrie, widow of Woody Guthrie, who became a fan after attending Everhart’s old-time music festival. She gave Bob an old guitar her husband Woody once played, now on display in their Pioneer Music Museum. Bob and Sheila recorded an additional six successful CDs for Prairie Music Records, with re-releases on Condor Records in Canada, and numerous labels in Europe. The Everharts have performed their one-of-a-kind show around the world, from China to the North Pole (Bob was on an Arctic-Dewline Replenishment Expedition). Bob also served as the radio station manager of KJNO radio in Juneau, Alaska, for three years. He produced, hosted, and performed on the PBS national television show “Old Time Country Music,” for seven years. He produced and performed on a syndicated radio show called “The Old Time Music Hour” to a large group of radio stations in Iowa and also produced and performed on “Bus Stop” a locally produced television show taped in an old-time cafe featuring old-time acoustic music. Attend their concert, enjoy yourself, and find unique, rare entertainment that can only come from the “real” country. You won’t be sorry!

    For more information about the show, performers, awards, etc., please visit

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    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 of Arts degree in English and a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance. She is currently pursuing her DMA at the University of Iowa, studying with Katie Wolfe. Kelsey has participated in summer musical festivals in the US and France.

    Tim Cuffman is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Iowa as a student of Scott Conklin. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance from the University of Akron, where he studied with Alan Bodman. As a student of Stephen Miahky, Tim earned masters degrees in Violin Performance and Upper String Pedagogy from Ohio University.

    Megan Gray is currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts in Viola Performance and Pedagogy at The University of Iowa where she is the teaching assistant under Christine Rutledge. Megan also holds a Masters of Music from the University of Iowa and a Bachelor of Music from Virginia Commonwealth University where she graduated with academic honors under the guidance of Dr. Alice Lindsay. Her methods involve combining the interdisciplinary world of music, cognitive science, and neurology.

  • 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 bring this wonderful event to Maquoketa!

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    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 Maquoketa Area Chamber of Commerce .
    Hors D’oeurves provided by Black Hills Energy and Beverages courtesy of B & C Liquor.

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    Tuesday, May 6, 2014


    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 Give Day, Northeast Iowa’s first online giving day, on Tuesday, May 6. The 24-hour online fundraising day is an opportunity to celebrate and support local nonprofits while helping them to attract new donors and build online fundraising capabilities for long-term success.

    To give, visit on Tuesday, May 6 and make a donation of $10 or more to your favorite nonprofits anytime between midnight and 11:59 p.m. Your gift will go further thanks to local sponsors who are generously funding prize hours for nonprofits; grand prizes will also be awarded to nonprofits that raise the most dollars or receive the most donations. (The prize schedule is available at Organizations will also earn a percentage of national matching funds from Give Local America, a national partnership celebrating the 100th anniversary of community foundations.

    All Great Give Day donations must be made online by debit or credit card at
    Computors will be available as well as people to assist you at the Maquoekta Art Experience.

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    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)
    124 S. Main St., Maquoketa, IA 52060

    MAE features diverse exhibits by regional and nationally known artists, local artists and school age students.
    Maquoketa Art Experience also hosts art workshops for children and adults, musical events, lectures and various cultural events.

    **Old City Hall Art Gallery – Rose Frantzen & Charles Morris
    121 South Olive St., Maquoketa, IA 52060

    Old City Hall Art Gallery features the oil paintings by Master Artist Rose Frantzen of Maquoketa. 180 oil paintings by the artist of Maquoketa residents called Portrait of Maquoketa were exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian in Washington DC in 2009-2010.
    Artwork by Charles Morris, and pottery by Sylvia March, NY are on display in the gallery. For all art locations, maps and driving directions visit

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    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 the Rhode Island School of Design (2000). In 2009 she earned her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and then moved to Tallinn, Estonia as a Fulbright Fellow and Visiting Artist at the EAA. Kristina’s work examines systems of logic that we as both groups and individuals use to enforce perceptions of structure. Through a multidisciplinary approach, she creates images, environments, and situations that teeter between reality and illusion. These hybrid spatial conversations elaborate on the constructions that allow us to interact with and gain control over our surroundings. Example systems, such as language, architecture, beliefs, and maps, serve as guides to expose the anatomy of human comprehension. Printmaking figures heavily into her practice for its ability for repetition, reinterpretation, and the layering of information. Paabus has exhibited her work in Chicago, Boston, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Rosendale, Providence, Reykjavik, Miami, Berlin, and Tallinn. Recent residencies include: ACRE (WI), Ox-Bow (MI), Women’s Studio Workshop (NY), Lill Street (IL), Culture Factory Polymer (Estonia), Samband Íslenskra Myndlistarmanna (Iceland), and Zidul De Hardie-Artfest (Romania). Prior to coming to The University of Iowa she was an Instructor and Graduate Coordinator in the Department of Printmedia at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

  • 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, via Skype, in the Drewelow Gallery at the Studio Arts Building in Iowa City, as part of ArtsFest 2014, hosted by the University.

    Please join us for this unique opportunity!

    There is NO COST for this event.
    Contact the Maquoketa Art Experience by April 30th to register:
    Phone: 563-652-9925
    Location: 124 S. Main St.

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    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 by generations of African-American women who create harmonies of design and composition out of found materials. The works that were once an everyday thing, made for use in the home, have become acknowledged as works of art. Raising questions about whether these works are art or craft and the difference between the two categories, is an ongoing dialogue in the art world; whether the Gee’s Bend Quilts are art or craft, they reflect an integral story that is uniquely American. The context of the talk about the Gee’s Bend Quilts will include a comparison of the works of Elizabeth Catlett, using works from the University of Iowa Museum of Art Legacies for Iowa exhibition, I Am: Prints by Elizabeth Catlett.


    Fisher received his Bachelor of Science in Art Education, with K-12 Life Teaching Certification, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting, from the University of Missouri-Columbia. After teaching in the public schools for six years, Fisher attended Arizona State University as a candidate in the M.F.A. program. More significantly, during this time, he served as a coordinator/instructor for a collaborative program for “at risk” children, sponsored by Tempe Social Services and the Tempe, Kyrene and Mesa School Districts. After completing his Masters of Fine Arts degree at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Fisher served as Museum Educator at the University of Missouri-Columbia Museum of Art and Archaeology and served on the faculty of the School of Fine Arts. He currently is Curator of Education at the University of Iowa Museum of Art.

    “I have been to the Maquoketa Art Experience several times over the last few years and have done many presentations on a variety of topics. I am always thankful for the kindness and generosity of the staff, and I look forward to my visits to MAE.”
    Sponsored by UIMA Education Partners, Scheel’s, and US Bank

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    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.


    Spending much of his time on the back roads between Iowa and Nashville,
    this compelling artist is kicking up dirt in the Americana/Folk/Roots scene
    with music that ranges from dirt funk to intimate.

    • Songs featured on Fox, Lifetime, and Travel Channels
    • Appearances on NBC, PBS and NPR affiliates
    • His song, Walk Away Clean is on soundtrack of
    Lifetime docu-series “Chasing Nashville”
    • 1st Place and Semifinalist in the prestigious
    International Song Competition
    • Regular performer at The Bluebird Café as seen on ABC
    TV’s “Nashville”
    • First release, Non-Fiction, features critically acclaimed
    guest artists, Mary Gauthier + Buddy Mondlock
    • Non-Fiction played on over 80 Americana/Folk radio
    stations across America; #1 on Reverbation’s Folk/
    locally and #42 on the AMA “Roots 66″ chart nationally
    • Opened for Justin Townes Earle, Kelly Willis + Bruce
    Robison, and five time WC Handy Award winner, Rory
    • Lifetime member Nashville Songwriter Assoc, Int.
    NSAI Adopt-A-Shop Pro, Folk Alliance, AMA, NARAS
    • Numerous indie cuts by artists nationwide to include
    major-indie Rissi Palmer, Chad Williams Band, Roxie
    • Donates to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Boys Town and
    other worthy causes
    • Releasing new album “One House” produced by
    Blue Miller (Bob Seger) w/ guest appearances by Mary
    Gauthier, Joe Robinson, and India Arie singer Chantae

    Smith digs deep for the truth. His lyrics are poetic. And his delivery is honest and compelling.
    His music is “ a much-needed release from the commercial candy that clogs our radios and record stores. ” –Mike Willis/Artist:ASCAP Recipient: Leon Bretler Award

    For more information please visit:

  • 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.

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    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: Nate Kilburg, Laura Osterhaus, Jake Hopson, Ethan Kilburg, Sarah Lichter and more.MAE will provide refreshments, fun props, stage lighting, and sound. A place to be yourself with your talents, laughter and friends.

  • 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.

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    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.

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    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 served and a good time was had by all!

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    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, but it wasn’t until college that he became interested in the classical guitar. He studied the more familiar “Spanish” guitar with several teachers before becoming interested in the Russian seven-string guitar through the influence of Oleg and his internationally-known IARGUS festivals (International Annual Russian Guitar Festival and Seminar) held each year in Iowa City. Dan studied the instrument with Oleg Timofeyev and other masters of the instrument from all over the world at these events for several years. Eventually he began performing and recording with Oleg.

    Dan formerly taught classical and finger-style guitar at Grinnell College and Cornell College and has led recreational guitar classes with the Dubuque Art Center. When not playing with Oleg, Dan is involved with various other groups, including the rockabilly band Fast Clydes; an acoustic duo with his wife Cindy; Aisling, a traditional Irish ensemble; and Maquoketa’s own Black Velvet Band!

    Dan presently lives in Dubuque, IA with his wife Cindy where he is the founder and principal instructor of the Dubuque Guitar School.
    Oleg Timofeyev holds an M.A. in Early Music Performance from the University of Southern California (1993) and a Ph.D. in Performance Practice from Duke University (1999). Since the mid-1990s, he dedicates most of his energy to the revival of the Russian seven-string guitar, a unique instrument all-but-forgotten even in Russia. He recorded more than a dozen CDs with this repertoire, regularly tours the USA and Europe, and organizes the IARGUS festival, which takes place in Iowa and is solely dedicated to the Russian Guitar.

    Dan and Oleg also play with the Russian Guitar Quartet, which recently toured in Europe.

  • Saturday, November 16, 2013

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

  • 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 more than 400 artists. MAE was a stop on this fun drive as well as the Old City Hall Art Gallery.

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    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 members were not convinced. Was it suicide — or was it murder? Based on actual events, Seeking Signs is the story of a young girl searching for answers in the wake of a family tragedy. The signs she finds ultimately change the path of her life forever. Staci gave a short presentation on the project, a reading, a question and answer session, and a book signing.

    From the Prologue: I became a private investigator the day my sister died. Never mind that I was only a girl of 13 and she was 32. Thirteen and a girl is just as good as anything else. All you need is common sense, the ability to observe things, and some sneak in you. To tell you the truth, my age and the fact that I was a girl helped me blend in and appear harmless to the one who killed her. At least for a while, anyway. Things did go badly in the end.

    Author Biography:

    Staci Mercado is the mother of four boys, a wife, a late bloomer, a delayed gratification artist, an obsessive-compulsive flare–up survivor, a small scale chicken farmer, a garden dirt junkie, a teacher, a voracious reader, a story collector, and a teller of tales. More of her stories can be viewed at

  • 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.

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    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.

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    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 the new and used artwork at a very reasonable price.

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    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!

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    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.

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    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 also entertainment and many fun, family-friendly activities throughout this two-day event.

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    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 various songs including pieces by Haydn, Vivaldi, and Dvorak. The four musicians are all members of the St. Ambrose Community Symphony Orchestra in Davenport, Iowa.
    During intermission, we served punch, wine, champagne punch, and desserts.

  • 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. MAE provided snacks and beverages for visitors to enjoy while watching the demo.

  • 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, which took place June 21-22.

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    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.

  • 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 sculpts mostly in wood and stone but has also completed several large bronze pieces. He also enjoys working with other media: sand, snow, ice, clay, and computer modeling. He is essentially self-taught, but his training has included work with a number of experienced artists here and abroad. Neil lives in Toronto with his partner, Kathryn, and their three children.

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    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.

  • 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.

  • 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 all ages dropped in to let their voices be heard and weigh in on the future of Maquoketa.

  • 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. Their pieces included wooden sculptures, pastel and watercolor paintings, calligraphy, and mixed media. All three artists provided demonstrations during the reception.

  • 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 creative individuals and groups that have initiated low-cost, low-risk, high-benefit projects using few tax dollars, a moderate amount of political persuasion, and a lot of creativity. Sandra discussed the “Business of Art” and focused on five primary actions that Maquoketans must have the “will” to act on in order to see our small town arts community come to fruition:
    We will work to ensure a “critical core” district
    We will work to create a sense of place
    We will work to brand our community
    We will work to offer unique shopping
    We will work to provide enriching experiences
    The speakers worked to prime our minds, and then stood back and watched the audience’s ideas flow.
    The Hudsons retired to Iowa City in 1998 after living 24 years in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Since retiring to Iowa, they have been writers and volunteer advocates for the arts.
    The Hudsons co-founded the Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance and its website. They served two terms on the Iowa Arts Council. John was appointed by Governor Vilsack, and Sandra was appointed by the Director of Cultural Affairs, Anita Walker. While on the Arts Council, they served on grant review panels, made site visits to numerous communities, and were on the design team for Iowa Great Places.
    Prior to retirement, John was a Sociological Theorist and Practitioner. He served as a faculty member at Cornell University and Harvard and also worked in government and business. Sandra was an Education Innovator, also serving Cornell and other schools in the US and Canada as well as businesses and non-profits.

  • 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.

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    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.

  • 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.”

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    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 and sound equipment, courtesy of the Dubuque Racing Association.

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    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.

  • 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 holiday event.

  • 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.

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    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 African Art. Through these programs, students viewed and handled art while also learning about art history and diverse cultures. MAE was pleased to offer this opportunity to area students again.

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    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 the Maquoketa Chamber of Commerce, was followed by a question-and-answer period and refreshments. Speakers included Adrienne D’Agostino of D’Agostino Family Dentistry, Jason True of True Restaurant by Chef Jason, Joy Yoder of Ragababe cloth diapers, and Dena Donatsch of Healing Arts Therapeutic Massage.
    Photograph taken by the Maquoketa Chamber of Commerce during their September Lunch & Learn session, which featured the entrepreneurs.

  • 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.

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    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.

  • 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.

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    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 the new and used artwork at a very reasonable price.
    All proceeds went to Maquoketa Art Experience to help prepare our space to host more exhibits from area artists and the University of Iowa. Funds help us to continue to provide a large variety of art experiences for all ages.

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    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 art vendors. Many visitors stopped by to learn more about us. There was also entertainment and many fun, family-friendly activities throughout this three-day event. For more information, visit Bellevue Arts Council.

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    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 a nominal fee.

  • 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.

  • 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 different countries. Chuck Morris, one of our affiliated artists, also displayed his work, Drawing in Cafés.

  • Saturday, May 12, 2012

    Participants enjoyed chalking the block in downtown Maquoketa!

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    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.

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    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, and African Art. Through these programs, students saw and handled art while also learning about art history and diverse cultures. MAE was delighted to host this event in partnership with the University of Iowa and Maquoketa Community Schools.
    Images from left:
    *Mende Peoples Sande Mask, 8 x 33 inches from UIMA School Programs African Art Collection; photo taken at the Kalona Public Library in 2011
    **Tales from the Farm, page 41 by Jeff Lemire (Canadian, b. 1976); Top Shelf, 2007 (Later in The Collected Essex County, Top Shelf, 2009); Pencil, ink on Bristol Board, 15 x 22 inches
    ***Shaman’s Mask by Janice Morin (Canada; Salish/Cree, b. 1952); red alder (wood) acrylic paint, natural fibers, 6 ½ x 10 inches

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    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

  • Thursday, May 3, 2012

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

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    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!

  • 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 throughout his presentation. The audience and Dale interacted through a question-response format, and the audience expressed a strong interest in UI’s artifacts and their steps in partnering with MAE.
    Maquoketa students engaged in the UIMA School Programs during this same week (April 30-May 7) at Maquoketa Art Experience. The school programs, as well as this event, were open to the public so that we could all learn more about art, history, and culture and UI’s mission to foster education in these areas.

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    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.

  • 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.

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    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.
    David sculpts both in marble and in bronze. He personally selects his marble from the same quarries in Pietrasanta, Italy that Michelangelo selected his marble. Throughout his dynamic, engaging presentation, David shared how he selects the marble, decides what the piece will become, how the marble is shipped through the Panama Canal and on to San Francisco, and other stages of his marble and bronze sculpting processes. He also showed images of some of his sculptures and his studios in Lake Tahoe and Italy. To find out more about David and his art, visit

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    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 a permanent home for Frantzen’s 180 paintings of her townspeople, Portrait of Maquoketa, which was shown at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC from November 2009 to July 2010.
    This informative, art-filled day allowed the audience to watch Rose at work, sharing stories, discussing her painting process, and responding to questions from the audience. The event also featured a wine tasting by Tabor Home Winery, wonderful hors d’ouevres, and our current portrait show with wood sculpture portraits by Fred Cogelow and Rick Harney, alla prima oil portraits by Rose Frantzen, and mixed media portraits by Chuck Morris and by Heidi Draley McFall.

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    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 a permanent home for Frantzen’s 180 paintings of her townspeople, Portrait of Maquoketa, which was shown at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC from November 2009 to July 2010.
    This informative, art-filled day allowed the audience to watch Rose at work, sharing stories, discussing her painting process, and responding to questions from the audience. The event also featured a wine tasting by Tabor Home Winery, wonderful hors d’ouevres, and our current portrait show with wood sculpture portraits by Fred Cogelow and Rick Harney, alla prima oil portraits by Rose Frantzen, and mixed media portraits by Chuck Morris and by Heidi Draley McFall.

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    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 guitar performance.

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    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.

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    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 Creek Winery. Works on paper from MAE’s weekly drawing session were available for purchase. Red Henton provided musical entertainment.

  • 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 by artists including Rose Frantzen and Charles Morris. Brush Creek Winery provided a wine tasting at The Drawing Room, 103 S. Main St., where works on paper from MAE’s weekly drawing session were available for purchase. The Thomas Metcalf Studio at 106 S. Main, and The Charles Morris Studio at 103 E. Platt St. were open and featured exquisite drawings and paintings by each artist. Frantzen’s acclaimed oil paintings were seen at Old City Hall Gallery, 121 S. Olive. Throughout the evening, the artists were present to discuss their works with visitors. Musical entertainment was provided by Scott Dalziel at The Drawing Room.

  • 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. The whole process was videotaped intermittently to capture the painting coming to life. Raffle tickets were sold for the finished painting and a DVD of the video. The winner was Heather Rickertsen.

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    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 an opportunity to meet and observe established and MAE’s affiliated artists in a drawing session.
    Drawings by artists Rose Frantzen, Chuck Morris, and Thomas Metcalf were sold, and an auction was held for a live drawing session. The highest bidder in the auction, Angela McColley, became the model and received the drawings that Frantzen, Morris, Metcalf, and Nikko Francois drew from 7 to 8pm.