Arts Calendar

Premier Bank and Dubuque Area Arts Collective have teamed up to bring all of the tri-states' premier arts events to you in 365ink and online at Whether it's fine visual arts, staged theater or symphonic music, you'll find it in this list so you can plan your season around the arts in Dubuque and the tri-states. If something is missing from this list, please send it to!

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Dubuque Symphony Youth Ensembles Auditions

May 26-28 @ 4-7 PM
Dubuque Senior High School

As an educational component of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, the Dubuque Symphony Youth Ensembles (DSYE) is the premier orchestral training program for youth in the tri-state area. Its mission is to supplement and enhance music education in the schools and to promote the highest standards of musical excellence via weekly rehearsals and regularly scheduled public performances.

Rehearsals are held on Sunday evenings throughout the school year starting in Fall 2015. All of the ensembles are tuition based programs; however, financial assistance is available on an as-needed basis. No student will be denied membership in the ensembles due to financial concerns.

During the 2015-2016 season, students will have an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with world-renowned violinist Midori! Over a five day period in May 2016, Midori will participate in a wide variety of activities tailored to optimize local involvement with the Dubuque Symphony Youth Ensembles.

Jewelry is Fun Sale

Thursday, May 28 @ 9 AM–5 PM
Friday, May 29 @ 7am-2pm  
Finley Hospital Auditorium

UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital is hosting a Jewelry is Fun sale. Find great savings on Jewelry and accessories with everything priced at $5.99. Everyone is invited to shop Thursday, May 28 from 9 AM–5 PM and Friday, May 29 from 7 AM–2 PM in the Finley Hospital Auditorium located on the 1st floor, next to the Cafeteria.

Glass Garden Stake Workshop

Thursday, May 28 @ 6-8 PM
Studio Works (900 Jackson St.)

Glass Artist Barb McKinlay will help you make three 5”-8” fused glass garden stakes - 12” or 18”. These are great inside or out! Make flowers, butterflies, angels, bees in many colors or your own abstract design. You will have many glass pieces, colors and millefiori to work with and the opportunity to cut little pieces of glass to create a one of a kind creation.

If you don’t need garden stakes, you can make sun catchers with a suction cup hook to hang in your windows. Cost of $60.00 includes all materials, wine will be served. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! Please email Barb to register and for more information: NOTE: Pre-registration is required to hold your spot.

Audible Art Show

Thursday, May 28 @ 7–9 PM
Galena Center For The Arts (219 Summit St., Galena, IL)

Join us for an evening of fantastic local entertainment hosted by Lenny Wayne Hosey and L.A Suess

Tri-State Wind Symphony 21st Season Concerts

Thursdays: May 28–July 23 @ 7:30 PM
Eagle Point Park Band Shell

Pack up a picnic and your lawn chairs and bring the family to the Eagle Point Park Band Shell for the 21st season of Tri-State Wind Symphony Concerts! For more information, visit

  • May 28: TSWS concert at Eagle Point Park with Brian Hughes conducting
  • June 4: Dubuque Fiddlers – Ann Duchow
  • June 11: TSWS concert
  • June 18: Timber City Band from Maquoketa
  • June 25: TSWS:Star Spangled Spectacular with Legion Post #6
  • July 2: Dubuque Chorale –Bob Demaree
  • July 9: TSWS Concert
  • July 16: Big Band Express – Micki Marolf
  • July 23: TSWS concert, Season Favorite

4000 Miles

May 29-30 and June 5-6 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, May 31 @ 2 PM
Five Flags Bijou Room

After suffering a major loss while he was on a cross-country bike trip, 21 year-old Leo seeks solace from his feisty 91 year-old grandmother Vera in her West Village, NYC apartment. Over the course of a single month, these unlikely roommates infuriate, bewilder, and ultimately reach each other. 4000 MILES looks at how two outsiders find their way in today’s world. By Amy Herzog; Directed by Kay Kluseman. For more information, visit

Clarke University Summer Academies

Starting June 2
Clarke University

Clarke University is proud to host summer academies and camps for middle school and high school aged students. Our academies and camps will be hosted on the campus of Clarke University and will be directed by Clarke University faculty, staff, and skilled professionals in the computer science and music industries. For more information or to register, please visit

Culinary Boot Camp (Entering Grades 6-9)
June 2-5 @ 8 AM-Noon
Cost: $150 ($135 for Clarke Alumni, Faculty, and/or Staff)

This camp will teach the basics of food, flavor, cooking, and the value of learning how to "play with your food". Culinary boot camp attendees will also learn to bake bread and make homemade ice cream. Attendees will prepare a meal to serve to their parents and guests at the conclusion of the camp on June 5. The Culinary Boot Camp will be directed by Clarke University faculty and staff. Camp charge includes all meals (lunch each day), recipe book, t-shirt, and apron. 

Clarke Nursing Cadets (Entering Grades 6-9)
June 10-12 
Cost: $125 ($112 for Clarke Alumni, Faculty, and/or Staff)

If you like to help others, you should consider a career in the exciting world of nursing! At Clarke's first nursing academy, participants will be exposed to various nursing specialties and learn how a nurse provides basic everyday skills through a hands-on experience with a high fidelity simulator. Basic first aid skills will be taught and the academy will culminate with a tour at a local health care facility. The academy will be directed by Clarke University faculty. Academy charge includes meals, field trip related expenses, and t-shirt.

Food Science Academy (Entering Grades 10-12)
June 29-July 2
Cost: $450 residential participants; $325 non-resident participants. ($405/$292 for Clarke Alumni, Faculty, and/or Staff)

If you cook, you are a scientist! If you are a scientist, you can learn to cook! At Clarke's Food Science Academy, participants will learn how the worlds of food and science intertwine. Participants will explore new tastes and smells and how to pair them, and brave the extremes of heat (propane torches at 3000°F) and cold (liquid nitrogen at -300°F). The academy will be directed by Clarke University faculty and staff. Academy charge includes meals, overnight accommodations, field trip related expenses, a textbook, and an apron.

Computer Science Academy (Entering Grades 9-12)
June 29-July 2 
Cost: $325 residential participants; $200 non-resident participants. ($292/$180 for Clarke Alumni, Faculty, and/or Staff)

With recent advances in applications in social media, health care, manufacturing, gaming and automation, it is important that students learn about the issues involved with apps, security and management of mobile and streaming media, as well as the hardware interface. The summer academy will cover all the above areas while students actively engage in hands-on experiences to:Learn how to design and build their own apps; Learn how to build and program their own computer; Learn how to build augmented reality applications. The above skills are essential in many technology careers including software engineering, networking, virtual reality, game development and automation. Academy charge includes meals, overnight accommodations, and t-shirt.

Social Work Academy (Entering Grades 9-12)
June 29-July 2 
Cost: $325 residential participants; $200 non-resident participants. ($292/$180 for Clarke Alumni, Faculty, and/or Staff)

At Clarke's first social work academy, participants will learn about the social work profession, issues of social justice, and opportunities to get involved in the community. Participants will engage in daily service-learning experiences, which may include working with senior citizens, children, individuals with disabilities, and low-income communities. The academy will be directed by Clarke University faculty, staff, and students. Academy charge includes meals, overnight accommodations, field trip related expenses, and t-shirt.

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra String Camp (Entering Grades 7-9 or student musicians with min. 2 years ensemble experience)
June 23-28 @ 9 AM-3 PM

Are you a budding string player looking to sharpen your skills and explore your creativity? Look no further than the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra's immersive Summer String Camp! Guest-artist Diego Piedra Carvajal from Costa Rica will be returning to work and perform with students throughout the week, along with a fantastic faculty of DSO musicians. Students will receive one-on-one lessons, rehearse and perform in ensembles, attend group discussions geared to their musical interests, and much more! The camp will culminate with a performance at the DSO's Summer Melodies concert at the Dubuque Arboretum. Tuition Assistance is available, and all student who are a member of a DSYE ensemble are eligible for a 20% discount on tuition. Households with multiple students in attendance will also receive a discount on tuition (please contact the DSO office for more information.) A non-refundable deposit of $125.00 is due with registration. Tuition must be paid in full to the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra by the first day of camp. For additional information or to register for the camp, please contact the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra office at 563-557-1677 or online at

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Summer Chamber Music Camp (Entering Grades 10-12 or advanced 9th graders and graduated seniors welcome)
June 23-27 @ 12:30 PM-5 PM
Cost: $175 (includes a t-shirt and sheet music.)

The DSO is proud to present this new addition to its summer camp offerings! Geared toward high school string players who want to refine and broaden their musical skills, the Summer Chamber Music Camp gives students the opportunity to work closely with guest-artist Diego Piedra Carvajal, and a great faculty of DSO musicians. Students will receive one-on-one lessons, ensemble coachings, special topics classes and much more! The camp will culminate with a showcase performance featuring both camp students and faculty. Tuition Assistance is available, and all student who are a member of a DSYE ensemble are eligible for a 20% discount on tuition. Households with multiple students in attendance will also receive a discount on tuition (please contact the DSO office for more information.) A non-refundable deposit of $100.00 is due with registration. Tuition must be paid in full to the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra by the first day of camp. For additional information or to register for the camp, please contact the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra office at 563-557-1677 or online at

"The Pinhole Thing" Exhibit

June 3-June 28
Reception: June 7 @ 1-3 PM
Rountree Gallery Platteville (385 E Main St., Platteville, WI)

Photography by Cameron Gille. My true passion in photography has always been photographing the wonders of the natural world that we all are so closely intertwined with, but in our day to day life between work and home, rarely stop to appreciate. In my childhood days, before careers, bills and mortgages, I was always drawn to “the woods” behind our house on the farm exploring the Two Rivers in Northern Minnesota. My first roll of film I shot was with an antique Kodak Brownie walking the frozen snowy riverbed that ran through our backyard.

From that start, my career pursuits took me to the Colorado Institute of Art to earn a degree in photography and to my first newspaper job at the Greeley Tribune. From there I moved to Naples, Florida to work at the Naples Daily News where the Everglades sparked my inspiration to explore again. My first big project at the Naples Daily News was to canoe the “Wilderness Waterway” to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Everglades National Park. That 100 mile, eight day wilderness trip started what would become an infatuation with this remarkable place.

Many stories and trips after that one, I started a personal project I named “Waterscapes.” Inspired by the likes of Clyde Butcher and Jim Brandenburg. I worked tirelessly on my vacations and weekends from work at the paper to develop my own style of nature photography.

Meeting Nazan, who is now my wife, prompted me to move to Louisiana to start my own freelance business. Recently we moved to Madison, Wisconsin where I am re-focusing my attention on my nature photography.

As a photojournalist I’ve photographed countless subjects on 4 continents, everything from everyday life, professional sports, riots and weddings. But I feel I am coming full circle to that day my dad loaded a roll of film in his old Brownie and I trudged through the snow photographing the river behind our house. I’m back photographing the quiet places that renew the soul. It feels good.

Gallery hours are: Wednesday through Friday 12-4:30 PM, Saturday 10 am-4:30 PM, Sunday 12-4:30 PM.

“Personal Spaces” Reception with Kick Back Concert

Show: June 5-July 5
Reception: Friday, June 5 @ 5:30-8:30 PM
Gallery C

We pass through a multitude of spaces throughout our lifetime, while many hold little significance others rightfully stand out.  Personal Space investigates the designation of these more intimate spaces through series of photographs presented by Paul and Lindsay McCormick. The exhibit expands into three dimensions with the functional art pieces presented by artist Gary David. The Opening Reception of Personal Space provides the ideal opportunity to kick back and relax with the Kipperton String Quartet, some of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra’s finest musicians! This is a unique performance featuring an eclectic repertoire built to complement the art and is a perfect chance to enjoy classical music up close and broaden the art experience!

Multitasking and responsibility often blur the structure of work and play. The opportunity to shift the perspective of these entities from activity to state of mind creates balance; leisure renews and motivates, while work challenges and rewards. Lindsay McCormick’s series Break Rooms is a survey of leisure in communal workspaces. The photo series examines how personalization of utilitarian space and a sense of community can enable momentary departure from work.

As a way to designate personal significance in public spaces Paul McCormick revisits locations, which have stood out, within his memory in This is Where.  Through this ongoing series he revisits locations where significant moments have taken place throughout his life. While all of these locations have changed since the experiences he has had there he uses these spaces invite viewers to experience and interpret a visual representation of his recollections.

For Gary David, each piece evolves with thoughtful consideration allowing him the opportunity to make subtle changes if necessary. He has developed a unique design format by building in layers of continuous bands rather than in box shapes. Slicing the wood in every conceivable manner has gained him an immeasurable understanding of trees and the wood they provide.

David harvests from his 20 acre woodlot for the wood used to make this artful furniture. The tables function in a variety of ways depending on their height and length. There are generally three major components to every table created—the top slab, and two styles of legs. The top is a “natural edge” slab displaying the universal beauty of wood. Structural defects or cracks are embellished and repaired adding story and visual interest to the design. Some legs are carved and shaped in a manner to suggest action or movement, offering a tough of humor with their animalistic shape. Turned wooden legs charged with vivid color are the third component. The combination of natural wood and intense color is striking; a whimsical feast for the eyes.

Gallery C is pleased to have the artists present for the Opening Reception on Friday, June 5, 5:30 - 8:30pm.  All are invited and welcome to attend this exhibition, and to participate in the expanding art scene in the Millwork District. There is no charge and refreshments will be served. 

Gallery C, Carolyn M, is located in the Schmid Innovation Center at 900 Jackson Street in Dubuque, IA. Main entrance doors are on Jackson St near 10th Ave. Be a part of the gallery’s evolving exhibitions that create dialog, engage the community, and enrich the experience of the arts in Dubuque. 

Jammin’ for Jay

Saturday, June 6 @ Noon– 1 AM 
Maquoketa Fairgrounds (Maquoketa, IA)

As a local musician with The Big House Band as well as The Cosmobilly Band, Jay Olsen is well known for entertaining the Maquoketa community. Now battling head and neck cancer, the Jammin’ for Jay benefit is raising money to help support him through treatments. Come out to show your support while enjoying a day full of music! Food will be served from 12–3 PM and again from 5–8 PM with meals running $10 per plate. A Silent Auction will take place from 12–8 PM as well as a Live Auction starting at 6 PM. Other events include a bounce house, Celebrity Dunk Tank, 50/50 raffle, and a $200 door prize. There will also be $10 raffle tickets available for a chance to win a Gun and Kayak. Free will donations are also welcome. For more information, visit

Dancing with the Stars Dubuque

Saturday, June 6 @ 6 PM
Five Flags Theater and Promenade
Tickets: $51 (Ticket Price does not include possible convenience fees.)

10 local business celebrities dancing their heels off for their favorite local charity! This is the Chamber's 6th year and more than a quarter of a million dollars have been raised which stays in our local community! Pre-show reception will be held in Five Flags Arena Promenade at 6 PM, enter at Main Street.

Performance will begin in Theater at 7 PM. Pledge Sheet available at Dubuque Chamber's website. When mailing in a pledge (vote) for your favorite dancer please print the donation form from the web site, complete the form, circle your favorite dancer, and send a check made out to the charity of your choice or credit card number to the charity you have selected!

Dubuque Fine Arts Players One Act Auditions

June 7 and 8 @ 7:30–9:30 PM
Clarke University Jansen Music Hall

The Dubuque Fine Arts Players are performing winning plays from the 38th Annual National One-Act Playwriting Contest. Full scripts are available at the Carnegie-Stout Public Library Reference Desk (not available for check-out).
“The Other Half” by Gary Michael Kluger (LaCrescenta, CA) and directed by Lynda Mackie is a drama with some wonderful comedic moments in which three women come to grips with a woman they thought they knew. Seeking three women that can play 50’s or early 60’s and one 20–30’s woman.
“No Koch, Pepski” is by Ed Gross (Westwood, NJ) and directed by Carrie Pozdol is a clever satirical commentary on the current state of political campaign finance. Seeking three to five men ranging in age from 30–65.
“Live in a Minor Key” by David Finney (Chicago, IL) and directed by Dan Fairchild is a comedy about a widower trying to move on emotionally and physically. Seeking one man 60+, one woman 60+, one 20’s man, and two 20’s women.
If you wish to audition but are unavailable at the scheduled dates or for more information, contact Art Roche at 563-581-6521 or Visit for more information about us. n[end

Music in the Gardens

Sundays: June 7–August 30 @ 6:30 PM
Dubuque Arboretum

Music in the Gardens, a free summer concert series offers a wide variety of family-friendly music in the beautiful surroundings of Dubuque’s Arboretum. The free concert series begins at 6:30 PM and is sponsored by a variety of area businesses and organizations including the Dubuque Arts Council who hosts the June 14–July 26 performances. Bring lawn chairs or blankets and your own picnic and refreshments!

  • June 7: Jim Busta Band (Polka)
  • June 14: Denny Diamond & The Family Jewels
  • June 21: Hunter Fuerste’s American
  • Vintage Orchestra (Swing)
  • June 28: Dubuque Symphony Orchestra
  • July 5: Madison Brass Band
  • July 12: Coupe DeVille
  • July 19: Bob Dorr & The Blue Band
  • July 26: Kids from Wisconsin
  • Aug. 2: Orquesta de Jazz y Salsa Alto Maiz
  • Aug. 9: Johnson Strings (Instrumental)
  • Aug. 16: Ridge Rangers (Bluegrass)
  • Aug. 23: Derty Rice (Zydeco)
  • Aug. 30: Ralph Kluseman (Beatles Tribute)

    Introduction to Modern Haiku

    Tuesday, June 9 @ 6:30 PM 
    Galena Public Library (Galena, IL)

    Award winning Haiku poet Bill Pauly will present the form and function of modern Haiku with samples and host a discussion. Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry. The form has evolved over the centuries and the rules are routinely broken. However, Modern Haiku still embodies the philosophy that Haiku traditionalists hold dear—simplicity, intensity, and a directness of expression. This event has been organized by the Galena Women’s Poetry Guild and is hosted by the Galena Public Library. For more information please contact the Galena Public Library at 815-777-0200 or email the adult services librarian at

"Inspiring People Series"

Thursday, June 11 @ 7 PM
Inspire Café

The Inspiring People Series launches April 10 at Inspire Café. The series is a monthly event in which inspiring people speak from their hearts about what inspires and motivates them to share their gifts and contribute positively to the world. Each presenter shares personal stories about their struggles, insights, passions and breakthroughs that audience members will relate to and be touched by. The Inspiring People sessions are offered as informal and intimate exchanges for the open-hearted and curious. They’re like sitting in a living room and having a fantastic soul to soul conversation that leaves you moved, touched and inspired! Each presenter will speak for approximately 20-30 minutes and then will respond to audience questions and comments. The sessions are free. Visit for more information.

A professional clown (Jelly) for over 26 years, Jim Jelinske found inspiration from an unlikely source. Jim will take us on his journey of finding joy and laughter and challenge us to seek out the fun things that connect us all together. Live, love, laugh is so much more than just a plaque on the wall. Come share Jim’s vision of a world that is filled with love and laughter.

The Addams Family – A New Musical Comedy by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice and Andrew Lippa

June 11-13, 17, 19, and 20 @ 7:30 PM
June 14 and 21 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater
Tickets: $12

Based on the classic TV series, this brand new musical features an original story—and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family—a man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before: keep a secret from his beloved Morticia. Everything changes on the fateful night when they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents. The show features high school performers and technicians from throughout the area.

The Bell Tower Theater’s production of The Addams Family is supported in part by grants from the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs; the City of Dubuque; Theisen’s—Farm, Home, Auto; Dupaco Community Credit Union and the James B. and Melita A. McDonough Foundation.

The Addams Family is the third-annual Free Summer Musical Program: High School Edition and is directed by Sue Flogel. The Bell Tower Theater is located in Fountain Park at 2728 Asbury Road. Performances are June 11, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20 at 7:30 pm and June 14, 21 at 2 pm. Tickets for all performances are $12. For information and to purchase tickets call 563-588-3377 or visit us online at

Avenue Q

Thursday, June 11 & 12 @ 7 PM 
Eronel Art + Music Venue
The puppet-filled comedy follows a group of 20-something seeking their purpose in big-city life. Winner of the TONY "Triple Crown" for Best musical, Best Score and Best Book, Avenue Q is part flesh, part felt, and packed with heart

Meet the Author: David LaRochelle

Friday June 12, @ 10 AM & 2 PM
Carnegie-Stout Public Library
Former elementary school teacher David LaRochelle has either written or illustrated 25 books. His titles include Moo!, How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans, and The Best Pet of All. He is especially proud of It’s a Tiger, winner of the 2014 Bridge To Reading Picture Book Award for the state of Iowa. David lives in White Bear Lake, MN where he writes, draws and carves creative pumpkins when he is not at schools and libraries. The presentations are for all ages. Please register no more than one week in advance by calling 563-589-4225 x2228.

America's River Festival

June 12-13
Port of Dubuque

America’s River Corporation is excited to announce this year’s entertainment for America’s River Festival presented by American Trust & Savings Bank, held in the Port of Dubuque June 12-13, 2015. Friday night features up and coming country act, Dan + Shay (“19 You & Me” & “Show You Off”) with special guests Sam Hunt (“Leave the Night On” & “Take Your Time”), and Old Dominion (“Dirt on a Road” & “Shut Me Up”). Saturday night will rock the crowd with headliner Tommy James & the Shondells (“Mony Mony” & “Hanky Panky”) with special guests America (“A Horse with No Name” & “Tin Man”), and Grand Funk Railroad (“We’re an American Band” & “Some Kind of Wonderful”). Tickets go on sale Monday, February 2, 2015 at 8AM CST and will be available at or the Dubuque Iowa Welcome Center at 280 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa or by calling 563.845.7698 or 800.798.8844. For a complete schedule of events, visit!

Heartland Festival

June 12-July 15
University of Wisconsin-Platteville Center for the Arts

UW Platteville starts their Heartland Festival this June with performances of Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years. Performances of The Last Five Years will go throughout June until the festival starts Disney's Mary Poppins in July. Missoula Children's Theater will be taking the stage again this summer with a performance of Rapunzel on July 17th and 18th. Check out Heartland Festival's cite for more information and ticket prices:

Words We Know the Songs To: Paintings by Jaclyn Garlock

Show: June 12–October 4
Gallery Talk: Sunday, August 23 @ 1:30 PM
Dubuque Museum of Art

Words We Know the Songs To is a special exhibition of 11 paintings by Clear Lake, Iowa artist Jaclyn Garlock, including 9 recently completed paintings from her series Hang 10, recalling Moondoggie surfer lingo of the 50s and 60s, which depicts people in and about the historical Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake. Garlock’s larger than life paintings are dedicated to the many performers who played and people who attended shows at the Surf, making it the icon that it is today.

The Surf is most famous for the last concert played by Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, and Richie Valens in 1959 who died tragically in a plane crash following their performance. Beyond its infamous history, the Surf Ballroom and many other similar ballrooms across the Midwest were host to all the big name bands of the 1940s, 50s, 60s, and 70s. Before bands played to stadium crowds they toured the rural Midwest playing ballroom venues. Today the Surf Ballroom continues to be a venue for touring musicians. It was restored in 1994 and now also includes a museum. The Surf Ballroom has received state and national registry recognition and in 2009 was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s Landmark Series.

Jaclyn Garlock was born in Storm Lake, Iowa in 1950. She received a B.A. in Art and Secondary Education in 1973 from Adams State University in Colorado. In 1975 she started a screenprinting business creating complex photorealistic serigraphs, all hand drawn and hand pulled. Jaclyn progressed into painting in 2000, building a body of figurative works and showing them regionally at art fairs and in galleries. In 2008, she was able to commit to painting full-time.

A member preview is scheduled for Friday, June 26th from 5-7 PM. The public is invited to join Jaclyn Garlock for a gallery talk on Sunday, August 23rd at 1:30 PM. Sponsored by Cottingham & Butler. Organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art.

Artists Take Over the Porch

Saturdays: June 13–August 29 @ 11 AM-3 PM
Outside the Lines Art Gallery Dubuque

Beginning on Saturday, June 13, artists from around the region will be demonstrating how they make their art on the grand front porch of Outside the Lines Art Gallery at 409 Bluff Street in Dubuque, Iowa. A different artist will demonstrate each Saturday from 11am until 3pm throughout the summer. It is free and open to everyone. This is a relaxed and easygoing approach to learn firsthand how artists create everything from paintings to jewelry, sculpture and pottery. Children and their questions are welcome! Some artists will offer additional artwork for sale above and beyond artwork shown in the gallery. Schedule subject to change without notice.

In June, the Dubuque gallery will be open seven days a week; Monday through Saturday, 10am – 5pm, and Sunday, 11am – 4pm. Since 2003, Outside the Lines has represented the largest range of local and near-regional artists in the tri-state region. The gallery offers fine art and fine art prints, metal and ceramic sculpture, pottery, jewelry, blown glass, and much, much more. For more information, call 563-583-9343 (Dubuque), 815-776-9166 (Galena), email, or visit

  • June 13: Stormy Mochal – painting demonstration (this artist is also featured in the Dubuque gallery through June!)
  • June 20: Bridget Donahue – pottery demonstration (this artist is also featured in the Dubuque gallery through June!)
  • June 27: Elizabeth Eagle – painting demonstration
  • July 5: Alda Kaufman – watercolor painting demonstration
  • July 12: Sharon Krapfl – watercolor painting demonstration
  • July 19: Brian McCormick – woodblock carving demonstration for printmaking
  • July 26: Amber Ruden – jewelry demonstration
  • August 2: Keith Huie – “Blockheads” wooden sculpture demonstration
  • August 9: Hans Eric Olson – oil painting demonstration
  • August 16: Peter Fraterdeus – calligraphy demonstration
  • August 29: Nancy Lindsay - oil painting demonstration

Great Galena Balloon Race, Ale Fest & Wine Flights

June 19–21
Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa

Don’t miss this spectacular three-day event. Over 20 hot air balloons, three races, two night glows, tethered rides, a car show, live music, activities for the whole family, and a Friday night Alefest which features over 100 of the finest craft beer styles. On Saturday night, partake in Wine Flights featuring nearly 100 wines. For more information, visit

Monty Python's Spamalot

June 19-20 and 25-27 @ 7:30 PM
Sundays: June 21 and 28 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House

This hysterical musical is based on the 1975 film “Monty Python & The Holy Grail.” The original Broadway production won three Tony Awards including the award for Best Musical. It’s jam packed with silly songs to match the equally humorous action. A large cast, great costumes and sets, delightful choreography & full orchestra.

Dubuque… and All That Jazz!

Fridays: June 19, July 17, August 21, September 4 @ 5-9:30 PM
Town Clock Plaza

The big daddy of Town Clock festivals, Dubuque...and All That Jazz! features some of the best bands in the Midwest, a wide variety of foods, cold beverages served up by the Dubuque Jaycees and a few thousand of your closest friends with which to enjoy it all. The June edition features Chicago funk and R&B band The Business, a longtime All That Jazz favorite. For more information, visit

  • June 19: The Business (funk and R&B)
  • July 17: The Jimmys
  • Aug. 21: 10 of Soul (soul and funk)
  • Sept. 4: The Lonely Goats (zydeco)

Corkless in Galena Wine Festival

Saturday, June 27
Depot Park (Galena, IL)

Elegant wines, made from American hybrid grapes, grown in exhaustively manicured vineyards, are showcased during the afternoon and early evening of June 27. Selections represent unique styles artistically produced by family owned Northern Illinois Wineries. Other available options include wines made from fruit and grapes grown in California, Oregon, and Washington State.

Tickets are priced at $5 to enter the festival, and discounted tickets are available on the Corkless in Galena Wine Festival Facebook page. Promotional tickets distributed generously at various local events. Tasting tickets are $10. Adults interested in sampling wine are required to purchase a Festival Wine Glass and five tasting tickets. Proceeds support on-going work at the NIWG Research Vineyard and additionally are directed to local non-for-profit organizations, one being the JoDaviess Conservation Foundation.

Located in Galena’s picturesque Depot Park, the Corkless in Galena Wine Festival will be complimented by a pottery/ceramics exhibit, flavorful food selected to pair well with wine, along with performances by various musical ensembles, jazz included. For more information, visit

3rd Annual Pursuit of the Podium

Sunday, June 28
Dubuque Arboretum

The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra (DSO) announced its third annual Pursuit of the Podium candidates; five local individuals are competing in this year's fundraiser. Contestants include Tim Althaus, President at Family Beer & Liquor; Robert Byrne, Author; Jim Jelinske, Owner of Creative Education Services; Otto Krueger, Retired Air Force Officer and Procurement Manager at Diamond Jo Casino; and Jan Powers, Director of Workforce Solutions at Greater Dubuque Development Corporation. The contestant that raises the most money on behalf of the DSO between February 1 and April 13 will conduct one piece at the free Summer Melodies concert at the Dubuque Arboretum on Sunday, June 28, 2015.

The Pursuit of the Podium winner and total amount raised will be announced at the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra concerts on April 18 - 19 at Five Flags Theater, the final classics concert of the 2014–2015 season. For more information, call the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra office at 563-557-1677.

Independence Bluegrass with Finders and Youngberg

Thursday, July 2
Schmid Innovation Center Courtyard (Caradco Warehouse)

Dupaco Community Credit Union once again presents renowned bluegrass masters Finders & Youngberg from Colorado, featuring former tri-state music favorite Mike Finders, to the friendly confines of the courtyard at the Schmid Innovation Center at the Caradco Warehouse just in time for the Independence Holiday. Hosted by your friends at 365ink Magazine as a fundraiser supporting Marine Toys For Tots, the evening of music also features the Driftless Sisters beginning at 6:30 PM and, of course, a great wine tasting by the most decorated wine makers in the area, Dubuque Heritage Winery. Tickets are just $10 and include the tasting. Rain site will be inside Inspire Café.

Colts Music on the March

Tuesday, July 7
Senior High School, Dalzell Field

The Colts’ show has been a highlight on Dubuque’s summer calendar since 1963. Seven groups are scheduled to compete in this Drum Corps International summer tour event. Tickets are on sale now at

Snow White, A New Musical by Tony Marino, Greg Kerestan & David Mahokey

July 8-11 and 15-18 @ 7:30 PM
July 10-12, 18, and 19 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater
Tickets: $10

Our 10th-annual kids-for-kids musical will be the Iowa premiere of a brand new musical adaptation of the Brothers Grimm classic, Snow White. Follow Snow White’s adventures as she escapes from the Evil Queen, befriends the dwarfs and finds her Prince Charming. The show will be performed by two casts of more than 40 kids each, ages 7 to 16, and the backstage crew includes another 100 kids ages 7 to 18 who are running lights and sound, making props and costumes, building sets and working in the box office and concession stand. Bell Tower Theater, 2728 Asbury Road, Dubuque. 563-588-3377!


July 24-25, 30-31, and August 1 @ 7:30 PM
Sundays: July 26 and August 2 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House

The scene is a nightclub in Berlin as the 1920s are drawing to a close. The master of ceremonies welcomes the audience to the show and assures them that, whatever their troubles, they will forget them at the Cabaret. His songs provide wry commentary throughout the show. Musical numbers include “It Couldn’t Please Me More”, “Wilkommen,” “Cabaret” and “Don’t Tell Mama.” Cabaret is our 6th annual all-star college/high school production.

ProtoStar Creative Arts Summer Camp

August 3-8
First Baptist Church (2143 Judson Dr.)

ProtoStar Summer Creative Arts Camp promises to be a week of fun and community building as we explore faith, leadership and diversity in a creative arts context. With opportunities for DANCE, DRAMA, SPOKEN WORD and other creative outlets, we will spend the week building a showcase for a performance on Saturday evening. All activities take place on the First Baptist Church campus and grounds.

Monday through Thursday (1-9 PM) is comprised of rehearsals, provided meals, recreation time, a campfire and a teaching from Dubuque area motivational speaker, Jim Ott. Friday will contain all of the above with the inclusion of an overnight on the First Baptist Church campus. Saturday we will put the finishing touches on the camp experience and prepare for the evening performance at 6:30 PM. Open to students grade 7 through graduating seniors of 2015. Cost: $65 per camper, $100 limit per family, register by July 24. For more information, please contact Alison Ott at 563-495-2920 or

Taste of Dubuque

Thursday, August 6 @ 3-11 PM
Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

Enjoy mouth-watering food favorites plus live music on two stages, cold beer, entertainment, kids games, and more from 3–11 PM. Admission is free. For more information, visit

Church Basement Ladies 2: A Second Helping A Musical Comedy by Greta Grosch with Music and Lyrics by Drew Jansen and Dennis Curley

August 14-30
Bell Tower Theater

The Church Basement Ladies are back! It’s 1969. The world is changing, and the ladies are preparing for some changes on their own—below the House of God. As always, you will laugh until your side-dish hurts with their hilarious antics and down-to-earth charm. This is most certainly true! Bell Tower Theater, 2728 Asbury Road, Dubuque. 563-588-3377!

Murder Mystery Dinner

Saturday, August 15 @ 6 PM
Sunday, November 29 @ 1 PM
Park Farm Winery
Cost: $50 per person

Because of the success of the Murder Mystery Dinners we have recently hosted, we have added two more dates for 2015. The event includes the murder mystery entertainment, a three course meal (salad, entrée and dessert) and a glass of wine (or credit toward a reserve glass of wine.) Space is limited, so contact Christie at 563-557-3727 or to reserve your spot by purchasing your tickets.

11th Annual IRISH HOOLEY with Gaelic Storm with The High Kings, We Banjo 3, and The Screaming Orphans

Thursday, August 20
Mississippi Moon Bar
August 21–22
Alliant Amphitheater

The Irish Hooley enters its second decade with another expansion. Moving last year’s “Hooley Unplugged” at the Mississippi Moon Bar to Thursday night, the Hooley celebrates both Friday and Saturday at the Alliant Amphitheater at Star Brewery with two full evenings of Irish and Celtic music and culture. For more information, visit or call 563-583-5000.

Juliani Ensemble Concerts

Sunday, August 23
Grace Episcopal Church (Galena, IL)

The ensemble group is made up of wonderfully-talented, professional musicians from both the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Lyric Opera, who travel to Galena each Spring/Summer to perform and delight music lovers from around the Tri-State area/s.  The ensemble also reaches out to the community through school and nursing home performances, and is funded in part by the Illinois Arts Council.  We are privileged to welcome them each year.

The details about these musicians and concerts can be obtained through contacting Ms. Emily Graef of the "Juliani Ensemble". Ms. Graef is most anxious to share information about the ensemble and its mission/goal and to also provide whatever interviews and/or answer any questions you may wish for an article about this most entertaining, professional group. Ms. Emily Graef can be reached at 224-406-4811. You can also visit or email for more information.

Galena Food & Wine Festival

Friday, September 11
Galena Convention Center

A culinary dream featuring the talents of Galena area restaurants as well as a wine tasting showcasing more than 200 varieties of wines, plus beer and spirits. For more information, visit

Toast & Jam Live Music

Saturday, September 5 @ 5-8 PM: Andrew Houy
Sunday, September 6 @ 5-8 PM: Mississippi Band
Park Farm Winery

Join us for live music on holiday weekends this summer! We will again be expanding Toast & Jam to Saturday evenings as well on these weekends to allow you the opportunity to enjoy yourself and not have to get up for work the next day!

Voices from the Warehouse District XI—Opening Night

Saturday, September 12 @ 7 PM
Voices Gallery

Voices is a month-long art exhibit and cultural event located in Dubuque’s Historic Millwork District. Voices began as a way for the artist’s voice to be heard, and quickly gathered support from the Dubuque community. Now in its eleventh year, the opening reception features work from local, regional and national artists along with musical performances. Opening night starts at 7 PM. For more information, visit

Dubuque’s Oktoberfest & Color Vibe 5K

Saturday, September 19
A.Y. McDonald Park

The good Germans of Dubuque host Oktoberfest under the huge “Festspiele Zelt” (festival tent) at a new location for 2015, in A.Y. McDonald Park by the Mississippi River. The day’s activities kick off at 10 AM with the Color Vibe 5K run. The festivities themselves get started at 11 AM. Oktoberfest features a Beer Tasting with 25 breweries from 3:30–6:30 PM, MassKrugStemmen (Beir Stein Holding Contest), HammerSchlagen, Plunger Toss and Tug of War. Entertainment includes the Guttenberg German Band, the Americana Polka Band, the University of Dubuque Band, and University of Northern Iowa International Dance Theatre. Proceeds benefit Camp Albrecht Acres.

Dubuque Ink and Art Expo Presented by Ink Tattoo Studio and Dubuque Tattoo Club

September 25 @ 4-10 PM
September 26 @ 11 AM-10 PM
September 27 @ 11 AM-6 PM
Grand River Center

The Dubuque Ink and Art Expo was established with the goal of opening the community to modern tattooing and its close relation to fine art. You will observe artists plying their craft and have the opportunity to participate in being tattooed. There will be guest artists, a fine art exhibit, contests, competitions each day, and a silent auction to benefit Greater Dubuque Area Charities. This three day event open to the general public. Tickets for Friday only are $10; Saturday or Sunday are $15 for each day; an event pass is $30; and kids 12 and under are free (must be accompanied by an adult). For more information, visit

Galena Public Library Annual Pre-Owned Book Sale

Sale: Friday, September 25 @ 9 AM-7PM and Saturday, September 26 @ 9 AM-1 PM
Galena Convention Center (900 Galena Square Dr., Galena, IL)
Drop offs: April 1-August 31
Galena Public Library

Are you clearing a space on your book shelves for new volumes? The Friends of Galena Public Library suggest you consider donating your books for their annual "pre-owned book sale. Beginning April 1, the Friends will be accepting children and adult books in good condition. DVDs, books on tape and CDs can be donated as well. Books that are not included in the sale are textbooks, computer manuals, Readers' Digest books, magazines, encyclopedias, business books and books in poor condition. People may donate used books between April 1 and August 31. Books can be dropped off in the lower level of the Galena Public Library. Donations will help finance many projects and purchases that benefit the library. For more information, please contact the Galena Public Library at 815-777-0200 or visit

Doubt, A Parable

September 25-26 and October 2-3 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, September 27 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House

Doubt, A Parable is a 2004 play by John Patrick Shanley. It won the Pulitzer Prize in 2005 for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play. It’s 1964, St. Nicholas in the Bronx. A charismatic priest, Father Flynn, is trying to upend the school’s strict customs, which have long been fiercely guarded by Sister Aloysius, the iron-gloved Principal who believes in the power of fear-based discipline. When Sister James, a hopeful innocent, shares with Sister Aloysius her guilt-inducing suspicion that Father Flynn is paying too much personal attention to Donald, Sister Aloysius sets off on a personal crusade to unearth the truth and to expunge Flynn from the school!

Galena Oktoberfest

Saturday, October 3
Galena Eastside Riverfront

Annual German celebration featuring non-stop live music, wiener dog races, polka dancing and lessons, German-style food and beverage, bounce-house and games for the kids, and much more. Adults and teens are $5. Kids are free. For more information, visit

L’il Miss Fancy Pants A Comedy by Landon Heimbach and Elizabeth McClain

October 9-25
Bell Tower Theater

From the authors of Home for the Holidays. Florida’s premier child beauty pageant is turned upside down when all the finalists get pink eye and are unable to compete. But, the show must go on and legendary pageant coach Flossy Fontaine has the solution: the parents will all go in their places. Don’t miss the Midwest Premiere of this laugh-a-minute new comedy. Bell Tower Theater, 2728 Asbury Road, Dubuque. 563-588-3377!

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Classics 1 - Symphonic Fantasies

Saturday, October 10 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 11 @ 2 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center

Featuring: Amy Dunker New Fanfare (world premier); Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 - Natasha Paremski, piano; and Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique.

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Classics 2 - Magical Mozart

Saturday, November 14 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, November 15 @ 2 PM
Five Flags Theater

Featuring: Mozart Overture to The Marriage of Figaro; Glass Movement 3 from Symphony No. 3; Haydn Trumpet Concerto - Wes Skidgel, trumpet; and Mozart Symphony No. 40.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

November 27-28 and December 4-5 @ 7:30 PM
Sundays: November 29 and December 6 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House

The familiar holiday cartoon favorite comes to life on our stage. This charming show combines delightful, innocent humor and a heartwarming message for family audiences. You’ll also see a performance by Illusionist Craig Steve and a magical appearance from Santa Claus, too.

Christmas on Broadway A Musical Comedy by Rick Lewis

December 4, 5, 10-12, and 16-19 @ 7:30 PM
December 6, 13, 20 @ 2 PM
Bell Tower Theater
Tickets: $20

Four star-struck holiday tourists are snowbound in a Broadway theater on Christmas Eve. With nothing but a few trunks of costumes, props and set pieces, they live out their dream—starring on Broadway! At least until the snow subsides...Filled with holiday classics from Broadway composers, this wonderful new show is a potpourri of Christmas magic!

Holly Ball

Sunday, December 6 @ 5-9 PM
Dubuque County Fairgrounds, Grand Ballroom
Cost: $15 advance, $20 after December 4

The Ken Paulson Orchestra will be the featured performers at this years annual Holly Ball. Doors will open at 4pm and the dance will take place from 5pm-9pm. Advanced tickets will be available for purchase in October for $15. A cash bar and limited walk-up concession kitchen will be available.

The Texas Tenors

Monday, December 7 @ 7:30 PM
Grand Opera House

With their hit PBS special now airing across the US and a Billboard Top 10 album "You Should Dream,” it's easy to see why The Texas Tenors are quickly becoming America's favorite new tenors. Since their whirlwind debut four years ago on NBC's America's Got Talent, The Texas Tenors have performed over 600 concerts around the world and collaborations with some of the most prestigious symphonies, performing arts centers and arenas. From Alabama to Puccini, John Hagen, Marcus Collins and JC Fisher bring their unique blend of Country, Classical and Broadway to the stage with breathtaking vocals, humor and a touch of cowboy charm!

The Dubuque City Youth Ballet Presents: The Nutcracker Ballet

December 12 and 18-19 @ 7:30 PM
December 13 and 20 @ 2 PM
Grand Opera House

A highlight of the season in Dubuque for decades, this beautiful production by the Dubuque City Youth Ballet is a "must see" for young and old alike.

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Classics 3 - Beautiful Brahms

Saturday, March 5 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 6 @ 2 PM
Five Flags Theater

Featuring: Beethoven Symphony No. 1; Brahms A German Requiem - the Dubuque Chorale; Emily Birsan, soprano; Ashraf Sewailam, baritone.

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Classics 4 - Giselle

Saturday, April 2 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, April 3 @ 2 PM
University of Dubuque Heritage Center

Featuring: Adam Giselle (fully staged ballet) - Heartland Ballet Company Marina O'Rourke, Director.

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Classics 5 - Midori

Saturday, May 7 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, May 8 @ 2 PM
Five Flags Theater

Featuring: Dvorak Symphony No. 9 "From the New World”; and Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto - Midori, violin.

Ongoing Events

Matter 21+ Social Evenings

Second Friday and Fourth Saturday of every month @ 5:30–8 PM
Matter Creative Center

Matter Creative Center’s 21+ social evenings allow you to have fun enjoying all of our creativity building adventures in a grown-up atmosphere. All 21+ social evenings are for adults 21 or older (no exceptions) and allow you to bring light snacks and your own beverages, including beer or wine if you’d like (please no hard alcohol). Enjoy all of our anytime adventures, plus our add-on options like pottery painting items, guided painting sessions, mosaic design items, and glass painting. For more information, please visit

The French Cafe

Second Saturday of each month @ 10–11 AM
Multicultural Family Center (1157 Central Ave.)

Join other Dubuque community members fluent (or becoming fluent) in speaking French for coffee and conversation. This group meets the second Saturday of each month. Participation is free, registration required. Sign up online at Registration forms can also be found at the MFC and the MFC website. For more information, call 563-582-3681 or visit

Paint & Pour

Second Saturday of every month @ 11 AM–2 PM
Galena Cellars Vineyard & Winery (Galena, IL)

Enjoy an afternoon of painting at Galena Cellars Vineyard with Galena artist Sandra Principe at Galena Cellars Vineyard & Winery, 4746 N. Ford Rd., Galena, IL. No experience is required. The cost is $35 per person which includes lunch and a glass of wine. There is an optional $15 materials fee. To RSVP, call Sandra at 815-541-0068. For more information, visit

Now-May 26
Carnegie-Stout Public Library

The unique and successful Art @ your library® exhibit for April and May will fill the Carnegie-Stout Public Library’s historic second floor Rotunda and highlights 19 local artists works in cooperation with the Bellevue Arts Council: Gail Chavenelle, David Eischeid, Andra Fifield, Jo Fifield, Ron Hansen, Ellen Henkels, Fran Henkels, Tom Henning, Fran Kennedy, Joey Kikke, Laura Larabee, Barb McKinlay, Lorna Olson, Donna Sue Peck, Sue Sawvel, Earl Sawvell, Michelle Taylor, Joan Tully and Richard Weinschenk. Artists will be on hand during the reception to meet people and discuss their works. The event is open to the public, and admission is free.


Now-Sunday, May 31
The gallery’s final exhibit will feature new impressionistic painting, drawing, and sculpture celebrating the human form by Brad Fautsch. This is Nash Gallery’s final exhibit before closing its doors. An opening reception will be held Friday, April 17 from 7:00-10:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided. There is a $10 suggested donation ($5 for students) for the opening event. Interiors is a fundraiser for DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival which takes place this May 15-17. Regular gallery hours are Noon-4 PM Saturdays and Sundays. Regular gallery hour admission is free; donations are accepted. For more information, visit or

Rountree Gallery Exhibit

Now-May 31
Rountree Gallery (Platteville, WI)

The Platteville High School and Platteville Middle School Art Exhibit at Rountree Gallery will open on May 9th through May 31st.  An Artist Reception will be held on May 10th from 1 -3 pm.  This is an annual exhibit that features a variety of artwork from talented local students.

Subtle Unrest

Now-Sunday, May 31
Gallery C

Finely detailed drawings by Harms Link portray figures with internal unrest physically manifested. Figures in this series were created with careful and smooth rendering, creating a facade that is even and tranquil. Similar to the way anxiety is often masked, the smooth mark-making belies the uneasy mood of the subject, creating a false sense of stillness. Eerily quiet forms appear to act of their own volition. This invasion of each subject is unsettling; the figure cannot escape it, it grows from within.

Aitchison’s "Cloud Vessels" are formed on the potter’s wheel and "smoke fired" in an open outdoor kiln using a variety of organic fuels. This is a process of controlled risk—the idea is to capture the ethereal imagery created in the ebb and flow of the fire. Botanical elements and stamping with oxides and under glazes are adding additional visual depth. This work has a confident and contemplative presence layered with subtle complexity.

Finding Beauty: Photographs by Robert Rivoire

Now–May 31
Dubuque Museum of Art

Beauty is the focus in the Kris Mozena McNamer Gallery at the Dubuque Museum of Art February 20 - May 31, 2015. Experience 15 images captured by Galena, Illinois photographer Robert Rivoire exquisitely presented in this solo exhibition. Sponsored by Cottingham & Butler.

A photographer must always be ready. Waiting for that one moment when a shadow falls just right or the light changes for a second and illuminates the subject exactly as they wanted, or the subject moves to that exact point where the scene goes from just another image to a beautiful composition. These are the moments that Robert Rivoire waits minutes, hours, and days to find. It requires patience and experience to develop the ability to observe your surroundings and know where you need to be and what you need to do to capture that moment, when and if it arrives. There is an element of chance or luck. Anyone can take a snapshot and perhaps get a lucky shot but Rivoire consistently finds those moments of beauty that the rest of us miss. He knows how to look for them and through a never-ending process of trial and error he has learned to capture those moments beautifully. Robert Rivoire, was born and raised in Connecticut. He studied at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He worked in business and management for most of his career but always pursued his photographic practice. After retiring and moving to Galena with his wife in 2007, he was able to take up photography again full time.

The Evolution of the Artistic Imagination

Show: Now-June 3
Sinsinawa Mound Center Art Gallery

The art of Sister Joeann Daley, OP, will be featured. The print and mixed media individual pieces chosen serve as guides into the understanding of how one artist sees the world. These guide pieces exemplify some of the same elements that are in the over 200 styroart cups, bowls, and trays. The art gallery is open 10 AM-5 PM daily. For more information, visit

2015 Biennial Juried Exhibition

Now–June 14
Dubuque Museum of Art

Opening Saturday, March 14, 2015, the fifth Dubuque Museum of Art Biennial Juried Exhibition generously sponsored by Premier Bank and Marella fine gift shop. The Dubuque Museum of Art organizes this popular and competitive exhibition every two years to highlight the quality and variety of artwork currently being produced by regional artists. To enter the competition artists must live within a 200 mile radius of Dubuque and only artwork created in the last two years qualifies. Special thanks to this year’s juror Mrs. Jane Milosh, Director of the Smithsonian Provenance Research Initiative, Office of the Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture. Mrs. Milosch will present a gallery talk on May 31st and will announce the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards for the Biennial at that time. The 2015 Biennial was the most competitive call for entries yet with 176 artists submitting 508 works of art. Of those, 59 works by 48 artists were selected by the juror for the exhibition. A Member Reception will be held Friday, March 13, 2015 from 5:00-7:00 PM. The reception will also celebrate the new exhibitions Finding Beauty: Photography by Robert Rivoire and a salon style installation of works from the DUMA permanent collection.

High School Art Exhibit

Now-June 14
Dubuque Area Arts Collective (902 Main St.)

Dubuque Area Arts Collective is proud to feature a new group show of students from Dubuque Senior and Hempstead High School. Artwork displayed will range from 2-Dimensional to 3-Dimensional work. The exhibit will include drawings, paintings, printmaking, photography, ceramics, and sculpture in this dynamic display of talented young artists. Self-Portraits, Mythology, Figurative and Mixed Media sculpture are some of the many themes explored. Artwork displayed has been created by students participating in Basic and Advanced Art Courses offered at each school. Exhibit will be open Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 4pm until June 14.

An opening reception will be held Friday, May 8th from 6-10 PM. The opening will also feature live musical performances from students. Admission is free, with donations welcome. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, email

Life Drawing Class

Semi-nude live model: Second Thursdays of each month: Now-June 25 @ 6-8 PM
Nude live model: Fourth Thursdays of each month: Now-June 25 @ 6-8 PM Dubuque Area Arts Collective
Cost: Adults (non students): Nude: $15/session Semi-nude: $10/session; High school and college students: Free

This class will be an open studio session with live models. Sessions will have both lightly-clothed models and nude models (see dates below). A variety of models, poses, and props will be used during these sessions to assist artists in gaining knowledge of different forms and proportions. No artistic background necessary, all levels are welcome. Instructors will be available to give feedback and instruction, if desired, or you may simply come to draw! Some drawing supplies are available on site, but you may bring your own preferred media (pad, pencils, paints, charcoal.. etc.).

About the Instructor: Crescentia (Mello) Volz is a local artist. She has been creating art since childhood, and has studied at Mt. Mary College (Milwaukee, WI), and Madison Media Institute (Madison, WI), where she received an Associate of the Arts degree. She enjoys sharing the love of art with everyone, and encourages you to create!

Art @ your library®

Stormy Mochal and Bridget Donahue Exhibit

Now-June 30
Outside the Lines Art Gallery Dubuque

On Friday, May 8, Outside the Lines Art Gallery, Dubuque will host a reception to kick off an exhibit featuring new work by Stormy Mochal and Bridget Donahue. Mochal will exhibit oil paintings on board, Donohue will offer thrown and hand built decorative ceramics. A reception will be held from 7pm until 9pm and is free and open to the public. Both artists will be in attendance. This show will be available through June, 2015.

Living and working in Dubuque, Iowa, gallery co-owner Stormy Mochal continues to be inspired by the ever-changing marvel of Iowa’s country. An Iowan all her life, it only seems natural that each of her images contains a piece of country; farmhouses, starry-laden skies, and birds. For this exhibit, Mochal’s whimsical paintings are oil on reclaimed wood, with the grain playing a role in this series of nature influenced paintings.

Excelsior, Minnesota artist, Bridget Donahue creates pottery that makes her happy. She hand builds and throws red earthenware and then decorates the surfaces with elaborate carved designs and layers of bright glazes. Donahue will show vessels, platters, tiles and mini dwellings which are small whimsical houses influenced by her Irish heritage.

Outside the Lines Art Galleries are located at 409 Bluff in Dubuque, Iowa, and at 101 S.Main St. in downtown Galena, Illinois. The gallery features the fine art and high craft of local, near-regional, and national artists, including fine art, sculpture, ceramics, blown glass and jewelry. Exhibits are held in the Dubuque location. For more information, call 563-583-9343 (Dubuque), 815-776-9166 (Galena), email, or visit

Titanic: the Artifact Exhibition

Now–September 7
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition takes you on a journey back in time to experience the legend of Titanic like never before. The galleries in this fascinating exhibition feature real artifacts recovered from the ocean floor along with room re-creations and personal stories. Engineering, physics and social studies are all addressed as you explore the science of Titanic.

On April 15, 1912, Titanic, the world’s largest ship, sank after colliding with an iceberg claiming more than 1,500 lives and subsequently altering the world’s confidence in modern technology. 103 years later, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium will pay tribute to the tragedy which continues to resonate through Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, where more than 150 legendary artifacts conserved from the Ship’s debris field are showcased offering visitors a poignant look at this iconic ship and its passengers.

The exhibition has been designed with a focus on the legendary RMS Titanic’s compelling human stories as best told through over 150 authentic artifacts and extensive room re-creations. Perfume from a maker who was traveling to New York to sell his samples, china etched with the logo of the elite White Star Line, even a pair of almost perfectly preserved men’s dress shoes—these and many other authentic objects offer haunting, emotional connections to lives abruptly ended or forever altered.

Visitors are quickly drawn back in time to 1912 upon entrance, as each receives a replica boarding pass of an actual passenger aboard Titanic. They then begin their chronological journey through Titanic‘s life, moving through the ship’s construction, to life on board, to the ill-fated sinking and amazing artifact rescue efforts. They will marvel at the re-created first and third class cabins, and press their palms against an iceberg while learning of countless stories of heroism and humanity. In the “Memorial Gallery” guests will take their boarding pass to the memorial wall and discover whether their passenger and traveling companions survived or perished.

The exhibit opens on Saturday, May 23rd at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. There will be an added $5 fee to the regular cost of museum admission to see the exhibit. Visitors can buy advance tickets at or at the museum.

Events & Articles


Posted on May 22, 2015

May 23–September 7, 2015
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
One-hundred and three years ago, in the early morning of April 15, 1912, the “practically unsinkable” RMS Titanic, then the largest ship in the world sank into the frigid waters of the North Atlantic after a collision with an iceberg. The latest triumph of the White Star Line and a modern engineering marvel, Titanic sank on her maiden voyage to New York taking more than 1,500 lives with her. A tragedy forever etched in our collective consciousness and immortalized in print and film, the story of Titanic is as epic as the ship itself. 

Dubuque Food Co-Op Celebrating First Anniversary

Posted on May 22, 2015

On May 29th, 2014, the Dubuque Food Co-Op celebrated their Grand Opening. Excitement ensued while people came in to visit and gain a better understanding about the store and its goals. Now, almost a year later, the Co-Op continues to provide a great service to the Dubuque community. However, the road to their first Anniversary was not necessarily easy.
The America’s River Festival

Posted on May 22, 2015

The America’s River Festival, presented by American Trust & Savings Bank, is a two day festival filled with national acts from the world of country music including Dan + Shay, Sam Hunt and Old Dominion on Friday, June 12, and classic rock legends Tommy James & The Shondells, America & Grand Funk Railroad and America on Saturday, June 13. 
Sandy Hook Nights: Select Fridays through September

Posted on May 22, 2015

The weather that motorcycle riders have been dreaming of has finally arrived and bikes are being pulled out of storage to hit the road. But where to go? The Sandy Hook Tavern offers a biker-styled alternative on select Friday evenings through the summer with Sandy Hook (Bike) Nights. Beginning Friday, May 29 and running through September, the 13 Friday events will feature a mix of live music, steak feeds, games and raffles, with each night benefitting a different charitable organization. 
Kids' Summer Fun: Activities and Adventures for Tots and Teens

Posted on April 02, 2015

There’s a lot to get through so let’s get to it. If you plan this right, you won’t have to deal with noisy kids for more than a few hours all summer long.