Bluff StrOKES 2018 PAINT OUT

See dubuque through artists' eyes!

 

Sixty plein air (in open air) artists will paint Dubuque scenes Sunday, Oct. 7 - Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018.  At the end of the week we will display the paintings in historic Steeple Square in downtown Dubuque.  We will award $10,000 in prize money and the finished work will be ready to sell.  Last year we sold over 200 paintings!

 

Our 2018 Juror - Nancie King Mertz

  Nancie King Mertz  teaches across the US and internationally, and is on the faculties of both the Plein Air Convention and the IAPS Convention.  She was awarded the Master Circle Medallion by the Int’l Assoc. of Pastel Societies in 2015 and is a Master Signature member of Pastel Society of America.  Her work was featured on the cover of Pastel Journal in Feb. 2015.  She has twice been named “Artist of the Year” in Chicago.  Four of her Chicago works are on CBS’ “The Good Wife” and many rotate onto Chicago-based shows and commercials. 

Nancie King Mertz teaches across the US and internationally, and is on the faculties of both the Plein Air Convention and the IAPS Convention.  She was awarded the Master Circle Medallion by the Int’l Assoc. of Pastel Societies in 2015 and is a Master Signature member of Pastel Society of America.  Her work was featured on the cover of Pastel Journal in Feb. 2015.  She has twice been named “Artist of the Year” in Chicago.  Four of her Chicago works are on CBS’ “The Good Wife” and many rotate onto Chicago-based shows and commercials. 

Nancy will demonstrate plein air painting techniques Saturday, Oct 13 at Steeple Square - time TBA


 

Bluff Strokes HOME base - Steeple Square

A Dubuque icon since 1867, the former home of St. Mary’s Parish is being restored.  Steeple and stained glass windows restoration are in progress.  The former church, now the Steeple Square Community Event Center, will be home base for Bluff Strokes. 

 
 

 

Special Guest - Rose Frantzen

Demo and Critique for artists - Wednesday evening, October 10:  Time TBA

Rose's demo will focus on including a figure in a landscape painting.  She will be available afterwards to critique works brought in by participating artists.

 
  Rose Frantzen paints figurative, representational, and allegorical works in oil and multimedia.     “Portrait of Maquoketa,” a collection of 180 portraits of her townspeople, was exhibited at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, and is now part of the Figge Art Museum permanent collection.    She is a three time winner in the International Portrait Competition of the Portrait Society of America, and won the 2016 and 2018 People's Choice Awards.  Rose lives in Maquoketa, Iowa, just 25 minutes south of Dubuque, where you can find her work, along with that of her husband, Chuck Morris, in their   Old City Hall Gallery.  More info at:     RoseFrantzen.com

Rose Frantzen paints figurative, representational, and allegorical works in oil and multimedia.   “Portrait of Maquoketa,” a collection of 180 portraits of her townspeople, was exhibited at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, and is now part of the Figge Art Museum permanent collection.  She is a three time winner in the International Portrait Competition of the Portrait Society of America, and won the 2016 and 2018 People's Choice Awards.  Rose lives in Maquoketa, Iowa, just 25 minutes south of Dubuque, where you can find her work, along with that of her husband, Chuck Morris, in their Old City Hall Gallery.  More info at:  RoseFrantzen.com


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ready to paint?

Registration for Bluff Strokes 2018 has been closed and we have a waiting list.  If you are a registered artist and find you will not be able to attend, please let us know so that another artist may fill your spot!

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Watch the artists, come to our sale!

Each artist will select his or her favored scenes to paint: river overlooks, historic buildings, rural landscapes, the Arboretum, and more.  Watch them paint during the week, then view (and purchase) their artwork at our Friday Patron Preview Party (entry ticket required), or our Saturday public Sale.  Last year, prices ranged from $100 to $2200 and averaged $400.  For some customers, this was the first time they'd purchased a work of original art.

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