Bluff StrOKES 2018 PAINT OUT

See dubuque through artists' eyes!

 

Sixty plein air (in open air) artists painted Dubuque scenes Sunday, Oct. 7 - Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018.  At the end of the week we displayed the paintings in historic Steeple Square in downtown Dubuque.  We awarded $10,000 in prize money and the finished work was ready to sell!

 


Public Info

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Looking to 2019 - Watch the artists; come to our sales!

Bluff Strokes 2019 will run October 6 to 12. Watch for more information in this space. For planning, our sales will be:

Friday Patron Preview Party (6 to 9 pm). Admission cost TBA.

Saturday Public Sale (9 am to 7 pm).

Sales will again take place at Steeple Square, 15th and White Streets.


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 and critiques were the highlight of the week for many 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


Artist Information

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Interested in painting Bluff Strokes in 2019?

Bluff Strokes Paint Out 2019 will run from Sunday, October 6, to Saturday, October 12. We are targeting February 1 to have our registration form and prospectus available. If you are not on our email list, sign up at the bottom of this page to ensure you receive timely notice. Due to increasing interest, we will be developing a new protocol for acceptance.

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