High School Tri-Rivers Conference Art Festival on Friday, April 21st at Springville Secondary

What an awesome art event hosted at Springville High School.  Around 140 students attended the event and judging was in 21 categories.  See just some of the works by the students below:

In addition workshops were held on a variety of topics from jewelry design, welding and how to price your art.  See below for the wonderful sculpture created during one of the workshop topics:

Mount Vernon IA Chalk the Walk 2017 Judge Announced

The Mount Vernon Area Arts Council has selected Hal Ide as the judge for this years Chalk the Walk event:

Hal Ide, painter, composer and flutist has lived a life immersed in the arts.  His career includes work at Hancher Auditorium in Iowa City and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.  Summers in Jr. and Senior High were spent at the National Music Camp at Interlochen.  As a flutist he as thrice won competitions with the National Flute Association, performed with the International Flute Orchestra in Italy, Spain, Austria, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and China and he has composed, performed and produced 7 CD’s of his original works.   As a painter Ide has had shows in the B Gallery (Iowa City) on the Iowa City Gallery Walk,  and in the University of Iowa Biomedical Discovery Building.  This fall Ide has been awarded an Artist in Residence position with the National Parks and will be at Lake Roosevelt in eastern Washington. 

Mount Vernon Area Arts Council Presents the Mural Project

Mount Vernon Community Mural Project Schedule

• Week of April 10: City of Mount Vernon power washes the wall.

• Monday/Tuesday, April 17-18: Both upper and lower parking lots closed while wall is professionally primed using a sprayer. To accommodate uptown residents, City is permitting overnight Main Street parking if necessary.

• Monday, April 17: Mural design presented at Mount Vernon City Council meeting.

• Saturday & Sunday, April 29-30: Muralist Strider Patton outlines design on wall; no special parking accommodations.

• Monday, May 1 – Thursday, May 4: Mount Vernon students bused to wall to paint mural; lower parking lot closed. Residents may join in painting 8 am – 6 pm.

• Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, May 5,6 & 7: Due to Mount Vernon’s annual Chalk the Walk event, lower parking lot open for parking. No mural painting by public.

• Monday, May 8 – Friday, May 12: Lower parking lot closed. Public invited to participate in painting 8 am – 6 pm.

• Saturday, May 13: Mural unveiling celebrated 10 am – Noon. All welcome.

Questions? Contact MVAAC President Steve Maravetz 319-521- 1209 or email mvartcouncil@gmail.com

MVAAC Presents Mount Vernon Community Mural Project

Artist Strider Patton, MVAAC’s community mural project facilitator, just completed the third and last week with Mount Vernon elementary, middle and high school students and art teachers. He will take their ideas – as well as those collected from area residents at a January workshop — and create the final design in his San Francisco studio.

He returns at the end of April to prepare for painting the 2500 sq. ft. concrete wall May 1-12. Patton will direct students and residents as they help paint the mural. Days and times for painting will be publicized as soon as possible. The mural project coincides with the city’s Chalk the Walk event May 6-7 providing residents and visitors an incredible opportunity. The mural unveiling event is scheduled 10 am – Noon, Saturday, May 13, 2017.

“The kids have contributed to the final design in so many ways; it’s been a remarkable experience,” said Patton, who has worked on numerous student mural projects. “I want students to look at the final design and see that their ideas were incorporated.”

Photos: Mural project artist and facilitator Strider Patton with students and school personnel and in front of the concrete wall south of Mount Vernon Main Street where the mural will be painted May 1-12. The unveiling is scheduled 10 am-Noon, Saturday, May 13, 2017.


Greetings from Iowa Portrayal of Mount Vernon March 29th Episode

Denise and Robert Murphy started an art event called Portrayal Mount Vernon several years ago when they owned a gallery in town. Though the gallery is gone, the event continues, bringing local artists onto the sidewalks of Mount Vernon where each puts their own unique view of this historic town onto canvas.

Say hello to these local artists in our latest episode.


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