East End Arts First Friday Exhibit Dec 2, 2016

Please join East End Art for their December First Friday featuring Susan Creamer Joy. Friday, December 2nd 5:30-7:30pm in the library of the First Street Community Center for Wine and light refreshments. Come meet Susan and see her exhibit of mixed media paintings. All are welcome to this free and casual gathering. Stop in for appetizers before going out to dinner in Mount Vernon.

From Susan:
Although my creative repertoire includes everything from jewelry making, artist stamp design and fabric art, to religious iconographic paintings, assembling portable shrines (which I call “Blessing Boxes”) and figures of saints or Santos; more recently my focus has been creating whimsical portraits of wise “old folks,” most embellished with philosophical text. In a way it is an effort to return them to that place of joy and reverence from which they deserve to be seen. Since I am fast becoming one of their number, I am moving swiftly. I am also working on a book, an illustrated journey into the blooming dimension of earned wisdom, or in less euphemistic terms: old age. To date I have wreaked artistic havoc throughout several unsuspecting cities beginning in New York, where I am originally from; Norwalk, Connecticut, where I raised the elder of my three children; Scottsdale, Arizona, where the youngest among them believed she was raising me; and Kansas City, Missouri, from whence we all finally fled the Nest. I currently create and bide my time on a farm in Central City, Iowa with my husband, Steve Warbasse, whose love is invaluable and whose patience, other worldly. Although time spares no one, my aim is to continue expressing the visions in my head through any medium that does not exceed my grasp until I am too elderly and frail to hold a pen.


East End Arts First Friday Exhibit Nov 4th 2016

Please join East End Art on Friday, November 4th, 2016 for our Art Reception for Denise Murphy. 5:30pm to 7:30pm in the Library (adjacent to the gallery) in the First Street Community Center. Light refreshment served, for this casual (come as you are) meet up. The public is welcome. All exhibit items are available to purchase.


Denise Murphy lives in Mount Vernon, Iowa with her husband and two teenage sons. She has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Graphics. As the VP of the Mount Area Arts Council she has been focused on children’s art education and strategic planning. She chaired the LHAF in 2015 and 2016 and is planning on it again in 2017.

Denise’s Alcohol Inks paintings have been displayed most recently at the University of Iowa Pappa John BioMedical Center, LHAF 2015, Palisades Café and currently at East End Arts gallery in Mount Vernon, Iowa and the Art Cellar in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Denise and her husband Robert also host the Portrayal of Mount Vernon show which will be on display at the Palisades Café’ Dec 13- Jan 29th, 2017.

Her most recent project is to create an Alcohol Inks Painting everyday of 2016, titled the “365 Series”. It’s on track so far…


MVAAC Sponsored After School Lisbon Art Program Oct 12th, 2016

The MVAAC sponsored Lisbon After School Art program was held on Oct 12th, 2016.  Artist Karmen Heller lead the students in a Halloween inspired stamping project. They each completed a creative paper bag for Halloween night.

This program is held the 2nd Wednesday of the month; Nov, Feb, March and April.

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Portrayal of Mount Vernon, IA show Oct 22nd, 2016

On October 22nd, artists will be in and around Mount Vernon Iowa demonstrating their skills as they paint, photograph and sculpt their love of their town.

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Portrayal of Mount Vernon is approaching fast, are you planning on participating:


Porchfest Sunday Oct 2nd, 2016 – Musicians playing in the neighborhood…


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