Frances Luke Accord returns May 6

Frances Luke Accord will play the First Street Community Center Uptown Theatre, 221 1st St. NW, Mount Vernon, on Saturday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m.

The independent Chicago-based duo are originally from South Bend, Indiana. Both dedicated multi-instrumentalists and meticulous songwriters, Nicholas Gunty and Brian Powers distinguish their music with genre fluidity, buttery harmonies and acoustic ensembles.

Since forming during their senior year at the University of Notre Dame, Frances Luke Accord’s approach to music has marked a boundless evolution. In December of 2012 the duo released their first record, Kandote, a not-for-profit, intercultural collaboration with the Barefoot Truth Children’s Choir of Kkindu, Uganda — an endeavor that continues to support the primary education and musical aspirations of the choir. Bringing their world/folk sound to Chicago in the summer of 2013, the duo quickly garnered local and regional attention for their captivating live performances and stunning self-produced releases, including the Queen for Me EP (April 2014), Live @ Strobe (April 2015), and, most notably, their debut full-length album, Fluke (May 2016).

Tickets to the show are $15, and are available at Bauman’s.


MVAAC presents Mural Designs

The MVAAC is proud to present the mural designs for the wall south of Main street.  A ‘buzz’ is starting with the outline of the train taking shape and the anticipation of the children starting to paint tomorrow.  Go to for more information.  Participation of community members is appreciated.


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

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