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A Community Exhibition: POLLINATE

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Take part in this community exhibition and celebrate how pollinators affect our world! Beetles, bees, butterflies, bats, birds, flies, wasps, wind, water and even people can all be agents of the continuation of life on our planet by bringing the life force of one being to that of another, so that the seed of a new one can grow.  Somewhere between 75% and 95% of all flowering plants on the earth need help with pollination.  Another way to say this is that one out of every three bites of food we eat is there because of the work of pollinators.

Anyone and everyone is encouraged to bring a work of their own making or from their personal art collections to ArtHaus from May 20 – 27 and help us fill the walls of the gallery with the beauty. For details, visit our Call for Entries page or download an entry form here.

Join us for the reception on Friday, June 3 from 6-8pm and then come back to see the works through July 21.

Plein Air Poetry


You spoke, we listened! Now mark your calendars and sign up now to perform at our first-ever outdoor, summertime poetry slam!!

This July, we are looking forward to celebrating the spoken word in the open air of the courtyard between ArtHaus Studio and the Vesterheim Museum. Emcee’d by ArtHaus Co-directors, Jenni and Eric Petersen-Brant, with a featured artist, all are invited to participate in the non-competitive “Original Voices,” (3 minutes or less of your own poetry) or the “Slam” (a good-natured competition complete with prizes and Applause-o-Meter). Like ArtHaus’ fall and spring Poetry Slams, we anticipate a lively, likely-to-sell-out event.

Recommended for adults, ages 16 and up. BYOB okay.

During Nordic Fest: ArtHaus Art Tent

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Infuse your 50th anniversary of Nordic Fest will some extra creativity under the tent in front of ArtHaus at 508 West Water Street. Face painting, mask making, chalk the walk, and more will be offered for children young and old to enjoy! And best part, it is all free — with donations to ArtHaus welcome!

Interested in volunteering to lend a helping hand to the activity tent? Adults and youth 16+ are encouraged to signup to paint faces or help with other activities. The shifts are short so you’ll have plenty of time to dance and twirl your way to the all that Nordic Fest has to offer. Click here to signup now!

During Nordic Fest: Summer Art Fair

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Buying directly from local talent means taking home unique handmade pottery, jewelry, photography, paintings, prints, and more while supporting the livelihoods of your creative neighbors!

Artists to be found at the Summer Art Fair: Karen Misseldine, Jenni & Eric Petersen-Brant, Joyce Meyer, Jeanine Scheffert, and more!

NMCE at ArtHaus


The New Mexico Contemporary Ensemble aims to bring the music of the past century’s most prolific and creative composers to audiences around the country. By commissioning and programming modern classical music of the Americas, they present an assortment of artistic landscapes that will continue to resonate within the diverse culture of the southwest and elsewhere. NMCE aims to challenge and expand conceptions of classical music, and are thrilled to be bringing their sound to ArtHaus on August 2.

Join them for an evening of contemporary music from composers throughout the Americas with special thanks to event sponsor, Dragonfly Books!

This is not an ArtHaus produced event. To reserve your tickets, visit New Mexico Contemporary Ensemble’s website.

Artists of the 2016 Northeast Iowa Studio Tour: The Preview

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Get a taste of the talent to be found on this Fall’s Northeast Iowa Artists’ Studio Tour with this special exhibit at ArtHaus. A  sampling of the newest works by the artists on this year’s tour will be on display in this one location from August 4 through September 30. This is a unique opportunity to preview the work in-person to help plan your studio hopping route for the 2016 Northeast Iowa Artists’ Studio Tour.

Exhibiting artists include: Tonya Balik, Paul Bauhs, George Blair, Sharlene Bohr, Kim Bosworth, Patti Brice, Marcia Cook, Paul Corbin, Fred & Velga Easker, Doug Eckheart, Linda Elkins, Darla Ellickson, Nate & Hallie Evans, Carol Gaustad, Mary Ann Gloe, Carl Homstad, Jennifer Jones, Steve & Peggy Kittelson, Jordan Kjome, Rebecca Kobos & Joel Shoemaker, Bonnie Koloc, Casey McBride, Joyce Meyer, Karen Misseldine, Jean Murray, Eric Petersen Brant, Jenni Petersen Brant, Rick Scheffert, Mike & Rose Schutte, James Updegraff, and Lee Zieke & Lindsay Lee

With Jeni Grouws, Brianna Lane & Sara Routh: She Writes! Showcase

Experience three of the region’s most powerful and inspiring singer / songwriters in one of Decorah’s favorite venues. An all day songwriting workshop for girls and a ‘Life at the Mic’ discussion for all are also in the works; stay tuned! BYOB okay.

Galactic Cowboy Orchestra


A Decorah-favorite returns! Whether you call it country, swing, progressive-rock, jazz, bug-eyed bluegrass, or interstellar folk music, there is no mistaking Galactic Cowboy Orchestra’s liberating melting pot of genres elevated by riff magic, hummable melodies and groovy jams all grounded in a jazz bedrock. BYOB okay!

GCO features Dan Neale on guitar, Lisi Wright on fiddle, John Wright on bass, and Alec Tackmann on drums, percussion and vocals. They’ve been compared to Kind Crimson, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Dixie Dregs, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones but they’re undeniably and uniquely the Galactic Cowboy Orchestra.