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New Works by Dave Hart: Depth


Artist Dave Hart grew up in Decorah and graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in art education. Now a high school art teacher, raising his family with his wife Erin in New Brighton, Minnesota, Hart has created a new series of mixed media pieces which integrate abstract spaces with 3-dimensional forms which invite the viewer to physically interact with his work. While you explore Hart’s work, enjoy wine tasting compliments of the Oneota Community Coop. Exhibition runs through Wednesday, November 26.

In Partnership with the Vesterheim Museum: Flora Family Fun


ArtHaus is excited to offer a free after-school arts activity on Friday, October 17 from 3:30-5 pm at ArtHaus Studio, 516 W. Water St. Children, ages 5 – 13, are invited to craft flowers from paper, clay, and others materials as well as participating in a community painting to celebrate the “Flora Metamorphicae” exhibition on display at the Vesterheim. Pre-registration for this free event is required and space is limited; a walking school bus will be provided. Pre-registration for this is event is full. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please email us at!!

Following the afterschool program, the Vesterheim Museum will host “Flora Finale” from 5:00-7:00 p.m, a public reception for “Flora Metamorphicae”. The reception will include free admission to the Vesterheim, light refreshments, and flower-inspired make-and-take art projects for all ages at ArtHaus Studio. Registration for the evening activities is not required.

Funding for these hands-on youth and family arts activities, in partnership with the Vesterheim and “Flora Metamorphicae”, is provided by the Iowa Arts Council. “Flora Metamorphicae” is a remarkable project created by six contemporary Norwegian artists—Kari Aasen, Lipa Dalén, Siri Haaskjkold, Bjørg Hougen, Audhild Rypdal, and Eli Veim.

The exhibition is sponsored by The Iowa Arts Council, Sons of Norway Foundation, Sons of Norway Valdres Lodge in Decorah, Joseph Keiger, and Dan Huebner. The last day to view this stunning exhibition at Vesterheim is November 16, 2014.

Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman


Based in the hills of upstate New York, Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman are familiar to midwest audiences as favorite collaborators of Greg Brown, Dave Moore, and other Red House Records regulars. Like two skaters gliding on ice, they play across soul, R&B, roots, and world rhythms, beloved by fans for the energy they create between audience and stage. The duo has released eight CDs on their own Alcove Records label and are currently working on their latest, due out this year. We’ve booked this concert at the Elks so there will be plenty of room for dancing!

Water Street Music Series presents: Chet Baker: In a Blue Room


A vivid evening of words, movement, and music, inspired by jazz trumpet master, Chet Baker. West Coast jazz of the 1950s was defined by this newcomer with the looks of a matinee idol, whose cool, understated trumpet hinted at something deeper, a solitary sound in a blue room. This original collaboration between trumpet player Jon Ailabouni, dancer/choreographer Blake Nellis, and actor/director Kristen Underwood, was created exclusively for ArtHaus and Water Street Music Series.

Seating is limited. Purchase tickets in advance at or call Water Street Music Series at (563) 277-7734.

Poetry Slam

PoetrySlamJune Melby

The ArtHaus Poetry Slam is a not-to-be-missed Decorah event, welcoming anyone to participate. A Featured Artist will kick off the evening, followed by the noncompetitive “Original Voices,” (3 minutes or less of your own poetry) and ending with the “Slam” (a good-natured competition complete with prizes and Applause-o-Meter). Call ArtHaus at 563-382-5440 or signup online to perform! Recommended for adults, ages 16 and up.

Holiday Art Fair


Start or finish your holiday shopping while supporting local artists! Shop for jewelry, pottery, baskets, fiber work and much more. Your handmade purchases support the local economy as well as our gifted community of artists.