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On view April 3 - May 29, Special reception April 3: Emerging Artist Exhibition

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Join us for a celebration of emerging artistic talent in the Driftless Region. We are pleased to unveil the best of the best artworks created by emerging artists (ages 18-25) who submitted works for consideration. Information about how Driftless area artists, ages 18-25, can apply for this exhibition can be found on the Emerging Artists’ Exhibition page on our website or download the application form for more details.

Poetry Slam


The ArtHaus Poetry Slam is a not-to-be-missed Decorah event, welcoming anyone to participate.  Emceed by local celebrities, spotlighting a select featured artist, and welcoming all 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), ArtHaus Poetry Slams are not-to-be-missed, likely-to-sell-out Decorah events. Call ArtHaus at 563-382-5440 or sign up here to perform. Recommended for adults, ages 16 and up.

Annual Art Gala & Fundraiser

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With live music, a sampler of ArtHaus student artwork, along with silent and live auctions of fantastic artwork and arts experiences donated by local and regional talent, we’re looking forward to having you join us for a wonderful evening to support your local, non-profit arts center!

The doors open at 6:30pm to the silent auction with a cash bar, tapas and treats by the Hotel Winneshiek, and live music.  The entertainment will include music by the Driftwood Bones followed by a program with video and highlights from the many successes of ArtHaus from the past year. A selection of student created artwork will also be on display.

The theme of this year’s fundraiser, ArtHaus is Your Haus, reflects one of these many recent successes — ArtHaus being designated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization now running under the direction of co-directors, Jenni and Eric Petersen-Brant with guidance from an active board of directors.

Guests may bid on an impressive collection of artwork from 6:30-8:30pm, featuring pottery, jewelry, woodcuts, paintings, drawings, fiber work, glass, and much more, created and donated by outstanding local and regional artists.  Auction items this year will also include an array of arts experiences and unique Decorah activities from entities such as the New Minowa Players theatre, Decorah Bicycles, and Driftless Press. The live art auction begins at 7:30pm, with auctioneer Joe Gavle.

Tickets for the fundraiser are $25 in advance, available at ArtHaus and the Oneota Community Co-op, or $30 at the door.  Tickets can also be purchased online below via Paypal. Proceeds support the year-round creative programming of ArtHaus including its youth and adult educational classes, cultural events, gallery exhibitions and need-based scholarship fund.

Thank you to our growing list of sponsors that currently include:

Visionary Sponsor: Decorah Bank & Trust Co.

Leader Sponsor: Dragonfly Books

Artist Sponsors: A&J Petersburg and Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company, Decorah Area Team of Thrivent Financial, Modish, KD Rae Jewelry Studio, West Side Dental

Patron Sponsors: GoodBlogs, Plan 1 Financial – Greg Weis & Marty Weis, Bodensteiner Implement Company

Media Sponsors: Inspire(d) Media, KDEC Radio, Copyland

Upstart Crow Theatreworks presents: Much Ado About Nothing


One of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies, Much Ado About Nothing, set in a prosperous Italian villa, sparkles with the blossom of new love, and the famous battle of wits between Beatrice and Benedick. Though a shadow is cast by the machinations of jealous Don John, all wrongs are righted and happiness wins the day in this 90 minute production performed by the young actors (age 14-18) of Upstart Crow Theatreworks.