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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

Art Fair

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

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Showcasing the songs and sounds of Jeni Grouws, Brianna Lane, and Sara Routh, “She Writes” brings together three of the region’s most powerful and inspiring singer / songwriters in one of Decorah’s favorite venues, the courtyard of the ArtHaus Studio at 516 West Water Street. Sponsored by RocketDog Books, the Winneshiek Music Festival and Arrowhead Valley, a $5-10 donation is suggested for admission to the outdoor evening concert; all proceeds will benefit the ArtHaus Youth Scholarship Fund.

Women and girls of all ages are invited to join Grouws, Lane and Routh for ‘Life at the Mic’ from 10am to 2pm on Saturday, August 13. Registration is required, a $20 applies with lunch included. This master class is designed to explore performance and mic skills while engaging participants in conversation about pursuing a career in music. To register for ‘Life at the Mic’, visit the class description on our website.

Galactic Cowboy Orchestra

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.