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On Display from May 26-July 14: Abstract Atmospheres: Jillian Webb Herrmann Reception

By using color relationships, vigorous brushstrokes, and texture, Jillian creates abstract atmospheres. “Some of my paintings are loosely representational,but I find abstraction to be one of the truest ways to connect to the painting and the viewer emotionally.” Jillian Webb Herrmann earned her BFA in from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Today she paints from her rural farmhouse studio, where she lives with her husband, baby girl, and runaway collie.

This event is sponsored by Art in the Park in Elkader, Iowa.

Plein Air Poetry Slam

Join us in the courtyard with poet Jim O’Loughlin, faculty in the Languages and Literature Department at University of Northern Iowa. Please sign up here if you would like to perform.

ArtHaus' Youth Scholarship Fund: Heart of Gold Fun Run/Walk in Memory of Dennis Ruen

Dennis Ruen had a heart of gold. He was caring, supportive, loving, goofy, and all things wonderful. He loved painting, working with his hands, chatting with everyone in the community, playing cribbage with friends, scooting around on the ultimate frisbee field, listening to Neil Young, and spending time with his four daughters and their families. Sadly, December 2016 he passed away unexpectedly from multiple strokes. He will always be greatly missed but cherished exponentially by his family, friends, and the community.

To honor his love for life and time with family and friends, his daughters invite you to run or walk alongside them and raise money for the arts. All proceeds from the T-shirts (coming soon) will be donated in Dennis Ruen’s name to ArtHaus, a local arts organization. Dennis loved painting and was an advocate for the arts, supporting his family’s interests in the arts, local artists, and his own by participating in numerous community art walks, contests, and shows.

REGISTRATION: Your T-shirt will be your official entry into the 5K run/walk and hopefully a reminder of the wonderful and jovial spirit Dennis brought to the Decorah, Iowa community.  The run/walk will take place in Decorah, Iowa July 3, 2017. For more information please check out the Facebook page:

On Display from July 21-August 4: State Fair Bound: Winneshiek County 4-Hers

Every year Winneshiek County 4-Hers present their best project-based learning work to be judged, with the potential of making it to the Iowa State Fair. Among the quilts, the jams, and the pigs, are a handful of visual arts projects that get to make the trip. See the State Fair Bound Visual Arts projects before they head to Des Moines.

Seeking Sponsor: New Mexico Contemporary Ensemble

The New Mexico Contemporary Ensemble is excited to return to the Midwest for an expanded tour in our second season. Dalton Harris (trombone), Yakima Fernandez (violin), and Clara Byom (clarinet/piano) will be performing chamber and solos music, often accompanied with electronics, by the past century’s most prolific and creative composers from throughout the Americas.

On display August 10 - September 29: The Preview: Artists of the 2017 Northeast Iowa Studio Tour

Special pre-tour exhibition of the latest artworks created by the Tour Artists. A unique opportunity to preview the artists’ work in person to help plan your tour route.

Sponsored by Upstart Crow Theatre Works: The Cemetery Walk

Upstart Crow Theatreworks presents a moving and fascinating look at Decorah’s history in beautiful Phelps cemetery. Audience members take a guided tour among costumed bringing to life a wide variety of characters from from Decorah’s past. Tours leave every 15minutes. Tickets available at the gate, with proceeds to benefit the Porter House Museum.