Bluff Strokes Mississippi River Art Workshops Paint Dubuque

60 artists painting October 8-14 * 300+ Paintings for Sale!

Welcome to our 2nd annual Bluff Strokes Plein Air Paint Out in historic Dubuque, Iowa.  Bluff Strokes is an offering of Mississippi River Art Workshops, an affiliate of the Dubuque County Fine Art Society.  A Paint Out is a competition of artists painting outside for a week, with all works for sale at the end.  

Winners will be announced at the Patron Party at Steeple Square on Friday, Oct 13 (6-9pm).  Patron Passes are $125 for (2) people to attend.  Includes a $100 Art Voucher that applies to purchase of art.  Fall meal (provided by The Food Store), wine (Van's Liquor) and beer (Jubeck's) included.  The winning paintings go fast, so arrive early!  Doors open at 6pm.  Patron Passes are sold at all Premier Bank locations, Riverlights Bookstore, Body & Soul Asbury & Roshek, and Julien's Journal on Bluff St.  Checks only please.

Public Art Sale at Steeple Square on Saturday, Oct 14 (9am-7pm).  Fresh Paintings from the Farmer's Market will be arriving around noon as painters finish up their morning paintings.  If you attend on Friday, be sure to come back on Saturday to see the new paintings.  Last year, every one of the Farmer's Market paintings sold!  Live music all day.

Special Prize and in Kind Sponsors

Thanks to our 2017 In-Kind Sponsors and Award Sponsors!


In-Kind Sponsors

Steeple Square

Crescent Electric                               






Award Sponsors

Heritage Works Duane Hagerty's profile photo

University of Dubuque

Grand Opera House



Midwest Cycling Development Group


Bluff Strokes Juror - Stuart Fullerton

Stuart Fullerton grew up in north central Wisconsin and studied ancient Greek and Latin at Harvard College.  After a year studying archeology in Greece and Turkey, he returned to Harvard for law school. 

Today Stuart works and paints in Chicago.  He is a long-time member of the Palette and Chisel Club and of the Plein Air Painters of Chicago.  He has studied with such wonderful artists as Dan Gerhartz, Max Ranft, Scott Tallman Powers, Ralph Oberg, Skip Whitcomb, Clayton Beck and Romel de la Torre. 

Stuart has been accepted into juried shows such as the Oil Painters of America National Exhibition, Salon International, the American Impressionist Society National Show, the OPA Eastern Regional Exhibition, and the Bosque Art Classic.  He has been invited to take part in the Door County Plein Air Festival, the Carmel Plein Air Festival, and others.  Stuart is a member of the board of directors of the Oil Painters of America and of the Palette and Chisel Club.

Event Headquarters and In-Kind Sponsor - Steeple Square



Steeple Square in downtown Dubuque will be our headquarters for the second year.  Steeple Square features historic St. Mary's Church, which is being restored and repurposed as an event center.  The artists who came last year were blown away by the Munich stained glass windows and how wonderfully they showcased the art.

After the full week of painting, we will host a Patron Party sale and awards announcement will be held Friday, October 13 (oooohhh!), 6-9pm, with the Public Sale Saturday, October 14 9am - 7pm.  Click on the Public Info icon and select Patron Events & Sales for more information.