Bluff Strokes Mississippi River Art Workshops Paint Dubuque

60 artists, painting for one week, $10,000 in prizes and then a BIG SALE!

Sunday, Oct 8 – Saturday, Oct 14, 2017

Welcome to our second 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 and then selling the works at Steeple Square on Friday, Oct 13 (6-9pm) and Saturday, Oct 14 (9am-7pm).

Dubuque offers many painting options, including panoramic and close-up views of the Mississippi, the Millwork District, an expansive arboretum with English and Japanese Gardens, and many unique and historic neighborhoods and parks.  We had such an amazing response from the community for our first Paint Out, everyone is excited for the artists to come back.  You showed us our own town, through your eyes and brushstrokes, and made us appreciate Dubuque even more!  Welcome to Bluff Strokes!

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 - 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.

Artists will register here on Sunday.  A Sponsor and Patron Preview Party sale and awards announcement will be held Friday, October 13 (oooohhh!), 6-9pm, with the Public Sale Saturday, October 14 9am - 7pm.