Bluff Strokes Mississippi River Art Workshops Paint Dubuque

Bluff Strokes is an offering of Mississippi River Art Workshops, an Affiliate of the Dubuque County Fine Arts Society.  Mississippi River Art Workshops was founded in 2014 by a group of local artists and arts advocates.  Our goal is to create high quality events for artists which explore and capitalize on the natural and man-created beauty of the Dubuque area.


2014   Organization launched under Dubuque County Fine Arts Society

2015   Jun - 5 Day Workshop led by John Preston; Painting the Mississippi Plein Air

2016   Jun - 5 Day Workshop led by Debra Joy Groesser; Fundamentals of Plein Air

             Jun - 3 Day Workshop led by John Preston; Painting Dubuque Plein Air

             Oct - 1st Annual Bluff Strokes Plein Air Paint Out hosted 46 artists from 6 different states  


Mississippi River Art Workshops Committee

  • Wes Heitzman, Chairperson
  • Betsy Badger, Treasurer
  • Morgan Kohlwes, Secretary
  • Jillayne Pinchuk, Bluff Strokes Chairperson
  • Sarah Conlon, Media Planner
  • Dawn Eikamp, Designer
  • Bob Felderman, Photographer
  • Paul Opperman, Master Builder