Bluff Strokes Mississippi River Art Workshops Paint Dubuque

Schedule of Events

Sunday, Oct 7

Register and stamp materials at Steeple Square (15th & White), Dubuque, IA 52001 between 8am - 4pm.

Monday, Oct 8

Canvas stamping at River Lights Bookstore at 1098 Main St from 10am-6pm all week.

We will be hosting an Artist Picnic at Eagle Point Park (Shiras Ave, Dubuque, 52004) starting at 5:30pm.  Cost is $1 to enter the park.  Come to the Riverside Pavillion where dinner will be catered, but you can make your own s'mores!  Bring your instruments!  It's just us and we'd love to relax and hang out with you.  Amazing views for painting all around the park.  It's the reason Jillayne agreed to move to Dubuque!


If you have a guest joining you for the picnic, please pay $10 per adult guest at registration.  

  River overlook at Eagle Point Park

 Tuesday, Oct 9

Nocturne - Stamping at Steeple Square 4 - 5pm.  

Begin turning in finished paintings at Steeple Square 4 - 5pm (decide on Friday which ones will be hung and juried; the others will be replacements).  This helps us get more paintings into inventory before the sale!!


 Wednesday, Oct 11

Turn in (1) Nocturne 8 - 8:30am at Steeple Square.  

Quick Paint canvas stamping 8 - 8:30am.  Begin painting right away.

Turn in (1) Quick Paint by 11:30am at Steeple Square.

Turn in paintings of the day at Steeple Square 4 - 5pm.

Special Event - To Be Announced, but it's really cool!


Thursday, Oct 11

Turn in paintings of the day 4 - 5pm at Steeple Square.

Graffiti Paint Out at the Millwork Night Market - This is an "unofficial event", but one that was really fun last year!  Two graffiti artists, "Zore" and "Zor Zor Zor," aka Mario and Anna, will be "writing" on another Hirschbach trailer- right in the middle of Dubuque's new Night Market on 8th St & Jackson St.  There will be food vendors, artists' tents, live music, and a beer tent!  The event starts at 5pm, but the graffiti will start around noon.  We welcome our Bluff Strokes artists to capture the vibrant scene (it WILL NOT rain! - it worked last year ;) and get the word out about our Patron Sale on Friday the 12th. (Paintings from this evening would not qualify for Nocturne judging).


 Friday, Oct 12

Patron Sale at Steeple Square 6-9pm

Turn in your best (3) paintings, plus (3) replacement painting at Steeple Square (15th & White) between 8am-10am.  Please have all the paperwork filled out and framing done before you arrive so we can have a smooth turn-in process, although we will have extra forms and some framing supplies available.  Sign-up sheets can be filled out at registration for volunteers (thank you in advance!) willing to help hang paintings so our juror, Nancie King Mertz, can get to work.  Artists are welcome to hang out if you're helping!  

Yoga at Steeple Square 3pm - Join Marisa in a relaxing (all levels) session designed to relieve tired muscles and get you ready for the party tonight!  Wear comfortable clothes.  Mats will be provided.

Judging will be announced at 5pm.  Doors open to the Patron Pass holders at 6pm.  We would love to have the artists there to meet your customers and enjoy food, wine and beer on us.  We ask that if you have guests, please pay $10 at registration per adult guest.  

 Saturday, Oct 14

Public Art Sale at Steeple Square 9am-7pm

Fresh Produce at the Farmer's Market 7am-12pm - We will try to hang all art that you produce at the Farmer's Market (roughly 10th to 14th along Iowa St).  These will be added to open spots as they are available.  Check out Fincel's pumpkin cart and the flower stands.  It's a great way to get more people to the sale at Steeple Square!

Unsold Painting Pick-up from 7pm-8pm.

Sunday, Oct 15

Unsold Painting Pick-up from 8-10am.  Any paintings left without instructions will become the property of Bluff Strokes and may be donated for auction at the Dubuque Museum of Art benefit.  Any artists willing to help clean up and take down will earn a special place in our hearts!  Thanks for our fabulous volunteers from 2017!