Bluff Strokes Mississippi River Art Workshops Paint Dubuque

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Bluff Strokes 2018 Juror - Nancy King Mertz

 Nancie King Mertz teaches across the US and internationally, and is on the faculties of both the Plein Air Convention and the IAPS Convention.  She was awarded the Master Circle Medallion by the Int’l Assoc. of Pastel Societies in 2015 and is a Master Signature member of Pastel Society of America.  Her work was featured on the cover of Pastel Journal in Feb. 2015.  She has twice been named “Artist of the Year” in Chicago.  Four of her Chicago works are on CBS’ “The Good Wife” and many rotate onto Chicago-based shows and commercials. 


Bluff Strokes 2017 Award Winners

Bluff Strokes 2017 produced many fine paintings of Dubuque area cityscapes, industryscapes, and landscapes.  Here are the award winners.  Thank you Stuart Fullerton for judging.  And congratulations to all!


  Award Winner Painting

Bluff Strokes
Purchase Prize

Lori Beringer
Plymouth, WI

Past and Presence


Overall Category
First Place

Tom Gilbert
Madison, WI

Morning Light


Overall Category
Second Place

Paul Bergquist
Viroqua, WI

Steeples of Dubuque


Overall Category

Third Place

Kathleen Newman
Chicago, IL

Taking a Break


Overall Category
Artists' Choice

Nyle Gordon
Ethel, MO

The Railroad Bridge


Overall Category
Merit Award

Spencer Meagher
Mt. Vernon, IL

Old Tracks


Overall Category
Merit Award

Mat Barber Kennedy
Chicago, IL

1145 Locust