Bluff Strokes Mississippi River Art Workshops Paint Dubuque

Massey Park

A fav of the AU, the termination of a beautiful drive down Massey Road or Old Massey Road through Grant Wood style countryside.  Massey Park is a county park on the Massey Slough of the Mississippi.  Massey Marina has been around for decades, and generations of Dubuquers have slipped their boats here.  The park, marina, and surrounding community offer some intriguing painting opportunities highlighting old Dubuque river culture.


Need to know:   Marina owners would welcome you to paint on the dock if not busy, which would be any time during the week.  Gary "Moose" Gaherty owns the property at the entrance and has a huge antique tractor collection in his metal buildings.  He welcomes painters on the grounds, and might be talked into setting one out for painting or even providing a beer out of his garage fridge if you talk to him nice.

Restrooms: Available in Marina

Food: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner served in upper level of Marina; consider planning painting around breakfast, which starts at 7.

Setup space availability:  Plentiful and varied.





Dubuque Arboretum

Dubuque Arboretum offers 52 acres of garden on rolling hills and surrounded by forest.  It has been built and maintained by community volunteers since 1980, and now has 1 paid management staff.  This has been a chosen location for many of our workshop lessons.  Gardens: Formal Rose Garden, Bausman Old Garden Roses, English Knot Garden, Formal English Garden, Herb Garden, McGreger’s Children’s Garden, Hosta Garden, Japanese Garden, Children’s Flower and Vegetable Garden, Iowa State and All American Test Gardens, Annual and Perennial Gardens and Dwarf Conifers


Need to know:  Hours of Gardens are May 1 to Oct. 31; 7 am to dusk, seven days a week. Nov. 1 to May 1; 10 am to 3 pm Tue/Wed/Thur, closed Saturday and Sunday, Closed Thanksgiving Day, December 25 through January 1.  No admission fee.

Restrooms: Available

Food: Fast food near the entrance of the site.  Restaurants and Hy Vee deli 5 minutes.

Space availability: Pretty much unlimited

Eagle Point Park

Eagle Point Park is one of the most outstanding parks in the midwest.  One hundred and sixty-four acres overlook the Mississippi River and Lock and Dam #11, providing a spectacular tri-state view of Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin.  Designed by renowned landscape architect Alfred Caldwell, it landscaped grounds and prairie style park structures.