Fox and Branch, Two Shows June 13th

Old time music, including country, swing, blues, Celtic, fiddling and more.

Times: Free children’s show at 11:00 a.m. and a later show at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets for the evening show are $15 each and can be purchased at

BYOB, cups are available onsite for $5

Location: Uptown Theatre of the First Street Community Center in Mount Vernon.Fox and Branch


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Summer Art program

The Mount Vernon Area Arts Council is sponsoring a summer art Program at the Lisbon Library.  Artists will be paid 50.00 per session and be provided a small material fee.  Please contact Denise Murphy if you have any interest at
There will be a total of 5 sessions from 1:30 – 2:30 pm on the dates of June 10th and 24th, July 8th and 22nd, and August 12th.
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Lincoln Highway 2015, Call for Applications

Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Lincoln Highway Arts Festival. This is the festival’s 10 anniversary and we’re planning a wonderful event on Saturday, Sept. 19 in Mount Vernon. Artists can apply online at
If you’d like to see a little video about the Lincoln Highway Arts Festival, go here:
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MVAAC Lisbon Scholarship Recipient

MVAAC presented Lisbon senior Lila Dougherty with a 500.00 scholarship on May 13, 2015.  Lila will be attending ISU as a design student in the Fall.
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Mount Vernon MVAAC Scholarship Recipient

The Mount Vernon Area Arts Council presented Sara Lyon with a 500.00 scholarship on 5/11/2015 at the Mount Vernon Senior awards night.  Sara will be attending Augustana College in Rock Island, IL in the Fall.

The award goes to a senior attending a 2 or 4 year college and pursuing the arts.  (Visual, performing, written or music)

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Chalk the Walk 2015 Winners

Congratulations to all the winners of Chalk the Walk 2015!

Thanks to another great year!!
1st Place – Pamela Hyberger and Alison Frerking    (Girl Photo)
2nd Place – Chris Moore   (Star Wars)
2nd Place – Corinne Fonteyne    (Led Zeppelin)ChalkTheWalk_2ndPlace
3rd Place – David & Sophia Malcolm   (Zebra and Cheetah)ChalkTheWalk_3rdPlace-2
3rd Place – Andy and Parker Whitham   (Farm)ChalkTheWalk_3rdPlace-3
3rd Place – Kira Moore    (Dr. Who)
Thank you again to our special judge Travis Kinkead from The Art Cellar!
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Chalk the Walk 2015

Chalk the walk is off to a great start.  Beautiful weather, lots of chalk and delicious ice cream.  Come to Mount Vernon for a FUN event!!!  The event runs through May 3rd.
















Judging will begin at 3 pm on May 3rd.


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Lisbon After School Program

Rebecca Wirfs Mount Vernon, IA artist presents at April Lisbon After School Program

Rebecca Wirfs provided instruction for two mandala art projects to students in the Lisbon after-school program on April 29th, held at the Lisbon Public Library.  Artists in the program are sponsored by the Mount Vernon Area Arts Council, which pays the artist a $50 stipend and provides additional money for materials.

During the most recent session, the subject was ‘mandala’.    The first mandala project was an etching technique on a CD and the second was drawing/painting on paper.  Around 15 students participated ages 8 – 15.


Artists interested in participating can get more information by contacting Denise Murphy,

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Call for Artists


The Economic Alliance sponsors a piano program in the downtown area, and we’re currently seeking 10 artists to take on a piano and decorate it! We’re seeking artists to donate time and product, and we will supply the pianos. The pianos are open and available for public playing in the downtown area during normal business hours, and during events like the Farmers’ Market.

Artists will receive recognition on the piano, as well as through social media and in our EA newsletter. Please let us know if you are interested in this opportunity by responding to


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MVAAC announces CTW judge

Travis Kinkead

Travis Kinkead

The Mount Vernon Area Arts Council (MVAAC) as announced that Travis Kinkead will be the judge for the 2015 Chalk the Walk celebration. Kinkead is the owner of The Art Cellar gallery in Cedar Rapids. The event, which will be May 2-3 in downtown Mount Vernon, is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

This year. the Chalk the Walk committee says more than 300 artists will create more than 100 squares of chalk art, the largest numbers ever. The 10th anniversary event features the entire community working on a huge rendition of Grant Wood’s American Gothic square by square.

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2015 Lincoln Highway Arts Festival Artists Application

2015 Lincoln Highway Arts Festival Artists Application

MVAAC Executive Committee

Steve Maravetz (president)
Denise Murphy (vice president)
Danielle Ameling (secretary)
Mary Beth Freeman (treasurer)
Dale Beeks
Carol Dillard
Katrina Garner
Leland Turner
Susannah Biondo-Gemmell
Chris Goodwin
Marie DeVries
Diana Crowley