MVAAC helps Solon students prep for Chalk the Walk

The Mount Vernon Area Arts Council recently sponsored a visit by Mount Vernon artist Linda Bild to the Solon schools, where she helped 15 students learn how to do chalk art. The visit was in response to a request from Solon. We can’t wait to see what the kids do during Chalk the Walk, coming up May 2-3 in Mount Vernon.

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MV artist Linda Bild works with kids in Lisbon after-school program

Twice in the past five weeks, Mount Vernon artist Linda Bild has presented an interactive art project with students in the Lisbon after-school program, 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 the Van Gogh painting, Starry Night. Linda talked about how Van Gogh painted the picture, and then the students created their own version of the iconic painting.

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The Fez will play March 14 concert in Mount Vernon

The FezThe Fez, an acclaimed 15-piece Steely Dan tribute band from Iowa City, will perform at 7 pm on Saturday, March 14 in the Uptown Theatre of the First Street Community Center. Tickets are $15 each and available here. The event is sponsored by the Mount Vernon Area Arts Council (MVAAC).

“We’re really happy and excited about the Fez coming to Mount Vernon,” said Steve Maravetz, MVAAC president. “They’re outstanding musicians doing the great songs of Steely Dan. It will be a show to remember!”

People are encouraged to bring their own beverage. Beverages consumed in the theatre must be in Uptown Theatre mugs to prevent spillage. The resusable mugs are $5 and available at the event. People who already have a mug should bring it; they don’t have to purchase another.

 Watch the Fez on YouTube

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2015 Lincoln Highway Arts Festival set for September 19

The Mount Vernon Area Arts Council has set Saturday, September 19 as the date for the 2015 Lincoln Highway Arts Festival. The ’15 festival will be the event’s 10th anniversary.

“We’re going to make this the best Lincoln Highway Arts Festival ever,” said MVAAC president Steve Maravetz. “We plan to reach out to all our local artists to encourage them to participate next September,” Maravetz said. “We also plan to expand our efforts to recruit artists from around the region, and we’ve created a video to help us do that. We also want to add some additional activities that appeal to families. We want it to be a fun event for everyone.”

Next year’s festival is a week earlier than in the past few years. The date is set after the council reviews the schedule of other events in the area, and with an eye on the Cornell and Iowa football schedules.

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MVAAC invites artists to a reception for Tony Plaut

Friends and colleagues,

The Mount Vernon Area Arts Council invites you to a reception we’re having to thank Tony Plaut for his years of service as a member and president of the Arts Council.

The reception will be from 4 to 6 pm Sunday, Nov. 2 at the home of Steve Maravetz and Dixie Collins, 218 Seventh Avenue NW in Mount Vernon.

Everyone is welcome, so bring a friend.

This will be a wonderful opportunity to see old friends and make new ones within the local arts/creative community. There will be some wine, some non-alcoholic beverages, and some gustatory delights.

No RSVP necessary. Come as you are. We hope to see you there on Nov. 2!

Mount Vernon Area Arts Council

Steve Maravetz

Denise Murphy

Danielle Ameling

MB Freeman

Dale Beeks

Carol Dillard

Katrina Garner

Leland Turner

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Black Sheep/Waubeek Trackers show a huge success!

Incredible night last night at the Black Sheep/Waubeek Trackers concert. It was a benefit for the Mount Vernon Area Arts Council. The Trackers were awesome and the Sheep caught magic in a bottle. Thanks to everyone who came out, apologies to those who couldn’t get a ticket, an a HUGE shout out to the bands, and to Dale Beeks and Gabe  Baillargeon who handled the sound board. It was like old home week for the two venerable bands. THANKS!

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Black Sheep/Waubeek Trackers show is sold out

We’re happy to announce that the August 9 benefit performance by Black Sheep and the Waubeek Trackers is a sellout. Thanks to everyone who purchased tickets…we’ll see you at the show!

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2014 Lincoln Highway Arts Festival Call for Artists

Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Lincoln Highway Arts Festival on Saturday, Sept. 27 in downtown Mount Vernon. The show features original work in many media. The entry fee is again $60, and $30 for emerging artists. More information and online application materials are available by clicking the paint can at right. The downtown is closed to traffic during the arts festival.

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MVAAC Strategic Plan now available

The new MVAAC 2014-15 Strategic Plan has been adopted and is now available to the public. The strategic plan was developed by the MVAAC under the direction of MVAAC Vice President Denise Murphy, a trained strategic planner.

The process began in May 2013 with a community survey. Over the course of the next several months, the MVAAC hammered out changes and clarifications in the document. The plan calls for the MVAAC to focus on six areas over the next two years:

1.       Arts-related opportunities which in turn enhance the community through the arts.
2.       Art Events (Festivals and Shows)
3.       More Art in Public Places
4.       Art Education
5.       Marketing the Arts
6.       Board of Directors and Structure of Organization



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Watch the Lincoln Highway Arts Festival video

Watch the Lincoln Highway Arts Festival video

Lincoln Highway Arts Festival video