Waubeek Trackers, Black Sheep will play Aug. 9 MVAAC benefit concert

Poster by Danielle Amelang  Iron Leaf Press

Poster by Danielle Amelang
Iron Leaf Press

Tickets are now available online for the August 9 Black Sheep/Waubeek Trackers concert.

To mark her 60th birthday, musician and artist Patty Ankrum will bring together two of the groups in which she played to perform a benefit concert on Saturday, August 9. The concert will begin at 7 pm in the auditorium of the First Street Community Center, 221 First Street, Mount Vernon.

Black Sheep, who attracted a large following across eastern Iowa in the 1990s and early 2000s, will reunite for this performance. Black Sheep features Ankrum on guitar and vocals, Dixie Collins on percussion and vocals, Mike Maas on guitar, mandolin, and vocals, and violinist and singer Carlis Faurot. The group is known for its outstanding vocals and harmony, along with a warm stage presence. Their music is an eclectic blend of folk, blues, and rock, including old standards and original songs. They have released two albums, “A Sheep at the Wheel” and “Deep Sheep.”

The Waubeek Trackers, members of the Iowa Arts Council Touring Artists, was a popular trio throughout the Midwest in the 80′s, playfully deemed  “definitely not downstream music”. They recorded one album, “The Cat Came Back.”  After they broke up, Ankrum joined Black Sheep. The Trackers reunited in 2013, and have been playing around eastern Iowa ever since. Ankrum and Richard Baillargeon play guitar, and Steve Maurice, harmonica. Three distinct voices with their signature tight harmonies and arrangements, their repertoire is nostalgic to old fans, while bringing in the new: delta/blues, ballads, folk.

The concert is a fundraiser for the Mount Vernon Area Arts Council. Tickets are $15 each and are available online at mvaac.org. Attendees may bring their own beverages to the event, but all beverages must be consumed in First Street Community Center mugs, which are available for $5. The mugs are reusable at events at the First Street Community Center.

The Mount Vernon Area Arts Council is a non-profit organization whose mission is to increase the knowledge, understanding, cooperation, appreciation and practice of the arts within the Mount Vernon Area. It is a partner in the annual Chalk the Walk celebration and it sponsors the Lincoln Highway Arts Festival in September. The MVAAC is also active in bringing art to young people in the community and sponsors scholarships for high school students in Mount Vernon and Lisbon.

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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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Mount Vernon’s Lincoln Highway Arts Festival announces a call for emerging artists to exhibit

The Mount Vernon Area Arts Council, primary organizer of Mount Vernon’s annual Lincoln Highway Arts Festival, is once again offering artists who have never exhibited in an art festival the opportunity to participate in this year’s event, which will be held on Saturday September 27.

“Preparing for your first festival can be a little intimidating for an artist,” says Tony Plaut, of the MVAAC. “The Lincoln Highway Arts Festival has been the first public exhibit for quite a few artists and we’d like to expand that,” says Plaut, who is professor of art at Cornell College in Mount Vernon.

The entry fee for emerging artists will be reduced to $30. The MVAAC website offers information and checklists for artists preparing for their inaugural show. These include tips on preparing and displaying art, preparing marketing information for the public, tents and booth types, and much more.

In addition, Plaut says 10 percent of the festival’s exhibit space will be reserved for emerging artists.

“We’re not the biggest show in eastern Iowa but we attract good crowds and the artists tell us they always have strong sales during the Lincoln Highway Arts Festival. As an art educator, it’s always exciting to see new artists spreading their wings and putting their work out for sale to the public.”

Application materials are available on this page.

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We at the Mount Vernon Area Arts Council are happy that you stopped by. The site’s in the early stages of construction but we’ll make it good really fast. Stay tuned!

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2014 Lincoln Highway Arts Festival Online Application

2014 Lincoln Highway Arts Festival Online Application

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Black Sheep Waubeek Trackers Tickets

Black Sheep/Waubeek Trackers tickets

Resources for emerging artists


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