We are delighted to announce that BAC member Ronald Hansen dedicated the public art piece along Bellevue's Scenic Byway during our Fishtival 2018 festivities. Ronald's concept of steamboat stacks and colorful fish is now installed for all of Bellevue and visitors to enjoy. To celebrate this beautiful addition to the Bellevue Riverview Park walkway, we have decided to use the sculpture as our new Bellevue Arts Council logo.
Thank you to the community for its input in this multi-year process, and to the Public Art Selection Committee which developed the theme "Living, Flowing, Ever Changing." This project is being managed by the Byways of Iowa Foundation and the Northeast Iowa RC&D.
Our current BAC Board Members
(Back row left to right)
(Front row left to right)
Mike Pedersen (not in photo yet)
Linda Nudd and Joannie Kilburg - Facebook
M. Sue Sawvel - Website
Joannie Kilburg - Newsletter
To learn more about our organization visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BellevueArtsCouncil/
We are so fortunate for the use of the Great River Gallery for individual showings by artists and also for our annual BAC Annual Art Exhibit.
The gallery is located at Water Street Landing: The Button Factory, 305 South Riverview Street, Lower Level, Bellevue, Iowa. Access to the gallery is available upon request by contacting Allen Ernst at 563.581.9197 (or 563.872.3388, email at email@example.com.
Viewing of the artworks in the gallery are also available during the Farmer's Market every Thursday at the same location, from 4 to 6:30 P.M. A BAC board member will always be present anytime the gallery is open.
We will be attending "We Will Rock You" featuring music of Queen at Timberlake Playhouse in Mt. Carroll, Illinois, on Sunday, August 21st. More information coming on tickets.
The PLEIN AIR PAINTERS OF DUBUQUE will be in Bellevue on Thursday, July 28th. There will be five artists painting in the downtown area from 3:00 to 7:00 P.M. Experience our beautiful scenery through these artists eyes as they paint plein air.
Bellevue City Administrator Abbey Skrivseth came up with a fun way to promote Bellevue Heritage Days in 2022. Bellevue Arts Council and retired art teacher, Dave Eischeid, drew the design of Uncle Sam, Bellevue Lumber donated the materials, Mike Marshall and the Bellevue High School shop class made the cut-out, and finally, Bellevue High School art student Brook Kurt painted it. The new Heritage Days prop will be located at Cole Park on July 3, and plans are for it to return every year.
The annual Summer Art Exhibition will be held on June 17th from 5:30 to 8 p.m with reception., and June 18th from 2 - 6 p.m., at the Great River Gallery, 305 South Riverview. If you wish to respond to the Call For Artwork, a pdf form to register is on this home page at the top titled "Call For Artwork." All guidelines and delivery of artwork, along with pickup of artwork after the show, is outlined on the Call for Art form at the top of this page. Information is also outlined below in the section titled Arts Events Sponsored by the Bellevue Arts Council, Great River Gallery Exhibits.
To celebrate National Poetry Month, the Bellevue Arts Council is inviting local writers and artists to participate in, or simply attend, the Poetry and More event Thursday, April 28th, at 6:30 p.m. This event will be held at the Great River Gallery at Water Street Landing, 305 South Riverview. Attendees who wish to participate should bring a notebook, pencil, a guitar if you are so inclined, an original work or work by a favorite author you wish to share, or just come to listen to the talent those participating want to share with the community. If you'd like more information, email Penny North at firstname.lastname@example.org, Julianne Couch at email@example.com, or Joannie Kilburg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mike Doland and Dave Eischeid are coming together to host a two-man art show. The show was Friday, May 6, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, May 7, from 2 to 6 p.m., at the Great River Gallery, 305 South Riverview in Bellevue, Iowa.
Doland is an artist in painting as well as in his ability to create original jewelry. Mike taught art in Maquoketa, Dubuque, and Bellevue schools before opening his jewelry stores. Eischeid taught art in the Bellevue Community Schools for 33 years, along with being a professional photographer for over 20 years. They taught together for six years in Bellevue, both are now in retirement and have collaborated their art pieces to host their first ever two- man show . The art pieces range from color studies of diamonds to visual feelings of the environment and travel experiences.
Curt and Lucy Zeimet did a wonderful job with their theatrical story-telling presentation, "Love Letters," a lifelong story of ups and downs between two very different people told to each other through "love letters." Free admission and sponsored by the Bellevue Arts Council, this is our first of many varied and meaningful events for our members and the community this year.
Bellevue Arts Council Members are invited to experience out NEW Social Event of the year as we come together to enjoy conversation It is NOT a time to display your work but a time to gather with our wonderful membership for the opportunity to have all of our members simply to meet, mingle, and talk! The event will be held on October 6th, 2021, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Great River Gallery. The gallery is located at Water Street Landing at the Button Factory, 305 South Riverview Street, Lower Level, Bellevue, Iowa. We will have hors d'oeuvres and beverages. The River Ridge Brewery right across the way from the gallery has consented to open for our event as well for our beer lovers. This will hopefully become a current event of our group to share what we've been working on, what we plan to do, new ideas for future events, or that rare opportunity to simply mingle with friends! We appreciate our members so much, so please come and join in.
Note: OUR MINGLE AND BREW IS CASUAL (unlike the artwork to the left)!
This image is a vignette of a larger painting titled Friday at the French Artists Salon by Jules Alexandre Grun, oil on canvas, 1911.
We presented a Mini Spring Art Event - Virtual Art Show, viewed on the local Bellevue TV channel on Wednesday, June 17th, Friday, June 19th, Saturday, June 20th, at 2 P.M. and every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday through the 4th of July at 2 P.M. We are pleased to announce that Joannie Kilburg, one of our beloved members of Bellevue Arts Council, is in the process of putting together our second annual mini spring art event for 2021 entitled our 2021 Spring Fling Virtual Art Show!
We will let you know when this will be available for viewing on local Bellevue TV cable station and at the facebook address.
What makes this event different in character is that technology is the primary method of presenting and viewing the show and its artworks. It is wonderfully presented through the work of Joannie Kilburg, who collects the members' artworks in varied media; ie: music and song, literary presentations, theater performances, and studio 2D and 3D artworks, then organized all into a wonderful presentation, along with an overview of the Bellevue Art Council's history and mission in the community. This is a new and innovative approach to display our local artwork for people in the community to enjoy from the comfort of their own homes and perhaps purchase if they so desire. Come be a part of a new approach to fine art in Bellevue!
If you have any questions about this virtual exhibit, please contact Dave Eischeid at 563.542.7020.
Visit our Bellevue Arts Council Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BellevueArtsCouncil/
The mission of the Bellevue Arts Council is to create, foster and promote our unique regional arts environment by supporting the arts, art education and artists of eastern Iowa. By providing funding, advocacy and support services to the region's arts organizations and artists we strive to build a strong arts community now and for the future.
The vision of the Bellevue Arts Council is to recognize all of the arts and their importance in our community. We envision Bellevue as a community where the arts inspire innovative creativity, celebrate our rich cultural diversity, recognize our valuable history and encourage individual and community involvement.
Join us on FACEBOOK at https://www.facebook.com/BellevueArtsCouncil/ to get to know us better and experience what our organization is all about.
August is BAC Membership Month!
Please become a supporting member of the Bellevue Arts Council, working together toward a goal of supporting artists and arts education in our community. Link to our MEMBERSHIP FORM to become a Bellevue Arts Council member. Your dues support exhibits by area artists, art classes for kids and seniors, visits from writers an poets, performances by actors and musicians, and trips to regional theaters and art museums. Another benefit of membership is an electronic newsletter sharing the latest projects and information you wouldn't want to miss. With your support, we will continue partnering with the public library, local schools, and other community organizations.
PLACE & RECEPTION DATE
The Summer Art 2022 Exhibition will be displayed in the Button Factory lower level, the new location of our Great River Gallery, 305 South Riverview St., Bellevue, Iowa,
Friday evening, June 17th, from 5:30 - 8 p.m. with a reception, and Saturday, June 18th, from 2-6 p.m. for walk-in viewing. Artists can take their artworks home with them after the showing on Saturday, or they can choose to make other arrangements with David Eischeid for artwork pickup. .
This art exhibit is open to all public and BAC members in Bellevue and the surrounding areas.
The CALL FOR ART entry form for show exhibitors can be downloaded using the page link on the navigation bar at the top of this page entitled
The form is in PDF format so you have a number of options for completing it.
1. You can download a copy, print it out, write in your information and mail your registration to Dave Eischeid, 30724 Oak Lane, Bellevue, Iowa 52031.
2. The most convenient option is just to print it off and bring the entry forms with you on June 17th along with your artworks you are submitting for the show .
DROP OFF AND PICKUP
For this year's show, the drop off date for art is Saturday, June 4, from 2 - 5 p.m., and Sunday, June 5, from 2 - 4 p.m. or other arrangements may be made with Dave Eischeid for a delivery time.
Artists may pick up their artworks following the above events on Saturday, June 18th, from 2 to 4 P.M. or they may leave them on the walls at the gallery for a later pickup. Arrangement for late pickup needs to be arranged by calling Dave Eischeid at 563.542.7020.
This is a non juried show open to any current BAC member. Member artists are invited to exhibit up to three works of art. Non members may enter artwork by joining and paying the $25 membership dues at the time their artwork is delivered for exhibition.
The Bellevue Arts Council requires a 20% commission from the artist on any work sold during the show.
Please visit our Bellevue Arts Council Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BellevueArtsCouncil/
Our annual 2022 Bellevue Fall Fishtival event is scheduled for September 10th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Featuring area artists and crafters, this daylong event showcases talent through the area. Arts, crafts, food, music, Ski Bellevue's water ski show, and more fill the day. Some areas for arts, crafts, and vendor booths may still be available. If interested, please contact Dave Eischeid (email@example.com) for registration form or link to a Fishtival Entry Form Page above, that must be turned in no later than August 1st.
Also planned are Make and Take family art activities held in our new art gallery, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Activities will include drawing, painting, sculpture and jewelrymaking.
If you'd like to view some photos from last year's Fishtival, use this link to access the Fishtival page or use the link at the top of this Home Page.
If you would like to be an artist participant in the Fishtival, link here to the Entry and Registration Information Form which is located on the Fishtival Entry Form page.
BELLEVUE FALL FISHTIVAL OVERVIEW
The annual Fishtival event in August is a celebration of our heritage as a community on the Mississippi through all forms of art including dance, media arts, and folk and traditional music. Some activities included in the past are an art exhibit, on-location painters, fish sculptures, fish related children's hands-on projects, DNR fish demonstrations, children's dance troupes, trolling musicians, a mermaid, and a fish boil. Added in 2017 were informal adult art experiences in the gazebo, which included a clay handbuilding project, chalk pastel and watercolor. In 2018 we added a family-friendly art workshops held in the Great River Gallery that included a wide variety of studio activities.
The mission of the BAC is to present a variety of unique, artistic expressions and experiences to children, students, and community. The purpose of Fishtival is to attract tourists to the Bellevue, Iowa, through the promotion of art.
We've had so much wonderful community participation in Bellevue promoting the arts because of enthusiastic support from the school districts and community. This year we have decided to rethink approaches to community need and requests for alternative avenues of sharing the arts with our community. In addition to the 2nd Sunday events and Mill Valley painting classes for residents, we have a series of outreach opportunities for all citizens in Bellevue. This year, we offered a Paint to Create 2-hour class on a Friday evening painting a beautiful Mississippi scene in acrylic. In addition, we are wrapping up the 5 series painting sessions in either acrylic or oil with teacher assistance to render a painting of one's own subject matter. As time goes by this year, we'll be offering more diverse avenues of creative expression for our Bellevue community. As always, classes being offered will be shown on the Bellevue TV station and in the newspaper. We hope to see you at our future events.
Summer Reading Program 2019
Dave Eischeid worked with 50 Bellevue students (2 groups) who repainted the fence behind River Ridge Brewery with a fish-themed mural. They worked on their drawings on June 12 in the afternoon and painted the fish on the fence June 26th. Volunteers included Maury Anderson, Meg Baught, Earl and Megan Sawvel, and Ray and Mary Kubick. It's an adorable mural by our local children. When you are in that area, make sure and check it out!
One to two times a month Dave Eischeid and a volunteer assistant, Mary Kubik, conduct painting classes to any Mill Valley residents who choose to attend. Our painting classes are an hour and a half in length giving residents the opportunity for mental focus, dexterity, and critical decision making skills while producing very personal artworks that could include subject matter from horses and barns to florals. Of course, the water soluble paints are nontoxic for the safety of the residents. We love working with the residents of Mill Valley, knowing these activities add to their enrichment opportunities and quality of life. Random discussions, camaraderie, and life stories add depth and a smile to the residents' day as well.
Past field trips have included art museum tours to Milwaukee, Chicago, Dubuque, and Mt. Carroll. Future events/possibilities we are working on for our members are an art workshop at the Birds and the Bees, a Rose Frantzen Gallery Tour, and a tour of the 22 murals in Dubuque.
Access to the Great River Gallery, 307 South Riverview, Bellevue, Iowa, is available upon request by contacting Allen Ernst at 563.581.9197 (or 563.872.3388) or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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