Bellevue Arts Council, Bellevue, Iowa

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Riverfront Sculpture


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. 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.  

BAC Board Members


Our current BAC Board Members are from left to right, back row,  Anne Amore, Ron Hansen, Allen Ernst, Dave Eischeid, and Julianne Couch. 

Front row from left to right, are  Karen Langseth, Jo Fifield, Linda Nudd, Kate Brooks, and Sue Sawvel.  

Carrie Weaver of the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, shown above separately,  is also a board member and advisor.

Great River Gallery


We are so fortunate for the use of the Great River Gallery for individual showings by artists and also for our annual BAC Members Spring Exhibit.  

The gallery is located at 116 North Riverview Drive, Bellevue, Iowa.  Access to the gallery is available upon request by contacting Allen Ernst at 563.581.9197 (or 563.872.3388) or email at  

Link here to the Great River Gallery website.



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.


We are an organization that is 100+ members strong, all dedicated to offering ways to share love of the arts with others, whether your passion is for visual arts, writing, music, theater, or other forms of self-expression. 

Facebook and Membership

Join us on FACEBOOK at 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 a monthly 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. 



Great River Gallery Exhibits



The 6th Annual Members Exhibition will be displayed in the Great River Gallery, 116 North Riverview.  The show will open with a public reception on Friday, May 3, from 5 P.M. to 8 P.M.  Additional show viewing is Saturday, May 4, from 2 P.M. to 4 P.M.


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. 


Artists are to deliver their work to the Great River Gallery on Saturday, April 27, from 12 P.M. to 2 P.M.  or at a prearranged time. 

All artists that intend to participate in the show are requested to contact Dave Eischeid in advance of artwork delivery 563.542.7020. 

All artwork should be packaged for safe storage and handling while awaiting show set up. 

Although the show is not juried all work must be properly framed or otherwise well presented for display.  All framed work must have picture wire for hanging. All artwork must be identified with:

Title, size, medium (oil, watercolor, etc.), price (if for sale), artist name, address, and phone number. 


Artists may pick up work 

Sunday, May 5, from 2:00 - 4:00 P.M..


The Bellevue Arts Council retains the right to refuse any work that we deem inappropriate.  The utmost care will be taken of all artwork but neither the BAC or Great River Gallery will be held responsible for damage or loss. 


The Bellevue Arts Council requires a 20% commission from the artist on any work sold during the show. 


The Great River Gallery exhibits ongoing artworks from resident artists throughout the year.  In addition, specific scheduled shows by individual artists and the BAC Members' Spring Exhibit celebrate area artists creations in photography, 2D studio works, jewelry making, fabric art, woodworking and sculpture. 

Annual Fishtival in August


Our  annual 2019 Fishtival event will be on Saturday, August 17th, from 10 - 4 P.M. 

If you'd like to view some photos from last  year's Fishtival, use this link to access the Fishtival 2018 page or use the link at the top of this Home Page.

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. 

2nd Sunday Events Schedule 2019 and the River Ridge Brewery


The above painting is "Poppies, Isles of Shoals, by Childe Hassam, 1891, Pastel. 

Come join us from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Great River Gallery, 116 North Riverview, Bellevue, next door to the River Ridge Brewery, that is open for the arts event offering  specialty beverages if desired. See you there!

JANUARY 13, 2019 - Mini Acrylic Paintings.


FEBRUARY 10, 2019 -  Abraham Lincoln re-enactor.  

MARCH 10, 2019- Irish themed studio event in calligraphy and illumination.

APRIL 14, 2019 - Chalk Painting Spring Flowers.  

MAY 12, 2019 - Paper Flowers and Unique Collage

Subject matter will be diverse from making paper flowers, stamping and creating unique collage cards.  This should prove to be a fun and creative project for your imagination. No charge. 


JUNE 9, 2019 - Rock Painting.

We had so much fun painting rocks last year we decided to repeat it this year.   All supplies of clean rocks, acrylic paint, brushes will be supplied for our artists, along with visual resource ideas.  No charge. 

JULY 14, 2019 - The July 2nd Sunday event at the gallery is cancelled.  Instead members will be  attending Mama Mia at Timber Lake Playhouse in Mt. Carroll on July 28th. 

AUGUST 11:  There will be no 2nd Sunday event scheduled for August 11th. Instead, that will be replaced by Fishtival set for Saturday, August 17, 2019. Information about Fishtival is on the adjoining column to the left. 


OCTOBER 13, 2019 - TBA

NOVEMBER 10, 2019 - TBA

DECEMBER 8, 2019 - TBA


JANUARY 14, 2018 - Mini Acrylic Painting

FEBRUARY 11, 2018 - Writing Love Poems         MARCH 11, 2018 - Symbols and Calligraphy                 APRIL 8, 2018 - Painting and Hiding Rocks

MAY 12, 2018 - Springtime and Mother's Day       JUNE 10, 2018 - Sun Prints on Fabric          

JULY 8, 2018 - Pour To Create

      AUGUST  12 - Field Trip  to Fiddler on the Roof, Timber Lake Playhouse in Mt. Carroll 

SEPTEMBER 9 - Chalk Pastel 

     OCTOBER 14, 2018 - Origami with Joe Oclon.  NOVEMBER 11, 2018- Paint ceramic bisqueware

          DECEMBER  9, 2018 - Create greeting cards 



Second  Sunday events allow  children, adults, and families to explore the arts. These events started in December 2016  and are held every Second Sunday in the Great River Gallery from 2-4 p.m. Participants  have access to  the River Ridge Brewery next door while enjoying writing, music, and studio art.  Some of the  2nd Sunday arts events in 2017 included watercolor, pastel, recycled art, authors, historical re-enactments of prominent writers and poets of the past, and musical experiences. The sky is the limit in what you may experience.  Our goal is  to maintain a very diverse range of arts activities that include music, theater, studio art, dance,  and  adventures in written expression.  When applicable we incorporate brief examples of art from the past for inspiration and education for our community. Come and enjoy! Explore your creative side!

Explore Art in Bellevue!


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.  

Mill Valley Resident Art Experience


Two to three times a month Dave and Carol  Eischeid, and Sue and Earl Sawvel take turns giving painting classes to any Mill Valley residents who choose to attend. Karen Dunne consistently helps with every class as well and a special "Thank You!" goes to her for her devotion to what we are trying to achieve at Mill Valley for its residents. 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.  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.

Field Trips and Other Inspirations


March 9, 2018, we took a caravan field trip to three different Dubuque  locations to experience very diverse expressions of art.  It was a wonderful day of discussion, inspiration, comaraderie, and art experience. We began at the Sinsinawa Mound Center for Gail Chavenelle's Spirit and Space Exhibit, but we couldn't leave without admiring the chapel's beautiful stained glass windows, then  heading for the bakery and gift shop for goodies.  Then on to lunch at 7Hills, followed by the Amanda Steines Exhibit at Gallery C in downtown Dubuque.  We finished up the day with two shows at the Dubuque Art Museum, the Charles Thwaites Exhibit and the Paper: Medium and Message Show. 

July of 2018, BAC members took a trip to see "Fiddler on the Roof" at the Timber Lake Playhouse in Mt. Carroll .

  This year will be attending another theater presentation, Mama Mia,  on July 28th,  2019, at the Timber Lake Playhouse in Mt. Carroll.

 Past field trips have included art museum tours to Milwaukee, Chicago, Dubuque, and Mt. Carroll.   Where would like to go on an arts related field trip?  Let us know. 

Not really a field trip but rather an opportunity to add to your individual exploration of the arts and artists that include  a brief biography, their motivatiions,  and personal style, we are including an  Inspiration Page to this website  that will change  in content every month or so. Access to the Inspiration Page can be linked to from the Navigation Bar at the top of this page as well.   It explores an artist from history, his or her biography, the relevant artistic time period, and the artist's personal style and motivation to be an artist. It's a little art appreciation and art history rolled  into one. We hope you enjoy it! 

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Contact Us

Access to the Great River Gallery, 116 North Riverview Drive, Bellevue, Iowa, is available upon request by contacting Allen Ernst at 563.581.9197 (or 563.872.3388) or email at  

For questions about the BAC, contact David Eischeid at 563.542.7020 or email at, or  Bellevue Area Chamber of Commerce at 563.872.5830 or  

For inquiries about this website,  contact M. Sue Sawvel at the Drop Us a Line!  link below.

Bellevue Arts Council, Bellevue, Iowa

116 N Riverview St, Bellevue, Iowa 52031, United States

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