Runde Salesman to Compete in Painting Competition

Runde Auto Group is excited to announce that one of our own, salesman Nick Roche, will be competing in Art Slam as a part of Voices X!

The live, timed painting competition will feature five student teams and four professional teams who will be painting live models. It will be at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Nick Roche

Nick Roche

Nick has has been painting since the early 2000s. He usually paints abstracts with oil, but for his first Art Slam, he will be painting models with acrylic.

“I took a lot of figure drawing in college,” he said.

Nick studied Art and English at Loras College.

As music pumps through the warehouse, attendees will watch as the artists complete a painting in 90 minutes, voting for their favorites by dropping dollars in voting boxes. A three-member jury will judge the final works, and two $1,000 prizes will be awarded.

The boisterous atmosphere will be a new experience for Nick since he usually paints with classical or jazz music.

“I don’t normally paint in front of people so it will be different,” Nick said. “It’s not something I’d typically do.”

Nick, who is from the Chicagoland area, has worked at Runde Chevrolet for 2 ½ years.

This is a scene from Art Slam at last year's Voices From the Warehouse. This year's event will be at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20. Doors open at 6 p.m.

This is a scene from Art Slam at last year’s Voices From the Warehouse. This year’s event will be at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Runde Auto Group is the premier sponsor of Voices X, a month-long art exhibition that is held in Dubuque’s warehouse district, at the corner of 10th and Jackson Streets.

Join us Saturday night as we cheer on Nick and the other artists!


Teams will include:

Students – Clarke University, University of Wisconsin Madison, Loras College, University of Northern Iowa

Professionals – Corinna Button, Monica Balc, Doug and Donna Schliesier, and Nick Roche

Voices X Will Make its Mark in Dubuque



Runde Auto Group is excited to once again be a sponsor of Voices From the Warehouse District!

This year marks the month-long art exhibition’s 10th anniversary, and Voices X is set to be bigger and better than ever.

“We really wanted to focus on things that we haven’t had before — more installation artists and more digital media artists,” said Janice Roerig-Blong, exhibition coordinator of Voices X.

There will be 14 exhibiting artists, including local, regional and some from as far away as Seattle and New York, as well as three guest artists. The exhibit will start Sept. 6 and run until Oct. 4.

Gene Tully, the founder of Voices, will also be exhibiting his work this year.

“He hasn’t (exhibited) since I think the first or second Voices,” Janice said.

One of the pieces created by Tully, a Dubuque metal artist, features two crushed cars with a giant metal X sandwiched between them. It represents the Roman Numeral 10, and was created to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Voices.

Michael Perry

Michael Perry

Another notable event will feature a spoken word performance by New York Times bestselling author Michael Perry. Perry is a Wisconsin writer whose essays and nonfiction have been in publications including The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Outside, Runner’s World and more. He is the author of books like “Population: 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time,” “Truck: A Love Story,” “Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs, and Parenting,” and more.

Art Slam, a timed painting competition that has become a staple of Voices, will see some changes this year.

“We have five student teams and four professional teams this year and we are using models as the subject to be interpreted,” Janice said. “We always gave a theme, but now there will be models. I think it will be an interesting way for the audience to see how things are being interpreted instead of trying to read the artist’s mind, they are actually seeing what that artist is seeing.”

The teams will be competing for two $1,000 prizes. Art Slam will be at 7 p.m. on Sept. 20.

Other events include a meditation session, artist walk around, drum workshop, beer brewer’s competition, open gallery times and more.Voices X logo

The theme for Voices X is Make Your Mark.

“The theme from the very beginning was Find Your Voice,” Janice said. “Each year we’d try to have a different theme, like Break the Paradigm … but the main theme has always come back to Find Your Voice. In 10 years, we feel like we have started to find our voice, and we are hoping the community will come in and help us make that mark too.”

Voices X opens at 7 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 6.

“Opening Night is probably the most sexy, innovative, fun event that Dubuque has,” Janice said. “Opening Night is a wild, crazy, huge event. But what people should really come for afterwards is all of the events that cater to different audiences, but really to just come in and see the show and experience artwork that they won’t get to see anywhere else unless they travel to New York or Seattle or those other places.”

For more information and a list of events, visit

Home From Deployment, Airman Stops at Runde’s for a Chevy

Hugh McCorkle

Hugh McCorkle wasted no time buying his new truck after arriving back from a six-month deployment in southwest Asia yesterday.

The 25-year-old was still in his fatigues when he stopped into Runde Chevrolet in East Dubuque, IL, to pick up his black 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Reg Cab LT.

He agreed to buying the truck back in March while he was overseas.

“I had my eye on the Regular Cab, Short Bed since ‘07 when they changed the body style,” McCorkle said. “I don’t like how the 2014s look as much — I like the 2013s — and I figured if I wanted that body style, I had to jump on it.”

McCorkle, of Frankfurt, IL, is a part of the 182nd Airlift Wing out of Peoria, IL. As a part of the Traditional Guard, he will be serving one weekend a month and two weeks out of the summer and returning to his job as a police officer in Chicago Heights.

McCorkle’s salesman was Jake Meyer.

“He was totally helpful,” he said. “He didn’t jag me around like dealers tend to do. He went straight to it, gave me good answers — a good deal right off the bat. It was good working with him.”

Before this, McCorkle was driving a 2012 Honda Civic SI. He said his truck will get plenty of use.

“I’m looking to buy a new house and I want a full-size truck just for fixing up around the house, running to Home Depot and stuff,” he said.

But before all that, he said he has more pressing plans:

“Drive home and relax,” he said.




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