Mural Update: Nine New Murals in the Works for 2018

 

 

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Voices Productions has taken to the streets of Dubuque once again to add color and life to buildings around the city.

In 2016, the organization suspended its 11-year tradition of Millwork District gallery shows to embark on a public art project. The result was 18 large scale murals.
See the 2017 murals here.

The group is setting out to complete nine more in 2018, bringing the total to 27. So far two are in progress or completed: one on the Steve’s Ace Hardware building at 200 S. Locust St., and one at 1638 Central Ave. Many others are planned for Central Avenue.

“The difference between this year is that property owners are reaching out to us, asking to participate in the mural initiative by requesting a mural on their wall and offering to pay for it,” said Sam Mulgrew, president of Humanities Iowa and one of the five directors of Voices Productions.

The murals are also supported by grants and partners, including Runde Auto Group and Humanities Iowa.

The art is drawing quite a bit of attention — tourists and locals can be seen snapping photos of the giant paintings.

“Public art and murals are important because they take fallow, lifeless public walls and transform them into animated places,” Mulgrew said. “In the process, a zeitgeist is expressed, and diverse audiences are engaged.”

The newest mural on Steve’s Ace Hardware is being painted by Gaia, the same artist who painted the Automate and floral murals on 2nd St.

The mural at 1638 Central Ave. depicts La Pacha Mama, an Incan fertility goddess. It also features the Mississippi River and Julien Dubuque Bridge. It was designed by Miami painter Luis Valle.

When the murals are complete, a program will be produced so that observers can take a walking tour.

Learn more about Voices Productions here.

 

Runde Ford Drive 4 UR School Event Raises Over $5,000 for West Delaware Schools

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Our Ford Drive 4 UR School test drive event on Friday raised more than $5,000 for the West Delaware Athletic Booster Club!

The event, held at the Beckman Sports Complex in Manchester, saw more than 250 test drives of new Ford vehicles. For each test drive, Ford donated $20.

“It was hosted during a softball tournament so we had a great turnout,” said Aaron Young, sales manager at Runde Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Manchester. “It will be a very positive boost for the community.”

Thank you to everyone who test drove a vehicle! 🚗🚗

Don’t Miss America’s River Festival 2018, June 8-9 in the Port of Dubuque

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Runde Auto Group is proud to be a title sponsor of America’s River Festival, set for June 8-9 in the Port of Dubuque!

ARFThe party in the Port will feature country stars on Friday night, including Michael Ray, High Valley, Walker Hayes, and Lindsay Ell. Saturday night will include Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, John Kay & Steppenwolf, and Night Ranger!

The first 1,000 attendees on Friday, June 8 will get a free t-shirt from us!

America’s River Festival 2018 Schedule:

Friday, June 8
5 p.m.: Gates open
5 to 6 p.m.: The Struggs at the Coca-Cola Atlantic Bottling Company Regional Stage
5:30 p.m.: Bud Light VIP Zone Opens
6 p.m.: Lindsay Ell on the Main Stage
7:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Walker Hayes on the Main Stage
9 to 10 p.m.: High Valley on the Main Stage
10:30 to 11:45 p.m.: Michael Ray on the Main Stage
11:45 to 12:15 p.m.: The Struggs on the Regional Stage
12:15 a.m.: Event Site Closes

Saturday, June 9
12-4 p.m.: The Tappening VIP – a craft beer tasting event
1-4 p.m.: The Tappening (General Admission or VIP Tappening ticket required)
5 p.m.: Gates open
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: Main Street Jazz Band on the Regional Stage
5:30 p.m.: Reserved Seating Area opens
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Night Ranger on Main Stage
8 to 9 p.m.: John Kay & Steppenwolf on Main Stage
9:30 to 11 p.m.: Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo on Main Stage
11 p.m. to 12:15 a.m.: Brandon’s Sound Check on the Regional Stage
12:30 a.m.: Event site closes.

For a schedule, tickets, and more information, visit: http://americasriverfestival.com/