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.

 

All-New 2019 Chevrolet Blazer is an SUV with Attitude

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Chevrolet is bringing back the much-loved Blazer, but with a dramatically different look.

“The Blazer has attitude,” says John Cafaro, executive director of Global Chevrolet Chevrolet-Blazer-2019-1280-08Design, in a press release. “It looks commanding on the road, while fulfilling the promise of versatility at the heart of every Chevy crossover and SUV.”

The five-passenger Blazer is larger than the Equinox and smaller than the Traverse, offering consumers a mid-size choice in Chevrolet SUVs.

Offered in models ranging from sporty RS to upper-level Premier, the vehicle will offer unique design elements on each model to appeal to a variety of drivers.

Chevrolet-Blazer-2019-1280-04“The Chevrolet Blazer is more than just good looks,” says Waqar Hashim, Blazer chief engineer, in a press release. “Both the Ecotec 2.5L four-cylinder engine and 3.6L V6 engine are paired to Chevrolet’s nine-speed automatic transmission, providing drivers a great balance between performance and efficiency.”

With the 3.6L V6 engine, max trailering is estimated to be 4,500 pounds.

Available on 3.6L engine models, Hitch Guidance aids in aligning the Blazer’s hitch to a trailer by showing the center line on the rear vision camera. Another available option is Hitch View, which offers a top-down view to help hitch a trailer without a second person to assist.

Inside, the 2019 Blazer features a range of convenience and comfort features. The vehicle offersChevrolet-Blazer-2019-1280-05 an electronic-locking glove box for extra storage security. It is locked using the vehicle’s Valet Mode, accessible through the Settings menu.

Its automatic heated steering wheel and automatic heated/ventilated front seats work with Remote Start and/or automatic climate controls to automatically adjust temperature.

Before you get in, you can use the key fob to activate comfort-open windows, which allows all windows to roll down to let heat escape before occupants enter the vehicle.

Wireless charging and six USB ports are available, and so is a panoramic dual-pane power sunroof. The vehicle offers cargo space of up to 64.2 cubic feet with the second row seats folded flat.

You can get the 2019 Chevy Blazer at Runde Auto Group in early 2019!

Welcoming Rick Petitgout to Runde Auto Group

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We are pleased to announce that Rick Petitgout has joined the sales staff at Runde Chevrolet in East Dubuque!

Rick has been in the automotive industry for 17 years and has been selling vehicles for 14 years.

“It is not a car buying experience, it is a relationship-building experience,” he says. “I’m excited to be a part of Runde Auto Group and am looking forward to many, many, many years of building successful relationships.”

Originally from East Dubuque, Rick lives in Asbury with his wife Marjorie, his four-year-old daughter Ariana, and their two miniature dachshunds.

In his free time, Rick enjoys golfing, cheering on Notre Dame football, the Chicago Cubs, and the San Francisco 49ers.

“I’m also a self-proclaimed chef on my Big Green Egg grill,” he says.

20180621_141652Rick, whose nickname is “Petty,” was named after his mother’s favorite Chicago Cubs player, Rick Monday. He keeps a bobble head of the baseball star on his desk.

With so much experience in the auto industry, we had to know – what is Rick’s all-time favorite vehicle? He said it would have to be the Chevrolet Avalanche.

“Built on a Suburban platform, you can use it for towing or use the eight-foot bed for hauling, plus it has second-row seating,” he says.

Rick is looking forward to putting his knowledge and experience to good use at Runde Auto Group by making the buying process simple and enjoyable.

“Good customer service is before, during, and after the sale,” he says. “It’s all about building relationships and friendships.”

Rick can be reached by calling 866-735-5200 ext. 237, or by emailing rpetitgout@rundechevrolet.com