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Home for the Holidays – A Christmas Cabaret with Amy Stoner

The First Street Community Center’s Uptown Theatre is proud to be hosting a wonderful musical performer, Amy Stoner on Friday, December 9th @ 7:30pm.

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We invite you to join cabaret chanteuse Amy Friedl Stoner for an evening of holiday music and laughter.

Mixing traditional Christmas songs with contemporary holiday tunes, Amy and her band will remind you of your favorite songs and introduce you to new ones.

For the performance in the Uptown Theatre this evening Amy is thrilled to be joined by Cameron Sullenberger, Luke Viertel, John Hall & Tim Crumley.

The Uptown Theatre with it’s intimate layout almost erases the separation of stage and audience to let you really feel the performance and not just watch it from a distance.

Get your tickets early before this popular event sells out!

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The 2nd Annual Mount Vernon ART WALK – November 5th, 2016

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The 2nd Annual Mount Vernon Art Walk will be Saturday, November 5th from 11am-4pm.

There will be Art Stops along 3 blocks — all are on or just off of main street — watch for the red balloons. Each Art Stop will offer refreshments, have a special exhibit, or offer something fun and arty.

The walk is setup so that you can park once, then start at either the East or West end of 1st Street. You can start at any location and visit the art stops in any order.  There is free parking and free admission.

Enjoy complimentary light refreshments along the way.  You might even be tempted to treat yourself to the shortbread at First Brick, the coffee & home-baked goodies at Fuel, and lunch at Palisades Cafe and Skillet Cafe.

The shops participating are:

  1. First Brick Art Gallery – 224 First St SW
  2. Ben & Flo’s – 224 First St SW
  3. One Tree Wood – Under Lincoln Wine Bar on 2nd Ave
  4. Palisades Cafe – Optional Lunch Stop (11-2) 117 First St NW
  5. Iron Leaf Press – 102 First St SW
  6. Liberty Iron Works – 117 First Ave NW
  7. Skillet Cafe – Optional Lunch Stop (11-2) 101 First St NE
  8. Fuel…Art & Espresso – 103 First St NE
  9. The Twig & Fairy Room – Old School Shops 221 First St NE
  10. East End Art – Old School Shops 221 First St NE

Call or Text for more information: (319) 535 – 0828


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First Friday Art Reception for Denise Murphy

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Please join East End Art for our First Friday Art Reception for Denise Murphy on Friday, November 4th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm in the Library (adjacent to the gallery) in the First Street Community Center.

Light refreshment served, for this casual (come as you are) meetup. The public is welcome. Come and meet Denise, she has a great collection of her current project “365 Series.” All exhibit items are available to purchase.

Denise Murphy lives in Mount Vernon, Iowa with her husband and two teenage sons. She has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Graphics. As the VP of the Mount Area Arts Council she has been focused on children’s art education and strategic planning. She chaired the LHAF in 2015 and 2016 and is planning on it again in 2017.

Denise’s Alcohol Inks paintings have been displayed most recently at the University of Iowa Pappa John BioMedical Center, LHAF 2015, Palisades Café and currently at East End Arts gallery in Mount Vernon, Iowa and the Art Cellar in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Denise and her husband Robert also host the Portrayal of Mount Vernon show which will be on display at the Palisades Café’ Dec 13- Jan 29th, 2017.

Her most recent project is to create an Alcohol Inks Painting everyday of 2016, titled the “365 Series”. It’s on track so far…

She also works at ACT in Iowa City, Iowa.


East End Art Logo 600wEast End Art Gallery hosts a featured gallery artist and a reception every first Friday of each month in the First Street Community Center’s Library meeting space.

The artist will be available to visit with.  The exhibit will stay up for the rest of the month, until the next reception.

We invite the public to join us, no reservation, or fees and dress casual… just come!

We hope you can join us for this special event!


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First Friday Art Reception for Sri Rao

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Please join East End Art for our First Friday Art Reception for Sri Rao on Friday, October 7th, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

Light refreshments and wine served for this casual event. Come meet Sri and see her exhibit of beautiful Iowa landscapes as well as her new collection of jewelry.

Reception is held in the Library (next to the gallery) at the First Street Community Center in Mount Vernon.

“The idea of beauty is the fundamental idea of everything. In the world we see only distortions of the fundamental idea, but art, by imagination, may lift itself to the height of this idea. Art is therefore akin to creation – Leo Tolstoy

Sri describes her process below:

Brilliant colors enhance the feeling of happiness, joy and appreciation of beauty in life. I have constantly experimented with various mediums to learn and enjoy the different combinations of what can be created. I am inspired by Colors and Composition. Beauty is the inspiration for my work and floral compositions interest me at the moment.

The process of painting is something I enjoy and the reason why I paint. I continuously search for inspirations that make it hard not to jump into my studio to paint. The process involves preparing the surface and sketching an outline to guide my painting. I pour colors, wipe, spray and layer them to create depth. During this process, I get transformed into a whole new world – my world of quietness and focus. The process is at the same time intense as I am making many decisions and feeling deep emotions.

Once the process is complete, my heart fills with joy and there is a sense of great satisfaction. I am working on exploring more of this creative process and hope to create and share the joy with you.”

– Sri Rao


East End Art Logo 600wEast End Art Gallery hosts a featured gallery artist and a reception every first Friday of each month in the First Street Community Center’s Library meeting space.

The artist will be available to visit with.  The exhibit will stay up for the rest of the month, until the next reception.

We invite the public to join us, no reservation, or fees and dress casual… just come!

We hope you can join us for this special event!

First Friday Art Reception and Exhibit for Russ Charboneau

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Please join East End Art for our August First Friday featuring local photographer, Russ Charboneau.

Friday, August, 5th from 5:30-7:30pm in the air conditioned Library of the First Street Community Center.

Light refreshments served during this casual and free event. Come meet Russ and see his creative eye portrayed in his photography.

Russ describes his process and the pieces for the exhibit below:

I started shooting digital about 10 years ago mainly photographing birds. I use mostly Nikon equipment including a high resolution camera I’ve been using for a couple of months.

I switched over to photographing buildings, barns, tractors, etc. with the advent of HDR imaging & photo manipulation software. These techniques gave the photos the look I wanted.

The 11 photos for this show were all shot in eastern Iowa…  I’ve found these to be wonderful subjects in early or late sunlight.

I also try to photograph these before some of these buildings are demolished or have simply fallen down. For example, the Winter Window house has been demolished since I shot the photo. Every year more of the old buildings are going away, so I try to photograph as many of these as I can.

3 of the photos are of Cornell College buildings which are a great resource for my photography. I’ve also included a locomotive and a steam engine both from Iowa’s past. There’s a shot of the Scottish Temple in Cedar Rapids and 1 of the Sutliff bridge reconstruction.

– Russ Charboneau


East End Art Logo 600wEast End Art Gallery hosts a featured gallery artist and a reception every first Friday of each month in the First Street Community Center’s Library meeting space.

The artist will be available to visit with.  The exhibit will stay up for the rest of the month, until the next reception.

We invite the public to join us, no reservation, or fees and dress casual… just come!

We hope you can join us for this special event!


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First Friday Art Reception and Exhibit for John Paul Schafer

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Please join East End Art for our First Friday Art Reception for John Paul Schafer, Friday, July 1st from 5:30 – 7:30pm.

Light refreshments and wine will be served in the Library (adjacent to the gallery) in the First Street Community Center.

Come meet John, see his exhibit for this casual and free event. All are welcome!

John describes his artistic journey below:

“I grew up knowing I would one day become a professional artist, and in 1990, my choice was clear. After a stint in college, I made a deep commitment to myself that I would forge a free and creative life. A life in which I would seek my own knowledge and grow and master my domain, one conscious experience at a time. Artfully by choice, with conviction and truth.

It’s been more than 25 years now, and through it all, I’ve made art of all shapes and sizes. I’ve been a commercial screenprinter and a sign maker as well as commercial art director, a graphic designer and an illustrator. But from prints to public art, I’ve always been a painter first. A soulful creator. A thinker and a doer. A philosopher who paints.

Today, I make art full time. I make bold, dynamic and seemingly animated paintings that combine my wide array of experiences, attributes and skillsets into one singular expression of line, shape, form and color. I work in the abstract, breaking up space, creating visual rhythm, velocity and movement. I also work in representational narratives like portraits and still life. And over the years I’ve co-mingled the two, and I’ve succeeded in creating my own brand of hybrid images, which I collectively call “Anamorphic Pop!”.”

-John Paul Schafer


East End Art Logo 600wEast End Art Gallery hosts a featured gallery artist and a reception every first Friday of each month in the First Street Community Center’s Library meeting space.

The artist will be available to visit with.  The exhibit will stay up for the rest of the month, until the next reception.

We invite the public to join us, no reservation, or fees and dress casual… just come!

We hope you can join us for this special event!



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Fun Classes Offered in June 2016

Did you know that this old school building still has classes in session?

Below are some of the classes offered for the month of June, 2016. Be sure to check our “Classes” menu often to see what others we’ve added.

Please tell your friends about all of these great activities and let’s make this a Summer of fun, learning and living healthy at the First Street Community Center in Mount Vernon, Iowa!


Barns and Brews – Barn Quilt Painting

June 17 @ 6:30 pm

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Paint your own customized 2’ x 2’ barn quilt on exterior grade aluminum.

Select your design from our catalog on the Barns & Brews Facebook page. We draw the design for you and you paint it in any color(s)* that you pick the day of the class using high gloss professional grade sign painters lettering enamel.

No skill required!!! Anybody can do it. The sign is lightweight and can be hung inside or outside without any further treatment.

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East End Art – Canvas & Cocktails, Instructor – Linda Bild

June 17 @ 7:00 pm9:00 pm
Registration Deadline:
 Please RESERVE your seat by Wednesday, June 22nd by 7pm.

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Come by yourself, or bring your fun and crazy friends – don’t forget your favorite cocktails too. With the stroke of fun, you will be unleashing your creativity in no time.

Paint this lively and whimsical floral in an enjoyable and social atmosphere. You will be shown various techniques using acrylics on a 9 x 12 canvas. Start your own gallery of work.

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East End Art – Make a Mouse, Instructor – Nina Scott

June 22 @ 7:00 pm9:00 pm
Registration Deadline:
 Please RESERVE your seat by Monday, June 20th by 7pm.
NOTE:  This is an Adult Art Class, or for children over 12.

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These musical mice are just an example of what you can do. During this 2 hour class you will learn to hand sew a wool mouse with it’s own personality. Please bring your own pair of sharp scissors (if you have them) and your imagination!

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East End Art – Mini Masterpieces, Instructor – Lianne Westcot

June 24 @ 6:30 pm8:30 pm
Registration Deadline:
 Please RESERVE your seat by Wednesday, June 22nd by 6:30pm.

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Discover your inner artist as you create a beautiful small painting under the guidance of acrylic artist Lianne Westcot.

Bring a photo of your own or select one provided at the beginning of class. You’ll be amazed as you follow a few simple steps to complete your own small wonder!

Invite a friend and create a fun and memorable evening. (bring your own beverage)

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East End Art – Bright & Whimsical Alcohol Inks – Instructor, Linda Bild

June 25 @ 10:00 am12:00 pm
Registration Deadline:
 Please RESERVE your seat by June 23rd by 10am.
NOTE: This is an adult class or for children over 12.

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Alcohol ink is a bright and fun medium for the beginner or advanced artist! It is the perfect medium for those who have little or no art training, as well as the experienced artist who wants to relax, unwind and allow their creativity to flow.

Students will be shown a variety of alcohol ink techniques to complete their final projects. Students who have had previous alcohol ink classes will be shown new methods and techniques.

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First Friday Art Exhibit and Reception for Michael S. Ryan

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We invite you to join us for Michael S. Ryan’s Reception and Art Exhibit on Friday, June 3rd, 5:30 to 7:30pm.

Light refreshments and beverages served in the Library (adjacent to the gallery) in the First Street Community Center.

The public is welcome and encouraged to come. Meet Mike and nosh with us, it’s very casual.

Michael S. Ryan has been a painter for 40 plus years. Trained in the late 60s and early 70s as an abstract painter, he has concentrated in the last 30 years on colorist impressionism, featuring both landscape and figurative subject matter.

He studied under Byron Burford, Joseph Patrick, and Michael Tyzack at the University of Iowa, as well as, at Old Dominion University and Drake University.

Ryan is a teacher, as well as, a full time painter. He is widely known for his colorist theories.

You can learn more about Michael at his website.


East End Art Logo 600wEast End Art Gallery hosts a featured gallery artist and a reception every first Friday of each month.

The artist will be available to visit with.  The exhibit will stay up for the rest of the month, until the next reception.  We invite the public to join us, no reservation, or fees and dress casual… just come!

We hope you can join us for this special event!