Art Galleries & Shops:

Arts: Where are the galleries, theaters?


As Dubuque continues to grow, arts and theater in the community continue to thrive. Small and large art studios are scattered across the city and the Dubuque Museum of Art offers a variety of shows throughout the year. College and community theaters perform everything from children's theater to musicals in beautiful historic theaters or newly renovated auditoriums.

A Frame of Mind: 2600 Dodge St., 583-2422. Offers custom framing, prints, preframed gallery items and gift frames.

Brownstone Gallery and Frame Shop: 1172 Main St., 582-1561. The gallery's variety of fine art ranges from jewelry and accessories, lithographs and serigraphs, to posters and reproductions by local, national and international artists. Custom framing also available. Hours: 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, closed Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

Carnegie-Stout Public Library: 360 W. 11th St., 589-4225. The library, named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975, has a permanent art collection, including oil paintings, watercolors, prints, photographs and sculpture. Two Grant Wood paintings, "Appraisal" and "Victorian Survival," are on loan to Dubuque Museum of Art. The central gallery also features artwork from local schools and local artists. Hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 1 p.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

Chavenelle Studio Metalworks: 1155 Kelly Lane, 583-2218; fax: 583-3566; Web site: One piece sheet-metal sculpture for office, home and garden. Call for appointment.

Creative Touch Gallery and Frame: 3460 Hillcrest Road, 556-6279 or 556-1813. The gallery features local and international artists' works. Original pieces and prints are showcased. Collections focus on impressionism, contemporary Americana, lithographs and serigraphs and mixed media pieces. Professional framing services also are available. Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Open Sundays only in December.

Dubuque Museum of Art: 701 Locust St., 557-1851. The museum's bimonthly exhibits feature 19th and 20th century American artists' paintings, sculpture and photography. Art classes, workshops and lectures that coincide with exhibits are offered. They also offer "art after hours," social events for a younger age group (21-40). The hours of operation are Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Closed Monday and holidays. Admission is free.

Germain Fine Art: 1543 Central Ave., 583-8087. Painting and prints along with painting restoration.

Outside the Lines: 409 Bluff St., 583-9343. Eclectic collection of fine art and craft made by local artists and artisans, paintings, drawing, sculpture, stained glass and more.

Papua New Guinea Museum: Wartburg Theological Seminary, 333 Wartburg Place, 589-0200. Papua New Guinea is represented by photographs, ancient artwork and artifacts, such as weapons, jewelry and household objects. Because students direct the exhibition, hours change each semester. Call for exhibition times.

Quigley Gallery 1550: 1550 Clarke Drive, 588-6300. Professional, faculty and student works are exhibited with works varying from traditional to avant-garde paintings and sculptures to contemporary digital pieces. Hours: noon-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; and 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Starlite Art and Framing: 3413 Starlite Drive, 556-3042. Starlite offers picture framing services and sells art and frames.

TNT Jewelry and Gallery: 2204 Central Ave., 556-8688. Limited editions, open editions, and local and regional artists works for sale. Custom framing and engraving also available. Hours: 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday-Friday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Extended hours during the holidays.

Visitation Arts Complex Gallery: 1450 Alta Vista St. Loras College students, faculty, alumni and visiting artists' works are exhibited. Call 588-7118 for times of exhibits and other information.


Music and Theater

Bell Tower Theater Productions: 2728 Asbury Road, 588-3377. Located in Fountain Park below Rafters Restaurant. Productions are staged monthly, ranging from full productions of plays and musicals to single performer. Bell Tower Theater regularly hosts dinner theater productions.

Clarke College Theatre Box Office: 1550 Clarke Drive, 588-6329. Productions are staged during the academic year. Tickets become available two weeks before each performance. Contact the box office for show times and ticket information.

Colts Drum and Bugle Corps and The Cadets: 1101 Central Ave., 582-4872. The Colts Youth Organization provides programs for youth (ages 10-21) in music, performance and life skills training through a positive environment that emphasizes character and social development, leadership, self-discipline and the pursuit and achievement of excellence in the performing arts. The organization sponsors the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps, Colt Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps, Dubuque Colts Youth Choirs and the Colts Summer Band.

Dubuque Arts Council Artist in Residence: 2728 Asbury Road, Suite 220, 556-7748. The group sponsors world-class musicians, dancers, writers and actors for schools, residencies and public performances. The organization also sponsors summer concerts at the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. Office hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m..

Dubuque City Youth Ballet: 2085 Mullen Road, 583-2047. Started in 1969 by Tatiana Bechenova, former soloist with the Ballet Russe, Col. de Basil, and directed by her daughter, Marina O'Rourke, who graduated from Oklahoma University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet Pedagogue. The company presents several full-length ballets each year.

Dubuque County Fairground: 14583 Old Highway Road, 588-1162 or 588-1406. The fairground hosts many dancing opportunities on weeknights and weekends. They also provide a live orchestra four times a year and plenty of space for ballroom dancing. Call 588-1406 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays to confirm ballroom dance times.

Dubuque Cultural Alliance: P.O. Box 3214, Dubuque, Iowa 52004-3214, 552-3135. This group meets regularly to facilitate cooperation among local arts organizations, area colleges, cultural institutions and civic organizations.

Dubuque Fine Arts Society: Sponsor of local festivals such as Dubuquefest and organizations such as the Writer's Guild. The Dubuque Fine Arts Society has been in operation for more than 20 years. 563-543-5214

Dubuque Fine Arts Players: 1686 Lawndale, 588-6300. (Gary Arms). The Dubuque Fine Arts Players sponsors the oldest one-act playwriting contest in the United States. The contest, begun in 1977, draws entries from across the nation and several countries. It relies on volunteers to read and evaluate contest entries and produce plays in Dubuque.

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra: 2728 Asbury Road, Suite 900, 557-1677. Five weekends of classical concerts are offered at the historic Five Flags Theater in addition to two pops concerts in winter and spring. In the fall, there also is a family Halloween concert. Chamber concerts are offered in alternate locations. Children's concerts are held in conjunction with the schools. Season subscriptions and single tickets are available.

Five Flags Civic Center: Fourth and Main streets, 589-4258 (ticket office), 589-4254 (business office). A multipurpose facility designed to accommodate conventions, exhibitions, trade shows, sports, wedding receptions and performing arts. Contains the Five Flags Theater, a four-level, 750-seat theater listed in the National Register of Historic Buildings - where theater, dance and musical groups perform throughout the year.

Fly-By-Night Productions at the Bijou Room: Fourth and Main streets, 589-4258, "Theatre in an intimate space." Shows performed in the Bijou Room of Five Flags.

Grand Opera House: 135 W. Eighth St., 588-1305 (box office) 588-4356 (business office). Built in 1896, the Grand Opera House is the oldest theater in Dubuque and one of the oldest in Iowa. Comedies, dramas, musicals, dance ensembles' performances and shows for children are offered. Summer performances are offered in June, July and August. Regular season is October through April.

The Great Midwestern Educational Theatre Company: P.O. Box 237, Peosta, Iowa. 563/542-5452. (Amy Ressler).

The Hazel Green Opera House, 2130 Main St., Hazel Green, Wis. Home of the Fever River Puppeteers. Seasonal marionette shows, puppet workshops and other events.  608-759-4425.

Heartland Ballet: 2085 Mullen Road, 583-2047. The Heartland Ballet, a company of pre-professional dancers, was formed in 1988. Presents several full-length ballets annually.

Loras College: 1450 Alta Vista St., 588-7100. The college's Arts and Lecture Series features nationally and internationally known talents in music, dramatics, comedy and dance. Loras also offers performances by its choir, wind and jazz ensembles and the Loras Players, Iowa's oldest amateur theater group.

Northeast Iowa School of Music: 2728 Asbury Road, Suite 200, 690-0151. The Northeast Iowa School of Music offers private and group music lessons for all ages. They teach all instruments and voice lessons, as well.

The Music Men: 563/773-3132. Dubuque's barbershop chorus, comprised of men of all ages, celebrates more than 50 years of harmonizing in the tri-state area. They perform at various locations, including retirement homes and the Grand Opera House. The chorus sponsors Harmony Explosion, a vocal music seminar for high school students, each fall. The group rehearses from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays at the Summit Congregational Church on Kennedy Road.

Miscellaneous: Many coffeehouses and bars around the area offer live music and open microphone opportunities. Some establishments also allow local talent to sing or play with owner permission. Check local phonebook listings for more information.


Movie Theaters

Mindframe Theaters: independent cinema,  555 JFK Road, 582-4971, 

Star Cinema: Motion pictures. 2835 Northwest Arterial, 582-7827.