Within this website you will find a Weekly Blog listing
current art events throughout the Mississippi River Valley. Other pages include: artists' photo gallery, a directory
of all art locations organized by region with links to their web-pages, a list of art galleries and home based
art studios participating in the annual Spring and Fall Art Drives with a corresponding map, (the Spring MRVAD
drive is the weekend before Mother's Day and the Fall drive is the first weekend in November). There is also a printable
map, a journal of the day trips taken by Diane and Rhonda, as well as an "in the news" listing of recent articles
about MRVAD drives, artists and activities. The "Join the Directory" page is an application form for artists
and art galleries wishing to be included in this website and map.
free to share this site with your friends and family.
The Mississippi River Valley area is strong with wonderful ART. Banning us all together and creating a destination
for art is what our missions is.
Let us introuduce ourselves:
Diane Michele (Wall)
Volrath started her art career in the media of sugar. She was the owner of Cake Creations for 16 years in Davenport,
Iowa. After retiring she became a multi-media artist living on the Mississippi River in Princeton, Iowa. Her studio
Inspirational Images Photography is next door to her house where photography meets the stain glass world. Diane
images photography on to glass and finishes it off with stain glass. Visit www.cupandgallery.com to learn more about Diane and see her creations.
Rhonda LeMar-James spent 20 years managing
a variety of venues in the hospitality business. It was a fast-paced, exciting, business where 2 days were never alike.
That's where I learned to multi task so well! A family responsibility took me from that world and into the world of
art. I grow gourds here in Iowa and then use them to express my unique style. Along the path I have met dozens
of talented artist all searching for the best way to get their art noticed by others. Diane and I intend to make that
a much easier task with this website and maps. To learn more about Rhonda visit www.rhondasgarden.com.
Both ladies are very active in the art world promoting the area. They stand on several
Art Boards from the Quad City Photography Club, Artist Advisory Council, Left Bank Art League, The Gourd Society, and
also teach in the local area.
After several dicussions about how to unite all artist the Mississippi
River Vallery Art Director was born.
Please join us in celebrating art in the Mississippi River
If you would like to join please see the last tab "Join the Directory" and be a part
of a wonderful group that supports arts in the Mississippi River Valley.
Purpose: Mississippi River Valley Art Directory is a
website promoting 400 miles of art along the Mississippi River. The goal is to create one website organizing artists
of all forms of art for easy public access to websites, place of business and events.
From the start of the Mississippi River to the mouth.
Check weekly for new items, sales and open houses in the Mississippi River Valley Art