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.
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The Mississippi River Valley area is saturated with unlimited and beautifully creative
ART. Connecting us all together and creating an art destination is our mission.
Please join us in celebrating art in the Mississippi River Valley area. If
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in the Mississippi River Valley.
CALENDAR: TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT
CALL AHEAD TO CONFIRM DATES AND TIMES.
2012 JAN. March March 5-13,
2012 Chicago,IL Chicago Flower and Garden Art Show Navy Pier Mon-Sat, 10am- 8pm, Sun 10am-6pm One
of the nation's premier flower and garden showcases.
5 & 6, 2012 Mississippi River Valley Art Drive sponsors this self-guided tour twice each year.
Join artists 100 miles either side of the Mississippi River Valley in their private galleries and home studios for a personal
look into their art and their motivations. Some of these studios are only open to the public for this drive. Some
of the galleries will have artists at work. Visit the "Spring Art Drive" Page on www.mrvad.com for a detailed listing of all artists.
26-27, 2012 St. Charles, IL St. Charles Fine Art Show 2012, St. Charles, IL The St. Charles Fine Art Show is presented by the Downtown
St. Charles Partnership, an Illinois Main Street revitalization group. Organized and run by volunteers, the show is held along
the banks of the Fox River in the scenic downtown district of St. Charles, Illinois. The award-winning, highly regarded show
features the work of 100 juried artists in various mediums including watercolor, oil, sculpture, photography, jewelry, ceramics,
fiber, wood and glass, which are exhibited and available for sale during the event. http://www.dtown.org/events/fine_art_show.asp
June 2 - 3, 2012 Edina,
MN Edina Art Fair 2012 - The Edina Art Fair is celebrating its 46th year as one of the most
prestigious outdoor fine art fairs. The Edina Art Fair is first outdoor fine art fair in Minnesota and is held annually in
the streets of 50th & France, the pre-eminent shopping destination in the Twin Cities. http://www.edinaartfair.com
June 9-10, 2012 Chicago, IL Old Town Art Fair 2012 The Old Town Art Fair, which takes place in the historic
landmark district of Chicago's near north side Old Town Triangle, is considered one of the oldest outdoor juried art fairs
in the U.S. Among outstanding art and craft shows, it is highly ranked in Chicago and nationally. Held annually since 1948,
the Fair always takes place during the second full weekend of June. Each year some 40,000 potential art purchasers attend
this premier fine art fair to view and buy two- and three-dimensional work from 260 artists who have been juried into the
Fair by panels of local art experts. http://www.oldtowntriangle.com/
September 22, 2012 Orion, IL "Gourd"eous
Day in the Country Sponsored by the Quad City Area Gourd Patch, this free event features gourds; the growing of gourds,
the history of gourds, the fun of gourds, the versatility of gourds, gourd art and craft vendors, gourd demonstrations, gourd
make-N-take table, gourd puppet show, and much more. This event takes place in a beautiful country setting, so wear
your walking shoes, bring an appetite (Orion Lions food tent), bring your creativity and enjoy a family, fun filled day in
the country! Whispering Winds Ranch, 3316 N. 1600th Avenue, Orion, IL, 61273 309-526-3332 (MRVAD
MEMBER: RHONDA LEMAR-JAMES)
November November 3 & 4, 2012 Mississippi River Valley Art Drive sponsors this self-guided tour twice each year. Join artists 100
miles either side of the Mississippi River Valley in their private galleries and home studios for a personal look into their
art and their motivations. Some of these studios are only open to the public for this drive. Some of the galleries
will have artists at work. Visit the "Fall Art Drive" Page on www.mrvad.com for a detailed listing of all artists
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