Call to Artists April 24th and 25th

Have you signed up for Portrayal of Mount Vernon yet?

Registered 2021:

Barb Thompson
Cris Sell
Don Dixon
Hugh Lifson
Susan Coleman
Eli Ehlinger
Nancy Lindsay
Katrina Garner
Doran Pearson
Jean Lehman
Mount Vernon, IA 1978

If you would like to sponsor an artist or painting, please let us know.

Portrayal of Mount Vernon Call to Artists

Calling all artists: Our event this year will be April 24 – 25th. Please let us know if you would like to participate in this year’s event and exhibition.

Please find more information at the following location:

Vendor/Artist Fair Feb 19 – 20th from 10 – 3 pm

All – MV Businesses are promoting a shop local event on Feb 19 and 20th. Mount Vernon Creates is having a vendor/artist fair during that time. This event will require masks and social distancing.

One of the artists who will be showing their work during this event is Don Dixson. Don makes beautiful fabric pieces. These pieces will be displayed ad for sale during this two day pop-up event.

Stop in to see Don and his artistry as well as all of the local artwork we have on display.

Mount Vernon Creates has 14 local artists displayed and 5 wineries with 40 plus selections. We will be offering samples of a few of our wines during this two day event.

Artwork by Don Dixson

Monthly Writer’s Night

Our next monthly writer’s night is Feb 25th from 7 – 8:30 pm. Join us to read or observe. Wine, beer, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks available for purchase.

Prepare a 10 min reading of your choosing. Selections should be from something you have written.

Kenneth Bloom – Author

Sponsored by Mount Vernon Creates and Mount Vernon Area Arts Council.

MV Poet Laureate

The Mount Vernon Area Arts Council  is seeking applications and nominations for the position of Poet Laureate of Mount Vernon. Applicants must live within 12 miles of Mount Vernon.

In general, the role of the Poet Laureate/Writer-in-Residence of Mount Vernon is to promote the written word as art within the community. The position has two specific requirements:

  • Compose and present an original piece at the annual Mount Vernon Memorial Day commemoration.
  • Organize at least one public event to celebrate the written word.

The Poet Laureate/Writer-in-Residence of Mount Vernon receives a $500 annual stipend from the Mount Vernon Area Arts Council. The MVAAC also offers programmatic support for the selected candidate. For more information and application materials, visit

Valentine Wine Glass Painting (options for under 21)

All materials to paint your wine glass will be provided. Register ahead. Includes wine glass, paints and a glass of wine for 20.00. Bring a friend or family member.

If younger than 21, they can paint a tile to use for artwork in their room and have a non-alcoholic beverage.

Social distancing and mask wearing required.

Please register ahead for planning purposes…if not, I will try to fit you in.

Monthly Writer’s Night Dec 17th at 7:00pm

Please join us for writer’s night Dec 17th. If you are wanting to read, please reserve your spot ahead of time. Every one gets 10 min to read something they are working on or recently finished. It can be a chapter, poem(s), etc.

Call 319-895-2682 with questions or to reserve your spot.

Social distancing and mask wearing is observed.

Holiday Class – Create Holiday Tags, Gift bag and Gift box

In this class you will work with Barbara to create whimsical holiday gift tags, bags and a present box (gift card size) There is plenty of room to socially distance and mask wearing is enforced. Hand sanitizer is also provided.

Dec 12th from 1 – 3:30 at Mount Vernon Creates

Cost 25.00.

Purchase of wine, beer, non-alcoholic beverages and treats is available on site.

Register at Mount Vernon Creates