Creativity and the arts aren’t declining in Northeast Iowa—they’re thriving!
With beautiful rolling bluffs, the mighty Mississippi River, scenic byways and color countryside, Clayton County has some of the best natural artwork. That artwork continues inside through the Guttenberg Gallery and Creativity Center and the McGregor-Marquette Center for the Arts with its Left Bank Shop & Gallery.
Guttenberg Gallery and Creativity Center—A nonprofit located in Guttenberg along the Mississippi River, the Guttenberg Gallery and Creativity Center offers a place where community members and visitors can come and foster creativity in a positive environment. The main floor features a gallery showcasing the artwork of local creators while the upstairs hosts the creativity center. Visitors are welcome to come and create their own artwork from painting pottery to dying silk scarves. They also host an after school program for local students of age fourth grade and up. Visit during the summer months enjoy the scents and sounds of the Artisan Café and Courtyard.
McGregor-Marquette Center for the Arts—Featuring The Left Bank Shop and Gallery, the center hosts local and regional art exhibits and retail. The Left Bank showcases a variety of different work from local artists and craftspeople including painting, photography, handcrafted jewelry, fiber arts, basketry, kiln-fired glass, carved and turned wood, mixed media and many more! The Left Bank is all about education too! They host Afterschool Arts and Funday Mondays for children. The adults aren’t left out—they host appreciation activities and different adult workshops as well.
Check out Clayton County’s website for a list of all the places to get creative! They even have an itinerary already planned for you to take advantage of! Keep your brain active and let those creative juices flow with a visit to Clayton County!
Written by Amy Bonvillain | Photo credit to The Left Bank Shop and Gallery