(Submitted photo)
(Submitted photo)
ArtHaus has moved from Water Street to the corner of Washington and Broadway, the location formerly known as the Wonder Bread or Spectrum Thrift Shop.

The move comes after 10 years of renting space from Vesterheim Museum.

“Vesterheim is working on some changes and needed to reclaim their spaces,” says director Shannon Dallenbach Durbin. “We [ArtHaus] were running out of space and looking for something bigger,;our new location is the perfect fit.”

Durbin and the ArtHaus board worked with Pete and Kari Espinosa to help secure the building for ArtHaus.

“The ArtHaus is a special and unique place. The things they do are a prime example of what makes Decorah different from other places. My wife and I were happy to assist the ArtHaus in securing an improved location to further extend their services and continue making their creative mark on our young people and our community as a whole,” says Pete Espinosa.

Over the month of August several volunteers helped to clean, paint, and move the masses of art supplies to the new location. ArtHaus has resumed its regular office hours of 1 to 5 p.m., from Monday to Friday.

The phone number, webpage and email will remain the same.

A grant from the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Arts Fund, for $5000 was used to help with the move.

“This income was used to help with moving expenses, such as a u-haul and movers. We also put it toward new signs and marketing materials with our new address on it,” says Durbin.

One hundred and sixty artists and organizations received more than $1.5 million in grants through the Iowa Arts Council. It’s all part of the $2.1 million in grant awards announced by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs to support art, film, history and culture across the state.

The funding will help grant recipients boost quality of life and promote economic growth in and around their communities – vital factors that business leaders, families and millennials consider when choosing where to set up shop or settle down to live, work and play.

Mud Club
In addition to the weekly line up of art and creativity classes afterschool, ArtHaus also is adding clay back into its line-up with, Mud Club. Rachelle Branum of The Clay Studio started her business through ArtHaus over 10 years ago. She is assisting in ArtHaus incorporating clay back into ArtHaus.

ArtHaus is working to make the space into a place where Decorah residents can not only create, but also inspire.

“Sharing creativity is at our core,” says Durbin, “We are working to create a gallery space for people to share their visual work and later down the road a performance space for people to share this type of work.”

Durbin says the ArtHaus is working on the building in phases. Phase 1 includes updating the “middle bay” studio space to have natural lighting, convenient wash spaces, and ample workspaces.

Phase 2 is a gallery space with a permanent shop for local craftsman and artists as well as solo and group show exhibit areas. While this gallery space is being worked on ArtHaus is hosting it’s larger art shows around town.

The annual Preview Show of the Northeast Iowa Studio Tour Artists will be on display at Impact Coffee Shop during the month of September and the Emerging Artist’s Best of Show- Solo Show, Morgan Seeman will have her work at Rubaiyat later in the year.