First Friday Art Exhibit and Reception for Michael S. Ryan



We invite you to join us for Michael S. Ryan’s Reception and Art Exhibit on Friday, June 3rd, 5:30 to 7:30pm.

Light refreshments and beverages served in the Library (adjacent to the gallery) in the First Street Community Center.

The public is welcome and encouraged to come. Meet Mike and nosh with us, it’s very casual.

Michael S. Ryan has been a painter for 40 plus years. Trained in the late 60s and early 70s as an abstract painter, he has concentrated in the last 30 years on colorist impressionism, featuring both landscape and figurative subject matter.

He studied under Byron Burford, Joseph Patrick, and Michael Tyzack at the University of Iowa, as well as, at Old Dominion University and Drake University.

Ryan is a teacher, as well as, a full time painter. He is widely known for his colorist theories.

You can learn more about Michael at his website.

East End Art Logo 600wEast End Art Gallery hosts a featured gallery artist and a reception every first Friday of each month.

The artist will be available to visit with.  The exhibit will stay up for the rest of the month, until the next reception.  We invite the public to join us, no reservation, or fees and dress casual… just come!

We hope you can join us for this special event!


East End Art – Grand Opening


The East End Art Gallery is having it’s official “Grand Opening” this Saturday during Chocolate Stroll.  In keeping with the chocolate theme the gallery will be unveiling their edible art: “Croustille de Chocolat” – or as Google translate will tell you: “Chocolate dipped potato chips!”

East End Art will be open 10am – 5pm on Saturday and will be registering people to win a $50 gift certificate to the East End Art Gallery.

For more info contact:
Chris Goodwin & Kim Wolfe, Gallerists at East End Art, (319) 535-0828. As one of the many shops that call the First Street Community Center home you can also check out their Directory Listing for more information about East End Art.

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East End Art on Main


A gallery at the First Street Community Center in Mount Vernon, Iowa.

East End ArtThe Mount Vernon First Street Community Center includes an eclectic blend of retail shops (collectively called Old School Shops), service businesses, community room, a gymnasium, and fitness opportunities.

The First Street Community Center also includes a representation of the arts with a theatre, a free lending library, and a dance studio.

  • Through the hard work and generosity of many, the Uptown Theatre was created and is the home of the Mount Vernon/Lisbon Community Theatre plus a venue for a variety of performances.
  • The free lending library offers a diverse collection of books to take home or to read at your leisure in the library.
  • Dance Arts Iowa offers a variety of dance classes from Irish Step to Ballet, available to all ages.

This Spring the First Street Community Center will be expanding its presence in the Mount Vernon/Lisbon community with the opening of an art gallery:

LogoEast End Art, located on the second floor of the First Street Community Center. The intent is to bookend First Brick Art Gallery located at the west end of Main Street with the East End Art gallery, establishing Mount Vernon as an art destination by promoting three blocks to shop between the galleries.

Artists working in any medium are welcome to submit their work to East End Art for jurying during the month of March for the spring opening of the gallery.

Contact the gallery at [email protected] for more information.

Keep an eye on the First Street Community Center’s news page for future updates.

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