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'Talking Art' With Codfish Hollow's Tiffany Biehl And Heather Houzenga

Codfish Hollow, located five miles east of Maquoketa, Iowa, on a rural farmstead, is a unique music venue where prominent regional and national indie musicians perform in a rustic barn. Paste magazine has called it a "true oasis." Opened in 2009, Codfish Hollow has attracted a surprising number of well-known bands who have heard about the venue and the legendary hospitality of owners Tiffany and Shawn Biehl.

Credit Courtesy Codfish Hollow Barnstormers
Courtesy Codfish Hollow Barnstormers
Tiffany and Shawn Biehl, owners of Codfish Hollow Barnstormers

Listen to the conversation here with Tiffany Biehl, the owner of Codfish Hollow, and with Heather Houzenga, a professional artist who manages the art vendors at the shows, about how they created such an unexpected and inspiring place. Also, click on the photo at the top of this page to open a slideshow of scenes from Codfish Hollow.

Parking and free camping is available in a field a quarter of a mile from the venue. To reach Codfish Hollow, catch a ride with Marvin on his tractor trailer full of enthusiastic visitors. Rides are free, but donations are encouraged. You can also walk down the beautiful, rolling country road. The concerts can be viewed inside the historic barn, built in 1954, or on the lawn outside, in which case I suggest taking some collapsible chairs. Food and drink vendors will keep you satiated, and a number of Iowa craft beers and ciders are available for purchase as well. Don't forget to check out the art on sale below the barn.

Credit Carolyn Martin
Heather Houzenga, a professional artist who manages the art vendors at the shows

One item you won't miss is Heather Houzenga's vintage 1970 Volkswagon bus named Elysian which is usually parked down below by the art vendors. You can visit her Facebook page to view her paintings, clothing, and "upcycled" creations.

Carolyn Martin joined WVIK as a host of Talking Art in 2017. A long-time fan of NPR programming with a love of storytelling and all art forms, she is thrilled to have the opportunity to speak with creative people who beautify our community and make the Quad Cities region an even better place to live.