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Against the Grain: Wood Art from the Figge Collection PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Natalie Dunlop   
Friday, 29 August 2014 15:27

Davenport, Iowa (August 28, 2014) – Starting Saturday a selection of over twenty works from the Figge’s permanent collection will be on display in the Lewis Gallery. The works will showcase artists who have been inspired by the unique qualities and expressive potential of wood.

Ranging from delicate vessels to large, free-standing sculptures, the artwork will celebrate the natural beauty of wood and challenge perceptions of art and art-making.

“Much of the beauty of a turned work of art depends on chance and is an accident of nature. A wood turner not only creates, but uncovers qualities inherent in the wood such as the grain patterns, cracks, worm holes and variations in hue,” said Figge Curator Rima Girnius.

In addition to using traditional techniques of lathe-turning (spinning a piece of wood and shaping it with a hand held chisel), the artists explore various methods for altering and modifying the surface of their vessels including carving motifs, applying paint or beading to the surface and sandblasting for textural effect.

Contributing artists will include Steve Sinner, Lane Philips, Galan Carpenter, Harvey Fein, Liam O’Neill, Michael Mode, Stuart Mortimer and many others. The installation will also feature several recent acquisitions, including Michael Peterson’s New Terrain (2008), made possible through the generosity of the Windgate Charitable Foundation.

This exhibition will be on display through January 25, 2015 and is organized by Figge Preparator Robin Hill.

About the Figge Art Museum

The Figge Art Museum is located on the riverfront in downtown Davenport at 225 West Second Street. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and Sundays 12-5 p.m. Thursdays the museum is open until 9 p.m. Admission to the museum and tour is $7. Admission is free to Figge members and institutional members and free to all on Thursday evenings from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. To contact the museum, please call 563.326.7804, or visit


All-Access Pass to the Brucemore Mansion PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Thursday, 28 August 2014 14:02

Thursday Night Lineup Offers Nooks and Crannies Tour


Visit every floor, peek into closed rooms, and satisfy curiosity through this all-access pass to the Brucemore mansion during the Nooks and Crannies Tour on September 11 at 5:30 p.m. Marvel at the Skinner player pipe organ room, discover the architectural oddities in the attic, and experience the sight and sound of a "rain storm" in the basement Tahitian Room. Examine the superior craftsmanship and learn about ongoing preservation work. The tour is not recommended for children under ten or individuals who have difficulty walking or climbing stairs. Admission is $15 per person and $12 per Brucemore member. Space is limited; purchase tickets online at or by calling (319) 362-7375.

The Nooks and Crannies Tour is part of Brucemore’s Thursday Night Lineup. Every Thursday night Brucemore will feature a different specialty tour focusing on topics for all interests, including arts and culture, Midwestern industry, gardening, landscape design, architecture, preservation, behind-the-scenes at Brucemore, and growing up in the early twentieth century. For more information on the Thursday Night Lineup or other upcoming tours, visit or call (319) 362-7375.

About Brucemore

Experience Brucemore, an unparalleled blend of tradition and culture, located at 2160 Linden Drive SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. At the heart of the historic 26-acre estate stands a nineteenth-century mansion filled with the stories of three Cedar Rapids families.  Concerts, theater, programs, and tours enliven the site and celebrate the heritage of a community.  For more information, call (319) 362-7375 or visit


Denny Rehder - Grass Between the Rails PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lynn Bartenhagen   
Thursday, 28 August 2014 13:49

The Muscatine Art Center has received funding from Humanities Iowa, a private, non-profit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, to host the presentation, “Grass Between the Rails”, by Denny Rehder at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, Muscatine Art Center, 1314 Mulberry Avenue, Muscatine. A cultural resource for Iowans since 1971, Humanities Iowa offers many cultural and historical programs and grants to Iowa’s communities. The performance is free and open to the public.

Denny Rehder created this program as an official Iowa Sesquicentennial event in 1996. His appearances around the state have been funded by Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities ever since. This will be his 89th performance.

Rehder has been a musician all his life. He has combined that ability with his love of Iowa history to produce "Grass Between the Rails," a celebration of Iowa's railroad heritage in words and original music. His songs cover the gamut of Iowa railroad history from the race for Council Bluffs to the Burlington Zephyr. Through his music, he visits the worst wreck ever, Iowa’s best-known railroad hero, the road through Paradise, the one elephant circus and his family’s ties to the Illinois Central.

He has been involved in the publication of several books on Iowa history. Four were published by his own Waukon & Mississippi Press, including his first book, "Grass Between the Rails," the history of the Waukon, Iowa, branch of the Milwaukee Road. He also wrote and published “The Shampoo King,” the history of the F. W. Fitch Company and the famous Fitch Bandwagon radio show.

Now retired, he has been a professional writer and photographer for more than fifty years.  His work has received local, regional and national awards. Rehder grew up on a farm near Gladbrook overlooking the Chicago Great Western mainline.

Ranger to Lead Family Campfire Program on West Branch Village Green PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Adam Prato   
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 08:52

WEST BRANCH, IOWA— Join a national park ranger for an evening family campfire program at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site on Saturday, September 6. The program is free and begins at 7:30 p.m. The ranger will lead family activities and tell ghost stories around the fire.

The campfire program takes place on the village green at the intersection of Parkside Drive and Main Street in historic downtown West Branch.  Visitors and their families are welcome to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on, and toasting sticks, marshmallows, and ingredients for s’mores.

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum are in West Branch, Iowa at exit 254 off I-80. Both are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time. For more information go online at or call (319) 643-2541.

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

110 Parkside Drive

PO Box 607

West Branch, Iowa 52358

319 643-2541 phone

319 643-7864 fax

Twitter: @HooverNPS

Facebook: HerbertHooverNHS

GAHC this weekend - Join us for two great films on Sunday, Aug 24th at the BHS auditorium PDF Print E-mail
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Written by G A H C   
Friday, 22 August 2014 14:52
12:00 pm- Night Crossing - FREE FAMILY FILM! See this Disney classic based on the true story of two families who escape over the Berlin Wall via a home-made hot air balloon!
PG 1 hr 37 mins
2:30 pm-Good Bye Lenin! - $5 Movie!
This critically acclaimed German dramedy takes place in 1989 Germany! A modern classic!
Rated R 2 hrs - must have ID and be over 17
Read QCTime's Linda Cook's review:
Don't miss out on this day of fun and film!Bettendorf High School- 3333 18th St. Bettendorf, IA

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