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The Brucemore Garden and Art Show PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Monday, 28 July 2014 13:19

The annual Brucemore Garden & Art Show will return Saturday, August 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. amidst the historic charm of the Brucemore gardens and landscape. More than 60 artists and garden vendors from across the Midwest will share their expertise by showcasing unique products, vivid presentations, and pertinent information, including ceramics, plantings, jewelry, sculpture, glass, textiles, and more.

Educational opportunities will captivate attendees, whether it’s engaging in a one-on-one conversation, participating in an interactive display, or listening to a featured lecture. Main Stage presentation topics include seasonal gardening, and historic grottos. The Linn County Master Gardeners will showcase several displays and demonstrations in the formal garden, including “walkabouts” identifying trees, invasive pests, and seed saving. Plant vendors and horticultural organizations will share unusual and standard specimens, and artists will discuss their original paintings, pottery, and more. . Cedar Rapids Linn County Solid Waste Agency will provide free compost to all interested attendees. Children can participate in a complimentary, special project with the Ceramics Center, Linn County Master Gardeners, Cedar Rapids Linn County Solid Waste Agency, and Brucemore during the event.

Admission is $6.00 per person. Children 10 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Tickets are sold at the gate the day of the event or online at www.brucemore.org.  Parking is off-site. Shuttle service is available from Washington High School throughout the day. Handicap parking is available on-site by entering the First Avenue gate only. No pets, coolers, or outside food allowed during the event. Food and beverage vendors will be available on-site. The Brucemore Garden and Art Show is sponsored by Cedar Rapids/Linn County Solid Waste Agency and Penford Products.  The festival’s main stage presentations are sponsored by Hills Bank and Trust Company. Free self-guided tours of the mansion’s first floor are brought to you by Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust. For further information on the Brucemore Garden and Art Show, please call (319) 362-7375 or visit www.brucemore.org.

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 www.brucemore.org.

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2nd Fridays in the Chicago Arts District PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sandra Zhong   
Friday, 25 July 2014 09:33

Please join us at the Chicago Arts District, located in the vibrant artist community of Pilsen East, Chicago,  for an evening of gallery openings! Over 30 galleries open their doors and invite participants into their galleries and personal studios for art, conversation and celebration. Free to the public.

Event Date and Times: Friday, August 8th, 2014 – 6:00-10:00pm

Event Location: This is a multi-location event in the format of a self-guided walking tour. The event spans approximately 6 blocks. The central location of the event is South Halsted and 18th Street in Chicago. Please visit the Info Center at 1821 South Halsted St. for maps and event details.

Event Details: One of Chicago's most vibrant and well-established creative communities, the Chicago Arts District, hosts 2nd Fridays Gallery Night every month. Don't miss the action at South Halsted and 18th Street as 30 galleries, creative spaces, and over 100 artists welcome you to experience art at its source.

Long time neighborhood favorites include the PosterchildArt improve series at TEMPLE Gallery, Bryan Sperry’s Warriors of the Apocalypse, Chocolat by Uzma Sharif, the floral designs of Blumgarten & Co., NYCH Gallery, Anna Todaro Studio, and Xavier Nuez photography. Exciting new additions to the event includes Studio Oh!, elee.mosynary Gallery, and K Models Talent.

The Chicago Arts District coordinates 2nd Fridays Gallery Night, the Pilsen East Artist's Open House, and other special programs throughout the year. Please see our website at www.chicagoartsdistrict.org for more information.

Upcoming Dates:

Friday, August 8th, 2014 - Friday, September 12th, 2014

Friday, October 10th – Saturday, October 11th, 2014: 44th Annual Pilsen East Artists’ Open House

 
Sharing The Glass Art Experience To Better Our Community PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mary McNeil   
Monday, 21 July 2014 09:14
Hot Glass provides an opportunity for at-risk and under served youth in the Quad Cities (tuition free) to engage in a unique art experience while learning leadership and job skills that will encourage them to stay in and finish school. We also offer a variety of fee based classes to the public to sustain our mission of offering tuition free classes for youth.

Hot Glass uniquely uses art – specifically glass blowing – to provide youth with a life changing experience. Working with glass, students develop essential skills such as teamwork, communication, planning and decision-making, as well as job-related applications.  Most importantly, they learn that they have the responsibility and power to shape their futures. Some may find their passion in glassblowing and a future career. For others, Hot Glass offers a place to meet other teens with a similar interest and an opportunity to engage in a positive activity. Art provides a unique opportunity for teens to experience the success of creating something beautiful without the competition inherent in sports, academics, and other activities. A National Endowment for the Arts report found that at-risk students who have access to the arts in or out of school tend to have better academic results, better workforce opportunities, and more civic engagement.

We also offer an opportunity for interested students to join our Glass Team. These teens complete projects for commission, to sell to organizations (on special order for awards, for example), and possibly sell at the Farmers Market or the  Riverssance Festival. Glass Team members develop and exercise leadership and business skills while creating revenue to sustain Hot Glass’ operations. Mentors – professional artists and business leaders – further these students’ skills. We may ask some who truly excel on the Glass Team to teach future classes or mentor other youth.

Joel Ryser, Executive Director
104 Western Ave. Davenport, IA 52801
www.hotglassart.org This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 309.236.9223

 
Figge Art Museum FREE Family Day PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Natalie Dunlop   
Friday, 11 July 2014 09:12

Davenport, Iowa (July 9, 2014) – The Figge Art Museum will have a Free Family Day this Saturday.  Admission will be free all day.

Kids and adults will have the opportunity to weave their way through the galleries, exploring the amazing fiber and textile art on display in the Innovators & Legends and Local Threads exhibitions. Interact with docents who will be available in the galleries to answer questions and share fun facts.

The art studios will offer hands-on activities and projects inspired by the current exhibitions including weaving activities, make-your-own woven vessel, collage projects, a film featuring fiber artists, artist demos, art object handling, a community weaving project, snacks and more!

This Free Family Day is sponsored by Schafer Interiors and the Quad-City Times.  

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. The museum is also free for Active Duty Military members and their families all year round and free to seniors the first Thursday of every month. To contact the museum, please call 563.326.7804, or visit www.figgeartmuseum.org.

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Two Americans in Paris: Stuart Davis and Grant Wood PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Natalie Dunlop   
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 12:32

Davenport, Iowa (July 9, 2014) –Two Americans in Paris: Stuart Davis and Grant Wood will be the first exhibition to open in the newly named Katz Gallery on the second floor of the Figge Art Museum.

 

Opening Saturday, Two Americans in Paris will feature works by artists Grant Wood and Stuart Davis. Both studied in Paris during the1920s and depicted scenes of American life in their work. Wood emerged as a leading spokesman for Regionalism, while Davis was a strong proponent of American modernism.

 

The exhibition will include paintings and works on paper that demonstrate the influence of European art on their careers. Selections from the Figge’s Grant Wood Archive as well as an assortment of Stuart Davis lithographs from a private collection will be on display.

 

Featured works include Wood’s Return from Bohemia (1935) and History of Penmanship (1933) and a suite of prints by Davis that reflect the influence of Fernand Leger, Henri Matisse and other prominent Parisian painters.

 

Curated by Figge Curator Dr. Rima Girnius and sponsored by Don and Connie Decker and Robert W. Baird, this exhibition will be on view through November 2, 2014.

 

Companion Programming:

Exhibition Opening / Curator Talk

Thursday, July 17 

5:30 p.m. Reception

7 p.m. Curator Talk
Members are invited to a special opening reception for Two Americans in Paris followed by a Curator Talk with Dr. Rima Girnius.

 

Art Lecture

7 p.m. Thursday, July 31

Dr. Tony Morris will give a historical art lecture that examines artists Stuart Davis and Grant Wood. Dr. Morris is an Assistant Professor of Art History at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee.

 

Two Americans in Paris Exhibition Tours

1:30 p.m. Saturdays

July 12, August 2, 16

 

1:30 p.m. Sundays

July 20, August 10, 14

 

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 www.figgeartmuseum.org.

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