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WWI Christmas Truce Speaker at GAHC PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Lao   
Friday, 21 November 2014 10:06

George Eaton - ASC Historian from the Rock Island Arsenal speaks on the Military aspects of the WWI Christmas Truce of 1914

Sunday, November 23rd at 2pm

Join us for this interesting presentation and see the exhibition Truce in the Trenches on this same topic. Hope to see you there!

Shop our Christkindlmarkt Gift shop for heirlooms, German made gifts, sweets and treats, and Advent Calendars!

Upcoming event: Dec. 7th 2pm - The Annual Christmas Zither Concert by the Davenport Zither Ensemble will be held at St. Mark EV Lutheran Church at 2363 W 3rd St, Davenport, IA this year. This special concert will include a Peace Candle ceremony, a sing-a-long, and includes special Zither guests!
$5 suggested donation

German American Heritage Center & Museum, 712 W 2nd St, Davenport, Iowa 563-322-8844


Artist Mary Zeran Set to Unveil Latest Collage PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mary Zeran   
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 16:41

A new series of abstract art celebrating the Iowa Landscape will be unveiled in Cedar Rapids.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA, December 5th 2014 - January 31st 2015 - Nationally acclaimed local artist Mary Zeran will be exhibiting her recent body of work at Gilded Pear Gallery in a show titled: “La Tierra de Mi Corazón…The Land of My Heart”

The new series comprised of Zeran’s trademark joyous color, will be unveiled Friday, December 5th at an opening reception from 5:00-7:00 at Gilded Pear Gallery, 808 Third Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA. For more information regarding the exhibit contact Suzy McGrane-Hop at 319-366-0205,

Mary Zeran is known for her innovative painting and collage techniques using archival polyester film. Zeran’s work evolves over time. The final pieces are compilations of scraps, isolated brushstrokes and forms created from her stock of individually painted polyester sheets. She finds this spontaneous, painterly way of working allows her to be responsive to the cutting and gluing, collaborating directly with the process and materials.

The new abstracted landscapes celebrate the land of Zeran’s heart, Iowa; a place flowing with small rivers, and creeks, bursting with bountiful fields of corn, powerful oak trees, and expansive skies.

“When Zeran and her husband first moved back to Iowa from Seattle, WA, the thing that surprised her most was how much calmer she felt. The bustle of the city was invigorating at first, but then became exhausting. Life turned into endless traffic jams, loud noises, and cramped spaces. The only way to contact family was by phone or plane. Luckily older parents, new generations, and memories of a better quality of life called them back to Iowa. What she and her husband found was a much welcomed calm and ever inspiring landscape that has fueled Zeran’s artwork for the last 5 years.”

“I’ve been working to develop a series of abstract brush marks that describe the sense of joy and wonder I feel when I look at the Iowa landscape. One of the symbols I’ve been using is wood. Not only is this my way of honoring Iowa’s majestic Oak trees, it is a way of celebrating my rich family.”

“I’m fascinated with tree rings and how they are an annual record of a life well lived.”

About Mary Zeran

Mary Zeran is a third generation American artist known for her innovative painting and collage techniques using polyester film. She grew up in a family of women folk artists.  Textiles, embroidery, and woodcarving, were the visual language of her family. Each time Zeran picks up a brush or scissors, she immerses herself in the language of her family. When she abstracts flowers, trees, and all the colors of nature, she speaks her mother tongue. This language brings her closer to her family’s traditions, history and stories. For more information about her work, visit

Celebrate “A Christmas Past” in the Hometown of the 31st President, December 5 and 6 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Adam Prato   
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 13:57
WEST BRANCH, IOWA— West Branch, Iowa, the birthplace of Herbert Hoover, 31st President of the United States, will host “A Christmas Past” events from Friday, December 5 until Saturday, December 6. The festivities officially begin with a tree-lighting on the Village Green at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, December 6. For a complete schedule of the weekend’s activities, visit

To emphasize Herbert Hoover’s history for feeding those in need, donations of nonperishable items will be accepted for the West Branch Food Pantry at the Visitor Center and at the Presidential Library and Museum.

Horse-drawn wagon rides on Friday and Saturday evenings start at 5:30 p.m. from the Visitor Center of Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. The rides take visitors through the historic site and historic downtown West Branch.  The last wagon rides begin at 8:00 p.m.

A park ranger will demonstrate the art and craft of blacksmithing in the Blacksmith Shop on Friday and Saturday nights until 8:30 p.m. Try snowshoeing with a ranger on Main Street next to the U.S. Post Office Friday and Saturday nights between 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The park has some snowshoes to lend, or bring your own. Historical interpreter Sarah S. Uthoff will appear in character as Laura Ingalls Wilder telling historic stories in the Visitor Center on Friday at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. For more information about programs and activities at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site call (319) 643-2541.

Visit the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum’s annual holiday exhibit of Christmas trees. Each of this year’s 20 trees will represent one of Shakespeare's plays.

Also at the Presidential Library and Museum, The Young Footliters will perform A Seussified Christmas Carol on Friday at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Performances are free and there is no reserve seating. The Uncalled Four quartet will sing Christmas carols in the rotunda Friday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. For more information about programs and activities at Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum call (319) 643-5301.

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and 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

Figge's Festival of Trees Free Admission Day PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Natalie Dunlop   
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 10:02

Davenport, Iowa (November 17, 2014) – The Figge Art Museum will be offering free admission all day Saturday, November 22  to kick off the holiday season and to celebrate the Festival of Trees parade.

Sponsored by MidAmerican Energy and the Quad-City Times, all are invited to take a break from the cold to decorate ornaments in the museum lobby to be hung on the Figge’s holiday trees. Complimentary treats will be available while supplies last.

The Festival of Trees Holiday parade kicks off at 10:30 a.m. Reserve a spot on the Bechtel Plaza in front of the museum to watch the largest helium-balloon parade in the Midwest. With over twenty large helium balloons, pageant queens, dance groups, bands, clowns , floats, tractors and antique cars, the parade is a must-see event.

The current exhibitions at the Figge will be open for viewing including Self-Taught Genius: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum, the 2014 College Invitational, African American Art since 1950 and the permanent collection galleries. The family galleries will be open for kids who want to get creative as well.

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


Happy Holidays from Atom Studio + Gallery! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Atom Studio + Gallery   
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 09:24

Holiday Happenings at Bucktown

Make a holiday tradition by spending the day, November 22nd, in downtown Davenport. Come in from the cold and shop indoors after the Festival of Trees parade at Bucktown Center for the Arts, 225 E. 2nd downtown Davenport. Make sure to check out our tree at Festival of Trees!

Bucktown will be open noon to 4 on Sundays, starting November 23rd, for your holiday shopping convenience.

Black Friday, November 28th, escape the crowds and do your shopping at Bucktown Center for the Arts.  The opening reception for the Angels Among Us juried show will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Art from a wide variety of talented artists, interpreting the theme "Angels Among Us," will be showcased at Boho Chic, located in Bucktown, through December 31st.

Avoid lines and start your Christmas shopping in a relaxed environment.  Give your family and friends a gift of art that will last a lifetime.  There are eight galleries to choose from, including Atom Studio + Gallery and Boho Chic.  Enjoy a complimentary beverage. Chair massages will be available to ease that holiday shopping stress.

Free gift wrapping will be available for your purchases.

Small Business Saturday is this November 29th.  Support your local artists and stop by Bucktown Center for the Arts.  Give back to your community and shop the businesses you trust.  Buy local, buy American made, buy Bucktown.

Friday, December 19 - Gallery Night, Holiday Wine Walk and Jewelry Style Show - 6 to 9 p.m. Purchase a wine glass decorated by Bucktown artists and sample six unique wines. Enjoy a "tearoom style" fashion show featuring Bucktown's hand crafted jewelry and snacks as you stroll the Bucktown galleries in search of the perfect last-minute holiday gift. Frank Sinatra impersonator Travis Hosette will perform a medley of Sinatra's hits and holiday favorites to top off this fun and festive evening.  Thanks to IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union for sponsoring this event!

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