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Muscatine Art Center partners with Muscatine Symphony Orchestra to offer a new FREE class, “Get Into Music” for kids ages 4 to 8. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lynn Bartenhagen   
Friday, 06 February 2015 14:36

“Get Into Music” is a new class presented by the Muscatine Art Center and the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra supported by a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine. The purpose of the class is to introduce musical instruments to kids (ages 4 to 8). During the hour long class, a single instrument will be highlighted. A musician from the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra will bring his or her instrument and demonstrate how to play it for the kids. The musician will explain how the instrument works and answer questions. The Muscatine Art Center staff will lead an introductory activity and conclude the session with a story and/or craft project related to the featured instrument.

The first “Get Into Music” class will be held on Thursday, February 12, 2015 and feature musician, Walter Conlon, and his French horn. The featured musician for March 12 will be Margie Kundel on violin. Dick Marr on trombone and Stephanie Romagnoli flute will be featured in April and May, respectively. Reservations are being accepted by calling the Muscatine Art Center at 563-263-8282. Admission is free. Participating families will receive a complimentary adult ticket for one performance of the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra. Children can always attend the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra for free.

The Muscatine Art Center is located at 1314 Mulberry Avenue in Muscatine, Iowa. Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday evenings until 7:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated. Visit www.muscatineartcenter.org for more information about programs and events and to download a class brochure.

 
CALL FOR ENTRIES Midwest Summer: Light and Warmth PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kate Kunau   
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 10:24

The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art announces a

CALL FOR ENTRIES

Midwest Summer: Light and Warmth

June 6 – September 13, 2015

In celebration of Iowa artists, the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art announces a call for entries of artworks that address the experience of summer in the Midwest. These artworks can focus on aspects of summer that appeals to the senses in any manner from representational to abstract. All media accepted. Applicants must reside in the state of Iowa. All work must be ready to hang and must have been created in the past three years. Deadline for receipt of up to three images, resume, and explanation of how selected artworks represent the theme is March 1, 2015.

Juror:  Kate Kunau, Associate Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art

Kate Kunau is the new Associate Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. Prior to joining the staff at CRMA, she was at the University of Iowa working on her Ph.D., and from 2011 to 2012, worked for the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas, as the Semmes Foundation Intern.

 
Presentation Showcases National Parks Established by the Hoover Administration PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Adam Prato   
Tuesday, 03 February 2015 15:53

WEST BRANCH, IOWA— On Wednesday, February 11 a park ranger discusses “Herbert Hoover’s National Parks”: special places like Arches, Isle Royale, George Washington Birthplace, Sunset Crater Volcano, and other national parks and monuments preserved by Herbert Hoover’s administration. The presentation is free and begins at 7 p.m. in the visitor center.

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 www.nps.gov/heho 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

www.nps.gov/heho


Twitter: @HooverNPS

Facebook: HerbertHooverNHS

 
MUSCATINE ART CENTER Exhibit: Cylinder & Disc Music Boxes PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lynn Bartenhagen   
Friday, 30 January 2015 16:12

Exhibit: Cylinder & Disc Music Boxes

Exhibit dates:  January 22 through March 22, 2015

Program: Cylinder & Disc Music Boxes by Brian Walter on Thursday, February 12 at 5:15 p.m.

The Laura Musser Mansion Small Gallery now features the second in its series of music box exhibits from the private collection of Brian Walter and the Art Center’s permanent collection. This second series highlights the history and chronology of “Cylinder” & “Disc” music boxes from the 1870-1900 era.

A “Cylinder & Disc Music Box” program will be presented by Brian Walter, at 5:15 on Thursday, February 12, 2015.

The period of 1870 to 1890 was the height of production for cylinder music boxes. The cylinder music box provided live music without performers and the sound it produced was very much like a group of harpists or a hand bell choir. Extensively inlaid cases and multiple cylinders (which included ‘shifting’ and ‘removable’ cylinders) mark this era as the most technically challenging period for cylinder type manufacturing.

The development of the first interchangeable disc music boxes in 1886, made it even easier and less expensive to add tunes. These “Symphonion” boxes were originally made in Leipzig, Germany and were destined to become some of the greatest music boxes ever known. Even this innovative design which accepted individual tune discs (allowing one music box to play multiple tunes), could not save the cylinder music box companies, as many were forced out of business due to increased sales and aggressive marketing of the new disc music boxes.

Other music box makers caught on to the new disc technology and began building their own masterpieces: most notably “Polyphon” in Germany and “Regina” in the United States. By 1900, the “Gramophone” (or record player) had replaced disc music boxes, due to lower price and greater variety of music available.

EVENT DETAILS:

What: “Cylinder & Disc Music Boxes” Program

Who: Brian Walter

When: Thursday, February 12, 2014

Time: 5:15 PM

Where: The Muscatine Art Center’s Music Room

Admission to this program is FREE.

Please contact Melanie Alexander, Director, with any questions or concerns at 563-263-8282 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The Muscatine Art Center is located at 1314 Mulberry Avenue in Muscatine, Iowa. Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday evenings until 7:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated. Visit www.muscatineartcenter.org for more information about programs and events and to download a class brochure.

 
Bret Miller Exhibit, "Hues From the Heart" Exhibit and Release of Grain Magazine PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dubuque Area Arts Collective   
Friday, 30 January 2015 15:25
Saturday, JANUARY 31 - 6 to 9pm Dubuque Area Arts Collective / 902 Main st / Dubuque

Exhibits will be open all February Saturdays and Sundays, 12 to 4pm.

The DAAC is proud to announce the opening of two new art exhibits and the release of the second issue of Grain, a biannual arts magazine devoted to area and regional arts, with a focus on emerging talent. The DAAC gallery will feature both a solo exhibit by Bret Miller, and a group show curated by Michael Coty, with works by Dalton Leisen, Danny Luna, Jonathan Stone, and Michael Pacheco. Complimentary copies of Grain will be available at the door. LEARN MORE

 
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