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Got the Bridge Down Blues? Go Shopping! Come to a great Berlin program! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by G A H C   
Thursday, 04 September 2014 08:05

Well, the word is official. Instead of September 5th the Centennial Bridge closing has been extended to October 10th. For now. Won't you drop by this week and show your support for one of the QCA's treasured corners, one that fulfills a place in your heart that is unique and cherished?  And needs your help right now?

Please come by this week - our pain is your gain.  We have a number of items on our 50% off tumble table that need good homes.  There are hand-painted clocks from the Black Forest, colorful wooden mobiles from Germany, lace, t-shirts, toys, decorative items, jewelry, and a host of one-of-a-kind goodies you can't pass up.  A special selection of books will be marked down to $5 and $10.  With these deep discounts the usual 10% off with membership will not apply. 
A great time to stock up on holiday presents or stocking stuffers!

Why is that? Because on Thursday, Sept. 4 and Friday, Sept. 5 members will be able to take an additional 15% off the sale prices! And that discount is good for anything in the store! You read that right- special, rarely available bargain rates for our current members. So plan your strategy- come earlier for the premium selection, come later for the rock bottom prices, but please come and support us here at GAHC. If you huddled inside during the frigid winter, now is the time to help us bridge this challenge. Take in the two new exhibits on Berlin, too!

Riverssance 2014-MidCoast Fine Arts Event PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jenni Swanson   
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 13:34

MidCoast Fine Arts’ Riverssance Festival of Fine Art is celebrating its 27th year as the premier fine arts festival of the Quad Cities, showcasing over 100 of the top artists from throughout North America.  Riverssance is located on a scenic hill overlooking the Mississippi River in the historic Village of East Davenport.  Riverssance will feature a free children’s art tent, wine tasting, gourmet food and live regional music  booked by the River Music Experience.  MidCoast Fine Arts serves area artists and the Quad Cities community throughout the year with a myriad of exhibition opportunities designed to help arts promote and sell their work without commission.  Artists helping artists is what the organization is all about.

The recipients of the Harley Award given in recognition of an individual(s) or organization that has demonstrated a lasting commitment to the promotion and the advancement of the visual arts and artists in the Quad Cities area are sisters Megan and Kristin Quinn.  Both are outstanding, accomplished artists and each represents the bi-state region. Megan is a professor in the Department of Art and Art History at Augustana College in Rock Island, Il.  Kristin is a professor and Art Department Chair at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa.  Both artists contribute greatly to the community, to their respective states and respective academic institutions.  They are a vital part of both  the Iowa & Illinois art communities.

The featured design for the Festival, by artist Naidine D’Angelo, is a dragonfly drawn from the concept of its insides being driven by bolts, screws, piping and steam.  The design will be the basis for this year’s promotional artwork and t-shirts. The artist resides in the Quad Cities and is a vital part of the art community.  Her creativity with this drawing and concept opens the doors to both the arts, science and mathematics.  The connection between math and art is a connection that increases educational learning for both children and adults.  Naidine’s work of the dragonfly as a scientific, mechanical and artistic expression completes this mental circuit.

I would like to ask you to promote the Riverssance Festival of Fine Arts on September 20-21 in the Village of East Davenport.  With so many schools and communities reducing their art dollars for education this Festival is one way to continue to promote and provide accessibility to fine arts to everyone.  Additionally it is a wonderful event for our community.  Admission is $4 per person with children under 12 free. A flyer with more information is attached.

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Written by Illinois National Guard PAO   
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 08:59

SPRINGFIELD, IL (08/29/2014)(readMedia)-- On Sept. 6, Military Museum Living Historians will display equipment, uniforms and weapons used by the Illinois National Guard in the Border Campaign and discuss the military operation.


• Illinois State Military Museum Living History Detachment

• Illinois National Guard and Militia Historical Society

• Illinois State Military Museum


On March 15, 1916, Maj. Gen. John Pershing launched the yearlong Border Campaign into Mexico to pursue Pancho Villa. A week earlier the Mexican revolutionary had raided Columbus, N.M., killing eight Soldiers and 10 civilians and wounding six Soldiers and two civilians. Illinois National Guardsmen were mobilized and deployed to the Texas border to support Pershing’s operation. The 1916 expedition was the first time the Army used airplanes, motorcycles and trucks and served as a dress rehearsal for the mobilization of U.S. forces for World War I. On Saturday, Military Museum Living Historians will display equipment, uniforms and weapons used by the Illinois National Guard in the Border Campaign and discuss the military operation.

WHEN: Saturday September 06, 2014 at 10:00AM Central Time (US & Canada)

WHERE:1301 N. MacArthur Blvd,
Springfield, Illinois 62702


• Admission and parking are free.

• Illinois State Military Museum, 1301 N. MacArthur Blvd, Springfield, Ill., 62702, two blocks north of the intersection of MacArthur Blvd. and North Grand Ave.

Fall Family Day at Brucemore PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 08:58

Families are invited to Brucemore for an afternoon of autumn-themed activities, crafts, and snacks to celebrate the season during Fall Family Day on Sunday, October 12 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Highlights include:

·         Exploring the estate’s historic 26 acres during a nature scavenger hunt offered at 1:15 and 2:15 p.m.

·         Creating a scarecrow to be included in Brucemore’s Scarecrow Invasion. One scarecrow armature per family, straw-filling, and basic supplies to put the scarecrow together will be included with the Fall Family Day registration fee; participants should bring clothing or thematic elements to decorate their unique scarecrow.

Admission is $10 per child and $7 per child of a Brucemore member. One free adult admission is included with each child; additional adults are $5 each. This event is intended for children 6 -10 years old. Space is limited, call (319) 362-7375 or visit to purchase tickets. Children should dress appropriately for outdoor activities. Family programming at Brucemore is sponsored by US Bank.

Scarecrows made during Fall Family Day will be included in Brucemore’s Scarecrow Invasion—a display of scarecrows made by individuals, classes, businesses, organizations, and families on Brucemore’s lawn from October  14 through October 28. Registration for the Fall Family Day is not required for participation in the Scarecrow Invasion. More information can be found at

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


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


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