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Written by Niabi Zoo   
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 11:20

You can do your holiday shopping right here and find unique Niabi Zoo gifts for every child and adult on your list. Shop local and support your community zoo. Receive a complimentary reusable Niabi Zoo bag with any purchase.

Niabi Zoo gifts can be purchased online or by calling (309) 799-3482 ext. 222.

Black Friday at Atom Studio + Gallery PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Atom Studio + Gallery   
Monday, 24 November 2014 14:26

Please Join us this Friday from 11 am to 9 pm. Escape the Black Friday crowds and do your shopping at Atom Studio + Gallery located in Bucktown Center for the Arts.  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. Atom Studio + Gallery offers a wide variety of original artwork for home and businesses. All the work and commissioned work is available for sale. There are class schedules available for people of all abilities and ages. Gift certificates will be available for the January and February classes and make great stocking stuffers for those who can be hard to shop for.

Don’t miss the opening reception for the holiday Angels Among Us juried show, held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. this Friday, November 28th. Art from a wide variety of talented artists, interpreting the theme “Angels Among Us,” will be showcased on the second floor of Bucktown in the Midcoast display area, through December 31st.  Featured artists include; Dan Johnson, Brad Bisbey, Tracy Lorentzen-Hein, Catherine Moneysmith, Rose Moore, Gloria Burlingame, Jeanne Omelia, Judy Gray, Rich Clewell, Deb Doehler, Peggy Graton, Kim Aust, Susan Long, and Heather Sturtewagen.

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

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