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Chinese Calligraphy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lynn Bartenhagen   
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 09:42

The Muscatine Art Center is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition, “The Other Side of the Earth” by Chun Arthur Wang. The exhibition will open on Sunday, March 10 and run through Sunday, April 21, 2013.

In conjunction with Wang’s exhibit, the Muscatine Art Center is offering a class on the art of Chinese calligraphy. An instructor from the Confucius Institute, a branch of the University of Iowa’s International Program will be conducting the class. There is no experience needed, and all supplies will be provided.

The English word "calligraphy" refers to that which is "beautiful writing", which includes both aspects of calligraphy- as a practice and as an art form. Chinese calligraphy is functional as a means of communication- at its basic level calligraphy is focused on writing well. However, calligraphy is also considered an art form in its own right, where works are appreciated more or only for their aesthetic qualities. Calligraphy has also led to the development of many different forms of art in China, including seal carvings, ornate paperweights, and inkstones.


What: Chinese Calligraphy Class

When: Thursday, March 28, 2013

Time: 5:15 PM

Fee: $10.00 /$9.00 for Friends Members

Where: The Muscatine Art Center’s Art Studio

To register, please contact Katy Doherty, Program Coordinator, at 563-263-8282 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Registration is appreciated no later than Wednesday, March 27. Class size is limited. For more information about the University of Iowa’s Confucius Institute, please visit:

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. Go to for more information about programs and events and to download a class brochure.

Cool-Season Plant Sale at Brucemore PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Monday, 04 February 2013 15:21

Extend the growing season by learning about and purchasing cool-season plants at Brucemore’s Cool-Season Plant Sale to be held April 10 through April 12 from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. The plant sale will be held in the 1915 Lord & Burnham Greenhouse located near the center of the Brucemore estate.

“Many annual flowers and edible plants grow and taste better when the soil and air temperatures are cool; however, there usually is not enough time for cool-season plants to grow between when the last frost occurs and the hot weather sets in,” said Brucemore’s Head Gardener Deb Engmark. “The cool-season plant sale is an opportunity for visitors to learn about extending the growing season by planting earlier with cool season plants.”

A variety of cool-season plants will be for sale, including pansies, cabbages, snapdragons, sweet peas, and spinach. Brucemore will also sell early blooming perennials that will develop a strong root system if planted in April, such as bleeding hearts and Delphiniums. Cool-season plant sale prices range from $3.50 to $7.50, with all the proceeds benefiting garden and landscape rehabilitation projects at Brucemore. The garden staff will be on hand to provide expert advice on the selection, placement, and care of plants. The Summer Plant Sale will be held on May 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., featuring annuals, perennials, hanging baskets, and herbs.

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


Celebrate Black History Month with FREE Admission at the Figge on Saturday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Natalie Dunlop   
Thursday, 31 January 2013 14:51

Davenport, Iowa (January 31, 2013) –The Figge Art Museum is offering FREE Admission on Saturday, February 2 for the Quilts: Celebrating Black History Month event. More than ten African-American community quilts, including one signed by President Barack Obama, will be on display in the lobby all weekend long in conjunction with the Quilts: Masterworks from the American Folk Art Museum exhibition which closes Sunday.

On Saturday museum visitors are invited to take the final docent-guided tour of Quilts: Masterworks from the American Folk Art Museum at 11 a.m. followed by the opportunity to make a community craft project inspired by quilt squares between noon and 2 p.m. A lecture in the John Deere auditorium by Dr. Myrah Green, Executive Director of Arts and Culture in the Office of Government and Community Affairs at The City College of New York, will begin at 2 p.m. titled: “The Presence of African Symbols in North American Quilts” with a reception in the lobby immediately following.

In addition to all of the quilt activities the QC Audubon Society will have their scopes set up for eagle spotting from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday in the Wintergarden and dining room. Visitors can learn about eagle culture, including nesting habits, how they raise their young, where they live in warm weather and much more.

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. To contact the museum, please call 563.326.7804, or visit


What's Happening at Davenport's Putnam Museum PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Putnam Museum   
Thursday, 31 January 2013 14:34


The BIG Game on February 3

Event begins at 3:30 p.m., seating starts at 4:30 p.m.,
The Big Game starts at 5:30 p.m.!

Don't miss The BIG Game on the GIANT Screen Sunday, February 3!

Putnam Snack Stop will be open, alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. No outside food or drink allowed.

This is a free event, RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED with a maximum of 12 people per reservation. Space is limited, to reserve your spot today call 563-324-1933 ext. 242 or email your name/phone number to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . All reservations not checked in at the ticketing counter will be released at 5 p.m.

Putnam Explorers

February 3: Blast Off!

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's YOU rocketing into the Milky Way to explore the depths of our universe - and maybe beyond. Join us and see how high you can fly!
This workshop will be out of this world!

For more information or to register, call 563-324-1054 ext. 266.


February 7
6 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.

Who ya gonna' call? Ghostbusters! Make slime and take a shot at busting some ghosts! $1.00 select candy all night. Beer, wine, and frozen drinks available.
You don't want to miss out!

Flight of the
Butterflies 3D

February 10
2:30 p.m. & 4 p.m.

Click here for more information on the member preview!

New members call (563) 324-1933 ext 219 for a special member code! Current members, use the member code that is listed on the invite that was mailed to you. Not a member? Join Today




DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival News PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dubuque Fest   
Monday, 28 January 2013 16:46

Join Dubuque County Fine Arts Society at the Community Block Party on Friday, February 1, 4-7 pm in the Roshek Building Lobby, 700 Locust Street. Learn about Dubuque’s many dedicated nonprofits while enjoying food, drinks, and great entertainment. YOUR vote could help us win a $2,000 endowment from our host, the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque. Win SWEET PRIZES by playing the DCFAS Trivia Game! Visit our booth at the Block Party to play!

Artist Applications due February 15

We're still accepting applications for the Fine Art Fair May 18 & 20

  • Application deadline is February 15, 2013

  • Application fee: $110

  • Jury fee: $15

  • Two Emerging Artist Scholarships are available.

Download your app today:
Scholarship App is electronic: click here

Look what we've added for 2013!

Local Author Book Fair
Community Art Project w/ Tim Olson
Wood Fired Pizza
Electronic Scholarship Application
The Vinyl Record Fair Returns!

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