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Gallery Opening at Peaceful River Trading Co. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Courtney Boothe   
Tuesday, 12 March 2013 13:25
McCausland, IA / March 21st, 2013:  Peaceful River Trading Co. is hosting a gallery opening for artist and crafter, Cathy Carton. The event will take place Thursday, March 21st from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at 302 North Salina Street in McCausland, Iowa.

Cathy Carton is an avid crafter and an experienced seamstress. She enjoys spending her free time working on new craft ideas and sitting at her sewing machine. Whether she's creating kitchen towels, placements, table runners or American Girl doll clothes, many of her craft ideas come from a passion to decorate her home for the holidays in new and unique ways. "This shop does a wonderful job of showcasing work like mine. I am so happy to have the opportunity to work with Peaceful River.  They really are a great find." says Cathy Carton.

Owner, Sheila Bosworth, is looking forward to the gallery opening. “Cathy is not only talented at what she does, but she truly loves being an artist. We are excited to have the opportunity to feature her work”. Peaceful River Trading Co. offers a place for local artists and crafters to display and sell their creations.

Peaceful River brings visitors back to a simpler time and is housed in a beautiful, circa-1916 bank building, formerly the home of McCausland State Bank. They carry many items from arts and crafts to antiques, gifts, and collectibles. Peaceful River Trading Co. is open from 10am to 5pm Wednesday through Saturday and 11am to 4pm on Sundays.  McCausland is located about 20 miles northeast of Davenport, just off Utica Ridge Road on F33 and 5 minutes north of Scott County Park.  Explore Peaceful River Trading Co. at


Thirty-seventh Annual Rock Island Fine Arts Exhibition PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bill Hannan   
Monday, 11 March 2013 12:11

The Thirty-seventh Annual Rock Island Fine Arts Exhibition, an annual juried competition co-sponsored by the Rock Island Art Guild and Augustana College, will be displayed at the Augustana College Art Museum through April 21, 2013. The competition was open to visual artists working in any media except video, and residing within a 150-mile radius of the Quad Cities. There were 100 participating artists. Juror Pamela Blotner quipped “It may be snowy and cold outside, but the Augustana College Art Museum radiates with color and energy. Inside the galleries one finds a ‘patchwork quilt’ of the Quad City area, its cityscapes, rivers, forest and farmlands.” Blotner selected 50 art works from 41 artists for the final exhibition More than $3,500 in awards will be presented at the reception on Friday, April 5, at 5:40 p.m

The awards include:

First Prize ($1000): Pam Echeverria (Cedar Falls, IA), Qutang Gorge, acrylics

Second Prize ($500): Teresa Mesich (Rock Island, IL), Bird Circus, acrylic on canvas

Founder’s Award ($300) for 2013 in Honor of Mr. and Mrs. G. Pierson (Pete) and Ruth Brauch:

Tom Voss (Bettendorf, IA), East by West, wood—black walnut and American chestnut

Sally MacMillan Watercolor Award ($500): Rosalie Waranius Vass (Batavia, IL), Spinning, opaque watercolor

Two-dimensional Entry Award in Memory of Bernice and Stanley Harris ($500): Peter Xiao (Rock Island, IL), Six Heads to be Hatted, oil on canvas with wood

Three-dimensional Freestanding Entry Award in Memory of Zeivel Harris ($500): Dean Kugler (Davenport, IA), Blind Control, resin

4 Honorable Mentions, Each $100:

Peter Van Ael (Montgomery, IL), Swimmingly, reduction woodcut montage

Richard Ankeney (Galesburg, IL), Lobster Buoys, digital photograph

Jane L. Koski (Rock Island, IL), “Stillness” on a Cool Summer Morning, watercolor

George Olson (Woodhull, IL), Prairie Study: White Vervain, watercolor

During the exhibition visitors can vote on the People's Choice and Children's Choice awards of $50 each. Hours for this exhibition are noon to 4 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays, and Sundays in April excepting the Easter break of March 29-April 3.

The 2013 juror is San Francisco Bay Area artist and curator Pamela Blotner. Over the last 20 years, much of Blotner's work has been informed by her experiences as an Illustrator/Mission Specialist on missions for Human Rights Watch, Physicians for Human Rights, and the Human Rights Center at the University of California at Berkeley. Blotner is an adjunct professor at John F. Kennedy University and St. Mary’s College, on the faculty of Pixar University at Pixar Animation Studios, a member of the Women Environmental Artists Directory, and an advisor to the board of Artist's Rescue Mission in Houston, Texas. She concludes “The artists in this exhibition draw upon their native surroundings, but they take us to worlds beyond our borders. And it is a wonderful journey.”

For more information, contact 309-794-7231 during weekday business hours.

ART GUMBO Soup Dinners Raise Money for Dubuque Art Projects PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Paula Newhaus   
Monday, 11 March 2013 11:58
DUBUQUE, IA. – The spring installment of Art Gumbo, a quarterly soup dinner that supports local art projects with community-supported micro funding, is scheduled for Thursday, March 21, 6-8 p.m., at St. Mark Community Center, 1201 Locust Street in Dubuque.

Art Gumbo is an independent community-based initiative that funds local arts projects using money collected at quarterly soup dinners. During each Art Gumbo funding cycle, artists and arts organizations are alternately invited to submit a brief project proposal that demonstrates an impact on the Dubuque community. The public is invited to attend and vote for their favorite proposal. A $10 donation at the door on March 21 entitles the attendee to soup and home-baked bread by East Mill Bakeshop & Catering and the opportunity to review all submitted proposals, and one vote for their favorite.

The March 21 soup dinner will feature seven proposals submitted by local arts organizations or creative groups whose project demonstrates an impact on the Dubuque community. The proceeds from the door will fund two proposals, first and second place, splitting the funding in a 70/30 fashion. A special group exhibit by Fun A Day Dubuque will feature the work of area individuals who met the challenge to engage in a daily creative activity each day of February. The work will be on display during the Art Gumbo event.

Art Gumbo dinners and micro-funding program are an independent effort initiated by local arts activists Paula Neuhaus and Megan Starr. The project’s mission is to bring artists together with art patrons to explore and fund projects, create working relationships, and to build an all-arts network. Since the project’s launch in September 2010, Art Gumbo has raised $8,565 to fund 16 creative projects. The March 21 soup dinner is open to anyone interested in attending the event. For more details about Art Gumbo and to review the proposals submitted for this funding cycle visit or contact Paula Neuhaus at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival Presents: “Hockey, Welding, & Ice Cream: A Love Story” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Paula Neuhaus   
Monday, 11 March 2013 11:55

A Reading Featuring the Work of Thax Douglas, Al Johnson’s Final Flu, & Ryan Werner

[Dubuque, IA] DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival will host a reading entitled “Hockey, Welding, & Ice Cream: A Love Story” on Saturday, March 30, 7-9 p.m. at Eronel Art +Music Venue, 285 Main Street. The evening features a reading of original work from writers Thax Douglas, Al Johnson, & Ryan Werner. This rock-n-roll inspired reading serves as a fundraiser for the 36th annual DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival scheduled for May 17-19, 2013 in downtown Dubuque.

American rock poet Thax Douglas is famous for creating literary snapshots of popular bands’ performances and as a long-time fixture on the Chicago, New York, and Austin music scenes, reading his original poems inspired by bands as introductions to their sets. His self-published work includes several collections of poetry inspired by music. Al Johnson pushed the boundaries and destroyed the rules of rock as founder and front man of the band U.S. Maple. Al Johnson’s Final Flu is now pushing boundaries in the field of writing as a contributor to Vice Magazine as well as his writing website, Local fiction writer and rocker Ryan Werner‘s short story collection Shake Away These Constant Days was recently published by Jersey Devil Press. His work is quirky, world-wise, and as joyfully rambunctious as your favorite punk rock song.

The public is invited to meet the writers, enjoy the reading, and buy their books. DubuqueFest t-shirts and signed, limited edition silk-screened posters by artist Rich Rossignol will be available for purchase. A sliding scale donation of $5-$10 is suggested. All proceeds from the door support DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival. More information or donate directly at


Putnam Happenings March 7 Edition PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Putnam Museum   
Friday, 08 March 2013 14:59


Get your tickets TODAY!

Opening this weekend -

March 9

Click here for more information

Theater Throwbacks


March 7 - 6 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.
March 10 - 4:30 p.m.

Theater Throwbacks


Night Fever

March 14 - 6 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.

Lost Nation:

The Ioway

2 & 3

March 17 - 6:30 p.m.

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