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Spring Craft Fair PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Lao   
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 13:04
Davenport, IA- Crafts! Food! Eggs! The German American Heritage Center will be hosting an “Eiermarkt” or Egg Market Spring Craft Fair on Saturday, March 23rd from 10 am until 3pm. Local and regional vendors will be selling their springtime wares including decorated eggs, carvings, baked goods, and much more! Free admission to the Eiermarkt!

To become a vendor, please call soon, there are only a few tables left!!!

GAHC is located at 712 W.2nd St. Davenport, IA. Call 563-322-8844, visit, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for details!

DCFAS Elisha Darlin Awards press release PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ian Loar   
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 12:52
[DUBUQUE, IA] Dubuque County Fine Arts Society is proud to announce that they will present Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Conductor William Intriligator with the 33rd annual Elisha Darlin Award at a reception on Friday, March 29 at the Hotel Julien  Dubuque. Each year, the Fine Arts Society presents the Elisha Darlin Arts Award in recognition of the contributions of an individual or group who impact the cultural landscape of the Dubuque community. Past recipients include artists in various mediums, arts organizers, advocates, patrons, educators, and those involved in the promotion of arts and culture.

This year, Fine Arts Society presents the award to William Intriligator. In his 13th season as Music Director and Conductor of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, Intriligator has guided the orchestra through an exciting period of artistic and organizational  growth. Under Intriligator’s direction, the orchestra is performing at higher levels of musical excellence. During his tenure the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra has added staged opera, staged ballet, a chamber series, programs designed for young professionals, additional educational youth concerts, new education initiatives, the re-introduction of family concerts, and large scale festivals such as the MozartFest and the Multicultural Festival.

An annual award presented by the Dubuque County Fine Arts Society, the Elisha Darlin Arts Award honors an individual or group that has made an outstanding contribution to the arts. Named after the late Elisha Darlin, an educator and founding board member of Dubuque County Fine Arts Society, past recipients of the award include Ruth and Russ Nash, Sue Riedel, Lenore Howard and Doug Donald, Sue Flogel, Bob Woodward, Gail Chavenelle, Sandye Voight, Gene Tully, Fran and Ellen Henkels, former Dubuque City Councilwoman Ann Michalski, and the Dubuque Cultural Preservation Committee among many others.

Founded by Russ and Ruth Nash in 1976, DCFAS is a non-profit organization that works to encourage, promote, and present local and regional arts. Current programming includes Dubuquefest Fine Arts Festival, Dubuque Fine Arts Players One Act Plays, Dubuque Writers Guild, Nash Gallery, Voices from the Warehouse District and Rogue Collections.

The Elisha Darlin Awards Dinner supports the sustainability of vibrant and low-cost arts programming provided by DCFAS, and is set for Friday, March 29 at 6 p.m. at the Grande Ballroom of the Hotel Julien.

Dinner/event tickets available at the door or in advance. For more information, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 563-513-7007.

DCFAS Welcomes Rogue Collections PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Samantha Jones   
Tuesday, 05 March 2013 16:35

February 26, 2013 (Dubuque, Iowa) – Dubuque County Fine Arts Society is pleased to announce that it will act as an umbrella 501c3 organization for an up and coming creative program: Rogue Collections.

Rogue Collections, created by Samantha Jones, of Dubuque, is designed to give cosmetologists an opportunity to showcase a unique art form and express creative potential through accessible runway shows. By connecting passionate artists in a community setting, Rogue Collections offers inspiration for local stylists while continuing to showcase Dubuque as a creative leader and arts destination.

On April 21st, 2013, Rogue Collections will present its inaugural hair/art runway show titled ELEMENTS. The show welcomes five creative local stylists presenting artistic collections based on the elements Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water.

The show is set for 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 21 at Eronel - 285 Main St. There will be a cover of $10 at the door with VIP advance tickets available.

In order to increase community outreach, and to impact women, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Opening Doors: Maria House & Teresa Shelter.

“Becoming a partner of the DCFAS was the first step in the right direction for Rogue Collections. We are very excited to work with the organization and learn as much as we can from them, and their affiliates. Rogue Collections and the DCFAS is the perfect partnership.  We are bringing an underrepresented art form to the forefront of Dubuque, as well as giving back to the community. Thanks to the DCFAS, we will have an opportunity to expand, and really start out the first year of production the best way possible.” - Samantha Jones - Director - Rogue Collections

The Dubuque County Fine Arts Society, a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit arts organization, has enriched the Dubuque community through the arts for the past 33 years. DCFAS serves as an “umbrella” organization for a range of affiliate groups and programs and is governed by an active volunteer board and several committees. The group’s mission is “to encourage, promote, and present local and regional arts including music, writing, theater, and fine art.”
Bringing music, writing, theater, and fine art to the Dubuque community since 1976

“EXHIBITION” Series Brings World Class Art from Manet, Munch & Vermeer to U.S. Cinemas Throughout 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 05 March 2013 16:26
Audiences can experience a global revolution of world class art, history and biography through the works of the greatest masters of our time as “EXHIBITION,” a new theatrical series of events, brings the world’s greatest art exhibitions to select U.S. cinemas.  Each “EXHIBITION” cinema event is hosted by art historian Tim Marlow, who will go beyond each gallery with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage.
The “EXHIBITION” series begins with a career-encompassing collection of the works of Édouard Manet on exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts—Manet: Portraying Life” on Thursday, April 11. Next is a “once-in-a-lifetime” exhibition of the greatest number of Edvard Munch’s works ever, “Munch: Munch 150” on Thursday, June 27, co-hosted by the National Museum and the Munch Museum in Oslo. The third exhibition screening, “Vermeer and Music: The Art of Love and Leisure” on Thursday, October 10th, comes from the National Gallery in London where audiences will see a unique perspective on the masterpieces of Johannes Vermeer.
Tickets for the “EXHIBITION” series are available now at participating theater box offices and online at
“EXHIBITION” will be shown at the following movie theaters in your area on April 11 (Manet); June 27 (Munch); and October 10 (Vermeer) – all at 7:30 PM (local time):

Marking Territory Exhibition Opens Saturday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Natalie Dunlop   
Friday, 01 March 2013 10:45

Davenport, Iowa (February 28, 2013) – Beginning Saturday the Figge Art Museum will present the exhibition: Marking Territory: Cartographic Treasures of the Mississippi River and the World Beyond in the second floor print gallery.  

Curated by Rima Girnius, PhD, the exhibition features a selection of more than 25 historic maps that range from early representations of the world to more detailed examinations of America’s vast interior west of the Mississippi. The exhibition explores how maps communicate highly complex ideas about identity, politics and culture.

American identity coincided with the evolution of maps. From the late 17th through the 19th centuries, cartographers and explorers recorded what they were learning about the United States interior west of the Mississippi. Never innocent of broader political objectives, these maps of the New World function as exercises in power, attempts on the part of one nation and race to exert control over another. For example, the shifting boundaries of Iowa in the 19th century demonstrate the American government’s interest in solidifying borders and publicly laying claim on territories.

In documenting the fluidity and continuity between territories, maps suggest that the West is capable of being traversed and thus inhabited, conquered and exploited. Informed by political agendas and underlying values, maps function as important historical and cultural documents that offer a compelling look into the past. They remind the exhibition viewer to look for what is not only present in an image but also what has been hidden from view.

According to Girnius, “The featured maps contribute to our growing knowledge of the physical world by functioning as essential navigation and information-gathering tools and thus providing insight on what people knew (or thought they knew) about their environment.”

The exhibition will be on display through June 16 and is sponsored by Humanities Iowa.

Companion Programming:

Collecting and Curating Reception and Talk

Thursday, March 7

6 p.m. Reception • 7 p.m. Talk

Presenters: Rima Girnius, PhD, and H. Dee Hoover

Introduction to the exhibition by Curator Rima Girnius followed by a gallery talk with map collector H. Dee Hoover about the maps featured.

Artist Talk

Personal Geography: Charting a Course

7 p.m. Thursday, March 21

Presenter: Maureen Bardusk

Join studio artist Maureen Bardusk for a presentation of her unique stitched paper work, during which she will discuss her ideas and technique. Bardusk also will describe her creative life in Galena, Illinois, after which she will provide audience members with a hands-on display of her work in various stages.

Free Family Day

Maps: Adventure, Fun & Family

10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday, April 13

Find the fastest route to the FREE Figge Family Day, “Maps–Adventure, Fun and Family.” Make a treasure map, learn about maps of all kinds, chart your family tree and more as you explore the wonderful world of maps!

Docent-led Tours

3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2, 9, 16 and 23

6 p.m. on Thursdays, March 7 and 21

1:30 p.m. on Sundays in April 7, 14, 21 and 28

Interactive Workshop

Given Space: Writing Your Own Cartography

6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 6

Presenter: E. Marie Bertram

Join poet and Augustana Professor E. Marie Bertram for this interactive workshop combining visual art and the written word. This workshop is free, but space is limited so registration is required. To register, contact Heather Aaronson at 563.326.7804 x2045 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it '; document.write( '' ); document.write( addy_text55193 ); document.write( '<\/a>' ); //--> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

X Marks the Spot

March 9-June 16

Families can visit X Marks the Spot in Studio 1. Chart a route to learning and adventure, exploring everything from the trusty road atlas to genealogical maps that trace your family history. 

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


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