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Brucemore’s Santa, Snacks, and Stories PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Thursday, 01 November 2012 15:33

Children are invited to Brucemore for a festive and memorable evening of holiday tradition—Santa, Snacks, and Stories on Sunday, December 2 and Tuesday, December 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Mansion’s holiday décor and the estate’s seasonal spirit add to the evening’s activities. In the Visitor Center, children will be delighted by sing-a-long caroling with Brucemore’s most famous resident, Leo the Lion, and a snack making station. In the Mansion, children will participate in a craft, listen to holiday stories, and give Santa their wish-lists. In between activities, children and parents are invited to view the first and second floors of the Mansion and to ask any questions to the available stationary guides.

Admission is $7 per child and $5 per child of a Brucemore member. One adult is free per child admission; each additional adult is $5.  Space is limited; purchase tickets online at www.brucemore.org or by calling (319) 362-7375. . Santa, Snacks, and Stories is sponsored by US Bank.

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 www.brucemore.org.

 

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Rose Frantzen to paint at the Figge this Saturday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Susan Horan   
Thursday, 01 November 2012 14:17

Davenport, IOWA (October 2012) On Saturday, November 3 from 12:30pm to 4:30pm, Portrait of Maquoketa: The Dimensional View artist Rose Frantzen will lead an art demo at the Figge. Portrait of Maquoketa is a new, multi-dimensional installation that includes 180 portraits of Maquoketans and a 315 square foot landscape view of Maquoketa. Major funding for this exhibition has been provided by the Riverboat Development Authority, US Bank, Dr. Ralph and Jennifer Saintfort and SSAB.

Rose Frantzen will demonstrate the alla prima approach to portrait painting that she used in her Portrait of Maquoketa project. Frantzen demonstrates in front of crowds as large as 750 at events across the country, such as the Portrait Society of America Conference and American Artist’s Weekend with the Masters. This is a special opportunity to see Frantzen paint. This event is free with membership or paid admission.

A native of Maquoketa, Iowa, Rose Frantzen has gained national and  international acclaim for her oil paintings from life that bring contemporary and innovative perspectives to a traditional alla prima approach. In addition to landscapes, still lifes, and figurative works, Frantzen often moves to the allegorical, including abstract or surreal settings that present the subject as an archetypal character seen on his or her own internal stage. For these multi-dimensional works, she incorporates diverse stylistic elements along with gilding, stained glass, and mosaic.

Frantzen is a frequent guest lecturer and panelist, discussing art and the artist’s life in the 21st century, at museums and national art conventions. Her paintings have been featured in numerous national and international art magazines and journals, and she demonstrates portrait painting each year as a faculty member for the Portrait Society of America and for the annual Weekend With the Masters conference. Her work has been shown at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, Butler Museum of Art, the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, the Dubuque Museum of Art, the Denver Historical Museum, the World Food Prize and the Portrait Society of America’s International Portrait Competition.

Frantzen studied at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, the Palette & Chisel Academy with Richard Schmid and at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, studying anatomy with the late Deane G. Keller.

 

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 9pm. 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 our website, www.figgeartmuseum.org.

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Rose Frantzen to speak about Portrait of Maquoketa PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Susan Horan   
Thursday, 01 November 2012 08:59

Davenport, IOWA (October 2012) On Thursday, November 1 at 7pm Portrait of Maquoketa: The Dimensional View artist Rose Frantzen will speak at the Figge. A reception for the exhibition and talk will be held at 6pm. The Figge will offer free museum admission from 5-9pm on November 1; there will be no cost to attend the reception and artist talk. Portrait of Maquoketa is a new, multi-dimensional installation that includes 180 portraits of Maquoketans and a 315 square foot landscape view of Maquoketa. Major funding for this exhibition has been provided by the Riverboat Development Authority, US Bank, Dr. Ralph and Jennifer Saintfort and SSAB.

During the 7pm talk, Ms. Frantzen will share her use of representational painting to explore questions of self and community, giving special emphasis to the Portrait of Maquoketa project. This has led her in many directions during her 27-year journey as a fulltime artist. Although she was trained in the alla prima style, she also employs other representational approaches and creates multidimensional works in which she incorporates diverse stylistic elements along with gilding, stained glass and mosaic.

Ms. Frantzen will also be featured in an Artist Demo Saturday, November 3 from 12:30-4:30 pm. Ms.Frantzen will demonstrate the alla prima approach to portrait painting that she used in her Portrait of Maquoketa project. This event is free with membership or paid admission.

 

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 9pm. 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 our website, www.figgeartmuseum.org.

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BUFFALO BILL MUSEUM EXPANDS EXHIBIT FEATURING NAMESAKE “Buffalo Bill” more than a Showman PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Buffalo Bill Museum of LeClaire, IA   
Monday, 29 October 2012 13:22
This small non-profit community museum located on the LeClaire
waterfront has undergone major changes in the last two years, the most
significant being expansion of the exhibit featuring William F. “Buffalo Bill”
Cody, born in LeClaire in 1846.

“We had already started a revision to the exhibit,” said Robert Schiffke,
Executive Director of the museum, “when a major collector of Wild West
memorabilia offered us boxes of publicity pieces, books and photographs.
He wanted to remain anonymous, but he visited us often in the past, and
now we are looking forward to showing him what we’ve developed!”

Through the display and a short video, visitors to the museum will learn
about William F. Cody’s experiences as a member of the Kansas 7th
Volunteer Cavalry during the Civil War, and his later friendships with
Annie “Sure Shot” Oakley, Texas Jack, Wild Bill Hickok and Sitting Bull.
He is best known for his Wild West Congress tours, and even appeared
as the subject of comic books and small novels. Not only did he entertain
the public throughout the United States and Europe, but the show served
to introduce crowds to Native American customs, Russian Cossacks, and

other cultures.

“We aren’t only a museum about Buffalo Bill. People will learn about local
history, the River Rapid Pilots and see one of the original “airplane black
box” cases and designs. And,” continued Schiffke, “it’s the home of the
Lone Star Sternwheeler, the longest working wood-hulled boat to have
served on the Mississippi River, retired after 98 years in 1967.” The boat
is now on the National Historic Register and being restored by museum
volunteers.

The museum is open daily from 9am to 5pm (closing at 4pm in winter
months), and opens at 12noon on Sundays. A nominal admission is
charged.

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To schedule a tour with Robert Schiffke, Executive Director of the Buffalo
Bill Museum & River Pilots’ Pier, please call (cell) 563-505-8028.

 
Governor Branstad and state leaders release statements on University of Iowa Hancher Voxman Clapp and Art Building East Facilities PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of the State of Iowa   
Monday, 29 October 2012 13:20

(DES MOINES) – Governor Terry Branstad, Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, Board of Regents President Craig Lang, Homeland Security and Emergency Management Administrator Mark Schouten, and University of Iowa President Sally Mason today released the following statements upon learning of the decision by U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) leadership to reaffirm the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) previous decisions to replace the University of Iowa’s Hancher Voxman Clapp and Art Building East facilities.

Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds issued the following joint statement: “We are pleased that this long-standing Federal policy dispute has been settled, as resolution was long-overdue. DHS leaders have reaffirmed FEMA’s previous commitments to the State and the University of Iowa.  Thankfully, common sense has prevailed. We appreciate the Iowa congressional delegation’s active involvement in this issue and FEMA leadership’s openness to discuss our concerns throughout their policy dispute with the DHS Office of Inspector General.”

Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds continued:  “We recently wrote Secretary Napolitano (See the letter) and encouraged other Federal officials via phone to make a final decision before the October meeting of the Board of Regents. It is unfortunate that this Federal bureaucratic squabble dragged-on for so long, but now the University of Iowa can finally move closer to a full recovery from the historic 2008 floods by expediting the replacement of these important facilities.”

Board of Regents President Craig Lang stated the following: “We are pleased that the University of Iowa can now move ahead with certainty to replace these damaged buildings.  The support of Iowa’s congressional delegation and Governor Branstad has been crucial and we are so thankful for their continued advocacy.  Finally, the leadership and persistence at the University of Iowa has enabled students within the arts to achieve their academic goals under adverse circumstances and within temporary facilities.  The opportunity to replace these facilities is long overdue.”

University of Iowa President Sally Mason said: “The students, faculty and staff of the University of Iowa are grateful for the strong and continuous support of our congressional delegation, the Governor, State Legislature and the Board of Regents.  This final action on our replacement buildings clears the way for construction – and we are ready.  Our students and campus can now move forward with certainty that they will have the facilities they need.”

 

Mark Schouten, Administrator of the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division, stated the following: “I am thankful that FEMA’s previous guidance to replace these facilities has been upheld. Replacing these facilities outside of the flood plain is in the best interest of tax payers.  This decision also avoids potentially serious and expensive complications that would have flowed from repairing buildings that have sat vacant for over four years, including mold removal and foundation stabilization measures.”

 

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