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Herbert Hoover NHS Accepting Applications for 2013 Artist-in-Residence Program PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Adam Prato   
Monday, 05 November 2012 16:30
WEST BRANCH, IOWA— Herbert Hoover National Historic Site seeks writers, composers, and visual and performing artists for the park’s 2013 Artist-in-Residence Program. The Artist-in-Residence Program is open to all professional American artists whose work can be inspired by the history and beauty of Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. The park offers two residencies of two to eight weeks each from April through September. For more information about the Artist-in-Residence Program and how to apply, contact Kristin Gibbs at (319) 643-7866 or visit the park’s website: The application period closes on Friday, February 1, 2013.

The Artist-in-Residence Program at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site promotes creative means of communicating the park's national significance and its relevance to park visitors. Artists have been part of national parks since the 1870s when famed painters played a vital role in documenting the majestic landscapes of the West. It was through their works of art that many first saw these special places in America. Today artists are working in more than 40 units of the National Park Service through Artist-in-Residence Programs. Works from past Artists-in-Residence at Herbert Hoover NHS are on display in the park’s visitor center and at the West Branch Public Library. The 2012 Artist-in-Residence Program at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site featured painter Steven S. Walker of Ohio and photographer Missy Gaido Allen of Iowa City.

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and the 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. Parking is limited so please allow extra time to find a parking space. 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
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Stories of Silent Night at GAHC PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Lao   
Friday, 02 November 2012 13:42
“Stories of Silent Night” or Stille Nacht as it was originally written in German in Austria almost 200 years ago. This is the theme of our annual holiday exhibit opening Saturday, November 10th at the German American Heritage Center.

The lyrics were written by Joseph Mohr in 1816 in a poem form which he took to Franz Gruber to compose music for two voices, a guitar, and a choir for the Christmas eve mass in 1818 in Oberndorf Austria, near Salzburg. There are many stories and suppositions on why the song was written hastily for guitar and not for organ. Some say mice ate away at the organ and other say it was just in disrepair. It was performed for many people at the St. Nicholas church, which later flooded and is now replaced with the Silent Night Memorial Chapel. Here, hundreds gather each year to remember the creation of this song of peace. The song is now translated into over 300 languages and is used to celebrate Christmas all over the world!

The exhibit tells this story in detail, showing images of the key players and places. We have a space to listen to the song in many languages, crafts for kids, and costumes of several different cultures that we feature in our holiday traditions portion of the exhibit. Special thanks to the Silent Night Society, The Swenson Center, Viva Quad Cities, the Putnam Museum, and Dr. Carl Phillip von Maldeghem, Director of the State Theater of Salzburg, Austria.

The exhibit runs through January 6th, Three Kings Day and is located just off of the Centennial Bridge at 712 W 2nd St. Davenport, IA. Admission is $5 Adults, $4 Seniors, and $3 Kids ages 5-17. Free for members. GAHC is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am till 4pm and Sundays 12pm to 4pm. For more information contact Kelly at 563-322-8844 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

DubuqueFest Fine Arts Fair Call For Artists PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Paula Neuhaus   
Friday, 02 November 2012 07:46

[DUBUQUE, IA] DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival is now accepting applications for the 34th annual juried fine art fair scheduled for May 19 & 20 in Dubuque, Iowa. All interested fine artists and fine craft artisans are encouraged to apply. The juried fine art fair features the work of 80 artists & artisans from across the region. $1000 cash prizes are awarded to Best in Show, Second Place, & Third Place during an artist’s appreciation reception on Saturday, May 20 at the Dubuque Museum of Art.

Dubuque is quickly building a reputation as an arts & culture destination in the Midwest. Through successful arts programming and dedicated city partnerships the DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival grows along with it drawing lovers of fine art and history to the oldest festival in Iowa’s first city. IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • Application deadline is February 15, 2013
  • Application fee: $110
  • Jury fee: $15
  • Two Emerging Artist Scholarships are available.

Applications are available on the DubuqueFest website: To request one by mail contact Paula at 563.564.5290 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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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 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



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,


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