Art, Galleries & Museums
Prohibition and Prostitution in Davenport during the Gilded Age PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Lao   
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 08:15
Davenport, IA- On Saturday June 16th at 2pm, the German American Heritage Center will host Dr. Jane Simonsen of Augustana college for her talk, “Crossing Perry Street: Working Women & Sporting Men in ‘Der freie Staat Scott.’” This talk will cover when Davenport was one of the wickedest places in the Midwest around the time of Prohibition. After the talk, Jane will lead those who are interested on a walk through Bucktown, where the beer flowed and the action followed!

Admission is $5 for Adults, $4 for Seniors, $3 for children 5-17, and free for members.

This program is part of a series relating to our exhibit “Suds!” which features the breweries that operated here and the taverns and saloons where settlers gathered for their favorite brands. Local brewery ephemera and historic images take visitors through our local connections to the famous beverage!

The exhibit runs through October 28th and is sponsored by Vanguard Distributing Corporation. Visit our website for more information on this event and other upcoming events. Call 563-322-8844 or visit us at 712 W 2nd St. Davenport, IA.

Art and Poetry exhibition Open at the Figge PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Susan Horan   
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 07:57

Davenport, IOWA (June 2012) This Thursday, June 14, the Figge Art Museum will be hosting a public reception celebrating the exhibition “Waxing Poetic: Exploring Expression in Art.” The reception begins at 5 pm in the Figge Café with a brief introduction by guest curator Pat Villeneuve, PhD, Florida State University, and Ryan Collins, Midwest Writing Center board member.  At 7 pm, there will be a poetry reading by eight poets who wrote poems in response to this exhibition. The reading will take place in the Mary Waterman Gildehaus Community Gallery. The reception is free with museum membership or paid admission.

“Waxing Poetic” is the first exhibition of its’ kind at the Figge.  The exhibition challenges museum visitors to do more than view art and process through private thought. Instead, visitors are invited to respond to the art through poetry and add their poem to the walls of the gallery to be shared with other viewers.  Through the use of poetry and intuitive writing, visitors are encouraged to engage with the artworks that intrigue them. Poetry serves as a gateway for conversation between viewers who experience the exhibition at different times, as well as a gateway between the viewer and the artwork.

The interactive elements of Waxing Poetic extend beyond the gallery walls; visitors are also invited to Tweet poems about the art that inspires them. Each artwork has a unique Twitter #hashtag and the Figge will retweet and post on Facebook the poems that visitors write, making the museum experience a virtual one.

Additional exhibition programs will be offered through the summer:


·         At 7pm on Thursday, June 21, Ryan Collins will lead the writing workshop, “An Intuitive Conversation with Art: Trusting Your First Thought.” In this workshop, participants will practice an intuitive kind of writing toward art, starting with their first thoughts and letting their creative responses grow from there.  Mr. Collins is the author of a chapbook, Complicated Weather (Rock Town Press) & an e-chapbook, Handshake Trouble (Gold Wake Press).

·         WVIK “Art Talks” host Bruce Carter will lead a lively discussion about artistic inspiration and expression during a panel discussion with Leslie Bell, E. Marie Bertram, Ryan Collins, and David Murray on Thursday, June 28 at 7pm.

·         The writing workshop, “So Moved: Responding to Art via Gut, Heart, and Mind,” will be held on Thursday, September 20 at 7pm.  E. Marie Bertram will lead participants through the process of writing toward the art that moves them, trusting their initial responses to take shape from there. Participants will be encouraged to harness the energy the work of art has generated within them and send it outward, allowing their gut reactions, feelings, and thoughts to guide their writing.

The Figge education staff worked with the curatorial staff, the Midwest Writing Center, and Dr. Pat Villeneuve, professor from Florida State University, to develop this unique exhibition. This exhibition’s approach is based on a model that Dr. Villeneuve has developed for visitor-centered exhibitions. In her model, Dr. Villeneuve looks for ways to connect art and museum visitors in a meaningful way.

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,


Clara Oleson - Pieced Elegance Opening PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lynn Bartenhagen   
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 07:13

The Muscatine Art Center is pleased to announce the exhibit opening on June 17 and artist reception for Pieced Elegance: Quilts by Clara Oleson on Sunday, June 24 from 1 to 5 PM.

Oleson, who has been a quilter for several decades, uses color, texture and classic quilt patterns as tools of her artistic expression. Many of her quilts explore "the grid" which is deeply embedded in the American piecework tradition. For Oleson, "the grid is symbolic of the borders of our lives, the fences we work behind, the horizons we cannot escape, the principles which guide."  Oleson who quilts for several hours every day, always using 100% cotton, sometimes with Thai silk, is interested in adapting traditional patterns, often in a series of work based on a particular pattern.

"A quilt will always reflect the time of its creation, but the best of them also speak with the silence of eternity. Piecing, designing, quilting - these daily activities, rooted in the female dominated past, are my attempt to capture quietude, with a smile."

- Clara Oleson

. The Muscatine Art Center is open to the public Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 AM to 5 PM, Thursday from 10 AM to 7 PM and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 PM Admission is FREE.

Boho Chic Gallery Opens at Bucktown Center for the Arts PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dee Oberle   
Tuesday, 12 June 2012 14:09

Dee Schricker, Heidi Brandt and Dee Oberle announce the opening of their new gallery, Boho Chic, “Art for your Bohemian Soul,” Suite 105, Bucktown Center for the Arts, Davenport, IA.

The artists of Boho Chic specialize in artistic accents and groupings created from clay, paint, fabric, photography and mixed media.

“We opened the gallery together,” says Dee Oberle, “Because our work complements each others and because we have similar philosophies. We believe life is too short to live without art.  Our goal is to collaborate with our clients to find art that fits their personal style with the ultimate goal of helping them create an oasis of beauty in their home or business that they enjoy looking at every day.”

Boho Chic is open Wednesday – Saturday, 11a.m. to 6 p.m. or by appointment.  The gallery will stay open until 9 p.m. the last Friday of each month when the galleries of Bucktown celebrate Final Friday with food, entertainment and other special activities.  Bucktown Center for the Arts is located at 225 East 2nd Street, Davenport.

For more information about Boho Chic, contact Dee Schricker,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

For information about Bucktown Center for the Arts go to;

Boho Chic Gallery Opens at Bucktown Center for the arts ( R) Dee Oberle, Dee Schricker & Heidi Brandt Small.jpg

( R) Dee Oberle, Dee Schricker & Heidi Brandt

Meet the Artists of Boho Chic:

Dee Schricker

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Phone # (563) 381-1707 or (563) 676-0192

Creating, whether it is clay, painting, fabric art or even a new recipe, is Dee Schricker’s daily passion.  She truly enjoys making something beautiful and interesting out of a lump of clay, a blank canvas, odd pieces of cloth and found objects.

“I love having the artistic freedom to try new approaches and challenge old techniques then mix media to achieve the look I want to express.  I get a great deal of satisfaction,” Schricker says, “In creating something I can’t find anywhere else and when someone purchases a piece of my art to display in their home or business, I am truly honored.

Schricker’s clay work is Raku and fired using her own glaze recipes.  “Drawing and painting the clay with a palette of glazes,” Schricker says, “adds texture and depth to the piece and Raku firing gives it life that can’t be achieved in other ways.”   She will often create a design concept in both clay and canvas.

Heidi Brandt

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Phone # (563) 386-0963 or (563) 340-2611

A life-long love and respect for nature and animals was the catalyst that led Heidi Brandt into the world of photography. A graphic designer by trade, she uses her knowledge of technology and her designer’s eye to zero in on the detail of a subject creating painter-like abstracts and still life images.

“My goal,” Brandt says, “Is to capture the essence of subject whether that is an owl living in the tree outside my house, the light coming through leaves or the graphic design of a piece of broken glass.”

DeEdra Oberle

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Phone # (563) 355-7567 or (563) 370-4562

Photography has been a hobby for Dee Oberle since her father first gave her a little Kodak box camera when she was 6 years old but it wasn’t until she took a black and white film class at St. Ambrose University that it turned into a passion.  Working in the field of public relations gave her the opportunity to combine her writing skills with photography to tell a story and she still enjoys documenting a subject and sharing the story behind the image.

“Photography provides me with a connection to my spirit,” Oberle says.  “It gives me an opportunity to see through my lens what we often take for granted and to translate my vision for others to enjoy.  I’m still often in awe of the photographic process and feel there is something magical about capturing a milkweed seed in flight or the forgotten beauty of a rusty car door.”  Oberle enjoys using hers photographic images as the basis for mixed media and image transfers.

Oberle and Brandt have worked together since 2005 under the name, Gypsy Chicks Photography.  Their images are available as small “mailable art cards” that fit in a 5X7 frame, ready-to-frame prints or as larger images printed on archival paper and custom framed or transferred to canvas.  They also work with clients to create custom images for homes and businesses and teach digital photography classes.  Their work can be purchased on-line through their Imagekind gallery at

Behind the scenes tour of the Muscatine Art Center PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lynn Bartenhagen   
Tuesday, 12 June 2012 07:26

In conjunction with Iowa Museum Week, June 11-17, the Muscatine Art Center is hosting a FREE Behind-the-Scenes Tour for those interested in visiting working areas normally off limits to the public. Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at the Muscatine Art Center?  Now you can learn where and how collection items are documented, stored, and preserved. Join us for an up close and personal tour of the treasures from the Art Center’s permanent collection, guided by MAC staff.  Join a tour group for a truly unique experience as you learn about how the museum operates from the inside out and have your individual questions answered by the staff.  This event will take place on Thursday, June 14, from 5:30 PM to 6:45 PM.



  • Rarely seen cool stuff from the permanent collection.
  • Collection storage areas including the textile and print rooms and “hidden”  storage areas in the Musser Museum.
  • The original Musser Carriage House and Musser Museum basement.
  • Explanation of how museums keep track of collections.



  • Tours are limited to a maximum of 12 people.
  • Tours are for adults and children over 12 years of age (12-16 year olds need to be accompanied by an adult).
  • Tour duration is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  • As a courtesy to other participants, please be on time.
  • Accessibility is somewhat limited, as they cover areas not generally open to the public. Please notify us at the time of booking of any special requirements and we will let you know if this tour is a good match for you.
  • For security reasons, you may not take mobile phones, cameras, other electrical equipment, bags, food or drinks on the tour. All personal items must be checked before the tour departs.


Call NOW to reserve a place in the Muscatine Art Center’s Behind-the-Scenes experience!


What: Muscatine Art Center’s Behind-the-Scenes Tour

Who: Hosted by Muscatine Art Center staff

When: Thursday, June 14, 2012

Time: 5:30-6:45 PM

Where: The Muscatine Art Center

Admission to this program is FREE, pre-registration is required.

Please contact Katy Doherty, Program Coordinator, with any questions or concerns at

563-263-8282 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


The Muscatine Art Center is open to the public Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from

10 AM to 5 PM, Thursday from 10 AM to 7 PM and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 PM Admission is FREE.

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