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A Modern Salon at Brucemore PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Saturday, 13 December 2014 10:42

SPT Theatre featuring special guests Angela Billman and Aaron Murphy

SPT Theatre will return to Brucemore for the twelfth year of A Modern Salon—January 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, and 31 at 7:30 p.m. The event emulates the Parisian salons at the turn of the twentieth century and continues the tradition of entertaining that was common for the families who called Brucemore home. Special guests Angela Billman and Aaron Murphy will join SPT in entertaining audiences with hilarious stories, engaging conversation, and outstanding music inspired by the 2015 theme, travel. Admission is $40 per Brucemore member or $45 per person in advance.  Admission includes pre-show wine tasting from First Avenue Wine House and appetizers from the Wright Touch Bake Shoppe and Catering beginning at 7:00 p.m. Champagne and desserts will be served during intermission. Evening dress is encouraged and valet parking is available (tips welcome). Space is limited; purchase tickets online at, by telephone at (319) 362-7375, or by visiting the Brucemore Store.

SPT Theatre (Small Professional Theatre) has entertained audiences with music, song, humor and wit since its establishment in 2006. SPT’s mission is to support, provide for and expand the artistic opportunities available to performers and arts patrons in the Cultural Corridor. SPT strives to coordinate performances with existing organizations and create new opportunities for actors, musicians, writers and artists. For more information about SPT Theatre, call (319) 361-5297 or visit  

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


BUCKTOWN WINE WALK SUPPORTS MENTALHEALTH CHARITY Final Opportunity to See “Angels Among Us” Juried Show PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Pat Bereskin   
Monday, 08 December 2014 12:57

DAVENPORT, Iowa (December 4, 2014) –The artists of Bucktown Center for the Arts will host a Wine Walk Friday December19, 2014, from 6 to 9 p.m. at 225 East Second Street, Davenport. Guests may purchase a hand-painted wine glass for $20, which entitles them to a tasting of five wines and light snacks. The evening will include a jewelry fashion show and music made popular by Frank Sinatra from Quad-City area performer Travis Hosette. RSVPs are welcome, but not required, at:

Participating galleries will donate a percentage of their art sales during the Wine Walk to support the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Greater Mississippi Valley. This 34-year old affiliate of the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization provides free education and support programs locally to individuals and families living with mental illness.

“Angels” Show Pays Tribute to Caregivers

“The Angels Among Us” exhibit honors all caregivers. It’s especially a fitting tribute for the holidays as many families are working hard to support those who may be frail or ill. We’ve chosen to support NAMI as their education programs prepare families to advocate for themselves and for their loved ones living with mental illness.” says Gaye Shannon Burnett, owner of Studio 56 Décor Fine Art and Photography. The exhibit includes visual art, photography, mixed media and sculpture.


About Bucktown Center for the Arts

Bucktown is a component of Midcoast Fine Arts, a Quad-City nonprofit organization focused on stimulating our community’s cultural and economic vitality through the support of regional visual arts and artists. The Center features unique shops and studios where you can purchase creative, unusual and useable works or art created by local artists. Contact the Center at or 563-424-1210.


About NAMI Greater Mississippi Valley

NAMI Greater Mississippi Valley is a 34-year old affiliate of the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization. NAMI advocates for early identification, and access to treatment and recovery supports. NAMI provides free programs for individuals living with mental illness and their families that accelerate recovery and prevent further harm. Their programs complement the work of local mental health professionals. NAMI serves families in Rock Island, Henry, and Mercer counties in Illinois, as well as Clinton, Scott and Muscatine counties in Iowa. Contact NAMI at or563-322-8870.

Niabi Zoo Passes USDA Inspection PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marc Heinzman   
Monday, 08 December 2014 12:02

Coal Valley, IL – December 5, 2014– Niabi Zoo announced today that it passed its inspection by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) with a perfect report.

Niabi Zoo was inspected on December 2, 2014, by a member of the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. A USDA inspection consists of a thorough review of the wellbeing of Niabi Zoo’s animal collection, its animalrelated facilities such as habitats and holding areas, its animal records, veterinary program, diet preparation areas, storage facilities, and more. Inspections by USDA occur on a regular basis as part of the licensing requirement for Niabi Zoo to be open to the public as an animal exhibitor.

Niabi Zoo Director Marc Heinzman said this successful inspection is another in the zoo’s long history of positive USDA reports. “This successful inspection is one of many consecutive perfect reports for Niabi Zoo,” said Heinzman, “and is just further confirmation of what I already know: that Niabi Zoo provides top-notch welfare and care for our animals.” Heinzman went on to add that Niabi Zoo has received perfect inspections from USDA for many years, including the entire time (nearly seven years) that he has been at the zoo.

Niabi Zoo is currently closed to the general public for the winter, but is scheduled to reopen in March of 2015.

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Ribbon Cutting - Wild Horse Canvas Prints - 12/5/14 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by LeClaire Chamber of Commerce   
Thursday, 04 December 2014 16:57
LeClaire Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting
Wild Horse Canvas Prints - LeClaire
Friday December 5th
3:00 p.m.
102 N. Cody Road, Lower Level
Come help us as we officially welcome Wild Horse Canvas Prints to LeClaire!
Wild Horse turns your pictures and art into wonderful Custom Canvas Prints.
They also customize apparel including tee-shirts, hats and scarves.
Everyone Welcome!

Figge Art Museum Holiday Tours PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Natalie Dunlop   
Thursday, 04 December 2014 16:45

Davenport, Iowa (December 3, 2014) –The Figge Art Museum is offering holiday tours at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, December 7, 14 and 21.

The themed tours include selections of works from the museum’s permanent collection and are designed to get visitors in touch with the spirit of the season.

December 7 with Barb Hansen

The Figge has an outstanding collection of religious art from the Mexican Colonial period. This Advent-inspired tour will prepare hearts and minds for the joyous season to come. View and discuss several paintings depicting events in the life of Christ. The lovely works, most of them painted in the 15th and 16th centuries, were meant to be easily understood and to promote emotion and piety.

December 14 with Sue Staley

“Wishing and hoping and thinking and praying, planning and dreaming…” is more than the lyrics to a pop song. This tour will focus on the Advent journey in visual art, past and present.

December 21 with Sue Staley

Advent is a time for preparation and reflection. Share and reflect on some favorite Christmas Story traditions saved through song and verse, and depicted through visual art.

In addition to holiday tours, the museum will also offer tours of Self-Taught Genius: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum on Saturday, December 6 and 13 at 1:30 p.m. This exhibition is making its first stop on a National tour right here at the Figge. It’s a must-see show and the tour delves a little deeper into the works on display.

Figge tours are free with paid admission or membership.

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 and free to all on Thursday evenings from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. To contact the museum, please call 563.326.7804, or visit


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