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"Whistles" at the Muscatine Art Center PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lynn Bartenhagen   
Friday, 15 June 2012 10:26

The Muscatine Art Center is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibit by Iowa City artist, Connie Roberts on June 17 with an artist’s reception on Sunday, July 1 from 1 to 5pm in conjunction with the annual Ice Cream Social.

Connie Roberts call herself a "thing maker."  In her work, she bridges the realms of fine art and folk art and tackles many subjects with sharp wit and unrestrained humor. Trained as a figurative painter, Roberts carves and then paints sculpture, which also happens to be whistles. “Every Piece has a whistle somewhere in it – like a signature. I love building sculptures out of wood and complicating the process by making them whistle, so that they become engaging toys as well as art."

Roberts incorporates a variety of wood in her work, occasionally using hardwoods for smaller, more fragile pieces. She uses power tools for major cutting, sanding, and drilling, and dremels for fine carving and finish work. Acrylic paints are then applied to her sculptures, with a final coat of shellac for a mellow patina. Her art is meant for the collector to handle, play with and blow into.

Roberts has had numerous exhibits at art galleries and museums across the nation and has been the subject of multiple publications and contributed artwork to several books.

Collectors of her work include: Jim Leach, Steven Speilberg, Alan Greenspan, Andrea Mitchell, Rudy Guilliani, Whoopi Goldberg, Dick Cheney, John Williams, Penny Marshall, Letitia Baldridge, “The FOnz”, Dr. Michael DeBakey, Carole Burnett, Carrie Fisher, Sonny & Gloria Kamm, Phillip Cooke, Erica Jong and more.

Roberts work is shown in the Stanley Gallery with Pieced Elegance: Quilts by Clara Oleson and will be on view through September 2, 2012.

 
Reminders from the German American Heritage Center & Musuem PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Lao   
Thursday, 14 June 2012 07:06
MORE REMINDERS
Two excellent talks on Saturday, June 16, 2012.
Try to hear them both.

Civility With A German Immigrant Accent - a talk by Jim Leach on the impact of German immigrants on the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860.

Crossing Perry Street:  Working Women and Sporting Men in Der Freie Staat Scott - a talk by Dr. Jane Simonsen at  The GAHC.

 
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 www.gahc.org 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, www.figgeartmuseum.org.

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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.

 
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