Art, Galleries & Museums
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.

POTTERY: A RETROSPECT the art of Richard E. Dailing PDF Print E-mail
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Written by R. A. Dailing   
Tuesday, 12 June 2012 07:15

Specialist in wheel thrown pottery of the artistic side as opposed to functional pottery.

With a career as an Accountant, Comptroller and Budget Director of the Industrial Division with Deere & Company, he is a member of the Budget Executive Institute and National Accounting Association and trained at Augustana's Fine Art department, and seminars at various major Universities and workshops with visiting potters, Richard's work has been honored and sold across the U.S. and in many foreign countries.

Richard's love of Art has been with him all his life.  His creativity expressed in his art brings Fine Art to your daily life, as sculpture to accent your garden and outdoors.  All his creations are one-of-a-kind.

At Augustana he developed an Ash-Glaze, named after him as Rich's Ash-Glaze, which is still being used at the college.

Richard continues to creata pottery as Fine Art.

Richard's show will open to the public from May 19th, 2012 to July 19, 2012 at

Phoenix Fine Art Gallery  1530 Fifth Avenue, Moline, Illinois  61265  Tel. 309-762-9202

Wed-Fri. 12noon to 2pm and 6pm to 8pm

Sat. 2pm through 8pm

Additional hours are by appointment. email:  the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Written by Marguerite House   
Friday, 08 June 2012 11:40


CODY, Wyo. – After six months and millions of dollars in major renovations, the Buffalo Bill Museum—one of five museums within the Buffalo Bill Historical Center located in Cody, Wyoming—will officially re-open just in time for the 2012 summer vacation season. And even as the final pieces are put into place, the venue is already receiving buzz as one of the country’s hottest new tourist attractions.  The Center is a short drive from the east gate of Yellowstone National Park.

The new museum delivers a comprehensive view of the life and times of William F. Cody as well as the Buffalo Bill character that helped make him the most popular celebrity of his time. The museum storyline, titled “Man of the West, Man of the World,” takes visitors on an interactive journey that not only showcases the success and fame Cody attained through Buffalo Bill’s Wild West, but also the important impact he made, and continues to make, on the economic, civic, and cultural development of the American West. The museum also reveals the personal struggles that he faced, including a failed marriage and financial troubles that ultimately left him nearly penniless.

Some of the key items on display at the new 15,000-square-foot museum include: a life-size “Heliodisplay” representation of William F. Cody that greets visitors as they enter; Cody’s Congressional Medal of Honor; a stagecoach, costumes, saddles, and guns used by Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West; the largest known surviving Wild West poster, nearly 28 feet long by 13 feet high, printed in 1888 to commemorate the command performance that Cody and other cast members gave for Queen Victoria and the Royal Family in May 1887; a scale model layout of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West (which, at its zenith, covered 20 acres); and unique personal belongings that shed light on the man behind the Buffalo Bill character.

The new museum also features several state-of-the-art multimedia presentations, including “Buffalo Bill on Stage,” a four-minute animation, adapted from Cody’s own self-deprecating account in his 1879 autobiography, which recounts his improbable rise to stardom, and “Window on the West,” a seven-minute “visual symphony” of landscapes in the American West that William F. Cody knew and loved. In addition to its physical exhibits and displays, the new museum also offers a Web app through which visitors with Smart Phones can access additional information and stories by scanning QR codes.

“In his own time, William F. Cody used every communication medium available to him to present the American West to the world,” said Dr. John C. Rumm, the Center’s curator of Western American History, who oversaw development of the new museum. “We have continued that legacy by creating a museum for the 21st century, using every communication tool at our disposal to enhance the experiences our visitors receive.”

The new museum has quietly piqued the interest of many travel industry insiders that track and rate tourist destinations.

“During the past month, we’ve shared some advance details on the new museum with prominent travel industry opinion leaders,” says Bruce Eldredge, executive director of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center that houses the new museum. “And their initial response has been extremely positive,” he continued. “This is the perfect place to not only experience the life and times of William F. Cody, but to immerse oneself in the American West.”

Among the opinion leaders tracking the Museum’s re-opening is Trekaroo – a leading online travel site that recommends family-friendly destinations. In May, the site ranked the museum as one of the top “Family Friendly Attractions for Summer 2012.”  For years, the popular travel site TripAdvisor has also favorably reviewed the Buffalo Bill Historical Center and currently ranks it as the number-one attraction in Cody.

Dr. Rumm, believes the venue will not only attract a large portion of the more than three million families who annually visit nearby Yellowstone National Park, but also tourists from around the world who were introduced to the American West by the museum’s namesake.

“It’s ironic but, today Buffalo Bill is more popular in Europe than he is in the United States,” said Rumm. “That’s because he’s such a large part of the curriculum there—far more than in his own country. We hope the new museum not only attracts an international crowd but, as importantly, re-ignites interest in Buffalo Bill here in the U.S.”

The renovation actually marks the fourth iteration of the Buffalo Bill Museum. The museum first opened in 1927 in a log cabin across the street from its current location. It relocated to join the Whitney Gallery of Western Art in 1959 and in 1986, was completely reinstalled.

The Buffalo Bill Museum is one of five world-class museums within the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. Other museums located at the Center include the Draper Museum of Natural History, the Plains Indian Museum, the Whitney Gallery of Western Art, and the Cody Firearms Museum. The Center is also home to the McCracken Research Library, one of the most complete collections of primary materials that chronicle the history of the American West.

Less than a one-hour drive from Yellowstone National Park, the Center celebrates the Spirit of the American West and was recently named as one of the “favorite museums for group travelers” by the National Tour Association.

During the summer months, the Center is open daily 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ticket prices that provide admission for two consecutive days are: $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, $14 for students with valid school ID, $10 for youth ages 6 – 17, and kids five and under are admitted free. More information on the Center can be viewed online at


Two-Day Festival for Museum Opening PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Diana Baculis   
Friday, 08 June 2012 11:33
With just five weeks remaining until the grand opening of the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, officials announce the details of an exciting, fun-filled two-day festival to celebrate the new museum and library on Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15.

“We are throwing a big party for the people of Cedar Rapids and Iowa, along with members, friends and Czech and Slovaks across the country,” said President/CEO Gail Naughton. “We want to come together to celebrate our grand recovery and remember and rejoice in what we have accomplished in just four years, one month and one day since the flood.”

The opening will include the premiere of three new exhibitions: the blockbuster, “Alphonse Mucha: Inspirations of Art Nouveau,” that will continue through Dec. 31; “Weird & Wonderful: Award Winning Art for Children’s Books,” an exhibit from Slovakia featuring 73 Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava (BIB) award-winning children’s book illustrators from around the world. The colorful, whimsical artworks, which will charm the young and young-at-heart, will be on display through Oct. 7.

For the third new exhibit, textiles that were damaged in the 2008 flood will return to the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library. Painstakingly restored at the Chicago Conservation Center, richly embellished folk costumes (kroje), scarves, ritual cloths and household linens will star again in the exhibit, “It All Comes Out in the Wash.”

“When the flood hit, we thought we might lose the immigrant home and watch it float down the river in pieces. But surprisingly, the 130 plus year old structure survived intact, in part due to the solid construction and strong plaster walls, but I suspect in most part due to the skill of the builders so many years ago,” said Naughton. The home where five generations of the Sleger family lived has always been a favorite among visitors.  In the fall of 2011, the Sleger home was moved closer to the expanded building and completely restored to the 1900 time period.

Along with touring the exhibits and the building, visitors may listen to several speakers inside Heritage Hall including John Mucha, grandson of Alphonse Mucha; Tomoko Sato, curator at the Mucha Foundation; artist Sonya Darrow of LadyFits discussing folk dresses; Vít Hořejš of the Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre of New York and Jerry Patzwald discussing the history of Staropramen, a Czech beer. Films about Mucha and the building’s monumental move will be showing in the new theatre.

On the terrace, Babi’s Bakery, sponsored by the National Czech & Slovak Museum Guild, will sell koláče and other ethnic baked items. For youngsters, a creation station will begin at noon in the new classroom. Children of all ages may create a variety of make-and-take crafts.

Saturday, outdoors on the museum grounds, visitors will find a host of entertainment and cultural activities. The concert stage will present the “Czech Plus Band” and the “Craig Erickson Band” featuring Natalie Brown, followed by the headline event, “Caravan of Thieves” from Connecticut at 7 p.m.

The outdoor amphitheatre will feature six authentic folk dance troupes from throughout the Midwest. Visitors will enjoy a hog roast with all the fixings, plus beer, water and soft drinks, all of which will be available for purchase. A grand finale of the evening will be a colorful, custom-designed, illuminated video covering the entire front of the building beginning at 9:45 p.m. Created by Matthew Kluber and John Richard, with technical support from Sound Concepts of Cedar Rapids, this original show set to the music of Smetana will celebrate the renewal of this important cultural landmark with images, text, light, color and sound. The title of the work is “Nesmírnost” (Czech and Slovak for immensity), for the immensity of the flood and the immensity of the spirit, determination and effort to rebuild and renew the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library.

Sunday, activities begin with a building blessing featuring clergy from six area churches that have been historically associated with the Czech and Slovak heritage of the city. Attendees are encouraged to bring a flower to place near the building and, after the blessing, guests may take a different flower home. The day continues with Babi’s Bakery, creation station for children, ice cream social, children’s activity tent and a food and beverage tent featuring hot sandwiches. Bohemian swing vocalist and musician George Grossman of Orlando, FL will perform on the concert stage.

The day’s highlight event will be two performances of “The White Doe” by the Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre at 1 and 3 p.m. in Heritage Hall. Based out of New York City, this theatre group performed at the first grand opening in 1995.  Two foot colorful puppets will entertain both youngsters and adults alike. At 5 p.m. the festival and museum close.

Large Scale Illuminated Video Culminates Saturday Activities

A large-scale video projection set to music will illuminate the front of the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library at 9:45 p.m. on Saturday, July 14. The video will celebrate the renewal of this important cultural landmark with images, text, light, color and sound. Titled, “Nesmírnost” (the Czech and Slovak word for immensity), the work represents the immensity of the flood and the immensity of the spirit, determination and effort to rebuild and renew the museum and library.

“We didn’t want to do a round of fireworks just 10 days after Independence Day, so the idea of a giant light show on the entire face of the building was much more exciting to us,” said Diana Baculis, marketing and communications director.

Matthew Kluber and John Richard created the video, with technical support from Sound Concepts of Cedar Rapids. Richard, a native of Iowa City, began his career as a photojournalist and has now shifted his focus toward film and video production.  His work has appeared in numerous publications including, USA Today, The Washington Post, and ESPN. He is currently working in collaboration with UNESCO and the University of Iowa to produce a documentary about the history of literature in Iowa City.

Matthew Kluber has exhibited his paintings/projections, films, and drawings at galleries and museums including: the Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai, China; FOCUS09/Art Basel, Switzerland; the Micro Museum, Brooklyn; Klein Art Works, Chicago; Dolphin Gallery, Kansas City; the Austin Museum of Art, Texas; the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Michigan; the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha; the Des Moines Art Center. He holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and a MFA from the University of Iowa. He is a fifth generation Cedar Rapidian of Czech heritage; he lives in Cedar Rapids and is an associate professor of art at Grinnell College.






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