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“The Juggler: An Illustration Exhibit” by Iowa Artist Stormy Mochal December 10-January 16 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Paula Neuhaus   
Monday, 12 December 2011 15:59

Opening Reception & Book Signing on Friday, December 16, 6-8p.m.

 

[MAQUOKETA, IA] Maquoketa Art Experience welcomes Iowa artist Stormy Mochal this December for an exhibition of the original drawings from her recently published storybook, written by Jeanette Hopkins, entitled The Juggler. In her illustrations, Stormy explores her native Iowa landscape for inspiration for the illustrations. The Juggler’s pages are filled with the colorful simple pleasures of starry skies, country sides, farmhouses, and birds. Stormy Mochal received her degree in painting from Loras College, has taught at Northeast Iowa Community College, and is the co-owner of Outside The Lines Art Gallery in Dubuque. The Juggler, published by Ice Cube Press is her first children’s book.

Maquoketa Art Experience will host an opening reception and book signing for Stormy Mochal on Friday, December 16 from 6-8 p.m. at 124 S. Main Street in Maquoketa. The exhibit will run through January 16, 2012.

 
FAMILY MUSEUM EXHIBIT RENOVATION MOVES FORWARD PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Elly Gerdts   
Tuesday, 06 December 2011 13:16

Bettendorf, IA – As the holiday season approaches, the Family Museum wishes to acknowledge gifts to date that will make the 2012 renovation to its interactive galleries a reality.  “Rethink, Reshape, Reinvent” is the title given to the Family Museum’s upcoming exhibit hall renovation project, and to date, The Museum is excited to announce nearly 75% of the 1.4 million dollar budget has been successfully secured.

The Family Museum opened to the public in its current location in 1997 and the purpose of “Rethink, Reshape, Reinvent” is the renovation and reuse of the Family Museum’s existing 7,100 square feet of exhibit permanent gallery space in order to provide a new set of learning experiences and environments specifically designed to meet the needs of young learners age 8 and younger and their adult caregivers.  After renovation, The Museum’s new learning environments will encompass approximately 7,690 square feet, with an additional 2,000 square feet devoted to the traveling exhibit gallery.

Support from the community, both public and private has been committed by, the City of Bettendorf, the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, the Alcoa Foundation, the Family Museum of Arts and Science Foundation, the Dorothea LeClair Bequest, Modern Woodmen of America, the Scott County Board of Supervisors, the Riverboat Development Authority, and the Scott County Regional Authority.  Additionally, the following is a listing of individuals who have gifted over $500 to date to support “Rethink, Reshape, Reinvent”: Miriam Kelm, Walid and Mindy Al Sheikha, Nicholas Augelli and Amy Chung, Quad City Pediatrics, PC, and Tracey Kuehl.

The Family Museum wishes to acknowledge and thank each and every donor who has brought this project to life.  Renovations are scheduled for the fall of 2012, with the grand re-opening set for next holiday season.  As the Family Museum continues to fundraise, gifts can be made to the Family Museum Foundation and mailed to 2900 Learning Campus Drive, Bettendorf, IA.  All donations are 100% tax deductible.

Located on the Learning Campus in Bettendorf, the mission of the Family Museum is to inspire, connect and strengthen our community by enriching the lives of our children today, and expending their capacity to shape their future.

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"The White Rose" exhibit at the GAHC PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Lao   
Tuesday, 06 December 2011 12:45

Davenport- Beginning Sunday January 8th 2012, the German American Heritage Center, 712 West Second Street, Davenport, Iowa, will be featuring the exhibit “The White Rose.” The exhibit explores one of Germany’s most famous civilian resistance groups, formed by a small group of university students in Munich during 1941-42. The leaders were brother and sister Hans and Sophie Scholl and friends. Using only their ingenuity and youthful fearlessness, they outwitted the Nazis to issue several leaflets that urged their fellow students and citizens of Munich to resist Nazi tyranny. These leaflets were the first to print accusations that the Nazis were systematically
exterminating Jews and other minorities. Nearly all of the original White Rose students and their professor Kurt Huber were captured after a furious Gestapo manhunt, given a sham trial, and then brutally executed. After the war the Scholl’s sister, Inge, worked diligently to tell the story of the sacrifice made by the group. Sophie Scholl has been voted the “most admired woman in German history” in  numerous public polls for decades.

This record of civil and personal courage is one of the brightest spots during a very dark time; you will be heartened and astonished to learn how it unfolded. This exhibit comes to GAHC on a national tour from the White Rose Foundation in Munich. GAHC’s partner in this exhibit and companion programming is the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities.

 
Maquoketa Art Experience holds fundraiser, Building Community Through Art PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Paula Neuhaus   
Tuesday, 22 November 2011 11:19

[MAQUOKETA, IA] Maquoketa Art Experience announces their first annual fundraiser, Building Community Through Art on Friday, December 2, 5-7 p.m. at Maquoketa Art Experience, 124 S. Main St. in Maquoketa. The evening includes special guest speaker, Figge Art Museum Curator Rima Girnius and a special exhibition of select portraits from artist Rose Frantzen’s collection, Portrait of Maquoketa will be on display. The fundraiser also includes a silent auction, appetizers, and a group exhibition including the work of Iowa artists Thomas Metcalf, Sindi Mueller, Charles Morris, Dena Tollefson, and Mary Zeran.

Tickets are $25 per person. All proceeds benefit the growth of Maquoketa Art Experience, a not-for-profit arts organization that is working to build community in Maquoketa through visual arts exploration. For more information contact visit www.maquoketa-art.org. or call Paula Neuhaus at 563.652.9925.

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OMG! ART SALE: LESLIE BELL’S STUDIO! OMG! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Les Bell   
Tuesday, 22 November 2011 11:11
You are cordially invited, in fact highly encouraged if not guilt tripped to attend an open house and art sale at Leslie Bell’s studio the first weekend of December. After 38 years in the St. Ambrose University Art Department (he’s never gone home; not even once) the aforementioned Mr. Bell is retiring from fulltime teaching (to part time), hoping that his money doesn’t run out before he goes to heaven. He’s also desirous of getting rid of some pretty awesome art because he’s been told time and time again, “You can’t take it with you”. And anyway, he’s against renting a U-haul.

Have you always wanted to buy a painting, drawing, photograph, lithograph, intaglio, Xerox, thumbprint, used car or choice piece of beachfront property from Professor Bell? You’re in luck. There will be hundreds and hundreds and several more hundreds of just such  things stacked and leaning about, waiting for you to snatch them up at record-low prices. He will not be driving his funny car nor will there be a radio DJ yelling at you in a politically incorrect manner about his mental health. The sales, however, will be insane by all accounts and since the artist himself is writing this diatribe, all accounts are coming straight from the horse’s mouth.

OK. The particulars:

WHERE:  Studio House aka Les’s studio—1918 Gaines Street, Davenport Iowa: the first livable structure north of Locust Street, west side of Gaines Street. There’s a big parking lot at Locust and Gaines by the way. 50’ from the front door! Call 563-639-4555 if you need more incentive to attend.

WHEN:  Thursday - December 1: 4—6 p.m.
              Friday - December 2: 4—6 p.m.
              Saturday - December 3: 1—3 p.m.

HOW:  If you’re coming in from Illinois—Govt. bridge north to 1918 Gaines. If you’re from outer space, it’s the third stone from the sun. Follow the Mississippi River up from the Gulf of Mexico and stop when you see all the cars and bicycles and people dressed in black, smiling.

WHO:  Anyone brave enough to talk an artist out of a portion of his loot and willing to have a glass of faux Champagne and gawk at the pretty pitchers. And pictures.

WHY:  It’s a chance to gain the status only MFA-generated art can bring to a household, dorm room, crash pad or Occupy SAU tent.

ENDING:  See you then and there.

 
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