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Carol Ehlers at the Muscatine Art Center PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katy Doherty   
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 14:33

The public is invited to join the Muscatine Art Center in welcoming Carol Ehlers, art history speaker, as she presents a 45 minute lecture on the art of French Post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh. The lecture will take place Thursday, April 26 at 5:30 pm in the Muscatine Art Center’s Music Room. Admission is free.

Vincent Willem van Gogh was born on March 30, 1853 in the Netherlands, the oldest child of a minister of the Dutch Reformed Church. He began to draw as a child but did not begin painting until his late twenties. Van Gogh's work was exhibited for the first time in August 1885 in the windows of a paint dealer in The Hague.

Despite his rejection of academic teaching van Gogh took the higher level admission exams at the Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp and in January 1886 graduated in painting and drawing. He left for Arles in 1888, and in the spring of 1889 entered a hospital near there after having famously cut off his own ear.  During his stay the clinic and its garden became the main subjects of his paintings and many of his most compelling and best recognized work date from this period of his life.

In 1890, after years of painful anxiety and frequent bouts of mental illness, van Gogh died at the age of 37. At his death his work was known to only a handful of people and appreciated by fewer still. In just over a decade he had produced more than 2100 works of art, many that today, are among the most sought after and admired paintings in the world.

In 1992 the Muscatine Art Center’s collections were significantly enriched by a gift of twenty-seven works of art by Toulouse-Lautrec, Matisse, Degas, Boudin, Chagall, Renoir, and other European artists. The collection was a gift from the estate of Mary Musser Gilmore in honor of her parents, Richard Drew Musser and Sarah Walker Musser.


Lecture: “The Wonderful World of Color: Vincent van Gogh”

Who: Carol Ehlers

When: Thursday, April 26, 2012

Time: 5:30 PM

Where: The Muscatine Art Center’s Music Room

Admission to this program is FREE.

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.

Amanda Eslinger to Have Work on Display at Augustana College PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Keri Rursch   
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 14:14

ROCK ISLAND, IL (04/18/2012)(readMedia)-- Five Augustana seniors majoring in art will display their work at the Augustana College Art Museum (3703 7th Ave.), as part of the Senior Studio Art Exhibition. The exhibition opens Saturday, April 28, and runs through Saturday, May 19. The museum is open from noon to 4 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays, and closed for final exams May 15-17.

The exhibition is the culmination of a process and the student's academic experience at Augustana. The process, known as Senior Inquiry, is a signature of the Augustana experience. It encourages seniors to demonstrate the critical thinking and communication skills they've developed and to reflect on the value of their work for the common good.

Amanda Eslinger, a senior from Coal Valley, Ill., majoring in art, has a cermanic sculpture portfolio that confronts the guises that people don to "mask" unpleasant social reactions.

This student has been guided by a faculty mentor and has worked countless hours to properly display her efforts, expression and progress made during the past four years.

The exhibiting artists will discuss their art in the Augustana College Art Museum during a 50-minute walking tour program on Tuesday, May 8, at 10:30 a.m. The public also is invited to the closing reception for the exhibition on Sunday, May 20, from 12:45-2 p.m.

Niabi Zoo Announces Party for the Planet Event PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marc Heinzman   
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 08:56
Coal Valley, IL – April 17, 2012 – Niabi Zoo announced today that it will be holding its annual Earth Day celebration, Party for the Planet, on Sunday, April 22. The event, which will be held from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Zoo, will feature a variety of activities and information to help both kids and adults alike learn how they can make every day Earth Day.

New this year is the Rhythm of Conservation Sweepstakes, sponsored by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and K12. Families who are passionate about education and interested in learning more about wildlife conservation can find information at Party for the Planet about how to enter to win amazing prizes, such as a trip to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and a NOOK Tablet™.

Niabi Zoo will be unveiling its new “Hands Up for Conservation” program, which will allow parents to help their children make a lasting impression at Niabi Zoo while supporting global conservation efforts. This new limited-time program allows parents to purchase a wooden tile that will be decorated with their child’s handprint, and will be permanently installed in a display at Niabi Zoo. Proceeds will support Niabi Zoo’s conservation programs around the world. Additionally, Niabi Zoo will be launching its electronics recycling  program, which will allow zoo visitors to bring in old and unwanted electronic devices to have them properly disposed of in an environmentally safe way. Proceeds from the donated electronics go toward supporting gorilla conservation in the wild.

Niabi Zoo will be open from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Regular admission rates will apply.


Illinois Military Museum to Highlight Three Illinois Women During Civil War PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Illinois National Guard PAO   
Tuesday, 17 April 2012 13:51

SPRINGFIELD, IL (04/16/2012)(readMedia)-- Author and historian Betty Carlson Kay will portray three women who significantly contributed to the Union efforts during the Civil War at the Illinois State Military Museum April 21. The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact the Illinois State Military Museum at 217-761-3910.


Betty Carlson Kay, the Illinois State Military Museum and the Illinois National Guard & Militia Historical Society


Three Illinois Women During the Civil War: Author and historian Betty Carlson Kay will portray Jennie Hodgers, Mother Bickerdyke and Julia Dent Grant during a 40 minute presentation, which is free and open to the public. The event is being hosted the Illinois State Military Museum and sponsored by the Illinois National Guard & Militia Historical Society

WHEN: Saturday April 21, 2012 at 02:00PM Central Time (US & Canada)

WHERE:Illinois State Military Museum
1301 N. MacArthur Blvd
Springfield, Illinois 62702


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Brucemore’s Nooks and Crannies Tou PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Tuesday, 17 April 2012 13:21

Learn the history of Cedar Rapids’ most well-known, evocative, and imagination-capturing residence, as if the walls themselves can tell their story. Explore every room in the mansion during the Nooks and Crannies Tour, Brucemore’s most popular specialty tour, Tuesday through Friday, May 15 through 18 at 6:00 p.m.

This 90-minute tour is guided by Brucemore staff who open the doors to the Skinner pipe organ room, point out architectural marvels and oddities in the attic, and bring the Tahitian Room to life with rain dripping off the tin ceiling. Visitors have the opportunity to roam each floor, peek behind all doors, and satisfy their curiosity through the expanded access to the mansion and the extremely knowledgeable Brucemore staff. Not only will the quirky and curious aspects of the mansion be revealed, but also the superior craftsmanship and ongoing preservation projects of this historic structure.


“Discover America’s Hidden Gems is this year’s theme for Preservation Month,” said April Kamp-Whittaker, Director of Learning and Museum Projects. “Artistry, architecture, craftsmanship, preservation, conservation, and sustainability are at the heart of the Nooks and Crannies Tour, giving participants the first-hand opportunity to see how Brucemore continues to be a national historic gem.”


Advance ticket purchase for the Nooks and Crannies Tour is required. Space is limited. Call (319) 362-7375 or visit the Brucemore Store. Admission is $15 per person and $12 for Brucemore members.  The tour is not recommended for children under 10 or individuals who have difficulty walking or climbing stairs.


Brucemore, Iowa’s only National Trust Historic Site, is located at 2160 Linden Drive SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The 26-acre park-like estate in the heart of Cedar Rapids boasts a Queen Anne style mansion built between 1884 and 1886. Brucemore has been home to three prominent families who used the estate as a center for culture and the arts. The estate continues to be a hub for cultural, philanthropic, and educational activities. Each year thousands of visitors attend specialty tours, concerts, fine arts performances, children’s programs, holiday celebrations, preservation events, and garden workshops on the estate. For more information, call (319) 362-7375 or visit



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