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Mississippi River Valley Art Drive PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rhonda LeMar-James   
Monday, 17 October 2011 13:11
We are Mississippi River Valley Art Directory, sponsoring a bi-annual self guided art tour along the Mississippi River.

We promote 55 locations for this fall 2011 drive.  Many artists open their private studios or homes to visitors during this special opportunity weekend.

Our drives are always the weekend before Mother's Day and the first weekend of November. Upcoming drives will be held on November 5th & 6th, 2011, May 5th & 6th, 2012, and November 3rd & 4th, 2012.

Our goal is to promote artists along the Mississippi River, (100 miles either side), their events and the supporting communities.

We will gladly send a printed map at your request, or you may print one from the website at

We greatly appreciate your interest in local artists.  We hope that you will add our bi-annual events to your calendar.

Book Structures and Sketching Techniques Workshop at Maquoketa Art Experience PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Paula Neuhaus   
Monday, 17 October 2011 12:32

[MAQUOKETA, IA] Maquoketa Art Experience welcomes Iowa artists Peter Fraterdeus and Alice McMahon to Maquoketa on November 12 and 19 for a two-session workshop studying the art of book structures and sketching techniques. The workshop, held on two consecutive Saturdays, entitled “Travel Sketching Journals: Book Structures and Sketching Techniques” combines basic non-adhesive bookbinding techniques to create a four-signature journal with a folded paper cover with plein air sketching techniques including exploration of Maquoketa’s built and natural environments.

Non-adhesive books are made without glue, and require no special equipment. Covers are made with folded and tabbed heavy paper, using principles discovered in 13th Century "limp vellum" bindings. Fraterdeus will use examples from his collection of fine-printed contemporary books as examples for the workshop.

“Travel Sketching Journals have a long history, long before the days of picture postcards or digital cameras,” Fraterdeus explained, “Today they provide a record of a journey, and an opportunity to heighten our skills of observation. Travel sketches are both mnemonic and illustrative, whether quick or studied, they need not be more than a few lines and smudges, or may be as closely observed as a fine drawing”

No bookbinding or drawing experience is required for participation in this workshop, but some familiarity with paper folding and drawing tools will be helpful.

The book structures section will be taught by Peter Fraterdeus who has taught letterpress printing, calligraphy, book structures, and digital typography in a number of venues, both in the US and Europe, including the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Columbia College's Center for Book and Paper Art. He is the owner/proprietor of Slow Print in Dubuque, an award-winning 'high-touch' 21st Century letterpress printing studio. In the 1981, he received a National Endowment for the Arts apprenticeship grant to study calligraphy and letter carving in Wales, and in 1986, received an NEA Design Projects grant for his first digital typeface, "Prospera".

The journal drawing section will be taught by Alice McMahon, an internationally exhibited figurative artist, specializing in pastel portraits and charcoal magic realist drawings in large formats. Her work has been shown at the Saatchi Gallery in London and featured in American Artist magazine. She is currently represented by the 33 Contemporary Gallery in Chicago. Recent work includes a 30"x50" drawing on MDF board exhibited during the 2011 Voices From The Warehouse District’s Art in ReVolt exhibit at Voices Gallery in Dubuque, Iowa.

The cost for the two-session workshop is $125 plus a $20 materials fee and is open to adults 18 or older. Registration materials are available at For more information contact Paula Neuhaus at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 563.652.9925.



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In Praise of the Pencil at the GAHC PDF Print E-mail
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Written by German American Heritage Center   
Friday, 14 October 2011 11:31
The German American Heritage Center's temporary exhibit "In Praise Of The Pencil" closes on Sunday, October 30th at 4 p.m. This is your last chance to see the amazing pencil sculptures, pencil art by local artists, a history of the pencil and how it is made, as well as impressive pencil collections. Stop in to the Center before it's too late.

FIGGE Lecture on paris and French art PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Susan Horan   
Tuesday, 11 October 2011 14:09

The Figge Art Museum is hosting a lecture entitled “Art, Urbanism, and the Parisian Experience: An Introduction” at 2:30 pm Sunday, October 16. The lecture, presented by Dr. Heidi E. Kraus, will serve as an introduction to a four-week seminar on Paris and French art to be held next at the Figge next spring.  In addition to a broad overview of major sites, monuments, and works of art, attention will also be focused on various aspects of Parisian life, including restaurants and cafés, shopping, education, and understanding cultural differences. The October 16 lecture and spring semester seminar are offered in conjunction with the Figge’s member trip to Paris April 10-19, 2012.

Dr. Heidi E. Kraus received her Ph.D. in Art History from The University of Iowa in 2010, where she specialized in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century French art.  Currently Dr. Kraus is the Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The University of Iowa Museum of Art and is co-curator of "Napoleon and the Art of Propaganda," an exhibition opening at the University of Iowa Museum of Art in October 2012.

Admission to the museum and tour is $7. Admission is free to Figge members and institutional members.

For information about museum programs, including the Figge Member trip to Paris, please visit the Figge website at



Quad City Arts Grants Available PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jessi Black   
Tuesday, 11 October 2011 13:47


Quad City Arts invites artists and non-profit organizations partnering with artists to apply for funding to produce and/or present arts projects and programming in 2012.

Individual artists or non-profit [(501) (c) (3)] organizations partnering with area artists may apply for funding up to $2,000 for their projects or programs. Artists may receive funding of up to $2,000 to produce new work along with work-in-progress workshops and public presentations of the finished work. All projects must occur between April 15, 2012 and March 31, 2013. Application deadline is January 31, 2012.

An informational meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 12, 2011, 5:30-6:30 pm at Quad City Arts.

Please see our website for an application including policies and guidelines. To request an application or if you have any questions contact Jessi Black at (309) 793-1213 x 103 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Funding for Arts Dollar$ is provided by the Illinois Arts Council, John Deere Foundation, Doris and Victor Day Foundation and Mary Iva Gittens Knouse Charitable Trust.

Quad City Arts is a nonprofit local arts agency dedicated to the growth and vitality of the Quad City region through the presentation, development, and celebration of the arts and humanities. All Quad City Arts programs are partially supported by Festival of Trees, Quad City Arts Partners and operating grants from the Illinois Arts Council (a state agency) and the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs.

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