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David Plowden's Iowa Opens at the Figge PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Susan Horan   
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 12:43

Davenport, IOWA (May 2012). David Plowden's Iowa will open at the Figge Art Museum on Saturday, May 12 and run through August 19, 2012.   The product of a collaboration between Humanities Iowa, the Figge and several other museums in the state, the exhibition features over fifty black and white photographs that showcase familiar as well as never seen images of Plowden’s beloved Iowa.


Iowa has been a subject of David Plowden’s photography since 1983 when a commission by Smithsonian magazine to photograph corn first introduced the native of the East Coast to Iowa. Since this initial visit, Plowden has returned to Iowa time and again, seeking to convey his impressions and experience of Iowa as a uniquely American “place.”


“The notion that home is a place integral to a person’s sense of self is not a novel concept. Identifying a geographic region as the Middle-West or the heartland implies that it is a place central to a country’s identity – the very heart of America. In Plowden’s own words, it is not possible to understand America without a visit to the Midwest,” says Figge Associate Curator Rima Girnius.


Mr. Plowden will be featured in at 7pm Art Talk at the Figge on Thursday, May 17.  During the Art Talk, Associate Curator Rima Girnius will interview Mr. Plowden about his long career, and his photographs on display in David Plowden's Iowa.  The Figge will host a public reception for the exhibition prior to Mr. Plowden’s talk.  The reception begins at 6pm.  The reception and Art Talk are free with membership or paid admission.


The Figge Art Museum is located on the riverfront in Davenport at 225 West Second Street. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, Sundays 12-5 p.m. and Thursdays 10 a.m.-9 p.m. To contact the museum, please call 563.326.7804, or visit our website,



Gallery Opening for Local Photographer, Rita Templeton PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jake Glimco   
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 12:30

McCausland, IA / May 7th, 2012 – Peaceful River Trading Co. will feature the work of Rita Templeton on May 17th, 2012 with a Gallery Opening from 4-7pm.  The gallery will feature some of Rita’s latest photography work with images focusing on the natural beauty of our surrounding area.

Rita has always enjoyed nature and taking pictures; so it was only natural she took her passion to the next level when she received a SLR camera from her husband. Photography is not her fulltime career, although she hopes it will be some day.  “I love to capture nature at her best.  You only have a split second to achieve that perfect picture.  Many times you have to wait for what seems like hours.” says Rita. “I feel it’s an honor that God has provided me the beauty and I have been able to capture it." And capture it she does. Rita’s work ranges from stunning close ups of animals to beautiful pieces that juxtapose man and nature. When asked what she wants her viewers to get from her work, Rita said, “Life is not measured by breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. That is how I want people to feel when they look at my photos.”

When she wants that perfect shot, timing is everything. Sometimes Rita can capture her shot in an instant and sometimes it can take hours. One particularly long wait she can remember was when photographing a crane (see below). Rita found the perfect framing for this image, but the bird was not quite in the place she wanted, so she sat in the weeds and waited. The whole time she was swatting bugs and hoping her batteries wouldn’t die. Her secret to capturing the perfect image is patience and it sure pays off.

Peaceful River brings visitors back to a simpler time and is housed in a beautiful, circa-1916 bank building, formerly the home of McCausland State Bank. They carry many items from arts and crafts to antiques, gifts, and collectibles. Peaceful River Trading Co. is open from 10am to 5pm Wednesday through Saturday and 11am to 4pm on Sundays.  McCausland is located about 20 miles northeast of Davenport, just off Utica Ridge Road on F33 and 5 minutes north of Scott County Park.  Explore Peaceful River Trading Co. at




LBAL Scholarship High School winners announced PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathy Holloway   
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 11:34

Left Bank Art League is an organization of around 100 artists and supporters of the arts in the Quad Cities.  Our primary focus is to encourage education in art, as well as regularly meet together to work on our art together, sponsor and participate in art workshops and network. This competition was held at the Quad City Arts in Rock Island, IL.

Congratulations go out to –


Caitlyn Doran, a senior at Moline High School won with her piece titled “Inside the Bear”.  It was created in watercolor and ink.  Caitlyn’s instructor is Nick Digioia.


Max McInnnis, a 10th grader in Bettendorf and student of Mrs. B’s School of Art won with his piece titled “Water Runner”.  It was created in acrylic.  His instructor is Pat Bereskin.


Julian Jesperson, a senior at Rock Island High School won with his untitled piece of a horse.  It was created in acrylic.  His instructor is Andrew Gray.

German American Heritage Center Announcement PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Janet Brown-Lowe   
Tuesday, 08 May 2012 13:38

Dear GAHC Members and Friends,

From time to time GAHC benefits from the efforts of students at our area colleges and universities, and when possible we take pride and enjoyment in sharing their efforts with you. In that vein we hope you will enjoy reading the paper "Enemies Among US...Or Were They?" by Amanda Wellhouse. The focus of this research by Amanda , a student at Augustana College, was to learn and share more about the German POW camps in Iowa during World War II, focusing particulary on the main base camp at Algona, Iowa. Amanda read a great deal about the camp, using both primary and secondary sources. She also traveled to the Algona camp to enrich her knowledge and gain a deeper perspective for the project. She continued her on-site research to additional camp sites in Clarinda, Eldora, Charles City, Muscatine, Clinton and Waverly, making use of local materials available from these visits.

We salute Amanda's efforts by sharing them with you, our valued members and friends.  You can view her paper on our website.


Janet Brown-Lowe

Executive Director

Loebsack Announces Winner of 2012 Congressional High School Art Competition PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Thursday, 03 May 2012 14:17

“The Yellow House” will be displayed in U.S. Capitol


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack today congratulated Chelsea Page from Montrose, who is in 10th grade at Central Lee High School in Donnellson, for being named the Second District’s winner in the 2012 Congressional Art Competition.  Page’s watercolor, entitled “The Yellow House,” will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year.  She will also receive two round trip tickets to Washington, D.C. to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony.  This year’s competition was hosted at the University of Iowa’s Art West Building and the winning piece was selected by judges Rachel Williams, UI Associate Professor of Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies/Media, Social Practice, and Design and Peter Feldstein, photographer and originator of "The Oxford Project."


“I was very impressed by the quality of this year’s entries.  The creativity demonstrated by all of the talented young artists in Iowa proves that the arts are thriving,” said Loebsack. “I especially want to congratulate this year’s winner Chelsea Page and I look forward to seeing her watercolor displayed in the Capitol.”


In the spring of every year, the United States House of Representatives hosts a competition to recognize talented young artists from across the nation. The winning student from each district is invited to Washington, D.C. for the ribbon-cutting ceremony and will have his or her artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year.


A photo of this year’s winning piece can be seen here.




1) The Yellow House (watercolor), Chelsea Page, Montrose, Central Lee High School in Donnelson

2) Death of an Alcoholic Bull (chalk), Sara Miner, Donnelson, Central Lee High School in Donnelson

3) Untitled (B&W photography), Lucy Van Gorder, Tiffin, City High School in Iowa City


Honorable Mentions:


1) Playing in the Sand, Kelli Schneider, Iowa City, City High School in Iowa City

2) Landscape, Emilee Beattie, Ottumwa, Cardinal High School in Eldon

3) Nature's Observation, Molly Westermeyer, Keokuk, Central Lee High School in Donnelson



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