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MAC Fall class cancellations PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katy Doherty   
Tuesday, 27 September 2011 11:17

The Muscatine Art Center will not have “Kids Saturday Workshops” on Saturday, October 2nd.

In addition, there will be no “Art for Tots” and “Music for Tots” until late winter or early spring. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Please check out our website at www.muscatineartcenter.org to view the current class brochure and find us on Facebook, as we are still running children and adult art classes.

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 P.M., Thursday from 10 AM to P.M. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to P.M. Admission is FREE.

 
“Dribs + Daubs: Painters Mary Zeran and Dena Tollefson Explore Nature” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Paula Neuhaus   
Thursday, 22 September 2011 14:53
Art Exhibit October 4-November 4, 2011

Opening Reception on October 4, 6-9 p.m.

[MAQUOKETA, IA] Maquoketa Art Experience welcomes Iowa artists Mary Zeran and Dena Tollefson this October for their group exhibit “Dribs + Daubs: Painters Mary Zeran and Dena Tollefson Explore Nature”. Through their work, the two Cedar Rapids artists explore various acts of exploration including scientific, observation, deconstruction, and creation. Each artist employs differing methods and materials in their paintings, but the common link is the innovative approaches to leaving a mark on a surface.

Dena Tollefson’s body of work is a unique process she developed called “Daubism”. A true colorist, Tollefson individually mixes oil paint and applies “daubs” to the canvas with a palette knife. The largest daubs are applied with a serving spoon, allowing ridges of paint to catch the light and appear to dance as the viewer moves past the painting. Tollefson has exhibited nationally in Texas, New York, California, and Georgia and in galleries throughout eastern Iowa. Her work is part of permanent collections in The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, St. Luke’s Hospital, and The Marion Arts Council.

Mary Zeran’s work is seeped with juicy color, organic forms and lots of movement. She uses drips as an expression of rhythm, and motion, translating feelings and sensations into visual form. Pushing the limits of collage, Zeran layers multiple pieces of acetate to create imaginary abstract worlds. Zeran has exhibited nationally at galleries in New York, Seattle, and Los Angeles and in galleries throughout eastern Iowa. Critics from Artweek, The New Art Examiner, and The Seattle Post-Intelligencer have reviewed her work. Her paintings are part of permanent collections with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The University of Iowa, and The University of Iowa Hospitals. She is a recipient of the Len Everet Scholarship and a graduate of The University of Iowa.

Maquoketa Art Experience will host an opening reception for Mary Zeran and Dena Tollefson on Friday, October 4 from 6-9 p.m. at 124 S. Main Street in Maquoketa. The exhibit will run through November 4.

Maquoketa Art Experience is dedicated to bringing accomplished artists to Maquoketa for short- and long-term residencies, workshops, and exhibitions. For more information contact Director Paula Neuhaus at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by calling 563.652.9925.

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Figge introduces new art and w(h)ine program to Thursday nights PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Susan Horan   
Thursday, 22 September 2011 08:17

Davenport, Iowa - September 2011 – Coming to the Figge this fall is “W(h)ine & Art.” Held on the first Thursday of the month, this two hour studio activity will provide a relaxed, creative outlet without the pressure of a committed class schedule. Each month will feature a different artistic project taught by local Quad Cities artists.  Participants can learn painting, sculpture, printmaking and more while enjoying a glass of wine and light hors d’oeuvres. The first “W(h)ine & Art” program is Thursday, October 1 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and the project will be printmaking. Come be a part of the casual conversation and creative atmosphere. Each program is $15 per person. The price includes wine, hors d’oeuvres and art materials.

To preregister or for additional information about this program, please contact Heather at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 563-326-7804 ext. 2045.

The Figge Art Museum is located on the riverfront in Downtown Davenport at 225 West Second Street. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, Sundays noon to 5 p.m. and Thursdays 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.  To contact the museum, please call 563-326-7804, or visit www.figgeartmuseum.org.

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ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIOUS ARTIST CREATES DYNAMIC SCULPTURE FROM DEBRIS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Susan Horan   
Thursday, 22 September 2011 08:06

Installation of Plastic Debris Sculptures Opens Saturday

Davenport, Iowa - September 2011 – Environmental recovery is an issue that begins with pollution and affects each person. For some, it is a subject for inspiration. Brooklyn-based artist, Aurora Robson, uses pollution as a vehicle to communicate her nightmares, while converting the negative into something positive. She creates large scale sculptures from plastic bags, bottle caps and similarly discarded materials and shapes them into masses, composed of unique forms. Each sculpture in Everything, All at Once, Forever is unique, and when placed together, acts as visual commentary on the movement of artists against pollutants. The relayed messages of good growing from bad, light sprouting from darkness and new ideas stemming from old challenges are strong, yet poetic. In her own words, “in nature, everything occurs at once, always” and change is constant: what is negative and dark has the potential to become positive and light.

Robson’s work shines a light on a growing theme in contemporary art circles. Environmental awareness and problem-solving has impacted the art community just as it has the science community. It’s a topic that students are learning more about in schools, which gives this installation another facet of purpose at the Figge. The exhibition is an educational example of the power of art, as well as a thought-provoking ensemble reflecting passionate creativity.

The exhibition Everything, All at Once, Forever opens on September 24 and will be on view until January 14, 2012. The installation pieces will supplement Up Drop, a piece that the Figge has on loan from Gallery 212 in Denver. The exhibition will be located in the Orientation Gallery on the first floor.

Everything, All at Once, Forever is sponsored by Iowa American Water.

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

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Brucemore’s Autumn Landscape Hike PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Monday, 19 September 2011 09:14

Embrace the harvest season by joining Brucemore’s gardeners on Saturday, October 15 at 10:30 a.m. for the Autumn Landscape Hike.  Set amid the subtle and spectacular dressings of the 26-acre autumnal landscape, this 90-minute walk will blend a discussion of current preservation issues, the importance of public use, and the seasonal chores that preserve the historic grounds. Participants will see how planting choices with sensitivity to native species and seasonal display affect the overarching impact of a landscape design. The colors of the season – from dusky plum to rusty barn red – will naturally highlight the “outdoor rooms” of the original landscape design by O.C. Simonds. Participants will have the opportunity to seek advice about their own gardens and landscapes from Brucemore Gardeners Deb Engmark and David Morton or ask questions ranging from the cultural needs of particular plants to landscape design issues past and present.

Admission is $10.00 per person and $7.00 per Brucemore member. Space is limited. Advance ticket purchase required. Please call (319) 362-7375 or stop by the Brucemore Store to purchase tickets. For more information, visit www.brucemore.org.

Brucemore, Iowa’s only National Trust Historic Site, is located at 2160 Linden Drive SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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