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Civil War Music from the Muscatine High School at the Muscatine Art Center PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katy Doherty   
Tuesday, 11 October 2011 13:43
Music was used extensively during the Civil War. Bands would play during recruitment rallies to excite the crowd and entice men to enlist. Music was used as a form of entertainment and as a means of inspiring loyalty and camaraderie among the troops. Music sounded the soldiers' daily activities, led them into battle and laid them to rest.

Singing was one of the soldiers' favorite ways to pass time. Many songs were inspirational marching tunes meant to keep morale high, while others were sad, sentimental songs whose lyrics reminded the men of loved ones and home.  Most Civil War era music is easily recognizable today, as they are steadfast favorites.

Join us in the Music Room for a special program of Civil War era music, presented by the Muscatine Art Center in conjunction with the current exhibit: Muscatine & the Civil War: A Sesquicentennial Commemoration. The beautiful music will be performed by select group of Muscatine High School students under the direction of Kelly Preslan and Darcy Hendriks of the Vocal and Band Department at the Muscatine High School.

This program will consist of vocal and instrumental selections relating to the Civil War, in the form of ballads, patriotic songs, marches and instrumental drill patterns.

DETAILS:

What: Civil War Era Music Performed by the Muscatine High School’s Vocal and Band Department

When: Thursday, November 10, 2011

Time: 6:00 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.

 
Herbert Hoover NHS News Release: "A Sense of Place" Photography Exhibit and the Film "Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Adam Prato   
Tuesday, 11 October 2011 13:06

WEST BRANCH, IOWA—Herbert Hoover National Historic Site will host "A Sense of Place", an exhibit of fifty black and white photographs of rural and
small town Iowa by photographer David Plowden. Dating from the mid-1980s, the photographs document the disappearing face of the rural Iowa  landscape. "A Sense of Place" is on loan from Humanities Iowa and will be displayed at the visitor center from October 14 through April 1. Concurrent to the
photographic exhibit, the film "Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern" will be shown at 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays from October 15 through April 1.

For four decades, the award-winning photographer David Plowden has documented our country's vanishing landscapes and artifacts. He has described himself as "an archeologist with a camera" who has spent his life "one step ahead of the wrecking ball." "I have been beset," Mr. Plowden says, "with a sense of urgency to record those parts of our heritage which seem to be receding as quickly as the view from the rear of a speeding train. I fear that we are eradicating the evidence of our past accomplishments so quickly that in time we may well lose the sense of who we are."

"Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern" is a 1995 documentary by filmmakers Jeanne Jordan and Steven Ascher.  The film explores the farm crisis of the late 20th century through Jordan’s own family, as the family wrestles with the end of their Iowa family farm.  The film received the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize for best documentary at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary feature.

"The park’s landscape features are meant to remind us of open spaces, much of which was small family farms at the time Herbert Hoover was born here," said Superintendent Pete Swisher.  "This exhibit and film is an excellent connection of that idea, and a vivid reminder of what once was."

The exhibit and the film are both free. "Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern" is 88 minutes long and is unrated.

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum are in West Branch, Iowa at exit 254 off I-80. Both are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time. Parking is limited so please allow extra time to find a parking space. For more information go online at www.nps.gov/heho or call (319) 643-2541.


Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
110 Parkside Drive
PO Box 607
West Branch, Iowa  52358

319 643-2541 phone
319 643-7864 fax
www.nps.gov/heho

Follow @HooverNPS on Twitter.

 
Quad City Arts Presents “Cultural Stories” Art Exhibition by Lisa Marie Barber and Gabriella Boros PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dawn Wolford-Metallo   
Monday, 03 October 2011 13:28

EXHIBITION DATES: October 21-November 23, 2011 

 

RECEPTION: Friday, October 21, 7-9 pm

FREE

From October 21st through November 23rd, Lisa Marie Barber, of Kenosha, WI and Gabriella Boros from Skokie, IL will fill the gallery with their imaginative narrative works.  Multi-media artist, Lisa Marie Barber will create a small city of ceramic installations complemented by painting on the gallery walls. Influenced by Mexican folk art and altars rooted in her Mexican-American heritage, her work is intended to be both celebratory and sober; projecting positive interpretations of the human condition. Barber will also exhibit some of her mixed media works on fabric.

Painter Gabriella Boros produces paintings based on stories that come from her experiences as a female, Israeli born daughter of Shoah (Holocaust) survivors and of being Jewish. She makes religious, cultural and geographical references to these themes in her art. Her exhibit, titled “Stories of Today: Tomorrow’s Reflections” promises to take viewers on a storytelling voyage. This trip spans cultures which overlap and inform one another, resulting in images which are vivid and universal.

Join us for the opening reception on October 21st from 7-9 pm, in the gallery. Refreshments will be served and artists will be on hand to answer questions about their work.

The Quad City Arts Center Gallery is located at 1715 Second Avenue in the Arts and Entertainment District of Rock Island.  Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m.–5 p.m. All Quad City Arts programs are funded in part 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. 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. For more information, contact Dawn Wohlford-Metallo 309-793-1213 X108.

 
Artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec Lecture PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katy Doherty   
Monday, 03 October 2011 11:02

The public is invited to join the Muscatine Art Center in welcoming Carol Ehlers, art history speaker, as she presents a lecture on the art of French painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Ehlers talk will include background information on the Muscatine Art Center's lithograph by Lautrec, of cabaret performer Marcelle Lender.

The art of Post-Impressionist artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec cannot be separated from the bohemian nightlife of Montmartre in Paris, France. Set high up on a hill and removed from the city, Montmartre was filled with cafes, cabarets, and dance halls. Frequented by artists, writers and philosophers alike, it was the artistic center of Paris in the late nineteenth century.

Lautrec was born in 1864 to an aristocratic family and grew up a physically fragile child with a painful spine disorder. Having broken both of his legs in childhood, he never regained his normal growth. As an adult, his physical appearance most likely caused him to choose the underworld of the Parisian nightlife as his social and artistic environment, becoming an uncanny observer of life as well as a brilliant draftsman.

As a young artist, Toulouse-Lautrec worked in a soft Impressionist manner, but unlike Monet, Degas, and other Impressionists, he always focused on the human figure. When the nearby Moulin Rouge cabaret opened its doors Toulouse-Lautrec was commissioned to produce a series of posters. His first, Moulin Rouge -- La Goulue, was completed in 1891. Toulouse-Lautrec had a regular income from his family, so making posters offered him a way to make a living on his own. His contemporaries looked down on this work, but Lautrec did not care. After his Moulin Rouge series the cabaret reserved a seat for him and displayed his paintings.

Among the well-known works that he painted for the Moulin Rouge and other Parisian nightclubs are depictions of the singer Yvette Guilbert, the dancer Louise Weber who created the Can-Can, and the much more subtle dancer Jane Avril. In 1892 Lautrec turned to lithography to mass produce his posters.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec is a master at capturing crowd scenes where the figures are highly individualized and sometimes bizarre, perhaps as a reflection of his own outward appearance.

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. The paintings are on permanent display in the Laura Musser Mansion.

The Lautrec presentation also provides an introduction to the exhibition, Turn of the Century Posters from the Krannert Art Museum Collection, now showing at the Figge Art Museum located at 225 West Second Street, Davenport, Iowa. For information about the exhibition call the Figge Art Museum at (563) 326-7804.


EVENT DETAILS:

Lecture: “Toulouse-Lautrec: Montmartre and Scenes of the Night”

Who: Carol Ehlers

When: Sunday, November 6, 2011

Time: 2:00 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.

 
MAKE CARDS WITH TAMMY AND VONDA AT THE MUSCATINE ART CENTER PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Vonda Luedke   
Tuesday, 27 September 2011 11:21

DEADLINE FOR FIRST CLASS IS COMING SOON!

 

Class will be from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Sept. 29.  Add-itional clases will be October 20, and November 17.  At each class we make 3 cards, variety of occasions.

The Art Center fee is $5 for each class ($4.50 for Friends members).  Registration form attached. Register right away!


 
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