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FIGGE HOSTS RECYCLED ART OUTREACH ACTIVITY AT RIVER ROOTS LIVE PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Susan Horan   
Monday, 15 August 2011 12:37

Davenport, Iowa - August 2011 -The Figge Art museum will host River ARTS Live, a free walk-in art project at River Roots Live on Saturday, August 20 from noon to 6pm.  Event attendees are invited to stop by the Figge’s art tent in the Junior Jam area to create sculptures out of plastic materials recovered from the Mississippi River during Living Lands and Waters’ XStream Cleanup. This art activity is inspired by the work of artist Aurora Robson, whose intricate and colorful sculpture Up Drop is currently on display in the Figge lobby. Robson up-cycles everyday waste to create intricate and brilliantly colored hanging sculptures. The Figge’s fall exhibition, Everything, All at Once, Forever, will feature additional original plastic debris sculptures by Robson.

The outreach program is sponsored by Iowa American Water, and is offered in partnership with Living Lands and Waters and the QC Chamber.

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

River Roots Live is a free event in Le Claire Park in Downtown Davenport and is presented by the Downtown Partnership, a division of Quad City Chamber.  

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THURSDAYS AT THE FIGGE FEATURES FREE ART ACTIVITIES AND MUSIC BY ELLIS KELL PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Susan Horan   
Friday, 12 August 2011 00:01

Davenport, Iowa - August 2011 -The Figge will host free art activities on Thursday, August 11 and Thursday, August 18 from 6pm to 7:30pm.  The art activities are offered in conjunction with the current exhibition, The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Chair Design.  On August 11, participants will be able to make prints of iconic chairs, many of which are featured in the exhibition.  On August 18, participants will be able to make miniature chair models.  No drawing skills or previous art-making experience are needed to participate in these free activities. 

The Figge is offering these activities as part of their ”Thursdays at the Figge” weekly program.  This unique program gives museum visitors the opportunity to experience the Figge in a fun, social atmosphere.  Every Thursday the Figge offers an art talk or activity and live music.  Each Thursday in August Ellis Kell will perform from 5:30pm until 7pm in the lobby.  The Arts Café in the museum dining room and the bar are also open for dinner service and cocktails.  The Figge remains open until 9pm on Thursdays.

Admission to the museum is not required to participate in these art activities.  Regular admission applies for admittance to the galleries and special exhibitions. 

The Art of Seating is sponsored by Sears Manufacturing, Paragon Commercial Interiors, Inc., and Rick Bowers.

The Art of Seating is developed by the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville and the Jacobsen Collection of American Art; tour organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C.

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RME AND FIGGE PARTNER TO MAKE SOME ARTFUL MUSIC PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Susan Horan   
Thursday, 11 August 2011 23:36

Davenport, Iowa - August 2011 -The Figge Art Museum and the River Music Experience will host the family workshop “Art of Percussion” on Saturday, August 13 from 10am to 2pm.  Families will enjoy a fun, creative day at the Figge beginning with an entertaining performance of Native American music and stories presented by Larry Lockwood on the Figge plaza. Afterwards, participants will create cool and colorful rain sticks, drums, maracas and other shakers and noise makers out of recycled materials in the Figge Studios, and then play these percussion instruments in a musical procession to neighboring River Music Experience. Terry Hanson and fellow musician Ellis Kell will lead a mega drum circle, working out dynamic rhythms and beats.

Schedule:
10 am                       Registration 
10:15 - 10:45am       Native American stories and music on Figge plaza
10:45am-12pm        Instrument building in Figge Studios

12 - 12:30pm            Lunch break

12:30pm                   Musical procession to River Music Experience
12:45 - 2pm              Drum circle at River Music Experience

The fee for this workshop is $10 per family.  This workshop is appropriate for children of all ages; an adult must be present for each family.  Families can pre-register by contacting Heather at 563.326.7804 x 2045 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; day of registration will be available in the Figge lobby at 10am. Families should pack a sack lunch. 

This workshop is in partnership with River Music Experience and supported with Quad City Arts Dollar$ funds, provided by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, the Doris and Victor Day  Foundation, the John Deere Foundation, the Mary Iva Gittens Knouse Charitable Trust, Quad City Arts Partners and Festival of Trees.

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Art Display at Eldridge Library PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathy Holloway   
Thursday, 11 August 2011 23:27

Artists, Pat Halverson & Judy Gray have a joint show of their artwork displayed at Eldridge Library (200 N. 6th Ave., Eldridge, IA) through September.  

   

Artisans, Bonnie Grebner (www.the-art-collective.org/Bonnie.html) will be doing a Raku-firing at the Clay & Fiber weekend in Bishop Hill, IL on August 20 & 21. 

Artist Judy O. Gray (www.judyogray.com) has a 40-piece artwork display at the Clinton River Arts Center through September 18th.  A reception is planned for Sunday, August 21 from 1 – 3.  The address is 229 - 5th Ave S, Clinton, IA. (free)

Artist Allen Holloway (www.artbyallenholloway.com) is showing a body of his work (realism framed originals and prints, modern art originals and many un-framed prints) through Mid-Coast Fine Arts at the I-80 Welcome Center in LeClaire, IA  through September 30.  A demonstration of his art-making skills along with light refreshments is planned for Sunday, afternoon September 11. (free)

Watercolor Artist, Tom Jones (www.tomjonesartist.com), a resident of Central Florida will be holding a 4-day workshop through Left Bank Art league on August 25 – 28 in Moline, IL.  There are still some openings available Contact Judy Gray (563-344-7837 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for details.

 
Iowa's Largest Art Show Joins Butter Cow Celebration at the Iowa State Fair PDF Print E-mail
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Written by readMedia   
Tuesday, 09 August 2011 12:20

DES MOINES, IA (08/08/2011)(readMedia)-- The Patty and Jim Cownie Cultural Center will be bursting with fine art at the 2011 Iowa State Fair. Home to Iowa's largest art show, the Cultural Center features sand sculptures, art activities, demonstrations and much more. As the Fair celebrates 100 years of the Butter Cow, art throughout the Cultural Center will pay tribute to Iowa's buttery icon August 11-21.

Sandscapes, a team of national, international and world champion sand sculptors, returns to the Cultural Center atrium to construct a Butter Cow-themed masterpiece. Watch the progress unfold as the team works throughout the Fair to complete the sculpture, showcasing their talents from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the atrium each day.

Stop by to see the outstanding art entered in this year's Fair. The state's largest art show will showcase exhibits in the areas of fine arts, photography, creative arts, wood projects and doll house and miniature room displays. Several special Butter Cow categories promise to provide creative commemorations of the world-renowned buttery bovine.

Fairgoers can even let their creativity loose and try their hands at making art. Make and Take projects available in the Cultural Center include name bracelets, candles and blown glass ornaments. Youngsters will also have a special chance to make a masterpiece at Art Attack. Occurring daily from 1-5 p.m. in the courtyard, Art Attack features special arts and crafts activities for kids to make and then take home.

Live demonstrations and working exhibits also offer Fairgoers the opportunity to see art in action, with artists demonstrating such art forms as wood carving, cardboard art, charcoal portraits and many more.

For a complete schedule of activities in the Cultural Center, visit iowastatefair.org.

"Nothing Compares" to the 2011 Iowa State Fair, celebrating 100 years of the Butter Cow August 11-21. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visitwww.iowastatefair.org.

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