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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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Bufe Program on 8/14 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ruth Reynolds   
Thursday, 04 August 2011 08:17

Sunday, August 14, 2011   2:00 p.m.
German   American   Heritage   Center
712 West 2nd Street  Davenport  IA   52802

The   German   American   Heritage   Center   presents local educator Bruce Bufe in the first of a series on personal family immigration histories called “My German Story.”  This program features the life and times of Franz Gustav Bufe, a German immigrant cigar maker in   Moline   in the l880’s.  He was also an artist, a poet, and a keen social critic of his time.  Come experience his poems in translation and explore the themes and views of a common man with an uncommon talent for self-expression. This program is re-scheduled from a spring emergency cancellation. 

Members free; public welcome with $5.00 admission; includes museum exhibits.

 
Lance Armstrong at the Figge’s Free Admission Weekend PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Susan Horan   
Thursday, 28 July 2011 12:36

(Davenport, IA) - The Quad-City Times will sponsor a free admissions weekend at the Figge Art Museum Friday, July 29 through Sunday, July 31. While Lance Armstrong is not scheduled to make an appearance at the RAGBRAI finish line, visitors to the Downtown Davenport Street Fest are invited to seeLance Armstrong at the Figge for free during the Bix7/RAGBRAI weekend.   Lance Armstrong, a photo of Armstrong nude on his bike taken by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz in 1999, is currently on view in the Figge lobby. The Figge’s Bix7/RAGBRAI weekend events will also include a free Spin Art activity on the Plaza from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, July 29 and from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 31. The museum will lead a free guided tour of The Art of Seating on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

The Figge Museum currently features three special exhibitions, in addition to works in the permanent collection.  The Art of Seating: 200 Years in American Chair Design includes more than 40 distinctive chairs selected from the Jacobsen American Chair Collection. Intriguing Images: Docent Picks from the Figge Collection features works popular with Figge visitors and docent and the exhibition Water Views from the Figge Collection explores and celebrates the beauty and diversity of water.

The permanent collection now showcases Pleasures from a Country Life, a new gallery installation featuring selections from the John Deere Art Collection.  Recent changes to the permanent collection also include the installation The American West as a Myth, which highlights the Figge’s Western Collection, and The Spirit of Haitian Art, which showcases the Figge’s impressive Haitian Collection. 

The free admission weekend is great opportunity for families, visitors, and locals to escape the head and explore the museum during the downtown festivities. For more information contact the Figge Art Museum at 563.326.7804.

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.  and sponsored locally by Sears Manufacturing, Paragon Commercial Interiors, Inc., and Rick Bowers.

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German American Heritage Center Event PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 26 July 2011 13:22

The German American Heritage Center in Davenport welcomes civil war enthusiasts!    The exhibit "Iowa in the Civil War: The German Element" is available through August 7. A companion FREE traveling exhibit from the Iowa State Historical Society in the GAHC parking lot features "The Fiery Trial: Iowa in the Civil War." Visitors can see why Iowa entered the war, the impact of war on the state of Iowa, the work of Annie Wittenmyer as she cared for the wounded and orphaned, and efforts in Iowa to improve civil rights for all after the war.

A special touchscreen feature allows Iowans to search for their Union army ancestors in the Civil War by name and county.

 

A special $10 family ticket for all inside exhibits is available during the "Fiery Trial" run from July 28 through August 7. Other tickets are Adults $5, Seniors $4 and children $3.

 

Special hours for the civil war features are July 28 - August 7 from 10:00 through 7:00 EXCEPT July 28 10:00 - 4:00; July 31 noon to 6:00 and August 7, noon to 4:00.

 

Information available at www.gahc.org OR (563) 322-8844 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
The German American Heritage Center in Davenport welcomes civil war enthusiasts! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ruth Reynolds   
Friday, 22 July 2011 22:59

The exhibit “Iowa in the Civil War: The German Element” is available through August 7. A companion FREE traveling exhibit from the Iowa State Historical Society in the GAHC parking lot features “The Fiery Trial: Iowa in the Civil War.” Visitors can see why Iowa entered the war, the impact of war on the state of Iowa, the work of Annie Wittenmyer as she cared for the wounded and orphaned, and efforts in Iowa to improve civil rights for all after the war.

A special touchscreen feature allows Iowans to search for their Union army ancestors in the Civil War by name and county.

A special $10 family ticket for all inside exhibits is available during the “Fiery Trial” run from July 28 through August 7. Other tickets are Adults $5, Seniors $4 and children $3.

Special hours for the civil war features are July 28 – August 7 from 10:00 through 7:00 EXCEPT July 28 10:00 – 4:00; July 31 noon to 6:00 and August 7, noon to 4:00.

Information available at www.gahc.org OR (563) 322-8844 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 
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