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A Summer Special Event at the German American Heritage Center PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Egon Gerdes   
Thursday, 19 May 2011 07:39

Quilts of the Civil War Becky Wright, Presenter

Sunday, June 12, 2:00 p.m.

Becky Wright of Mt. Pleasant is a quilter, designer and owner of Orphans of War quilt patterns.  Her life-long love of history, especially the Civil War era, has led to researching and sharing her passion with others.  Becky appears in period costume; the main focus of her presentation is the importance of quilts and textiles during the Civil War.  Starting with the facts of the early history of textiles and sewing in the 1800's she leads the audience to the beginning of the conflict, tells how quickly the textile industry was impacted and explains the role it played in the war.  Becky's talk is enriched by a large display of antique quilts and reproduction quilts, vintage clothing, books and other artifacts.  Of special interest is an authentic quilt handcrafted by a German immigrant who served in the Union Army and sewed this quilt during his recovery from battle wounds.  This is an outstanding companion program to the first floor exhibit at GAHC in June and July, "Iowa in Civil War: The German Element."


This is a GAHC Special Event and will not be announced in the Infoblatt.  GAHC members may attend at no charge, but must obtain one ticket per member at the GAHC reception desk at the Center.  Members may also send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to the GAHC office for ticket requests, which will be honored one per member.  We ask your kind cooperation in not phoning to request tickets.  Please respond early and alert your GAHC friends who may not receive this electronic message.  Public sale of tickets will begin on May 31, 2011 at $8.00 each.   Seating is limited - act promptly!

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Dr. Egon W. Gerdes, Executive Director
German American Heritage Center

German American Heritage Center
712 W Second Street
Davenport, Iowa 52802

Vernissage for Trew Schriefer PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Narveen Aryaputri   
Tuesday, 17 May 2011 07:16
Please join us for theArt Exhibit Opening
of Trew's show
and Meet the Artist.
on May 21st. 2011
at Phoenix Fine Art Gallery
1530 Fifth Ave, Moline.
6.00 p.m. till midnight.
music, hors d'oeuvres and wine .

Left Bank Art League PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathy Holloway   
Monday, 16 May 2011 15:17

High school winners or LBAL $100 scholarships

Rose Couch (Wilton, IA 11th grade) had a mono print "Giraffe Study" in the show.  Her art teacher is Diane Budding.  Brian Taylor (Moline High 12th grade) had an oil "Counter Top".  His art teacher is Nick DiGioia.  Katie Poole (Bettendorf 12th grade) had a watercolor "Autumn Delicious" her art teacher is Tom Solbrig. These high school students were all presented with Left Bank Art League’s $100 scholarships at Quad City Arts in Rock Island, IL in April.

CASI Fiber Art show

Left Bank Art League members:

Karen Casper placed 2nd in “Whatever You choose category" at the with her batik piece
Jean Johnson got an Honorable Mention with her silk painting.

Rosalie Black placed 3rd.

Maple City Fine Arts Exhibition\

Left Bank Art League members… 

The Roxie Aud Walker Memorial Award went to Pat Halverson, "Rainy Day Lunch"

The Martha Shanks Memorial Award went to Marcia Fox, "Baby Elephant Eli"

Honorable Mention went to Rosalie Black, "Leaving Church"

The winning entries will be on display at the Cellar Restaurant and

at the Geneseo Art League Gallery (both on State

Street, Geneseo, IL) through May.

Philanthropist on Cross Country Volunteer Trip Spends the Day at the Figge PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Susan Horan   
Monday, 16 May 2011 15:09

Davenport, IA (May 2011) — In February 2011, a Keith Donohue said farewell to sunny San Diego and began a journey that is likely to change his life — and many other lives, as well.

Donohue, 32, is the founder of Positive Present®, an organization devoted to positive affirmations and making a positive impact through philanthropy. His organization’s first big venture is a unique project called “50Give,” where Donohue is trekking cross-country to volunteer in each of the 50 states as well as Canada, Mexico and the District of Columbia.

Donohue’s visit to Iowa on Wednesday, May 18 will be spent at the Figge Art Museum.  Donohue will help the museum celebrate Haitian Flag Day by leading a volunteer project to bag food which will be delivered to Haiti.  The Figge’s Haitian Collection is one of the first and most comprehensive collections of Haitian art in the United States and in September the Figge will host the special exhibition, Restoring the Spirit: Celebrating Haitian Art.  The Figge is partnering with Kids Against Hunger Your Quad-Cities for this event and it is sponsored by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.  Donohue will also help the museums administrative staff and assist Figge outreach staff with an elementary program in the Davenport School District.

Travelling by car, plane or boat, Donohue will devote 5-6 months of his time helping various nonprofits, charities and other worthy causes. During the journey, he will eat, sleep and breathe nothing but volunteerism to offer a helping hand (manual labor, office administration, fundraising, marketing/promotions, event planning, soccer coaching, whatever is needed).

What’s his motivation? “I have a passion for helping others and fundraising,” Donohue says. “I hope this trip will encourage others to give unconditionally and also provide positive awareness for inspiring organizations that strive to make this world better.”

Donohue, a Washington, DC native, is no beginner when it comes to philanthropy and fundraising. Over the past five years, he has planned and promoted numerous charity events, including raising funds for youth and soccer-related organizations like DC SCORES. In early 2010, he created Triple Charity Crush, an innovative online fundraiser and race-day event which raised $4000 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation and other organizations.

Amy Nakamoto, DC SCORES Executive Director adds, “Keith Donohue has taken his commitment to the DC SCORES mission to new levels over the past three years. Unsolicited, Keith has helped directly or indirectly raise a lot of money, awareness and excitement for the work we are doing with youth in DC through soccer and creative writing. He makes being in the ‘charity business’ even more rewarding than it already is.”


50Give is a venture of Positive Present®, an organization devoted to spreading inspiration through philanthropic projects, positive affirmations apparel and health & fitness-related channels. For more information on Keith Donohue, 50Give and Positive Present®, including sponsorship or charitable nonprofit submissions, please visit or

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Figge offers art of the national parks class PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Susan Horan   
Thursday, 12 May 2011 07:42

The Figge Art Museum is offering a three-week Art History class entitled “Art of the National Parks,” from 6:30-8 pm on Tuesdays, May 24- June 7. The class will cover the history of national parks, numerous landmarks and locations, and the artists that encountered those areas. The course will be taught by Ranelle Lueth, Ph.D. Candidate in American Art at the University of Iowa. The course is free to Figge members; membership options begin at $40. For more information, call the Membership Office at 563.326.7804 x2007. Registration for the class is required; please call the Education Department at 563.326.7804 x2045.


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