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The Figge Sends Two works on a Summer Vacation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Susan Horan   
Thursday, 19 May 2011 07:49

Davenport, IA (May 2011) — On Thursday, May 19, the Figge says ‘bon voyage’ to two works from the collection that will soon go on loans to other institutions for upcoming exhibitions. Bruce Carter, host of WVIK’s Art Talks, will lead an Art Talk at 7pm about Mrs. Chase in Pink by William Merritt Chase and Liz Taylor by Andy Warhol before they go on their summer vacations.

The Art Talk will explore the differences in the two featured paintings.  Figge staff will also talk briefly on how loans increase national and international visibility for the Figge and its collection.  Guests will be invited to take part in a special Thursdays at the Figge free art activity; inspired by Andy Warhol’s vibrantly colored lithographic print of Elizabeth Taylor, guests can design their own portrait using a simple printing process.

Mrs. Chase in Pink will be loaned to The Paine Art Center and Gardens in Oshkosh, Wisconsin for their summer exhibition, William Merritt Chase: Family Portraits (June 18 to October 9, 2011).  The exhibition focuses on his portraits of his wife and children and will feature two dozen of his works, loaned from both public and private institutions.

Andy Warhol’s Liz Taylor will be included in Warhol and the Diva (June 25 - September 25, 2011), an exhibition at The Lowery in Manchester, UK, coordinated in part by the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The exhibition focuses on Warhol’s depictions of some of the most iconic performance figures of the 20th century, including Marilyn Monroe, Liza Minnelli and Mick Jagger. It also explores’ Warhol’s identity as a diva, focusing on his transformation within his Self Portrait in Drag series.

This is not the first time that works from the Figge collection have been loaned to other institutions for major exhibitions.  This past October, one of the Figge’s most treasured Mexican Colonial paintings, Baltasar de Echave Rioja’s La Adoración de los Magos (The Adoration of the Maji), traveled to the Prado and the Royal Palace in Madrid, Spain to be part of the exhibition Painting of the Kingdoms-Shared Identities and is now on view in Mexico City as part of an exhibition of the same name at the Museo Palacio Cultural Banamex (Antiguo Palacio de Iturbide).

To learn more about the La Adoración de los Magos’s trip to Spain and to see an image of the Queen Sofia of Spain at the Palacio Real de Madrid with the Curator, Jonathan Brown, NYU, with the Figge's La Adoracioìn de los Magos in the background visit:

To learn more about the Figge’s Thursdays at the Figge program, visit:



German American Heritage Center Honoring Veterans PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Egon Gerdes   
Thursday, 19 May 2011 07:46

In honor of the great sacrifices all our veterans have made, the German American Heritage Center is offering free admission to the Center on Armed Forces Day, May 21, and on Memorial Sunday, May 29.


By showing identification, veterans may see our award-winning Immigration Experience Exhibit and step in the shoes of long ago immigrants as they tell their stories.


The Center is located at 712 West 2nd Street, Davenport (at the foot of the Centennial Bridge). Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM and Sunday 12:00 - 4:00 PM.  Cost for Non-veterans: Adults $5.00; Adults over 60 $4.00; Children 5-17 $3.00. Members are free.

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.

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