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Written by Shannon Wallace   
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 14:36

All artists encouraged to apply to the 2014 Riverbank Art Fair by TUES., MARCH 4.

Iowa City, IA, (Feb. 21, 2014) CALLING ALL ARTISTS— The application deadline for the 2014 Riverbank Art Fair has been extended to Tuesday, March 4. All local and regional artists are encouraged to apply to this professional fine arts show that features work across a wide breadth of genres including painting/drawing, clay, woodworking, metal, jewelry, photography, fiber, mixed media and more. Applications are available at

The Riverbank Art Fair in an indoor exhibition held annually featuring the work of artists across Iowa, the Midwest and beyond. This year, the show will be held on April 26-27 from 10am—5pm on Saturday and 10am—4pm on Sunday in the Iowa Memorial Union located in downtown Iowa City. All patrons 21 years and older are invited to participate in the event’s free wine tasting from 12—2pm on Saturday that features a number of local wine vendors. Admission is free and open to the public.

The University of Iowa Fine Arts Council is a self-supporting, non-profit student organization that strives to support and promote local and regional artists within the Iowa City/Coralville area and beyond. Active since the 1970s, the council organizes two professional fine arts exhibitions throughout the year, the Riverbank Art Fair in late April and the Holiday Thieves’ Market in December. Both shows offer the opportunity for individuals to become involved with the community while supporting local artists.


Young Artists at the Figge PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Natalie Dunlop   
Thursday, 20 February 2014 17:01

Davenport, Iowa (February 20, 2014) – The Young Artists at the Figge exhibition returns to the Figge Art Museum on Saturday for the ninth year in a row.

More than 500 elementary art students from seven area school districts including Muscatine, Moline, North Scott, Bettendorf, Davenport, Geneseo and Pleasant Valley will have their artwork on display in the Mary Waterman Gildehaus Community Gallery.

Each school district has a selection process to choose the top elementary student artwork to represent their district in this museum-school partnership.

Muscantine School District will kick off the exhibition this Saturday followed by Moline (March 8-16), North Scott (March 22-30), Bettendorf (April 5-13), Davenport (April 19-29), Geneseo (May 3-11) and closing with Pleasant Valley on May 17-25.

All school districts will have their very own reception honoring the participating young artists. This year, thanks to museum and donor support, the receptions will be free for students, artists, teachers, family and friends and allow everyone to experience the current exhibitions on display.

The Young Artists at the Figge exhibition is sponsored in part by the Brand Boeshaar Foundation Fund and the Hubbell-Waterman Foundation Fund.


Exhibition and Reception Dates:

MUSCATINE February 22-March 2
Receptions: Sunday, February 23 (12:30 pm, 1 pm)

MOLINE March 8-16
Receptions: Sunday, March 16 (12:30 pm, 1 pm)
Exhibition and reception sponsored by the Moline Foundation

NORTH SCOTT March 22-30
Receptions: Sunday, March 30 (12:30 pm, 1 pm)
Exhibition and reception sponsored by Delia and Dave Meier

Receptions: Sunday, April 6 (12:30 pm, 1 pm)
Exhibition and reception sponsored in memory of Gene Eherenfeldt

DAVENPORT April 19-29
Receptions: Sunday, April 27 (12:30 pm, 1 pm, 1:30 pm)

Exhibition and reception sponsored by the Horan Family

GENESEO May 3-11
Receptions: Sunday, May 4 (12:30 pm, 1 pm, 1:30 pm)

Exhibition and reception sponsored by the Geneseo Foundation

Receptions: Thursday, May 15 (6 pm, 6:30 pm)
Exhibition and reception sponsored by Doug and Deb Roberts 


About the Figge Art Museum

The Figge Art Museum is located on the riverfront in downtown Davenport at 225 West Second Street. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and Sundays 12-5 p.m. Thursdays the museum is open until 9 p.m. Admission to the museum and tour is $7. Admission is free to Figge members and institutional members and free to all on Thursday evenings from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. To contact the museum, please call 563.326.7804, or visit

Free Family Day Saturday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Natalie Dunlop   
Thursday, 20 February 2014 08:44

Davenport, Iowa (February 19, 2014) – Kids and adults alike can explore the world of art through video and glass during the Figge Art Museum’s Free Family Day on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sponsored by U.S. Bank, the museum’s studios, lobby, galleries and auditorium will be open for exploration.

Families will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on fun that directly relates to Kids Design Glass, Katja Loher: Videoplanet-Orchestra, Roman Glass Works and Landscape: Ingalena Klenell and Beth Lipman all currently on display.

The day’s activities will include an interactive installation explaining the history of glass, a special Kids Design Glass contest where children under the age of 12 are invited to draw a picture that could be selected to be turned into a glass sculpture, an opportunity to design a glass magnet, create a sun catcher and take part in a special project inspired by artist Katja Loher where families can produce the word Figge using their bodies to form letters. 


The auditorium will feature short films about creating glass art that will be looped throughout the day. Stained glass artist and owner of The Glass Advocate, Eric Van Hese, will demonstrate the art of stained glass making in the lobby and Gallery Quest guides with extra family-friendly facts about each exhibition will be available to all.

In addition, the Quad City Audubon Society will have spotting scopes set up to enjoy eagle watching along the Mississippi River in the Wintergarden. Families may also enjoy $5 burger baskets in the Dining Room until 1:30 p.m.

About the Figge Art Museum

The Figge Art Museum is located on the riverfront in downtown Davenport at 225 West Second Street. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and Sundays 12-5 p.m. Thursdays the museum is open until 9 p.m. Admission to the museum and tour is $7. Admission is free to Figge members and institutional members and free to all on Thursday evenings from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. To contact the museum, please call 563.326.7804, or visit

Youth Volunteer Ethan Geifman Declared Mayor of Fox Hollow. There Was Much Rejoicing! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Elly Gerdts   
Thursday, 20 February 2014 08:43

Bettendorf — The Family Museum will hold a press conference on Saturday, February 22 at 10:00 am

at the Family Museum to introduce the new Honorary Mayor of Fox Hollow, Ethan Geifman, to the Quad Cities. Cake will be served. A proclamation will be read, and Mayor Geifman will be available for questions.

Ethan Geifman (pronounced GEEF-man), is a ten year old youth volunteer at the Family Museum. He has volunteered 50 hours since his start in March of 2013. He works with visitors in the Museum’s Special Needs Creative Movement class, interacts with children in the Museum’s exhibits, and cleans gallery props to keep the exhibits looking great.

Making Ethan the Honorary Mayor of Fox Hollow was a unanimous decision of the Family Museum staff. “At such a young age, I am so impressed with his volunteerism, his maturity, sense of responsibility, and his respect for the Museum and for people in our community.  Ethan has a great sense of enthusiasm and truly wants to make the world a better place.  He is one-of-a kind, and I’m so glad that he is part of our volunteer team,” said Volunteer Coordinator Kristina Bouxsein-Hearn.


On Saturday, Ethan will be presented with a proclamation, and his name will be added to the Wall of Honorary Mayors located in the Fox Hollow Post Office. The proclamation will read: “On this day, the 22nd of February, 2014, we hereby recognize Ethan Geifman, a true steward of the Family Museum, as honorary mayor of Fox Hollow. Because of his ongoing dedication to Volunteerism; his efforts keeping Fox Hollow safe and clean for all; his work, undertaken with maturity and positivity and his genuine interest in the inclusion and happiness of all peoples, we thank you, Mr. Mayor.”

Fox Hollow is an exhibit in the Family Museum consisting of a town square with a Shoe Store, Post Office, Vet Clinic, Grocery Store, Fire Department, and Pizza Parlor. This hands-on gallery space opened February 15, 2013. For more information on Fox Hollow, please visit our website.


Sign up for these great spring workshops at GAHC PDF Print E-mail
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Written by German American Heritage Center   
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 13:18

It is time to register for our spring workshops! Call today to sign up for these creative classes where you can make and take something wonderful home!

Join GAHC to receive discounts on classes! Pre-registration and Pre-payment required for all classes! Materials provided!

Sun. March 2nd & 9th Fraktur Workshop with Bill Hannan  1pm-3:30pm
Master the art of lettering in the German style of Fraktur, $35 members and $40 non-members, includes both sessions.

Sun. March 23rd Psyanky Workshop 12:30-3:30

Learn to decorate eggs with this Czech wax relief technique $15 members $20 non-members.

Sun. March 30th Tote Basket Weaving Workshop with Tracy Welch 12:30-4:00

$35 members $40 nonmembers. Limited class size

Sun. April 6th Scherenschnitte with  Keith Bonnstetter- 2 sessions 12:30 -1:30 & 2:00-3:00

$15 members and $20 nonmembers, same design in each session.

Don't forget to mark your calendars for our 3rd Annual Eiermarkt & Easter Fountain programs:

Sat. April 12th 3rd Annual Eiermarkt Spring Craft Fair! 10am-3pm

Free admission to fair, many vendors!

Sun. April 13th Easter Fountains presentation by Kathi Hofmann 2pm See the intricate Easter fountains made this time of year in Germany!

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