Art, Galleries & Museums
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Thursday, 07 August 2014 08:10
Fans and visitors can purchase a package for ballpark and museum admission at either venue
DAVENPORT, Iowa. (August 6, 2014) – Two of the region’s favorite family institutions, the Quad Cities River Bandits and the Putnam Museum, are partnering to offer a special package including admission to both Modern Woodmen Park and the Putnam Museum during the month of August.
Through Friday, Aug. 29, fans and visitors can purchase the special packages at either the River Bandits Box Office or the Putnam Museum. A package of Putnam admission or Putnam movie ticket and a general admission voucher to a River Bandits game is just $15. A package of Putnam admission or Putnam movie ticket and a box seat voucher to a River Bandits game is just $18. The offer will be available through Friday, Aug. 29, when the River Bandits host their final regular season home game.
“Rascal's Putnam Pitch this August combines two of my favorite things: saving money and having fun” said River Bandits owner Dave Heller. “We are excited to partner with the Putnam Museum for a great promotion enabling area families to enjoy two of their favorite family-friendly venues at discounted rates for the entire month of August. Rascal’s Putnam Pitch is a home run for Quad Cities families!”
Putnam President and CEO Kim Findlay says, “Every day we see the delight on family members faces – from 2 to 92 years old – as they enjoy time with each other at the Putnam, particularly the new Science Center.  And when my family, including grandkids, goes to see the River Bandits, it’s another great time together.  We’re very pleased to combine learning, fun and family memory-making times by offering a package with the Bandits.”
The team's mascot, Rascal the River Bandit, will also make special appearances at the Putnam Museum and at Modern Woodmen Park with the mascot for the new 3D movie “Pandas: The Journey Home,” which plays at the Putnam Museum through November.
Filmmakers of “Pandas: The Journey Home” were granted unprecedented access to the Wolong Panda Center in China. The movie gives viewers the amazing opportunity to meet all of the pandas at the center as they get ready for their new lives in various parts of the world, and learn about their fascinating habits and personalities.
Also during the month of August at the Putnam Museum, the resident robot, Socibot, will be decked out in River Bandits gear and be programmed to say special facts and messages about the River Bandits.
“The month of August is packed with exciting promotions and a new kids’ ride, the Drop-N-Twist, at the ballpark, and new activities and must-see attractions at the Putnam Museum,” said River Bandits General Manager Andrew Chesser. “Rascal's Putnam Pitch is one Quad Cities families will not want to miss.”
The River Bandits have 14 home games remaining August, including a current homestand through Sunday, Aug. 10, a three-game series Friday, Aug. 15, through Sunday, Aug. 17, and a six-game homestand Sunday, Aug. 24, through Friday, Aug. 29.
UP NEXT: Gates open at 5:30 p.m. on Pay Your Bill Wednesday presented by U.S. Bank and Mix 96. Two fans will have their bills paid up to $100 by the River Bandits, and for Ninja Turtles Night, fans who wear a Ninja Turtles shirt will receive $1 off the regular ticket price, and fans in a Ninja Turtles costume will receive $2 off the regular ticket price. Thursday is the Craig Biggio Bobblehead giveaway presented by Prairie Farms and FOX18, along with $2 drink specials on a Thirst-Day presented by the River Cities' Reader. The homestand continues through Sunday. Tickets are available at
ABOUT THE BANDITS: Having just been named Ballpark Digest's winner of Best Ballpark Improvement in America under $1 million, the River Bandits ownership recently made one of the biggest improvements to Modern Woodmen Park since the ballpark was first built back in 1931! A new Ferris wheel, standing 105 feet over the playing field, opened May 24, and Space Camp opened June 20; the newly expanded 300-foot long zip line has also reopened. In 2013, the team unveiled a new 220-foot long dual zip line, a rock climbing wall, and a number of new bounce houses. Last season, the team's major league affiliate, the Houston Astros, saw all six of its affiliates reach the playoffs - the first time in a decade any MLB team can claim such success. The River Bandits were one of three affiliates to reach the championship round and one of two to win their league championship.
ABOUT THE PUTNAM: The Putnam has been inspiring ideas, dialogue and interaction among people of all ages for nearly 150 years! And today, we’re better than ever with hands-on fun for the whole family! Launch rockets or interact with a robot in our Science Center, visit our famous mummies in Unearthing Ancient Egypt, climb into a treehouse in Black Earth | Big River or go back in time to see our region’s history in River, Prairie, and People. Also experience internationally-recognized traveling exhibits or take in a movie in our National Geographic Giant Screen Theater with a screen towering 6 stories tall! Our welcoming team is dedicated to helping you discover and explore in a friendly and engaging place. For more information about current and upcoming events, exhibits and movies, visit

The Brucemore Garden and Art Show PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Monday, 28 July 2014 13:19

The annual Brucemore Garden & Art Show will return Saturday, August 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. amidst the historic charm of the Brucemore gardens and landscape. More than 60 artists and garden vendors from across the Midwest will share their expertise by showcasing unique products, vivid presentations, and pertinent information, including ceramics, plantings, jewelry, sculpture, glass, textiles, and more.

Educational opportunities will captivate attendees, whether it’s engaging in a one-on-one conversation, participating in an interactive display, or listening to a featured lecture. Main Stage presentation topics include seasonal gardening, and historic grottos. The Linn County Master Gardeners will showcase several displays and demonstrations in the formal garden, including “walkabouts” identifying trees, invasive pests, and seed saving. Plant vendors and horticultural organizations will share unusual and standard specimens, and artists will discuss their original paintings, pottery, and more. . Cedar Rapids Linn County Solid Waste Agency will provide free compost to all interested attendees. Children can participate in a complimentary, special project with the Ceramics Center, Linn County Master Gardeners, Cedar Rapids Linn County Solid Waste Agency, and Brucemore during the event.

Admission is $6.00 per person. Children 10 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Tickets are sold at the gate the day of the event or online at  Parking is off-site. Shuttle service is available from Washington High School throughout the day. Handicap parking is available on-site by entering the First Avenue gate only. No pets, coolers, or outside food allowed during the event. Food and beverage vendors will be available on-site. The Brucemore Garden and Art Show is sponsored by Cedar Rapids/Linn County Solid Waste Agency and Penford Products.  The festival’s main stage presentations are sponsored by Hills Bank and Trust Company. Free self-guided tours of the mansion’s first floor are brought to you by Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust. For further information on the Brucemore Garden and Art Show, please call (319) 362-7375 or visit

Experience Brucemore, an unparalleled blend of tradition and culture, located at 2160 Linden Drive SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. At the heart of the historic 26-acre estate stands a nineteenth-century mansion filled with the stories of three Cedar Rapids families.  Concerts, theater, programs, and tours enliven the site and celebrate the heritage of a community.  For more information, call (319) 362-7375 or visit


2nd Fridays in the Chicago Arts District PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sandra Zhong   
Friday, 25 July 2014 09:33

Please join us at the Chicago Arts District, located in the vibrant artist community of Pilsen East, Chicago,  for an evening of gallery openings! Over 30 galleries open their doors and invite participants into their galleries and personal studios for art, conversation and celebration. Free to the public.

Event Date and Times: Friday, August 8th, 2014 – 6:00-10:00pm

Event Location: This is a multi-location event in the format of a self-guided walking tour. The event spans approximately 6 blocks. The central location of the event is South Halsted and 18th Street in Chicago. Please visit the Info Center at 1821 South Halsted St. for maps and event details.

Event Details: One of Chicago's most vibrant and well-established creative communities, the Chicago Arts District, hosts 2nd Fridays Gallery Night every month. Don't miss the action at South Halsted and 18th Street as 30 galleries, creative spaces, and over 100 artists welcome you to experience art at its source.

Long time neighborhood favorites include the PosterchildArt improve series at TEMPLE Gallery, Bryan Sperry’s Warriors of the Apocalypse, Chocolat by Uzma Sharif, the floral designs of Blumgarten & Co., NYCH Gallery, Anna Todaro Studio, and Xavier Nuez photography. Exciting new additions to the event includes Studio Oh!, elee.mosynary Gallery, and K Models Talent.

The Chicago Arts District coordinates 2nd Fridays Gallery Night, the Pilsen East Artist's Open House, and other special programs throughout the year. Please see our website at for more information.

Upcoming Dates:

Friday, August 8th, 2014 - Friday, September 12th, 2014

Friday, October 10th – Saturday, October 11th, 2014: 44th Annual Pilsen East Artists’ Open House

Sharing The Glass Art Experience To Better Our Community PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mary McNeil   
Monday, 21 July 2014 09:14
Hot Glass provides an opportunity for at-risk and under served youth in the Quad Cities (tuition free) to engage in a unique art experience while learning leadership and job skills that will encourage them to stay in and finish school. We also offer a variety of fee based classes to the public to sustain our mission of offering tuition free classes for youth.

Hot Glass uniquely uses art – specifically glass blowing – to provide youth with a life changing experience. Working with glass, students develop essential skills such as teamwork, communication, planning and decision-making, as well as job-related applications.  Most importantly, they learn that they have the responsibility and power to shape their futures. Some may find their passion in glassblowing and a future career. For others, Hot Glass offers a place to meet other teens with a similar interest and an opportunity to engage in a positive activity. Art provides a unique opportunity for teens to experience the success of creating something beautiful without the competition inherent in sports, academics, and other activities. A National Endowment for the Arts report found that at-risk students who have access to the arts in or out of school tend to have better academic results, better workforce opportunities, and more civic engagement.

We also offer an opportunity for interested students to join our Glass Team. These teens complete projects for commission, to sell to organizations (on special order for awards, for example), and possibly sell at the Farmers Market or the  Riverssance Festival. Glass Team members develop and exercise leadership and business skills while creating revenue to sustain Hot Glass’ operations. Mentors – professional artists and business leaders – further these students’ skills. We may ask some who truly excel on the Glass Team to teach future classes or mentor other youth.

Joel Ryser, Executive Director
104 Western Ave. Davenport, IA 52801 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 309.236.9223

Figge Art Museum FREE Family Day PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Natalie Dunlop   
Friday, 11 July 2014 09:12

Davenport, Iowa (July 9, 2014) – The Figge Art Museum will have a Free Family Day this Saturday.  Admission will be free all day.

Kids and adults will have the opportunity to weave their way through the galleries, exploring the amazing fiber and textile art on display in the Innovators & Legends and Local Threads exhibitions. Interact with docents who will be available in the galleries to answer questions and share fun facts.

The art studios will offer hands-on activities and projects inspired by the current exhibitions including weaving activities, make-your-own woven vessel, collage projects, a film featuring fiber artists, artist demos, art object handling, a community weaving project, snacks and more!

This Free Family Day is sponsored by Schafer Interiors and the Quad-City Times.  

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. The museum is also free for Active Duty Military members and their families all year round and free to seniors the first Thursday of every month. To contact the museum, please call 563.326.7804, or visit


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