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Brucemore’s Autumn Landscape Hike PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Friday, 12 September 2014 07:51

Embrace the harvest season by exploring 26 acres and over 125 years of history during Brucemore’s Autumn Landscape Hike—Thursday, September 18 at 5:30 p.m. Witness the subtle and spectacular dressings of the autumnal landscape highlighted by the dusky plum and rusty barn red colors of the season. Discover current landscape issues, the role of public use, and the seasonal chores required to preserve the historic grounds. See how planting choices with sensitivity to native species and seasonal display affect the overarching impact of a landscape design. Seek advice from Brucemore gardeners and ask questions on topics ranging from particular plantings to landscape designs. Admission is $15 per person and $12 per Brucemore member. Space is limited; purchase tickets online at or by calling (319) 362-7375.

The Autumn Landscape Tour is part of Brucemore’s Thursday Night Lineup. Every Thursday night, Brucemore will feature a different specialty tour focusing on topics for all interests, including arts and culture, Midwestern industry, gardening, landscape design, architecture, preservation, behind-the-scenes at Brucemore, and growing up in the early twentieth century. For more information on the Thursday Night Lineup, visit or call (319) 362-7375.

About Brucemore

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


Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Celebrating Sports Arrives at Rock Island Public Library this Week PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Lockheart   
Thursday, 11 September 2014 14:52

Rock Island, IL: Hometown Teams hits home this week as the traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Museum on Main Street program officially arrives at the Rock Island Public Library's Main Branch, 401 19th Street, Rock Island, IL. For six weeks, from Sept. 13 to Oct. 25, the Rock Island Library will serve as the new home for "Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America,” as well as a number of local sports history exhibits and programs.

The exhibit will be available for viewing on Saturday, Sept. 13, following an 11:00 am opening day ceremony. Events include an official tape break by local athletes, performances by a drum line and pep band from Moline High School, an 11:00 am baseball story time and craft in the Children's Room with a visit from Rascal the River Bandit, and a "tailgate" celebration with hot dogs, chips and Cracker Jacks in the library parking lot off 20th Street. The exhibit will be open for tours following the opening ceremony, which is free and open to the public.

Offered in collaboration with the Illinois Humanities Council, the Smithsonian exhibit is arranged in seven parts on the library's first and second floors. “Hometown Teams” covers the big picture concepts of how sports shapes our lives, unites us, and celebrates who we are as Americans. Highly interactive exhibit sections highlight the connection between sports and popular culture, the 'fields of glory' where hometown teams play, the fan experience, what's involved in playing the game, rooting for the home team, and the future of sports, including a current revolution in sports.

Local exhibits carry through the exhibit themes, with display panels on the Rock Island Independents football team, the Tri-Cities Blackhawks and QC Thunder basketball teams, Illinois high school and college teams, historic stadiums and fields, including Douglas Park. Local residents have also loaned memorabilia for display from their own sports pasts. Artifacts include a Quad City Thunder trophy and uniforms from the DeLong family, a 1937 game ball from St. Joseph's School (a predecessor to Alleman High School), and items from Dennis Nelson's two games as a replacement NFL referee.

Other free events include a number of free programs on the exhibit's local theme of the "Small Town Roots of Big Time Sports." Programs at the Rock Island Main Library include:

Tuesday, Sept. 16: Start your Engines - Motorsports in the Quad Cities,

2:30 pm, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street. History of QC auto racing, with Roger Ruthhart.

Monday, Sept. 22: Women Who Played Baseball, 6:30 pm, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street, Rock Island. A look at barnstorming 'bloomer girl" baseball teams before World War II, with Illinois Humanities Council road scholar Barbara Gregovich.

Thursday, Sept. 25: Small Stadium, Big Time Football; RI Independents of the NFL, 6:30 pm, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street. A look at the Rock Island Independents, their place in national football history, and a little about how football has changed, with retired Rock Island High School coach Vic Boblett. Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street

Saturday, Sept. 27: Places Where We Play Stadium Bus Tour, 9:30 am to noon.  Guided bus tour embarks and returns to Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street, with visits to Rock Island High School's Almquist Field, Moline High School's Wharton Field House and Browning Field, and Augustana College's Ericson Field. Reservations are required for bus arrangements. Call the Rock Island Library at 309-732-7345 or sign up online via calendar,

Saturday, Oct. 4 -The Inspirational Life of Duke Slater,11:00 am, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street, Rock Island. Visiting author and University of Iowa graduate Neal Rozendaal reveals the life story of fellow Hawkeye Frederick "Duke" Slater, a former resident of Clinton, Iowa. Slater was a true game changer of the NFL, becoming the league's first black lineman of when he joined the Rock Island Independents in 1922.

Batter Up! Three-I League and Professional Baseball in the Quad Cities, Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, 6:00 pm, Rock Island Main Library, Historian Bill Kemp speaks on the area baseball teams that played in the professional Illinois-Indiana-Iowa League, also known as the Three-I League.

Tuesday, Oct. 14:Classic Arena, Big Time Basketball: Tri-City Blackhawks of the NBA. 6:30 pm, Rock Island Main Library. Prof. Curtis C. Roseman presents on the history of the Tri-Cities Blackhawks team of Moline, a charter member of the National Basketball Association.

Thursday, Oct. 16: Rock Island: Center of the Softball Sixties, 6:00 pm, Rock Island Main Library. Historian and lifelong softball fan Tom McKay presents on the teams, players, and organizational efforts that made Rock Island a center of fast-pitch softball for nearly a decade.

Monday, Oct. 21: Girls Got Game: Title IX & New Opportunities for Women, 6:00 pm, Rock Island Main Library. Dr. Jane Simonsen of Augustana College leads a panel discussion on the historic act that changed America forever, with remarks by Quad Citians who benefited from it first-hand.

Rock Island Library and the surrounding community were expressly chosen by the Illinois Humanities Council to host Hometown Teams as part of the Museum on Main Street program—a national/state/local partnership to bring exhibitions and programs around the country. As the central host of Hometown Teams, Rock Island Library has also partnered with the Moline Public Library, the Rock Island County Historical Society, and the Karpeles Manuscript Museum to extend historical exhibits and programs around the Quad Cities. The Moline Library will display memorabilia from the Quad Cities Open and John Deere Classic, and offera free program, "From the Quad Cities Open to the John Deere Classic: Big Time Professional Golf in the Quad Cities." Long-time tournament volunteer John Wetzel presents the program at 6:30 pm on Sept. 30 at the Moline Public Library, 3210 41st Street.

Karpeles Manuscript Museum in Rock Island will showcase relics from professional baseball's past, including contracts from Babe Ruth, an 1839 baseball book, and examples of early equipment, including a padded glove, catcher's mask and ball. The Rock Island County Historical Society will host a display on a local baseball player, William "Baby Doll" Jacobsen. After starting with the Rock Island Islanders in 1909, Jacobson went on to set 13 American League records as a St. Louis Browns center fielder.

The Butterworth Center, Moline, IL, has also dedicated its Evenings at Butterworth fall series to Hometown Teams, offering programs on women in boxing, the physical training goals of the Turners Society, and a look at sports in art. ( Outside the Quad Cities, the Andover Historical Museum, Andover, IL, has developed an exhibit on the "Terrible Swedes" baseball team. For information, call 309-476-8228 or 309-845-0168.

“Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America” is part of Museum on Main Street, a unique collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), state humanities councils, and local host institutions. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress. Support for the Illinois Humanities Council provided by National Endowment for the Humanities and the Illinois General Assembly.

Local sponsors include the Illinois Humanities Council, Rock Island Community Foundation, Modern Woodmen of America, Rock Island Public Library Foundation, and Sedona Staffing, along with media sponsorships from WHBF TV/CBS 4, Townsquare Media  (ESPN Quad Cities 93.5, The HAWK 104.9, 97X WXLP, and B100 ), Mickle Communications, The Dispatch/Rock Island Argus and the River Cities Reader. In kind support has been received from Bill's Moving and Storage, Victory Enterprises, and Midwest Graphics Management.

The exhibit's final Illinois stop after Rock Island is with the Friends of Hancock County, Carthage, IL, from Nov. 1 to Dec. 14. A short video about the exhibition can be viewed at

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Behind the Scenes Collections Storage Tour PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lynn Bartenhagen   
Thursday, 11 September 2014 09:54

The Muscatine Art Center holds tens of thousands of objects in its collection. Like many museums, only a small percentage – as little as one percent – of the collection is on view at any given time.

On Thursday, September 11, 2013, the Muscatine Art Center will offer behind-the-scenes collection storage tours for those interested in seeing the storage area and learning how the staff documents, cares for and manages the collection. The tour is from 5:30 to 6:45 P.M.  Space is limited to 12 people  and registration is taken on first come, first served basis.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see stored treasures from the Art Center’s permanent collection. Join a tour group for a truly unique experience as you hear about how the museum operates from the inside out and have your individual questions answered by staff.


  • Rarely seen “cool stuff” from the Art Center – art objects and artifacts that tell fascinating stories about Muscatine and/or the region.
  • Main collection storage areas and hidden storage areas in the Musser Museum.
  • Textile and print storage.
  • The original Musser Carriage House and Musser Museum basement.
  • Explanation of how museums keep track of collections.


  • Tours are limited to a maximum of 15 people. Please indicate the tour time you would like to be a part of.
  • Tours are for adults and children over 12 years of age (12-16 year olds need to be accompanied by an adult).
  • Tour duration is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  • As a courtesy to other participants, please be on time.
  • Physical accessibility is somewhat limited with the full behind-the-scenes tour including narrow stairs. Please notify us at the time of booking of any special requirements.
  • For security reasons, you may not take mobile phones, cameras, videos, other electrical equipment, bags, food or drinks on the tour. All personal items must be checked before the tour departs.

Call NOW to reserve a place in the Muscatine Art Center’s Behind-the-Scenes experience!


What: Muscatine Art Center’s Behind-the-Scenes Collections Storage Tour

Who: Hosted by MAC staff

When: Thursday, May 9, 2013

Times: 5:30-6:45 PM

Where: The Muscatine Art Center

Admission to this tour is FREE.

Please contact Melanie Alexander, Director, with any questions or concerns at

563-263-8282 or by email  at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The Muscatine Art Center is located at 1314 Mulberry Avenue in Muscatine, Iowa. Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday evenings until 7:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated. Go to for more information about programs and events and to download a class brochure.

Featured Artworks by John Weyl PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lynn Bartenhagen   
Thursday, 11 September 2014 09:10

The Muscatine Art Center is pleased to announce the opening “Featured Artworks by John Weyl.” Weyl’s work will be on display in the Musser Museum Gallery, 1314 Mulberry Ave., Muscatine, from Thursday, Sept. 4 through Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. A reception and artist’s talk will be held Sunday, Oct. 5 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Musser Mansion. Admission is free.

Burlington, Iowa artist John Weyl’s work includes prints, painting,  and  jewelry, however he is particularly known for his “Mono-Prints”.  While technically a print, each mono-print is an individual, no two are alike. His abstract work is expressed with freeform shapes and rendered with an energetic color palette.  His geometric work interlaces strong forms with quiet color.

Born and raised in Burlington, Iowa, Weyl attended Burlington Schools through junior college. He continued his education at the University of Northern Iowa, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in art education.  After one year of teaching art and meeting his future wife in Estherville, IA, Weyl served two years in the U.S. Army.  In 1962 he began teaching junior high school art in Burlington for the next four years.

In 1966 Weyl began his 31-year career, teaching art at Southeastern Community College in West Burlington, Iowa.  During these years he continued to produce his own art, as well as returning to the University of Northern Iowa to earn a Master’s degree in Art.  Since his retirement from teaching in 1997 Weyl has continued to be active with his own work.

ARTIST CALL: Surrealism and Story Telling Exhibit PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dubuque Area Arts Collective   
Tuesday, 09 September 2014 07:20

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: OCTOBER 10 The Dubuque Area Arts Collective invites you to free your mind, express your inner self, and tell a story through creativity at our Surrealism & Storytelling exhibition. Art must fit the theme, conveying the artist's interpretation of "surrealism" and/or "storytelling." All forms of painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, graphics, digital, performance, installation art, video, etc. are eligible. Submissions are due by October 10. Art drop off will occur from October 12 through 15.

Email digital images of your work to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by October 10 with your name, email, and phone number. If a student, tell us your school and grade level.

For each piece submitted, please include: title, media, size, and price. Attach digital images of each piece (images must be of good resolution).

Artists must be of ages 14 and up.

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