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The Art Legacy League PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Paul Herrera   
Friday, 21 March 2014 12:31
The Board of Directors of the Art Legacy League has determined that our interests lie in the list of goals shown below. The first and last of these are critical. The first because the preservation and survival of Catich artifacts in good condition is essential to their use; the last is critical because without sufficient funding the remaining goals could not be achieved.

1. Preserve in accordance with the standards of professional art conservators the artworks of the late Reverend Edward M. Catich.

2. Sponsor or conduct educational and training activities in calligraphy and related graphic arts skills with special emphasis on Father Catich’s precepts and teachings.

3. Establish and maintain documentation and records of Catich artworks.

4. Make Catich artwork accessible to the public.

5. Initiate and oversee the reproduction and distribution of his drawings, watercolors, and calligraphic works on paper and in stone.

6. Develop and oversee the publication and distribution of materials appropriate to the organization’s education and training mission.

7. Develop and nurture through educational, training and promotional means a broad nation-wide constituency of individuals, business firms, foundations, museums and other institutions directly concerned with or otherwise interested in the graphic arts, their future development and future supply of well-skilled practitioners. Secure the financial support of members of this constituency.

Visit the Art Legacy League website at

Steve Berry, International Bestselling Author, to Speak June 1, 2014 – Jumer’s Casino & Hotel (HWY 92 and I280) PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Paul Herrera   
Friday, 21 March 2014 12:25
Art Legacy League Launches our Art Preservation Campaign by Bringing Steve Berry to Discuss Importance of Historic Preservation of the Arts  The Art Legacy League, (ALL) a nonprofit organization honoring the life’s works of Fr. Edward M. Catich, is proud to present Steve Berry, international bestselling author to speak about historic preservation, June 1, 2014, 7pm at Jumer’s Casino & Hotel. Steve Berry is the New York Times and #1 internationally recognized author of “thrill novels.” His themes are meticulously researched and the fictional aspects are blended with actual historic incidents. His books have been translated into 40 languages with more than 15 million printed copies in 51 countries.

“We are so pleased that Steve accepted our invitation to share his knowledge of historical preservation. The Art Legacy League’s main goal is to preserve in accordance with the standards of professional art conservators the artworks of the late Reverend Edward M. Catich, artist, author and scholar.” said Paul Herrera Chairman of ALL. “We are launching the Art Preservation Campaign hoping to provide funds for continued teaching events, gallery exhibitions and lectures to share Father Catich’s legacy with a national and international audience. But most importantly, the preservation of his artwork.”

Steve Berry and wife Elizabeth created the HISTORY MATTERS foundation dedicated to history preservation. They travel the country lecturing and giving workshops and have helped save historic treasures raising more than $750,000. Berry has been recognized by the American Library Association, which named him the first spokesman for National Preservation Week, a role he reprised in 2013. He has also been honored for his philanthropic work with the Poets & Writers’ Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award, the International Thriller Writers Silver Bullet Award in 2013. The Spirit of Anne Frank Human Writes Award was given to Berry for the best exemplification of the spirit of Anne Frank in their work. In addition, Steve was asked to write the forwards for the 2014-2015 re-release of the novels of James Michener, his boyhood idol and one of America’s foremost storytellers.

ALL, organized in 2012 as a nonprofit organization, has adopted as its primary purpose the fostering of the Catich doctrine and making it known and accessible to all. For more information regarding this event visit the Art Legacy League at For more information regarding Steve Berry, visit

Niabi Zoo Announces Opening Day, New Hours PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marc Heinzman   
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 08:47
Coal Valley, IL – March 14, 2014 - Niabi Zoo has announced that it will open its gates for the 2014 season on Monday, April 7th.

The zoo, which has been closed for the winter since the end of October 2013, will be open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Saturday and 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sundays. As a way to welcome the community back out to the zoo, admission will be free until April 18th

Niabi Zoo Director Marc Heinzman says zoo visitors have much to look forward to this year. “The great thing about visiting Niabi Zoo,” said Heinzman, “is that it’s always a new adventure for our guests. A male red wolf has come all the way from Fresno, California, to join our female, Ruby, in hopes that they will breed.

We have also brought in a new female snow leopard from Albuquerque, New Mexico. In addition to all of that, we have a female baby Black and White Colobus monkey that was born here in December.”

Niabi Zoo will also be featuring public feeding demonstrations in its Reptile House this year as an ongoing, and free, education program. “Seeing and learning how our snakes eat is one of the most fascinating things about reptiles, and I am excited that we will be able to include it as part of our guests’ experience this year,” said Heinzman. A schedule of the reptile feeding demonstrations will be announced as the Zoo’s opening approaches.

Starting April 7th, Niabi Zoo will be open seven days a week.

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Braley Invites Students to Participate in Congressional Art Competition PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kirsten Hartman   
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 08:42

Congressman announces annual competition, winner will receive two round-trip air tickets to see their artwork displayed in US Capitol

Washington, DC – Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today invited high school students from across Iowa’s First Congressional District to submit original artwork for the annual Congressional Art Competition, “An Artistic Discovery.”

“There are many talented high school artists in eastern Iowa, and I encourage young artists across the First District to participate in this year’s art competition,” Braley said. “It’s my great pleasure to feature young Iowa artists in the US Capitol, and it’s a wonderful opportunity for their work to be on display for visitors from around the country to see.”

The Congressional Art Competition, first held in 1982, is a nationwide high school arts competition sponsored by the US House of Representatives.  One winning piece of artwork from each congressional district will be selected to be displayed in the Cannon Tunnel of the US Capitol Building in Washington for one year.

Any high school student from the First Congressional District of Iowa is eligible to submit their artwork for consideration.  To enter, students must submit a digital image of their artwork via Braley’s website.  The submissions will be compiled into an internet gallery for public voting.

The submission deadline is April 22nd, 2014.  There is a limit of one submission per student.  Voting will begin on April 23, 2014 and close on May 1, 2014 when the winner will be announced.  He or she will receive two round-trip airline tickets to Washington, DC, to see their artwork displayed and attend a winners’ reception.

For full details on the 2014 Art Competition, including information on how to enter, please visit Braley’s website.

List of Past Iowa First District Art Competition Winners:

2008    Stephanie Tarnish, Davenport

2009    Mitch Doll, Davenport

2010    Emily Schroeder, Cedar Falls

2011    Krista Stork, Dubuque
2012    Kelsey Feldman, West Union

2013    Skylar Papakee, Meskwaki Settlement High School

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Brucemore’s Cool-Season Plant Sale PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Friday, 14 March 2014 08:18

Extend the growing season by learning about and purchasing cool-season plants and vegetables at Brucemore’s Cool-Season Plant Sale to be held April 10 and 11 from 12:00 to 6:30 p.m. The plant sale will be held in the 1915 Lord & Burnham Greenhouse located near the center of the Brucemore estate.

“Many annual plants and vegetables benefit from cool-season growth,” said Brucemore’s Head Gardener David Morton. “The cool-season plant sale is a great opportunity for visitors to kick off the growing season early.”

A variety of cool-season plants will be for sale, including broccoli, cabbages, snapdragons, lettuce, and spinach. Brucemore will also sell a few varieties of perennials and indoor plants that can be placed in the garden when warmer temperatures arrive. Cool-season plant sale prices range from $2.50 to $15.00 with all the proceeds benefiting garden and landscape rehabilitation projects at Brucemore. The garden staff will be on hand to provide expert advice on the selection, placement, and care of plants. The Summer Plant Sale will be held on May 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., featuring Brucemore “heritage” plants, annuals, perennials, hanging baskets, herbs, and heirloom vegetables.

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


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