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Niabi Zoo Opens This Monday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Niabi Zoo   
Friday, 04 April 2014 15:44

Niabi Zoo, 13010 Niabi Zoo Road, Coal Valley, IL, is now open for the 2014 season.


Monday-Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sunday: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Last admission of the day is 4:00 p.m.


Adults 13+ $8.25

Seniors 62+ $7.25

Kids Ages 3-12 $6.25

Kids under 3 get in free

Call (309) 799-3482 or visit for more information.

Nash Gallery presents "Millennial Encounters" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Paula Neuhaus   
Friday, 04 April 2014 14:33

[DUBUQUE, IA] Nash Gallery, 371 Bluff Street, will host an opening reception for Millennial Encounters, an emerging artist showcase on Friday, April 11 from 7-10 p.m. This multi-genre exhibit that runs through June 15 features the work of emerging artists from the art departments of Clarke University and Loras College. The artists’ work include explorations in photography, installation, collage, mixed media/conceptual, painting, illustration, drawing, ceramics, and sculpture. Featured artists include Sara Steuer, Randi Westervelt, Abbey Tjebkes, and Mark Fuentebella from Loras College and Hannah Goldsmith, Traci Bauer, Jenna Michel, Maggie Scahill, and Kayla Carlson from Clarke University.

The exhibit and opening reception on April 11 serves as a fundraiser for DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival 37th annual all-arts festival scheduled for May 16-18 in downtown Dubuque.  The artists will donate 30% of all sales made on opening night to the festival. The public is invited to attend. Refreshments and treats will be served. A $10 donation is suggested for adults and $5 for students who show their current college ID. All proceeds support Nash Gallery and DubuqueFest. Nash Gallery is located above Monks Kaffee Pub, 371 Bluff Street. The entrance is at the rear of building.

DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival and Nash Gallery are affiliates of the Dubuque County Fine Arts Society. For more information visit  DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival and Nash Gallery are affiliates of the Dubuque County Fine Arts Society.

DEADLINE APPROACHING: Loebsack Encourages Students to Submit Artwork for 2014 Congressional High School Art Competition PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 13:54

Original art pieces by local high school students due April 11th

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack today reminded students and teachers in Iowa’s Second District that the deadline to submit original artwork for the 2014 Congressional Art Competition is quickly approaching. All artwork MUST be received by 11:59pm on Friday, April 11th. The annual competition is hosted by the United States House of Representatives to recognize talented young artists from across the nation. The winning student from each district is invited to Washington, D.C. to attend a reception held in their honor and will have his or her artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year.

“I am looking forward to seeing all of this year’s great submissions,” said Loebsack. “With the deadline quickly approaching, I encourage all students to start finalizing their art pieces. If any art teachers or parents in the Second District have questions, please call my Iowa City office for additional information.”  

This year, to make submission of art work easier and to open the contest to as many students as possible, the winner of the contest will be chosen by the public through online voting. The submission process has also been streamlined. Details on how to submit art work are available by clicking here to visit Loebsack’s website. All entries must be submitted no later than Friday, April, 11th at 11:59pm. For additional details about the competition, students should contact Dave Leshtz at 319-351-0789 or by email at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Spring workshops, craft fair, and more! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kelly Lao   
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 13:51
Scherenschnitte - Paper cutting craft workshop on Sunday, April 6th
Try out this traditional German craft and creative a festive spring design with expert teacher Keith Bonnstetter! Two sessions:12:30-1:30 and 2:00-3:00. Pre-registration and pre-payment required! Call Kelly at 563-322-8844 today!
member: $15, non-member: $20
ages 12 & up - materials provided

Eiermarkt Spring Craft Fair!
Saturday, April 12th 10-3pm
Free admission to the fair, many vendors!
Featuring: Pysanky Eggs with Zion Eggheads, Alpaca yarn and English Angora Rabbits with Chanin Schallert, Wood carvings by Dennis Carlson, terrariums & book art by Meghan Hollister, Jewelry from Pauline Wagner, Mary Talbert's crafts, hot cross buns from Anita Holst, Sausage from Tony's Market, Decorated eggs by Marilyn Miller, Pies & cookies from Janice Claeys, hot pretzels, carved eggshells from Gloria Fine, Jill Larkin representing Jamberry, hand-crafted baby items from Kathy Cooper, and more!

Osterbrunnen- German Easter Fountains presentation by Kathi Hofmann on 
Sunday, April 13th 2pm
Learn about German Easter Traditions and see beautiful images of Osterbrunnen- elaborated decorated fountains!

Chinese Calligraphy Class PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lynn Bartenhagen   
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 13:32

Xi-Ma, an instructor from the Confucius Institute, a branch of the University of Iowa’s International Programs, will conduct a class at the Muscatine Art Center on the ancient art of calligraphy. Assisting Ma will be Erin Mullins of the Confucius Institute.  There is no experience necessary and all supplies will be included in the registration fee. Class size is limited so be sure to register now!

The Chinese Calligraphy class will be held on Thursday, April 3, 2014. Class will run from 5:15 through 6:45.  The registration fee is $10.00.  All class supplies will be provided however,  you may also purchase your own brush for the class for $5.00. Both instructors were here last year for the class. Call us at 563.263.8282 to get signed up now!

Chinese calligraphy is one of the most ancient forms of written communication. It has developed over thousands of years, and is a very fluid language. Chinese calligraphy, unlike the letters based on the Roman system of writing, does not separate each individual character that forms a word. Chinese writing uses the painted character to express an idea or word in its entirety. This calligraphy must be both functional and beautiful. It is a true art form.

Xi Ma is the Curriculum Coordinator at the Confucius Institute.  Ma also teaches Confucius Institute courses. She is a returning Iowa Alumnus, moving to Iowa City in 2012 from Bronx, New York where she coordinated the Mandarin Language Program for Fordham University.  Ma holds an MA in Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of Iowa, an MA in Foreign Language and Applied Linguistics and a BA in English from Anhui University.

Erin Mullins is the Program Coordinator at the Confucius Institute. A graduate of the University of Iowa, Mullins holds an M.A. in Counselor Education and a B.A. in Elementary Education.  Joining the Confucius Institute at the University of Iowa in 2011, Mullins previously provided outreach education and services to area schools and community agencies.


What: Chinese Calligraphy Class

Who: Xi Ma of the Confucius institute

When: Thursday, April 3, 2014

Time: 5:15-6:45 PM

Where: The Muscatine Art Center

Admission to this program is FREE. Please contact, Lynn Bartenhagen, Office Coordinator, 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 open to the public Tuesday,Wednesday and Friday from 10 AM to 5 PM, Thursday from 10 AM to 7 PM and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 PM Admission is FREE.

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