Peanuts… Naturally


showing at the Muscatine Art Center


from November 10, 2016 through February 26, 2017


Charlie Brown is in trouble with the En...

About the Iowa Art Pottery Association


Over 30 years ago, Mark and Marie Latta began a hobby that turned the couple into fervent collectors, occupying their free time and consuming the free space in their home. The Latta’s col...

Children and their moms (or grandmothers, aunts, neighbors) are invited to celebrate Mother’s Day with a special party in the Framed: Step into ArtTM exhibit at the Muscatine Art Center. The afternoon of Saturday, May 7th will be filled w...

The Muscatine Art Center invites the public to an Illustration workshop for kids, with guest instructor Claudia McGehee, on Saturday, April 30 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Please RSVP by April 28, 2016.  Space is limited. All supplies will be provi...

The Muscatine Art Center invites the public to a free Family Day on Saturday, February 20 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. February’s Family Day ties into the current children’s exhibit Framed: Step Into Art™. Children will have the opportunity to...

Walk into the world of art and get an interactive experience with famous art pieces. Come and enjoy a noontime meal in Grant Wood’s Dinner for Threshers, climb into a tent and explore camping gear in John Singer Sargent’s Camp at Lake O’Hara...

Carlinville, IL (December 29, 2015) - This Fall, Prairie Farms gave back even more to their school partners through a back to school promotion, Caps 4 Kids. The promotion was a simple and easy way for schools to raise even more money through Prairie Farms charitable giving program, Our Caps Your Cause. From September 16th - October 31st, each milk cap redeemed was worth 10 cents instead of 5 cents for all participating Our Caps Your Cause education organizations. As a result, over 62,000 bonus caps were awarded - that's $3,100!

During the promotion, the top five schools with the most votes won an ice cream social and 5,000 additional bonus caps.

On December 21st, 440 students at Eisenhower Elementary School in Davenport, Iowa gathered to celebrate their win and enjoy Prairie Farms ice cream.

"Our Caps Your Cause has been a huge benefit to help aid in the purchase of a new set of Google Chromebooks for the school. Our students will be able to learn and have fun using this new technology. Mrs. Easton's 2nd grade class felt a sense of pride and excitement for a job well done by going out and asking parents, staff and others to vote for Eisenhower Elementary during the Caps 4 Kids Ice Cream Social contest. We did it!" said TOP Lead WATCHDOG Volunteer Eric Jackson.

Through Caps 4 Kids, the school earned 5,004 additional bonus caps.

"Caps 4 Kids was about celebrating back to school time and giving back to the education organizations that participate in our charitable giving program, Our Caps Your Cause," said Emily Hereford, Public Relations Program Manager, Prairie Farms Dairy.

"Prairie Farms employees and farm families take a lot of pride in giving back to the communities we are a part of," said Hereford. "With today's economy, local non-profit organizations have a greater need for support. Our Caps Your Cause is a simple way for families to get involved and support their favorite organization," Hereford added.

Consumers can still give back just by voting for their Our Caps Your Cause organization of choice in the Party On Give On Sweepstakes. Through the end of the year, holiday revelers can enter the online contest daily for weekly prize packages filled with hundreds of free coupons for a variety of dairy products that will help get the party going. With this campaign, Prairie Farms is giving back to charities enrolled in Our Caps Your Cause. Each week, the top 12 charities, determined by the highest number of votes from contest entries, will receive 1,000 cap credits - that's $50 for each charity. And each week, one lucky person will win the Grand Prize Package consisting of a $250 Gift Card, $100 coupons for Prairie Farms products and $250 cash to their selected Our Caps Your Cause charity!

All details of the promotion can be found at The webpage includes a full list of organizations participating, as well as details on the sweepstakes.

About Prairie Farms Dairy

Founded in 1938, Prairie Farms Dairy, Inc. is one of the largest and most successful dairy cooperatives in the Midwest, with over 600 farm families, 5700 employees, 35 manufacturing plants, over 100 distribution facilities and annual sales of over $3 billion. Prairie Farms is a nationally recognized leader in the dairy industry and is known for setting the standard for milk flavor innovations and producing award winning milk and dairy products. With headquarters in Carlinville, Ill., Prairie Farms distribution footprint covers over 30 percent of the United States; products are available in grocery chains, mass merchandiser stores, club stores, convenience stores, dollar stores, drug stores, schools, food service outlets and warehouse distribution centers. Prairie Farms charitable giving program, Our Caps, Your Cause, supports a variety of non-profit organizations.


Art History Speaker, Carol Ehlers will present "Van Gogh: Nature and the South Arles and Saint Remy, 1888-1890" on November 19, 2015. The lecture will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. in the Muscatine Art Center's Music Room. The lecture will feature images of Vincent van Gogh's work as well as photos from his life from 1888 to 1890. The lecture is FREE and open to the public.


Vincent van Gogh, celebrated painter, has a lifelong fascination with nature. While in Holland, he spent his youth in the country and his work would feature the birds, trees, and garden. While in Paris, he is exposed to the radical thinking of Impressionism and continues his collection of Japanese art. The art talk will focus on Vincent's time at Arles and the asylum, Saint Rémy, France from 1888-1890.

On February, 1888, Vincent moved from Paris to the Provencal town of Arles. The talk using images will focus on the natural elements. It is the blossoming trees; wheat fields; sunflowers; cypress trees; olive trees; gardens of the public, hospital, and asylum and beautiful still life flora that provide the subjects for some of his most recognized artwork. The program presents artwork showing the beauty of the country side and gardens versus portraits of Arles.

It is in Arles that Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin will create the "Studio of the South" The art talk will include details on how the sunflower series ties in with Paul Gauguin and information about their lives together while in Arles.  Learn thru the letters of Vincent to his brother, Theo van Gogh how he wanted the Sunflowers display and why he repeated some of the original flowers.

May of 1889, Vincent admitted himself as a voluntary patient to the asylum of Saint Paul-de-Mausole in Saint Rémy de Provence, north east of Arles. Although he had access to the outside country side, he will focus on the gardens of the asylum. In the first month, he will produced Irises, 1889.  Later in June of 1889, Vincent produced the highly charged and recognized work, Starry Night, 1889. His artwork, later documents the harvest and picking of olives.

In May, 1890, just before he checked himself out of the asylum and went back north, Vincent painted four exuberant bouquets of spring flowers: two of irises, two of roses, with contrasting colors and formats. They are among his largest and most beautiful still lives.

Vincent van Gogh drew much comfort from the beauty of nature. He believed the countryside was a sanctuary of health. Vincent's artwork during 1888-1889, provides a testament to his unwavering faith in nature and the arts.


What: "Van Gogh: Nature and the South Arles and Saint Remy, 1888-1890"

Who: Carol Ehlers

When: Third Thursday, November 19

Time: 5:30 PM

Where: Muscatine Art Center Music Room

Admission to this lecture is FREE.

Please contact Melanie Alexander, Director, with any questions or concerns at 563-263-8282 or by email at .

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.

In the Music Room at the Muscatine Art Center

Thursday, November 5, 2015 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.



Historian Tom Rasmussen and author Judith Healy will present "The Weyerhaeusers and the Mussers," explaining the important relationship between Peter Musser and Frederick Weyerhaeuser both as partners in the lumber business and good friends. The program, held on Thursday, November 5th at 5:30 p.m. in the Art Center's Music Room, is free and open to the public.

Tom Rasmussen is the great-great grandson of Sarah and Frederick Weyerhaeuser and has completed extensive personal research on the Weyerhaeuser family and Judith Healy is the author of the book, Frederick Weyerhaeuser and the American West (2013). Using amazing photographs of bygone days, of forests and villages and family celebrations, Rasmussen and Healy will present the story of these two self-made timbermen both of whom were as much family men as business men.

The history of Frederick Weyerhaeuser is also the history of the settling of the Midwest. A towering figure of the later decades of the 1800s, Frederick Weyerhaeuser made his fortune by founding and growing a timber business that depended on the mighty Mississippi. Although he made his home in Rock Island, his business affected the Iowa side of the border as much as the Illinois side, and all was fed by the timber his men took out of the Wisconsin forests.

In the book, Frederick Weyerhaeuser and the American West, Judith Healey presents Weyerhaeuser as a successful businessman and family man. With only six years of formal schooling himself, Weyerhaeuser sent his children to eastern colleges, and in his later years, became a philanthropist who generously supported projects locally and in his native German village.

Peter Musser was one of Muscatine's leading citizens. Born in Pennsylvania of Swiss and English parentage, his connection with the Iowa lumber trade began in the early 1870s. Musser was head of a saw mill which produced 40 million feet of lumber annually. He was also a large holder of Minnesota and Wisconsin timber lands and an active logging trader. Throughout the northwest, he was known for his farsighted business judgment.

In his northern ventures, Peter Musser was an associate of Frederick Weyerhaeuser, whose pioneer enterprise in timber tracts along the upper Mississippi and its tributaries made him nationally known as "Lumber King of the Northwest." Musser and Weyerhaeuser jointly located their two sons - Drew Musser and Charles Weyerhaeuser - in Little Falls, Minnesota to run a lumber operation. The two sons built mansion side-by-side - today, both homes are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Weyerhaeuser mansion is open as the Linden Hill Historic Museum.

The program on November 5th is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required. Please contact Melanie Alexander, Director, with any questions or concerns at 563-263-8282 or by email at

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. Visit for more information about programs and events and to download a class brochure.

Kick off your Fourth of July celebrations at the Annual Ice Cream Social presented by the Friends of the Muscatine Art Center. This family-friendly event will be held on Sunday, June 28th from 1 to 5 p.m. As always, there will be plenty of ice cream, desserts, children's activities, and live entertainment.

Families are encouraged to join the Family Bike Ride organized by the Melon City Bike Club and Harper's Cycling & Fitness. The group will depart from Discovery Park at 1 p.m. and will have the option of a short 3-mile round-trip ride or a longer 10-mile ride. Both rides will stop at the Art Center, and participants will receive a coupon for a free ice cream.

This year's entertainment begins with the family group "Tammy and the Fyffe's" at 1 p.m.; Chad Elliot of Wilderman's Treetop Tales will take the stage at 2 p.m.; and Muscatine favorite, "The Creepin' Charlies," will perform at 3:00 p.m.

Come inside and see the Art Center's new exhibitions: "Older than the State of Iowa: the 175th Anniversary of the Muscatine Journal" in the Musser Museum Gallery and "Pedal Power: Bicycles from the Collection of Charlie Harper" in the Stanley Gallery. The Muscatine Journal exhibition includes an interesting chronology with Orion Clemens purchasing an interest in the Journal in 1853 and the first issue of the "Daily Journal" in 1855. Highlights of the exhibit include two murals created for the Journal by Alva Runyon, displays of cameras, darkroom equipment, press tools and type, details on Editor John Mahin and the bombing of his home, and "Special Editions." The "Pedal Power" exhibition highlights Charlie Harper's collection to document the changing technology and design of American bicycles. It features 26 bicycles dating from 1886 to 1979 including 'highwheelers' dating to the late 1880s. The exhibition also includes a loan of an award-winning, custom-made bicycle from the Legacies for Iowa: A University of Iowa Museum of Art Collections Sharing Project, Supported by the Matthew Bucksbaum Family.

Activities for children include kids' games sponsored by Central State Bank, crafts in the studio, bike decorating, and demonstrations by Charlie and his grandsons on the 'highwheeler' bicycles. Freddie the Fire Truck will also put in an appearance thanks to the City of Muscatine Fire Department.

Admission to the Ice Cream Social and related events is free. All proceeds from sales of ice cream, desserts, and beverages go to the Friends of the Muscatine Art Center. Each year, the Friends of the Muscatine Art Center contribute financially toward the educational programs offered at the Art Center, provide scholarships for students to attend Art Center studio classes, and pay for busing for area schools to visit the Art Center.

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.


1314 Mulberry Avenue, Muscatine, Iowa 52761