(Davenport, Iowa - February, 2012)  On Saturday, February 18 the Figge Art Museum will host "The Luck of the Draw," a 3-part program led by illustrator Cori Doerrfeld.  The program begins at 1pm with a presentation in the auditorium.  At 2pm, Doerrfeld will lead an illustration demonstration in the studios.  Program participants will be invited to take part in hands-on activities at 3pm.  The program is designed for aspiring illustrators of all ages and is free with museum membership or paid admission.


In her presentation, Doerrfeld will review her journey towards becoming a published illustrator and author. She will share the stories that have shaped her career, revealing what she did to get noticed, but also how luck played a part in each and every step. Doerrfeld says she was never a huge risk taker, but nevertheless, decided to take a leap and pursue a career as an illustrator.

"I fully believed in my abilities, but the luck factor is a hard thing to control. Finding my way from a child drawing unicorns on school folders to a published illustrator/author is really the result of a perfect mix of both ambition and luck. Where I went to grad school, how I got my agent, or how I even got my first book deal are all partially due to simply being in the right place at the right time. Each subsequent book project has also felt like a mixed blessing of ingenuity and getting lucky," states Doerrfeld.

The presentation will include several personal images such as childhood drawings, sketchbook pages, and process photos. Doerrfeld will also discuss some of her personal experiences in the publishing world and what it has been like to work with different publishing houses and editors.  Following the lecture, Doerrfeld invites guests to spend some time with her in the studio. There will be original artwork for people to view, process materials, and a few simple projects for people to participate in.

Cori Doerrfeld received a B.A. in studio art from St. Olaf College, as well as her Post Baccalaureate in illustration from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She has illustrated Welcome to Your World, Baby! and It's the Best Day Ever, Dad!, both by actress Brooke Shields (Harper Collins), as well as both Seashore Baby and Snowflake Baby by Elise Broach (Little, Brown). Doerrfeld recently released a picture book she wrote herself, Penny Loves Pink (Little, Brown). Doerrfeld lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota and is represented by Rachel Orr at Prospect Agency.

At 4pm, the Figge Museum Store will hold a book signing with Doerrfeld.  Four books that Doerrfeld illustrated will be for sale, including Penny Loves Pink, Seashore Baby and Snowflake Baby. Little Bunny Foo Foo (Dial Books) by Doerrfeld was released in January 2012 and will also be available.


Bettendorf – Enjoy an evening at the Family Museum for free! On Presidents' Day February 20, 2012, from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm admission is free for everyone at the Family Museum located at 2900 Learning Campus Drive in Bettendorf, Iowa.

Visitors can explore agriculture and weather in Amazing Acres by making a cloud, touching a tornado, driving a John Deere combine, and shopping in the Amazing Acres Market. Little ones can play safely in PlayHouse by creating a meal in the Alphabet Kitchen, interacting with the virtual pond, and playing house. Busy Bodies has a large heart that visitors can walk through, and the rhythm of the heart may inspire some visitors to create their own rhythms in Rhythm Alley with a pentaphone. There is so much to do at the Family Museum!

For more information, visit the Family Museum's website www.familymuseum.org.

Good Fit T-shirt Photo Contest continues until Feb. 15

ROCK ISLAND, IL (02/09/2012)(readMedia)-- Online voting continues until Feb. 15 for the People's Choice Award in Augustana College's Good Fit T-shirt Photo Contest, where potential first-year students are eligible to win one of five $1,000 scholarships to Augustana. For their photos, students must wear the Augustana T-shirt they received when visiting campus.

Students who have entered the photo contest from your area include :

Paige Ehrecke, from Long Grove, IA. Ehrecke is a senior at NORTH SCOTT HIGH SCHOOL and submitted a photo in the At Another College category.

Andrew Statz, from Davenport, IA. Statz is a senior at WEST HIGH SCHOOL and submitted a photo in the At Another College category.

Danya Tazyeen, from Bettendorf, IA. Tazyeen is a senior at PLEASANT VALLEY CMTY HS and submitted a photo in the At Another College category.

Go to www.augustana.edu/Goodfit and check out the creative photos and clever captions and cast a vote for your favorite. In addition to the People's Choice Award, other categories in the photo contest include : action shot, in a famous location, at another college and with an alumnus.

The Good Fit T-Shirt competition is a fun way Augustana can get to know the potential members of its incoming class while spreading the word about Augustana College at the same time.

"It's a way to get Augustana's name out in cyber-world as students share their photos and ask others to vote," said Meghan Cooley, director of recruitment communications and a 1999 Augustana graduate. "In some ways, it's like a global billboard as we have photos of students wearing their Augustana T-shirts in England, Greece and Belize, even at the Blarney Stone in Ireland."

About Augustana: Founded in 1860 and situated on a 115-acre campus near the Mississippi River, Augustana College is a private, liberal arts institution affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The college enrolls 2,500 students from diverse geographic, social, ethnic and religious backgrounds and offers nearly 90 majors and related areas of study. Augustana employs 287 faculty members and has a student-faculty ratio of approximately 11:1. Augustana continues to do what it has always done: challenge and prepare students for lives of leadership and service in our complex, ever-changing world.

Davenport- Automotive historian Bill Jepsen will be giving an illustrated presentation on the history of the Duesenberg brothers and the auto they developed right here in Iowa! 'It's a Doozy:The Life, Times & Automobiles of German Born & Iowa Raised Fred & August Duesenberg' will be presented on Saturday March 10th at 2pm at the German American Heritage Center, located at 712 W. 2nd St. Davenport, IA. Presentation lasts approximately one hour and will be followed by a question and answer session. Jepsen is the author of "Made in Iowa: Iowa's Automobiles - An Entertaining and Enlightening History." Books will be available for $25 ( a $39.99 value!)

For more information, visit www.gahc.org or call 563-322-8844. Free with admission. $5
Adults, $4 Seniors and $3 Children ages 3-17.

Photo: Fred and August Duesenberg, courtesy of Bill Jepsen

WHAT: Quad City Arts Art @ the Airport

WHEN:          March 1-April 29, 2012

WHERE:       Quad City International Airport Gallery, 2200 - 69th Ave., Moline, IL 

WHO:             Paintings by Diane Naylor, aluminum vessels by Louise Rauh, and sculptural ceramics by Elizabeth Shriver

In March and April, Art @ the Airport presents "The Labyrinth Exhibition" consisting of mixed media paintings on canvas by

Diane Naylor, from Fairfield, IA has created large, mixed media paintings which will reveal a microscopic view of the world within nature.  The ceramic sculptures of Shriver, of Iowa City, represent pods, seedlings and other organic forms that are depicted larger than life to focus attention on the beauty of each form.  The aluminum vessels of Rauh, also from Iowa City, evoke transformation, growth, deterioration and regeneration of natural life.

These three friends are well established artists who have shown together in the past at other venues. This exhibit is the artists' homage to earth's beauty through the creation of a peaceful and tranquil exhibit which aims to help the viewer transcend the chaos of the outside world.

Don't miss this is exhibit just because you don't have a plane to catch-the lights in the gallery are always on and the airport offers free parking for the first hour. Meet a friend for lunch and enjoy the art! Quad City International airport gallery is easy to access with one hour of free parking to allow plenty of time to browse the exhibit.

Quad City Arts is a nonprofit local arts agency dedicated to the growth and vitality of the Quad City region through the presentation, development, and celebration of the arts and humanities. All Quad City Arts programs are funded in part by Festival of Trees, Quad City Arts Partners and operating grants from the Illinois Arts Council (a state agency) and the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs. This gallery and exhibit is generously sponsored by the Quad City International Airport.


Contemporary Works by Lori Miller, Connie Peterson, Mary Phelan & Angela Dieffenbach

WHERE: Quad City Arts Center Gallery, Rock Island

EXHIBITION DATES: February 17-April 6, 2012


RECEPTION: Friday, February 17, 7-9 pm


From February 17-April 6 at Quad City Arts Rock Island gallery, Contemporary Works by an eclectic group of women will be displayed. Lori Miller from Eldridge, IA, uses vividly colored fabrics mounted to a black background to create mosaic images. Her work is primarily inspired by nature.

Also showing is Connie Peterson, from Iowa City. Connie searched for graphic patterns in the landscape around Sutliff, Iowa, photographed them in black and white, made the images grainy and then printed them on canvas. She then painted on top of the photographs with black and white acrylic paint to emphasize select parts and push them toward abstraction.

Chicago painter Mary Phelan enjoys exploring the everyday images found in her urban neighborhood, but with an eye to the universal forces alive within them. This perspective is driven by a long-held interest in Asian design-especially the Landform School of Feng Shui, which holds, for example, that every

Electric-line or roof edge has the power to retard or accelerate Qi or life force.

Ceramic sculptor, Angela Dieffenbach, approaches clay sculpture like a chemist. Her sculptures not only resemble molecular forms, but she creates unique surface glazes by combining medications with specific atmospheric conditions within the kiln.

The public is invited to attend the opening reception on February 17th from 7-9 pm, in the gallery. Refreshments will be served and artists will be on hand to answer questions about their work.

The Quad City Arts Center Gallery is located at 1715 Second Avenue in the Arts and Entertainment District of Rock Island.  Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. All Quad City Arts programs are funded in part by Festival of Trees; Quad City Arts Partners; and operating grants from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; and the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs. Quad City Arts is a nonprofit local arts agency dedicated to the growth and vitality of the Quad City region through the presentation, development and celebration of the arts and humanities. For more information, contact Dawn Wohlford-Metallo 309-793-1213 X108.

Davenport- The German American Heritage Center, located at 712 W 2nd St. Davenport,  presents Becky Wright "The Quilt Lady" as she gives a talk on "The Sequel: Christian Staffinger and his Civil War Quilt" at 2pm on Sunday February 19th. Becky will update us on the exciting events that occurred since her last talk at GAHC surrounding Christian Staffinger, the German immigrant who crafted Becky's beloved quilt. Event is free with admission.

For more information call 563-322-8844 or visit gahc.org. Join the Quilt Lady on Saturday February 18th from 1pm till 5pm for a quilting workshop at GAHC. Using one of her Orphans of War patterns "Reap the Whirlwind", Becky will show participants how to create one of these beautiful pieces. Registration fee is $35 and is payable at registration by February 15th. Patterns (a $10 value) are included in the fee. Materials list will become available at time of registration. To register call 563-322-8844 or email: director@gahc.org.

(Davenport, IA) - Thursdays at the Figge is back for another season of fun, food, music and art talks. The season opener on February 2 celebrates the exhibition Fins and Feathers: Children's Book Illustrations from The Eric Carle Museum of Art. Populated by an array of dazzling animals both real and imaginary, Fins and Feathers introduces viewers of all ages to memorable creatures from children's literature. The community is invited to an exhibition reception with complimentary appetizers and a cash bar at 6pm in the Figge Reading Room.  Rima Girnius, Figge associate curator, will lead an art talk about the exhibition at 7 pm.


Each Thursdays at the Figge in February will feature a 7pm art talk on a different subject.  On Thursday, February 9, Western Illinois University professor Jo-Ann Morgan will present the talk "Illustrating Uncle Tom, Topsy, and Little Eva: How Children Learned About 'Race' and 'Place.'" Professor Morgan will review illustrations of the main characters in Uncle Tom's Cabin, and will take a look at other children's books in which black children and white children interact, in order to consider how these portrayals may have impacted young reader's understanding of racial relations in the nineteenth century and since.  This art talk is offered in conjunction with Black History Month.


Myriam Stangherlin will present a program on Italy on Thursday, February 16 at 7pm.  Myriam's program, "Italian: The Language of Love," will use pictures of Venice, Florence, Rome, Naples and other "art" cities in Italy to introduce visitors to the beautiful language.  This program is an introduction to the five-week Italian language course Myriam will teach at the Figge beginning Wednesday, March 7.


"The Life and Times of Edward M. Catich" will be the topic of the art talk on Thursday, February 23.  Father Catich has an international reputation as a calligrapher and scholar.  In addition to being an artist in various media, Catich was also an accomplished musician.  The presenter, Paul Herrera, was a student, apprentice and friend of Father Catich, and he also worked with him at St Ambrose University. This talk is offered in conjunction with the many calligraphy workshops offered at the Figge this winter and spring.


Thursdays at the Figge programming in February also include live music by Lewis Knudson. The café and bar open at 5 pm for dinner and drinks and the museum is open until 9 pm. All programs, including the exhibition reception, are included with admission to the museum and all seniors receive free admission the first Thursday of each month.


What does the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming, do with a 28-foot long, 1888 poster of Buffalo Bill's Wild West show? It puts it on display for visitors to see in the Center's newly remodeled Buffalo Bill gallery, set to open May 19, 2012.

The Center recently purchased the poster, thought to be the largest surviving poster ever produced for William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody's Wild West. Printed in 1888 by the Calhoun Printing Company of Hartford, Connecticut, the poster consists of 32 separate sheets, measures roughly 28 feet long by 13 feet wide, and is in pristine condition.

In studying the colorful image on the floor, stretched out the length of the Center's Plains Indian gallery, the staff at the Historical Center christened this enormous advertising poster "simply extraordinary." Much like billboards today, posters pasted to the sides of buildings were used to publicize events like Cody's show that ran 1883 -1913. Generally meant to be scrapped once an event concluded, it's rare to find posters like this 28-foot example created in 1888 still intact.

There is some mystery surrounding the Center's acquisition, however. It was owned most recently by a private collector in Colorado who decided to dispose of it at auction. Before that, little is known about the history of this particular poster?where it originated, who owned it, and where it's been for most of the last hundred years. It's even possible the poster was never installed.

"My own hunch is that the poster?really a 'show bill'?was never hung because it had some minor flaws in it, such as where the ink ran slightly," explains Dr. John Rumm, the Center's curator of western American history. "They're barely discernible and require careful inspection to see. But it would be in keeping for the reputation of both the Wild West and the Calhoun Printing Company to not post a 'factory second,' no matter how minor the flaws were." Certainly, more research is in order to answer those questions.

Originally, the Center's Conservator Beverly Perkins planned an analysis of the poster including cleaning or making needed repairs. However, once unfurled on the floor for review, Perkins pronounced the poster "in remarkably pristine condition," and Rumm said the colors were so vibrant that "the poster seems as if it were fresh off the press." Other than some very minor tears along its edges, the poster is completely intact.

With a caption across the lower left corner exclaiming, "Grandstand at London Seating 20,000 People," the poster was created to commemorate the Wild West's special London performance in May 1887. Her Majesty Queen Victoria and other members of the Royal Entourage are pictured acknowledging Buffalo Bill's ceremonial bow from his white horse as show personnel salute the queen from the background.

Staffers Matt Bree and Jeffrey Rudolph have their work cut out for them as Rudolph creates a frame, and Bree builds a special case to both display and house the poster on the back wall of the "Man of the World" alcove in the new Buffalo Bill gallery.

The Historical Center acquired the poster in September 2011 through an auction held in New York City. Monies from the Center's Acquisition Fund (named for Buffalo Bill's niece who was also the first curator of the Buffalo Bill Museum)?together with contributions from several of the Center's trustees?made the acquisition and conservation of this poster possible. Once several months of remodeling are wrapped up this spring, the poster goes on display in the Center's Buffalo Bill gallery when that area of the museum reopens on May 19, 2012.

(Note: Only the Buffalo Bill gallery of the Center is currently closed to the public; the remaining galleries are open during regular winter hours.)

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We have officially set the re-opening date and time for the John Deere Pavilion.

We will re-open the all-new Pavilion to the public on Wednesday, February 15 at 1:00 p.m.

Also, we will celebrate the re-opening with an official ribbon cutting ceremony on February 15th at 10:00 a.m.