Music was used extensively during the Civil War. Bands would play during recruitment rallies to excite the crowd and entice men to enlist. Music was used as a form of entertainment and as a means of inspiring loyalty and camaraderie among the troops. Music sounded the soldiers' daily activities, led them into battle and laid them to rest.

Singing was one of the soldiers' favorite ways to pass time. Many songs were inspirational marching tunes meant to keep morale high, while others were sad, sentimental songs whose lyrics reminded the men of loved ones and home.  Most Civil War era music is easily recognizable today, as they are steadfast favorites.

Join us in the Music Room for a special program of Civil War era music, presented by the Muscatine Art Center in conjunction with the current exhibit: Muscatine & the Civil War: A Sesquicentennial Commemoration. The beautiful music will be performed by select group of Muscatine High School students under the direction of Kelly Preslan and Darcy Hendriks of the Vocal and Band Department at the Muscatine High School.

This program will consist of vocal and instrumental selections relating to the Civil War, in the form of ballads, patriotic songs, marches and instrumental drill patterns.


What: Civil War Era Music Performed by the Muscatine High School's Vocal and Band Department

When: Thursday, November 10, 2011

Time: 6:00 PM

Where: The Muscatine Art Center's Music Room

Admission to this program is FREE.

Please contact Katy Doherty, Program Coordinator, with any questions or concerns at

563-263-8282 or by email at


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.

WEST BRANCH, IOWA–Herbert Hoover National Historic Site will host "A Sense of Place", an exhibit of fifty black and white photographs of rural and
small town Iowa by photographer David Plowden. Dating from the mid-1980s, the photographs document the disappearing face of the rural Iowa  landscape. "A Sense of Place" is on loan from Humanities Iowa and will be displayed at the visitor center from October 14 through April 1. Concurrent to the
photographic exhibit, the film "Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern" will be shown at 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays from October 15 through April 1.

For four decades, the award-winning photographer David Plowden has documented our country's vanishing landscapes and artifacts. He has described himself as "an archeologist with a camera" who has spent his life "one step ahead of the wrecking ball." "I have been beset," Mr. Plowden says, "with a sense of urgency to record those parts of our heritage which seem to be receding as quickly as the view from the rear of a speeding train. I fear that we are eradicating the evidence of our past accomplishments so quickly that in time we may well lose the sense of who we are."

"Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern" is a 1995 documentary by filmmakers Jeanne Jordan and Steven Ascher.  The film explores the farm crisis of the late 20th century through Jordan's own family, as the family wrestles with the end of their Iowa family farm.  The film received the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize for best documentary at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary feature.

"The park's landscape features are meant to remind us of open spaces, much of which was small family farms at the time Herbert Hoover was born here," said Superintendent Pete Swisher.  "This exhibit and film is an excellent connection of that idea, and a vivid reminder of what once was."

The exhibit and the film are both free. "Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern" is 88 minutes long and is unrated.

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum are in West Branch, Iowa at exit 254 off I-80. Both are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time. Parking is limited so please allow extra time to find a parking space. For more information go online at or call (319) 643-2541.

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
110 Parkside Drive
PO Box 607
West Branch, Iowa  52358

319 643-2541 phone
319 643-7864 fax

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EXHIBITION DATES: October 21-November 23, 2011 


RECEPTION: Friday, October 21, 7-9 pm


From October 21st through November 23rd, Lisa Marie Barber, of Kenosha, WI and Gabriella Boros from Skokie, IL will fill the gallery with their imaginative narrative works.  Multi-media artist, Lisa Marie Barber will create a small city of ceramic installations complemented by painting on the gallery walls. Influenced by Mexican folk art and altars rooted in her Mexican-American heritage, her work is intended to be both celebratory and sober; projecting positive interpretations of the human condition. Barber will also exhibit some of her mixed media works on fabric.

Painter Gabriella Boros produces paintings based on stories that come from her experiences as a female, Israeli born daughter of Shoah (Holocaust) survivors and of being Jewish. She makes religious, cultural and geographical references to these themes in her art. Her exhibit, titled "Stories of Today: Tomorrow's Reflections" promises to take viewers on a storytelling voyage. This trip spans cultures which overlap and inform one another, resulting in images which are vivid and universal.

Join us for the opening reception on October 21st 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.

The public is invited to join the Muscatine Art Center in welcoming Carol Ehlers, art history speaker, as she presents a lecture on the art of French painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Ehlers talk will include background information on the Muscatine Art Center's lithograph by Lautrec, of cabaret performer Marcelle Lender.

The art of Post-Impressionist artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec cannot be separated from the bohemian nightlife of Montmartre in Paris, France. Set high up on a hill and removed from the city, Montmartre was filled with cafes, cabarets, and dance halls. Frequented by artists, writers and philosophers alike, it was the artistic center of Paris in the late nineteenth century.

Lautrec was born in 1864 to an aristocratic family and grew up a physically fragile child with a painful spine disorder. Having broken both of his legs in childhood, he never regained his normal growth. As an adult, his physical appearance most likely caused him to choose the underworld of the Parisian nightlife as his social and artistic environment, becoming an uncanny observer of life as well as a brilliant draftsman.

As a young artist, Toulouse-Lautrec worked in a soft Impressionist manner, but unlike Monet, Degas, and other Impressionists, he always focused on the human figure. When the nearby Moulin Rouge cabaret opened its doors Toulouse-Lautrec was commissioned to produce a series of posters. His first, Moulin Rouge -- La Goulue, was completed in 1891. Toulouse-Lautrec had a regular income from his family, so making posters offered him a way to make a living on his own. His contemporaries looked down on this work, but Lautrec did not care. After his Moulin Rouge series the cabaret reserved a seat for him and displayed his paintings.

Among the well-known works that he painted for the Moulin Rouge and other Parisian nightclubs are depictions of the singer Yvette Guilbert, the dancer Louise Weber who created the Can-Can, and the much more subtle dancer Jane Avril. In 1892 Lautrec turned to lithography to mass produce his posters.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec is a master at capturing crowd scenes where the figures are highly individualized and sometimes bizarre, perhaps as a reflection of his own outward appearance.

In 1992 the Muscatine Art Center's collections were significantly enriched by a gift of twenty-seven works of art by Toulouse-Lautrec, Matisse, Degas, Boudin, Chagall, Renoir, and other European artists. The collection was a gift from the estate of Mary Musser Gilmore in honor of her parents, Richard Drew Musser and Sarah Walker Musser. The paintings are on permanent display in the Laura Musser Mansion.

The Lautrec presentation also provides an introduction to the exhibition, Turn of the Century Posters from the Krannert Art Museum Collection, now showing at the Figge Art Museum located at 225 West Second Street, Davenport, Iowa. For information about the exhibition call the Figge Art Museum at (563) 326-7804.


Lecture: "Toulouse-Lautrec: Montmartre and Scenes of the Night"

Who: Carol Ehlers

When: Sunday, November 6, 2011

Time: 2:00 PM

Where: The Muscatine Art Center's Music Room

Admission to this program is FREE.


Please contact Katy Doherty, Program Coordinator, with any questions or concerns at 563-263-8282 or by email at


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.



Class will be from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Sept. 29.  Add-itional clases will be October 20, and November 17.  At each class we make 3 cards, variety of occasions.

The Art Center fee is $5 for each class ($4.50 for Friends members).  Registration form attached. Register right away!

The Muscatine Art Center will not have "Kids Saturday Workshops" on Saturday, October 2nd.

In addition, there will be no "Art for Tots" and "Music for Tots" until late winter or early spring. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Please check out our website at to view the current class brochure and find us on Facebook, as we are still running children and adult art classes.

Contact Katy Doherty, Program Coordinator, with any questions or concerns at 563-263-8282 or by email at

The Muscatine Art Center is open to the public Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 AM to P.M., Thursday from 10 AM to P.M. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to P.M. Admission is FREE.

Art Exhibit October 4-November 4, 2011

Opening Reception on October 4, 6-9 p.m.

[MAQUOKETA, IA] Maquoketa Art Experience welcomes Iowa artists Mary Zeran and Dena Tollefson this October for their group exhibit "Dribs + Daubs: Painters Mary Zeran and Dena Tollefson Explore Nature". Through their work, the two Cedar Rapids artists explore various acts of exploration including scientific, observation, deconstruction, and creation. Each artist employs differing methods and materials in their paintings, but the common link is the innovative approaches to leaving a mark on a surface.

Dena Tollefson's body of work is a unique process she developed called "Daubism". A true colorist, Tollefson individually mixes oil paint and applies "daubs" to the canvas with a palette knife. The largest daubs are applied with a serving spoon, allowing ridges of paint to catch the light and appear to dance as the viewer moves past the painting. Tollefson has exhibited nationally in Texas, New York, California, and Georgia and in galleries throughout eastern Iowa. Her work is part of permanent collections in The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, St. Luke's Hospital, and The Marion Arts Council.

Mary Zeran's work is seeped with juicy color, organic forms and lots of movement. She uses drips as an expression of rhythm, and motion, translating feelings and sensations into visual form. Pushing the limits of collage, Zeran layers multiple pieces of acetate to create imaginary abstract worlds. Zeran has exhibited nationally at galleries in New York, Seattle, and Los Angeles and in galleries throughout eastern Iowa. Critics from Artweek, The New Art Examiner, and The Seattle Post-Intelligencer have reviewed her work. Her paintings are part of permanent collections with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The University of Iowa, and The University of Iowa Hospitals. She is a recipient of the Len Everet Scholarship and a graduate of The University of Iowa.

Maquoketa Art Experience will host an opening reception for Mary Zeran and Dena Tollefson on Friday, October 4 from 6-9 p.m. at 124 S. Main Street in Maquoketa. The exhibit will run through November 4.

Maquoketa Art Experience is dedicated to bringing accomplished artists to Maquoketa for short- and long-term residencies, workshops, and exhibitions. For more information contact Director Paula Neuhaus at or by calling 563.652.9925.

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Davenport, Iowa - September 2011 - Coming to the Figge this fall is "W(h)ine & Art." Held on the first Thursday of the month, this two hour studio activity will provide a relaxed, creative outlet without the pressure of a committed class schedule. Each month will feature a different artistic project taught by local Quad Cities artists.  Participants can learn painting, sculpture, printmaking and more while enjoying a glass of wine and light hors d'oeuvres. The first "W(h)ine & Art" program is Thursday, October 1 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and the project will be printmaking. Come be a part of the casual conversation and creative atmosphere. Each program is $15 per person. The price includes wine, hors d'oeuvres and art materials.

To preregister or for additional information about this program, please contact Heather at or 563-326-7804 ext. 2045.

The Figge Art Museum is located on the riverfront in Downtown Davenport at 225 West Second Street. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, Sundays noon to 5 p.m. and Thursdays 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.  To contact the museum, please call 563-326-7804, or visit


Installation of Plastic Debris Sculptures Opens Saturday

Davenport, Iowa - September 2011 - Environmental recovery is an issue that begins with pollution and affects each person. For some, it is a subject for inspiration. Brooklyn-based artist, Aurora Robson, uses pollution as a vehicle to communicate her nightmares, while converting the negative into something positive. She creates large scale sculptures from plastic bags, bottle caps and similarly discarded materials and shapes them into masses, composed of unique forms. Each sculpture in Everything, All at Once, Forever is unique, and when placed together, acts as visual commentary on the movement of artists against pollutants. The relayed messages of good growing from bad, light sprouting from darkness and new ideas stemming from old challenges are strong, yet poetic. In her own words, "in nature, everything occurs at once, always" and change is constant: what is negative and dark has the potential to become positive and light.

Robson's work shines a light on a growing theme in contemporary art circles. Environmental awareness and problem-solving has impacted the art community just as it has the science community. It's a topic that students are learning more about in schools, which gives this installation another facet of purpose at the Figge. The exhibition is an educational example of the power of art, as well as a thought-provoking ensemble reflecting passionate creativity.

The exhibition Everything, All at Once, Forever opens on September 24 and will be on view until January 14, 2012. The installation pieces will supplement Up Drop, a piece that the Figge has on loan from Gallery 212 in Denver. The exhibition will be located in the Orientation Gallery on the first floor.

Everything, All at Once, Forever is sponsored by Iowa American Water.

The Figge Art Museum is located on the riverfront in Downtown Davenport at 225 West Second Street. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, Sundays noon to 5 p.m. and Thursdays 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.  To contact the museum, please call 563.326.7804, or visit


Embrace the harvest season by joining Brucemore's gardeners on Saturday, October 15 at 10:30 a.m. for the Autumn Landscape Hike.  Set amid the subtle and spectacular dressings of the 26-acre autumnal landscape, this 90-minute walk will blend a discussion of current preservation issues, the importance of public use, and the seasonal chores that preserve the historic grounds. Participants will see how planting choices with sensitivity to native species and seasonal display affect the overarching impact of a landscape design. The colors of the season - from dusky plum to rusty barn red - will naturally highlight the "outdoor rooms" of the original landscape design by O.C. Simonds. Participants will have the opportunity to seek advice about their own gardens and landscapes from Brucemore Gardeners Deb Engmark and David Morton or ask questions ranging from the cultural needs of particular plants to landscape design issues past and present.

Admission is $10.00 per person and $7.00 per Brucemore member. Space is limited. Advance ticket purchase required. Please call (319) 362-7375 or stop by the Brucemore Store to purchase tickets. For more information, visit

Brucemore, Iowa's only National Trust Historic Site, is located at 2160 Linden Drive SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.