Pontiac Tourism and Pontiac P.R.O.U.D recently announced the events which will take place in the downtown area during the 2011 Summer Bash and Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum and Resource Center Grand Opening, both of which are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, July 23 & 24, 2011.   

Festivities will begin early on Saturday morning with the PROUD 5k Run and 2 mile walk which will begin at 7:30 at the Yost House.  The Farmer's Market will open at 8:00 AM at the Yost House, followed by the Heritage Days celebration which this year will include craft demonstrators, a pie baking contest, and a special presentation by several Civil War - Living History groups.  Also at the Yost House will be special attractions for kids, including a selection of old-fashioned kids' games.   

The opening ceremony for the Pontiac-Oakland Auto Museum will start at 11:00 AM and the museum will open its doors to the public at Noon.  A number of VIP guests will be speaking and a Native American song will be provided by Chief Pontiac descendent, Dee White Eye, AKA Singing Bird.   

Continuing through the day, seminars on the history of Pontiac and Oakland cars will be presented free of charge at the Methodist Church.  Situated around the courthouse square will be a group of exhibits including the Brushmasters, a pin striping group from the Chicago area, a live auction of Pontiac car art, and cultural presentations by Singing Bird.  Live music will be provided by Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets from 7 until 9 and by ARRA starting a 10 PM.  The new museum will be open extended hours and will close at Midnight.   

Sunday's schedule will include the continuing displays at Heritage Days located near the Yost House, additional presentations by Singing Bird, and the annual Boys and Girls Club Duck Race.  Live music in the afternoon will feature Chasen, a Christian Rock Band, who will perform on the stage near the courthouse square.

Complete schedules with locations can be viewed at www.visitpontiac.org or picked up at the Visitor's Center, City Hall, or at selected downtown merchants.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (June 17, 2011) -  The historic move of the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (NCSML) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa begin its journey on June 18. Patterson Structural Moving plans to start the pivot of the building in the morning and expects it to get to the staging area by the end of the day

"Lightening or severe weather are the only things that will stop our 1500 building from moving,"  said CEO/President Gail Naughton.

The moving company has placed heavy metal plates over the road and will proceed with the pivot. The river side will then become the front side of the relocated and elevated museum. Plans call for moving the building just parallel with the new foundation/parking garage.

Plans have been finalized for the historic relocation of the flood damaged building currently located at 30 Sixteenth Ave. SW. Once the structure is secured and relocated, it will
be elevated to its final height 11ft. above where it sits today and 3 ft. above the level of the 2008 flood. It will then be rolled on to the new foundation and finally set down and secured in place.

"Live webcams on www.NCSML.org will allow viewing around the clock for the many people around the world interested in viewing all the activity. We are excited that this exceptional moment in the museum's history is finally coming to fruition. The expansion and renovation of this museum and library is a major milestone in flood recovery and an historic event for the city and the state of Iowa," said Naughton.

To see an animation on how the building will be moved, visit http://www.ncsml.org/Content/A-Monumental-Move/Newsroom.aspx.

The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is the leading United States institution preserving and interpreting Czech and Slovak history and culture. It inspires people from every background to connect with Czech and Slovak history and culture.

The Figge Art Museum is offering art workshops for adults and teens. Many classes are designed for beginners and do not require any previous art experience. Registration is required one week prior to the workshop date or the first date of the class. To register, call the Figge Education Department at563.326.7804 x2045. For class descriptions and supply lists, please visit www.figgeartmuseum.org.

Offsite at Lindsey Park weather permitting; in case of inclement weather, class will meet at the Figge
Instructor:  Gloria Burlingame
10 am - 12:30 pm  Saturday, June 25
$25/members; $30/non-members

Instructor:  Bonnie Grebner
6 - 8:30pm  Thursdays, July 7 & 14
$45/member; $50/non-member 

For Teens 13 and older
Instructor: Cindy Bergthold
12 - 4 pm  Saturday, July 9
$35/members; $40/non-members

Instructor:  Allen Holloway
10 am - 1 pm   Saturday, July 30
$30/members; $35/non-members 

Instructor:  Amy Nielsen
10:30 am - 1:30 pm   Saturday, August 13
$30/members; $35/non-members 

Instructor:  Lynn Gingras-Taylor
10 am - 12:30 pm  Saturday, August 20
$25/members; $30/non-members

Offsite at Vander Veer Park; in case of inclement weather, class will paint in the conservatory
Instructor:  Cindy Bergthold
9 am - 12 pm  Saturday, August 27
$30/members; $35/non-members


Examine Women's Clothing and Jewelry through Art

The Figge Art Museum presents "Fashionable Women in Art Tour" every Sunday during the month of June at 1:30 pm. Museum tour guides, referred to as docents, will discuss several works in the permanent collection, including two portraits from the seventeenth century as well as paintings from the nineteenth century and early twentieth century. The tour will highlight both clothing and jewelry. The tour lasts approximately one hour.

Admission to the museum and tour is $7. Admission is free to Figge members and institutional members.


Figge Tour Highlights Davenport History and Architecture

The Figge Art Museum is offering a tour of historic buildings in downtown Davenport this summer.  The tour begins at the Figge Art Museum and features several buildings, including  J.H.C. Petersen's Sons Store (1892), Putnam Building (1910), M.L. Parker Bulding (1922), Mississippi Hotel (1931), Kahl Building and Capitol Theatre (1920), First National Bank Building (1923), and Davenport Bank and Trust (1927). The tour will explore the style and meaning of these buildings in context with Davenport's historic period of development. The tour will conclude at the Figge Art Museum with a discussion of the meaning of David Chipperfield's design for the Quad Cities Community. Tours are led by Figge docents.

Tours begin at 10:30 am and last approximately 90 minutes. Wednesday tour dates include June 15, July 6, August 3, and September 7. Saturday tour dates include June 18, July 2, July 16, August 6, August 20, and September 3. Participants are encouraged to dress appropriately for warm weather and wear comfortable shoes. The museum will provide bottled water.

Admission to the museum and tour is $7. Admission is free to Figge members and institutional members.


Tour the Mississippi River area Art Galleries and Artists' Studios July 30 and 31st and meet the artists!  The Go Loopy Art tour include Art and Artists in cities and towns along the river where the river flows west in our area.

A yellow school bus, called "Go Loopy" will be painted by area River City Artists.  The bus is provided by Johannes Bus Service, Inc. and will remain part of their permanent collection with future Art Gallery trips when determined.

The bus will be very visable in our area, thereby highlighting the artists and their art work. 

The public is invited to come and watch the artists and their progress. Face painting for children will be available during the Go Loopy bus painting.

Reservations for the Go Loopy Tours for Saturday or Sunday, choose your morning or evening tour.

Email: qcinstitute@sbcglobal.net or stephaniet@johannesbus.com OR by phone at The Institute 309.762.9202

Price for the tour is: $25.00 per person.

Dining is extra, restaurants will be chosen or a box lunch will be available for purchase.  Box Lunches will be prepared by Chef LindaRangel of The Moline Club.

Tour times are:

Saturday July 30   9am to 3pm  OR 3:30pm to 8:30pm

Sunday July 31    9am to 3pm OR 3:30pm to 8:30pm

the exact stops will be released when they are finalized.

Volunteer Opportunities
Information June 15 and 29, 2011

Davenport, Iowa - June, 2011  - The Figge Art Museum currently has volunteer opportunities available in the areas of education programs, visitor services, community outreach and studio classes. Individuals who have an interest in community volunteerism or art and related programming may register for the June volunteer information sessions.

The information sessions for prospective volunteers will be held Wednesday June 15, 2011 from 10am-11:30am OR Wednesday June 29, 2011 from 2pm-330pm at the Figge Art Museum.  These sessions will be geared specifically to adults and students, who are interested in volunteering and community support opportunities in art education, public relations, administrative support, community outreach and visitor services.  The session will include an introduction of volunteer opportunities, a museum orientation and application procedures.  To register for this session, please call Museum Services Director Jennifer Brooke, 563-326-7804, ext. 2048.

Volunteering at the Figge is a great way to support your community by sharing your personal and professional experience with a non profit organization.  For more information, please visit the Figge Art Museum Web site, www.figgeartmuseum.org, or email j.brooke@figgeartmuseum.org.  

About the Figge Art Museum

The Figge Art Museum, formerly the Davenport Museum of Art, opened August 6, 2005. The award-winning building designed by architect David Chipperfield holds a collection of approximately 3,500 works that reflect artistic styles and developments from the Renaissance to contemporary art, with particular strengths in American Regionalist, Mexican Colonial, and Haitian art.  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 throughSaturday, Sundays 12-5 p.m.and Thursdays 10 a.m.- 9p.m. To contact the museum, please call 563.326.7804, or visit our website, www.figgeartmuseum.org.

Susan Horan| Director of Marketing and Membership
563.326.7804 x2007

225 W. 2nd Street|Davenport, Iowa|52801

Waterviews from the Figge Collection | May 7 through Aug 21, 2011
The John Deere Collection | Through Summer 2011
Legacy for Iowa: Pollock's Mural and Modern Masterworks from the University of Iowa Museum of Art | Ongoing
Portraits: Photography from the Brent Sikkema Collection | Ongoing
Frank Lloyd Wright: The Art Living | Ongoing

The media is invited a very special preview of Science Bulletins at the Putnam Museum on Friday, June 10 at 10am. Please contact Dan McNeil if you plan to attend.

Beginning on June 11, visitors to the Putnam Museum will be able to enjoy award-winning Science Bulletins video productions from the American Museum of Natural History. The visually stunning updates include the latest in astrophysics, Earth sciences, biodiversity, and human biology?displayed on high-definition plasma screens in four locations through out the Museum. The Bulletins (Astro, Earth, Bio, and Human) use a blend of documentary videos, three-dimensional animation, and data visualization to bring scientific research to life for adults and children alike. 

Many of these features are six- to eight-minute documentaries that follow scientists to field sites and laboratories around the world to explore topics ranging from the search for ultra-high energy cosmic rays to the rapid evolution of fish species along the Lower Congo River, to the latest research on human papillomaviruses (HPV) and the various cancers they can trigger in humans.

Science Bulletins is a production of the National Center for Science Literacy, Education, and Technology (NCSLET), part of the Department of Education at the AMNH.  Each Bulletin is produced by AMNH's curatorial and scientific staff and a team of video producers, designers, writers, and educators using state-of-the-art technologies such as high-definition video and 3-D computer graphics to present cutting-edge research.

Science Bulletins is brought to the Putnam Museum thanks to a grant from the Alcoa Foundation.


WHAT: View the first works of art from the "The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Chair Design" to be installed at the Figge Art Museum.

WHEN: 1p.m. Thursday, June 9, 2011 at the Figge Art Museum, 225 West Second St., Davenport, IA, 52801

WHO: Dr. Rima Girnius, Figge Art Museum Associate Curator, will be available to answer questions about the exhibition.


Media will enter the Figge through the loading dock entrance just east of the main entrance, where they will be met by staff who will guide them to the exhibition. Dr. Girnius will be available to provide information on the works of art on display.

The exhibition presents the history, innovation and construction of American chair design.  Curated from a private collection, this exhibit showcases important selections from the 1800s to the present by designers and manufacturers including John Henry Belter; George Hunzinger; the Herter Brothers; the Stickley Brothers; Frank Lloyd Wright; Charles and Ray Eames; Isamu Noguchi; Frank Gehry; Knoll; Herman Miller; Steelcase and others.

DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival awarded $1000 in cash prizes to three exhibiting artists as part of the 2011 art fair held May 21 and 22 in downtown Dubuque. At a reception held at the Dubuque Museum of Art on Saturday, May 21, Artist Awards were granted in three categories; Third Place, Second Place, and Best in Show. The Third Place prize of $200 was awarded to Val Neumann, a potter from Williamsburg, Iowa. Neumann creates functional stoneware pieces in rich glazed colors. Second Place prize of $300 was awarded to long-time art fair veteran Fred Frommelt of Janesville, Wisconsin. Frommelt's wood-turned bowls and hand-turned pepper mills are fine craft at it's very best. Best in Show and a cash award of $500 was awarded to Alice McMahon White for her ink and charcoal drawings. McMahon White is a Chicago artist who has recently relocated to Galena, Illinois to pursue studio art.

The Dubuque County Fine Arts Society awards cash prizes to artists to reward the work of art fair vendors and provide economic reward to cultural workers across the region. To view the winning artist's work visit www.dubuquefest.org

DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival is an affiliate of Dubuque County Fine Arts Society, a non-profit arts organization whose mission is to offer free arts programming to the masses, founded 1976.

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