The Peoria Art Guild is now accepting artist applications for the 5 Annual Art Fair at Junction City to be held on June 5 & 6, 2010. The deadline for applications is March 15.

Fine art and fine craft artists living within a 150-mile radius of Peoria are encouraged to apply to the juried art fair. An online artist application form is provided at Jurors will select sixty-five regional artists to exhibit their works. Twenty-five percent of the artists selected will live within a fifty-mile radius of Peoria, IL, making the fair truly both a local and regional event. Cash prizes of $15,000 will be awarded during the fair, including a Best of Show award of $5,000.

Last year, over 10,000 people attended the event to view original works by central Illinois' talented fine artists and enjoy the unique, outdoor boutique setting of Junction City Shopping Center.

"Peoria always turns out to support this fair," said Tanya Geranios, Art Fair at Junction City co-chair.

Artists praise the staff and volunteers for the welcoming atmosphere and attention to detail they provide. "Everyone is very nice and helpful and the audience is so supportive of our artist community," said Jacob Grant, a 2009 award winner. From the complimentary meals, booth-sitting, an artist-only break room to the security and set-up assistance provided, the Art Fair at Junction City is a highlight on many artists' schedules. Applications are available at The deadline for all applications is March 15 .

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The Peoria Art Guild, one of the nation's oldest visual arts organizations, exists to serve the community and artists through the exhibition and sale of contemporary artwork, to provide education and to promote appreciation of the visual arts. The Peoria Art Guild provides the community with art exhibits, art classes, original artwork for purchase or rent, and other special events such as the Fine Art Fair. Programs are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.

DAVENPORT, IOWA (February 18, 2010) Registrations are now being accepted for several new offerings at the German American Heritage Center & Museum in Davenport, Iowa. Staring this March, the museum will offer a 12-week German language classes, both for beginners and advanced learners. The cost is only $75 for members and $95 for nonmembers; and $20 for the language manual. The course begins March 23 and runs through June 15, meeting Tuesdays. German Level I meets from 5 - 6:30 p.m. and German Level II meets from 7 - 8:30 p.m.

The museum is also offering an in depth 4-week Scherenschnitte:German Art of Paper Cutting Workshop in May. The workshop meets every Saturday from 2 - 4 p.m. starting May 1 and ending May 22. This class is perfect for any experience level. The cost is $40 for museum members or $55 for nonmembers. The workshop supply cost is $10. Germans settling in Pennsylvania created paper cuttings which were used for marriage and birth certificates, Christmas ornaments, home decoration, or simply for the joy of creating art. Many other groups have cutting styles unique to their regions: Jewish, Polish, Dutch, Chinese, Mexican and Japanese paper cutting. The workshop will be conducted by Cynthia Deitch who has been paper cutting for several years.

Also, the museum is hosting a bus trip and tour to historic Kalona, Iowa on Monday, May 3 1800's when you visit the Historical Village with its 13 authentically restored buildings. As you leave behind the stress of today's world, expect to be refreshed and invigorated with many insights into the deeply abiding family values, work and unpretentious lifestyles. Throughout the day the group will travel the scenic back-roads and experience Amish way of life. Participants will explore Kalona Historic Village and Quilt & Textile Museum and enjoy a visit to the bakery, shops and general store. During the trip, participants will also have an opportunity to watch a live horse auction as well. Also view some magnificent, hand-stitched Amish quilts and watch demonstrations such as noodle making and cheese making, and traditional crafts including woodworking. Lunch will be in a farm house and served family style. Lunch will include roast beef, noodles, mashed potatoes and gravy, bread, relish, pies and ice tea or coffee. To reserve your spot for the trip, call 563-322-8844 before April 26.

Additional bus trips are planned throughout the year including a trip to German Fest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 24, a trip to Mustard Museum in Middleton, Wisconsin on October 16, and a trip to the Christmas Market in Chicago, Illinois in December.

Several additional programs and events are also scheduled for the spring and are free to museum members or free with paid admission. The programs and events can be viewed at The German American Heritage Center & Museum is located at 712 West 2nd Street in Davenport, Iowa.

The Mission of the German American Heritage Center & Museum is to preserve and enrich for present and future generations knowledge of the German immigrant experience and its impact on the American Culture. The museum also focuses on cultural programs and immigrant contributions and partnerships with other heritage groups. They seek to reach out to other cultural groups and demonstrate the contributions immigrants from many countries and from varied backgrounds have made to the ethnic palette which is the United States. 


Art and the African-American culture have been inextricably linked since the founding of this country.  Whether in song, dance or visual art, the African-American experience continues to be expressed with a passion born from spiritual beliefs, love, conviction, and trauma.
As the Quad Cities celebrates Black History Month, it welcomes the work of the well known speaker, author and psychologist Dr. Dwight Bailey.  A native of Cleveland, OH, Dr. Bailey relocated to the Quad Cities in 2007. His art has been inspired by nature and his strong connection to the African-American experience.
Dwight Bailey offers a glimpse into his world through the art exhibit: "Kaleidoscope".  This exhibit reflects Dwight's appreciation of the many colors of the human experience. His paintings capture the emotions of the patients he has seen throughout his career as a psychologist as well as the trials he has had to overcome as an African American man in the United States.
The vernissage is Friday February 19th, at the Phoenix Art Gallery, 1530 Fifth Avenue, Moline, IL.  Doors open at 6pm.  Music, wine, and light hors d' oeuvres will accompany a show that the Quad Cities will remember for many years to come.


Eastern Iowa Arts organization hosts weeklong workshop with renowned artist Fred Easker,

including a visit to Grant Wood's Studio at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art.

Maquoketa, Iowa, February, 2010: Maquoketa Art Experience hosts the second of four seasonal landscape workshops, each featuring a noted landscape artist as the instructor.

Dates: April 5- 9, 2010

Location: Maquoketa Art Experience Studio and Gallery, 124 S. Main Street, Maquoketa, IA 52060

Cost: $395 - Space is limited, and a $200 deposit is required to reserve a space for the workshop.

For more information or to register: Call 563-652-9925

Workshop deposits can be mailed to PO Box 993, Maquoketa, IA 52060

This spring workshop is the second of four seasonal workshops focusing on the natural resources and beauty of Eastern Iowa.  This five-day spring landscape workshop with painter Fred Easker is open to all skill levels. Using the rolling and beautiful landscapes around Maquoketa as inspiration, participants in the workshop will explore historical precedents in American landscape painting and composition with a focus on new strategies for using photography as a creative tool for the development of paintings.  The workshop will include a visit to Grant Wood's studio in Cedar Rapids, the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art as well as interaction with other artists who use their local landscape as the foundation of their work.  Participants should bring a digital camera.

Biographic Information:
Fred Easker is a Cedar Rapids native who has been painting the Iowa landscape for more than fifteen years.  His work is included in museum, corporate and private collections throughout the Midwest and has appeared in a number of periodicals and books. Like most artists he had previously worked at other things including teacher, museum educator and director of an historic house museum which was completely renovated under his guidance. He actively participates in the life of his community working on boards and organizations involved in the arts and humanities and was awarded the Friend of the Arts Award from Marion Fine Arts Council in 1993. Easker resides in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He was an Arts Midwest/NEA Regional Visual Arts Fellowship recipient in 1997.The artist holds a BA and MA in Art Education from the University of Iowa. More information about Fred Easker can be found on his website:

IMAGE: Cornelis Galle the Elder (Flemish; Antwerp, 1576-1650), Procne Showing Tereus the Head of his Child (after Peter Paul Rubens, Flemish; Antwerp, 1577-1640), c. 1637, Engraving, Museum purchase 1980.92

The University of Iowa Museum of Art's (UIMA) second exhibition presented at Davenport's Figge Art Museum, "In the Footsteps of Masters: The Evolution of the Reproductive Print," opens Jan. 21 and will remain on view through May 23. The exhibition is curated by UI student Nathan Popp, a UIMA curatorial graduate assistant who organized the exhibit to examine the role of printmaking in the development of visual culture.

The exhibition spans 500 years, featuring nearly 80 Western reproductive prints from the 15th to the 20th century. Featured in the exhibition are original prints and drawings by artists Albrecht Dürer, Annibale Carracci, Jusepe De Ribera, Edouard Manet, Jean-Baptiste Corot, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, William Blake, Francisco Goya, and Grant Wood, as well as reproductive prints made after the works of famous masters such as Raphael, Peter Paul Rubens, Rembrandt, Jan Vermeer, Jan Van Eyck, Titian, Michelangelo and others.

Admission to the Figge Art Museum, located at 225 West Second St., Davenport, is free for UI faculty, staff, and students with their UI ID cards and for UIMA donors with their Donor Courtesy Cards.

"In the Footsteps of Masters" traces an important component of the history of Western printmaking: the usage and development of reproductive prints. "In this exhibition, I wanted to tell the stories of how Western reproductive printmaking started and how it changed over time," said Popp, whose hometown is Belmont, Wis.

Before the invention of photography, prints made with techniques such as engraving, woodcut, and etching were created after notable works in other media. With the advantage of being mass-produced, reproductive prints allowed artists to widely distribute their work, which could build the reputation of a famous master artist or a legendary work of art. As the artistic status of printmakers grew, many began incorporating their own expressive elements rather than creating strict copies of the original works. This advancement caused new printmaking techniques to develop.

Popp realized the UIMA had not presented an exhibition addressing this area of printmaking history and that a number of UIMA works in this category had never before been exhibited. On UIMA Chief Curator Kathy Edwards' advice and with her continued support, Popp pursued the topic, a project that took three years to complete.

"This experience has led Nathan to expand his knowledge of print history to such a degree that he has pursued the topic in his studies separate from his employment at the museum," Edwards said. Popp received scholarly recognition for his paper related to the exhibition, "An Equation for Conflict: Micromanaging Creativity in Rubens' Printmaking Workshop." He was selected to discuss his paper through various presentations around the country in spring 2009, including the Midwest Art History Society's annual conference in April. "We are all very proud of him," Edwards said.

Although Popp originally anticipated utilizing the UIMA's former Riverside Drive building for the exhibition, the UIMA's partnership with the Figge following the 2008 flood offered a larger gallery space, which allowed him to display additional works lent by collectors Alden Lowell Doud, John and Trish Koza, and G. Ron Kastner.

"This could not have been possible without the generosity of our friends and donors," Popp said. "The 2008 flood had a drastic impact on the Museum, but it has not slowed our work. The support from the Figge and these wonderful collectors has been instrumental in keeping the project on track. I'm sincerely grateful for their participation and I am continuously inspired by the sense of community, which has made my exhibition a reality."

"In the Footsteps of Masters: The Evolution of the Reproductive Print" is sponsored by MidWestOne Bank and by an anonymous donor. To view a slideshow of the exhibit, visit

Because of the 2008 flood, the UI Museum of Art offices have been relocated to the Studio Arts Building, 1840 SA, Iowa City, IA 52242, and Museum of Art events and exhibitions are being held at various locations. For up-to-date UIMA information, visit or call 319-335-1725.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500

Winter/Spring ARTivities at the Augustana College Art Studio, 610-35th Street, Rock Island, IL 61201.  309 794-7729

SESSION I - January 30, February 6 and 13

9:30-10:30 a.m.

Feathered Friends: Our imaginations will soar as we create birds of all shapes and sizes. We'll make puppets, masks and three-dimensional constructions.

4-6 year olds

Jennifer Lanphere, $33

Under the Sea: We'll draw and paint the beautiful world under the sea. Explore a variety of techniques while creating sea creatures large and small.

7-8 year olds

Corrine Smith, $33

Pastel Drawing
: Learn the basic techniques of chalk pastels as we create colorful landscape and still life drawings.

9-12 year olds

Heike Ehlers, $33

11 a.m.-Noon

Let It Snow!: Celebrate winter and join us to make snowmen, penguins, mobiles and lots more using a variety of materials.

4-6 year olds

Corrine Smith, $33

Winter Express: From snowflakes to snowmen we'll paint, sculpt and collage our favorite winter scenes.

6-8 year olds

Heike Ehlers, $33

Fabulous Fibers: Textures and patterns will be our focus as we learn a variety of weaving and stitchery techniques.

9-12 year olds

Jennifer Lanphere, $33


January 30 1-2:30 p.m.

Happy Chinese New Year: Welcome the Year of the Tiger and join us for an afternoon of tiger-making in all sizes!

6-8 year olds

Linda Burau and Corrine Smith, $14

We would like to invite you to:
Waxing Encaustics by Helen Boyd & Jacki Olson
December 18 - January 29, 2010
Opening Reception: Friday, December 18, 2009 6-9PM
boyd & olson_fine art
Bucktown Center for the Arts
225 E. 2nd Street, Suite 201B
Davenport, IA  52801
The December show consists of new works and finished works at boyd & olson's art studio.
In the coming months, the studio will continue to explore the encaustic medium with all its
potential and versatility.
While Helen has been getting "set-up" in the studio, Jacki has been "waxing" the encaustics!
If you missed Final Friday last month, here is your chance to see Helen's encaustic workshop pieces
and Jacki's continuing exploration of the medium.
Check it out!

Art this FRIDAY!

There's a terrific set of interlocking art openings this coming Friday, December the 4th. The particulars are included in the following attachment. Then there's a hint at the Honors Show. Please pass the word!


3-5 p.m.?Open House at The Black Lodge (8 Painting III students) SE corner of Marquette and Locust Streets, Davenport, 323-1492

3-5 p.m.?Open House at Oz Studios, 2006 Gaines Street, Davenport, (Painting IV and Honors), 333-5237

5-7 p.m.?Opening Reception, Catich Gallery, for Marta Currier and Myriah Schultz's Senior Honors show, Galvin Fine Arts Center, D'Port 333-6444

6-8 p.m.?Grand Opening of The Bakery (the gallery, not the bakery), 1330 East 12th Street, Davenport?Large, multi-color prints by Brett Colley, Professor of Art at Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan 6-8 p.m., East Side Bakery, 323-1475

Announcing new changes for doeGALLERY!  After 4 years, doeGALLERY is expanding!  Emily Christenson is moving down the hall to hew own studio space:  e|c, Suite 205 @ the Bucktown Center for the Arts.

This November's FINAL FRIDAY will be the grand opening of her new space and her new exhibition: Rivers and Rain, Pieces of Denali new paintings by Emily Christenson.

Exhibition runs November 23rd until December 31st, 2009.

"This exhibition features 11 works started in the rain or water in Denali National Park and Healy, Alaska in the Spring of 2008.  This series focuses on my impressions of the uniqueness of the landscape in and around Denali National Park," says Christenson.

Please join us for this special Reception and Studio Grand Opening on Friday, November 27, 2009 from 6pm until 9pm.

Eastern Iowa Arts organization hosts weeklong workshop with renowned artist Ellen Wagener, including one day event at Grant Wood's Stone City highlighting Regionalist Art.

Maquoketa, Iowa, Monday, July 13, 2009: Maquoketa Art Experience launches the first of four seasonal landscape workshops, each featuring a noted landscape artist as the instructor. The first of these workshops is in August and includes a two hour symposium with Grant Wood scholars.

    Dates: August 17th- 21st, 2009

    Location: Maquoketa Art Experience Studio and Gallery, 124 S. Main Street, Maquoketa, IA 52060

    Cost: $395 - Space is limited, and a $200 deposit is required to reserve a space for the workshop.

    For more information or to register: Call 563-652-9925.

    Workshop deposits can be mailed to PO Box 993, Maquoketa, IA 52060.

This summer workshop is the first of four seasonal workshops focusing on the natural resources and beauty of Eastern Iowa. This five-day summer landscape workshop with pastel painter Ellen Wagener is geared to both beginning artists and "seasoned masters." The workshop will combine on-site studies with studio work in the Maquoketa Art Experience Studio and Gallery. The workshop will cover working processes including sketching, idea-generation, compositions, photography, and color palettes. Ellen will demonstrate and teach techniques to achieve descriptive and evocative landscapes from any location. Special emphasis will be given to pastel technique, support mediums, and approaches to framing. The workshop will also include opportunities to attend lectures at the Figge Art Museum and the Dubuque Museum of Art, where Ellen will discuss her work and influences.

The final day's events will begin in Stone City, the site of Grant Wood's Stone City Art Colony and will be open to participants who are only able to attend for one day (fee: $85). Ellen will be joined in landscape painting by Maquoketa Art Experience resident artists Rose Frantzen, Charles Morris, and Thomas Metcalf. From 3 to 5pm, at the historic General Store Pub, a symposium will be held with prominent Grant Wood scholars looking at Stone City's Regionalist history. This will lead to a discussion of possibilities for Neo-Regionalists in Eastern Iowa.


    Sean Uhlmer, Curator, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art

    Edwin Ritts, Director, Dubuque Museum of Art

    Dr. Randy Lengeling, Grant Wood Scholar and Collector, Dubuque Museum of Art Trustee

    Kristy Raine, Archivist, Mt. Mercy College

The symposium at the General Store Pub is open to the public. For those who wish to attend only this event, there is a recommended donation of $20. All artists who have done landscape paintings throughout the week or during the final day at Stone City will be invited to show and sell their paintings at a closing reception and exhibition to be held at 7pm, Friday the 21st at Maquoketa Art Experience Studio and Gallery. The reception is open to all, free of charge.

Biographic Information:
Ellen Wagener received her B.F.A. from the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. in 1989. Her work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums including the Des Moines Art Center, Phoenix Art Museum, Tucson Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, and Art in Embassies, Vilinus, Latvia, and J. Cacciola Gallery, New York City. Her work can be found in many private and public collections, such as the Figge Art Museum, Davenport, Iowa, Tucson Museum of Art, MasterCard Corporation, New York City, and Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. Jane Milosch, Curator of Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. says of Wagener,

    "Wagener's landscapes demonstrate her awareness of the great tradition of landscape painting, but she makes it her own, experientially. The Hudson River School, American Luminism, the French Barbizon School, Impressionism, and the 20th-century Iowa artists such as Grant Wood and Marvin Cone are models for her approach to landscape. Contrast is key in Wagener's work: crops are hard-edged and rendered in great detail while the clouds are soft in focus and more abstract; fields are tactile in quality while the sky is elusive; and the land is warm in tone while the sky is cool.  Her ability to capture the color, light, shapes, and textures of nature allow us to feel the cultivated land and to marvel at the power of a beautiful sky. She digests the characteristics of a location and recreates it anew on paper. Her works, including F5 Tornado (collection of Figge Art Museum), demonstrates her ability to work within an alphabet of landscape imagery to create symbolic, more abstract works. Stormy clouds, burning fields, dust storms, and tornados move across her formerly pristine, carefully groomed landscapes, demonstrating the powerful force of nature."

Information about Maquoketa Art Experience:

Maquoketa Art Experience is dedicated to bringing accomplished artists to Maquoketa, Iowa for short- and long-term residencies, workshops, and exhibitions. Springing up in one of the Grant Wood Scenic Byway communities, Maquoketa Art Experience exists to nurture artists and provide opportunities for developing art-related businesses in the area. Recognizing what Grant Wood saw in Iowa, Iowans and the surrounding landscapes, the artists and board of Maquoketa Art Experience are dedicated to creating easily accessible resources for Midwest artists. Similar to the Stone City Art Colony of the last century, Maquoketa Art Experience is committed to supporting arts and artists by creating local opportunities for artists to nurture and expand their talents and skills within the inspiring landscapes of Eastern Iowa.

For more information: or phone: 563-652-9925