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Carol Steinmetz: An Artist's Spectrum

Carol Steinmetz: An Artist's Spectrum

August 5 - November 9, 2017

Carol Steinmetz: An Artist Spectrum - Local artist, Carol Steinmetz, has developed her artistic style over the last four decades. The exhibit spans across her career, from her early works in oil to her well known florals, barns, and local landmarks and through her recent explorations with abstract and mixed media.
One of the major reasons she paints is to provide a visual experience: to mirror and reflect the beauty of her special region- the Iowa/Mississippi River's lifestyle and environment.  Living along the Mississippi in Muscatine with its many historical landmarks, Carol finds limitless subjects to paint.  She enjoys floral, landscapes and especially the old barns of the rural surrounding Muscatine.  Her works have been purchased by both private and commercial collectors.  Recently she has been experimenting with new techniques, focusing on both abstract concepts and environmental subjects as well as "figure" paintings.

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Celebrating 50 Years of Art and Local History: Musser Museum Anniversary Exhibition

Celebrating 50 Years of Art and Local History: Musser Museum Anniversary Exhibition

August 16 - January 3, 2016

The Muscatine community is invited to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Muscatine Art Center/Laura Musser Museum. On Sunday, August 16, the Art Center will open special exhibitions throughout the facility. Rooms throughout the Musser Mansion will have displays of elegant gowns, handsome suits, domestic servants’ uniforms, colorful day dresses, and intricate accessories. Laura Musser’s wedding dress will be on view in the master bedroom, and display cases will feature Musser/McColm personal items, belongings of Laura’s mother and father, and other family memorabilia. 

“The gowns are especially stunning. Some of the fabrics are quite fragile, limiting the number of times that the Art Center can place the pieces on view. The detail is impressive,” states Director Melanie Alexander. “For example, Laura Musser McColm had a gown designed specifically to wear to Madame Butterfly. The gown has a wing-like effect with sheer black fabric attaching to the fingers.”

In addition to the clothing displays, historic photographs and other archival materials have been placed throughout the Musser Mansion. Visitors will be able to view the spaces as they are today and compare with the historic photographs. 

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Pedal Power: Bicycles from the Collection of Charlie Harper

Pedal Power: Bicycles from the Collection of Charlie Harper

June 4 - August 2, 2015

In 1966, Charlie Harper purchased Zeug Garage & Cycle Shop, located at 119 West Front Street in Muscatine, Iowa. The shop sold bicycles, motorcycles, accessories, and supplies and provided bike, small engine, and automobile repair and has been located at 1106 Grandview Avenue since 1974. Today, Harper’s Cycling is operated by Charlie, his son Greg, and several grandsons and the business offers new bike sales, reconditioned and rebuilt bikes, repair service and a large line of accessories and supplies.
 
Charlie Harper purchased his first “antique” bike in the early 1980s when a Florida museum closed and was disposing of its collections. This purchase spurred him to continue collecting and he remains an avid collector today. 




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Someone's Family - Photography by Pamela Houser

Someone's Family - Photography by Pamela Houser

March 8 - May 24, 2015

Artist Pamela Houser has traveled the United States and finds people experiencing homelessness wherever she goes.  These individuals are cold, lonely and hungry.  They are "Someone's Family", a brother, sister, parent, child and they need help.  Houser's hope is that her work will help the viewer fins a deeper sense of consciousness and empathy concerning the homeless.  She depicts their lives through the use of black and white photography.  Candid or photojournalist photos catch them in their struggle trying to find the most basic necessities.  Consistent throughout the work is their obvious lack of food and housing.

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Railroads of Muscatine County

Railroads of Muscatine County

June 29, 2014 – February 22, 2015

Since 1855 when the first railroad line was constructed in Muscatine, the City has laid claim to over 35 named railroads. Some advanced the City’s prosperity, while others were merely proposed or renamed by active railroads as they grew or came out of bankruptcy. In the early 1900s, Muscatine had four active railroads, two inter-urbans and a city trolley system. The exhibition, “Railroads of Muscatine County”, highlights artifacts, photographs and artwork to explore the histories of these seven local railroads which include: Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific RR; Burlington, Cedar Rapids & Northern RR; Citizens Railway & Light Company city trolley; Muscatine North & South Railway; Chicago, Milwaukee St. Paul & Pacific RR; Clinton, Davenport & Muscatine interurban and the Muscatine & Iowa City Railway Company. The exhibit features engaging components for the young and the ‘young at heart’, including a toy train table, step-on caboose and working “O and S Gauge” model railroads.

 

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The Art of Living Well

The Art of Living Well

November 7 - June 15, 2014

The Muscatine Art Center will open its new exhibition, The Art of Living Well, on Thursday, November 7th with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. The Art of Living Well is an opportunity to showcase the Art Center’s permanent collection while exploring some of the principles from the Blue Zones Project™.

 Muscatine is among ten communities in Iowa that have been chosen as Blue Zones Project demonstration sites. The purpose of the Blue Zones Project is to encourage principles that make it possible for people to live longer, healthier and happier lives. The Art of Living Well is presented in five sections – Work, Play, Relax, Belong and Eat. Visitors will explore each of these sections and discover examples of “move naturally,” “know your purpose,” “down shift,” “loved ones first,” “right tribe,” “plant slant” and other core principles of the Power 9®.

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A Journey Down River: Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Great River Road

A Journey Down River: Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Great River Road

June 30, 2013 - October 27, 2013

 The Mississippi River has always served as a muse for artists, songwriters and authors. “Old Man” River has been described as mighty, muddy and wicked, but the word spectacular describes both the river itself and the Muscatine Art Center’s collection of works depicting the river. The collection includes paintings, drawings, prints and maps which historically and aesthetically document the river and the communities built along its banks.

The Great River Road, which travels the length of both sides of the Mississippi River, is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. In 1938, the Mississippi River Parkway Commission (MRPC) was established for the purpose of collectively preserving, promoting and enhancing the scenic, historic and recreational resources of the Mississippi River.      

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Jon Fasanelli-Cawelti: A Retrospective

Jon Fasanelli-Cawelti: A Retrospective

May 5 - June 9, 2013

The Muscatine Art Center will feature one of Muscatine’s own in the upcoming exhibition, “Jon Fasanelli-Cawelti: A Retrospective.” The exhibition of the printmaker’s works will open on May 5 and run through June 9, 2013.

 As a twenty-one year resident of Muscatine, Fasanelli-Cawelti is known to many local residents through his artwork, trumpet playing in groups such as the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra and the Mad Creek Mudcats, as a former instructor at Muscatine Community College, through his involvement in the Kosovo Project in 2005 and 2008 and through simple encounters in everyday life. 


 

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The Other Side of the World by Chun Arthur Wang

The Other Side of the World by Chun Arthur Wang

March 10-April 21, 2013

 The Muscatine Art Center is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition, “The Other Side of the Earth” by Chun Arthur Wang. The exhibition will open on Sunday, March 10 and run through Sunday, April 21, 2013. All are welcome to attend an Artist Reception on Sunday, March 17th from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. 

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Holiday Springs & Sprockets

Holiday Springs & Sprockets

October 21. 2012 - January 6, 2013

 The Muscatine Art Center is pleased to announce the return of artist Steve Gerberich with a new exhibit entitled "Holiday Springs & Sprockets".  Visitors may remember Gerberich's 2010 exhibit at the Muscatine Art Center, "Springs Sprockets & Pulleys" that broke attendance records with his masterful transformation of ordinary objects into inventive and witty mechanical sculpture. 

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Inspired by the Past

Inspired by the Past

September 9 - October 7, 2012

The Muscatine Art Center will open the new exhibit Inspired by the Past on Sunday, September 9 with a reception hosted by the Freinds of the Muscatine Art Center from 1 to 5 PM.  The exhibit will continue through October 7, 2012.

Inspired by the Past includes sculpture, paintings, photographs, drawings and assemblages of six area artists who based their work on that of Muscatine photographer, Oscar Grossheim.  The participating artists:  John Deason, Randy Elder, Charles Knudsen, Tony Ledtje, Randy Richmond anf Dan Rohde, chose four to six originasl Grossheim images that inspired them and used those images as a springboard to their own artistic interpretations.

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Muscatine and the Civil War: A Sesquicentennial Commemoration

Muscatine and the Civil War: A Sesquicentennial Commemoration

June 26, 2011 - May 26, 2012

At the onset of the Civil War in 1861 Muscatine men hurried to enlist, sending more men to the conflict than any other county in the state despite the fact that others had much larger populations. That same year, young Shelby Norman of Muscatine was mortally wounded at the Battle of Wilson’s Creek, the first Iowan to be killed in action on a Civil War battlefield. The recorded history of the county reports that in the Muscatine area in 1862 "the excitement of war continued unabated. Muscatine’s loyalty was kept up to the front. The empty sleeves, the crutch, the widow’s weeds, grew rapidly in numbers."  Thus begins the story of Muscatine’s involvement in the Civil War.

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Salley Mavor -

Salley Mavor - "Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes"

April 23, 2011 - June 19, 2011

Salley Mavor returns with her newest illustrations for her book, Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes, an exhibition of Mavor's fabric relief artwork.  This  includes 51 original illustrations from Pocketful of Posies,  As always you will be amazed by the fine detail of her work. 

"I have always liked forming and manipulating small materials with my hands.  Paper and pencil were never enough for me.  Somehow, in my experience as a child, my own art was unfinished and plain unless something “real” was added.  Treasures would be glued, stapled or sewn onto a creation to make it complete."
 
It took 10 years to develop my fabric relief technique to a level where I could consider illustrating a book.  My first picture book, The Way Home, was made during a 1-½ year period when my children were very young.  After my boys were asleep in the evening, I would sew the elephant characters and methodically embroider blades of grass. 

 

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