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Art Center

  1. Gerberich's Gadgetry: Re-Tooled

    August 4, 2018, 1:00 PM - December 30, 2018, 5:00 PM @ Stanley Gallery - Both Levels - Muscatine Art Center

    Steve Gerberich returns to Muscatine with a new exhibition of Gadgetry – a.k.a. “Art that Moves.” Explore Gerberich’s world of entertaining contraptions in Gerberich’s Gadgetry: Re-Tooled. The exhibition captures the imagination with sculptures such as “Glam-O-Matic,” the “Cranky Goose,” and “Stuart Little Tours New York City.”

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  2. Alexander Clark: Civil Rights Leader

    September 14, 2018, 10:00 AM - February 28, 2019, 7:00 PM @ Local History Room - Musser-McColm Mansion

    The local history gallery currently features “Alexander Clark: Civil Rights Leader.” Alexander Clark is regarded as Muscatine’s most prominent black citizen, and one of the community’s most accomplished residents and a prominent Iowa civil rights leader. Clark is notable in Iowa history for other things, too. He sued the Muscatine school board on behalf of his daughter, Susan, in a landmark case that outlawed school segregation in Iowa. His son, Alexander Jr., became the first black graduate of the University of Iowa law school in 1879. Alexander Sr. became the second black graduate of the law school in 1884 at the age of 58. In August 1862, Clark sent a letter to Governor Kirkwood offering to raise companies of black troops to serve in one of Iowa’s white regiments (this was at a time when integrated troops were not allowed). By the summer of 1863, Alexander Clark and community leader George V. Black began recruiting for the 1st Regiment of Iowa African Infantry.

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  3. Nancy Purington - Ode to the Upper Mississippi River, Pearl and Her Mother

    September 26, 2018, 10:00 AM - March 1, 2019, 5:00 PM @ 2nd Floor Gallery Musser McColm Mansion

    ODE TO THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER, PEARL AND HER MOTHER Exhibition by Nancy Purington Historic Musser McColm Home Second Floor Luminous colors, studied textures, and repeating patterns are Nancy Purington’s tools for expressing the ever changing moods of the Mississippi River. A self-described student of the mighty river, Purington’s works are meditations on the Mississippi’s moments of calm, bursts of overwhelming brightness, slow drifts of murky fog, and clashes at the confluence. Oils and precious metals are combined to capture golden and silver reflections against a background of mystic dark navies, satin backs, emerald blues, and pools of white. Purington places the viewer on the water’s edge, ready to make either a peaceful passage or a dramatic battle down river to the gulf. Purington’s work, like the river, has the ability to transport.

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  4. Kids Saturday Workshop - Katsushika Hokusai - ID 6446

    October 20, 2018, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM @ Muscatine Art Center Studio

    Register by October 19. Japanese artist Hokusai was best known for his woodblock prints of Mt. Fuji, including the iconic Great Wave off Kanagawa. Join Julie Lear to celebrate his birthday by making a Great Wave print.

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  5. Yellow Time - mini masters - ID 6432

    October 24, 2018, 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM @ Muscatine Art Center Studio

    Introduce your children (ages 2-7) to the world of art with free classes featuring stories and activities. Celebrate the coming of autumn in this joyful ode to that magical time when the leaves are changing color and the animals are preparing for winter. Make a yellow tree with tissue paper and black crows from paper tubes.

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  6. Yellow Time - mini masters - ID 6433

    October 25, 2018, 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM @ Muscatine Art Center Studio

    Introduce your children (ages 2-7) to the world of art with free classes featuring stories and activities. Celebrate the coming of autumn in this joyful ode to that magical time when the leaves are changing color and the animals are preparing for winter. Make a yellow tree with tissue paper and black crows from paper tubes.

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  7. Fletcher and the Falling Leaves - mini masters - ID 6434

    October 31, 2018, 9:30 AM - November 1, 2018, 10:15 AM @ Muscatine Art Center Studio

    Introduce your children (ages 2-7) to the world of art with free classes featuring stories and activities. When his favorite tree begins to lose its leaves, Fletcher the Fox worries that it’s sick, but instead a magical sight is in store for him. Make a fox out of leaves and paint a leafless tree.

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Community Events

  1. Eighth Annual Parks & Recreation Fall Festival

    October 21, 2018, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ Riverside Park - Pearl City Station

    Face painting, Trick-or-Treat bag decorating, crafts and coloring are some of the activities that will be offered inside the Pearl City Station. The Halloween Treat Trail will be open from 2-3 p.m. and will offer multiple stops along the trail leading to Millennium Plaza and back to the Pearl City Station. Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes.

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