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Doodlebugs at the Marion Public Library-Marvin Cone: Cloudscapes
March 28, 2017 10:45 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Marvin Cone : Cloudscapes Iowa artist Marvin Cone loved to paint clouds in every color to show how beautiful his home state was. We’ll use chalk to create our own cloudscapes to take home, and maybe learn a little about different types of clouds, too.   more >>


Doodlebugs at the Hiawatha Library-M.C. Escher: How I See It?
March 31, 2017 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

M.C. Escher : How I See It We’ll look at Escher’s woodcut print from the CRMA’s collection and talk about optical illusions. Then we’ll create some artwork that’ll play tricks on your eyes!   more >>


Art Bites: Executive Director's Choic
April 5, 2017 12:15 PM

Category:  Art Bites

Join Executive Director Sean Ulmer as he surprises us with a unique Art Bites of his choice.   more >>


Slow Art Day 2017
April 8, 2017 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM

Category:  General

One day each year, people all over the world visit local museums and galleries to look at art slowly. Participants look at five works of art for 10 minutes each and then meet together over lunch to talk about their experience.   more >>


Museum Store Highlight: Woodcuts. Printmaking demonstrations with artist John Schirmer
April 8, 2017 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM

Category:  General

April – April 8th, meet the artist, John Schirmer! He will talk about his work and inspiration. Throughout the day he will demonstrate his art in woodcuts, explaining his printing technique. He has carved professionally for 35 years and his work is in collections in the US and abroad.   more >>


Guided Mediation with Noelle Holmes: In Bloom
April 13, 2017 06:00 PM

Category:  Guided Meditation

Guided Mediation with Noelle Holmes: In Bloom The aliveness of Spring bursts with color and creative presence! We will harness that blossoming to perpetuate what is opening up in our lives, what is unfolding to be seen.   more >>


Art Lovers Book Club: The Vanishing Valazquez: A 19th Century Booksellers's Obsession
April 20, 2017 04:00 PM

Category:  Art Lover's Book Club

The Vanishing Valazquez: A 19th Century Booksellers's Obsession with a Lost Masterpiece by Laura Cumming   more >>


Pajama Storytime: Driven To Abstraction
April 20, 2017 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Category:  Pajama Story Time

Driven to Abstraction Ever want to create a work of abstract art? Now’s your chance! We’ll check out some cool, colorful abstract works of art in the galleries, and then play a game where we create our own! PJ Storytimes are free for kids and their adult companions. Wear your PJ's and bring a stuffed friend to cuddle with.   more >>


In the Words of Ancients
April 21, 2017 12:15 PM

Category:  Art Bites

Did you know you probably already speak a dead language? Today is the anniversary of the city of Rome's founding, so we are celebrating with a special Art Bites gallery talk. Margie Fletcher as she takes you through the "Art in Roman Life" exhibition, focusing on the interesting ways we still use Latin-based words and phrases in our everyday lives, even a millennium later. Perfect for those who are fans of trivia, languages, ancient cultures, or if you just want to understand the spells in Harry Potter. And remember, quid quid Latine dictum sit altum videtur (whatever is said in Latin sounds profound).   more >>


Doodlebugs at the Marion Public Library-Dale Chihuly: Glass Gardens
April 25, 2017 10:45 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Dale Chihuly : Glass Gardens Today’s artist creates huge sculptures of colored glass that can look like plants, flowers, fireworks, and more. We’ll take a look at some of them, and then make our own super-colorful “glass” sculptures.   more >>


Doodlebugs at the Hiawatha Library-Banksy: Don't Paint There!
April 28, 2017 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Banksy : Don’t Paint There! Banksy is one of the most famous street artists in the world, and he has kept his identity a secret ever since his work was first noticed—because he’s actually breaking the law! We’ll talk about public art, graffiti, and where it is— and isn’t—okay for kids to create art. Then we’ll make stencil artwork inspired by the mysterious artist himself. *Dates and topics are subject to change.   more >>


Museum Store Highlight: Women of the Store in Celebration of Mother's Day
May 1 to May 31, 2017

Category:  Museum Store

The Museum store is representing a selection of garden themed artwork by women artists, Women of the Store, in celebration of Mother’s Day. If you need gifts for the artistic women on your list, we have a creative selection to ponder. Put your name into a drawing from May 1-13 to win a legacy offspring from the original Sansevieria plant in Grant Wood’s Woman w/Plants!   more >>


Art Bites: Inside the Exhibition: Page-Turner: Books and Reading in Art
May 3, 2017 12:15 PM

Category:  Art Bites

Join Associate Curator Kate Kunau to walk through the CRMA’s new exhibition celebrating books and reading in art. Combining illustrations from the Harry Potter book series, Marvin Cone’s charming portraits of his daughter Doris reading, and dynamic three-dimensional book art, Page-Turner takes a comprehensive approach to the inclusion of the multitude of ways books and reading can be incorporated in a great variety of artworks.   more >>


Art Bites Inside the Exhibition: Page-Turner: Books and Reading in Art
May 3, 2017 12:15 PM

Category:  Art Bites

Join Associate Curator Kate Kunau to walk through the CRMA’s new exhibition celebrating books and reading in art. Combining illustrations from the Harry Potter book series, Marvin Cone’s charming portraits of his daughter Doris reading, and dynamic three-dimensional book art, Page-Turner takes a comprehensive approach to the inclusion of the multitude of ways books and reading can be incorporated in a great variety of artworks.   more >>


Inside the Exhibition: Page-Turner: Books and Reading in Art
May 3, 2017

Category:  Art Bites

Books and art – could there be a better combination? Join Associate Curator Kate Kunau to walk through Page-Turner, an exhibition celebrating the different ways that books and reading are included in artworks. From artist’s books to charming depictions of readers to bookplate designs and illustrations, Page-Turner is a wide-ranging demonstration of how one art form inspires another.   more >>


PJ Storytime: Arts Ahoy!
May 18, 2017 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Category:  Pajama Story Time

Arts Ahoy! Oh buoy! Landlubbers and seasoned seadogs alike will enjoy some sailing-themed stories and a watercolor make-and-take art project! PJ Storytimes are free for kids and their adult companions. Wear your PJ's and bring a stuffed friend to cuddle with.   more >>


Art Lovers Book Club: River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West
May 18, 2017 04:00 PM

Category:  Art Lover's Book Club

River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West by Rebecca Solnit   more >>


Doodlebugs at the Hiawatha Library: Irresistibly Artsy
May 26, 2017 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

We’ll draw colorful pictures with waxy crayons and then discover how watercolor paint reacts with them. It’s called a watercolor resist, and it creates a super cool work of art!   more >>


Doodlebugs at the Marion Library Watercolor Musical Chairs
May 30, 2017 10:45 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

We’re going to play an artsy version of Musical Chairs! Your child will add to everyone else’s watercolor works,and will take home a piece with contributions from the rest of the group.   more >>


Art Bites: The Watercolors of Tara Moorman: Letters to My Ancestors
June 7, 2017 12:15 PM

Category:  Art Bites

A walk through the watercolors! Join artist Tara Moorman to discuss her exhibition of watercolors based on old family photos and memorabilia. Moorman’s work is simultaneously deeply personal and a bold exploration of what the watercolor medium can do. A rare opportunity to discuss the exhibition with the artist – not to be missed!   more >>


Art Bites: Meet the Artist! The Watercolors of Tara Moorman: Letters to My Ancestors
June 7, 2017 12:15 PM

Category:  Art Bites

Join artist Tara Moorman to discuss her exhibition, The Watercolors of Tara Moorman: Letters to My Ancestors. Moorman draws her inspiration for her art from vintage photos, family memorabilia, and conversations with her ancestors. Her highly personal and vibrant watercolors captures the life and energy of a bygone age.   more >>


Art Lover's Book Club: Georgia: A Novel of Georgia O'Keeffe by Dawn Tripp
June 15, 2017 04:00 PM

Category:  Art Lover's Book Club

In a dazzling work of historical fiction in the vein of Nancy Horan’s Loving Frank, Dawn Tripp brings to life Georgia O’Keeffe, her love affair with photographer Alfred Stieglitz, and her quest to become an independent artist.” From Amazon   more >>


CRMA Summer Art Camp 2017
June 19 to June 23, 2017 08:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Category:  Summer Camp

In CRMA's Summer Camp 2017, our theme is all about watercolors, so not only will camp be extra-colorful it will also be extra messy. And we can't wait! We’ll visit the galleries to check out what’s on display, and this year we’ll even have local artists who are featured in the exhibitions coming in to share more with us. On top of that, we’ll do some painting en plein air (which means outside), and work with the Ceramics Center to investigate some watery effects with clay. And for those mad scientists in the making, we’ll do some exciting science experiments to find out how watercolors react with other materials (which also creates fascinating artwork).   more >>


Doodlebugs at the Marion Library:Exploding Colors
June 27, 2017 10:45 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Celebrate Independence Day with a non-flammable version of fireworks—paint that bursts into multiple colors. Don’t miss this “dynamite” art class!   more >>


Doodlebugs at the Hiawatha Library: Dreaming in Color
June 30, 2017 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Dreamcatchers originated with the Ojibwe people, one of the first peoples in our nation. We’ll read a story about the tradition of making dreamcatchers and create one of our own to take home.   more >>


Art Bites: Inside the Exhibition: Uncharted Waters: The Fine Art of Watercolor Painting
July 5, 2017 12:15 PM

Category:  Art Bites

Join Associate Curator Kate Kunau for a walk through the new exhibition celebrating the great variation in watercolor painting. Unpredictable and challenging, watercolors provide the opportunity for a variety of artworks dependent on the desires of the artist and Uncharted Waters showcases some of the most dynamic and varied watercolors in the CRMA’s collection.   more >>


Art Lover’s Book Club: Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Waterlillies by Ross Ki
July 20, 2017 04:00 PM

Category:  Art Lover's Book Club

“From bestselling author Ross King, a brilliant portrait of legendary artist Claude Monet and the story of his most memorable achievement, the water lilies."   more >>


Art Lover’s Book Club: Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Waterlillies by Ross Ki
July 20, 2017 04:00 PM

Category:  Art Lover's Book Club

“From bestselling author Ross King, a brilliant portrait of legendary artist Claude Monet and the story of his most memorable achievement, the water lilies.   more >>


Doodlebugs at the Marion Library: It's A Monster!
July 25, 2017 10:45 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

It’s a Monster! Turn blobs of paint into monsters after some inspiration from a very silly story about goofy monsters   more >>


Doodlebugs at the Hiawatha Library: Lot's of Dots
July 28, 2017 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Not sure you’re an artist yet? Turns out, a dot is a great way to start! Make a fabulous dot to take home while helping to make a dot painting as a group.   more >>


Art Bites: Director’s Choice with Executive Director Sean Ulmer
August 2, 2017 12:15 PM

Category:  Art Bites

Join Executive Director Sean Ulmer as he surprises us with a unique Art Bites of his choice.   more >>


Doodlebugs at the Hiawatha Library Mix It Up!
August 25, 2017 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

We’ll read Eric Carle’s The Mixed Up Chameleon and create some of our own mixed- mixed-up critters by mixing different colors together.   more >>


Doodlebugs at the Marion Library: Painting the Night Sky
August 29, 2017 10:45 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Stargazers, join us to create a watercolor night sky complete with stars and constellations.   more >>


Art Bites Inside the Exhibition: Malvina Hoffman: A Sculptor’s Journey
September 6, 2017 12:15 PM

Category:  Art Bites

Join Associate Curator Kate Kunau for a walk through the new exhibition of 20th century sculptor Malvina Hoffman. Drawing from the CRMA’s deep collection of Hoffman’s work, this two-gallery exhibition explores her lengthy and varied career as a sculptor of the human form. From her early bust of her father Richard to her famous commission from the Field Museum to create their “Hall of Man,” Malvina Hoffman: A Sculptor’s Journey traces Hoffman’s artistic roots from her teenage creations through apprenticeship with Auguste Rodin and into her arrival as an independent and gifted artist.   more >>




Ongoing Events


Summer Camp Registration 2017
Category:  Summer Camp
January 16, 2017

In CRMA's Summer Camp 2017, our theme is all about watercolors, so not only will camp be extra-colorful it will also be extra messy. And we can't wait! We’ll visit the galleries to check out what’s on display, and this year we’ll even have local artists who are featured in the exhibitions coming in to share more with us. On top of that, we’ll do some painting en plein air (which means outside), and work with the Ceramics Center to investigate some watery effects with clay. And for those mad scientists in the making, we’ll do some exciting science experiments to find out how watercolors react with other materials (which also creates fascinating artwork).
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