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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 >>


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 >>


Guided Meditation at the Grant Wood Studio: Life Begins Again
May 11, 2017 06:00 PM

Category:  Guided Meditation

Tis the season where new beginnings abound. Are there places in your life where you need fresh perspective? A new start? Our inner journey will sail these questions to your place of personal contemplation to see what emerges   more >>


Junior Docent Training Spring 2017!
May 12, 2017 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Category:  Junior Docent Training

Students, spend your afternoon learning how to be a tour guide—or docent—at the CRMA! You don’t have to be an art expert or have any experience; you just need to like telling stories. Plus you’ll rack up some fun volunteer hours to add to your college applications or résumé. Not only will you get a tour directly from Tara Moorman, the artist who created the watercolor works of art on display in our newest exhibition, but you’ll get to see the artwork before it’s officially open to the public! If you’d like to sign up to attend, contact Education Director Erin Thomas at ethomas@crma.org or 319-366-7503 x203. Junior Docents must be 12yrs or older. Free.   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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


Museum Store Special: Men of the Store, Outdoor Themed Artwork
June 1 to June 30, 2017

Category:  Museum Store

Visit us June 1-18 and enter your name into a drawing to win a hand thrown pottery mug (one entry per day). It is a great opportunity to acquire a unique piece of functional art.   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 >>


Guided Mediation at the Grant Wood Studio
June 8, 2017 06:00 PM

Category:  Guided Meditation

Noelle Holmes of Illuminations Healing Arts Center will lead you through a guided meditation. Contact Education Director Erin Thomas at ethomas@crma.org or 319.366.7503 ext. 203 to register. Cost is $10 for ages 13 and up.   more >>


No More Books! Altered Book Art for Kids
June 10, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Category:  Family

Celebrate the end of the school year by destroying some books. No, really! We’re going to repurpose some old books, turning them into craft projects inspired by the exhibition Page-Turner: Books and Reading in Art.   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 >>


July: Artist of the Month Darrell Wahlstrom
July 1 to July 31, 2017

Category:  Museum Store

Darrell Wahlstrom has been painting abstract art for many years and his watercolor and acrylic paintings are inspired by jazz music. In his work, Darrell uses his handling of the paint—the colors, the tones, and the textures—with his imagination to create a new reality for both the artist and the viewer.   more >>


Family Fun Day! Summer 2017
July 2, 2017 12:30 PM - 03:30 PM

Category:  Family

Stop in to check out the new watercolor-themed exhibitions, and do some make-and-take art projects of your own. You’ll also get to see the work of our talented summer campers in their own exhibition of projects they did over the course of their week at camp. It’s for all ages! Free.   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 >>


Doodlers’ Drop-In series: Summer 2017
July 13, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Category:  Doodler's Drop In

Doodlers’ Drop-In series: Teens & tweens, drop in to doodle with us on Thursdays this summer. For a couple of hours each week we’ll get together and draw or sketch.   more >>


Guided Meditation at the Grant Wood Studio, July 13 at 6 PM
July 13, 2017 06:00 PM

Category:  Guided Meditation

Noelle Holmes of Illuminations Healing Arts Center will lead you through a guided meditation. Contact Education Director Erin Thomas at ethomas@crma.org or 319.366.7503 ext. 203 to register. Cost is $10 for ages 13 and up.   more >>


Art Lover's Book Club: Mad Enchantment by Ross King
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 >>


Doodler's Drop in at the CRMA
August 3, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Category:  Doodler's Drop In

Doodlers’ Drop-In series: Teens & tweens, drop in to doodle with us on Thursdays this summer. For a couple of hours each week we’ll get together and draw or sketch. Bring the materials you like to use, and we’ll provide a few other media to try out. If you’re interested in low-commitment art projects that can be as public or anonymous as you wish, even if you don’t consider yourself an artist but you have the creative ‘bug’ to produce something, this is for you. These weekly sessions are just for fun, to inspire you. You can share your work with others or look through your peers’ work when you meet up. You can join in at any time, and attend as many of the drop-ins as you like, and invite your friends to come with you. (But no grownups allowed!) It’s free! Check our website or social media to find out where to meet us each week. Thursday, August 3, 1-3pm @CRMA   more >>


Guided Mediation at the Grant Wood Studio, Tempering the Heat
August 10, 2017 06:00 PM

Category:  Guided Meditation

Noelle Holmes of Illuminations Healing Arts Center will lead you through a guided meditation. Contact Education Director Erin Thomas at ethomas@crma.org or 319.366.7503 ext. 203 to register. Cost is $10 for ages 13 and up.   more >>


Doodler's Drop In at the Hiawatha Public Library
August 17, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Category:  Doodler's Drop In

Doodlers’ Drop-In series: Teens & tweens, drop in to doodle with us on Thursdays this summer. For a couple of hours each week we’ll get together and draw or sketch. Bring the materials you like to use, and we’ll provide a few other media to try out. If you’re interested in low-commitment art projects that can be as public or anonymous as you wish, even if you don’t consider yourself an artist but you have the creative ‘bug’ to produce something, this is for you. These weekly sessions are just for fun, to inspire you. You can share your work with others or look through your peers’ work when you meet up. You can join in at any time, and attend as many of the drop-ins as you like, and invite your friends to come with you. (But no grownups allowed!) It’s free! Check our website or social media to find out where to meet us each week. Thursday, August 17, 1-3pm @HPL   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 >>


September: Artist of the Month Barbara Bernier
September 1 to September 30, 2017

Category:  Museum Store

Barbara Bernier is a self-taught paper marbler and has been producing marbled paper for more than 20 years. Practicality is a way of life for Barbara, so while the designs and colors are visually exciting, it is imperative to her that the papers also serve a useful purpose. Like any hand-crafted or handmade paper, marbled paper is a unique piece of art on its own. However, Barbara often uses the visually-stunning paper in book bindings and handmade journals to add an elegant look and feel.   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 >>


Page Turner Art for ages 6 & Up
September 9, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Category:  Family

Kids ages 6 & up are invited to join us in making some book-based art projects inspired by the CRMA’s exhibition, Page-Turner: Books and Reading in Art. Create an accordion book, a diorama book, or a waterfall book. You’ll start off with an old book that you can cut apart and add things to, creating something completely new and totally customized with your own artwork. You can use your book to tell the story of your summer vacation, your family tree, a fairy tale you love, or anything else your imagination can come up with. We recommend that adult chaperones plan to stay with the younger children.   more >>


Guided Mediation at the Grant Wood Studio, Allowing in the Softness
September 14, 2017 06:00 PM

Category:  Guided Meditation

Noelle Holmes of Illuminations Healing Arts Center will lead you through a guided meditation. Contact Education Director Erin Thomas at ethomas@crma.org or 319.366.7503 ext. 203 to register. Cost is $10 for ages 13 and up.   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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Grant Wood Studio Opens for the 2017 Season
Category:  Grant Wood Studio
April 1, 2017

The Grant Wood Studio, located at the fictional address of #5 Turner Alley, was the home and art studio of Grant Wood. The studio is open to the public every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4pm, excluding holidays. See the very spot where American Gothic, one of the most recognized works of art in the world, was created.
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