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Pajama Storytime: No Grant!
February 23, 2017 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Category:  Pajama Story Time

No, Grant! If you like giggling at all the mischievous things David did as a 5-year-old in David Shannon’s book, No, David!, you’ll love tonight’s theme. We’ll read about David’s naughty antics, and learn about how Iowa artist Grant Wood also had some experience with getting into trouble as we make our own “unruly” 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: Paul Gaugin: Super Cool (&Warm) Colors
February 24, 2017 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Katsushika Hokusai : Do the Wave See the Japanese artist Hokusai’s famous woodblock print of an enormous ocean wave off the coast of Kanagawa. Then we’ll paint watercolor waves of our own.   more >>


Doodlebugs at the Marion LibraryWassily Kandinsky : The Sound of Color
February 28, 2017 10:45 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Wassily Kandinsky : The Sound of Color When Kandinsky painted, he could experience colors with more than just his sense of sight; he heard music and sounds, too! Today we’ll combine music and color to create Kandinsky-inspired abstract paintings.   more >>


Museum Store Highlight: National Reading Month
March 1 to March 31, 2017

Category:  General

National Reading Month. For every $25.00 spent in the store, receive a softcover publication of James Swann: In Quest of a Printmaker, for free.   more >>


Inside the Exhibition: America on Paper: Prints from Associated American Artists
March 1 to March 1, 2017 12:15 PM

Category:  Art Bites

Inside the Exhibition: America on Paper: Prints from Associated American Artists Begun in 1934, Associated American Artists (AAA) realized the huge potential in marketing affordable art to America’s large middle class. Join Associate Curator Kate Kunau for a walk through this three-gallery exhibition demonstrating the great range of AAA prints in the CRMA collection, including works by the three great American Scene artists, Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, and John Steuart Curry.   more >>


Guided Meditation with Noelle Holmes:Awakenings, Listening to What’s Stirring
March 9, 2017 06:00 PM

Category:  Guided Meditation

Guided Meditation with Noelle Holmes:Awakenings, Listening to What’s Stirring Mother Earth is awakening as is the pull for new beginnings and growth within us. Tap into the quiet of that fertile inner soil…see what is asking, whispering to emerge.   more >>


Art Lovers Book Club: Keeping an Eye Open: Essays on Art by Julian Barnes
March 16, 2017 04:00 PM

Category:  Art Lover's Book Club

Keeping an Eye Open: Essays on Art by Julian Barnes   more >>


Pajama Storytime: Listen to the Art
March 16, 2017 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Category:  Pajama Story Time

In conjunction with Deaf Awareness Month, we’re engaging ALL our senses to enjoy this evening’s story and art project! Get ready to listen with your eyes and talk with your hands. Hands Up Communications will offer ASL interpretation for the hearing impaired. 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 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 >>


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 >>


Special Founding of Rome Art Bites
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 >>


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 by Rebecc
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 >>


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 >>


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 >>




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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