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Feb
26
Wed
Exhibit: Stephen Estrada: Winter Waves @ Charles H. MacNider Art Museum
Feb 26 @ 9:00 am

Stephen Estrada was born in Chicago in 1952. A year later, his father moved the family to Southern California to be closer to his extended family in Los Angeles and Mexico.  Early experiences of surfing and hiking there instilled in Estrada a deep feeling for the beauty and power of the natural environment. His mother, a painter who had studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, encouraged his early interest in art.  This exhibition features Estrada’s landscapes and, through the artworks, his love of nature and artistic expression can be deeply felt.  When commenting on Estrada’s artwork, commentator John Mendelsohn writes: “Estrada approaches his landscapes with a combination of acute observation and impassioned engagement.  The sea, marshes, grasslands, and the cloud-filled sky all take on a heightened sense of drama in his deftly painted canvases. This artist’s work embodies an appreciation of nature’s vastness and energy, melded with a sense of tenderness, as if the world was beckoning us to know it intimately.”  http://macniderart.org/

Exhibit: 36th Annual School Art Exhibition – Kid Creations! @ Charles H. MacNider Art Museum
Feb 26 @ 9:00 am

The Charles H. MacNider Art Museum sponsors an exhibition of student artwork each year with the annual School Art Exhibition to celebrate Youth Art Month (March).  It honors both the imagination of students as well as the dedicated and resourceful work of art teachers in the schools.  This year’s show features the artwork of elementary school students.  This fun and creative exhibition features the future generation of artists and the works they are creating right now!

On Saturday, March 28, at 10 a.m. we will celebrate the students’ accomplishments and recognize their dedicated teachers. Award Certificates will be handed out at 10:30 a.m.   Everyone is welcome to attend! A special thank you to Alpha Delta Kappa, an honor sorority for women in education, for sponsoring the reception.  http://macniderart.org/

Documentary (For Seniors Only) Green Fire: Aldo Leopold @ Lime Creek Nature Center
Feb 26 @ 10:00 am

Thomas Dean is trained as a Land Ethic Leader through the Aldo Leopold Foundation, a program with the goal to both introduce Leopold’s land ethic to a wider audience and also to deepen understanding and engagement through dialogue about the meaning and value of conservation. This program includes a screening of the Emmy Award-winning Aldo Leopold documentary, “Green Fire,” and a discussion of the film and Leopold’s land ethic. “Green Fire” is the first full-length documentary film ever made about legendary environmentalist Aldo Leopold, author of A Sand County Almanac, who was born and raised in Burlington, Iowa. “Green Fire” highlights Leopold’s extraordinary career, tracing how he shaped and influenced the modern environmental movement. The film was produced in partnership with the Aldo Leopold Foundation, the Center for Humans and Nature and the US Forest Service, and it was supported by funding from Humanities Iowa. “Green Fire” provocatively examines Leopold’s thinking, renewing his idea of a land ethic for a population facing 21st-century ecological challenges. The film describes the formation of Leopold’s idea through his life and experiences, exploring how it changed one man and later permeated through all arenas of conservation today. Through these examples, the film and discussion challenge viewers to contemplate their own relationship with the land community. The program will be followed by a catered lunch and social time.  Event time:  10:00am – 12:00pm.  Cost is $5.00 for nature center members and $7.00 for nonmembers.  Please call 423-5309 by February 24 to register.  https://www.facebook.com/pg/Lime-Creek-Nature-CenterCerro-Gordo-County-Conservation-Board-209728345720989/events/?ref=page_internal

Feb
27
Thu
Exhibit: Stephen Estrada: Winter Waves @ Charles H. MacNider Art Museum
Feb 27 @ 9:00 am

Stephen Estrada was born in Chicago in 1952. A year later, his father moved the family to Southern California to be closer to his extended family in Los Angeles and Mexico.  Early experiences of surfing and hiking there instilled in Estrada a deep feeling for the beauty and power of the natural environment. His mother, a painter who had studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, encouraged his early interest in art.  This exhibition features Estrada’s landscapes and, through the artworks, his love of nature and artistic expression can be deeply felt.  When commenting on Estrada’s artwork, commentator John Mendelsohn writes: “Estrada approaches his landscapes with a combination of acute observation and impassioned engagement.  The sea, marshes, grasslands, and the cloud-filled sky all take on a heightened sense of drama in his deftly painted canvases. This artist’s work embodies an appreciation of nature’s vastness and energy, melded with a sense of tenderness, as if the world was beckoning us to know it intimately.”  http://macniderart.org/

Exhibit: 36th Annual School Art Exhibition – Kid Creations! @ Charles H. MacNider Art Museum
Feb 27 @ 9:00 am

The Charles H. MacNider Art Museum sponsors an exhibition of student artwork each year with the annual School Art Exhibition to celebrate Youth Art Month (March).  It honors both the imagination of students as well as the dedicated and resourceful work of art teachers in the schools.  This year’s show features the artwork of elementary school students.  This fun and creative exhibition features the future generation of artists and the works they are creating right now!

On Saturday, March 28, at 10 a.m. we will celebrate the students’ accomplishments and recognize their dedicated teachers. Award Certificates will be handed out at 10:30 a.m.   Everyone is welcome to attend! A special thank you to Alpha Delta Kappa, an honor sorority for women in education, for sponsoring the reception.  http://macniderart.org/

Valentine’s Tea & Fashion Show (rescheduled from Feb. 13th) @ Larch Pine Inn Bed & Breakfast
Feb 27 @ 11:00 am

Mason City merchant, Moorman Clothiers, is networking with the Larch Pine Inn to bring a Valentine’s Tea and Fashion Show to the North Iowa area on Thursday, February 27 at 11:00 am. The fashion show will feature both men and women clothing from Moorman Clothiers.  “The historic 1875 Victorian home is a great setting for this type of event and will ensure guests a memorable experience,” said Scott Moorman when asked about the fashion show.  The luncheon will include a blend of sweet and savory sandwiches, salads and cakes, with a special Valentine’s Tea from Holistic Harmony of Clear Lake. There will also be door prizes. The door opens at 11am. The cost to attend is $28/person. Reservations are required. For reservations call 641-357-0345 or email info@larchpineinn.com

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Basswood Chip Carving for Beginners & Advanced (Ages 21+) @ Charles H. MacNider Art Museum
Feb 27 @ 5:30 pm

No woodcarving experience is required. Tools are provided for this simple and easy method of carving. The classes take you from start to finish on your carving for beginners. For those that have completed the class before, there is the option for advanced learning; lettering and end grain is available. Instructor has over 10 years of experience. Make-up day is Sat Feb 29, 2-4pm. Thursdays, Feb 6, 13, 20, 27, 5:30—7:30 p.m. Fee: $50 Non-Members; Members $45    Instructor: Laura.  http://macniderart.org/

Live Music: Chad Elliot @ Fat Hill Brewing
Feb 27 @ 7:00 pm

Americana/Blues/Roots singer-songwriter Chad Elliott performs more than 200 shows each year and is lauded as “Iowa’s Renaissance man” by Culture Buzz.  Elliott’s early career demonstrates a love of folk, roots and singer-songwriter music. He has worked with many greats and shared the stage with artists of the highest caliber, including Odetta, Tom Paxton, Loudon Wainwright III, R.L. Burnside, Greg Brown, Bo Ramsey, etc. On his 20th album, “Wreck and Ruin,” Elliott dives into his love of roots-rock, soul and blues music with a rocking band behind his artfully crafted songs. Producer and drummer, Ken Coomer (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo) lined up the best rhythm and lead players in Nashville to create Elliott’s greatest album to date. Guitarist and bassist Kenny Vaughan and Dave Roe, legendary Nashville players, add the needed touches to rocket Elliott’s songs into a new arena of hard driving Americana. Elliott just released his 21st album, “RINGGOLD,” which is full of stomp ballads and heart-breakers. Elliott is currently on the road introducing fans to his latest works during the RINGGOLD tour.  His next project is well-on-its-way, too. He recently recorded an album at Sun Studio in Memphis, TN, with his band, The Redemptions.  This cozy after-work concert in the taproom is, as usual, free of charge.  Event time:  7:00pm.  http://www.fathillbrewing.com

Feb
28
Fri
Exhibit: Stephen Estrada: Winter Waves @ Charles H. MacNider Art Museum
Feb 28 @ 9:00 am

Stephen Estrada was born in Chicago in 1952. A year later, his father moved the family to Southern California to be closer to his extended family in Los Angeles and Mexico.  Early experiences of surfing and hiking there instilled in Estrada a deep feeling for the beauty and power of the natural environment. His mother, a painter who had studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, encouraged his early interest in art.  This exhibition features Estrada’s landscapes and, through the artworks, his love of nature and artistic expression can be deeply felt.  When commenting on Estrada’s artwork, commentator John Mendelsohn writes: “Estrada approaches his landscapes with a combination of acute observation and impassioned engagement.  The sea, marshes, grasslands, and the cloud-filled sky all take on a heightened sense of drama in his deftly painted canvases. This artist’s work embodies an appreciation of nature’s vastness and energy, melded with a sense of tenderness, as if the world was beckoning us to know it intimately.”  http://macniderart.org/

Exhibit: 36th Annual School Art Exhibition – Kid Creations! @ Charles H. MacNider Art Museum
Feb 28 @ 9:00 am

The Charles H. MacNider Art Museum sponsors an exhibition of student artwork each year with the annual School Art Exhibition to celebrate Youth Art Month (March).  It honors both the imagination of students as well as the dedicated and resourceful work of art teachers in the schools.  This year’s show features the artwork of elementary school students.  This fun and creative exhibition features the future generation of artists and the works they are creating right now!

On Saturday, March 28, at 10 a.m. we will celebrate the students’ accomplishments and recognize their dedicated teachers. Award Certificates will be handed out at 10:30 a.m.   Everyone is welcome to attend! A special thank you to Alpha Delta Kappa, an honor sorority for women in education, for sponsoring the reception.  http://macniderart.org/