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Cassandra Bormann: Print Maker, Studio Artist

Posted: Thu, May 7, 2015
The straightforward title of Carnegie Cultural Center's current temporary exhibit , Cassandra Bormann: Printmaker, Studio Artist, belies the depth of her artwork. On display through June 14, the one-man show includes prints, collages and three-dimensional works that are both universal and highly personal in nature.

Originally from Ionia and a New Hampton High School graduate, Cassie earned a bachelor degree in Studio Arts from Luther College in 2012. Presently, she lives in Iowa City where she is a member of the Zenic Press. Most recently Cassie was the state coordinator for The Art of Revolution's One Million Bones project to raise awareness of genocides that have occured in different parts of the globe. Students, educators, and members of the public from across the country, including New Hampton students, were involved in fabricating bone facsimiles from a variety of materials from clay to yarn. In June of 2013. Thousands of volunteers cooperated to arrange 1,000,000 bones on the National Mall in Washington D.C. in a display of collaborative consciousness of the magnitude of the deaths resulting from genocide in relatively recent history.
Some pieces from the project are displayed in the Carnegie exhibit.

Bormann is inspired by the past - stereotypes and remnants of cultures past, the stories of yesterday's children, the world they grew up in and the future that resulted from their experiences and dreams. In much of her work this past is interpreted through collage "sketches" that combine images of her own family with those of the national media.

An artist reception will be held on Sunday, June 7 from 1:30 - 3:30 at the Carnegie Cultural Center, 7 N. Water Avenue in New Hampton. Members of the public are invited to attend, meet the artist and enjoy refreshments.

The Cultural Center's hours are noon to six on Thursdays; 10 am to 4 pm on Saturdays 1 to, 4 pm on Sundays or any time by appointment through the end of May. Summer hours start in June during which Wednesdays and Fridays are added to the open hours. For more information contact the Carnegie at 641.394.23534 or visit the website www.carnegieculturalcenter.org

Photo: Cassandra Bormann stands next to a case at the Carnegie Cultural Center displaying some of the bone facsimiles used in the One Million Bones project.

A Frugal Sort Of Beauty

Posted: Tue, March 3, 2015
It seems a bit ironic that the Great Depression, aptly described as a dismal, gray period in our history, lent its name to a plethora of rainbow-colored, ornate glassware, but that is exactly what happened. At a time when numerous American manufacturers were folding due to the prevailing economic stress, a revolutionary machine that raised production rates from one item per minute to upwards of thirty items per minute proved to be the saving grace for many glass producers. Just as consumers were forced to tighten their purse strings, mass production translated to lower prices for glassware.
 
Some manufacturers used this new, inexpensive glassware as an incentive to purchase their products. Many of today's seniors may recall the excitement of opening boxes of a variety of products from oatmeal to detergent to find a lovely tumbler or dish inside. Filling stations attracted customers with the pretty glassware while movie theaters and other businesses were known to hand out a piece simply for coming in the door. The glassware could also be purchased through mail order catalogs or at the local "five and dime" for, well, a nickel or a dime. The desire to own a complete table setting of a particular pattern inspired home-makers to become astute shoppers and  avid collectors.
 
The current exhibit at the Carnegie Cultural Center in New Hampton, entitled "Frugal Beauty" aims to expand upon the story of and inspire a renewed appreciation for Depression Glass. On display through April 19, the exhibit features many pieces from the large collection of Vi and Darrell Albrecht as well as selected examples provided by others. The glittering colors and charming patterns of the Depression Glass displays will surly lift anyone's spirits at this somewhat gray time of year.
 
An exhibit open house reception is scheduled for Sunday, March 22, from 1:30 - 3:30. Refresh-ments will be served and visitors that day are encouraged to bring in pieces of their own Depression Glass and share the stories associated with them.
 
Admission to the Carnegie Cultural Center is free. It is open Thursdays noon - 6 pm; Saturdays 10 am - 4 pm; Sundays 1 - 4 pm or anytime by appointment. For more information, phone 641.394.2354, email carnegiecc@yahoo.com or visit the Cultural Center's website at www.carnegieculturalcenter.org
 
PHOTO: Darrell (L) and Vi Albrecht pose with some of the pieces included in the Cultural Center
exhibit, "Frugal Beauty."

Lego Club

Posted: Wed, September 3, 2014
The Carnegie Cultural Center
  Invites 3rd, 4th, and 5th Graders to join our new

LEGO CLUB


The first semester LEGO Club will meet nine times, on "early out" Wednesdays: Oct. 1, 8, 15...Nov. 5, 12, 19...& Dec. 3, 10, 17 (If school is canceled or dismissed early due to inclement weather or other special circumstances, the Club will not meet.)

The Club will meet at the Carnegie Cultural Center,
7 N. Water Avenue, after school until 4:30. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the Center.

The goals of the Club are to encourage the development of creativity, technical skills and collaboration.

There is no charge or dues to participate in the Club. The Cultural Center will provide all Club materials.

Students must pre-register to participate. Due to space constraints, membership in the Club is limited to 20.

Phone (394-2354), email carnegiecc@yahoo.com, or mail the Carnegie Cultural Center, P.O. Box 243, New Hampton to register. Please submit the following:

Student name:

Parent/Guardian name(s):

Phone number:

Email address:

Emergency contact:

Grade in School:

Teacher:

Student food allergies or restrictions:

(Registration for the second semester Club will be held in January.)

Art Of Our Ancestors

Posted: Wed, September 3, 2014
You probably have a piece of it around your house...a piece of history...a piece of a person...a piece of a story. And whether or not you realize it, it is a piece to be treasured. That piece, of course, is a piece of art work done by someone who came before you that, somehow or another, ended up in your possession. Whether that piece of art holds a place of prominence in your home or is relegated half-forgotten to a closet shelf, now is the time to look at it with appreciative eyes and recall the creative spirit of the person who made it.

Those sentiments are central to the exhibit, "Art of Our Ancestors", on display until Thanksgiving at the Carnegie Cultural Center in New Hampton. As one might expect, it is a varied exhibit including folk art...wood utensils, needlework and quilts...as well as accomplished pieces of fine art...paintings, drawings and sculptural pieces. Photographs accompany many of the art works and the theme, materials and form of the pieces help tell the story of the persons who gaze outward from the photos adding a decidedly nostalgic touch to the display.

On Sunday, November 2, the Cultural Center will be hosting a "storytelling" open house from 1:30 - 3:30 pm. During the event, exhibitors will share their stories of the "ancestors" (familial or not!) who created the work on display. Members of the general public are encouraged to bring in additional pieces and share their stories as well. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

The Carnegie Cultural Center is located at 7 N. Water Ave., New Hampton. It is open Thursdays noon - 6, Saturdays 10am - 4 pm, Sundays 1 - 4 pm or any time by appointment. For more information, contact the Cultural Center by phone at (641) 394-2354, by email at carnegiecc@yahoo.com or visit the website www.carnegieculturalcenter.org.

Photo: Nancy Ryan proudly holds a pastel drawing and pine needle basket by her grandmother, Louise Bailey, of Adel, Iowa.

Welcome To The Carnegie Cultural Center

Welcome To The Carnegie Cultural Center

Movie enthusiasts of "Night at the Museum" have to stop in for a visit to New Hampton's Carnegie Cultural Center. If this place came alive at night it would be a real circus! Kids of all ages will enjoy the 23-foot long diorama "Main Street Circus Parade" where elephants shuffle in brightly colored advertisements and circus wagons parade through New Hampton circa 1910. In the diorama "Under the Big Top" the fun continues with three bustling circus rings and two circus stages. The ringmaster calls to announce the next exotic act while acrobats dangle high above the cheering crowd. Visitors can enjoy the handcrafted models while they learn about real circus companies like the Gollmar Brothers who regularly brought their menagerie wagons to Chickasaw County in the early 1900s.

This eclectic toy museum also has exhibits about steam engines, dollhouses, license plates, tractors, and farms. It is a rich collection of local history, local talent and local hobby. The Doc & Mabel Tunnell Collection, assembled by a New Hampton's optometrist and his wife, features historic eyeglasses with distinguishing pairs for the eskimo, sportsman, and 19th century automobile driver. Downstairs in the Railroad Room a large interpretive model of Chickasaw County has three operating train lines that the visitor can turn on and off. Booklets describe the individual towns and signage teaches about railroad slang, structures and equipment. Ring the railroad crossing bell. Get the Great Western engine up to full speed. Find out the job requirements of gandy dancers, lizard scorchers, air monkeys and car whackers. Read a silly poem by local legend "Blackie." Have fun!

Located in one of the of the original Carnegie libraries, the Carnegie Cultural Center is dedicated to the arts, history and cultural awareness. It is located at 7 North Water Avenue, New Hampton, just off the downtown's main street. Visit www.carnegieculturalcenter.org to find seasonal hours, temporary exhibits and special events.

Photo:The CCC current exhibit: Cassandra Bormann: Print Maker, Studio Artist.