Posted: Wed, February 19, 2014
We are all so different, yet we are all the same. While the great "American Melting Pot" has blurred some of the differences, one factor that traditionally distinguished individuals within the broader community was ethnic background. And while ethnicity lends its particular imprint, one thing that draws people of all cultures together is their art. That in itself is something to celebrate.
Posted: Mon, January 13, 2014
The current exhibit at the Carnegie Cultural Center in New Hampton, entitled "Art of the People" celebrates both the differences and similarities found in ethnically influenced art forms. Bold Chinese brushwork calligraphy is seen alongside delicate lettering typical of Norwegian rosemaling; expressive native American kachina dolls dance alongside mute Guatemalan worry dolls; fine, hand-painted Swedish glassware is contrasted with robust Italian Murano glass. Weaving, painting, printmaking and sculpture are a few of the other art forms featured in this richly-varied exhibit which encourages thoughtful observers to see and appreciate cultural influences in their everyday environment.
"Art of the People" will be on display through the end of March. The Carnegie Cultural Center is open Thursdays 12 - 6, Saturdays 10 - 4, Sundays 1-4 or any time by appointment. Admission is free. For more information, contact the Cultural Center at (641) 394-2354 or visit the website at www.carnegieculturalcenter.org
Photo: L-R: "Purebreds" all, German, Inge Ott, Filipina, Fely Steffen, and Norwegian, Hazel
Hereid, display art forms that are representative of their ethnic traditions.
The Carnegie Cultural Center, New Hampton is all about you...the people of the Chickasaw County area. The Center's entire 2014 Temporary Exhibits schedule seeks to further an appreciation for the different art forms that are around us. Since it's all about you, the Cultural Center is asking you to step forward and temporarily share some of the "stuff" you have to fill out the exhibits. Everything you loan will be returned when the exhibit closes.
Posted: Tue, December 10, 2013
The first exhibit of the year (Feb. - Mar.) is entitled "Art of the People; Ethnic Arts Visited." Some ethnic groups have deep roots in the Chickasaw County area...most notably the Germans, Irish, Norwegians, and Czechs. Others have a more recent presence...Hispanics, Asians and African Americans. Whatever your background, if you have any art that is representative of a particular ethnic culture, may we please borrow it?
The next exhibit (April-May), entitled "That's SO Pretty!" focuses on decorative arts for the home and body. Decorative arts for the home will highlight distinctive items that are both utilitarian and attractive such as tableware, linens, glass and pottery items. For this exhibit, decorative arts for the body will feature vintage jewelry (maybe we'll do tattoos another time!) If you have any unique items that fall into these categories, may we borrow them please?
The summer months will be dedicated to "Alumni and Their Art" and will showcase the work of Chickasaw County Alumni who have remained active artists. Any medium is acceptable, but the works of art should be ones that were completed post high school. If you have contact information of any alumni artists, please let us know!
"Art of Our Ancestors" is the theme for the fall exhibit. The title is pretty descriptive here. Many of us have some piece of art (fine art or the useful kind) that was made by kinfolk (related by blood or not) that has been passed down and ended up in our possession. Whether it's a piece of art that you have on display in your home or have tucked away in the closet, if it was made by someone before you, may we borrow it please?
The title of the Carnegie's 2014 annual Christmas exhibit is "Advertising Christmas." Again, the title is pretty descriptive as this display will include examples of print advertising through the years...some for specific products and some for local retailers...during the holiday season. The Cultural Center actually has a pretty good collection of ads that can be used, but perhaps you have one that has a special significance for you. If so, may we borrow it please?
The Cultural Center will also be hosting a variety of workshops and other activities to coordinate with each exhibit. Watch upcoming issues of the Tribune for details and get involved!
Please contact the Carnegie Cultural Center by phone at (515) 394-2353 on email at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop in at 7 N. Water Ave. if you have something to loan for any of the 2014 Temporary Exhibits. Remember...it's all about you!
There is a distinct difference between "collecting" and "accumulating", "stockpiling" or, to use a contemporary reality TV theme, "hoarding". The latter are indiscriminate habits reflecting, perhaps, the less-disciplined side of human nature that results in an often higgledy-piggledy compilation. "Collecting", however, is both purposeful and selective and often results in a display that is a thing of beauty and a testimony to human thought and creativity.
Posted: Mon, September 16, 2013
On display through the end of December, the current exhibit at the Carnegie Cultural Center, "Collecting Christmas" is indeed a thing a beauty. Comprised of selections from a variety of collectors, the exhibit reflects the joy, tradition and reverence inherent in this holiday season. Nativity scenes contributed by Sue Baron of Charles City represent the Christmas story as interpreted through the eyes of different cultures and artisans. The warm glow of vintage glass ornaments collected by Bill and Renee Croell of New Hampton embody the simple pleasures of the Christmases past. "Manufactured to be collected" items such as Snowbabies, plates by Hummel and Bing and Grondahl, Rowe Pottery Santas and are intermixed with "made collectible by age and love" items such as vintage postcards, a diversity of angels and nostalgic full page illustrations of Santa scenes from early New Hampton Tribunes. Even Scrooge could find something of pleasure and meaning among these fine and carefully chosen artifacts.
The Carnegie Cultural Center is located at 7 N. Water Avenue in New Hampton. It is open noon to six on Thursdays, ten to four on Saturdays, one to four on Sundays or anytime by appointment. Admission is free. For more information, contact the Center at (641) 394-2354 or consult its website www.carnegieculturalcenter.org
He deals in concrete for a living, but Bill Croell and his wife Renee take special pleasure in their "light-as-air" glass ornaments.
If you are the type of person who likes to wander around antique or second hand shops, you'll enjoy this. If you've ever wondered what type of stuff your neighbor might be hoarding, you'll enjoy this. If you think it would be fun to stock a "cultural capsule" to launch into outer space in hopes of making contact with other life forms, you'll enjoy this. "This" is "Carnegie's Closet", the current temporary exhibit at the Carnegie Cultural Center.
On display through early November, the exhibit showcases some of the items donated by area residents that are now part of the Carnegie's permanent collection, but not always on display. Items in the Carnegie's Closet are varied...clothing and accessories, kitchen paraphernalia, religious artifacts, toys, calendars, medical gear, souvenirs from around the world, vintage catalogs, school memorabilia, greeting cards, sewing and needlework supplies and local advertising ephemera. Some of the items are common and some unusual, but they all, in some way, tell something about life as it is or has been in the Chickasaw County area.
There is a lot to take in, so the Cultural Center is issuing a challenge that could pay off for attentive observers. Until the end of October, visitors are invited to find specific items and information in the exhibit and record what they have found on survey sheets. On October 31, drawings will be held from the completed forms for cash prizes in each of three age categories: Elementary (grades 1-6), Middle and High School (grades 7-12) and adult (out of high school). Taking up the challenge could be rewarding fun...it could also prompt one to take a more in depth look in his own closets!
The Carnegie Cultural Center is located at 7 N. Water Ave. in New Hampton. Fall and winter hours are: Thursdays 12-6; Saturdays 10-4; Sundays 1-4 or any time by appointment. Admission is free. For more information call (641) 394-2354 or visitwww.carnegieculturalcenter.org
Photos: The Carnegie's Closet illustrates the beauty of ordinary kitchen utensils and the unusual items collected by a Chickasaw County turn of the century world traveler, Harry Dane.