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Paul Herold Photography Exhibit

Posted: Wed, February 1, 2017

A Night of Jazz with the U of I Jazz Ensemble

Posted: Sun, November 6, 2016

Just Write!

Posted: Thu, September 22, 2016

Farewell to Summer Concert - The Miles Adams Band

Posted: Wed, August 10, 2016

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Paul Herold Photography Exhibit

Posted: Wed, February 1, 2017
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A Night of Jazz with the U of I Jazz Ensemble

Posted: Sun, November 6, 2016
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Just Write!

Posted: Thu, September 22, 2016
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Farewell to Summer Concert - The Miles Adams Band

Posted: Wed, August 10, 2016
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Games People Play

Posted: Wed, July 6, 2016
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It Takes a Village

Posted: Sun, June 5, 2016
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Lost Churches of Chickasaw County

Posted: Thu, May 12, 2016
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The List - THIRTY - ONE (kinda)

Posted: Mon, May 9, 2016
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Answers! Churches One and Two

Posted: Mon, May 9, 2016
Church One Hint: This was a New Hampton church, and the buildings in the background are still there.

Church Two Hint: This was a country church that that lasted longer than Church One.
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Artshare: The UI Piano Celebration

Posted: Fri, April 8, 2016
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A Tenge Tradition

Posted: Fri, April 8, 2016
What do a "jiggin' lady," a Civil War style cannon, a hog house with residents, WWII airplanes, a tractor round-about and a two-foot-long mouse trap have in common? They were all imaginatively and skillfully fashioned by North Washington master craftsman, Vince Tenge. An exhibit of the pieces listed above plus other examples of Vince's work is currently on display at the Carnegie Cultural Center through early April.

The title of the exhibit, "A Tenge Tradition" partly explains why an otherwise seemingly "normal" man goes to bed in the evening pondering the "burdensome" question, "What should I make tomorrow?" It's in his D.N.A. Vince's father, Edmund Tenge, was well known throughout the area for his love and skill for model making. (One of Edmund's pieces depicting a horse drawn bobsled hauling a load of wood is on long-term loan for display at the Carnegie by his grandson, Kendall Rosauer.) Vince's brother, Rich, is also a proficient hand craftsman. In all three cases, its not just the quantity of their output, it's the quality of the work that makes it noteworthy.

"A Tenge Tradition" is a feast for the eyes as well as the imagination! The folks at the Carnegie also see the exhibit as an eye-opener to the fact that Chickasaw County has it's share of creative, fascinating, talented and unique individuals!
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Chickasaw County Historical Coalition

Posted: Thu, March 17, 2016
The Chickasaw County Historical Coalition will be meeting on Thursday, March 22, at 10 am at the Carnegie Cultural Center in New Hampton.  Representatives from the Cemetery Commission, the Genealogical Society, the Old Bradford Museum, and the Carnegie Cultural Center will update the group on current activities and issues and brainstorm ideas for promoting historic preservation efforts in Chickasaw County.  Anyone interested in local or personal history is encouraged to attend and possibly get involved!  For more information, contact the Carnegie Cultural Center by email: carnegiecc@yahoo.com or by phone: (641) 394-2354.
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In The Presence Of Angels

Posted: Tue, December 1, 2015
Artifacts for the current Temporary Exhibit at the Carnegie Cultural Center, "In the Presence of Angels" are from the collection of well- known community figures, Marsha and Tim Angel. Most of us know Tim as the City sewage treatment guy. (So, what's angelic about THAT?) Most of us know Marsha as a prolific craftswoman who produces home décor items with a rustic, home-spun appeal. (...which is certainly more angelic than Tim!) Most of us also know that Tim and Marsha are also avid collectors of many things, and with a last name like Angel...well you get the idea.  This fact presents us with a whole new way of knowing Marsha and Tim: they live always in the presence of...are always surrounded by... angels.
 
As children, many of us are introduced to the idea that we each have a guardian angel who serves as a constant, caring custodian of our body and soul.  With that image in mind, it would seem that we all live in the presence of...are surrounded by...angels. In Tim and Marsha's case, they are literally surrounded by angels as the walls of their home are covered with vintage lithographs and prints depicting angels. The pieces on display at the Carnegie are traditional representations of angels leading children away from danger, watching over slumbering little ones, or whisking them away to a safe, heavenly home.  Other pieces are more religious depictions of angels with saints and saviors.
 
Marsha and Tim are sharing their angels with us for the Christmas season and will be on display through the end of December. Stop in and take in the exhibit to experience a gentle respite from the often hectic holiday hoopla.
 
Admission to the Carnegie Cultural Center is free. It is open Thursdays 12-6pm, Saturdays 10am-4 pm, Sundays 1-4pm or anytime 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
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Cedar Harmony Chorus

Posted: Sat, August 15, 2015
The Cedar Harmony Chorus of Sweet Adelines International (SAI), members of Region 5, will be presenting a concert at the Mikkelson Park Band Shell at 7 pm.  The public is welcome to attend.
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Remembering Vietnam

Posted: Mon, August 3, 2015
A snapshot can say a lot. The time, place, event and human emotions captured in the blink of an eye tell a story that is broader than the 3"x 5" or 4" x 6" format of a Kodak print. A collection of such snapshots expands the story exponentially. Such is the nature of "Remembering Vietnam", the current Temporary Exhibit at the Carnegie Cultural Center in New Hampton which will be on display through October.

This year we, as a nation, are pausing to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of the end of the Vietnam Conflict. The Carnegie exhibit offers a snapshot of the period by highlighting the diverse experiences of individual Chickasaw County veterans. Seen as a whole, the display presents a bigger picture of one of the most difficult and controversial times in American history. For some, memories from the Vietnam era are fraught with unease and adverse emotions. In commemoration, we are able to accept those perceptions, place them in their proper context, recognize new understandings from the perspective of history and, hopefully, take a step toward healing.

While Carnegie volunteers spent a lot of time in attempting to identify and contact appropriate veterans, there are, no doubt, many who were missed. Anyone still interested in including their information in the exhibit are strongly urged to contact the Cultural Center by phone: 641-394-2354, by email: carnegiecc@yahoo.com or through the website: www.carnegieculturalcenter.org

Everyone is invited to attend an open house reception for "Remembering Vietnam" on Sunday, August 23 from 1:30 - 3:30 to honor area veterans, share stories and enjoy refreshments.


PHOTO: A poster by Marland Johnson that took first prize nationally in a 1952 American Legion Auxiliary contest is pictured next to a jacket belonging to Fredericksburg Vietnam vet, Dennis Shurtleff.
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Carnegie To Host Writer Event

Posted: Tue, July 7, 2015
Like many of her classmates from the NHHS class of 1969, Cecilia Eichenberger looked forward to wherever her own path might take her in life. Now, 40 plus years later, that path has provided the basis for a memoir-based novel, Fallen Far from the Tree.  Using the penname Lilith Giardini, the chronicle follows Cecilia's life path through an intentional community in the U.S. where she meets her future husband and several years in Italy before her return to "normal" life in the States where she undertakes the self-imposed challenge of writing her novel.
 
Currently employed as a grants research specialist at Duke University, Cecilia is self-educated when it comes to writing fiction. Fallen Far from the Tree was in the works for about 20 years and went through many re-writes before, as Cecilia notes, she published it "just to be done with it and move onto something new." Her next project is to write the story of her mother, Lois Eichenberger¸ and, at some future date, another book about her love/hate relationship with the art of writing.
 
The Carnegie Cultural Center will host Eichenberger for a book reading and signing on Sunday, July 26 from 1:30 - 3:30 pm. Cecilia will also lead a Q&A discussion about the book as well as the process and rewards of self publishing. Books will be available for purchase at the event or can be found on Amazon.com.  The event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.
 
The Carnegie Cultural Center is located at 7 N. Water Ave. in New Hampton. For more information about the event, contact the Carnegie Cultural Center at 641.394.2354 or email: carnegiecc@yahoo.com
 
PHOTO: Cecilia Eichenberger, aka Lilith Giardini, is looking forward to sharing her memoir-based novel with New Hampton area residents, former classmates and friends on June 26 at the Carnegie Cultural Center.

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Gregg's Grandiose Miniatures Joins The Carnegie

Posted: Sun, June 7, 2015
When deciding what to do with his collection of hand-crafted model circus wagons, Gregg Kruse of Iowa City became acquainted with New Hampton's Carnegie Cultural Center. The Center is known for its fine permanent exhibits of historic 1/16 inch scale circus models crafted by New Hampton native, Richard Natvig, as well as other artisans. Mr. Kruse's work, which he fashioned in HO scale, adds another dimension to the Carnegie's circus displays.  The smaller scale made it possible to present dioramas of a circus parade, a menagerie show, a big top and back lot layout as well as interpretive arrangements of different wagons and equipment in a relatively small space. 
 
Gregg Kruse traces his fascination with circus wagons to the 1940s and 50s when his grandfather took him to see the Ringling Brothers Circus in Mankato, MN.  The sight of all the different wagons and paraphernalia being unloaded from the train's flatbeds and boxcars and then parade to the circus grounds on the edge of town was permanently etched in his memory. Gregg's enthusiasm for all things circus endured into adult-hood. Inspired by articles in its publication, The Little Circus Wagon, Kruse enrolled as a member of the International Society of Circus Model Builders and embarked on his model-making avocation.  Gregg crafted most of his models following retirement from a medical laboratory career at the Veteran's Hospital in Iowa City.
 
An unveiling of the new display was held on Saturday, May 30 with many members of Mr. Kruse's family and friends in attendance. His work will now be on permanent exhibit at the Carnegie.
 
The Cultural Center's summer hours are: noon - 6 pm Wed. through Fri.; 10am - 4 pm Sat.; 1 - 4 pm Sunday or any time by appointment. For more information, contact the Carnegie by phone at 641.394-2354, by email at carnegiecc@yahoo.com or visit the website www.carnegieculturalcenter.org
 
PHOTO: Permanent Exhibits chair, Bill Riley (R), is shown with Gregg Kruse at the unveiling of Gregg's Grandiose Miniatures now on permanent exhibit at the Carnegie Cultural Center.
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A Looming Farm Crisis

Posted: Thu, May 28, 2015
You might say it's a new kind of farm crisis. At the time of Iowa State University's "Farmland Ownership and Tenure Report in Iowa, 2012", fifty six percent of Iowa farmland was owned by people over the age of 65 and thirty percent was owned by those more than 75 years old. During the past 55 years the number of Iowa farms has decreased from 206,000 to 89,000. Iowa farmland prices doubled between 2007-2012 making it very difficult for farmers to get started or for renters to purchase land when land lords die. Seen together, these startling statistics point to the now present and growing farm crisis- the challenge of land transfer.
 
Map of My Kingdom, a one-man play commissioned by Practical Farmers of Iowa and written by Iowa Poet Laureate, Mary Swander, highlights this new farm crisis and serves as a catalyst for discussion and action. A performance of Swander's play has been organized by the Carnegie Cultural Center and is being presented for area residents through generous sponsorships from Humanities Iowa; Bank Iowa: Lawler, New Hampton, Waucoma & Fredericksburg; Insurance Associates of Lawler; Bob and Phyllis Boeding, Kennedy & Kennedy law firm of New Hampton, David E. Burns: Lawler Farm Center & Blue River Hybrids, Good Shepherd Catholic parishes as well as the Cultural Center. The play will be performed on Sunday, June 14, at 2:00 pm in the restored barn on the Ed and Eleanora Blazek farm,   1755 Ridgeway Avenue in Chickasaw County ( 3 miles north of Lawler). Refreshments will be served following the performance and audience members will be invited to join in a discussion and share their own challenges, successes and resolutions regarding property transfer. Since the issues to be addressed are common to anyone dealing with property or estate issues, the event will be also relevant for non-farmers. There is no admission charge.
 
In conducting interviews and doing research for writing the play, Swander found that some families had given thoughtful attention to the issue of land transfer. Others tried to push it from their minds..."The kids (or "my heirs") will have to figure it out." Still others who thought they had a solution found it didn't work out the way they had hoped. It is a difficult issue all around. The older generation is forced to face their own mortality and conflict and tension are inherent in decision-making for the next generation.
 
Mary Swander herself experienced the conflict when, years ago, she and her two brothers inherited the family farm. Her brothers wanted to cash out and take the money while she did not. Sadly for Mary, the farm was sold to a corporation without a trace of its homesteading past preserved. 
 
If you own farmland, now is a good time to think through what you value most. Do your heirs know your long-term goals for your land? Do you want your children to continue the farming operation? Do you want the farm kept together and continue as farmland? Is future conservation of your land important to you? Would you like your church or another organization to benefit from your farmland?
 
Persons from all generations are encourage to start thinking and be participants in resolving these important issues on their own personal level by attending the Map of My Kingdom event.
 
For more information, contact the Carnegie Cultural Center at 641-394-2354 or visit the website www.carnegieculturalcenter.org
 
 
Photo: Iowa Poet Laureate, Mary Swander, incorporates the real-life stories of farm families' experiences with land transfer issues into her play Map of My Kingdom, including that of Chickasaw County farmers, Tom and Irene Frantzen.

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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.
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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
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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:

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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.

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Art Of The Alumni

Posted: Thu, May 29, 2014
It's a timely exhibit...just in time for Heartland Days and lots of class reunions and it coincides with the retirement of David Prehm, longtime NHHS Art teacher. The exhibit is "timely" in another way as well...it includes art work by NHHS graduates from different time periods. The earliest graduate represented was from the class of 1934 and the most recent from the class of 2013. On display through the end of July at the Carnegie Cultural Center, "Art of the Alumni" is as varied as the artists who created the paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, photographs and fiber arts featured in the expo.
 
Artists represented in the display are (in alphabetical order): Timothy Amundson, Abigail Bartz, Jim Bartz, Erika (Andersen) Billerbeck, Cassandra Bormann, Mindy (Haeflinger) Buckley,  Cinda Dixon, Mitch Erlandson, James Fliger, Roger Fliger, Colleen (Burrichter) Fowle, Jessica Frantzen, Salina (Stapleton) Gavin, Katie (Trewin) Gonzales, James Gossling, Dalton Hackman, Tina (Roethler) Henderson, Julie (Strom) Hendrickson, Sherry (Stiefel) Holland, Natasha Hovey, Amy (Gaffney) Ingalls, Emily Kobliska, Emily Larson, Jeff Palmersheim, Ana Catalina Martinez, Kevin Ovel, Rick Patrie, Baylee Riley, Bill Riley, Katy (Kleinfehn) Riley, Eloise Roberson, Claire Roesler, Becky (Brummond) Schoenfeld, April (Larson) Singewald, Monica Steffen, Lee Stiefel,  Richard Trewin, Sharon  (Rochford) Trewin, and Marc Vorwald. A bio plus high school graduation photo accompanies each artist's work, so the exhibit might also be a good way to get updated on some classmates.
 
An open house reception for the artists, friends, family and the general public will be held on Saturday, June 14 from 11 am to 2 pm at which Dave Prehm will be the guest of honor. Refreshments will be served and everyone is invited to attend.
 
The Carnegie Cultural Center is located at 7 N. Water Ave. in New Hampton. It is open Wed.-Fri. noon - 6; Sat. 10-4; Sun. 1-4 or anytime by appointment. Admission is free. Contact the Cultural Center at (641) 394-2354 or visit  www.carnegieculturalcenter.org for more information.
 
PHOTO: Clockwise starting at the top:
 A painting by Cinda Dixon ('95), pottery by Marc Vorwald ('10), a drawing by Rick Patrie ('67) and a carving by Lee Stiefel ('62) show the variety of styles and media in "Art of the Alumni" on display at the Carnegie Cultural Center.
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Show Us Your Stuff

Posted: Wed, April 16, 2014
The Carnegie Cultural Center is putting out a call to all local alumni..."Show us your stuff!"  As part of a year's worth of temporary exhibits focusing on the arts, an exhibit featuring work by alumni is scheduled to run from May 17 through August 3. An artist open/house reception is scheduled during Heartland Days on Saturday, June 14 from 11 am to 2 pm. The guest of honor will be retiring NHHS art instructor, Dave Prehm. Since many class reunions are held during the Heartland Days celebration, the open house will provide a great opportunity for former students to connect with Prehm and fellow classmates as well.
 
Art work from alumni of  all classes (not just those from Mr. Prehm's tenure) is being sought for the exhibit. The art work needs to be at the Carnegie Cultural Center, 7 N. Water Avenue, New Hampton, by Wednesday, May 14. Each participant may submit one large piece or several small pieces of art work that they have created at any time following their graduation from high school. A statement including the title of the art work, the artist's name, graduation year, plus a brief statement regarding post-high school art-related pursuits or activities and the alumna's present occupation should accompany the art work.
 
Anyone having contact information for alumni artists is also asked to contact the artists or the Carnegie Cultural Center who will in turn contact the artists.
 
For more details or to pass on contact information call the Carnegie Cultural Center at (641)394-2354, email carnegiecc@yahoo.com or visit www.carnegieculturalcenter.org
 
PHOTO: Dave Prehm (C) is flanked by alumni Alice Bartz  holding a carving created by her brother, James Fliger (NHHS '59), and Jim Bartz (NHHS '90) holding a piece of his own work.

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Shake Off Winter with A Little Folk Art Fun

Posted: Tue, March 11, 2014
The Carnegie Cultural Center's 2014 Temporary Exhibits calendar is dedicated to the visual arts. In conjunction with the current exhibit, "Art of the People", which includes examples of folk art from a variety of countries, the Carnegie is inviting area residents of all ages to make a little folk art of their own by taking part in three workshops, "Worry Dolls", "Dream Catchers" or "Coiled Baskets", slated for the weekend of March 29 - 30.
 
The first get-together is scheduled for 10:00 - 11:30a.m.on Saturday, the 29th, and is open to students in grades 1-4 with an adult helper. During the workshop, participants will make several of their very own "Worry Dolls."  Also known as "trouble dolls", worry dolls are traditionally made in Guatemala. When a person, usually a child, cannot sleep due to worrying, they express their concerns to one of these small dolls and then place it under their pillow. According to folklore, the doll assumes the person's worry, permitting him to sleep. The person may then wake without their worry which was taken away by the doll during the night. Some medical centers use them in conjunction with treatment for disease in children.  Parents may involve the child in making the dolls to further increase the psychological benefits of releasing worries. There is no fee for this workshop, but pre-registration is required.
 
Also on Saturday, the 29th, in the 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. time slot, "Dream Catchers" is open to students in grades 5 - 8 and offers a different sort of relief to participants. Native Americans believe that the night air is filled with dreams both good and bad. The dream catcher, when hung over or near one's bed and swinging freely in the air, catches the dreams as they flow by. The good dreams know how to pass through the dream catcher and slip on down to the sleeper.  The bad dreams get tangled in the dream catcher's web and perish with the first light of the new day. It is said that the dream catcher holds the destiny of the future. Again, there is no fee for this workshop, but pre-registration guarantees that sufficient materials will be on hand.
 
Adults and high school students are invited to take part in the "Coiled Baskets" workshop planned for Sunday, March 30 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Coiling is a basketry technique used by Native Americans all over North America.  All coiled containers begin at the bottom with a flexible coil or core that is wrapped around and on top of itself as it is stitched together.  Coiled baskets from different regions have different styles of coiling depending on the materials used in the core and the type of stitches used to bind the coil together.  Pre-registration and a materials fee of $3 is necessary for this workshop.
 
Pre-register for a workshop by calling the Carnegie Cultural Center at (641) 394-2354 or emailing carnegiecc@yahoo.com and look forward to shaking off the doldrums this long winter has bestowed on us all!
 
PHOTO: Don't Worry...Be Happy! Andi Billerbeck (L) and Katelyn Franzen are happy to show off the worry dolls they crafted at the Carnegie Cultural Center in New Hampton.
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