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French Moderns programs at the Bettendorf Public Library

By Maria Levetzow

The Figge Art Museum will be hosting the exhibit French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850-1950, featuring 60 works drawn from the collection of the Brooklyn Museum, which chronicles one of the most dynamic and beloved eras in the history of art.

Here at the Bettendorf Public Library, you can learn more about French Moderns and related aspects of culture through our collaborative programming!

 

Programs for Adults

Creation Studio Residency: Pat Bereskin
Saturday, October 27 and November 10, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Come observe Pat Bereskin, local artist and owner of Beréskin Gallery in Bettendorf, as she works on her art in our Creation Studio and demonstrates painting skills inspired by the French Moderns exhibit at the Figge. Supported by the Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library.


French Moderns Tour and Book Discussion: Life Studies: Stories by Susan Vreeland
Saturday, November 3, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Come and participate in a a docent-led tour of the exhibition French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850-1950, followed by book discussion of Susan Vreeland’s Life Studies: Stories, held at the Figge Art Museum, 225 W. 2nd Street, Davenport. Registration is required and can be done online at http://bit.ly/frenchmodernsbookdiscussion, by calling 563-344-4175, or at any service desk in the Library. Supported by the Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library.


Crepes! with Chef Stephanie Godke
Saturday, November 10, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Chef Stef will demonstrate how to make sweet and savory crepes, those delicious oh-so-French treats! This program will be held at the Bettendorf Hy-Vee Club room, 2900 Devils Glen Road, Bettendorf. Registration is required and can be done online at http://bit.ly/bplcrepes, by calling 563-344-4175, or at any service desk in the Library. This program is funded by the Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library.


Creation Studio Workshop: Impressionism Painting
Wednesday, November 14, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Join us to celebrate Claude Monet’s birthday with Glenn Boyles from the Family Museum. We’ll learn how to paint in the style of Monet and the Impressionists. Registration is required and can be done online at http://bit.ly/frenchmodernsworkshop, by calling 563-344-4175, or at any service desk in the Library.


Trax from the Stax: French Moderns: The Composers of French Impressionism
Thursday, November 15, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Marc Zyla of the QCSO is presenting The Composers of French Impressionism. Patrons will get an introduction to the music of Debussy, Ravel, Saint Saëns, and more! Trax from the Stax is funded by the Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library.


Community Connections: The World is Small
Thursday, December 6, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

The Augustana Teaching Museum of Art’s exhibit Världen är liten/The World Is Small features works by Swedish and Swedish-American artists whose practice brought them into conversation with Parisian Modernism. The Augustana Teaching Museum of Art’s staff will give us a presentation on the exhibit and its ties to the Figge’s exhibition French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850-1950.  

 

Programs for Youth

Children's Book Discussion
Saturday, October 13, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Children in grades 3 through 6 are invited to join in a book discussion of the book From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg. Registration is required and can be done online at http://bit.ly/bplfrankweiler, by calling 563-344-4175, or at any service desk in the Library.

 

Art-to-Go with the Figge  ***rescheduled for January 5***
Saturday, October 27

Patrons 5 years and up are invited to participate in a French-themed art lesson taught by a Figge educator.

 

Preschool Storytime: The Art of the Story
Wednesday, November 14, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Special preschool storytime focusing on art appreciation with a hands-on craft. Children ages 3-5 are invited to attend. No registration is required.


Friday Feature
Friday, November 23, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Patrons of all ages are invited to attend a feature film based on a classic children's book by Ludwig Bemelmans about the schoolgirl adventures of an orphan named Madeline in Paris, France. The film is rated PG.


Art-to-Go with the Figge
Saturday, December 8, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Patrons 5 years and up are invited to participate in a French-themed art lesson taught by a Figge educator.


Art-to-Go with the Figge
Saturday, December 15, 1;00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Patrons in 6th grade and up as well as "new adults" are invited to participate in a French-themed art lesson taught by a Figge educator. We will be taking a look at French Modernists, such as Monet or Matisse.  We will attempt to paint a selfie in their style, then you can take a picture of your painting for all your social media accounts.  Please register below to claim your spot.  Registration is required and can be done online at http://bit.ly/figgeteen1218, by calling 563-344-4175, or at any service desk in the Library.

 

Art-to-Go with the Figge
Saturday, January 5, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Patrons 5 years and up are invited to participate in a French-themed art lesson taught by a Figge educator.