Art Exhibitions

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AMANA ARTS GUILD GALLERY

The Greater Amana Area Art Show

This exhibition of recent works by area artists includes all media, from folk arts to fine art. Through Sept. 4, 1210 G St., High Amana.

CEDAR RAPIDS MUSEUM OF ART

Letters to My Ancestors: The Watercolors of Tara Moorman

Cedar Rapids-based artist Tara Moorman has long been known for her exquisite watercolor paintings. This exhibition displays a new series, inspired by old photographs of Moorman’s relatives found at her mother’s home. Through Aug. 27.

Unchartered Waters: The Fine Art of Watercolor Painting

This exhibit includes varied watercolor examples drawn from the museum collection, celebrating the great range of the medium. Through Sept. 10.

Iowa Metals Guild Exhibition

A juried exhibition of metal arts, open to all artists in Iowa, those who received their metal arts education in Iowa or who have taught metal arts in Iowa. Jurors will be led by Kee-Ho Yuen, professor in studio arts at the University of Iowa. From large-scale sculpture to the most delicate jewelry, this exhibit will showcase the great artistry present in Iowa’s metalworkers. Through Aug. 6.

Page-Turner: Books and Reading in Art

From Marvin Cone’s enchanting paintings of his daughter, Doris, engrossed in a book to Mary GrandPre’s charming illustrations for the blockbuster Harry Potter series, books and reading have inspired artists in a variety of ways for generations. This exhibition casts a wide net, including objects created out of books, books from artist’s collections, name plates and illustrations from books, and, of course, images of people reading. Through March 31.

Free Summer Admission: Through Sept. 3, 410 Third Ave. SE. For hours and events, go to Crma.org

CSPS HALL

Nnenna Okore

Born in Australia and raised in Nigeria, Okore studied art at the University of Iowa, and now lives, teaches and exhibits both in Chicago and Nigeria. Her abstract sculptures and installations are inspired by the textures, colors and forms of the world around her. They often incorporate discarded objects and materials, which are transformed through repetitive and labor-intensive techniques. Through Oct. 1.

Commons Gallery

In cooperation with CR Pride, an exhibit of gay-themed works by Kayle Karbowski of Milwaukee and Rob Stephens of Des Moines is on view in the Commons Gallery through July 30. Location: 1103 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids.

HERBERT HOOVER PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY & MUSEUM

American Presidents: Life Portraits

In partnership with Mediacom, a presidential portrait exhibit by C-SPAN, Mediacom and the White House Historical Association, will be on display. The exhibit features the only complete collection of American presidential oil portraits by one artist, renowned North Carolina painter and sculptor Chas Fagan. With the portraits are biographical sketches of 44 presidents and first ladies. In addition to sketches are photographs contributed by the White House Historical Association that capture each president’s time in the White House. Through Oct. 29, 210 Parkside Dr., West Branch.  

NATIONAL CZECH & SLOVAK MUSEUM & LIBRARY

Dale Chihuly: Venetians from the George R. Stroemple Collection

The exhibit will feature more than 70 works by master glass artist, Dale Chihuly, including 60 glass pieces (primarily vessels), 12 drawings and one five-piece chandelier, the Laguna Murano Chandelier. Born in 1941 in Tacoma, Wash., Chihuly’s heritage includes several ethnicities, including Slovak roots by way of his grandfather, John Chihuly, who was born in Slovakia, immigrating to the United States in 1890. In 1988, inspired by mysterious and unusual glass pieces in Venice from the 1920s and 1930s, Chihuly decided to create his own “Venetians” and formed the magnificent pieces that will be on display at the museum, featuring a variety of mythological creatures and an array of bright colors. Through Oct. 1. Chihuly Guided Tour: 6 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday (7/26), free with paid museum admission; RSVP at Ncsml.org/event/chihuly-guided-tour-july26/

Twists and Turns: The Story of Sokol

In honor of the 2017 National Sokol Slet, the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library presents a nimble and invigorating journey into the story of Sokol. Named for the falcon, Sokol was founded in 1862 by Miroslav Tyrs and Jindrich Fugner. They believed that a nation must be physically fit, moral, and intelligent to secure its independence and retain it. The first American Sokol unit was founded in 1865 in St. Louis, Mo. Twists and Turns pays homage to the amazing men and women who made Sokol a part of their lives. The exhibit also recounts the perilous times throughout Czechoslovak history when Sokol was banned by various oppressive governments, and how a nation of immigrants across the ocean used Sokol to build strong American communities. Through Dec. 31, 1400 Inspiration Pl. SW, Cedar Rapids.

OLD CAPITOL MUSEUM

Hawkeyes in Space: UI Physics, Past and Present

Have you ever wondered about the universe beyond our planet? For decades, scientists in the Department of Physics and Astronomy have worked to solve the mysteries of space. Join them on this journey for answers and explore space science research at Iowa. See the rich history of the department, from the Van Allen era to the present; understand the physics behind space phenomena like aurorae; and discover what’s on the horizon for today’s Hawkeyes in Space. Through Aug. 13, University of Iowa Pentacrest, 1 N. Clinton St., Iowa City.

RADINC

John Schlue: EatChewAlive

This exhibition features works by Belle Plaine native and Los Angeles-based visual artist John Schlue. Nine paintings — five of which measure 7 feet by 7 feet — draw upon geometric patterns, op-art, craft materials, Americana and mythological themes. Presented with Public Space One through Tuesday (7/25), RADinc, 123 E. Washington St., Iowa City.