‘Letters to My Ancestors’
Saturday, May 13, to Aug. 27
Cedar Rapids-based artist Tara Moorman has long been known for her watercolor paintings. This exhibition at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art displays a new series, inspired by old photographs of Moorman’s relatives found at her mother’s home. Moorman describes her ancestors with Garrison Keillor’s phrase, “All the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average.” Using the photos as inspiration for her paintings allowed Moorman to have a conversation of sorts with her ancestors and momentarily step into their world. A free opening reception for this exhibition, as well as the upcoming “Uncharted Waters: The Fine Art of Watercolor Painting,” will be held at the museum from 5 to 7 p.m. June 1.
“Letters to My Ancestors: The Watercolors of Tara Moorman” -- Saturday (5/13) to Aug. 27, various times, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, 410 Third Ave. SE; free to $7; Crma.org
Moonlit Movie: ‘Moana’
Friday, May 12
Disney’s “Moana” will shine under the stars at Marion’s Lowe Park. The animated feature film follows an adventurous teen who leaves the safety of her island on a daring journey to save her people. Inexplicably drawn to the ocean, Moana convinces the mighty demigod Maui to join her mission. The movie starts at dusk, around 8:30 p.m., but festivities get underway at 7 p.m. with free youth face painting and balloon art. Outside food and drink are allowed, and concessions will be sold. Bring your own seating. Another movie is planned for Aug. 18, with the title to be announced.
Moonlit Movie at Lowe Park: “Moana” -- 7 p.m. Friday (5/12), Klopfenstein Amphitheater, Lowe Park, 4500 N. 10th St., Marion; free; Cityofmarion.org
Mother’s Day Showcase
Sunday, May 14
It’s a milestone year for the annual Mother’s Day Showcase at the Noelridge Greenhouse. The date falls 45 years from the first Mother’s Day open house, held there on May 13 and 14, 1972. That inaugural event showcased 28,000 plants to be planted in public areas. This year, visitors will see 68,000 plants, as well as educational exhibits on bonsai, beekeeping, orchids, pollinators and butterflies. Still looking for a gift for Mom? Sale items include hanging baskets, coleus plants, glass birdbaths and bird feeders, cactus, succulents and handcrafted cards. Free butterfly milkweed plants will be available while supplies last.
Mother’s Day Showcase -- 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday (5/14), Noelridge Greenhouse, 4900 Council St. NE, Cedar Rapids; free admission; (319) 286-5762