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French Moderns at the Figge

French Moderns on display at the Figge Art Museum. Organizations such as the Bettendorf Public Library are offering companion programs related to the exhibit.

Join the Bettendorf Public Library for all things French as we collaborate with the Figge Art Museum for its exhibit, "French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850-1950," featuring works which chronicle one of the most dynamic and beloved eras in the history of art. Over the next couple of months, we’re hosting programs designed to give you insight into the French Moderns and the world those artists lived in.

On Nov. 10 from 1-4 p.m., Pat Bereskin, local artist and owner of Beréskin Gallery in Bettendorf, will work on her art and demonstrate painting skills inspired by the French Moderns. Stop by to say hi to Pat, ask questions about painting, processes and techniques!

Art may have fed the souls of the artists, but something needed to fill their bellies, too! On Saturday, Nov. 10, Chef Stephanie Godke 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. This program will fill up fast, so register soon at

On Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 10 a.m., we’ll host a special Preschool Storytime: The Art of the Story. This one-hour story time will focus on art appreciation with a hands-on craft. Children ages 3-5 are invited to attend.

We’ll wish Claude Monet a happy birthday on Wednesday, Nov. 14, with a Creation Studio Workshop. Glenn Boyles from the Family Museum will teach us how to paint in the style of Monet and the Impressionists. Reserve your space at

There’s more to the French Moderns than visual art; did you know there was a companion musical movement? On Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7:00 p.m., Marc Zyla of the Quad-City Symphony Orchestra is presenting The Composers of French Impressionism. Patrons will get an introduction to the music of Debussy, Ravel, Saint Saëns, and more!

On Friday, Nov. 23, at 10:30 a.m., patrons of all ages are invited to attend a PG-rated feature film based on a classic children's book by Ludwig Bemelmans about the schoolgirl adventures of an orphan named Madeline in Paris, France.

On Thursday, Dec. 6, at 1:30 p.m., the Augustana Teaching Museum of Art’s staff will give us a presentation on its exhibit Världen är liten/The World Is Small and its ties to the Figge’s exhibit. The World is Small features works by Swedish and Swedish-American artists whose practice brought them into conversation with Parisian Modernism.

We have three opportunities for young people to participate in a French-themed art lesson taught by a Figge educator. Art To Go programs are on Saturday, Dec. 8 and Saturday, Jan. 5, is for ages 5 or older; Saturday, Dec. 15, is for 6th grade or older. Registration for the Dec. 15 Art to Go at

The Bettendorf Public Library’s French Moderns programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Bettendorf Public Library (or should we say Les Amis de The Bettendorf Public Library!)

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