At the October 9 meeting of the Grinnell Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, eight members cleaned 40 to 50 works of art from the collection of the Center for Arts & Artists at 501 W. Third St. N. in Newton.
The mission of the Arts and Artists Center is to “engage the community in the appreciation of creativity”. CAA, a non-profit organization with a paid staff member, provides studios for working artists, clay and kiln rooms, houses for arts organizations and civic groups, classes, a boutique gifts for artists and classrooms and meeting rooms. For over a decade, CAA has provided meeting space for the Grinnell NSDAR Chapter.
Each year on or around October 11, DAR members celebrate the DAR National Day of Service in honor of the founding of our Society on October 11, 1890. To thank the CAA for the use of their space meeting, Grinnell DAR dedicated our day to being of service to them. Center director Linda Klepinger asked us to help clean their artwork. Several years ago, the Jasper Community Foundation donated an impressive collection of works of art to CAA. The collection includes Bien Chromolith Audubon prints, botanical copperplate prints by Basil Besler, Japanese prints, historical maps, oil paintings and engravings. Klepinger taught us how to safely clean glass from artwork and provided us with materials (Sparkle, paper towels, and Swiffers) to clean the glass and dust off.
The Grinnell DAR Section is grateful to CAA for their continued support to our Section and we hope to support them as much as possible in the future.
For more information on DAR membership, contact Nancy Bender, Registrar, 641-236-7065.