Registration under way for Grant Wood bus trip
Spend a day exploring the world of Grant Wood with the American Gothic House Center’s annual Grant Wood Bus Trip April 27.
This year’s adventure travels by Burlington Trailways bus to Iowa State University in Ames for a day of art, history and beauty.
First stop will be the ISU Library to view Grant Wood’s murals “When Tillage Begins” and “Other Arts Follow.” The murals were designed by Wood while he directed the Iowa Public Works of Arts Project during the Great Depression. The program provided work for unemployed artists in the 1930s.
After viewing the murals, a tour of the ISU Farm House Museum is on the agenda, a monument to early Iowa State history and culture. From there, a short bus ride for a stop at the Reiman Gardens. The Reiman Gardens is on a 14-acre site complete with indoor conservatory, indoor butterfly wing and five greenhouses. April 27 is the opening of “Iowa, Naturally.” The exhibit features outdoor garden sculptures interpreted from or inspired by nature created by artists with Iowa ties.
The day will wrap up with a meal at the Triple Crown Eatery at Prairie Meadows in Altoona.
Cost for the day-long trip is $69.50 per person and covers transportation, dinner and admission. The tour begins in Fairfield at 8:30 a.m., with departure on the east side of the Jefferson County Health Center parking lot. Pick up points enroute to Ames will be the American Gothic House Center in Eldon at 9 a.m. and Ottumwa at 9:30 a.m. on the west side of Great Prairie Area Education Agency parking lot, with arrival in Ames at 11:45 a.m.
The bus will return the same day to Ottumwa, Eldon and Fairfield at 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. respectively.
Reservations for the trip can be made by calling Holly Berg at 641-652-3352 or emailing TheAmericanGothicHouse@gmail.com.
Reservations will be accepted as long as space allows. A minimum of 32 people must sign up for the trip or it will be canceled.
Deadline for sign-up is April 12.