You’ve gotta love an artist whose muses have included Beetlejuice and Vincent Price.

Jackie Krebs, who has painted portraits of those two titans of horror films and more, is the new artist-in-residence at A Taste of Q-C Art beginning Friday, Feb. 3 atTaste Buds, 150 16 ½ St., Rock Island. You can get a taste of Quad-Cities art while getting a taste of some delicious snacks and beverages beginning at the opening reception for Krebs’ art at 5 p.m. Friday.

A Taste of Q-C Art is a new rotating art exhibit featuring area creators debuting at the Rock Island shop notable for its smoothies, coffees, candy and other snacks. Every other Friday, a new local artist will have their works exhibited on the walls of Taste Buds, and, every other Friday at 5 p.m. will be an opening reception for the new artist in which they’ll be able to talk about their works. Free refreshments will be served and all the art on display will be for sale to the public.

“This is a win-win for all involved,” said Bret Gardella, owner of Taste Buds. “It’s showcasing the great works of local artists and introducing people to the delicious treats we have available at Taste Buds.”

The series is co-sponsored by Taste Buds and QuadCities.com.

As for the Davenport-based Krebs, we recently chatted with her about her work and inspiration. For your convenience, since you’re obviously not psychic (or are you?) the conversation is below…

  1. When did you first get into art and what got you into it?

I have been creating since I can remember. My parents always encouraged creativity-I have a vivid imagination, so I always had art supplies and paints available for whatever weird little creation popped into my head. Art, including music, dance, theater and visual art, has always been a vital part of my life. The magic of taking an idea and making it a reality is one of the biggest reasons I am a creator.

 

  1. How would you describe your artworks to people who haven’t seen them?

My art includes bold and vivid color, used in unusual ways to create shadow and texture. I also thrive on unusual subject matter. I like to think outside of the box, thus invoking feeling and emotion that the viewer wouldn’t necessarily expect.

 

  1. What’s your philosophy in regard to art?

My philosophy  in regard to art is to create from the heart, no matter how others may receive the end result. Everything I create, I do with passion. There’s no point otherwise.

 

  1. Who are your favorite artists?

Gustav Klimt has been a great inspiration. I was fortunate enough to be able to study in Vienna, Austria for a semester while in college. I was able to see many works by Klimt, as well as many other artists that inspire me, such as Van Gogh, Munch, and Cezanne. During this semester, I was exposed to so much culture and art, and that has influenced how I work today.

 

  1. What do you hope people take away from your show?

I hope that people have fun and enjoy looking at my paintings as much as I enjoyed creating them!

 

  1. How do you feel about being a part of taste of qc art?

I am very grateful for the opportunity to work with other locals to share my passion for creating. When I found out about Taste of QC Art, I definitely had to jump on board right away!

 

  1. What are your plans for the future?

I hope to continue creating and sharing my art! It is a goal of mine to eventually teach others how to paint. I love seeing people discover that they are an artist, even if they never thought it possible!

 

  1. Anything else you’d like to add?

If you are a creator, don’t be afraid to share your creations with the world. Not everyone will like what you do, and that is okay. As long as you try and are proud of your creations, that’s all that matters.

 

For more information on the series and, if you’re an artist and are interested in having your art exhibited, email Sean Leary at seanleary@seanleary.com.

 

Sean Leary is an author, director, artist, musician, producer and entrepreneur who has been writing professionally since debuting at age 11 in the pages of the Comics Buyers Guide. An honors graduate of the University of Southern California masters program, he has written almost 30 books including the best-sellers The Arimathean, Every Number is Lucky to Someone and We Are All Characters.