Quad City Arts’ online exhibit through June 19, 2020, will be photography by Ken Urban of Durant, IA and paintings by Margaret Ertz, of Burlington, IA.

Ken Urban’s photographs tell a story. He travels the backroads of the Midwest with his camera in hand. This show is about the forgotten silos that blanket the countryside, no longer in use, but towering symbols of days gone by. In the rural American landscape, with its ever-changing farm practices and abandoned barns on the verge of collapse, the silos are often the only reminder of the past. Occasionally a tree blooms and grows in the protection of these silos. Urban’s photographs capture and share a unique and intriguing story about the history of rural America.

Margaret Ertz has been drawing and painting for over 40 years. She uses both oil and acrylic paint to depict urban settings and cityscapes from her hometown of Burlington, IA, as well as other cities she has explored. Ertz is a master at capturing city lights at night, reflections on wet pavement and floodlit architecture.

A complete online gallery showing all of these artist’s works will be available later this week @ www.quadcityarts.com

It is hoped that a public reception can be held in June, but that will be determined.

 Quad City Arts is a nonprofit local arts agency dedicated to enriching the quality of life in the Quad City region through the arts.  Support for art exhibitions is provided by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, The Illinois Arts Council, a State Agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Quad City Arts Gallery is located at 1715 Second Avenue in the Arts and Entertainment District of Rock Island.  Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m.–5 p.m. For more information, contact Dawn Wohlford-Metallo 309-793-1213 X108, or by email at dwmetallo@quadcityarts.com

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