From November 3rd 2021-January 3rd, 2022, Quad City Arts’ Art at the Airport presents oil paintings by Elisa Boughner of Glenview, IL, Quad City Arts presents paintings by Elisa Boughner, collagraphs by Luca Cruzat, and sculpture by Lori Roderickcollagraphs by Luca Cruzat of Carbondale, IL, and ceramic sculpture by Lori Roderick of Rock Island, IL.

Elisa Boughner was born in the United States, raised in Mexico and studied art in America and Europe. Her work reflects the influence of each of these cultures. She says, “Color holds an emotional bond for the viewer and the artist alike. My work is about emotion, and I believe color and composition can create an undeniable joyful emotion when looking at it.” Her still lifes are Expressionist in style, but incorporate the bright color palette characteristic of Mexican painting.

 Luca Cruzat is an artist and educator based in Southern Illinois. She received her MFA in Printmaking from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Her work comes from close, personal observation and engagement with the ordinary. Cruzat states “an unknown mother kept a daughter’s garments in a box. This found material inspired these prints. The result is a fragmented portraiture of a woman that is and becomes at the same time. The garment itself intends to transmute past into present. Reflecting on my own process of growing up, from time to time I come back to the box to generate another work, as an unfinished process.”

 Lori Roderick has been creating terracotta vessels over the last 18 months and a reaction to and/or escape from the global pandemic. Quad City Arts presents paintings by Elisa Boughner, collagraphs by Luca Cruzat, and sculpture by Lori RoderickMade from the simple and old techniques of pinching and coiling, the work reflects the many moods people have experienced over the course of this past year. Roderick explains that “Some express hopefulness, some darker feelings. Some of the pieces share whimsical abstract imagery that’s not quite flora or fauna that I mostly made up the moment I picked up a tool or brush in the studio.” She has a BA in English and Art from Augustana College and a MA in Ceramics and Sculpture from the University of Iowa.

In addition to the airport gallery, the artist’s works can be seen and purchased online: https://www.quadcityarts.com/art-at-the-airport.html.

Art at the Airport in The Quad Cities International Airport gallery is easy to find. It is just across from the gift shop and restaurant and right before the security checkpoint. The gallery never closes, and you will pay just a dollar for parking.

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, 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 Monday-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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Quad City Arts presents paintings by Elisa Boughner, collagraphs by Luca Cruzat, and sculpture by Lori Roderick
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