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Davenport Public Library Hosting Talk On Haitian Art

November 5th, 2021
Davenport Public Library Hosting Talk On Haitian Art

Join Figge educator, Kelsey Vandercoy, for an in-person talk all about Haitian art on Saturday, November 6th at 3:00 pm at Eastern Ave. (6000 Eastern Ave.) The Figge Art Museum houses one of the world’s largest collections of Haitian art outside of Haiti itself. Vandercoy will give a brief presentation about the basics of Haitian art and why the Figge has so much of it, followed by a hands-on art activity related to the lesson. A series of Haitian flags from the Figge Outreach’s collection of objects will be brought to allow patrons a close-up, physical experience with the art. This program... Read More

Festival Of Trees Is BACK in Davenport! See The Full Schedule Here

November 4th, 2021
Festival Of Trees Is BACK in Davenport! See The Full Schedule Here

Oh, What Fun! The Kwik Star Festival of Trees is BACK in person this year! Returning to the River Center, November 20 – November 28, this year’s Festival brings the magic of the holiday season to life in our NEWLY designed Festival Village, complete with the Tree of Lights as the focal point of the main town square.  In its’ 36th year as the annual fundraiser for Quad City Arts, over 30,000 people experience the 10-day Festival of Trees each year and an additional 45,000 watch the Holiday Parade, making this event one of the largest attractions in the Quad Cities. Festival of Trees features... Read More

Quad City Arts Art At The Airport Presents Works From Boughner, Cruzat And Roderick

November 2nd, 2021
Quad City Arts Art At The Airport Presents Works From Boughner, Cruzat And Roderick

From November 3rd 2021-January 3rd, 2022, Quad City Arts’ Art at the Airport presents oil paintings by Elisa Boughner of Glenview, IL, collagraphs 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... Read More

New QC Promotional Video Gives Short Shrift to Our Amazing Arts Scene

October 30th, 2021
A new 90-second video showing off the QC was produced by the global consulting firm Resonance.

Arts and culture mean business, and help create thriving communities. One of the main reasons I love the Quad-Cities (and have made it my home since fall 1995) is because of its outstanding, vibrant and growing arts scene – more than a dozen theater companies, a world-class symphony orchestra, exquisite professional ballet, top-quality art museum, a Smithsonian-affiliate museum of natural history and science, many live music venues of all sizes, gorgeous art galleries, a breathtaking botanical center and gardens, a variety of other fascinating museums, and on and on. But unfortunately, very little... Read More

Win A Cool Award For Your Artsy Decorated Pumpkin At The Artsy Bookworm!

October 29th, 2021
Win A Cool Award For Your Artsy Decorated Pumpkin At The Artsy Bookworm!

The Artsy Bookworm, 1319 30th St, Rock Island, is accepting any and all community members to bring their decorated pumpkins for a contest! Community vote will determine the winners on Nov. 1, 2021. First place will win a $50 gift card to The Artsy Bookworm, second place will win a $25 gift card. Anyone can enter and entrance is free, just make sure staff know which pumpkin is yours and that we have your contact information! For more info, see: facebook.com/bookwormqc  Read More

Quad City Arts Annual Call for Exhibition Proposals now open

October 28th, 2021
Quad City Arts Annual Call for Exhibition Proposals now open

Quad City Arts invites artists residing within a 250-mile radius of Rock Island, IL to submit a proposal for a gallery exhibition during 2022-23. Selected artists will be paired with one or two additional artists for a 2-month long exhibition taking place after August 2022 in one of our two large exhibit spaces. Cohesive bodies of work are highly desired. All media will be considered. For details and entry form, go to https://artist.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=8676 The entry fee is $10. The deadline: Jan. 9, 2022. Quad City Arts is a nonprofit local arts agency dedicated to enriching... Read More

“Art on Lockdown” Art by 67 Regional Artists Who Persevered Through 2020 At Quad City Arts

October 27th, 2021
“Art on Lockdown” Art by 67 Regional Artists Who Persevered Through 2020 At Quad City Arts

Through December 3, Quad City Arts presents “Art on Lockdown.” This diverse exhibition features 80 works of art by 67 regional artists. The public is invited to celebrate creativity at the opening reception on October 15 from 6-9 pm where most artists will be present, and refreshments will be served. As “Shelter in Place” began in March 2020, Quad City Arts’ staff searched for different ways to connect with the community and for a way to encourage artists to keep creating at a confusing time. As most non-essential workers found themselves working from home or not working at all, they... Read More

Jason Ackman’s ‘Navigation Borders’ Opens at Western Illinois University Art Gallery

October 16th, 2021
Jason Ackman's 'Navigation Borders' Opens at Western Illinois University Art Gallery

Illinois artist Jason Ackman will have his solo exhibition, “Navigating Boarders,” on display through Friday, Oct. 29, at the Western Illinois University Art Gallery. A reception for the artist will be held Tuesday, Oct. 26 from 4:30-6 p.m. The artist will speak about his work at 5 p.m. Ackman is a sculptor and educator living with his wife and two daughters in the small river township of Frederick, IL. As an artist, his primary focus is the use of reclaimed building materials to establish narratives for his sculptural works. He and his wife, Christy, are also co-directors of Farwell... Read More

World Relief Quad Cities Boasts Beautiful, Colorful World Mural, by Mexican Immigrant

October 16th, 2021
World Relief Quad Cities Boasts Beautiful, Colorful World Mural, by Mexican Immigrant

Saturday in the Arts is a weekly feature covering a trend, subject, event or personality of local interest. It runs every Saturday morning on your site for the best entertainment and arts coverage in the area, QuadCities.com! Over two weeks in summer 2019, Alejandro Martinez literally had the whole world in his hands. A Mexican immigrant who made a living as a painter in his home country, he was asked by World Relief Quad Cities director Laura Fontaine to paint a world map mural on one wall of their conference area, at 1852 16th St., Moline, Martinez’s daughter Alejandra – who graduated from... Read More

Figge Art Museum Presents Art of Japan at the Bettendorf Public Library

October 9th, 2021
The museum is at 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport.

The Bettendorf Public Library’s Global Gathering 2021 World Tour is making a stop in Japan on Thursday, October 14th at 7:00 PM. Figge Educator, Kelsey Vandercoy, will be on hand for an in-person presentation all about Japanese art. No registration is required to attend this free event, which will take place at the Bettendorf Public Library located at 2950 Learning Campus Dr. in Bettendorf. The 2021 Global Gathering World Tour series is sponsored by The Bettendorf Public Library Foundation, Quad City Bank & Trust, Morgan Stanley, HNI Corporation, Bettendorf Rotary, and Twin State. The topic... Read More