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Holtz Debuting New Artworks At Taste Buds

April 13th, 2017
Holtz Debuting New Artworks At Taste Buds

Sara Holtz brings a fun, whimsical quality to her multi-media paintings and that buoyant spirit will fit in perfectly with the light, happy environment for her first solo gallery showing as the latest Taste of Q-C Art creator at Taste Buds, 1629 2nd Ave., Rock Island (in the District, across from Bennigans). Holtz has had artworks on display at other area galleries, including Bucktown and the Star Dog Gallery, but this is her first solo gallery show. An opening reception for the show will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday. Patrons can meet and talk to the artist and indulge in free coffees, smoothies,... Read More

Give The Horns To Bullying With Pete!

April 10th, 2017
Give The Horns To Bullying With Pete!

At one time or another in our lives, most of us have felt powerless and persecuted, attacked and antagonized. Bullied. One voice against the onslaught can carry amazing weight. Many gathered against it? Remarkable courage and determination. Summoning that unity and resolve and bringing recognition and repair to this situation is the goal of the Unity Year-Round Campaign, an initiative by Eco Arts Quad Cities and QC United. The purpose of the anti-bullying initiative, which was kicked off in November 2012, is to recognize the worth of all Q-C community members and to practice showing respect and... Read More

Living Proof Full Circle Project Turns Pain Into Art

April 7th, 2017
Living Proof Full Circle Project Turns Pain Into Art

Sometimes the best way to deal with a painful experience or journey, is to transform that pain into comfort. That is exactly what Living Proof Exhibit specializes in. Living Proof Exhibit provides the therapeutic benefits of the arts to those impacted by cancer. This includes patients, survivors, families and caregivers. On Saturday April 8, anyone impacted by cancer can join Living Proof Exhibit at the Figge Art Museum (225 W 2nd Street Davenport) for Full Circle Project. This FREE class will allow individuals to cut up those unappealing hospital gowns, turn those gowns into pulp, change the pulp... Read More

Nine-Year-Old Having His Debut Art Exhibit At Taste Buds

March 30th, 2017
Nine-Year-Old Having His Debut Art Exhibit At Taste Buds

Jackson Leary is certainly celebrating his ninth birthday in a unique way. The third grader is having his first solo art exhibit as the latest Taste of Q-C Art at Taste Buds, 1629 2nd Ave., Rock Island (in the District, across from Bennigans). Jackson is the son of QuadCities.com digital media director Sean Leary and the co-host of Eventures with Sean and Jackson, a podcast on QuadCities.com. He’s had his art exhibited at Rozz Tox and local school art exhibits but this is his first solo show. He’s also co-authored and illustrated five books with his father, the latest being We Are All Characters.... Read More

Simon Says Take A Tangent To Taste Buds

March 22nd, 2017
Simon Says Take A Tangent To Taste Buds

Local underground artist Simon Tangent is having his debut showing of his art at the latest Taste of Q-C Art at Taste Buds, 1629 2nd Ave., Rock Island (in the District, across from Bennigans). An opening reception for the show will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday. Patrons can meet and talk to the artist and indulge in free coffees, smoothies, candy, snacks and more. A Taste of Q-C Art is sponsored by QuadCities.com and features new local artists every two weeks, with receptions every other Friday at Taste Buds. If you’re an artist interested in being a part of Taste of Q-C Art, contact Sean Leary... Read More

Four Artists Unveil New Works At Augie

March 9th, 2017
Four Artists Unveil New Works At Augie

The Augustana Teaching Museum of Art presents “4 Artists, 4 Visions,” an invitational exhibition organized in conjunction with the Augustana Department of Art. While previous exhibitions this year have situated the arts in dialogue with other disciplines or contemporary issues, this exhibition provides an opportunity to engage with the visual arts as a cohesive and varied practice, for its own sake. The invited artists are masters of their medium, and were chosen to provide an opportunity for art students to gain a greater sense of varieties of praxis in the art world. The four artists of “4... Read More

Get A Taste Of Stock’s Vibrant Abstracts

March 2nd, 2017
Get A Taste Of Stock’s Vibrant Abstracts

The electrifying and sprawling abstracts of Juliet Stock will cover the walls at the latest Taste of Q-C Art at Taste Buds, 1629 2nd Ave., Rock Island (in the District, across from Bennigans). An opening reception for the show will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday. Patrons can meet and talk to the artist and indulge in free coffees, smoothies, candy, snacks and more. A Taste of Q-C Art is sponsored by QuadCities.com and features new local artists every two weeks, with receptions every other Friday at Taste Buds. If you’re an artist interested in being a part of Taste of Q-C Art, contact Sean Leary... Read More

Poetry Out Loud Turns Up The Volume At QC Arts!

February 22nd, 2017
Poetry Out Loud Turns Up The Volume At QC Arts!

On Saturday, February 25 at 1:00 pm Quad City Arts will sponsor a Regional Poetry Out Loud Contest at Annawan High School. Students from Annawan, Cambridge, and Wethersfield High Schools will be competing to advance to the State Contest in March. Attendance at both events is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served. The winner of the Regional Contest will advance to the Illinois State Competition being held Friday, March 10, 2017 at the Hoogland Center for the Arts in Springfield. The state champion will advance to the Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington, DC, where... Read More

Floral and Arbor Landscapes Sprout at Taste Buds

February 21st, 2017
Floral and Arbor Landscapes Sprout at Taste Buds

A rainbow of floral color and verdant green arbor landscapes are sprouting on the walls at Taste Buds, as Rock Island artist Melanie Vallejo’s panoramic florals and colorful landscapes will be brightening up Taste Buds, 150 16 ½ St., Rock Island, through March 2. “This is my first ever exhibit, so I’m really excited,” Vallejo said at her opening reception. “It’s a thrill to see my artworks on the wall here! I’m very thankful to Taste Buds for hosting me!” A Taste of Q-C Art showcases various local artists and, through a sponsorship with QuadCities.com, allows them to keep 100 percent... Read More

Get A Taste Of Vallejo’s Art At Taste Buds

February 16th, 2017
Get A Taste Of Vallejo’s Art At Taste Buds

A self-taught artist, Rock Islander Melanie Vallejo’s panoramic florals and colorful landscapes will be brightening up Taste Buds, 150 16 ½ St., Rock Island, for the next two weeks, beginning with a reception at 5 p.m. Friday. The event is open to the public and will feature free drinks, refreshments, snacks and other cool stuff, and you’ll get to meet the artist and talk to her about her work, which will be on display through March 2. Recently, Vallejo chatted with us about her muse. When did you first get into art and what got you into it? I am a self taught artist.  I have been painting... Read More