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Find Out The Scandalous Stories About Davenport’s Bucktown On Zoom TONIGHT!

January 25th, 2021
Find Out The Scandalous Stories About Davenport's Bucktown On Zoom TONIGHT!

Believe it or not, the classic Bucktown building in downtown Davenport was once a pretty wild and rowdy place. You can learn more about it during a new Zoom program taking place at 6 p.m. Monday, called Davenport’s Bucktown in 1903: “Worst Town in America.” A 1903 editorial in the Chicago Record-Herald claimed our very own Davenport swiped New York City’s title as the “Worst Town in America.” Join author Jonathan Turner, our very own arts and entertainment reporter for QuadCities.com, for a look at what earned Bucktown such a dubious honor. Jonathan literally... Read More

Quad-Cities Year In Arts: Reflecting On A Year Like No Other, Personally and in the Arts

December 26th, 2020
Quad-Cities Year In Arts: Reflecting On A Year Like No Other, Personally and in the Arts

Saturday In The Arts is a comprehensive weekly feature looking at a trend, personality, or major subject involving the Quad-Cities arts and entertainment scene. Making it through nearly five months of a paralyzing pandemic was bad enough, but for those of us in Iowa and the Quad-Cities, Aug. 10, 2020 and the days that followed seemed especially cruel. I’ll never forget that Monday afternoon, working on my laptop in the basement, a prisoner in my home trying not to go insane during a crazy year. The power suddenly went out, as a freak inland hurricane (or “derecho” – duh-RAY-cho – as everyone... Read More

Bucktown, MidCoast, Embodied the “Cool, Creative” We Need More Of In The Quad-Cities

June 3rd, 2020
Bucktown, MidCoast, Embodied the “Cool, Creative” We Need More Of In The Quad-Cities

Sept. 30, 2016 was one of the best nights of my life. At the Boho Chic Gallery in downtown Davenport’s Bucktown Center for the Arts, I was surrounded by friends, samples of Front Street beer (including its Bucktown Stout), and copies of my first book, “A Brief History of Bucktown: Davenport’s Infamous District Transformed.” It was because of this quirky collection of art galleries and studios – which had a brief, busy, vital life from 2005 to this past March – that I was commissioned in August 2014 by The History Press to write the definitive story of the colorful east end of downtown... Read More

Art Gallery Coming To NorthPark? Meeting At Bucktown For Artists

February 21st, 2020
Art Gallery Coming To NorthPark? Meeting At Bucktown For Artists

Artists and those who are interested in art can attend a meeting about creating an art gallery in Northpark Mall for local artists to display and sell their art at 1 pm on Saturday, Feb. 29, in suite 203, Bucktown Center for the Arts, 225 Second Street, Davenport, Iowa. The leaders of the meeting, Barb and Jim Toner have lived in the Quad Cities for more than 30 years. Barb has been a fused glass artist for about six years and has sold her pieces in Bucktown and The Artery. These two art centers will close March 31, and many of the artists have few options to sell their art in the Quad Cities.... Read More

PaperFest Cutting Into Quad-Cities Next Weekend

August 18th, 2019
PaperFest Cutting Into Quad-Cities Next Weekend

PaperFest, a new visual arts event in the Quad Cities, will include art demos and family-friendly hands-on art activities, all with paper. Activities planned are paper book folding, foam core sculpture, origami, collage and paper making. Artists involved include: Bucktown multi-media artist Linda Hardin, Carolyn Krueger who teaches ceramics, owns The ARTery and directs MidCoast Gallery West in Rock Island, Illinois, Rose Patton of Seven Orchids Gallery in Bucktown, David Smith who owns Smith Studio and Gallery in Geneseo, Illinois, and DeSoto Studio (Rock Island) artist Amber Williams. There is... Read More

Jon Burns Brings Iconic Imagery To DeSoto Studio

August 2nd, 2019
Jon Burns Brings Iconic Imagery To DeSoto Studio

Coming to DeSoto Studio in Rock Island for the month of August 2019 is”QC Icons and Landmarks The Art Of Jon Burns,”A collection of new work from Moline, Illinois native Jon Burns. The opening reception at the gallery, 2324 3rd Ave Rock Island (Enter through alley), is 6-10 p.m. Friday, August 2, and the closing reception will be Friday, August 30. Jon Burns is an artist and musician living and working in the Quad Cities IA/IL region. He has shown art at several galleries around the Q.C. including The Artery, Bucktown, Rozz Tox, Midcoast Gallery West, Peanut Gallery, Mode Art Gallery,... Read More

Jon Burns Brings Iconic Imagery To DeSoto Studio

July 9th, 2019
Jon Burns Brings Iconic Imagery To DeSoto Studio

Coming to DeSoto Studio in Rock Island for the month of August 2019 is”QC Icons and Landmarks The Art Of Jon Burns,”A collection of new work from Moline, Illinois native Jon Burns. The opening reception at the gallery, 2324 3rd Ave Rock Island (Enter through alley), is 6-10 p.m. Friday, August 2, and the closing reception will be Friday, August 30. Jon Burns is an artist and musician living and working in the Quad Cities IA/IL region. He has shown art at several galleries around the Q.C. including The Artery, Bucktown, Rozz Tox, Midcoast Gallery West, Peanut Gallery, Mode Art Gallery,... Read More

Local Businesses Supporting The Arts

April 14th, 2017
Local Businesses Supporting The Arts

Tour the Quad City downtown areas and you will find good examples of how creative people are growing as innovators – serving in a two-fold manner of providing products and services while supporting local creatives of all types. From artists to writers, local businesses are supporting a manifesto that CREATIVITY and the ARTS matter. This practice is economically benefiting our local community members and adding flair to tourism and recognizing the QCA as a cultural and vibrant destination point. It is this partnership that can also build a competitive advantage while assisting in advancing... Read More

Holiday Wine Walk Uncorked At Bucktown Friday

December 15th, 2016
Holiday Wine Walk Uncorked At Bucktown Friday

Some people break out the egg nog when the snow falls. Some sip hot chocolate by the fire. For others, a glass of wine does the trick any time of year. If you like wine glasses and tastings, then come to the Holiday Wine Walk. This annual event will be held on Friday, Dec. 16, at the Bucktown Center for the Arts (225 E 2nd Street, Davenport, Iowa 52801) from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00p.m. Purchase beautifully hand painted wine glasses and taste many unique brands of wine. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. (NAMI) This event will be accompanied by Black Hawk... Read More

Dam Shopping Trip Features QC Small Businesses Saturday

November 24th, 2016
Dam Shopping Trip Features QC Small Businesses Saturday

Is the Black Friday traffic too stressful? Do you prefer a more relaxed day of shopping that includes great deals? Then the 2nd annual “That Dam Shopping Trip” is something you’ll want to partake in. On Saturday, November 26th, small businesses from both sides of the dam will be holding sales, refreshments, and prizes on Small Business Saturday. The shops that will be participating in this event are: Skeleton Key Art and Antique, The ARTery, Vintage Varieties, Taste Buds and Gentry Boutique in Rock Island, and Abernathy’s, Crafted QC, The Full Kit, Bucktown and Riverbend Retro in Davenport.... Read More