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Quad City Arts Announces Full Chalk Art Fest Lineup June 26-27

June 15th, 2021
Quad City Arts Announces Full Chalk Art Fest Lineup June 26-27

Quad City Arts on Tuesday announced the full schedule of events for Chalk Art Fest in Schwiebert Park, downtown Rock Island, June 26-27. SATURDAY, JUNE 26 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. — Chalk art competition  Live Music Lineup: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Live DJ Mark Manuel, Alt 104.5/Kiss FM 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. – Chrash 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. — The Textures 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. – Doug Brundies Big Acoustic Show SUNDAY, JUNE 27  10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Chalk art competition  Live Music Lineup: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Mo&Co 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. — QC Rock Academy 3:30 p.m. – AWARDS CEREMONY 4 p.m.... Read More

A Sad Goodbye To A Creative Hot Spot: Davenport’s Crafted QC Is Closing Its Doors

June 15th, 2021
A Sad Goodbye To A Creative Hot Spot: Davenport's Crafted QC Is Closing Its Doors

One of the most unique, colorful, fun, and creative stores in the Quad-Cities is going to be closing its doors. Crafted QC, at 221 E. 2nd St., will be shutting down for good at the end of August. The owner of the store, Mary Talbert, sent out this announcement and posted this to her social media today: So this is a hard email to write, but I’m confident this is 100% the right decision. I’ve decided it’s time to close Crafted QC at the end of August. Why? There are many reasons, but at the end of the day it’s because of my own health issues. It’s time for me to step... Read More

Chalk Art Fest Heading To Rock Island

June 13th, 2021
Chalk Art Fest Heading To Rock Island

Looking for some colorful and vibrant artworks to brighten up your life? Quad City Arts is pleased to present the 5th annual Chalk Art Fest, live and in-person June 26-27!  While last year’s event went virtual with artists chalking up their driveways, porches and sidewalks, we are thrilled to host this year’s event in the beautiful setting of Schwiebert Riverfront Park, in downtown Rock Island, directly across the street from Quad City Arts headquarters and gallery. Inspiring and engaging for people of all ages, this free, two-day street painting festival brings together hundreds of local... Read More

Quad City Arts Unveils New Public Sculptures This Week

June 8th, 2021
Quad City Arts Unveils New Public Sculptures This Week

Seven public sculptures in Bettendorf and two in Moline will be moving to other locations and replaced with new sculptures over the next 15 days, beginning Monday, June 7th. Moline is adding two more sculptures this year and the Geneseo Public Library will be leasing a sculpture for the first time. Rock Island has elected to re-lease four of the sculptures from last years’ selection and purchase the sculpture titled “Reaching to the Moon” by Tim Frye for its permanent collection. Quad City Arts has facilitated the leasing and installation of public sculpture in the Quad Cities since 2002.... Read More

Moline and Muscatine Living Proof Exhibit Scheduling New Creative Sessions for Summer

May 24th, 2021
Moline and Muscatine Living Proof Exhibit Scheduling New Creative Sessions for Summer

Moline-based Living Proof Exhibit hosts Creative Sessions each month with a variety of community partners at various locations in the region and has one coming up in Muscatine, for the first time in a long time. To date, Living Proof Exhibit has provided free Creative Sessions to more than 2,400 participants in the Quad-Cities and Muscatine. The art sessions are free of charge and open to anyone impacted by cancer of any artistic skill level. Two upcoming sessions are: Acrylic Painting, with instructor Gina Kirschbaum, Tuesday, June 8, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 4th,... Read More

Quad City Arts Promoting Opportunity For Artists To Combat Vaccine Hesitancy

May 21st, 2021
Quad City Arts Promoting Opportunity For Artists To Combat Vaccine Hesitancy

Quad City Arts is helping promote a new grant opportunity for artists to help combat rampant vaccine hesitancy nationwide. It is posting the fact that Arts Alliance Illinois is looking for practicing local artists (any medium) whose audiences reach Illinois residents under 35 years old, people of color, and women. Ideally, these artists have audiences and followings in the target demographics. The artists themselves do not have to fit within said demographics. The goal of the Arts and Vaccination Campaign is to encourage Illinois residents to combat Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy, and to support Illinois... Read More

Get Your Brushes Ready For A Paint Party At The Quarry Today!

May 16th, 2021
Get Your Brushes Ready For A Paint Party At The Quarry Today!

Looking to express your creative spirit in paint? Today, there’s a Paint Party from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Quarry, 3557 Middle Rd, Bettendorf! Here are the deets: I am super excited to be painting at The Quarry! Join us for a fun night of sipping and painting! We will guide you through step-by-step. No experience is needed and all materials are provided. Come laugh, sip, unwind, and leave with a masterpiece of your own! Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite or venmo @karie-rauch for $30 per person. Seating is limited so get your tickets ASAP!! *Please do not buy from anyone claiming to have... Read More

Spring Beaux Arts Fair Returns to Davenport Fairgrounds This Weekend

May 7th, 2021
Spring Beaux Arts Fair Returns to Davenport Fairgrounds This Weekend

The 68th bi-annual Beaux Arts Fair returns to the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, 2815 W. Locust St., Davenport, on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fair is free to the public and is held rain or shine each May and September. The Beaux Arts Fund Committee, a non-profit group of volunteers, donates all proceeds to the Figge Art Museum to fund exhibitions and educational programs. No commissions will be charged. The last spring Beaux Arts Fair was held in May 2019 at the fairgrounds – when it moved there from outside the Figge in downtown Davenport, because... Read More

Sisters Megan and Kristin Quinn Exhibited at Quad Cities Airport Gallery

May 3rd, 2021
Sisters Megan and Kristin Quinn Exhibited at Quad Cities Airport Gallery

The newest Quad City Arts’ Art at the Airport exhibit is all in the family — paintings by Kristin Quinn of Davenport, with ceramic creations by her sister, Megan Quinn, of Rock Island, on display through June 30. Megan Quinn is a professor at Augustana College in Rock Island, while Kristin Quinn is a professor at St. Ambrose University in Davenport. Megan is a ceramic artist, and Kristin is a painter. The two sisters grew up in a family of five children with parents who were educators, and their dad was a physicist who specialized in optics and provided access to visually stimulating... Read More

New Bereskin Gallery Exhibit Raises Awareness, Money for Clean Water in Africa

May 1st, 2021
New Bereskin Gallery Exhibit Raises Awareness, Money for Clean Water in Africa

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! The intertwined arts of photography, painting and filmmaking can produce a tide of emotion and giving in ways that simple words often cannot. That trio of talents are behind the latest exhibit at Bereskin Gallery & Art Academy, 2967 State St., Bettendorf. Pat Herath, executive director and founder of Moline-based Wells 4 Wellness, met this spring with Pat Beréskin, the... Read More