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10 Fun Things To Do Week of August 23rd: Comedy, Concerts, Corn Dogs and MORE!

August 23rd, 2020

QuadCities.com proudly presents FUN10, a list of the top 10 things to do in the Quad Cities this week, and every week! Every Sunday, we’ll drop a new FUN10, to give you a head start on your week and a heads up on what’s going on over the coming seven days. Check out FUN10 every Sunday for the details on ten awesome events happening around town. It’s a cool read, and a great way to get started planning your entertainment for the week. As the current health situation in our country continues to force the cancellation of so many regularly scheduled events in the Quad Cities, we are once again... Read More

Quad-Cities Artists Sought For Huge New Downtown Moline Project

August 21st, 2020

Local artists are being sought by the city of Moline and Renew Moline to create a $10,000 public art display on the Spiegel Building, 200 20th St., just north of River Drive on the ground floor’s boarded windows. The vacant Spiegel Building is owned by the city, and is one of the few remaining factory buildings in downtown Moline from the industrial era – originally built between 1928 and 1930 as the Eagle Signal Building, according to Renew Moline, a nonprofit organization and public-private partnership. The project intent is “to beautify and draw attention to the building, a city-owned... Read More

Quad-Cities Artists Win Several Iowa Film Awards

August 16th, 2020

Several Quad-Cities artists were honored this past weekend with awards at the 29th-annual Iowa Motion Picture Association (IMPA) award ceremony. Due to Covid-19, the Aug. 8 event was held online this year.   The IMPA recognized outstanding creative and technical achievement in Iowa’s moving image production industry, in all its forms. “Sons & Daughters of Thunder,” a docudrama produced by Moline-based Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films, received seven awards, out of eight IMPA nominations. It won five top Awards of Excellence:   Best Live Action Entertainment —... Read More

Riverssance Festival Canceled Due To Covid-19 Concerns; Will Return In 2021

August 14th, 2020

After thoughtful and careful consideration, Quad City Arts along with the Riverssance planning committee have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Riverssance Festival of Fine Art originally scheduled to take place  September 19th-20th at Lindsay Park in the Village of East Davenport. Riverssance — formerly organized by Midcoast Fine Arts, before disbanding this spring — will return on September 18th and 19th, 2021 in support of arts programming through Quad City Arts.  As one of the Midwest’s finest outdoor arts fairs, this event has long been recognized for its careful... Read More

Quad City Arts Debuts New Exhibit, ‘Signals’ Featuring Boonstra, Pocaro and Powell

August 14th, 2020

On exhibit from August 21st through October 9th, 2020 is the show SIGNALS featuring Matthew Boonstra & Alan Pocaro with Original Prints by Elizabeth Powell. SIGNALS is a collaborative presentation by sculptor Matthew Boonstra, Charleston, IL and printmaker Alan Pocaro, Champaign, IL. The show will consist of sculptures and wall-mounted works on paper. The artists explore what it means to communicate in an era dominated by technologies that promise to enable deeper, more meaningful sharing, but just as often provide the opposite. Both artists have shown extensively throughout the Midwest, as... Read More

Quad City Arts Chalk Art Fest Moves Online

August 13th, 2020

Austin Robertson is innately drawn to chalk pastel art. The 23-year-old Davenport artist, who earned an associate’s degree in fine arts from Scott Community College, was the first-place winner in the first Quad City Arts Chalk Art Fest in 2017, in downtown Davenport, and has taken part every year since. “Just watching the creations come alive – it’s fun to see them go from concept to finished piece,” Robertson, a Davenport North alumnus, says of his love for art. “It’s fun to see its progress.” In 2015, he won the best of show in Quad City Arts’ High School Art Show, a self-portrait... Read More

Quad City Arts Cancels Festival of Trees and Parade Due To Covid Concerns

July 22nd, 2020

Quad City Arts has made the difficult decision not to host the 35th-annual Kwik Star Festival of Trees in person this year due to uncertainty and concern for the safety of volunteers, staff, and community as a whole regarding the Covid-19 pandemic. The Holiday Parade and all other special events will also not be held this year. This decision was led by Festival of Trees volunteer management team with the full support of the Quad City Arts’ staff and board of directors, the regional nonprofit announced Wednesday morning. “We recognize that Festival of Trees is a beloved holiday tradition in... Read More

David Van Allen & Ron Meyer Artwork on Display at Quad City Arts

July 19th, 2020

Quad City Arts is officially open and excited to show off their latest exhibit. Assembled portraits by David Van Allen and jazz noir images from the Iowa City Jazz Festival by Ron Meyer are now on display at the Quad City Arts Rock Island Gallery (1715 2nd Avenue Rock Island), as well as online. All pieces are available for purchase. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. The gallery is closed on Sundays. No admissions fees are required. About the Artists David Van Allen – Van Allen’s process begins by collecting hundreds of images of... Read More

City Of Moline Presenting Public Sculpture Program

July 18th, 2020

The City of Moline is joining the Public Sculpture Program, facilitated by Quad City Arts and funded by Renew Moline. Two new sculptures will be arriving on the riverfront in coming weeks. “Swans on the Marsh” by V. Skip Willits of Camanche, IA, will be mounted this week on the river walk at 15th Street. Regarding inspiration for the sculpture, Willits states, “I was walking along the shore of a marsh by the river one day and spied three swans on the water. This is my rendition of that scene.” Arriving July 22nd on 17th Street near the KONE Building will be “Metamorphosis” by Hilde... Read More

Quad City Arts Chalk Art Fest Moves Online

July 17th, 2020

Anyone can be an artist, and while the fourth-annual Chalk Art Fest won’t be able to gather in person this year, Quad City Arts is committed to bringing this colorful street art event to the community. So it will take place virtually from Aug. 15 to 28 and anyone and everyone is invited to participate. Chalk artists can create their work safely at home, on their driveway, sidewalk, porch or balcony. Snap a photo of your masterpiece and send to Quad City Arts (via website or e-mail) by Aug. 28 at 3 p.m., and be eligible for over $1,500 in cash prizes, including a youth category (for ages 12-17)... Read More