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Civic and Art Leaders Welcome Bright New Installation on Moline Riverfront

October 21st, 2020
Civic and Art Leaders Welcome Bright New Installation on Moline Riverfront

MOLINE – Brandon Nees squinted into the sun Wednesday morning at the dilapidated, vacant Spiegel building, and all he saw was bright, boundless possibility. That’s partly because the 25-year-old Davenport artist, who graduated from Moline High School, painted the word “possibility” in big turquoise block letters across seven plywood panels – among nine colorful 7.6-foot-by-6.75 feet panels he created for a $10,000 public mural on the boarded-up ground floor of the city-owned Spiegel building off River Drive (200 20th St.) in downtown Moline. “It’s amazing,” Nees said of the finished... Read More

Get Artist’s Tour of Nobel Peace Prize Portraits Oct. 23 in Bettendorf

October 19th, 2020
Get Artist’s Tour of Nobel Peace Prize Portraits Oct. 23 in Bettendorf

We’re all hungry for some peace, calm and normalcy. The recent announcement of the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize rang true to regional artist Cecile Houel, who is passionate about diversity and justice. Her portraits of Nobel Peace Prize laureates have been extended at the Beréskin Art Gallery & Academy, 2967 State St., Bettendorf, through the end of the month. She will offer a free tour of her exhibit Friday, Oct. 23 at 2 p.m. Houel – who is based in Fort Madison, Iowa – will speak about her work on this collection, covering the following topics: Alfred Nobel and the Nobel Society, researches... Read More

Quad City Arts Has Been Enriching The Region With Public Art For Over Two Decades

October 13th, 2020
Quad City Arts Has Been Enriching The Region With Public Art For Over Two Decades

Many public places throughout the Quad-Cities are more beautiful and colorful because of Quad City Arts, which marks its 50th anniversary this year. The late executive director Lloyd Schoeneman (who died at 49 in 2001 from cancer) was the driving force behind our public sculpture program. In the 1990s, Lloyd introduced the concept of community-built art to the Quad-Cities, organizing design charrettes which resulted in the Navigation Steps at Leach Park (Bettendorf) the Nature Spiral at Illiniwek Park (Hampton) and the Lindsay Park Architectural Sculpture Park (Village of East Davenport). He also... Read More

Kevin E. Smith Is Spotlighted In The QuadCities.com Virtual Art Gallery

October 6th, 2020
Kevin E. Smith Is Spotlighted In The QuadCities.com Virtual Art Gallery

Welcome to the QuadCities.com Virtual Art Gallery! In this feature, we’re spotlighting area artists and their work. Every Tuesday we’ll feature a new local artist. It’s free and our way of showcasing awesome area artists and allowing them to include a link to their own online gallery or patreon! If you’d like to be included in the gallery, just send your bio, a headshot pic of yourself and up to a half-dozen .jpgs of your art to Sean@QuadCities.com. We look forward to featuring you and your artworks in our gallery! This week’s artist is Kevin E. Smith! Here’s his bio: Kevin E.... Read More

Meet Our New Artist In The QuadCities.com Virtual Art Gallery, Brianna Herrig!

September 29th, 2020
Meet Our New Artist In The QuadCities.com Virtual Art Gallery, Brianna Herrig!

Welcome to the QuadCities.com Virtual Art Gallery! In this feature, we’re spotlighting area artists and their work. Every Tuesday we’ll feature a new local artist. It’s free and our way of showcasing awesome area artists and allowing them to include a link to their own online gallery or patreon! If you’d like to be included in the gallery, just send your bio, a headshot pic of yourself and up to a half-dozen .jpgs of your art to Sean@QuadCities.com. We look forward to featuring you and your artworks in our gallery! This week’s artist is Brianna Herrig! As she tells us in her bio… I... Read More

Quad City Arts Invites Area Artists To Exhibit At Their Galleries

September 23rd, 2020
Quad City Arts Invites Area Artists To Exhibit At Their Galleries

Quad City Arts invites artists residing within a 250-mile radius of Rock Island, IL to submit a proposal for a gallery exhibition during 2021-22. Selected artists will be paired with one or two additional artists for a 2-month long exhibition between July 2021 through August 2022 in one of our two large exhibit spaces. Cohesive bodies of work are highly desired. All media will be considered. To enter, go to QuadCityArts.com and click on the Programs tab, then Visual Art Opportunities. The entry fee is $10. The deadline: Jan. 1, 2021. Quad City Arts’ Rock Island Gallery occupies a 1908 department... Read More

Meet This Week’s Local Artist In The QuadCities.com Virtual Art Gallery!

September 22nd, 2020
Meet This Week's Local Artist In The QuadCities.com Virtual Art Gallery!

Welcome to the QuadCities.com Virtual Art Gallery! In this feature, we’re spotlighting area artists and their work. Every Tuesday we’ll feature a new local artist. It’s free and our way of showcasing awesome area artists and allowing them to include a link to their own online gallery or patreon! If you’d like to be included in the gallery, just send your bio, a headshot pic of yourself and up to a half-dozen .jpgs of your art to Sean@QuadCities.com. We look forward to featuring you and your artworks in our gallery! This week’s artist is Kevin Richard Schafer. Here’s his bio: “Kevin... Read More

Bettendorf Teacher, Paper Artist Mourned As “One of a Kind”

September 21st, 2020
Bettendorf Teacher, Paper Artist Mourned As “One of a Kind”

Friends and family in the Quad-Cities are mourning the sudden, shocking loss of Keith Bonnstetter, a beloved Bettendorf Spanish teacher and master of intricate paper cutting. He died Sunday morning at 52 after collapsing during a run. Bonnstetter was a Spanish teacher at Bettendorf High School since 2001, said principal Joy Kelly in a Sunday post on the school’s website. “He loved his students, he loved his colleagues and he loved teaching,” she wrote. “Keith was a positive, compassionate and talented presence on our campus and he will be missed dearly by all of us. “On behalf of our... Read More

Skeleton Key Art And Antiques Adding New Local Artists This Weekend

September 18th, 2020
Skeleton Key Art And Antiques Adding New Local Artists This Weekend

Skeleton Key Art and Antiques of Rock Island is hosting additional Quad Cities artists this Saturday, September 19th. The family-friendly pop-up shopping will take place from 10 am – 5 pm in the parking lot of Skeleton Key at 520 18th Street, Rock Island. In addition to the 80+ local antique dealers, artists and makers with goods normally available at Skeleton Key, this Saturday shoppers can find local artists Carolyn Krueger, Glen Lowry, Stephanie Canterbury, and Mindy Mathews of High Strung by 3M. In addition, artist and Skeleton Key co-owner John VandeWalle will be unveiling a number of... Read More

25-Year-Old Quad-Cities Artist Creating Massive Mural on Moline Spiegel Building

September 15th, 2020
25-Year-Old Quad-Cities Artist Creating Massive Mural on Moline Spiegel Building

A dilapidated brick building, right off the 74 bridge on Moline’s riverfront, is all about possibility. And Brandon Nees is thrilled about bringing that surging potential to colorful life. The 25-year-old Davenport artist, who graduated from Moline High School, has been chosen to create a $10,000 public mural on nine panels of the boarded-up ground floor of the Spiegel Building, 200 20th St., just north of River Drive. Renew Moline partnered with the City of Moline and Quad City Arts to issue a call for entries, resulting in 28 submissions from artists around the Midwest. Renew’s Public Art... Read More