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A Local American Treasure: John Bloom at the Augustana College Art Museum, Through November 10 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 31 October 2007 10:13

Reader issue #657 John Bloom was a master of lines. Drawing directly from everyday life, he transformed his observations with a skillful economy and nuance that can only come from long experience and total observation. Even in his lithographic printmaking, his subtle and beautifully lighted tones were created by a multitude of lines. In his paintings, his linear preparations paid off in a painting style that grew progressively lighter, almost effortless.

 
Ancient Patterns, Modern Variations: Rowen Schussheim-Anderson, through October at Artswork PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 10 October 2007 02:18

fiberglas 1 A luminescent circle gleams over an ocean of subtle fabric waves. Little squares of small purple beads sit like boats on a pale-blue sea. Surprising fragments of red and white texture enter from the side. A cloaked green figure seems to walk along the shore to a blue-misted house in the distance. Behind in the sky, cloud forms repeat the patterns on the surface of the water. Little gold amulets shine in the light. One can feel the coolness in the air and the breeze rising up from the water.

 
An Enthusiastic Friend to Paint: Felix Morelo Bids “Adios” to the Quad Cities with Bucktown Exhibit PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Banks   
Wednesday, 19 September 2007 02:59

651_coverthumb.jpg Rarely does paint - the actual physical stuff laden with pigment - have as enthusiastic a friend as it does with Felix Morelo. The artist often lavishes his surfaces with thick and lustrous textured passages in blood reds, dirty aqua greens, or caustic oranges. In other areas, he stingily scrubs in the most minimal hints of browns or soiled denim blues.

 
All the World’s a Stage: Bill Hannan, through October at MidCoast Gallery West PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 19 September 2007 02:49

Bill Hannan - The PlanetsOn a small, dark stage, Venus slowly materializes, walking silently toward us in a diaphanous robe, holding a chalice and a sheath of wheat, her eyes distant. Jupiter, looking like Dionysus, sits on an invisible chair holding a jester's toy, laughing at something he's just heard from sly Mercury, who slowly floats by. Neptune the mystic crouches, bare-headed, waiting, looking beyond us.

 
Quiet Muse: 2007 Riverssance Harley Award Winner Ruth Evelyn Katz PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 12 September 2007 02:35

Mayor Mark Schwiebert and Ruth Evelyn Katz Over the past 19 years, the Riverssance Festival of Fine Art has bestowed the Harley Award (named after the event's harlequin logo) in recognition of "an individual or organization that has demonstrated a lasting commitment to the promotion and the advancement of the visual arts and artists in the Quad Cities area." And certainly, that description applies to 2007's Harley Award recipient, Ruth Evelyn Katz.

 
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