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Reading the Books: Bruce Walters and Kathryn M. Anderson, Through February 15 at Quad City Arts PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Banks   
Wednesday, 09 January 2008 02:20

Bruce Walters' Sold House Creepy bunny costumes rendered in charcoal on paper, elongated hands rising out of the water to scratch at the stormy sky, a long, unspooled, film-like reel of hands signing out a missive wrapped around toppled driftwood pillars, and a possible gate to the underworld are parts of two separate book-based bodies of work now at Quad City Arts. One set re-presents the familiar with superb technical eloquence, utilizing the book as an end-product receptacle. The other, more adventurous body of work requires the book to become a component of the viewer's experience of the show.

 
Intricate Images: Keith Bonnstetter, Jim Cronk, Sally Gierke, and Tricia Coulson at QC Arts PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Banks   
Wednesday, 05 December 2007 02:45

Reader issue #662 Primal fires transform mud into stone. Tanned-hide-like scrolls stitched together with tea bags evoke tribal dance and hunting rituals. Intricate and whimsical lattice-like snowflake images lighten the spirits. These elemental forces of nature are on display at the Quad City Arts gallery, in the forms of clay works by Sally Gierke and Jim Cronk, cut paperworks by Keith Bonnstetter, and tribal fabric works from Tricia Coulson.

 
Fall 2007 Photo Contest Winners PDF Print E-mail
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Written by administrator   
Wednesday, 28 November 2007 02:55

Reader issue #661 For our fall 2007 photo contest, we asked our readers to submit photographs playing off the words "beginning," "middle," and "end." Here we present our favorites from among the nearly 100 submissions we received.

 
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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Written by Bruce Carter   
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.

 
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