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A Gesture Captured in a Year: The Quad Cities’ Katie Kiley Wins Two Awards at New York City Invitational PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Wednesday, 24 May 2006 00:11
At her house, Katie Kiley is drawing in India ink on a wooden vase created by Steve Sinner. Using magnifying-glass headgear and two of the finest-point pens she could find, she’s creating eight panels around the vase, depicting scenes from a California town. The naked eye can’t appreciate the level of detail, and each panel takes two weeks to complete, she said.

Sinner expects to sell the piece for $20,000, Kiley said, and she’s being extremely careful with the vessel. “I have this resting on a down pillow,” she said.

Sinner, of course, is among the most highly regarded artists in the Quad Cities, and Kiley notes that he knows what price his work commands. But she is no slouch, as evidenced by two awards she won in the 181st Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art, presented by the National Academy in New York City.

 
Venus Envy Transcends Gender: Closing Reception at Bucktown Center for the Arts, May 26 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Banks   
Wednesday, 24 May 2006 00:00
Internally illuminated torso sculptures made of paper, rough-shaped hide-like weavings with primitive figures, shimmering digital photographic constructions of a transmogrified rock-and-roll icon, and a leg crowned with a house covered in plastic toy babies represent just a sliver of the powerful artistic diversity to be discovered at this year’s Venus Envy art exhibit, which populates the first three floors at Bucktown Center for the Arts (in downtown Davenport) through May 26.

 
“One Step Beyond What I Know” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Banks   
Tuesday, 02 May 2006 18:00
A tall, enigmatic pyramid constructed from a series of stacked cubes stands perched on the balcony, a silent witness to the comings and goings of the travelers below. The pyramid’s surface is covered with patches of colored sheet metal riddled with snippets of old advertising and logos. Each cube’s facet is a small composition in its own right. The fragments of pop-culture detritus of the ziggurat’s skin beg to be organized and deciphered, but yield no clear message.

 
Festival of Women and the Arts Strives to Continue Growth PDF Print E-mail
Feature Stories
Tuesday, 25 April 2006 18:00
In discussing the Quad Cities’ inaugural Venus Envy last year, festival chair Rachael Mullins said she hoped to draw between 300 and 500 people. Mallarie Zimmer, the founder of Venus Envy who has spread her celebration of women and the arts from St.

 
River Cities’ Reader Spring Photo Contest PDF Print E-mail
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Written by No Author   
Tuesday, 11 April 2006 18:00
The response to our spring photo contest was, in a word, overwhelming, with double the number of entries we received last fall. For the first time in our photo competitions, last fall we built the contest around themes (“danger,” “metamorphosis,” and “liberation”) rather than categories such as “people” and “places.

 
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