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Venus Envy Transcends Gender: Closing Reception at Bucktown Center for the Arts, May 26 PDF Print E-mail
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
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
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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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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.

Satisfying an Appetite for Charisma PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steve Banks   
Tuesday, 04 April 2006 18:00
A mighty princess constructed from painted nails, fabric, and costume jewelry stands proudly with her rusted sword-like scepter overhead. Her spontaneous presence tells us that she is the product of a visually inquisitive soul with a sincere enthusiasm for image making.

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