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Winners from the River Cities’ Reader’s 2014 Photo Contest PDF Print E-mail
Photography
Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 29 May 2014 05:57

We received 116 entries in our 2014 Photo Contest in four categories: Fun in the Sun, In the Garden, Summer Nights, and Heat Wave. We’re happy to present this selection of winners.

Thanks to all who entered!


Mary Scott
Heat Wave, First Place
“Taken near the Santa Monica beach along the bike path. Although it was nearing the end of the day it was still very hot.”


Tom Pickering
Heat Wave, Second Place
“Photographed at a luau in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii.”

 
Art in Plain Sight: Blues Brothers and “Watching the Ferry” PDF Print E-mail
Feature Stories
Written by Bruce Walters   
Thursday, 22 May 2014 05:20

The Blues Brothers. Photo by Bruce Walters.

On May 2, the life-sized sculptures of the Blues Brothers were back on public display in the Rock Island District after months of storage and repairs. The sculptures are seated in chairs near the corner of Second Avenue and 18th Street.

On the same day, Watching the Ferry – a sculpture of two boys seated on a park bench – was unveiled at its new site in Davenport’s Lindsay Park near the riverfront. This sculpture had been out of public view for five years, since its removal from near the Iowa American Water treatment plant when construction began on a floodwall.

Although the timing was a coincidence, the two sculptures share some similarities. Both depict two young men seated side-by-side and convey a sense of camaraderie. Both look to a past associated with the Quad Cities. Both are based on works in other media: television and film with the Blues Brothers and a lithograph with Watching the Ferry.

A comparison between the two pieces is intriguing because of this difference in their sources – as well as in their attitudes, materials, and locations.

 
Parrots and Cats and a Pageant for Bunnies: "Video Art from Israel," May 4 at the Figge PDF Print E-mail
Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 29 April 2014 06:00

The Days of the Family of the BellOn May 4, in an event co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities, the Figge Art Museum will host the screenings of a feature-length documentary and seven shorter works, all of them by award-winning Israeli filmmakers. Yet if the you enter the Video Art from Israel: A One-Day Sensory Experience presentation with preconceived notions about the films’ collective subject matter – anticipating explorations of Israel’s foreign policy, say, or the country’s ongoing struggle with Palestine – you’re likely to be in for a surprise or two. Or eight.

 
Art in Plain Sight: Lindsay Architectural Sculpture Park PDF Print E-mail
Feature Stories
Written by Bruce Walters   
Tuesday, 08 April 2014 10:22

Photo by Bruce Walters

The Lindsay Architectural Sculpture Park is a grouping of structural forms derived from historic styles of buildings and homes in the Quad Cities. The park is – in turn – visually engaging, playful, and educational. It is located along the Riverfront Parkway south of the Village of East Davenport.

The park’s layout feels organic. Its overall circular shape is crisscrossed with walkways that lead one past – or through – 10 primary groupings of structural forms. The largest of these structures is a 30-foot-tall limestone tower. Its slate roof is constructed in the style of the Victorian towers and turrets built in the late 1800s.

 
Enter the River Cities’ Reader’s 2014 Photo Contest! May 9 Deadline! PDF Print E-mail
Photography
Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 27 March 2014 08:20

A 2013 photo-contest winner by Jess Ellis

The theme for the River Cities’ Reader 2014 photography contest is summer – in large part because we want to erase memories of our beastly winter.

The four categories are “Fun in the Sun,” “In the Garden,” “Heat Wave,” and “Summer Nights.”

The deadline for entries is May 9, and the rules are below. We plan to publish the winners in our May 29 issue.

(The photo above, by Jess Ellis, is a winner from our 2013 contest, incidentally.)

 
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