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Touched by War: "For Such a Time as This," through February 22 at the Figge Art Museum PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ashley Allen   
Wednesday, 26 November 2008 02:29

Adrienne Noelle WergeDescribing For Such a Time as This: Remembering Vietnam, artist Adrienne Noelle Werge said: "I wanted to build an environment in which people can come and meditate ... a space that is really built in such a way as to respect all the sacrifices that are made and all the lives that were touched by the Vietnam war and any war."

Super-Size Me!: "Big Bina Butterflies," at the Bucktown Center for the Arts through November 28 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 08 October 2008 02:40

Big Notgnirray Butterfly Some collectors purchase artworks to accentuate a room. The pieces in Delores De Wilde Bina's current exhibition at the Bucktown Center for the Arts, however, are the room.

"Okay, so you hang one on the wall in your studio, and it's seven and a half feet tall," the Davenport artist recalls telling someone at the exhibit's opening. "That's almost floor-to-ceiling. And then the wingspan is eight-foot, and ... .

"Oops!" she exclaims with a laugh. "We've just filled this whole wall!"

40 Years in the Making: Riverssance, September 20 and 21 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Wednesday, 17 September 2008 02:29

ceramics by Liz Robertson On her Web site, Liz Robertson explains the circumstances that inspired her to pursue ceramics as a career: "From my early childhood I seemed to understand that clay, when put to fire, makes a permanent thing. My father was a bricklayer. Our backyard was good red clay. Our coal furnace, with its handy ledge, was where we placed our crude pinch pots to bake."

But necessity made her switch from throwing pots on a wheel to the hand-building technique she primarily uses today.

The Eccentric Teapot: "Teapots: Object to Subject," through August 10 at the Figge Art Museum PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 30 July 2008 02:34

Reader issue #695 How could a show of teapots be extraordinary? Wouldn't that be like having an exhibition of kitchen appliances?

We all have an image of a teapot, but these are not those teapots. Teapots: Object to Subject, the current show at the Figge Art Museum, is like a Mad Hatter's tea party.

Saccharine Surface, Dark Undertones: Heidi Hernandez/Melanie De Keyrel Bell, thru August at Bucktown PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steve Banks   
Wednesday, 30 July 2008 02:31

Melanie De Keyrel Bell - All of the Things I Could Not SayA small woman with clenched fists full of feathers plucked from her own legs is watched by smiling, colorful faces reminiscent of the simplistic advertising from the faux utopia of the 1950s. This is a microcosm of a room full of sculptures and paintings that present themselves with a straightforward charm that makes you smile, and then you realize there are darker themes that temper the smile with unease.

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