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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.

2008 Annual Manual for the Arts PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 23 July 2008 07:21

Reader issue #694 The River Cities' Reader's second Annual Manual for the Arts features more than 250 listings covering art, theatre, music, dance, and the literary arts, from places to see an art exhibit or live music to organizations that offer classes to major festivals in and around the Quad Cities.

Whether you're an artist, an aspiring artist, or simply an arts patron, we hope you find the Annual Manual for the Arts useful - a resource to keep year-round. It's the only publication in the Quad Cities that comprehensively lists arts venues and organizations, and it includes street addresses, Web addresses, phone numbers, and other useful information. A pdf of the Annual Manual for the Arts can be downloaded by clicking here .

We've updated and added to our listings, and our aim is to be as comprehensive and accurate as possible. If there's something incorrect, or if you'd like to be included in next year's Annual Manual for the Arts, please e-mail ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) with the words "Annual Manual" in the subject line.

We're always looking for ways to improve the Annual Manual, too, so if you have ideas for making it better, send a note to the e-mail address above.


Trash to Treasure: Local Artists Use Garbage to Show Concern for the Environment PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2008 02:32

Heidi Sallows and Molly Cathcart After digging through piles of water bottles, cardboard boxes, plastic forks, and take-out cartons lying near the tent, Samantha Dickey last week began to build a model for a sculpture. "Right now we are trying to come up with some ideas to make our main sculpture for the site that we have," said the soon-to-be-sophomore from North Scott High School. "My idea was to make a water fountain out of the tires."

An Odd Couple’s Tug of War: Armin Mühsam and Greg Belback, through June 27 at Quad City Arts PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steve Banks   
Wednesday, 28 May 2008 02:37

Reader issue #686 Cold, gray foundations of concrete divide the land. A fiery red dragon with a stair-step body stands in stark opposition to a carefully delineated landscape. All of this is watched by a prickly caterpillar of light. These strange sights can be seen in a disconcerting tug-of-war that pits crisp, eloquent, and restrained paintings against mixed-media sculptures of whimsy, imprecision, and untamed emotion.

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