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A Smile on the Wall: Airbrushed Acrylic Paintings by John Booth PDF Print E-mail
Art - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 12 September 2006 23:00

"Suited Saguaro Sights Migrating Money" by John M. Booth Painter John M. Booth, referencing one of his artworks, says, "Hopefully, it'll put a smile on somebody's wall." The odds are pretty good that it will - in his airbrushed acrylic paintings, there's a lot of smiling going on.

In Booth's Fishin, an enormous red fish grins dementedly as he prepared to devour a small black cat. In Tada, a similar fish - emerald green this time - is balanced on top of a cat, who, in turn, stands upon a dog; their smiles indicate great pride at the feat. (Ta da!) In Good Coffee, a balding, middle-aged man looks frighteningly giddy about taking his first sip.

And throughout Booth's works, many of which can be seen at (http://www.masongraphics.net) and at Riverssance this weekend, his figures - human and animal, smiling and unsmiling alike - are painted in bold, vivid colors, a vibrant array of reds, blues, greens, and purples.

 
The Bridge Between Us: One River Mississippi, Saturday, June 24 PDF Print E-mail
Art - Feature Stories
Tuesday, 20 June 2006 22:54

Issue 586 cover Johanne Jakhelln has worked with unorthodox spaces before. As the artistic director for Ballet Quad Cities, Jakhelln, for example, has had to deal with the choir step on the stage at Augustana College's Centennial Hall. "You have to be creative to integrate that into what you're doing," she said.

So the Mississippi River is no big thing. For this Saturday's one-hour performance One River Mississippi, Jakhelln merely needs to choreograph and coordinate more than 60 volunteer performers at seven sites along the river from the Centennial Bridge to the roller dam at Locks & Dam 15. She will just work with dancers, water skiers, boaters, and a Native American medicine woman. And it only needs to be coordinated with six other river sites - Itasca, Minnesota; Minneapolis; St. Louis; Memphis; New Orleans; and Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana - and set to music.

No big deal. Just like at Centennial Hall.

 
Festival of Women and the Arts Strives to Continue Growth PDF Print E-mail
Art - 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.

 
Artistic Trial by Jury PDF Print E-mail
Art - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 13 September 2005 18:00
At Riverssance, collectors and connoisseurs of art have the opportunity to purchase the works they most love, but their creators are competing with one another for more than just a sale. They’re also competing for a share in the festival’s $3,000 awards purse.

 
Riverssance 2005: Art, Music, Comedy, and “Spirits” Soaring PDF Print E-mail
Art - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Tuesday, 13 September 2005 18:00
Attendance for the 16th annual Riverssance Festival of Fine Art in 2003 – the first year the event was presented in conjunction with MidCoast Fine Arts – was estimated at about 15,000 people. But last year’s festival drew roughly 12,000 attendees, a number that Riverssance Director Larry DeVilbiss admits was well below expectations.

 
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