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Overwhelming Nature: Kristin Quinn, through March 21 at St. Ambrose University’s Catich Gallery PDF Print E-mail
Art - Reviews
Written by Steve Banks and Bruce Carter   
Wednesday, 27 February 2008 02:33

Calliope Suite (Editor's note: St. Ambrose University art professor Kristin Quinn opened a sabbatical exhibit - Between Sea & Sky - last week in the school's Catich Gallery. River Cities' Reader art critics Bruce Carter and Steve Banks met to talk about her new work. Excerpts of their conversation follow; audio from their discussion can be downloaded by clicking here .)


Inspired by Antiquity: Bead Artist Maggie Meister, March 8 and 9 at Your Design Ltd. PDF Print E-mail
Art - Reviews
Wednesday, 27 February 2008 02:27

beading by Maggie Meister Bead artist Maggie Meister found her voice in Italy.

She began beading 15 years ago and started teaching beading in 1996.

"Before I went to Italy, I was doing very basic jewelry design," said Meister, who will be teaching how to make two of her jewelry pieces at Your Design Ltd. in Bettendorf on March 8 and 9. "I didn't really feel like I had any kind of voice. I knew I wanted to do something, but it wasn't until I moved to Italy that things start to click into place."

Pleasing Contradictions: "Clear Your Mind: Contemporary Glass Invitational" thru May 11 at the Figge PDF Print E-mail
Art - Reviews
Wednesday, 20 February 2008 02:54

Clear Your Mind: Contemporary Glass Invitational The Figge Art Museum's Contemporary Glass Invitational feels dangerous. The glass process itself carries the physical peril of fire and molten liquid. The artistic effects are also unsettling, combining soothing beauty with surprise. These glass sculptures glow with intense and subtle visual pleasures, but they also create anxiety through their tensions and contradictions.

Reading the Books: Bruce Walters and Kathryn M. Anderson, Through February 15 at Quad City Arts PDF Print E-mail
Art - Reviews
Written by Steve Banks   
Wednesday, 09 January 2008 02:20

Bruce Walters' Sold House Creepy bunny costumes rendered in charcoal on paper, elongated hands rising out of the water to scratch at the stormy sky, a long, unspooled, film-like reel of hands signing out a missive wrapped around toppled driftwood pillars, and a possible gate to the underworld are parts of two separate book-based bodies of work now at Quad City Arts. One set re-presents the familiar with superb technical eloquence, utilizing the book as an end-product receptacle. The other, more adventurous body of work requires the book to become a component of the viewer's experience of the show.

Intricate Images: Keith Bonnstetter, Jim Cronk, Sally Gierke, and Tricia Coulson at QC Arts PDF Print E-mail
Art - Reviews
Written by Steve Banks   
Wednesday, 05 December 2007 02:45

Reader issue #662 Primal fires transform mud into stone. Tanned-hide-like scrolls stitched together with tea bags evoke tribal dance and hunting rituals. Intricate and whimsical lattice-like snowflake images lighten the spirits. These elemental forces of nature are on display at the Quad City Arts gallery, in the forms of clay works by Sally Gierke and Jim Cronk, cut paperworks by Keith Bonnstetter, and tribal fabric works from Tricia Coulson.

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