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Web Exclusive: Inspiration Turned Inward -- Holly Hunt & Margret O’Reilly at Catich Gallery PDF Print E-mail
Art - Reviews
Thursday, 03 May 2007 04:41

Margret O'Reilly There is always some experience that acts as starting point inspiring an artist to begin a work. It could be the light on a surface, a gathering of forms, or the mood of a face. It might be the work of another artist, or a memory. There are thousands of sources. The best beginnings are those that, when filtered through the artist, turn the eye inward, causing discovery in and communication with the viewer.



Venus Envy Celebration Expands Beyond Bucktown: April 28 at Bucktown Center for the Arts PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 25 April 2007 02:23

Meg Matthews & Rhonda FlorescuIf you were one of the 1,200 or so people who squeezed into the Bucktown Center of the Arts for Venus Envy either of the past two years, here's some good news: The celebration of women and the arts will be expanding outdoors this year.

(Weather permitting, of course. If the weather's bad, prepare to get squished again.)

The event runs from 6 to 11 p.m. at 225 East Second Street in Davenport. Admission is free.

Grace, Wit, and Wisdom: Venus Envy, April 28 at Bucktown Center for the Arts PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Banks   
Wednesday, 25 April 2007 02:21

Bekah Ash The third edition of the Venus Envy art exhibit - held as part of Saturday's larger celebration of women's creativity - certainly includes traditional feminist themes such as gender-role subjugation, objectification, and commodification. But the diverse show is not dogmatic, with works on women's health issues, goddess imagery, and the life-giving nature of women, with many pieces demonstrating grace, wit, and wisdom.

Not Lost in Translation: Emily Christenson, "Con-tin-gen-cies," through April 21 at the doe Gallery PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Banks   
Wednesday, 11 April 2007 02:15

but without the chocolate chipsGolden-brown and rust clouds battle a wave of cool, storm-tossed blues. Lush, glossy surfaces are resisted by thickly painted gestural slashes and incised flowing forms. These are just part of the explosion of colors and surfaces found in Con-tin-gen-cies, the current show of new works by Emily Christenson at the doe Gallery in the Bucktown Center for the Arts.

An Outsider’s Perspective: Rock Island Fine Arts Exhibition, through April 29 at Augustana College PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 April 2007 02:31

Reader issue #627 Each year, our regional artists have the opportunity to showcase their work in the premier juried art exhibit in the Quad Cities area: the annual Rock Island Fine Arts Exhibition in the Centennial Hall gallery at Augustana College. Area artists know that this is an important show not only for the regional recognition and the respect of fellow artists, but also for their résumés and possible sales.

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