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Potential, Nearly Realized: Quad City Arts Splits a Show, with Mixed Results PDF Print E-mail
Art - Reviews
Written by Steve Banks   
Wednesday, 28 March 2007 02:32

Brian Roberts - MouthTactile, warm, and vibrant quilts wage a playful dogfight with large and bold oil paintings dripping with lush colors, offset by lightly weathered pods of overlapping metal plates. Just a few miles away, their siblings passively engage each other in a nonchalant visual standoff.

Can this really be the same exhibit?

No Compromise, and Nothing Haphazard: "Edward M. Catich: Rock, Paper, Scissors, Glass," at the Figge PDF Print E-mail
Art - Reviews
Written by Bruce Carter   
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 02:27

Angel Top and Rooster Bottom Sixty works to represent any artist's life would usually be a major retrospective, but for the late Father Edward M. Catich, it's only a glimpse. Catich (1906-1979) was an artist, a scholar, a bookmaker and printer, a master calligrapher, a stone carver, a sign painter, a creator of fonts, a great teacher, a stained-glass window maker, a musician on many instruments, a coin collector, a painter, a traveler, an orphan, a child of the Depression, and a parish priest.

The Interior Life of Horses: Deborah Butterfield, through May 27 at the Figge Art Museum PDF Print E-mail
Art - Reviews
Wednesday, 07 March 2007 02:50

Deborah Butterfield's famous horse sculptures - 16 of which are currently being exhibited at the Figge Art Museum - are created from gathered steel or bronze or wood and formed into horses of great beauty and spirit. There is an elemental surprise that her horses are made this way - abstract and yet real, freely formed and yet completely descriptive. Her sculptures become living, breathing creatures before our senses, expressing the horses' strength and power and also their delicacy and silence. They will remain on the third and fourth floors of the Figge through May 27.

A Powerhouse Evolves: Corrine Smith, through March 9 at the St. Ambrose’s Morrissey Gallery PDF Print E-mail
Art - Reviews
Written by Steve Banks   
Wednesday, 28 February 2007 02:21

The latest show by Corrine Smith, running through March 9 at the Morrissey Gallery inside St. Ambrose University's Galvin Fine Arts Center, is a chance to see some exciting new color explorations by a painting and collage powerhouse. She has incorporated a wider range of bolder colors that have invigorated her powerful images with even more visual octane.

Refreshed Traditions: Rachael Mullins and Jeanne O’Melia at the Mississippi Valley Welcome Center PDF Print E-mail
Art - Reviews
Wednesday, 14 February 2007 02:46

Rachael Mullins - The work of two artists now showing at the MidCoast Fine Arts Gallery in LeClaire could easily be called The Old World Made New and All Creatures Great & Small.

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