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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.

“No Boundaries”: Loss of Alternative Galleries Leaves a Void in Local Arts Scene PDF Print E-mail
Art - Reviews
Written by Steve Banks   
Wednesday, 31 January 2007 03:47

It took more than six months to clear out the potted plants and detritus from stray cats that choked their future gallery space. That was just the first in a long string of challenges that confronted husband and wife Ron and Sarah Jane Fellin as they infused the Peanut Gallery with life.

After almost eight and a half years, numerous art shows and happenings, and $20,000 of their own money to keep it running, a fire in an adjacent building that was being demolished forced the Peanut Gallery to end its run this past fall.

An Artist Distilled: Works of Jeanne Tamisiea, through February 23 at Bucktown Center for the Arts PDF Print E-mail
Art - Reviews
Wednesday, 24 January 2007 02:24

Jeanne Tamisiea - How do you choose from thousands of paintings, illustrations, and drawings to represent a lifetime of making art? How can one express an artist's wide range of vision in only 53 pieces?

Jeanne Tamisiea came to the Quad Cities to teach at Black Hawk College in 1987, after serving as a traveling art instructor in North Dakota and directing her own illustration and design company. Originally from Iowa, she earned degrees from Drake, Michigan State, and Syracuse. She died in July 2006 at the age of 57, of complications from a viral infection of the heart. (See "Quiet Giant," River Cities' Reader Issue 598, September 13-19, 2006.)

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