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Transformers: Three Collage Artists, through August 11 at Quad City Arts PDF Print E-mail
Art - Reviews
Written by Steve Banks   
Tuesday, 25 July 2006 22:50

The Creator and The Critic "In my nightmare, black ominous towers vibrating with negative energy, producing a very low and constant humming sound, surround a picturesque little cottage with a flower garden and a white picket fence. A little girl steps out of the cottage and into the garden, where she bends over to pick a daisy. I yell, ‘Don't pick the flowers,' and then I awaken. I knew that the flower was the trigger that would detonate the black towers (nuclear missiles) surrounding her."


- excerpt from Harry Brown's artist statement


Smartly Realized Visual Soup: Katie Musolff, through July 7 at the Mode Gallery PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Banks   
Tuesday, 04 July 2006 22:42

Shirley Stacey is just kickin' back. She has her hair pulled up with a red and white bandanna, and her feet are resting on a pale-blue footstool. The calmness in her face and smooth tonal transitions in her skin initially stand in contrast with the house party of color in the afghan draped behind her wooden chair.

Chaos Leads to Simplicity: Karen Blomme at The Peanut Gallery through July 22 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Banks   
Tuesday, 20 June 2006 22:39

Evacuate This Friday marks the opening of Adaptation to Evacuation: From NOLA to Iowa, a show of recent work by Karen Blomme at the Peanut Gallery in Rock Island. The exhibit showcases the transformation of Blomme's art over the course of two tumultuous years of study, reflection, migration, production, and adaptation.

Mode Gallery Brings in Internationally Renowned Sculptor PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Banks   
Wednesday, 24 May 2006 00:20

Internationally renowned “sculptor” Roy Staab will be making an appearance and giving a lecture at the Mode Gallery in downtown Davenport on Saturday, May 27, at 6 p.m. Staab’s appearance is in conjunction with a two-week exhibit of his work at Mode.



A Gesture Captured in a Year: The Quad Cities’ Katie Kiley Wins Two Awards at New York City Invitational PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Ignatius   
Wednesday, 24 May 2006 00:11
At her house, Katie Kiley is drawing in India ink on a wooden vase created by Steve Sinner. Using magnifying-glass headgear and two of the finest-point pens she could find, she’s creating eight panels around the vase, depicting scenes from a California town. The naked eye can’t appreciate the level of detail, and each panel takes two weeks to complete, she said.

Sinner expects to sell the piece for $20,000, Kiley said, and she’s being extremely careful with the vessel. “I have this resting on a down pillow,” she said.

Sinner, of course, is among the most highly regarded artists in the Quad Cities, and Kiley notes that he knows what price his work commands. But she is no slouch, as evidenced by two awards she won in the 181st Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art, presented by the National Academy in New York City.

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