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Art at the Airport news release PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dawn Wohlford-Metallo   
Friday, 19 August 2011 08:21

WHAT:   Quad   City   Arts Art @ the Airport

WHEN:          September 1- October 26, 2011   

WHERE:       Quad City International Airport Gallery,   2200 69th Ave. ,  Moline ,  IL    

WHO:             Michael Johnson, photography and Donald Noon, sculpture  

In September and October, Art @ the Airport features photography by Michael Johnson and sculptures & drawings by Donald Noon.

Michael Johnson of   Mount Carroll  Illinois   is a photographer that has forty continuous years of studying the landscape of  Northwestern Illinois . He spends most of my time looking at the land and planning the finished image before photographing his image. His beautiful large prints emphasize the rich complexity and specific qualities of light. When planning the appropriate motif, Johnson requires a suitable pattern of shadow and light which can take weeks or months to evaluate and find in the right combination to resolve the composition.

Donald M.  Noon  of   Streator  Illinois   is a sculptor whose work strives to evoke the viewer through reflection and the use of amorphous shapes that stem from Native American culture.  Noon  will be exhibiting his dramatic sculptures based of Monoliths, which have carried spiritual, religious and scientific significance throughout the course of mankind. His sculptures and drawings aim to conjure the significance of this beyond the formal aspects of composition.

Both artists focus on the history and significance of life. One artist addresses the natural beauty and journal of  Northwestern Illinois  landscapes, and the other on the spiritual and human significance of the Native American culture.

Don’t miss this is exhibit just because you don’t have a plane to catch-the lights in the gallery are always on and the airport offers free parking for the first hour. Meet a friend for lunch and enjoy the art! Quad City International airport gallery is easy to access with one hour of free parking to allow plenty of time to browse the exhibit.

Quad City Arts is a nonprofit local arts agency dedicated to the growth and vitality of the Quad City region through the presentation, development, and celebration of the arts and humanities. All Quad City Arts programs are funded in part by Festival of Trees, Quad City Arts Partners and operating grants from the Illinois Arts Council (a state agency) and the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs. This gallery and exhibit is generously sponsored by the Quad CityInternational Airport.


News Releases - Art, Galleries & Museums
Written by Ruth Reynolds   
Friday, 19 August 2011 08:19

In connection with the current PENCIL exhibit at the German American Heritage Center and Museum, the Book Discussion Group will discuss the book “The Pencil” written by Henry Petroski. The discussion will be led by St. Ambrose University Professor Michael Hustedde.


Petroski’s witty and unexpected history of the pencil includes a wide range of characters: from the American philosopher Henry David Thoreau, and Toulouse Lautrec, who declared, “I am a pencil”, to the great nineteenth-century manufacturing families, such as Dixon and Faber. Petroski charmingly celebrates the design history of one of mankind’s most essential, and yet undervalued tools.


The program will be held at the German American Heritage Center and Museum, 712 West 2nd Street. Davenport, at 2:00 on Sunday, August 28th.


Free to members, free to non-members with museum admission.


See the pencil art and collections on display at GAHC.

Watch for information regarding the visit to the Quad-Cities of the author Henry Petroski.

Phoenix Gallery art show PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Zachary Cleve   
Thursday, 18 August 2011 12:01

The work of two local artists will go on display at the Phoenix Gallery in Moline in an opening reception scheduled for Friday, August 26.  Artists Zachary Cleve and Emma Farber are proud to present "Stepping in, Looking Through," a two-person fine arts exhibition with paintings that explore themes of isolation, obstacles, communication and personal development. The opening reception will be held from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, and is open to the public.

The work will be up from Friday, August 26 to Saturday, October 29. The gallery hours are Wednesday, 6-9pm, Thursday 6-9 (for viewing only), and Friday and Saturday, 6pm to midnight. The Phoenix Gallery is at 1530 Fifth Avenue, Moline, Illinois.

In Praise of the Pencil PDF Print E-mail
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Written by German American Heritage Center   
Tuesday, 16 August 2011 12:51

"In Praise of the Pencil"
an  exhibit honoring 250 years of the first pencil factory in Germany

Sunday, August 21  2:00 pm.

Grand opening of the exhibit and prize ceremony for winning entrants.

  • Featuring: Local Pencil Art Show
  • The Fantastic Pencil Sculptures of Jennifer Maestre
  • Pencil History and Design Timeline
  • Famous Pencil Fans
  • Pencil Collections
  • How Pencils are Made DVD and Illustrated Steps
  • Pencil Trivia and more!



The German American Heritage Center (GAHC) invites you to submit works of art for an exhibition entitled "In Praise of the Pencil."  The purpose of the exhibit is to enrich public understanding of the role of Germany and German-Americans in the development and manufacture of the pencil as an artistic medium, a common tool in many trades, and a useful everyday object.  The pencil celebrates its 250th

anniversary of mass manufacture in Germany in the year 2011.



"In Praise of the Pencil" is a juried exhibition open to artists living within a 250 miles radius of the Quad Cities. Works may be submitted for showing in two media, pencil sketches or sculpture in which pencils or pencil pieces are the primary construction material.  It is not necessary to feature the pencil itself as subject of the work. Pencils used may be graphite or colored. Artists may submit in one or both media and may have work exhibited in one or both media. Prizes will be awarded in two age divisions - junior artists in grades 6-12 and adult.


Specifics:   Sketches and sculpture must be original, created in the last two years and not previously exhibited at GAHC.   All work must be framed or supplied with a base and otherwise be ready to display with the artist's name, age division and title of the work on the back or under the base. Signed reproductions are excluded. Sketches have no size restrictions; sculpture should not exceed 27" in height.   Only three cases can accommodate a 25"width; most have shelves 16" wide. GAHC can refuse works which do not meet these requirements or are found unsuitable for exhibit. Prices should reflect a 35% commission retained by GAHC in event of a sale.


Entry: Fill out the entry form and list the title, size, medium and year created for each entry.  Note if a detail image is included.   Repeat process for each additional entry.  Submit images on a CD as jpg files with a minimum of 300 dpi resolution. Each file must be less than 5 MB. Label each file with a number that corresponds to the number on your entry blank and the title. To maintain anonymity for the blind jury, your name must not be included in the file's name, but do write your name on your disc.


Entry fee: $10 per entry; unlimited.


Awards and Prizes: Best of Show, First Place, Second Place and Third Place in each age division.


Jurors:   Work will be juried by Quad City Arts Public and Visual art Committee, the German American Heritage Center and a professional art educator in the local community.


Questions?    Contact Janet Brown-Lowe at GAHC (563) 322-8844 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .   Additional entry blanks are available at GAHC or may be downloaded from the QC Arts website

Funding for this exhibit through October 30 provided by the 

Riverboat Development Authority and Wenger Truck Lines.

Go Loopy Bus Art Tour PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Narveen Aryaputri   
Tuesday, 16 August 2011 12:50
During our summer break we are working on getting the Go Loopy bus completed and ready for tours to the Artist's studios, so collectors can buy directly from the Artists as well as to Art Galleries in the towns and cities along the Mississippi where the river flows west, i.e from Muscatine to LeClaire on the Iowa side and Illinois City and Port Byron in the Illinois side. Of course we will need to adjust to restrict ourselves to where there are art galleries and artists who have studios which they want to open up to collectors.
This Go Loopy bus is a joint project between The Institute and Johannes Bus Services. 7 area Artists are painting a yellow school bus, no longer yellow, to be converted to an Art Bus for an Art Open tour.  The art work on the bus flows beautifully. It is the only example of a moveable art installation in our area thus far. I trust there will be more that will follow.

More news and details of the Art Open tour will be circulated as the art venues firm up.  The bus is almost done, getting clear coated this week.
We will post the photos on our website and also, physically, at the Institute itself, so you can see hard copies of the photos of the art work, as well as about the artists.
The other part of our summer is the continuing work on the Herb and Spice food plate. At the beginning of  the new semester we will be circulating what we have completed for open commentary.
We are looking to resume our Independent Scholars' Evenings on September 1st. 2011. The first Thursday of the month.  We will be resuming earlier since supporters are requesting and missing the evenings.

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