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Artist Sandra Principe teaches a Create-a-Painting Workshop at Maquoketa Art Experience PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Paula Neuhaus   
Thursday, 16 December 2010 14:50

(MAQUOKETA, IA) Maquoketa Art Experience is hosting a “Create-a-Painting” Workshop led by artist and writer Sandra Principe of Hanover, Illinois on Saturday January 8 from 12-3 p.m. at 124 S. main Street in Maquoketa. This workshop is the second in a series of winter painting workshops.

Principe has created a painting event for anyone who is interested in exploring work with acrylic paints. In this class, participants will create a portrait of a winter landscape during a three-hour session led step-by-step by Principe. This class is designed for beginners or for anyone who wants to try something new. The registration fee is $35 for the three hour session. There is an optional materials fee of $15 that covers the cost of supplies if you choose not to bring your own. The registration form and materials list are available at For further information or to request a registration form contact Paula at Maquoketa Art Experience, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 563.652.9925.

In her work Sandra Principe's oil paintings capture light and are reminiscent of the American painter, Martin Johnson Heade and are included in numerious private and corporate collections.  Her work has been shown in solo shows across the country, from West Palm Beach and Vero Beach, Florida to Laguna Beach, California. She is represented by Meghan Candler Gallery in Vero Beach, Florida; and Brio Gallery in Galena, Illinois. View Sandra's paintings at
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New Family Gallery and December Family Tour at the Figge PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Stephen Mohr   
Monday, 22 November 2010 16:18

Figge tour focuses on works that are popular with children.

Take a break from the hectic holiday season at the Figge Art Museum, where you can enjoy a special family-oriented tour. “Celebrating Family” is offered the first three Sundays in December at 1:30 pm (Dec. 5, 12, 19).  The tour begins in the Family Gallery with Doris Lee’s print Thanksgiving, which depicts women preparing Thanksgiving dinner during the Great Depression. Families will then be introduced to colorful and whimsical works in the College Invitational exhibition, and several paintings and sculptures by famous artists Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Joan Miró, and Deborah Butterfield. The works were selected for the “Celebrating Family” tour because they are popular with both children and adults.  After the tour, participants can enjoy free hot chocolate.

Thanksgiving is now up in the Family Gallery, so if you can’t wait for the tour, bring your family into the Figge today or anytime through the holiday season and enjoy art activities in the gallery with your loved ones!

Tour is free with price of admission.  Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $4 for children. Open Sundays : Noon-5pm.



The Arc’s One of a Kind Seeking Consignments PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Maureen A. Dickinson   
Monday, 22 November 2010 15:42

With the holiday retail season upon us, The Arc of Rock Island County announces it is currently accepting new consignments from area artists for The Arc’s One of a Kind shop.

One of a Kind sells unique handmade gifts made by local artisans. Products include jewelry, paintings, weavings, carved walking sticks, candles, soaps and lotions, and many other unique gift options.

Consigning artists set the retail price and receive 75% of the sale price. The Arc retains 25% which supports programming, developmental training, and wages for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. One of a Kind provides paid employment opportunities for individuals in a retail setting. Individuals are trained and involved in all aspects of store operations–creating original artwork, cashiering, maintaining displays, inventory control, and customer service.

One of a Kind is located at 4016 9th Street in Rock Island.

Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm.

Founded in 1952, The Arc of Rock Island County promotes living and working in partnership with the community to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. The Arc serves more than 325 individuals throughout the Quad Cities community on a daily basis.

Brent Houzenga Mixed Media Exhibit at Maquoketa Art Experience PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Paula Neuhaus   
Monday, 15 November 2010 09:36

(MAQUOKETA, IA) Iowa artist Brent Houzenga brings his street art stylings to Maquoketa this month. His mixed media works are influenced by modern art, comic books, graffiti, and punk rock poster art.

Houzenga’s work offers an eclectic mix of painting styles incorporating drips and graffiti with stencils on found objects including reclaimed windows, rustic frames, and antique photographs. The artist has exhibited throughout Iowa and across the U.S. including the Alcove Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia, The Hive
Gallery in Los Angeles, and Art Whino Austin at Seventy-Seven Gallery in Austin, Texas. The exhibit will also feature a screening of Hybrid Pioneer, a documentary film about Brent Houzenga and his work by Des Moines film maker Kristian Day.

Maquoketa Art Experience will host an opening reception for Brent Houzenga and Kristian Day on Friday, November 19 from 6-8 p.m. at 124 S. Main Street in Maquoketa.

The exhibit will run through January 5th.

Maquoketa Art Experience is dedicated to bringing accomplished artists to Maquoketa for short- and long-term residencies, workshops, and exhibitions. For more information contact Paula Neuhaus at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by calling 563.652.9925.


Undead Dance At the Figge PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Stephen Mohr   
Thursday, 11 November 2010 08:49

In conjunction with its exhibition, Dancing Towards Death, the Figge Art Museum will be hosting Ballet Quad Cities for a special encore performance of I, Vampire at 6:30 PM Thursday, November 18. Join us for a special night of art, dance and other activities as two great Quad Cities cultural institutions collaborate to entertain and educate on the dead and undead!  Ballet Quad Cities will give a reprise presentation of I, Vampire in the third floor gallery space at the museum. Inspired by local author Michael Romkey’s1990 novel about the transformation of Chicago lawyer David Parker into one of the undead, this modern-day ballet explores the sinister yet sensual relationship between vampires and their victims.

At 7:00 PM. St Ambrose University professor of Art & Art History, Terri Switzer, will talk in the John Deere Auditorium. The lecture, “The Queen of Sins and ‘la mort qui danse’: Late 19th Century Femme Fatale Imagery”, will explore imagery of the popular European theme of the diabolic seductress  through the deadly embrace and bewitching beauty of vampiric man-eating females, syphilis-ridden prostitutes, and the many Salomes and Judiths carrying severed male heads.

Admission to the museum and all activities is FREE after 5 PM. The Figge will be providing a free art lesson in the studios from 5:30 – 6:30 PM. Guided gallery tours start at 6 PM. The bar and café open at 5 PM. The museum is open until 9 PM.


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