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Written by Steve Mohr   
Thursday, 20 June 2013 14:32

Davenport, Iowa (June 18, 2013) – Local K-12 art teachers are getting the opportunity to showcase their talents at the Figge Art Museum for the Beyond the Classroom exhibition. Artworks the teachers have created outside the classroom are on display in the Mary Waterman Gildehaus Community Gallery. There will be an opening reception in the gallery celebrating the accomplishments of these teachers from 6:00 – 8:00 pm on Thursday, June 20 in the exhibition, with remarks at 7:00 pm.

The variety of artworks included in the exhibition range in material, technique and style, and show how impactful teachers as practicing artists can be. Through the process of art-making, the teachers become even greater role models for students as they demonstrate, first-hand, the power of imagination and creativity.

Participating teachers with artwork on display include Bettendorf Community school District teachers Karen Blomme, Hilary Puglisi, Christine Walker and Timothy Solbrig. From Davenport Community School District, Roxanne Westphal, Sherry Smith, Kay Steele, Renee Ott, Laura Watt Carter, Connie Bieber, David A. Schaeffer, Brian Nickell, David Houk, Annette Lopez, Kayla Koehler, Pam Ohnemus, Kit Fox Sayles, Peggy Sands, Stacey Houk and Beth Anne Smiley. From Moline School District No. 40,  Iyla Thill Ferguson, David Zahn, Linda Hardin, Nick DiGioia, Stacey Replinger and Joel Ryser. Teachers from Pleasant Valley Community School District include Deb Roberts, Heather Seibel and Ali Kirsch. From Muscatine Community School District, Adrianna Corby and Mary Fowler. From Rock Island Art Guild, Gloria Burlingame, Christine Behnke of North Scott Community School District, Heidi Hernandez from Geneseo Community Unit School District 228, Patricia Bradley Bereskin with Mrs. B’s School of Art, Debora L. Stewart from Camanche Community School District, Colleen McCarty Tomlinson with Rivermont Collegiate, Julianne Teerlinck from Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy, Julie Wall of Trinity Lutheran and M. Sue Sawvel from Central Community School District of Clinton County.

The exhibition will be on display through September 1, 2013.


About the Figge Art Museum

The Figge Art Museum is located on the riverfront in downtown Davenport at 225 West Second Street.

Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and Sundays 12-5 p.m. Thursdays the

museum is open until 9 p.m. Admission to the museum and tour is $7. Admission is free to Figge

members and institutional members and free to all on Thursday evenings from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.. To contact the museum, please call 563.326.7804, or visit


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