Davenport Museum of Art Director Linda Downs envisions the Figge Arts Center as a vibrant gathering place for the general public and artistic types. The Museum of Modern Art in New York City used to be "a meeting place for young people," she said, and the "incubation place" for artists, critics, and art-lovers alike.
Nancy Senn-Kerbs, program director of the Family Museum of Arts & Sciences in Bettendorf and past president of the group Iowans for the Arts, might sound wishy-washy on the status of state support for the arts. "It is discouraging in some ways but encouraging in others," she said.
MidCoast Fine Arts will be celebrating the opening of its new gallery this Friday, and it's meant to be part of the continued growth of Rock Island's downtown. The MidCoast Gallery West, at the corner of 2nd Avenue and 16 ½ Street, will be opening its doors on March 8, sharing its space with ArtFX, a commercial gallery run by artist Donna Lee.
Dawn Brick doesn't consider herself an artist. She prefers to call herself a "technician." But you only need to glance at the intricacy of the beaded pouches she makes to know that she's more than she claims to be.
The unruly and inconsiderate Mississippi River finally freed LeClaire Park from its muddy grip this week, but events scheduled for the venue for the rest of the summer still might need to look for new locations.
"Forty years ago, if an American man or woman meant to have an artistic career, you got on the train to New York. Today, you can be a violinist in North Carolina, a writer in Iowa, a painter in Utah." - Garrison Keillor, March 29, 1990 Like many businesses here, the Reader is participating in an exciting mission to help position our Quad Cities community as a top-tier Midwestern destination for people to live, work, and play.
The Mississippi River is wreaking havoc with the summer festival schedule this year, but last year it was rain that washed out Moline's annual Riverfest event, with several inches drowning the event and forcing its cancellation.

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