Gallery Hop! at the District of Rock Island -- December 8.

Friday, December 8, 6 – 9 p.m.

The District of Rock Island IL

This year's pre-winter Gallery Hop! is themed “Fire & Ice,” with the “Ice” delivered in the sculptures of Robert Storm, the “Fire” in the raku ceramics of Desoto Arts craftspeople, and the “Hop!”-ing in the District of Rock Island visitors viewing and purchasing art in one District venue after another.

An eagerly awaited bi-annual event that features arts & crafts demonstrations, displays, activities, and works for sale in a number of downtown establishments, the December 8 Gallery Hop! will provide “Hoppers” with a map that will guide District guests to each participating venue, along with free trolley rides to and from each Hop! stop.

In addition to ice sculptor Storm and the raku-ceramic talents at Desoto Arts, nearly two dozen Quad Cities artisans are participating in this December's Gallery Hop!: acrylic and watercolor painter Shelby Ashlyn; Anthony Burton, Katherine Wood, and Molly Haut, who will demonstrate woodworking and flow-painting; photographer David Genac; Bonnie Grebner and Linda Hardin, with make-and-take ornaments; glass and jewelry artist Janelle Kerns; Keri Lotta, creator of photography cards; ruka-bag artisan Sarah Marx; Celestial by Design's body-paint artisan Kimberly Miller; jewelry artist Pat Petersen; Leslie Schenkel with lampwork beads and jewelry; painter Tony Seabolt; Shari Telman displaying and selling wire-wrapped jewelry; and Mary Wells with watercolors, painted clothing, and mixed-media works.

Gallery Hop! attendees are also invited to visit the exhibits of Deborah Doehler, Carolyn Krueger, and Lisa Mahar, whose Goddess Tales collection is currently on display at MidCoast Gallery West/The ARTery, and Mike Leinhauser and Kathy Svec, who have photographs and assemblages on display at the Quad City Arts Center.

There are two $100 prizes for participating artists who conduct artist demonstrations, designed to encourage interactive participation between artists and art lovers, and admission to Gallery Hop! is free. For more information, visit MidCoast.org.

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