Adrienne Noelle WergeDescribing
For Such a Time as This:
Remembering Vietnam
, artist
Adrienne Noelle Werge said: "I wanted to build an environment in
which people can come and meditate ... a space that is really built
in such a way as to respect all the sacrifices that are made and all
the lives that were touched by the Vietnam war and any war."

Big Notgnirray Butterfly Some collectors purchase artworks to accentuate a room. The pieces in Delores De Wilde Bina's current exhibition at the Bucktown Center for the Arts, however, are the room.

"Okay, so you hang one on the wall in your studio, and it's seven and a half feet tall," the Davenport artist recalls telling someone at the exhibit's opening. "That's almost floor-to-ceiling. And then the wingspan is eight-foot, and ... .

"Oops!" she exclaims with a laugh. "We've just filled this whole wall!"

ceramics by Liz Robertson On her Web site, Liz Robertson explains the circumstances that inspired her to pursue ceramics as a career: "From my early childhood I seemed to understand that clay, when put to fire, makes a permanent thing. My father was a bricklayer. Our backyard was good red clay. Our coal furnace, with its handy ledge, was where we placed our crude pinch pots to bake."

But necessity made her switch from throwing pots on a wheel to the hand-building technique she primarily uses today.

Reader issue #695 How
could a show of teapots be extraordinary? Wouldn't that be like
having an exhibition of kitchen appliances?

We
all have an image of a teapot, but these are not those teapots.
Teapots: Object to Subject,
the current show at the Figge Art Museum, is like a Mad Hatter's
tea party.

Melanie De Keyrel Bell - All of the Things I Could Not SayA small woman with clenched fists full of feathers plucked from her own legs is watched by smiling, colorful faces reminiscent of the simplistic advertising from the faux utopia of the 1950s. This is a microcosm of a room full of sculptures and paintings that present themselves with a straightforward charm that makes you smile, and then you realize there are darker themes that temper the smile with unease.

Reader issue #694
The River Cities' Reader's
second Annual Manual for the Arts features more than 250 listings
covering art, theatre, music, dance, and the literary arts, from
places to see an art exhibit or live music to organizations that
offer classes to major festivals in and around the Quad Cities.

Whether
you're an artist, an aspiring artist, or simply an arts patron, we
hope you find the Annual Manual for the Arts useful - a resource to
keep year-round. It's the only publication in the Quad Cities that
comprehensively lists arts venues and organizations, and it includes
street addresses, Web addresses, phone numbers, and other useful
information. A pdf of the Annual Manual for the Arts can be downloaded by clicking here .

We've
updated and added to our listings, and our aim is to be as
comprehensive and accurate as possible. If there's something
incorrect, or if you'd like to be included in next year's Annual
Manual for the Arts, please e-mail (jeff@rcreader.com) with the words
"Annual Manual" in the subject line.

We're
always looking for ways to improve the Annual Manual, too, so if you
have ideas for making it better, send a note to the e-mail address
above.

 

Heidi Sallows and Molly Cathcart
After
digging through piles of water bottles, cardboard boxes, plastic
forks, and take-out cartons lying near the tent, Samantha Dickey last
week began to build a model for a sculpture. "Right now we are
trying to come up with some ideas to make our main sculpture for the
site that we have," said the soon-to-be-sophomore from North Scott
High School. "My idea was to make a water fountain out of the
tires."

Reader issue #686 Cold, gray foundations of concrete divide the land. A fiery red dragon with a stair-step body stands in stark opposition to a carefully delineated landscape. All of this is watched by a prickly caterpillar of light. These strange sights can be seen in a disconcerting tug-of-war that pits crisp, eloquent, and restrained paintings against mixed-media sculptures of whimsy, imprecision, and untamed emotion.

Dawn Wohlford-Metallo's Twist & Shout Pressed clumps of richly textured paper pulp shaped into crusty grates, inquisitive fish, and smooth vertebrae are given chromatic life with hints of vibrant blue-greens, rusty reds, and creamy whites. These colors and textures are given room to breathe with large expanses of grays and earth tones.

Jamie Elizabeth Hudrlik - Grow UpSince
the Quad Cities version of Venus Envy began in 2005, it has
celebrated women's artistic expression in the visual and performing
arts.

Now
it aims to let them embarrass themselves.

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