Move over Oscar, Emmy, and Grammy. It's time to bestow honors upon the Quad Cities' artistic community. The 28th Annual Rock Island Fine Arts Exhibition boasts a roster that reads like a venerable who's who of local visual artists.

The current MidCoast Gallery West exhibit featuring work by Caroline England and Ken Bichell is a striking exposition of Occidental Asian-influenced artists in two and three dimensions. England's floral watercolors, with their black backgrounds, borrow from Chinese black-lacquer works, while Bichell's wood-fired pottery grows out of the Chinese tradition in ceramics.

Mystery Box

For his current art exhibition, Felix Morelo started small, creating intricate painted boxes that can fit in one's hands. One wall of the Peanut Gallery is covered with them.

But as intriguing as these works are, Morelo was unhappy with them.

There's plenty of hub-bub surrounding the new Trinity at Terrace Park Hospital in Bettendorf that opened last week. With good cause, too. After all, it's the first hospital for Bettendorf since its incorporation 100 years ago.

It's not too surprising that Pete Schulte talks a lot about music. He resists describing his recent works as paintings, drawings, or sculpture; more than anything, they are riffs. Visual riffs. Meditations on a theme.

From the ethereal to the surreal aptly describes the art exhibits by Gene Anderson and David Hast currently on display at Midcoast Fine Arts Gallery at the Mississippi Valley Welcome Center in LeClaire, Iowa.

The ethereal comes from Gene Anderson's large, modernistic sculptures that mimic the smoothing effect eons of time have on boulders and stones.

MidCoast Gallery West has works from two accomplished artists on display through the end of February. Bruce Walters has 16 two-dimensional works and Marilyn Davis has 15 porcelain pieces. Both artists demonstrate a mastery over their medium with a high degree of competency.

In their current exhibit at Quad City Arts, Sandra Dyas re-creates the realism of photojournalism with the sensitivity of individual subjects, while Todd Snyder gives us a glimpse into his vision of actual places painted through the lens of unreality.

Although Elaine Ball and Brent Langley have two very different artistic styles, both express a great deal of sensuality in their work in a joint exhibit on display through January at the MidCoast Fine Arts Gallery at the Iowa Welcome Center in LeClaire.

The current exhibit at MidCoast Gallery West is unique in that both artists work in different media but are using them toward the same end. Joann Winkler has six installations that illustrate her childhood memories, while Barbara Bianchi has 22 mixed-media pieces plus a video that do the same thing.

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