Once upon a time … Isabel Scherer enrolled as a student at the Stone City Art Colony in the depths of the Great Depression. The colony, organized by Grant Wood with two partners, offered classes and created a supportive community for artists during the summers of 1932 and 1933.

A gorgeous and colorful collection of abstract media by a pair of Midwestern artists will be on display at the Quad City Arts Center through January 26, with the Rock Island venue, in Broadbent & Smelser, showcasing numerous evocative works by featured artists Kent Broadbent and Sarah Smelser.

Held in conjunction with his new exhibition A Room That One Is In (And All Things In It), beloved local artist and the Paul A. Anderson Chair in the Arts at Augustana College Peter Xiao will deliver a public artist talk at the Figge Art Museum on December 14, the night designed to celebrate Professor Xiao's very first solo exhibition of work at the Davenport venue.

Presenting a pair of exhibitions that seamlessly marry classical painting styles with a contemporary edge, Dubuque's Voices Studio, through January 28, will showcase the works of two remarkably talented artists, with the arresting pieces by Timothy Rees of Maquoketa and Evan Ventris of Dubuque embodying an evocative blend of traditional techniques with a touch of modern sophistication.

Held in collaboration with the Quad Cities' TMBC at the Lincoln Resource Center, a series of performances by noted community leaders will be delivered in the Figge Art Museum's Empowerment Echoed: Responding to 'Art & Activism at Tougaloo College, the November 18 event held in conjunction with the Davenport venue's current exhibition that explores a distinctive intersection of modern art, education, and social justice.

These are the first words on an historic marker at the Black Hawk Historic Site in Rock Island. "The marker states that La Main Cassee was 'a true friend of the American cause during the Revolutionary War' who confronted a British war party here in 1779. The same marker then commemorates the burning of Saukenuk by the American military in 1780."

With the exhibition on display through November 30, the gifts of artists ranging from teenagers to those numerous decades older will be equally highlighted when the University of Dubuque's Bisignano Art Gallery presents the gorgeous and evocative fall showcase International Photography: Photos by UD Students, Staff, & Faculty.

Works by three gifted Midwestern artists who employ traditional homemaking skills such as sewing, knitting, and embellishing to create higher artforms will be on display at the Quad City International Airport Gallery through January 2, with the gallery's latest collection boasting knitted portraits by Faith Humphrey Hill, art quilts by Cheryl Lennox, and beaded sculpture by Michelle Williams.

In preparation for the spookiest night of the year, Davenport's Figge Art Museum will host a trio of special events from October 27 through 29, with the venue presenting Dark Delights Dinner & Movie on Friday, Mysteria, a Night of Secrets & Art on Saturday, and Tricks & Treats on Sunday in advance of downtown Davenport's annual Halloween parade.

With the exhibition's creator having led University of Dubuque students through the history of western Europe on art and culture adventures for the past 23 years, the director of the Bisignano Art Gallery enjoys a of showcase of in the venue's Bagatelle: Recent Drawings by Alan Garfield, this beautiful collection of works on display through October 27.

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