The Illinois Arts Council, along with teachers and artists from around the state, celebrated the completion of the second year of the Illinois Mississippi River Valley Project with a festival weekend August 15 through 17 in Galena, Illinois.

The steel that's rising from the ground along River Driver between Harrison and Main streets in Davenport is the physical skeleton of the $34.4-million Figge Arts Center, but it also stands as a symbol of a new framework for doing business for the Davenport Museum of Art (DMA).

Artist Les Bell has a document from September 1999 that lists artists' complaints about the Davenport Museum of Art (DMA). They include the museum not publishing its mission statement, not welcoming local artists, and not making studio visits.

Ghostlight Theatre can thank World War II, at least in part, for the patronage of Dr. Walter E. Neiswanger.

The theatre company's upcoming production of Das Barbecü will happen largely because of Neiswanger.

Kathleen Van Hyfte says her work is in a stage of transition, but I don't agree.

There is a strong cubist element that runs through most of the works currently on display in a two-person show at the MidCoast Fine Arts Gallery near LeClaire.

Before September 11, 2001, the concept of the airport as town-hall meeting plaza was a great one. The Quad City International Airport was well on its way to realizing that ideal. There were plans for an office park to be located on or near the airport property, and people, not just travelers, would be lured to the facilities.

Local painter Pete Schulte recently was juried into a weeklong exhibit in New York City, his second showing in the Big Apple in just over a year. (See "Mirror Repair" in the River Cities' Reader, July 3, 2002.

The great new show at the Quad City Arts Gallery in The District of Rock Island showcases a bit of a role reversal, with the woman being bold and the man being subtle. The show, running through August 8, features 27 wood turnings by Steve Sinner and 15 collages by Corrine Smith.

As changeable and far-ranging as Teresa Mesich's paintings are in the current show at MidCoast Gallery West (in the District of Rock Island), David Zahn stakes out two bold, solid, consistent themes: bronze busts and hand-thrown ceramics adorned by figures.

What had been MidCoast's Pastel Exhibition & Competition has been transformed through addition into something altogether different: a multifaceted arts-in-education event for teens that creates a link to workforce development and retention.

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