A collection of arresting ceramics by a talent who grew up along the Mississippi River will be on display at Black Hawk College's ArtSpace Gallery through March 29, with Laura Vincent-Arnold's Wallflower revealing its artist's continued interest in, as she says, "creating in multiple mediums, exploring where my mind takes me, solitude, and nature … always a nod to nature."

Man’s best friend, barnyard creatures, playful kittens, circus animals, and bucking broncos are among the creatures portrayed in the Muscatine Art Center's exhibition Animals in Art, with paintings, prints, drawings, and sculptures from the venue's permanent collection – alongside selections of art pottery on loan from Mark and Marie Latta – on display through June 16.

With his works a testament to the belief that there is no distinct beginning, middle, or end when exploring the boundless nature of creativity, a noted painter will be showcased in the Voices Studio exhibition beyond the boundaries: Paintings of John C. Badger – Abstract Expressionist, its housing at the Dubuque venue, through April 27, a retrospective celebration of life, art, and evolution of pieces that defy convention.

On March 7, area art lovers are invited to celebrate the recent opening of the 43rd Rock Island Art Guild Fine Arts Exhibition at Davenport's Figge Art Museum alongside some of the exhibition's featured regional artists, with guests able to share in the excitement as this year's prize winners are announced.

An eagerly awaited tradition featuring dozens of recent and debuting works in a variety of artistic mediums, the 43rd edition of the Rock Island Art Guild Fine Arts Exhibition will be on display at the Figge Art Museum through June 2, with the Davenport venue housing 62 works - paintings, sculptures, installations, and more - by 42 artists living within a 200-mile radius of the Quad Cities.

With participants invite to engage in the folk-art tradition of rag weaving while fostering a culture of cooperation, Davenport's Figge Art Museum will host a Crochet Jam on February 23 led by the noted talent Ramekon O’Arwisters, a Bay Area-based social-practice artist who founded Crochet Jam in 2012, and who also has his gifts currently showcased in the museum's exhibit Tradition Interrupted.

Held in conjunction with the venue's current exhibition Tradition Interrupted, Davenport's Figge Art Museum will host a February 22 Artist Talk with renowned Bay area-based social-practice artist Ramekon O'Arwisters, who will share thoughts about his artistic practice as well as his involvement with the popular exhibition.

A celebration of students who commit to active participation in a weekly character-focused class and to regular community service throughout the year, the exhibition Character Journeys: Reflections by Wendt Character Scholars will be on display at the University of Dubuque's Bisignano Art Gallery through February 29, this showcase designed to acknowledge the roots and experiences that shape character, and recognize that so much more goes into character growth.

Held in conjunction with Black History Month, a series of thoughtful and engaging pieces will be in display in Black Hawk College's ArtSpace Gallery through February 23, with the Moline institution presenting paintings by Kathy Schumacher in the exhibition Freedom's Daughters.

All heads turned as Helen Van Dale, the notorious “Queen of the Looney Underworld,“ walked to the witness stand in the trial of Rock Island’s mayor, police chief, and one of John Looney’s henchmen. The charges included graft, illicit gambling, and alcohol during Prohibition.

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