Figge tour focuses on works that are popular with children.

Take a break from the hectic holiday season at the Figge Art Museum, where you can enjoy a special family-oriented tour. "Celebrating Family" is offered the first three Sundays in December at 1:30 pm (Dec. 5, 12, 19).  The tour begins in the Family Gallery with Doris Lee's print Thanksgiving, which depicts women preparing Thanksgiving dinner during the Great Depression. Families will then be introduced to colorful and whimsical works in the College Invitational exhibition, and several paintings and sculptures by famous artists Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Joan Miró, and Deborah Butterfield. The works were selected for the "Celebrating Family" tour because they are popular with both children and adults.  After the tour, participants can enjoy free hot chocolate.

Thanksgiving is now up in the Family Gallery, so if you can't wait for the tour, bring your family into the Figge today or anytime through the holiday season and enjoy art activities in the gallery with your loved ones!

Tour is free with price of admission.  Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $4 for children. Open Sundays : Noon-5pm.



With the holiday retail season upon us, The Arc of Rock Island County announces it is currently accepting new consignments from area artists for The Arc's One of a Kind shop.

One of a Kind sells unique handmade gifts made by local artisans. Products include jewelry, paintings, weavings, carved walking sticks, candles, soaps and lotions, and many other unique gift options.

Consigning artists set the retail price and receive 75% of the sale price. The Arc retains 25% which supports programming, developmental training, and wages for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. One of a Kind provides paid employment opportunities for individuals in a retail setting. Individuals are trained and involved in all aspects of store operations-creating original artwork, cashiering, maintaining displays, inventory control, and customer service.

One of a Kind is located at 4016 9th Street in Rock Island.

Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm.

Founded in 1952, The Arc of Rock Island County promotes living and working in partnership with the community to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. The Arc serves more than 325 individuals throughout the Quad Cities community on a daily basis.

(MAQUOKETA, IA) Iowa artist Brent Houzenga brings his street art stylings to Maquoketa this month. His mixed media works are influenced by modern art, comic books, graffiti, and punk rock poster art.

Houzenga's work offers an eclectic mix of painting styles incorporating drips and graffiti with stencils on found objects including reclaimed windows, rustic frames, and antique photographs. The artist has exhibited throughout Iowa and across the U.S. including the Alcove Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia, The Hive
Gallery in Los Angeles, and Art Whino Austin at Seventy-Seven Gallery in Austin, Texas. The exhibit will also feature a screening of Hybrid Pioneer, a documentary film about Brent Houzenga and his work by Des Moines film maker Kristian Day.

Maquoketa Art Experience will host an opening reception for Brent Houzenga and Kristian Day on Friday, November 19 from 6-8 p.m. at 124 S. Main Street in Maquoketa.

The exhibit will run through January 5th.

Maquoketa Art Experience is dedicated to bringing accomplished artists to Maquoketa for short- and long-term residencies, workshops, and exhibitions. For more information contact Paula Neuhaus at or by calling 563.652.9925.


In conjunction with its exhibition, Dancing Towards Death, the Figge Art Museum will be hosting Ballet Quad Cities for a special encore performance of I, Vampire at 6:30 PM Thursday, November 18. Join us for a special night of art, dance and other activities as two great Quad Cities cultural institutions collaborate to entertain and educate on the dead and undead!  Ballet Quad Cities will give a reprise presentation of I, Vampire in the third floor gallery space at the museum. Inspired by local author Michael Romkey's1990 novel about the transformation of Chicago lawyer David Parker into one of the undead, this modern-day ballet explores the sinister yet sensual relationship between vampires and their victims.

At 7:00 PM. St Ambrose University professor of Art & Art History, Terri Switzer, will talk in the John Deere Auditorium. The lecture, "The Queen of Sins and 'la mort qui danse': Late 19th Century Femme Fatale Imagery", will explore imagery of the popular European theme of the diabolic seductress  through the deadly embrace and bewitching beauty of vampiric man-eating females, syphilis-ridden prostitutes, and the many Salomes and Judiths carrying severed male heads.

Admission to the museum and all activities is FREE after 5 PM. The Figge will be providing a free art lesson in the studios from 5:30 - 6:30 PM. Guided gallery tours start at 6 PM. The bar and café open at 5 PM. The museum is open until 9 PM.


Theo's Java Club to Host Inaugural Event

November 9, 2010 (Rock Island, IL) - Handmade City is proud to announce the launch of their renegade arts and crafts show on Saturday, December 4 from 10 AM - 4 PM at Theo's Java Club located at 213 - 17th Street in Rock Island.  Artists from around the Quad Cities will be selling their one-of-a-kind handmade creations just in time for Christmas.  Confirmed artisans include The Adventure Orange, Betty Round, Cupboards Zine, Dilly Baby, Doug, Jack & Me, Fannie's Closet, Ladynoble, Leah Sprott, Lil Squeeks, Oh So Little Prints, and Terrible Delicious.  The event is free and open to the public.

"This inaugural event provides an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the talented artists living right here in the Quad Cities, said Rose Noble, Handmade City Creator. "Our goal is to make Handmade City the premier leader in producing events that showcase local talent and allow them to bring their products to the community at large."

Handmade City is an underground crafts + art collective, supporting modern local handmade artisans. Established in 2010, Handmade City supports the do-it-yourself craft collective and modern art available in the Quad Cities.  We pride ourselves on unique craftsmanship and encourage other likeminded artists and consumers to make Handmade City their destination for quality handmade crafts in the Quad Cities.

For additional information or to exhibit at future events, contact Handmade City at
The Phoenix Art Gallery is setting up an exhibit and sale of Miniature paintings.
: Oil, Acrylic, Water, Pastel, Pencil or Mixed Media.
: Maximum size is 11 inches in width or height. This INCLUDES frames if any.
Please list the target optimum price and price margins along with your submissions.
Images of the art can only be sent as cds or photograph images.
Email attachments will not be opened.
Local artists can bring their paintings in personally if they wish.
Please send 1) your resume and 2)artist's statement, the vision and scope of your art along with your submissions.
A copy may be sent by email, but not as an attachment, in anticipation of your cds or photograph images. Please include this in your cd or photograph submission.
Please note: we need BOTH your resume and artist's statements.
Cost of submission
: Free.
Date Deadline
for final submission: November 15th. 2010
Please submit to:
PHOENIX Art Gallery
1530 Fifth Avenue. Moline.Illinois: 61265 Tel: 309-736-0006
Or contact the Owner
owner and director:
Narveen Aryaputri
Maquoketa Art Experience's current exhibit, "Death & Such" is an interactive exhibit featuring paintings, video, and installation work by Iowa artists Katie Duffy, Patti Goffinet, Nikko Francois, Rose Frantzen, Thomas Metcalf, Chuck Morris, Seth Myers, Megan Starr, Evan Stickfort, Joe Turek, and Carey Welch. This themed group show offers meditations and artist's representations of a season of death...and such. Exhibit runs through November 17. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sat. 12-4 p.m. at 124 S. Main Street in Maquoketa. For more information or to arrange a scheduled group viewing call Paula at 563.652.9925. This exhibit is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome.

Grant Wood Scholar to Talk about the Man behind the Artist

 Join us at the Figge Art Museum Thursday November 4th at 7 PM for a lecture and reading by R. Tripp Evans, author of Grant Wood: A Life.  Ever since Wood's now-iconic American Gothic caught the nation's attention in 1930, his work has become a blank canvas for audiences?who see what they will in his dream-like landscapes, unconventional history paintings, and forbidding portraits, with little sense of the man who created these images. In his lecture, Evans will discuss some of the sources for Wood's powerful imagery?including a number of important examples from the Figge Museum's extensive collection?and will examine Wood's public image as an uncomplicated "farmer-painter," a persona that has often obscured the far more interesting dimensions of Wood's life; his sexuality, artistic identity and relationship with his family.

R. Tripp Evans, PhD is Professor of Art History at Wheaton College in Massachusetts. He is the author of Romancing the Maya: Mexican Antiquity in the American Imagination, 1820-1915 (2004). He received his doctoral degree in the history of art from Yale University and has served as a visiting lecturer at Yale, Wellesley College, and Brown University.

Evans will be signing books in the store prior to his lecture; beginning at 5:30 pm. Copies are currently on sale in the Museum Store. Admission to the museum and lecture is $7. Admission is free to members, college professors and students. The Figge Arts Café and Bar will be open before and after the lecture.


Purpose: Mississippi River Valley Art Directory is a website to
promoting art along the Mississippi River. The goal is to create one
website organizing all forms of art, making it easy for clients to
locate you, your website and your place of business.

Mission: The Mississippi River Valley area is saturated with wonderful
ART.   Connecting us all together and creating an art destination to
meet specific desires is our mission.

Let us introduce ourselves:

Diane Michele (Wall) Volrath started her art career in the medium of
sugar. She was the owner of Cake Creations for 16 years in Davenport,
Iowa. After retiring she became a multi-media artist living on the
Mississippi River in Princeton, Iowa. Her studio, Inspirational Images
Photography,  is next door to her house where photography meets the
stained glass world. Diane images photography on to glass and finishes
it with stained glass. Visit to learn more about
Diane and see her creations.

Rhonda LeMar-James spent 20 years managing a variety of venues in the
hospitality business. It was a fast-paced, exciting business where 2
days were never alike. That's where multi tasking became so important!
A family responsibility took her from that world and into the world of
art. She grows gourds here in Iowa and then uses them to express
herself. Along the path there were so many talented artists all
searching for the best way to get their art noticed by others. Diane
and Rhonda intend to make that a much easier task with this website
and these maps. To learn more about Rhonda visit

Both ladies are active in the art world, promoting area groups,
festivals and artists. They sit on several boards, including the Quad
City Photography Club, Artist Advisory Council, Left Bank Art League,
The Gourd City Area Gourd Patch, and they also teach in the area.

After several discussions about how to assist artists in the task of
getting products noticed, the Mississippi River Valley Art Directory
was born.

Please join us in celebrating art in the Mississippi River Valley area.

Within this website you will find a Weekly Blog listing current art
events throughout the Mississippi River Valley. The second page is a
directory of all art locations organized by region with links to their
web-pages. The third page is a map of the art locations, hours of
business, and media available. Included here is a spot where you can
purchase full size maps for self driving tours. The fourth page is a
list of art galleries and home based art studios participating in the
Spring and Fall Art Drives. The annual Fall MRVAD drive is the first
weekend in November. This year that is November 6th & 7th, 2010 from
10am- 5pm, check this page to plan your route. The final page is an
application form for artists and art galleries to complete to be
included in this website and map listings.

Memberships include :

? Web-presence and link

Have your gallery, studio or home address listed on the world wide web
to access  clients and agents. A link will be provided to your
personal web-page if applicable.

? Map listing, maps for display and dispersal upon request

Maps will be placed in Welcome Centers, hotels, motels, area
businesses and all locations that visitors and locals search for ideas
for things to do along the Mississippi River. You may request maps to
hand out at your site and at art shows.

? Bi-annual newsletter promoting the open gallery/private studio self
drive tour.

A newsletter will be forwarded with helpful information and tips for
all members about the spring and fall art drives. This is a time for
artist to invite clients in to their personal studios. For those of
you without a studio, considering joining with several other local
artists at a public building in town. Our Goal is a fun day for a
drive along the Mississippi River Valley viewing great art and
interacting with the people that create it.

? Bi-annual open house gallery/private studio self drive

Each year we promote a special ART DRIVE twice a year, inviting
clients to view your galleries and private studios. This will be held
the weekend before Mother's Day and the first weekend in November each
year on Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm. You may list your private home
based studio address, gallery address, the address of an Art show you
may be attending, a farmers market address, or a public building you
have rented for this occasion. The dates will be November 6 & 7, 2010;
April 30 & May 1, 2011; & November 5 & November 6, 2011. THIS IS AN
You do not have to be listed on the Art Drive Directory page to be
included in the main listings.

? Monthly Blog available for individual artist promotion

The first page will blog art shows and art events in the Mississippi
River Valley. Please send your promotional event materials to subject line MRVAD BLOG INFO or Diane Volrath, Po
Box 282, Princeton, Iowa 52768.

1 month prior to the event.

? Photos of your three top selling items included in photo gallery

Email with your photos to include.

Annual fee: $20.00

Form to join Mississippi River Valley Art Directory

Artist name:

Business name:

Email address:

Business Address and Phone #:

Dimensions of display shop-important for possible tour groups.

Is shop handicap accessible:

Your hours of business and

if you would like to be included

in the Spring and Fall ART DRIVE:

Information on your studio:

Medium (media):

Webpage address:


By submitting this application form, I understand I am giving
permission to M.R.V.A.D. to publish my information on the web and it
is my responsibility to provide accurate information and timely
revisions of this information to M.R.V.A.D.

Mail form with check to: MRVAD, 22185 180th Ave., Davenport, Iowa 52807

Form may also be filled out online at .

For questions please inquire at: mail@MRVAD.COM or phone Diane at

563-343-2765 or Rhonda at 563-508-1853.

(MAQUOKETA, IA, September 23, 2010) - Maquoketa Art Experience, a not-for-profit arts organization dedicated to revitalizing downtown Maquoketa through artist-in-residency programs, workshops, and exhibitions, has appointed Paula Neuhaus as Director of Maquoketa Art Experience.

In this role Neuhaus will be responsible for coordination and promotion of all arts programming, residencies, workshops, exhibitions, and ongoing expansion and promotion of the Eastern Iowa Cultural Corridor.

With five years of not-for-profit arts administration experience and degrees from both Loras College and The University of Iowa Paula Neuhaus brings a wide range of abilities to Maquoketa Art Experience. Through her efforts with the Dubuque County Fine Arts Society, Voices From The Warehouse District fine art exhibit, Dubuque Area Writers Guild, DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival, and Dubuque Main Street, Ltd. Paula has demonstrated the impact that arts and culture can have as a tool for revitalization and economic development.

"We have experienced a lot of success since we organized in 2008," said Maquoketa Art Experience Board President, Bob Osterhaus. "Paula brings new energy as we continue to grow Maquoketa Art Experience and enhance the Eastern Iowa Cultural Corridor. We are delighted to bring someone with Paula's arts and culture experience to our program."

In her free time Paula continues her work as a poet and writer, volunteers with several Dubuque art groups, and manages two independent projects; Wordcure Spoken Word Series and Art Gumbo Micro-funding Program.

Maquoketa Art Experience is working to turn downtown storefronts into studios, galleries, and workshop space for visiting and resident artists. Maquoketa Art Experience hosts a variety of art programs and workshops for all skill levels. The exhibition space houses thematic shows created in collaboration with visiting, regional, and resident artists. For more information visit