Quad City Arts Gallery
Painting by Jessica Gondek
"Celebrity" by James Brown
etchings by Jessica Gondek; mixed media by James Brown
Quad City Arts Gallery, Rock Island
February 28 - April 4, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, March 7, 7 - 9 pm
On exhibit from February 28 through April 4, will be works by Jessica Gondek of Montgomery, IL and James Brown from Dubuque, IA.
Jessica Gondek’s recent series of paintings and suite of solar plate etchings are her interpretation of the Sagrada Familia informed by firsthand experience of the worksite, climbing the spiral staircase of the open tower, and viewing master plans and models at the onsite museum. Jessica states, “The body of work produced as a result of these experiences has all at once shifted my creative work in a distinctly hand driven and organic direction. The computer, always present as a tool in my creative process, is now playing a different role where raw materials are brought into this technological forum for development and reconstitution in contrast with earlier works that were hermetic and built up solely from software sources. I view my creative journey as fashioning a series of Imperfect Models that will remain bound by the constraints of human existence.”
James Brown explains that, “A theme that ties my pieces together is the celebration of the stranger aspects of life. My work, just like the rest of the world, is full of oddities and while art in general can provoke thought, it can also be plain whimsical. I tend to find an appreciation for things in life that other people find strange or revolting. There can be a certain sense of beauty in some things people don’t usually find beautiful.”
Come and see how both artists have embraced technology as a way to express their ideas to create compelling works of art. Meet the artists on March 7 from 7 - 9 pm at an open reception in the gallery. Refreshments will be served. Free.
City Arts Gallery
1715 Second Avenue Rock Island, IL 61201
Open to the public & free admission Tues. - Fri. 10 am to 5 pm; Sat. 11 am to 5 pm; (Mondays by appointment only)
"Mass Consumption" by Lisa Mahar
"She Always Tries to Measure Up" by Dawn Wohlford-Metallo
Mixed media works and paintings by Lisa Mahar with sculptural works by
March 3, 2014 - April 30, 2014
Quad City International Airport Gallery, 2200 69th Ave., Moline, IL
Quad City Arts Art @ the Airport presents Lisa Mahar of Rock Island, IL and Dawn Wohlford-Metallo of Bettendorf, IA for the months of March and April.
Mahar’s goal as an artist is to produce art that people can identify with. Each piece tells a story; her unique style can be described as whimsical, surprising, thoughtful, and playful. She incorporates recycled refuse, intertwined with strokes of brightly colored paint, with bits and pieces of the past. Her work is visually and literally textural and includes paintings and objects. Lisa is a self-taught artist who has been creating and showing her work regionally for twenty years.
Wohlford-Metallo, who directs the Visual Arts program at Quad City Arts, is also a working artist. She creates three-dimensional representations of ideas, feelings, or actions using handmade paper and various other materials. Often inspired by words with multiple meanings, she frequently suggests one definition through visual imagery and another in the title of the piece. Additionally, she will incorporate materials such as old maps into a piece to add another layer of meaning.
Lisa and Dawn have shown their works together in the past and find
that their works often address the same issues and share a similar
sensibility. Together, the works play off of each other to create a
Art @ the Airport Gallery never closes and non-ticketed passengers can drop by the airport to see the exhibits, with just one dollar for parking. The gallery is located in the guest waiting area across from the airport restaurant. Meet a friend for lunch and enjoy the art in this beautiful gallery!
Quad City International Airport
2200 69th Ave. Moline, IL 61265
Open to the public