May 12 – June 30
On exhibit from May 12th through June 30th 2017, will be works by Stephanie J. Baugh of Monmouth Illinois, Karen Blomme of Davenport Iowa, and Matt Moyer of Columbia, Missouri.
Stephanie J. Baugh creates collage panels using a variety of techniques and materials. The process of distilling an object, image, experience, or event down to essential shapes or movements can only happen when she softens her focus on the world and holds on to some quality of the experience that denies realistic representation. The title of her show is “Associations.” Despite recognizable imagery, she considers these works to be abstractions.
Karen Blomme creates colorful abstract collages as well. Her pieces combine figures (both human and structural), musical influences, and text layered with color.
Matt Moyer is a structural abstract artist. Conceptually, his work focuses on water and air distribution systems, both real and imaginary, and the ingenuity and materials needed to design and maintain them. His sculptures have a heavy industrial feel, often employing articulated, implied movement referencing heavy machinery. His pieces, ranging from 9-14’ high, will make full use of Quad City Arts’ 14’ ceilings.
July 7 – August 18
On exhibit from July 7th through August 18th 2017, will be paintings by David Gregory of Peoria, Illinois and Lianne Westcot of Solon, Iowa with blown glass pieces by Davenport’s Hot Glass instructors and students.
David Gregory presents “Pas de Deux: The Sandburg Series.” Gregory was inspired by poems written by Carl Sandberg. As a realist landscape painter who grew up in central Illinois and later built an art studio on an Illinois farm, he was drawn to Sandburg’s poems that are descriptive of the rural Midwest landscape.
Lianne Westcot’s recent work focuses on Midwest structures like barns and bridges that are going by the wayside. Using mixed media and acrylic on canvas, she recreates the structures’ patina. Her renderings of scenic barns and bridges are accompanied by lush depictions of Iowa fields and foliage.
Davenport’s Hot Glass studio began working with area Veterans through the Quad City Vets Center, at the end of 2016. Pleshette Butler, director of the Quad-Cities Vets Center, said she thinks the program is “therapeutic” for veterans who battle bouts of anxiety, anger or depression associated with PTSD. “They get to work together as a team just like they do in the military,” Butler said. “They learn a lot and it gives them a sense of pride when they complete a project.” Director of Hot Glass, Joel Ryser, along with his assistants and participating vets will show the results of their teamwork during this summer exhibition.
The public is invited to meet the artists and enjoy complimentary food and beverages from 7-9 pm on July 7th at Quad City Arts in Rock Island.