October 26 – December 9
On exhibit from September 2 through October 21 is be “Transitions: Pottery and Paintings”, by Lori Roderick and Zaiga Minka Thorson, both of Rock Island, IL.
“At some point in life, we all must deal with the loss of our parents. Perhaps it is after an extended illness where we had to make difficult decisions about their care and well-being, while juggling travel and raising our own children,” explains Zaiga Minka Thorson. Thorson, who recently lost both of her parents, found comfort in confiding with her longtime friend, Lori Roderick, who is experiencing the emotional roller coaster of assisting aging parents. Both artists realized that through the creation of art, they could work through their feelings at a deeper level, and then be able to share a message of resilience and hope with others.
Lori Roderick (left) will display stoneware and terra cotta sculptural vessels embellished with designs, glazes and surface treatments. The pieces explore the importance of memory, family, hope, and faith.
Zaiga Minka Thorson (right) will exhibit paintings, some created with oils or watercolors and others with pen & ink. Emotions of love and loss are exuded through her brush strokes in every painting.
The public is invited to meet the artists at the opening reception on November 4 at Quad City Arts in Rock Island, from 7-9 pm. Complimentary food and beverages will be served.
December 14 – February 3
On exhibit from December 14 through February 3 will be “Learning, Teaching, Learning”, a collective exhibit from the group R.A.T.S. (Retired Art Teachers). This show will feature work by Laurie Zaiger, Gwen Leslie, Becky Kobos, Buffy Quegg, Sharon Burns-Knutson, and Suzy McNeil, all of Iowa City, IA.
“Learning, Teaching, Learning” celebrates the creativity of six practicing artists who call themselves R.A.T.S. (Retired Art Teachers.) Each was once a teacher in the Iowa City School District and shares a lifelong history and love of learning and teaching, and learning some more. Each artist expresses herself in different media with her own unique style. Together they provide interactive learning activities for viewers throughout the exhibition.
The public is invited to meet the artists and enjoy complimentary food and beverages from 7-9 pm on January 6th at Quad City Arts in Rock Island.