February 10 – March 24
On exhibit from February 10 through March 24, 2017, are paintings by Peter Xiao (pronounced sh-ow) of Rock Island, IL and Karen Cooper of Cedar Rapids, IA.
Peter Xiao, a painting professor at Augustana College in Rock Island presents recent works that “dwell on time, and awareness of its passing as we age-looking backward and forward simultaneously.” Some of the work eulogizes friends who passed on or recalls past experiences of lasting importance while growing up; while others, in a more abstract language, focus on time, space and the body. Xiao utilizes easel paintings, shaped wood constructions and unstretched paintings on linen to depict his ideas.
Karen Cooper has always been a people watcher. “People out there in the world are just SO interesting. It seems only natural to me to translate people watching events into paintings on canvas.” She feels that while a photo can capture s person’s image, a painting can tell the person’s story. Cooper has spent most of the past year living in Lipetsk, Russia where she created her current body of work.
With Xiao’s work being influenced by his Chinese ancestry and Cooper’s work based on visions from Russia, this exhibit will have a multi-cultural feel to it.
The public is invited to meet the artists and enjoy complimentary food and beverages from 7-9 pm on February 17, 2017 at Quad City Arts in Rock Island.
March 31 – May 5
On exhibit from March 31 through May 5, 2017, will be the 40th Annual High School Art Invitational. This exhibition is open to the public, and includes a reception and awards ceremony on Thursday, April 6, 2017 from 6:30-9 pm.
This exhibition features exemplary works of art selected by each high school art teacher in the region. On the average, 15 schools, 28 teachers and over 170 students are provided the opportunity to show their artwork in a commercial art gallery and compete for over $3000 in scholarships and prizes. Primary sponsorship is provided by The William Butterworth Foundation, with other sponsorships by Evergreen Art Works, Living Lands and Waters, the Left Bank Art League, and The Rock Island Art Guild. Additional awards are sponsored by local artists in the area of their expertise.