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The Quad Cities is made up of a very talented community of artists. Communities on both sides of the River have taken steps to incorporate art in public spaces and this has been met with open arms by the Quad Citians. A new and very prominent landmark is the Davenport Figge Arts museum, which is located along River Drive, next to the new Skybridge With the Mark of the Quad Cities in Moline, there is always the opportunity to see a world class act or concert.

Artists

Suzanne B. Aunan

Suzanne paints detailed compositions using acrylic, gouache and watercolors, sometimes adding pencil or ink pen.


Barbara Bianchi

A unique website presenting a variety of art and collages, some from around the world.

Christopher Bradshaw

Custom portraits and oil paintings.

Joseph M. Kelley

Nebulous Image Art

Brent Langley

Wildlife art, bringing the beauty of nature into your home.

Lisa L. Mahar

L. L. V a n d i D e s i g n s - Very creative artwork on everything from chairs and tables to vehicles.

Lori Miller

Fiber Mosaic Art

Pam Ohnemus

Macro and microenvironments fill her paintings, engaging the viewer in their detail of natural landscapes.

Rowen Schussheim-Anderson

Tapestry Art

Beppie Weiss

Portraits, Paintings and Drawings

Peter T. Xiao

Original Paintings

Performers

Ballet Quad Cities
Provides classical and contemporary dance including performances, lecture-demonstrations and educational outreach programs. Offers history, schedule, dancers and ticket information.

Quad City Symphony Orchestra
Includes concert schedule, store, education, volunteering and photographs.

Quad City Music Guild
Community theater group performing in the Quad Cities area. Company history, current and upcoming shows, directions, and contact.

ComedySportz Quad Cities
Fast-paced, interactive, and improv comedy competition based on audience suggestions. Includes news, staff, photos, and showtimes.

Theatres

Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse
Quad Cities dinner theatre and entertainment. Includes show information and schedule.

RiverCenter Adler Theatre
A fully restored art deco facility that hosts concerts, symphony, dance, Broadway, and other special events.

John Deere Pavilion
Agricultural museum celebrating the past, present and future of agribusiness. Includes current attractions, events, history, FAQ, and hours of operation.

The Mark of the Quad Cities
Multipurpose arena and venue for local sports teams, national touring acts, concerts, and musicals. Includes events, services, and ticket information.

Playcrafters Barn Theatre
Live theatre plays, performances and workshops. Tickets, schedules, and audition information available.

Galleries & Shops

Reher Art Gallery
Located on the second floor of the Moline Downtown Carnegie Library, the Reher Gallery with its Neo Classical styled copper ceiling and large arched windows provides a distinguished bearing for art exhibits and fine arts programming.

Augustana College Art Gallery
The Augustana College Art Gallery and Museum works in partnership with faculty to support liberal arts teaching, learning and student development.

MidCoast Fine Arts Gallery

MidCoast Fine Arts is a non-profit, community development arts agency, founded and run by artists, that creates and promotes innovative models which embrace regional artists and cultural organizations in advancing the quality of life and marketability of our community. Their art galleries can be found throughout the Quad Cities.


Quad City Arts

Headquartered in the ArtsCenter, 1715 Second Avenue, Rock Island, a beautifully restored building overlooking the Mississippi River. The first floor gallery space showcases a variety of work from local visual artists. Exhibitions change every month. Almost every Friday evening September through April there is something happening at the Arts Center...a chance to learn and be entertained or to share a glass of wine with a local artist. See the Calendar of Events for what's happening this month. ArtsCenter hours are Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Fridays until 9 p.m.

 

Regional Events

Bix Fest

The Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Society was founded in 1972, in Bix's hometown of Davenport, Iowa, to help keep alive the memory and musical accomplishments of native and world famous son, Bix, cornetist, pianist and composer. Food, refreshments, souvenirs, tapes and CDs are available at the venues. The outdoor venue at LeClaire Park features a food court, an outstanding band shell, bust of Bix and historic plaques, water and restrooms, and a grandstand seat for action on the Mississippi River. Next to the park is moored the President Casino riverboat for those who like to try their luck. There is comfortable seating and endless room for folding chairs and blankets. Those who wish may bring in their own food and refreshments.

Gumbo Ya Ya

June in the Districu of Rock Island.

Louisiana culture comes up the mighty Mississippi River when The District presents the Gumbo Ya Ya - Mardi Gras in The District. Enjoy gumbo and jumbalaya, chefs demonstrating how to make cajun delicacies, authentic southern Louisiana music on two stages, cajun dance instruction, Mardi Gras children’s activities, a French Quarter marketplace, original artwork, crawfish eating contest, street performers, and plenty of beads. The festival is held on the Great River Plaza at 2nd Avenue in downtown Rock Island.

Hornucopia

May in the district of Rock Island.

Start the summer at Hornucopia, the first outdoor festival of the season showcasing horn bands and hot food. This is an all ages event in the District of Rock Island. Listen for horns of plenty with music featuring explosive styles like ska, funk, jazz, soul, blues, soul, swing, and horn-driven rock. The overriding theme to all the bands is that you’ll want to get up and dance to their high energy sounds.

Mississippi Valley Blues Fest

Take a trip to Davenport's LeClaire park and hear many of the world's top traditional blues players perform live, in the sun, along the banks of the Mississippi River. The Mississippi Valley Blues Festival is held each July on a (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) in LeClaire Park, Davenport, Iowa.

Rock On Rock Island

July in the District of Rock Island
Flea Market Saturday 11am – 6 p.m. Instead of the carnival there is NEW inflatables, food for all tastes and live regional bands on two stages. The event supports non-profit organizations in Rock Island. Downtown, in the District.

Ya Maka My Weekend

August in the district of Rock Island. Take a trip to the Caribbean islands - Caribbean wares & fares, reggae music, Jamaican food, children's village, pirate costume contest and sand volleyball tournament. All ages event.

Erin Feis

If your Irish, then downtown Rock Island is the place to be during the Erin Feis grand Family Irish Festival.

 

Museums

Family Museum of Arts and Science
Museum highlights the opportunities for children, young people and families to explore arts and science through learning activities, participatory exhibits and skill-building education.

John Deere Commons
Offers shopping, dining, and a museum in the downtown area. Includes directory, events, news, and links.

Davenport Museum of Art Figge Art Museum
Visual arts museum guide to the paintings, exhibits, and gallery displays. Workshop, clinic, and class schedules.

The Putnam Museum of History and Natural Science
Houses 160,000 artifacts and specimens, offers permanent and changing exhibits, public programs, plus exclusive theater and live interpretations.

 

Organizations

Downtown Rock Island Arts & Entertainment District
Promotes the downtown District by improving existing business and attracting new business to the area. News, map, and calendar of events listed.

Midcoast Fine Arts
Organization for Quad-Cities arts and artists featuring programs of presentation, education, and celebration. Galleries, events, and calendar listed.



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