Talking Art

Painting of farm fields of row crops, trees, and rolling hills with an old-fashioned single-blade plow in the foreground
submitted / Deere and Company

In the spring of 2010, the Figge Art Museum in Davenport partnered with Deere and Company to showcase works from the company's art collection. Here's Michelle O'Neill's report that previewed the opening of the exhibit entitled, Global Currents: The John Deere Art Collection.

The Quad Cities is well-known as the home of John Deere, but what's not well-known is that it's also the home of the company's extensive art collection.

Michael Kienzle's work is on display at the Hudson River Gallery in Iowa City through November 11.
Carolyn Martin / WVIK

Carolyn Martin talks with Michael Kienzle, a painter whose exhibit “Outside the Lines” is currently showing at the Hudson River Gallery in Iowa City, and who also happens to be a University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics emeritus professor of Cardiology.

Courtesy of Valerie Davis Bibbs

Carolyn Martin talks with Valerie Davis Bibbs, from Great Sounds Promotions, about the upcoming Smooth Jazz Fall Festival. 

Lacy Scarmana / WVIK

In this installment, Carolyn Martin talks with C.J. Monzyk about the Handpan – the history of this unusual instrument, how it creates such ethereal sounds, and how it has accompanied him on his spiritual journey.

Carolyn Martin talks to Benjamin Fawks, owner of Rozz Tox in Rock Island, about the All Senses Festival and Lowland Block Party.

'Welcome To Davenport' mural by Johnnie Cluney
Carolyn Martin / WVIK

Longtime WVIK listeners might remember the program Art Talks. It was hosted by the late Bruce Carter and featured interviews with local painters, musicians, and writers.

Now, as part of our efforts to enhance coverage of the local art scene, we'll bring you Talking Art, a regular segment during Morning Edition hosted by Carolyn Martin.