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Bereskin Classes Moving to Figge & Family Museum

Bereskin Gallery and Art Academy

Major changes are in the works for the Bereskin Gallery and Art Academy. After nearly 30 years in Bettendorf, the gallery will move online, and art classes will be split among the Figge Art Museum and Family Museum.

Pat Bereskin
Pat Bereskin

Owner Pat Bereskin says starting in August, the beginning art classes and those for young children will move to the Family Museum, and upper level classes and those for adults will be held at the Figge.

"During the pandemic, I started to think about what would happen if something happened to me. The more I thought about it the more I thought my goal would be to leave a legacy behind for children and adults to have art education."

She started teaching art with her neighbor's two children, at the kitchen table. That soon turned into four, and eventually grew to 125 children a week. And that gave her the idea to open the art academy and offer classes to all ages.

At the end of July, the Bereskin Gallery will close and move online.

"People can still have the same quality customer service and individual attention for helping to select art for their home or business but it will be done in an online setting."

She's also held STEAM Lab classes at her Gallery and Art Academy in Bettendorf, and those will also move to the Family Museum this summer.

Bereskin Art Academy.mp4

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