Carolyn Martin

Host, Talking Art

Carolyn Martin joined WVIK as a host of Talking Art in September of 2017.  A long-time fan of NPR programming with a love of storytelling and all art forms, she is thrilled to have the opportunity to speak with creative people about their work in the Quad Cities region.

Retiring as an Obstetrician/Gynecologist physician after nearly 25 years of practice in Davenport, she was looking for a meaningful way to navigate retirement.  Thanks to Jay Pearce, the General Manager of WVIK, who despite her lack of previous radio experience was either insightful enough or crazy enough to let her embark on this adventure, she is giving voice to artists who beautify our community and make this a better place to live.  She also gets more sleep now and doesn’t have to work on weekends or holidays!

In addition to her volunteer work with WVIK, Carolyn is a board member of Quad City Arts, the foundation board of Quad Cities Cultural Trust, and Vera French Community Mental Health Center.

She lives in Bettendorf, Iowa with her husband Joseph. 

Carolyn would like to recognize the late Bruce Carter, whose years of interviewing artists for WVIK on his program Art Talks inspired her to continue in his legacy.

Arielle Doneson

The soprano Lily Arbisser and pianist Dr. Marian Lee will be performing a free benefit concert on Friday, August 30, 2019 at 7:30 PM at the Asbury United Methodist Church in Bettendorf.  Donations made that evening will benefit local flood victims, following the catastrophic flooding experienced in the Quad Cities earlier this year.

A quality arts education is essential to a comprehensive academic experience for young people.  When students immerse themselves in the arts, they secondarily learn a variety of other life skills including critical thinking, collaboration, and creative problem solving.

The 6th annual Bill Bell Jazz & Heritage Festival will be held Aug 16-18, 2019.  This free, three-day event celebrates “the indigenous music and culture of people who helped build the Quad Cities with their blood, sweat and tears”, and features musical styles beyond jazz such as blues, R&B, folk, rock, rap, and Latin sounds.

If you love original art, vintage items, antiques, and “all things handcrafted” then The Skeleton Key Art & Antiques shop in Rock Island is the place for you.  Located at 520 18th St. in Rock Island, the shop is housed within the historic building that was previously a residence and the Wheelen-Pressly funeral home. The outside space is filled with original sculptural works by John Vandewalle, and inside you will find an eclectic mix of items curated by over 80 vendors.

The Spotlight Theatre Company is midway through their second season, with Matilda:  The Musical opening on August 2, 2019.  Located in the iconic building that was previously the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Moline, just west of the I-74 bridge, productions are performed in a meticulously crafted auditorium built by the Masonic organization.

Courtesy of Simon & Schuster

Rock Island native Caroline Louise Walker recently published her debut novel Man of the Year, which explores the dark undercurrents in the life of Dr. Robert Hart as his life slowly spirals out of control, despite his intense desire to present himself as a model of perfection and competence.

Courtesy of Streamline Architects

Streamline Architects is a full-service architectural firm that has expanded recently into the art of fabrication, designing and hand-crafting custom furniture, casework, and lighting for both commercial and residential use.

Courtesy of Tommy Iafrate

Festival 56 is a professional theater organization in Princeton, Illinois, with a packed summer schedule. Founded in 2004 on the idea that a small community like Princeton—population 7,500—can support quality theater, it is presenting six full-scale productions, a new works reading, and a series of cabaret shows—a wide breadth of performances offering something for everyone.

Courtesy of Opera Quad Cities

The comic operetta The Pirates of Penzance will be performed by Opera Quad Cities on Friday, June 14 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 16 at 3:00 p.m. at the Galvin Fine Arts Center on the St. Ambrose University campus.

Courtesy of Quad City Arts

The third annual Chalk Art Fest, hosted by Quad City Arts, will be held in downtown Bettendorf on Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9. In partnership with the 2019 Be Downtown event, the Chalk Art Fest will transform the brand new pavement of the Ascentra Credit Union headquarters—located between State St. and Grant St., across from the Waterfront Convention Center—into a giant work of street art.

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