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Talking Art with Pat Bereskin

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After teaching art to countless Quad City students for nearly three decades, Pat Beréskin’s legacy will continue as her art courses and instructors transition to new homes in the recently created Art Academy at the Figge in Davenport, and the Beginner Art Academy at the Family Museum in Bettendorf.

Beginning in August 2022, classes will meet weekly throughout the school year – a perfect opportunity for students who are passionate about art and ready for a challenge. Students can meet with “Mrs. B” ahead of time to ensure that they are enrolled in the class that is the best fit for them. In addition, one day workshops to multi-week classes will continue to be offered at the Figge Art Museum from beginning to advanced levels throughout the year, and a newly created Clay Lab will also be available. The popular STEAM on Wheels program, run by Executive Director Samuel McCullum and currently housed at the Beréskin Gallery in Bettendorf, will be relocated to the Family Museum.

Listen to the conversation here with Pat Beréskin about the excitement she feels about her future, the legacy she has created as a long-time champion of the arts, and the unique position that the Quad Cities finds itself in with these new creative partnerships.

While the Beréskin Gallery will close on July 25, 2022, their high-quality art objects will continue to be available for on-line purchase. The final gallery show in July will consist of works created by Pat herself, and all personal commissions made for her work that month will be donated towards arts scholarships.

Thank you, Pat!

Carolyn Martin joined WVIK as a host of Talking Art in 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 who beautify our community and make the Quad Cities region an even better place to live.