Talking Art

Carolyn Martin interviews artists from all different genres and all over the Quad Cities about their work.

Support for Talking Art on WVIK comes from the estate of Margaret Skinner, a long time friend of WVIK and lover of the arts.

Sponsored by
Quad City Bank & Trust

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The choreopoem For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf, written by the poet and playwright Ntozake Shange, will be performed on Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the Playcrafters Barn Theatre in Moline. The term “choreopoem” was coined by Ntozake Shange in 1975 to describe her work, which combines poetry with dance and song.

Rolf Achilles, an independent art historian from Chicago, will give a lecture on Friday, March 22, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. at the Butterworth Center in Moline, entitled “Tiffany and Other Great Midwestern Panes”. The lecture is free and open to the public.

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The printmaker and artist Jon Fasanelli-Cawelti has a solo exhibit entitled “Atlas” on display at the Muscatine Art Center. Consisting of over 40 large-scale drawings and prints, the work in this show was created over the past five years despite — and perhaps because of — Jon’s diagnosis of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

The Lloyd M. Burstein Memorial Holocaust Film Series will be held on four Sundays beginning March 10, 2019 through May 12, 2019. All of the films have won numerous awards and will be shown at the Figge Art Museum at 4:00 PM.

Becoming American: Our Immigration Experience is a free six-part documentary film and discussion series to be held in the Quad Cities throughout March and April of 2019. Each Tuesday from March 5 through April 9, one-hour long films will be shown covering various facets of our immigrant past followed by moderated discussion sessions.

The QC Theatre Workshop's 3rd annual Susan Glaspell Playwriting Festival will be held Feb. 1 and 2, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. in Davenport. Featuring original plays written by local and national playwrights, the works contain strong female lead characters and focus on gender issues, social justice, and current events.

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Diego Lasansky is an accomplished printmaker and painter from Iowa City, who at the age of 21 held his first solo exhibition at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. Still in his 20's, his paintings and prints evoke the work of famous old master artists, but are executed with a thoroughly modern twist and in his own unique, preternatural style.

Courtesy of John Pfautz

Augustana College's Center for Creativity opened in the fall of 2018 in Rock Island. Students are encouraged to think creatively and collaboratively there in a comfortable lounge-like space filled with bean bag chairs and couches and illuminated by soft lamp lighting.

Tierney Brosius is a biology professor at Augustana College who also happens to be an accomplished illustrator. She combines her passion for entomology—the study of insects—with beautifully detailed drawings.

Courtesy of Sean Moeller

Quad Cities music entrepreneur Sean Moeller is putting the finishing touches on his next music venue: The Rust Belt. Scheduled to open February 2019 in East Moline, the space will hold up to 4,000 concertgoers. Moeller plans to showcase a variety of high-profile bands, filling a void in the current Quad Cities music scene.

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