Arts & Culture

Prairie artist George Olson.

Smithsonian Exhibit at Rock Island Library

Sep 17, 2014
WVIK Staff

Quad Cities residents can now visit a traveling Smithsonian exhibit, celebrating sports. "Hometown Teams" is now on display at the Rock Island Main Library. The interactive exhibit combines national and local sports footage, photos, and memorabilia. This is the sound from one of the videos.  

Television screens, ipads, flip-books, and links to apps are included in each "Hometown Teams" display. Visitors can even smell the food from one Pittsburgh ball park, by squeezing a fake mustard bottle. 

Genesius Guild Fundraising Campaign

Sep 16, 2014

      A Quad Cities theatre group wants to set up an endowment fund to help insure its future. Today the Genesius Guild announced its first major endowment campaign.      Executive Director Doug Tschopp says the goal of their two year campaign called "Pushing 60" is to raise $500,000 to support their unique summer theatre program in Lincoln Park in Rock Island.

     He says the fund drive has a substantial head start thanks to a major grant from Bechtel Trusts and already has reached $281,000.

Hunt Harris Photography Exhibit

Sep 15, 2014
Hunt Harris

Using a special technique, a Quad Cities man has photographed some of the best-known locations in Dubuque. Gallery C in Dubuque is now exhibiting photographs of the city by Hunt Harris, using an infra-red camera. To get infrared photographs, Harris had a special filter installed on one of his cameras. He says it's good for black and white, not color, and it darkens water and sky, but lightens foliage and buildings.

Wood Turning at the Figge

Sep 15, 2014
WVIK Staff

      A large-scale wood sculpture was created outside of the Figge Art Museum. 
      For the past month, Irish wood artist, Liam O'Neill has been turning a tree trunk into a wooden throne.  O'Neill transformed the outside of the Figge into his own woodshop, complete with a woodturning lathe he constructed out of concrete. He used to use chainsaws, sandblasting, and torching to turn the locally sourced tree trunk into a six-foot-long sculpture. 


Riverssance Harley Award winners, ceramicist Megan Quinn & painter Kristin Quinn.

Founder and co-owner of Paragon Commercial Interiors, Dana Wilkinson.

Sculptor Gene Tully and pastellist Heidi Draley McFall talk about Voices from the Warehouse in Dubuque.

Bruce Carter talks with sculptor Dean Kugler.  

Musician Lewis Knudsen.