The Key To Art and Fresh Farm Produce In Downtown Rock Island

Sunday during the summer months is the a good day to go to Rock Island, Illinois, to spend several hours at Skeleton Key Art and Antiques and the Artists’ Market. The artists’ market is a new addition to the farmers market in the parking lot of the mall.

Tie Dye Artist
Tie Dye Artist

My sister and I visited the market recently and were delighted by the artists and artisans who were selling anything from jewelry to paintings, iron sculptures, glass work, pottery, garden art and tie dye clothing. Feeling creative, I bought fresh rhubarb to make a cherry/rhubarb pie and fresh pea pods and onions for a salad.

Plants
Plants

We knew some of the artists and enjoyed discussing their work and their future projects. Local artists developed the concept of adding the Artists’ Market to the Sunday Farmers Market which began last summer at the location.

Garden Art
Garden Art

Located in the south end of the downtown area, the Skeleton Key Art and Antiques, which is in a large historic home, is a unique place to shop for vintage and antique items as well as art work and hand crafted items of interest by over 60 vendors.

Craft workshops by artists who sell at the business are offered monthly and are listed on Facebook.

Glass Artist
Glass Artist

The new Rock Island Artists’ Market will be held every Sunday from noon to 3:00 p.m. through the end of August. If you like a leisurely Sunday stroll and shopping experience without the crowds, this is the perfect venue.

Fresh Picked Menu
Fresh Picked Menu

The Skeleton Key is open Wednesday through Sunday.

Skeleton Key Hours
Skeleton Key Hours
Iron Sculptures
Iron Sculptures
Hand Crafted Bath Products
Hand Crafted Bath Products
Quilts
Quilts
Interior of The Skeleton Key
Interior of The Skeleton Key
Home Decor
Home Decor

Skeleton Key Art and Antiques

520 18th Street, Rock Island, Illinois 61201

(309) 314-1567

www.skeletonkeyqc.com

John and Brandy VandeWalle, owners

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Deborah Doehler As a life-time resident of the Quad Cities, Deborah is a multi-media artist who works in jewelry, painting, pottery, drawing, collage, and design. Deborah is retired from Black Hawk College after working for 35 years in Marketing as an award-winning graphic designer, writer, supervisor and graphics coordinator. Since 1975, she has had her own design company and studio. You’ll find Deborah serving on the Visual and Public Arts Committee for Quad City Arts where she was a board member for 8 years. She supports art and cultural events in the Quad Cities area including volunteering for events at MidCoast Fine Arts Bucktown Center for the Arts where she leases a gallery space. She served as Marketing Director for Riverssance Festival of Fine Arts for 15 years.

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