It’s winter in the Quad Cities which is the time of year when visitors come to eagle watch, take eagle watching tours, and enjoy the cold weather nature of the area. Because of the abundance of eagles along the Mississippi River, there are several area artists who study the eagle and incorporate them into their work. Two of my favorite local artists have been involved in photography for many years and find eagles to be strong subjects in their work.
Heidi Johnson Brandt is co-owner of Boho Chic Gallery in Bucktown Center for the Arts in downtown Davenport. Both Heidi and her partner, Dee Schricker, have long used local and regional nature in their works.
Heidi is known for her photographic work that captures Mississippi River scenes and water bird activity. Her photographs of eagles are strong and actively intense. Her work is both large and intimate with the feeling of strength and the sense of movement.
Being active in the community by both marketing and planning events, Heidi has won an award for her work in the community on the Quad Cities River Action calendar, Art Meets The River. The proceeds from the sale of the calendar benefit the non-profit organization, River Action.
Photographer, David Sorensen, has a home studio and has long been using area nature in his work. His sensitivity to his subject is rhythmic and painterly. He told me, “Photographing these great birds presents a challenge to my 77 year-old reflexes and allows me to investigate locales along the river that I’ve never been to before”.
When you are visiting the area, consider supporting local artists by purchasing a piece of art that speaks to the beauty of the Quad Cities and the eagles that soar above us.
Heidi Johnson Brandt
Boho Chic Fine Art Gallery at Bucktown Center for the Arts,
225 East 2nd Street, Davenport, IA 52801 – 563-381-1707
Dave Sorensen, email@example.com
or message him via his Facebook page.