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Rockin’ Rock Island Murals: Tour the City via Wall Art

I love living in the Quad Cities, and in Rock Island specifically. One of the reasons is the murals that are literally almost around every corner. A few months ago, our family drove by the new mural on the corner of 14th Ave. and 30th Street every day to see the progress.

If you haven’t toured the murals of Rock Island lately, let me be the first to invite you to check out the artwork! It’s pretty rockin’. Here are some of my favorites.

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Heroines of Literature – Get Lost In Its Brilliance!

The new exhibit, Literary Heroines: Their Times, Their Fashions, at the Putnam Museum is a brilliant blend of literature, fashion and book art. My monthly book club, Reading Between the Wines, decided that this was a fun way to celebrate literature. One of our members made our reservations at the Putnam Museum for the special luncheon which was designed specifically to attract book clubs.

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Ballet Quad Cities: The Art Is In The Details

Dance is the rhythmic and expressive movement of the human body. It is beautifully performed and staged 30 times during the year by the 22-year old Ballet Quad Cities. This month I was excited  and honored to attend Ballet Quad Cities, Dracula, a classic tale “of love, lust and horror.”  The return of this dramatic piece was staged in a new venue at the Spotlight Theatre and Event Center in downtown Moline, Illinois. Formerly the Scottish Rite Cathedral, the theatre is a worthy venue for professional dance.

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Literary Heroines exhibit at The Putnam

Strong and independent women have graced literature for centuries, leading the way for so many modern-day women, including myself. Of course, my parents raised me to be an intelligent and strong-willed young woman, but Harper Lee’s Scout Finch and Jane Austen’s Elizabeth Bennett only led me to become a more academic, social-justice oriented, and empowered female.

These are the stories the Putnam Museum’s latest exhibit on literary heroines sets out to tell in their new exhibit.

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Wheel Throwing Pottery Lessons with Carolyn Krueger at QC Co-Lab

For our recent wedding anniversary my husband, Luke, and I spent time wheel throwing pottery with Carolyn Krueger in the Clay Lab at QC Co-Lab in Davenport. IT WAS AMAZING!! Carolyn Krueger is a fabulous local artist who really cares about bringing art into the lives of Quad Citizens. You can learn more about her from Deborah Davis’ post titled Carolyn Krueger and The ARTery. What I found especially fantastic was that while she was clearly a very talented artist, her greatest gift might actually be patience. She was an excellent teacher and well worth the time and money we spent with her.

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The Black Box Theatre: Expect An Intimate Encounter

In June my friends and I attended a production at The Black Box Theatre. The theatre, which opened in 2016, is located in downtown Moline, Illinois. It is within walking distance to many locally owned restaurants, drinking establishments, and hotels. This makes for a good mix of dinner and theatre for both residents and visitors to the Quad Cities.

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Carolyn Krueger and The ARTery

Over the past several years I have had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know Carolyn Krueger, local artist and owner of The ARTery, located at 1629 2nd Ave in Downtown Rock Island, Illinois.  The ARTery is an artist co-op, allowing artists to display and sell their works in exchange for a small rental free with the option to volunteer and run the space. There are about a dozen artists running the space currently.

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Wildly Engaging! Maurice Sendak Exhibit At The Figge

The new Maurice Sendak traveling exhibition at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa, was a destination for our family when visitors were in town for the week. I have enjoyed Sendak’s work for years and found the exhibit Where The Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak : The Memorial Exhibition…50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons to be interactive and thought provoking.

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Dr. Seuss comes alive at the German-American Heritage Center!

There are few things more hilarious than the beloved comedic writing of the late Dr. Seuss. From our first exposure to stories as an infant to laughing hysterically at the charm that the stories provide in our first early reading steps to a smile of reminiscence at the silly-yet-poetic rhymes of Dr. Seuss fill all of us with a sense of child-like splendor.

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