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Enjoy Favorite Children’s Books on Putnam’s GIANT Screen

I will admit, I set the bar low as our two little guys and I headed to the Putnam Museum to see “The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig” for Story Time on the GIANT Screen. My kids might not behave in the big theater…the book might not be that good as a movie..the “fun activity” might be too advanced or not advanced enough.

Well, let me tell you: the experience FAR exceeded my expectations!! What a fun visit! We can’t wait to attend more. Story Time on the GIANT Screen at the Putnam needs to go on your must do with toddlers and preschoolers list this year! Did I mention: It’s FREE?!

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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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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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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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Art Outdoors – Self-Guided Tour of Public Sculpture

When the leaves start to turn and the weather gets cooler, it is a good time to get in your car or jump on your bike and visit various sculptures located across the Quad Cities. I take advantage of the weekly adult clay studio on Monday nights at the Bettendorf Family Museum so I often enjoy the sculptures at Faye’s Field which is just south of the museum.

Quad City Arts, a local nonprofit arts organization, has done a wonderful job of introducing public art to the area through the Public Sculpture Program. Quad City Arts has been coordinating the process of bringing outdoor sculpture to the area for 14 years. Their public sculpture program “allows cities, organizations, or businesses to have the opportunity to lease sculptures for a one-year period. All sculptures are for sale.” The 2017-2018 sculptures are located in Rock Island and Bettendorf.

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Get the Message in a Bottle at the Figge

You need to make plans to stop by the Figge Art Museum in Davenport by September 17 to see the Message in a Bottle Collection.

Living Lands & Waters founder Chad Pregracke provided the materials for this unique exhibit featuring bottles he and his teams have found over the years as they work to clean up the country’s waterways.

What a fun exhibit! From tell-me-you’ve-found-me to life stories and drawings, the Message in a Bottle Collection showcases a variety of the adventures and notes that have traveled along our famous rivers.

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Visit A Retro Wonderland Near The Mississippi River

Last Saturday, after going to the Freight House Farmer’s Market in downtown Davenport, Iowa, on the banks of the Mississippi River, I was returning to my car with a load of fresh veggies and other goodies when an interesting historic building caught my eye. I walked across the street and made my first visit to River Bend Retro.

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Aimee Ford and her ‘Lil’ Pugcassos’

Aimee Ford is a local artist with a her own space – AF Studio – located in downtown Moline, in the LeClaire Apartments building at 421 19th Street. There she has been creating a beautiful assortment of pieces with mediums ranging from oils to acrylics on different canvases and woods, filling out the space she moved into in December of 2016.

Ford has now moved onto her next idea – art classes for kids, in a program she calls “Lil’ Pugcassos”, the name being a combination of two loves – pugs and Picasso.

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Take A Walk On The Creative Side: Geneseo Art League

Being a professional artist and day tripper, I am always looking for new workshops to enhance my skills. Finding a workshop in an interesting town is a plus! This summer I received an event announcement on Facebook from the Geneseo Art League and Gallery.  I was interested in the workshop that was done by a respected working artist, and it was excellent.

Geneseo is growing each year with interesting shops and businesses. The Geneseo Art League has been transformed in the last year and is in a new and larger location with plenty of space for exhibitions and workshops.

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