Hot Glass Inc. in downtown Davenport renovated their space now with an expanded area for glass production, private classes, couple classes, and corporate team building events. The industrial feel of the exterior seems dark and mysterious, but the interior is warm and alive. With the excitement of the artisans demonstrating glass blowing, it was like entering another world of blazing fire and vibrant art glass.
Two creative arts events should be top on your shopping experiences in the Quad Cities this year. Both Rock The Arts and OMG BeckyFEST promises to work their shopping mojo on you!
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.
It’s the holiday shopping season again. If you are like me, you are looking for a different shopping experience. Join in the fun of the 4th annual That Dam Shopping Trip. Named for Lock and Dam 15 , this “shop hop” experience is a 2-day event held on Black Friday, November 23 and on Small Business Saturday, November 24 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The brain child of local marketing guru, Brandy VandeWalle, this bi-state shopping event joins the downtown areas of Rock Island, Illinois, and Davenport, Iowa.
The beautiful blend of cultures is a quality that makes our great Quad Cities a wonderful place to live. The music, art, and heritage is high quality in our community, as we celebrate, honor, and delve into cultural appreciation. Local events are no exception, and the Figge Art Museum hosts a free Dia de los Muertos fiesta on Sunday, October 28 from 12-5 p.m.
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.
Have you ever had a night out on the town and were in need of a late-night snack? Or just have cravings in the wee hours for something other than the typical fast-food chain? I highly recommend checking out The Breakroom in downtown Davenport, Iowa.
All Senses Festival returns for its second year in the Quad Cities, September 25-30. All Senses is a multi-art experience, held over several days, with collaborative efforts from many different artists and businesses. There will be many mediums of art available to enjoy during the week; audio art and film, live music and spoken word, food, drink and antiques. Throughout the festival there will be many opportunities to feed all of your senses on both sides of the river.
Celebrating who we are as individuals is an important part of our lives. Every day this semester I have planned on how best to teach my students about human rights. The curriculum mandates several lessons on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. There are so many important aspects of that document, but the main item I want my students to take away is to be proud of who you are — your heritage, your language, your culture, and you as an individual.
¡VIVA! Quad Cities allows that dream of being proud of who you are, and the family you come from to come true for many as they host their 25th annual ¡VIVA! Quad Cities Fiesta on Saturday, September 8. It’s the Quad Cities largest celebration of Hispanic culture.