"Figure it Out" art exhibit opens Fri. in R.I.

Posted Online: Jan. 09, 2013, 10:21 am
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By Jonathan Turner, jturner@qconline.com

An artist's "body of work" takes on new meanings with the new Quad City Arts exhibit, "Figure It Out," opening Friday at the Quad City Arts Center Gallery, 1715 2nd Ave., Rock Island.

A free reception featuring three of the four artists on display will take place 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, and the exhibit runs through Feb. 15. The group show highlights works by artists who all base their visions on the human figure.

Marc Nelson of Kewanee presents a body of work called "Wondrous Strange: Paintings from Hamlet Act I," in which he uses mixed media to paint characters from Shakespeare's "Hamlet."

Nicole Cisne Durbin, from Rock Island, uses the human body as a canvas on which to paint. She then paints a complementary backdrop, poses the figure in front of it and photographs both. A carefully cropped photograph is the end result.

Naidine D'Angelo of Moline uses photo manipulation to combine her original face drawings with one or more of her nature photographs to create a unique portrait.

And Rick Harney, of Normal, is a wood carver who enjoys capturing the essence of a personality in wood. His works range from realistic and serious to humorous caricatures, according to Quad City Arts, a nonprofit arts agency dedicated to the growth and vitality of the region through the presentation, development and celebration of the arts and humanities.

For more information, visit quadcityarts.com.


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