Posted Online: Dec. 06, 2012, 11:10 pm
New District shop tops Friday Gallery Hop
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By Jonathan Turner firstname.lastname@example.org
For a fun, free, art-filled experience — and a plethora of unique, locally made gifts — hop on down to downtown Rock Island 5-9 p.m. today for Gallery Hop.
TheDistrict and MidCoast Fine Arts will showcase more than 200 local and regional artists in more than 20 downtown Rock Island galleries, restaurants, shops and other hot spots. The night includes jewelry, photography, woodwork, glass, paintings, book signings, sculpture, a holiday musical, female impersonators and performance art.
The newest Gallery Hop venue -- QC Collective -- also is the first tenant of The Shoppes on 2nd, 1700 2nd Ave., a new retail incubator developed by Renaissance Rock Island.
The former Port Byron business that features handmade items from 55 local and regional artists will celebrate its grand opening with a ribbon cutting at 4 p.m. Owners Sarah Ford and Andrew Skadberg said their business has items that are "practical, functional and affordable."
Also joining tonight's Gallery Hop at The Shoppes on 2nd will be Wes Wells performing a "History of the Quad-Cities in Song," Frank Ross displaying "Mississippi mud art" and Bob Windt with science toys for children. Appetizers will be provided by Phil's 1st Place. Pam Kaufman will offer mini massages and Kristin Peterson will demonstrate reflexology.
Vintage Varieties will offer antiques, vintage jewelry, furniture and collectibles. Dixie Kurtz will display digital photography, and C. Rodgers will showcase her wildlife-in-graphite.
A new artist tonight is Dan Johnson, whose acrylic and ink art will be displayed at Daiquiri Factory. Jason Green will spotlight his "asylum artwork" (watercolor/acrylics) and share M.D. Green's with Helen Brown (acrylics/photography) and Brandy Eklof (jewelry/body-care products).
Other Gallery Hop features include:
— Quad City Arts: 75 local and regional artists are displayed. Mississippi Valley Woodcarvers will be demonstrating, featuring John VandeWalle. Holiday cookies and beverages will be served.
— The Art Place:Christina Fait with oil paintings and framing.
— DeSoto Arts Center: Quad City Woodturners live wood-turning demonstrations; DeSoto Potters pottery by Joel Knanishu, Jim Cronk, Amber Williams and Maryan Wherry.
— Rozz-Tox: Bryan L. Cotton (paints/colored pencils/charcoal) and Alex Iaccarino (digital/mixed media).
— MidCoast Gallery West: Jean Johnson (silk paintings) and Lori Miller (fabric collage).
— The ARTery: Carolyn Krueger (mixed media).
— REALM Wellness Spa: Jeanette Harrington and Marianne Schroeder (decorated cement leaves).
— Grape Life Wine Store & Lounge: Ryan Orr (re:form designs).
— Blue Cat Brew Pub: Lance Adrian (giclee prints), Karen Klingborg (jewelry/dolls/mixed media).
— Hickey Brothers Cigar Store: Anthony Burton and Heather Wamsley (mixed-media paintings and drawings, purses and fabric art).
— The Original Huckleberry's Great Pizza & Calzones: Regan Hatfield (abstract acrylic paintings) and Nancy Rice Early (acrylics).
— ICONS Martini: Sean Leary (book signing), Retro Ron (acrylic paintings/drawings/music).
— Steve's Old Time Tap: Gordon Weller (mixed media/spray paint).
— Mama Compton's: Charles Knudsen (paintings) and Margery Franklin (photography).
— Theo's Java Club: Elle Dunn (jewelry), Uriel Cerqueda (ink/ charcoal/digital).
— Teranga House of Africa: (incense/oils/gifts of diversity).
— Quad Citians Affirming Diversity: Christmas stockings made to order.
— Navarro Canoe Co.: Sue Peterson (handcrafted "works of art" canoes).
For more details and a map of locations, visit ridistrict.com.