Please visit our art gallery, located across from the main restaurant and in the public waiting area. The gallery showcases both local and regional talent from the Quad Cities, Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE— May 3, 2013
WHAT: Quad City Arts Art @ the Airport
WHEN: May 7-June 27, 2013
WHERE: Quad City International Airport Gallery, 2200 69th Ave., Moline, IL
WHO: Drawings by Greg Thatcher, paintings by Samantha Haring, Wood turnings by Steve Sinner and Stone sculpture by Patricia Armato
Exhibiting in May and June at the Quad City International airport gallery is Greg Thatcher from Fairfield, Iowa, Samantha Haring of DeKalb, IL, Steve Sinner from Bettendorf, IA and Patricia Armato, of Chicago.
Thatcher spends anywhere from 300-650 hours creating large, detailed drawings of Yew trees. Most of the images were created on location in St. Mary’s churchyard in Painswick, England, where he works each summer. “These drawings are non-compromising, specific, literal examples of what I actually see and experience,” states Thatcher. “These drawings require an immense amount of dedication, focus, and concentration. I have a deep relationship with the trees and my goal is to manifest my experience, love and appreciation of these wonderful friends into vital living works of art.”
Samantha Haring is also interested in capturing her surroundings with accuracy. She describes her paintings as “quiet, intimate meditations on humble objects and the detritus of studio life. The process of methodically considering light and color is my way of understanding the world and my ever-evolving place in it.” She goes on to say that her goal is “to promote a reengagement with the mundane by bringing life to scenes that may otherwise go unnoticed.”
Visitors will want to take some time to appreciate the careful mark-making each artist uses to convey the importance of everyday things.
Steve Sinner’s wood turned works have been exhibited throughout the world and are sought after by collectors. His finely turned vessels often feature special surface effects such as drawings by other artists, gold and silver leaf, and applications of ink. Sinner states, “The presence of order, repetition, efficiency, simplicity, and quality in my work are a reflection of my fascination with manufacturing processes. I also have sought to collaborate with gifted artists who are able to complement my desire to reflect our culture.”
Patricia Armato creates stone sculptures through traditional methods. She starts with a drawing or uses a maquette for reference. Then, using a hammer and chisels, she defines the shape of the piece. Forms are then refined with rasps and sandpaper, and finally treated with marble polish. Her work is largely influenced by the curves and sensual lines found in the female figure.
Art @ the Airport in The Quad City International airport gallery is easy to find-just across from the gift shop and restaurant and before the security check-point. It never closes and you’ll pay just a dollar for parking. Gallery displays are coordinated by Quad City Arts, Rock Island, IL. To inquire about purchasing artwork, please contact Dawn Wohlford-Metallo, Gallery Manager, via email at Dawn Wohlford-Metallo or via telephone at 309-793-1213 ext 108.
Quad City Arts is a nonprofit local arts agency dedicated to the growth and vitality of the Quad City region through the presentation, development, and celebration of the arts and humanities. All Quad City Arts programs are funded in part by Festival of Trees, Quad City Arts Partners and operating grants from the Illinois Arts Council (a state agency) and the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs. This gallery and exhibit is generously sponsored by the Quad City International Airport.