FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE— February 20, 2017
WHAT: Quad City Arts Art @ the Airport Exhibition
WHEN: March 1-April 30, 2017
WHERE: Quad City International Airport Gallery, 2200 69th Ave., Moline, IL
WHO: Paintings by Marty Mitchell and Susan Coleman; ceramic vessels by Elizabeth Shriver
Quad City Arts Art @ the Airport presents Marty Mitchell and Susan Coleman of Mount Vernon, IA with Elizabeth Shriver of Coralville, IA for the months of March and April.
Marty Mitchell is a native Iowan who translates her curiosity about her environment into landscape paintings with high contrast. Addressing unfamiliar (and uncomfortable) places led her to really look at what she was seeing and drove her to study it, even as she was studying her own place within new contexts. Where once she had been a figural painter, autobiographical in those figure studies, it became necessary to address her environment in an equally autobiographical manner.
Susan Coleman is also a landscape artist, and her process is deeply intuitive, implicitly meaningful, and somewhat difficult to explain. She spends a lot of time layering the image, gradually building a rather ambiguous two-dimensional structure, reimagining, and often simply staring at the image without any recognizable result. Through the layering of multiple efforts, an image forms. It can appear naturalistic, recognizable, and even pleasant, but often carrying another aspect, which is darker and less certain.
Elizabeth Shriver works with clay to create an array of graceful, organic forms. These pieces are made through a variety of hand-building methods such as slab-building, coiling, pinching, and forming with molds. Rarely relying on glaze, she uses textures, stains, and colored clay to add visual and tactile interest. She is drawn toward neutral earth tones, and her work reflects the natural landscape, plant, and undersea life that are her inspiration.
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.
The Quad City Arts Center Gallery is located at 1715 Second Avenue in the Arts and Entertainment District of Rock Island. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Quad City Arts is dedicated to enriching the quality of life in the Quad City region through the presentation, development and celebration of the arts. This gallery and exhibit is generously sponsored by the Quad City International Airport.