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Quad City Arts “Art at the Airport”

Bimonthly Exhibit

The following artists incorporate their views of the world into their own art forms.

In addition to the airport gallery, the artist’s works can be seen and purchased online.

Quad City Arts presents glass art vessels by James Scheller & Phillip Buch Scheller, mixed media paintings by Sally Havlis, and sumi-e paintings by Karen Kurka Jensen.

April 28 – July 4, 2022

Quad City Arts’ Art at the Airport presents glass art vessels by James Scheller of Staunton, Illinois, acrylic sculptural paintings by Sally Havlis of Chicago, Illinois, and sumi-e paintings by Karen Kurka Jensen of North Liberty, Iowa.

Jim Scheller was raised in Mt. Olive, Illinois, a small town on old Route 66 halfway between Springfield and St. Louis.  After two decades on the Chehalem Mountain outside Portland, Oregon, Jim moved his home studio to the Illinois prairie near his son Phillip in 2018. Now in Staunton, Illinois, they make decorative kiln formed glass art.

Jim became enamored by glass in 2012 after a long and rewarding career as an engineer and technologist. He has dedicated himself to his craft and art. Extensive study of and experimentation with the medium is a passion and healthy addiction.  The vessels in this exhibition are inspired by the work of early 20th century painters (E.g., Mondrian, Gorin, Kandinsky, Klee, Tauber-Arp, van Doesburg).

Phillip Scheller began his practice at the studio in 2019, developing a unique series of intricate works. He starts by cutting thousands of 9x9mm pieces of glass from a 3mm thick sheet. Over a span of weeks these pieces are assembled, fused, and slumped in a kiln creating one of a kind art.

Sally Havlis is a Chicago artist and teacher with an Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts from Northern Illinois University. Her work explores non-literal communication by using various media to pursue imagery that is devoid of symbols, but seemingly about something in an indirect way. “I am interested in imagery that does not convey or reinforce existent information,” states Havlis. The Billow series is made of forms traditionally associated with the domestic life of women while participating in the male dominated history and tradition of abstract art. The wall hung work exists between sculpture and paintings.

Karen Kurka Jensen uses the art of sumi-e ink painting to create abstract landscapes. Growing up among forests, lakes, granite rocks, and sparkling waters in Minnesota, Kurka Jensen always felt at home outside. “From mountain tops to desert, deep blue skies to the mysteries of the cosmos, I’m inspired,” states Kurka Jensen. “Sometimes I just sit and look. I let these things be. I breathe. I dwell in this presence, quietly, patiently.” Her paintings take the viewer on a similar journey where it is possible to get lost and feel at home in the same breath.

In addition to the airport gallery, the artist’s works can be seen and purchased online:

Quad City Arts’ Art at the Airport Gallery

Art at the Airport in The Quad Cities International Airport is easy to find. It is across from the gift shop and restaurant and right before the security checkpoint. The gallery never closes, and you will pay just a dollar for parking.

Quad City Arts is a nonprofit local arts agency dedicated to enriching the quality of life in the Quad City region through the arts. Support for art exhibitions is provided by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Quad City Arts Gallery is located at 1715 Second Avenue in the Arts and Entertainment District of Rock Island. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m.–5 p.m. For more information, contact Dawn Wohlford-Metallo 309-793-1213 X108, or by email.

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