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Art Gallery

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 oil paintings by Judy Steffens and acrylic paintings and mixed media assemblages by Lisa Mahar

July 6-August 29, 2022

Judy Steffens is a figurative realist oil painter from central Illinois. Her paintings depict ordinary people on an individual basis to demonstrate an intimacy with the subject and to tell their own unique story. “I let each person’s story take center stage and do not let it get lost in the sea of humanity,” says Steffens. “I will include other figures into the scene if it is significant to the story being represented.” This series on display is inspired by the ordinary people enjoying themselves on the beach, which began when Steffens started painting beach goers while living in Florida. Despite living in Illinois now, she still returns to Florida to gather new inspiration for this body of work.

Lisa Mahar is a self-taught artist from Rock Island. She works with a variety of found objects and acrylic paint to create work that reflects how she sees the world around her. “I intertwine the empowerment of women, along with nature, fantasy and symbolism to create a powerful message,” states Mahar. The expressive work is often filled with color and imagery that transforms ordinary objects into intriguing pieces of art.

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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