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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 works on paper, photography and wildlife sculpture

September 1- November 1, 2021

Quad City Arts’ Art at the Airport presents works on paper by Jaimie Foster of Naperville, Illinois; photography by Mark Dierker of Dubuque, Iowa; and ceramic wildlife sculpture by Deana Bada Maloney of Downers Grove, Illinois.

Jaimie Foster is interested in the relationship we have with nature and our environment, both positively, negatively, and how this affects us on an emotional level. Foster states, “My paintings feed off the fascination I have with ecopsychology, conservation and biodiversity. They tap into our collective subconscious of the deep emotional connection with environment and nature. From a distance, my paintings will simultaneously resemble vast glacial landscapes and intricate microscopic patterns, acting as complimentary and contradictory to each other in an encircling game. The natural elements which flow from an emotional outpouring create fractal natural patterns that draw the viewer into a world each viewer translates through their own perception of the natural world. Different aspects of each of my works can be viewed as a mountainside, cell structure, flowing rapids and perplexing botany patterns – all combined and swirled together – to create timeless works of art that could be appreciated at any time in human history.”

Mark Dierker is a professional photographer living in Dubuque. He says, “I tend to see the world in more saturated colors than most people. I find the images taken by my camera inadequate to express that richness of color, so I do a lot of post processing work to bring the image back to as close as what I saw originally. I like my images to be more painterly than documentary in style. The central theme to all my fine art photography is light and how it behaves in the environment. I’m more interested in capturing light in its natural forms than creating artificial light or forcing it to do what it wouldn’t do naturally.”

Deana Bada Maloney has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in drawing and painting from the Art Institute of Chicago, with a strong focus in anatomy and scientific illustration. She explains that she has “found sculpture to be another vehicle for me to express the beauty and stories woven in nature and the world around us. I have been an observer of nature all my life. I am continually awestruck at the beauty of the natural world and the magic and mystery in every living thing. A theme that I continually address in my work is a humorous but sad portrayal of animals having to adapt to the new landscape we are creating with our waste problem. I hope to continue to create awareness and inspire change for us to be better ambassadors to our Mother Earth.”

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

Jaimie Foster
Mark Dierker
Deana Bada Maloney

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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