Art Gallery


Contact:   Dawn Wohlford-Metallo, Visual Arts Director 

309-793-1213, ext. 108, 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE— February 20, 2019

WHAT:          Quad City Arts Art @ the Airport Exhibition

WHEN:          March 2 - April 30, 2019

WHERE:       Quad City International Airport Gallery, 2200 69th Ave., Moline, IL

WHO:            Todd Hughes of Grand Mound, IA, Julie Nelson of Quincy, IL,and Douglas Rutzen of Blandinsville, IL.


Quad City Arts Art @ the Airport presents fine furniture by Todd Hughes, paintings by Julie Nelson and Douglas Rutzen for the months of March and April 2019.


 Todd Hughes creates high end custom furniture made from the finest woods. Each piece is designed by Hughes, making it a one of a kind. In addition to functional furniture pieces, Hughes creates abstract wall-hangings made from a variety of woods.  The works are all hand finished with wax to maintain the beautiful finishes.


Julie Nelson paints directly with watercolors and marker using no preliminary drawings. Nelson states, “I look for repeated rhythms in shapes and lines and a ‘push’ and ‘pull’ in positives and negatives in lines and areas of color.” Her floral still-life paintings are not meant to be a true representation of what she sees, but  a spontaneous reaction to the beauty found in nature.     



Douglas Rutzen’s acrylic paintings depict “settings rather than scenes”. Each painting celebrates sunlight filtered through leaves, waves, reflected off bark or submerged rocks.” While these paintings fall into the landscape genre, they invite the viewer to enter ubiquitous, sun-dappled arboreal or aquatic environments.



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 at