Talking Art

Carolyn Martin interviews artists from all different genres and all over the Quad Cities about their work.

Support for Talking Art on WVIK comes from the estate of Margaret Skinner, a long time friend of WVIK and lover of the arts.

Sponsored by
Quad City Bank & Trust

Courtesy Mississippi Bend Players

The Mississippi Bend Players, Augustana College’s professional regional theatre, is beginning their second summer season with the opening of Big River on June 22. Based on the classic 1884 novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the original Broadway musical won seven Tony awards, and is being performed June 22-24 and June 29-July 1 at the Brunner Theatre Center on the Augustana College Campus.

Gaye Shannon Burnett, President and Co-Founder of the Azubuike African-American Council for the Arts, and her son Jonathan Burnett, Program Founder & Creative Director of the Urban Exposure Independent Film Project

For the fourth year, Jonathan Burnett, Program Founder and Creative Director of the Urban Exposure Independent Film Project, and Gaye Shannon Burnett, President and Co-Founder of the Azubuike African American Council for the Arts, are holding a free 10-week program for aspiring young filmmakers in the Quad Cities.

Juan Carlos Villarroel

Jazz pianist, composer, and arranger Lynne Arriale will perform with her trio at the Redstone Room at the River Music Experience (RME), on Sunday, May 20, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Accompanying her will be Matt Ulery on bass and Jon Deitemyer on drums. The performance is part of Polyrhythms' Third Sunday Jazz Workshop & Matinee Series.

The film A Quiet Place debuted April 6, 2018, to critical acclaim and commercial success, earning over $50 million on its opening weekend alone, and scoring a 95% approval rating on the movie review website Rotten Tomatoes. The screenplay was co-written by three filmmakers, including two natives of Bettendorf, Iowa: Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, who also served as executive producers. The third screenwriter is John Krasinski, who also directed and stars in the movie.

Carolyn Martin

The Quad City Symphony Orchestra (QCSO) will perform its joint Side-By-Side Concert with the Quad City Symphony Youth Ensembles (QCSYE) on Sunday, April 29, at 3:00 p.m. at the Adler Theatre in Davenport. Pleasant Valley senior Ethan Good, the grand prize winner of the 2018 QCSYE’s Concerto Competition, will play a solo, the Arutunian Trumpet Concerto, with the QCSO.

Carolyn Martin

The 41st annual High School Art Invitational is currently on exhibit at the Quad City Arts gallery in Rock Island through May 3rd, 2018. High school art teachers from the six counties surrounding the Quad Cities on both the Illinois and Iowa side of our community nominate five of their promising artistic students to submit their work for the exhibition.

Brooklyn Museum

Figge Art Museum docent Carol Ehlers will give a lecture entitled "Making the Connection: French Moderns, Monet to Matisse 1850-1950" at the Butterworth Center in Moline at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 15.

Evan Hanover / Chicago Opera Theater

Katherine Pracht is a mezzo soprano opera singer with an extensive performance history who was born and raised in Davenport, Iowa.  She has performed at numerous national and international venues.

The collaboration between Jason Platt, a local freelance illustrator, and Marc Zyla, Director of Education and Community Outreach for the Quad City Symphony Orchestra (QCSO) resulted in the production of an illustrated video telling the story behind Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique. The video was released in a five-part series, corresponding to the five symphonic movements, just prior to the “Postcards from Paris” performance in October of 2017 by the QCSO.

Carolyn Martin

The first TEDx conference in the Quad Cities was held recently at the Figge Art Museum on March 7, 2018. Organized by Andrea Olson, CEO and founder of prag'madik, it featured fourteen different speakers who delivered short but powerful talks on a variety of ideas ranging from empowerment through technology, to financial literacy, to deeply personal subjects such as the importance of forgiveness and overcoming personal obstacles.

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