Quad Cities – Along with the spring-like temperatures that has flowers blooming, the Quad Cities is blooming with arts events in early May. The Quad Cities is a thriving arts community that has continued to grow since the early 20th century. Arts and entertainment found ready audiences as a symphony was created, art galleries opened, and theaters built. The Quad Cities created a legacy that spread worldwide through artists, authors and entertainers like Isabel Bloom, Bix Beiderbecke, Susan Glaspell, Louie Bellson, and Margo Price. Today, this tradition continues with a rich pool of regional talent that reaches out, not only to a local following, but to a national audience as well.
Start your month at the seventh Annual Village in Bloom: A Festival of the Arts honors the life and work of local artists Isabel and John Bloom, who both studied under the famous American artist Grant Wood. The free event is Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the historic Village of East Davenport in Davenport, Iowa. There is an art exhibit of original artwork and video about Isabel and John Bloom at the historic Firehouse. The event also features fine art and performance art of area school children, and performances by musicians, street performers, and other groups, and hands-on arts activities for children. For more information, visit www.villageinbloom.org
Find unique creations at the MIP Arts & Craft Fair on Sunday, May 5, 2019, held at Eriksen Chevrolet, 325 E. 1st Ave. in Milan, Ill. The daylong fair takes place from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. and features hundreds of exhibitors from a seven-state area. Entry will cost you just a $2 donation, used to fund local projects and events. Past donations have contributed to the Milan 4th of July Fireworks show, a playground at Camden Park, lights on Fourth Street, and the furnishing of the Milan Community Center. To learn more about the MIP Arts & Craft Fair, go to mipillinoiscraftfair.org or call (309) 781-6100.
Discover the treasures at the free 66th Annual Beaux Arts Fair as artists come from across the country to set up shop on the Figge Art Museum Plaza, 225 West 2nd Street in downtown Davenport, Iowa. The Beaux Arts Fair is Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, May 12 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Artists’ talents range across the spectrum with paintings of all mediums, including limited edition prints, pottery, stained glass, weaving, jewelry, wood carvings, and handmade wooden furniture. This list only contains a sample of what treasures can be found. There is also music, food court, and a children’s art project area during this outdoor arts festival. For more information, visit www.beauxartsfair.com.
While at the Beaux Arts Fair, take time to tour the Figge Art Museum. On display at the Figge Art Museum is “Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection” through May 19; “Art Nouveau Amphora” through June 16; and “Submerged in the Sublime: The Landscape Photography of Kim Keever” through August 18. The Figge Art Museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday–Sunday (10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday). For more information, visit www.figgeartmusuem.org or call 563-326-7804.
Contact Visit Quad Cities at 800-747-7800 or visit their website at www.visitquadcities.com. The Quad Cities is located on the Mississippi River and is made up of the riverfront cities of Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa, and Moline/East Moline and Rock Island in Illinois. The area is just a 2-½ hour drive from Des Moines, Iowa, and Chicago, Illinois, and easily accessible via I-80, I-74, I-88 and several major state highways.
Village in Bloom Media Contact: Bill Barrett, 563-333-2040 or firstname.lastname@example.org
MIP Craft Fair Media Contact: Betty Boltz, 309-781-6100
Beaux Arts Media Contact: Cathy Bodine, 309-714-1567 or email@example.com
Figge Art Museum Media Contact: Natalie Dunlop, 563-326-7804 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos & Media Trips: For High-res photos or for information about media tours, please contact Jessica Waytenick at Visit Quad Cities at 800-747-7800 Ext. 827 or email@example.com.