2525 4th Avenue Rock Island, IL 61201
I grew up in Davenport, IA and attended college in Cedar Rapids IA to major in nursing. I moved to Rochester, MN in 2000 to pursue a master’s degree in Nursing with a Clinical Nurse Specialist focus. Around this time, I also started taking stained glass classes which was something I had always wanted to learn more about. In 2007, I had my first child and found that making stained glass was difficult due to time and working with lead. Around this time, I discovered encaustic painting and fell in love with it. I took a weekend class and several years later- here I am!
Community arts projects for the 2018 Metro Arts Youth Apprenticeship Program have finished, all but the photography group. This year’s program – the largest in several years - includes three public murals, a photography studio, and an improv comedy troupe. This expansion of Metro Arts reflects a current initiative by Quad City Arts to broaden the reach of its educational and outreach programs.
The photography studio is displaying their work in 4 locations throughout the Quad Cities. These locations are the Quad City Botanical Center, CoworkQC, Cool Beanz Coffee House, and BlackBox Theatre.
For the 19th year of the popular community art program, 49 apprentices and five professional artists are creating five public art projects around the Quad Cities. These paid apprenticeships allow young artists to build professional and artistic skills while making their community a more enriching place to live.
All mural sites are open to the public.
Quad City Arts is appreciative of the generous funders that make Metro Arts possible, including Genesis Health Systems, the City of Rock Island, Modern Woodmen Foundation, John Deere Foundation, the City of Bettendorf, and the Illinois Arts Council. Additional sponsorships and project support are provided by K & K Hardware, the Davenport Public Library, the Establishment Theatre, the Figge Art Museum, the Davenport School District, and the Creative Arts Academy.
Quad City Arts- Metro Art Apprentice Program
Artist of the Month