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Art Event Draws QC Crowds

Quad City Times

The sweet smell of kettle corn filled East 11th Street as bagpipes were played from the live stage behind Lagomarcino's while jazz music came out of the 11th Street  Precinct.

The event, in its fourth year, has become a tradition for families like the Youngs as well as for Rebecca Drummond of Bettendorf, who has been bringing her son Jayden, now 5, to the event for three years. Drummond also had her 7-month-old daughter, Bella.

"The balloons," Jayden said when asked what he likes best.

"It's just fun and it's good for kids," Drummond said. "And it encourages art."

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The Sculptures are Beginning to Land!

Quad City Times

By May 7, there will be 11 student-made sculptures roosting in the Village of East Davenport as part of the fourth annual Village in Bloom arts festival.

The festival was founded by Donna Young, the artist who creates today's Isabel Bloom sculptures, as a tribute to the Blooms — Isabel, whose legacy is her concrete sculptures, and her husband, John, who also was an artist, creating paintings in the Regionalist style he shared with Grant Wood. The festival also intends to encourage young people to enjoy art.

As part of the festival, area art teachers are invited to apply for grants of $200 to help students create sculptures that are displayed on 11th Street during the festival, then auctioned.

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Sculpture in Production

Quad City Times

Davenport Central High School senior Reilly Moeller wipes excess green color from a production copy of her award-winning sculpture, "Pride and Joy" on Wednesday at the Isabel Bloom production facility in Davenport.

The sculpture won the 2016 Village in Bloom sculpture competition sponsored by Alcoa.

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Pride and Joy Wins!

Quad City Times

"Pride and Joy" wins Alcoa-sponsored sculpture contest for Village in Bloom 2016!

Reilly Moeller, Davenport Central designed the winning sculpture, while Amy Van Fossen, home school, won 2nd place.

Amy's design - "Exploring the Mississippi" - won the 2015 Village in Bloom sculpture contest.

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Participating High School Artists from 2016:

Payton Howard, Sherrard High School, 12th grade

Ariel Scott, UTHS, 11th grade

Reilly Moeller, Davenport Central High School, 12th grade

Lauren Amato, Davenport Central High School, 10th grade

Bailee Perion, Rock Island High School,10th grade

Amy VanFossen, Home School (Bettendorf) 12th grade


Photo Galleries

Village in Bloom 2016

Village in Bloom 2015

Past Village in Bloom Festivals