No doubt the current Lure of the West: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum exhibit in Iowa City contains some blockbusters. At the opening, crowds pressed around such paintings as Albert Bierstadt's In the Sierra Nevadas, marveling at the sense of depth and clarity of the water and the reflected mountains.

For a show in spring 1998, the artist statement of Cyndy Gilroy was heavy and serious. The statement is a bit more upbeat for her current show with Jeanne Tamisiea at the MidCoast Fine Arts Gallery, a reflection of the brightness of the work.

This week's cover of the River Cities' Reader features Hand of Power, a 1997 print by Enrique Chagoya. The Augustana College Art Gallery will be exhibiting From a Borderless World: Works of Enrique Chagoya through March 28, and the artist will give a public convocation program at the college's Centennial Hall at 10:30 a.

If you go to the Davenport Museum of Art's current exhibition of Haitian art from its permanent collection - and you should - be sure to read the notes posted by the works. They offer background on the culture of Haiti that adds to the enjoyment of the show, which features more than 70 works from the museum's collection.

Artists Bill Hannan and Bill Wohlford have more than their first names in common. Both deal realistically with the human figure - Hannan in two dimensions and Wohlford in three. Both artists have worked other jobs to provide income, while doing their artwork when they could.

Once again, MidCoast Fine Arts Gallery in one show marries two artists whose styles and subject matter complement one another.
Paul Algueseva is a sculptor whose prime passion appears to be the figure, while Peter Tong Xiao is a painter who uses the figure in every composition in the show.

A basic tenant of astrology is that the outer reflects the inner. The often-quoted maxim is "as above [the heavens, stars, constellations], so below [the human condition]." This is the premise of Sara Bell's Box of Stars show in St.

"You think your customers are loyal, but do they tattoo your name on their body?"
- Harley-Davidson ad

"If I have to explain, you won't understand."
- Harley-Davidson T-Shirt

"Ride to Live - Live to Ride.

If you like political satire and commentary, the current show at Augustana College Art Gallery is a must-see. Confrontational Clay: The Artist as Social Critic will be on display at Augustana College's Centennial Hall Art Gallery through October 21.

Imagine close to five miles of a concrete flood wall along the Mississippi River being covered in opaque spray paint by graffiti artists from throughout the U.S. and the world over a three day weekend. For the last three years a group of local graffiti artists have been traveling to St.

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