While you are traveling the Mississippi River Valley of Iowa and Illinois, we suggest you enjoy some of the great artistic talent that are a part of our towns and cities.
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Galena/Jo Daviess County, Illinois
412 Spring Street
Pottery demonstrations, Saturday, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-noon. Watch the magic of throwing. Glaze & Graze – two-evening workshop, art/food.
106 Diagonal Street
WebsiteBlown Away Studios
Glass blowing demonstrations, as well as unique glass gifts for purchase.
303 S. Main Street
The Bead Divas offer an amazing selection: 'Made in Galena' jewelry, unique beads, findings, walk-in workshops. Friendly service, open daily!
121 N. Commerce Street
65 artists selling and demonstrating artwork. Jewelry, pottery, stained glass, paintings, photography, wooden toys/pens, purses, more! Events, demonstrations & classes.
13493 Blair Hill Road
Glass studio nestled in the hills offers a shopping experience. Local glass artists at work using lampwork and fusing techniques.
236 N. Main Street
WebsitePinder Pottery, Inc.
Unique hand-thrown stoneware pottery, studio and gallery. See Web site for information. Daily demonstrations and classes. Open daily.
245 N. Main Street
WebsiteAffordable Fine Art of Galena
An artist studio and gallery exhibiting more than 80 contemporary original paintings. Artists were "Chicago Artists of the Year" 2009-2011.
9033 E. Canyon Road
Apple River, IL
WebsiteApple River Canyon Photography
Photographer Larry Backe specializes in families, pets and seniors. Commercial also available. Visit his studio and gallery. Portraits by appointment.
202 S. Main Street
WebsiteCarl Johnson's Gallery
I paint on-site...and travel. Come see my original watercolors and etchings. Galena, Chicago...wherever. Ballparks, flowers, reproductions...commissions, too.
238 N. Main Street
My pottery is simple, elegant, functional red stoneware utilizing glazed and unglazed surfaces for a visual and tactile contrast.
704 Dewey Avenue
WebsiteGalena Clay Works
Pottery made and sold at this funky two-story studio. Cups to crazyware, sculpture and Galena pottery. Open April-December.
421 S. Main Street
WebsiteImages of Nature
Featuring the award-winning nature photography of Thomas D. Mangelsen. Limited edition photographs, posters, books, art cards, puzzles, calendars. Open daily.
115 S. High Street
WebsiteJanet Checker Studio
Original pastels, oil paintings, note cards, posters. Specializing in figurative art, portraits, land and seascapes. Commissions accepted. Classes, workshops.
402 Spring Street
815-777-1074The Milagro Studio
Contemporary gold/silver jewelry, precious/semi-precious stones, hand wrought on premises. Open Friday-Monday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. or appointments.
307 S. Main Street
WebsiteSkidmore Art Gallery
Skidmore Art Gallery original artwork by professional artist Mark Skidmore. See artists at work. Art classes for all ages.
418 Spring Street
WebsiteStone House Pottery & Gallery
Functional and decorative pottery, tiles, figurative bronzes. Area artists' work, too. Open Thursday-Monday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
130 N. Main Street
A gallery of handmade pottery and art by local artists and the studio of Adrienne Seagraves and Stephanie O'Shaughnessy.
620 S. West Street
WebsiteWest Street Sculpture Park, LLC
Wander through this outdoor gallery of large steel sculptures by award-winning local artist John Martinson. On-site metal studio. Open daily.
116 N. Riverview Drive
WebsiteGreat River Gallery
Home to the Bellevue Arts Council, with a variety of continuously changing exhibits and events.
303 Riverview Drive
WebsiteClinton Area Showboat Theatre
Come join us in the Lillian Russell Theatre aboard a restored old river paddle wheeler on the beautiful riverfront in Clinton. We have professional summer repertory theatre from June through mid-August, with great musicals and hilarious comedies. Our troupe of talented, young mid-west actors, Broadway professionals and some seasoned, skillful, local actors provide a summer of theatre magic aboard the Showboat! There is also Theatre for Children on Saturdays during the summer. We have special group rates and meet-the-cast receptions.
WebsiteClinton Symphony Orchestra
The Clinton Symphony is a full, professional symphony orchestra that performs classical concerts throughout the season and gives an annual pops concert on the riverfront. Guest soloists from near and distant parts of the country are featured regularly. Enjoy this symphonic music at a variety of local venues.
WebsiteGateway Contemporary Ballet
Clinton's resident dance company, Gateway Contemporary Ballet celebrated their 25th Anniversary in 2010. Since the beginning, they have brought the delight of classical and modern dance to the area, whether it's a full-length ballet in spring, free riverfront concerts in summer or a showcase of guest artists in the fall. The GCB also performs with other artistic organizations and for various clubs, festivals and benefits, helping to uphold Iowa's reputation as one of the most culturally aware places in the United States.
229 5th Avenue South
WebsiteRiver Arts Center
New exhibits, in a variety of media, are hung every six weeks. The gift shop contains unique gifts items created by artists from the Clinton area and from all over the United States. During the year, classes and workshops, taught by local teachers and well-known artists, are held in painting, pottery, ceramics, and drawing. The River Arts Center houses the Best Cellar Theatre, which has year-round children and adult shows using local talent. Call the River Arts Center for more information and/or dates for performances. Hours at the River Arts Center are Wednesday through Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, and the first two weeks of January. They are also open to groups by appointment.
332 8th Avenue South
WebsiteFelix Adler Children's Discovery Center
Children can explore their artistic side with interactive exhibits, educational displays, special events, and weekly programs. Displays include Brio train engine, KAPLA blocks, ambulance, grocery store, hospital, and much more! The Center honors the memory of Clinton native Frank Adler (“Funny Felix, King of Clowns”), who was a famous clown with Ringling Brothers Circus. The Discovery Center is an exceptional field trip destination and unique tourist attraction! Center hours are: Wednesday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Sunday 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Quad Cities, Illinois & Iowa
225 E. 2nd Street
WebsiteBucktown Center for the Arts
Bucktown Center for the Arts is made up of over a dozen unique shops and studios where you can purchase creative, affordable, unusual and usable works of art.
225 W. 2nd Street
WebsiteFigge Art Museum
The large museum features a rich mix of galleries, educational spaces, and public amenities.
1715 2nd Avenue
Rock Island, IL
WebsiteQuad City Arts
It is home to an exhibition space and gallery store with original artwork from regional artists.
1629 2nd Avenue
Rock Island, IL
WebsiteMidCoast Fine Arts / The ARTery
The ARTery gallery is home to some of best and brightest new regional talent. Owned and operated by artists, The ARTery gallery showcases works from painting, photography, jewelry, ceramics, and home furnishing. Our no-commission policy has attracted more than 50 ARTists.
103 S. Cody Road
WebsiteIsabel Bloom Handcrafted Sculpture
Unique and memorable Isabel Bloom figurines are handcrafted in Davenport, Iowa, USA.
101 S. Cody Road
WebsiteRenee Grae Gallery
Contemporary art gallery featuring the work of several artists.
322 N. Cody Road
Recycled art and materials, open art sessions, parties, workshops for kids and adults, field trips, scouting events, community events, and professional development. Can host up to 50 people.
106 N. Cody Road
WebsiteMississippi River Distilling Company
Micro-distillery with art exhibits that change every other month.
1314 Mulberry Avenue
WebsiteMuscatine Art Center
Housing works of art from all the greats and a mansion rich with Muscatine history and culture, the art center changes displays frequently and offers classes and activities for all ages.
Fort Madison, Iowa
825 Avenue G
Fort Madison, IA
WebsiteFort Madison Area Art Association
The FMAAA offers arts and cultural amenities that cultivate inspiration, enhance community pride, and strengthen arts appreciation and participation.
616 7th Street
Fort Madison, IA
WebsiteArtisan Next Door
A funky little art shop attached to the Ivy Downtown. A local historic deli and bake shop, in Ft. Madison, Iowa. Unique local art for those special gifts!