You can be transported to magical places at Quad Cities International Airport without even taking a plane.
From November 3 to January 3, 2022, Quad City Arts’ Art at the airport presents oil paintings by Elisa Boucher of Glenview, Illinois, collagraphs of Luca Cruzat by Carbondale, Ill., and the ceramic sculpture by Lori Roderick of Rock Island.
Elisa Boucher was born in the United States, raised in Mexico, and studied art in America and Europe. His work reflects the influence of each of these cultures. She says: “Color maintains an emotional connection for the viewer as well as for the artist. My work is about emotion, and I believe that color and composition can create an undeniable joyful emotion when you look at it. His still lifes are expressionist in style, but incorporate the vivid color palette characteristic of Mexican painting.
Luca Cruzat is an artist and teacher based in southern Illinois. She received her MFA in printmaking from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. His work is the fruit of intimate and personal observation and of an engagement with the ordinary. Cruzat states “that an unknown mother kept a girl’s clothes in a box. This found material inspired these prints. The result is a fragmented portrait of a woman who is and becomes at the same time. The garment itself intends to transmute the past into the present. Reflecting on my own growth process, I return to the box every now and then to generate another work, as an unfinished process.
Lori Roderick has created terracotta ships over the past 18 months and a response and / or escape from the global pandemic.
Crafted using simple, ancient pinching and winding techniques, the work reflects the many moods people have experienced over the past year. Roderick explains that “Some express hope, others darker feelings. Some of the pieces share whimsical abstract images that aren’t quite flora or fauna that I mostly composed when I picked up a tool or brush in the studio.
Roderick holds a BA in English and Art from Augustana College and an MA in Ceramics and Sculpture from the University of Iowa. She works at Augie as Associate Vice President of Development.
In addition to the airport gallery, the artist’s works can be viewed and purchased online: https://www.quadcityarts.com/art-at-the-airport.html.
Art at the airport in the QC International Airport gallery in Moline is easy to find. It is right in front of the gift shop and restaurant and just before security. The gallery never closes and you will only pay a dollar for parking.