DAY TRIP_Spring is in the fair: It’s time for talent to blossom again at annual QC art fair.

May 10, 2019

DAVENPORT, Iowa – You know what the say: The Beaux must go on.

An annual arts fair in Davenport isn’t going to let something like an historic flood shut down the show. It’s heading for higher fairground this weekend – but it’ll still be close to a Mississippi. 

The Beaux Arts Fair, normally held in front of the Figge Art Museum, a short jaunt from Davenport’s riverfront, will be held this year at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, 2815 W. Locust St., due to the Mississippi River flooding that continues to drench the downtown.

Those attending the May 11-12 event will find a wide range of artistic talent has come to the city, bringing paintings, pottery, weaving, jewelry, limited edition prints, handmade wooden furniture and stained glass.

Visitors also will find a children’s art project section, a food court, and musical entertainment.

The list of artists is long and impressive, from A – for Jan Abell of Colona from CraftHouse 101 – to Z – for Christina Ziegler of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, of Ziegler Designs. Lake Geneva is nearby compared to some of the other places the artists hail from, such as Arizona, Minnesota, Utah, Kansas and Florida.

The Sauk Valley is even represented by a few artists, so be sure to stop by their booths as you wander among the displays. Bo and Cathy Bodine of Erie are from JimBo Designs. They’ll be at booth 54. According to their website, jimbodesigns, he creates frames by using refuse materials of glass and wood. 

Artists and husband and wife James Johnson and Carole Isenhart of Fulton, with Indigo Turtle Art, can be found at booth 115. According to their website, indigoturtleart.com, Johnson makes original porcelain designs of finished jewelry, which are hand-painted. Isenhart works with beaded and Kumihimo-braided necklaces that compliment her husband’s porcelain work. Sterling’s Sloane Wolfe, of Creative Wolfe, will be at booths 233 and 234. No website or contact information was available at this time.

Artists’ booths aren’t the only places you’ll discover treasures. As long as you’re in town, you can still swing by the Figge Art Museum at 225 W. Second St., which remains open despite the flooding. Visitors can park on the Figge Plaza, the parking garage located at Second and Harrison streets, or park on the street, and use the museum’s Second Street entrance.

Once inside, you can view the “Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection” exhibit. It will be on display through May 19 in the third-floor gallery.

Also on exhibit now are “Submerged in the Sublime: The Landscape Photography of Kim Keever” through Aug. 18 on the fourth floor, and “Art Nouveau Amphora” through June 16 in the Lewis Gallery.

The museum is open from 10 a.m.  to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For admission prices and more information, visit figgeartmuseum.org or call 563-326-7804. 

And if you can’t make it the art festival this weekend, don’t worry. You’ll have a second chance when the fair returns to the Figge in the fall, on Sept. 7 and 8. By then, the only thing you’ll have to worry about soaking in is the culture, not the riverfront.


What: Beaux Arts Fair

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 11 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 12, outdoors, rain or shine

Where: Bechtol Plaza at the Figge Art Museum (225 W. Second St.), continuing on Second Street between Harrison and Brady streets, Davenport, Iowa

Cost: Free

Distance: About 78 miles from Dixon

Accessibility: Accessible to wheelchairs

Information: beauxartsfair.com, 309-207-5614 or email [ mailto:beauxartsfair@gmail.com ]beauxartsfair@gmail.com or Visit Quad Cities at 800-747-7800 or visitquadcities.com