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Posted: Thursday, August 13, 1998 1:00 am

Beaux Arts set to bloom

The weekend after Labor Day brings the annual Fall Beaux Arts Fine Arts Fair. This year's will be held Sept. 12-13 on the green below the Davenport Museum of Art. The entrance is at 947 Wilkes Avenue and admission is free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Handicapped parking spaces are available.

The event is an invitational fine arts show featuring 130 artists from several states working in painting, drawing, printmaking and selected crafts. Proceeds from both Beaux Arts Fairs go to the Davenport Museum of Art. This year Beaux Arts was one of the sponsors of the popular ``Expressions in Wood: Masterworks from the Wornick Collection'' and will help sponsor the upcoming ``Our Nation's Colors: A Celebration of American Painting.''

Medic EMS will provide health services. Watch for the Medic EMS mini-bus shuttle service to and from parking areas. Davenport Breakfast Lions Club will provide refreshments as well as furnishing collection points for used eyeglasses and hearing aids, in support of their Club projects.

`Prairie Palooza' to be held at St. Ambrose

A ``Prairie Palooza'' will celebrate a new tall-grass prairie at St. Ambrose University and give a simultaneous welcome to students, staff faculty and the Quad-City community Aug. 21, in the Townhouse Quad on the St. Ambrose campus. Admission is free and the public is welcome.

Three bands will perform: Myron's Rainy Day Panoramic will play 8-8:45 p.m., Johnny Drop Seed and the Asters play 9-9:45 p.m. and the Nite Crawlers perform 10-10:45 p.m.

Local artists are honored

Quad-Cities artists Mark McLaughlin and Dan Wild were named as notable magazine illustrators of 1997 in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, 11th Annual Edition, an anthology published by St. Martin's Press, New York. Each year, this anthology selects the finest writers, artists and poets worldwide working in the speculative literary genres.

In 1997, Mark McLaughlin, Davenport, did illustrations for the magazines Freezer Burn, White Knuckles and Not One Of US. He is also an accomplished writer, whose work has appeared in more than 150 anthologies and magazines in the United States, Canada, England, Scotland and Australia. He also wrote and illustrated a story collection, Feeding the Glamour Hogs, published last year by Ministry of Whimsy Press.

Dan Wild, Moline, was the Featured Artist for one of the 1997 issues of The Urbanite magazine. In a recent review by the British magazine Zene, his work for this issue was compared to comics maestro Carmine Infantino. Wild is a multimedia artist/cartoonist with a strong interest in computer graphics.

New exhibit hits Studio 15

``Rustle of the Fall'' will be the theme for the September exhibit at the Studio 15 Gallery. This exhibit will be shown during the month for the public to view free of charge. A variety of media including watercolors, oils, acrylics, pastels, drawings and collages will be used to create these works of art.

Artists participting are Shirley Bahns, Marilyn Bindewald, Janice Bybee, Verna Craighead, Caroline England, Joyce Glassner, Shirley Heysinger, Ann Kinney, Naomi Komatar-Lawrence, Betty Luther, Randy Lewis, Zenaida O'Rourke, Ed Sigler, Kathleen Van Hyfte, Beverly Walker and Charles White.

Studio 15 is an artist's cooperative group that maintains a gallery and changing exhibits of artworks for sale on the second floor of Major Art and Hobby, 201 E. 2nd St., in downtown Davenport. For more information, call 323-9042. The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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