Quad City Arts Presents 44th Annual High School Art Invitational

Art is back. The annual Quad City Arts High School Art Invitational is up for viewing in downtown Rock Island at 1715 Second Avenue. The exhibition brings together art created by students and their instructors from schools in the region, from the core cities and outlying towns such as Aledo (Mercer County) and DeWitt.

A virtual award presentation will go live on the Quad City Arts Facebook page on April 1. All the entries can be viewed in an online gallery.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The gallery will have extended hours staying open until 8 p.m. on April 1 and April 28.

We enjoyed a visit this morning, viewing the art for at least an hour. Stacey displayed the work of four of her students in photography and digital art.

Stacey Replinger viewing the exhibition
Damina Nickell, "Light and Dark,” Moline High School
Marcie Asuncion, “Tulip Photo Trace,” Moline High School
Katie Rhea, “Masked Happiness,” Moline High School
Sariah Mancilla, “Archie,” Moline High School

Among the dozens of other works by students, I choose several as award winners. I always consider myself a juror. Note the piece made from corrugated cardboard. The abstract portraits are bold and splashy with color and texture.

Sophia Utsinger, “Hit the Nail on the Head,” Bettendorf High School
Lilly, “My Step-Dad’s Bike,” Davenport Central High School
Ethan Hancock, “A Tiger’s Roar,” Davenport West High School
Lauryn Ginter, “Abstract Visions,” Central DeWitt High School

Several instructors displayed their work as well. Here are the best ones. Our dog would relate to the thoughts of fellow canine Lucyfer.

Stacey Replinger, “Treble Motets,” Moline High School
Cassie Dunlavey, “Nicole,” Central DeWitt High School
Hillary Puglisi, “What Lucyfur Is Actually Thinking,” Bettendorf High School

D. Thiele, Chicago River, c. 1943

The clean-out of Mom and Dad’s attic in 2019 yielded some art that I had never before seen. Dot did this painting of the Chicago River (I think) during her years at the Art Institute. The frame is signed “D. Thiele.” She probably painted it in about 1943.

D. Thiele, Chicago River, 1943
Oil, 18 x 28 in.

Stacey Replinger, Sculptor

“Sculpture is like farming. If you just keep at it, you can get quite a lot done.” —Ruth Asawa

After studying art in Chicago and Maine, Stacey was admitted into the sculpture program at the University of Illinois, sometime in the 1980s. Here are two bronze works that she made back then, which grace our gardens to this day.

Stacey Replinger, Painter

My recent posts have been all about the art of my late mother, Dot Replinger, and her and my father’s collection of arts and crafts. This post, and possibly some subsequent ones, will feature the art of Stacey Replinger, my wife. Stacey and Dot grew close over the years by working together on art investigations and study. They spent many days together making art at the “Replinger Arts Colony” in Michigan in summers past, particularly 2013 and 2014. In a lakeside boathouse converted to a studio, they would gather the materials and resources needed to explore various disciplines including collage, gelatin prints, acrylic painting, jewelry, and more.

Dot and Stacey, boathouse studio, July 2013.

Stacey’s sister recently asked about a painting from Stacey’s high school art days. Today Stacey will give her that painting, inspired by Dorothea Lange’s famous 1936 photograph, now known as Migrant Mother. The back of the painting includes the teacher’s comment that although Stacey didn’t exactly follow the instructions, her work deserved an A.

After Lange’s Migrant Mother, Stacey Replinger, c 1977.

Last night, forty-some years later, Stacey finished another painting for her sister, this one channeling Van Gogh’s Sunflowers.


After Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, Stacey Replinger, November 2019.\

Dot’s Last Art Show

The weekend just passed marked the final dissolution of Mom and Dad’s estate. Sold to happy buyers were Mom’s original woven garments and the art collection that our parents assembled over their 60 years together—paintings, jewelry, pottery, basketry, glass, weaving, and jewelry—as well as several notable pieces of midcentuy modern furniture. Additionally, the sale included some of the outmoded though still interesting devices that Dad used over the years, such as typewriters and view cameras. Mary and Katie Clegg of Clegg Estate Sales described the sale in detail:

Incredible sale packed with designer mid-century modern furniture, Chihuly glass, a wide selection of art, including many original pieces by Dot Replinger, a well-known local weaver. The sale will be held in the Replingers’ beautiful mid-century home, designed by John Replinger a celebrated local architect and former University of Illinois architecture professor. This sale also includes folk art, art pottery, Navajo rugs, Georg Jensen “Blue Shark” flatware, Royal Danish sterling flatware, Native American pottery, kachinas, jewelry & baskets, art books, and much more.

Furniture includes Johannes Hansen Peacock Chair, George Nelson for Herman Miller Thin Edge desk, Eero Saarinen for Knoll Carrara Marble Tulip table, original molded fiberglass Eames chair, pair of Hans Wegner “The Chair” for Herman Miller chairs, George Nelson for Herman Miller chest, Alvar Aalto stool, vintage Herman Miller Eames wire chair, architectural drawing cabinet, Hamilton map case, primitive pie safe, Techline chests, bookcases and side tables, mid-century desk, wooden trunks, wooden bench, drop leaf table, double bed, and more.

We have an incredible collection of art pottery including pieces by Lela & Luther Gutierrez, Donald Frith, David Shaner, Margarite Wildenhain, Don Pilcher, Alan Vigland, Tim Mather, Larry Richmond, Marie Chino, and many more. There is a wide selection of textile art by Dot Replinger, Dianne Shullenberger, Kaija Sanelma Harris, Junichi Arai, and more. We also have several clothing items and scarves made by Dot Replinger. This sale includes glass pieces by Mark Fowler, William Warehall, William Carlson, Robert William Bartlett, Iittala, and more.

We have a turned wood bowl by Bob Stockdale and handmade Native American, African & Colonial American baskets. Art includes pieces by Ed Betts, Louise Woodruff, Lee Chesney, Ruth Fash, Pamela Redick, Gemma Taccogna, Eugene Wicks, Mimi Muller, Shozo Sato and more. We have a fantastic retablo by Kathleen Vargas titled “La Cocina de Frida” paying homage to Frida Kahlo.

Additional items include an Issey Miyake purse, Oaxacan carved figures, Arabia Valencia & Ruska dishes, Eilene tea set, rugs, weaving & art supplies, vintage fabric including Knoll, Marimekko and other Scandinavian designers, dolls, bag collection and women’s clothing including several Eileen Fisher pieces, a large selection of jewelry, including Native American sterling and turquoise, including squash blossom necklaces. Sale includes kitchen items, model trains, vintage toys, Kachina dolls, jewelry, vintage car ephemera, vintage typewriters including Hermes, Corona, Olivetti, Olympia and a Hermes calculator, a large selection of books (architecture, art, weaving), photography equipment including a Korona View Camera, Conley camera, Polaroid 100 Automatic Land camera, and Beseler enlarger . . . .

The Cleggs promoted the sale heavily, expertly photographing the many items for sale, shown here. I heard that the crowds were large and cheerful, excited to find treasures and perhaps keepsakes from among the many items displayed. Some people came to the event just to see the house. I heard from one correspondent in the Champaign-Urbana art scene that the sale was the talk of the town.

I present Mom’s last art show:

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Dot’s 95th

Dot Replinger would have been 95 years old today.  She lived happily in her house until three days before her death last May, after a short illness. She left behind a large body of art work, notably her works in fiber. One her favorite pieces, Olive Angel, will later this year be on view at the Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois.

As museum director Jon Seydl wrote,

“We are thankful to have such an outstanding example of fiber art in the collection—a striking work that would make an impact in any museum, It’s particularly meaningful  not only because KAM was her museum but also because it allows both of your parents to have a presence in perpetuity in Champaign-Urbana . . .”

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Olive Angel, fiber, c 1975.

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Dot Replinger and her sheepdog Victoria, 1970s.


Dot & Jack Replinger Christmas Card Collection, #12, 2000s

These are the last four cards that Dot sent out. Like Matisse, Mom moved toward collage in her later years. Technology in the form of color photocopying helped here, of course.

Surely, the famous San Francisco de Asis Mission Church near Taos, New Mexico, which Dot had visited several times and as recently as October 2008, with her friends the Aronsons, was part of her inspiration.

Merry Christmas. Joyous Noel.

San Francisco de Asis Mission Church, Rancho de Taos, New Mexico.
Photo by Dot Replinger, October 2008.

Collage, photocopied, 2000s.

Collage, photocopied, 2000s.

Collage, photocopied, 2000s.

Dot & Jack Replinger Christmas Card Collection, #11, 1980s-1990s

Two changes happened during these years. First,  Dot used just a single color in her designs. Second, Jack took over for several years as the card designer and maker. His cards show the house he designed for themselves, which they moved to in 1993.

Silkscreen print, c 1980s.

Silkscreen print and pen, c 1980s.

Silkscreen print, c 1980s.

Pen, photocopy, c 1993.

Pen, photocopy, c 1995.

Dot & Jack Replinger Christmas Card Collection, #10, 1970s

Peace on Earth, as denoted by doves, seemed to be a theme in the 1970s.


Silkscreen, 1970.

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Silkscreen, early 1970s.

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Silkscreen, 1960s or 1970s.

22 CC (1023x1280)

Silkscreen, 1970s.

Dot & Jack Replinger Christmas Card Collection, #9, 1960s


Silkscreen print, c 1960s.

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Silkscreen print, c 1960s.

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Silkscreen print, c 1960s.