Gloanna Killian and her three daughters enjoyed a 20-year Mother’s Day tradition under picture-perfect skies.
“We went out to eat, and then came down here to the Beaux Arts (Fair),” said Winkie Killian, one of Gloanna’s daughters. The Killian family was one of many hundreds who crowded the streets of downtown Davenport, enjoying the work of 134 artists from 11 states.
The balmy weather encouraged the crowds, as did easy-going entertainment that included vocalists and a mime. The festival area stretched from the Figge Art Museum at 2nd and Harrison streets, east along Second Street to end at Brady Street.
“Our festival booths don’t normally reach clear to Brady,” said Linda Smith, an event organizing committee member. “We had exceptional art this year, and we’ve had a great crowd today. The weather brought everyone out.”
Killian, of Silvis, is the mother of seven children, with her first “great-great” grandchild on the way. She said she’s come to expect the Beaux Arts outing with daughters Winkie, of Rock Island, Linda Killian, of Silvis and Joanna Beale, of Rock Island.
“I do enjoy it,” she added.
First time fair-goers Victoria and Kallie Walker, of Camanche, attended Beaux Arts with their friend, Pat Kroll, of Charlotte, Iowa.
The Walkers and Kroll had exhibited their Labrador dogs at a show in Rock Island and spotted the Beaux Arts event as they traveled across the river. After the dog show ended, Kroll asked her friends to attend Beaux Arts for the first time.
“We haven’t hit a third of what we have to hit today,” Victoria Walker said of the booths yet to be visited. “I’m looking for a gift for my mother, actually. We haven’t found one yet, but we will.”
Bob Brehmer, owner of Bob Brehmer Pottery, said Sunday’s festival among the best he’s seen in the 20-some years he’s been involved with Beaux Arts. “We’ve had good weather, good crowds and good sales,” he said. “I can’t complain.”
The Beaux Arts Fair, a Mother’s Day weekend tradition since 1967, raises money for the Figge’s exhibits and educational programs.