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Heidi Brandt's photo of pelicans at a Mississippi River roller dam was used in the "Art Meets the River" calendar for 2016. The calendar project earned her an Eddy Award for art.

After seeing numerous eagles out by a Mississippi River roller dam last spring, Heidi Brandt returned the next day, ready to shoot photographs.

But what she found wasn't the birds she was looking for.

"It was like somebody made a phone call and all of the eagles got out and the pelicans came in," Brandt, a Davenport photographer and graphic designer, said with a laugh.

The result is one of a dozen photographs that Brandt has turned into a 2016 calendar, "Art Meets the River," that will be available beginning Friday night.

Brandt had created a calendar for a client, now out of business, a few years ago and kept the client's concept of giving the money raised to a local nonprofit.

Sales of the 2016 calendar will benefit River Action.

"River Action was just a good fit with what I like to photograph," Brandt said. "I enjoy nature and the river especially and they support the stewardship of the river and that's definitely a cause I can get behind. I want other generations to enjoy it as well."

Brandt said she was encouraged by the sales of her photography at Bucktown Center for the Arts in Davenport.

"What people really like is the local, Quad-City photos," she said. "I thought if I could create a Quad-City calendar and work with a nonprofit to distribute it, it would raise some funds."

A reception and debut of the calendar is from 6-9 p.m. during Bucktown's Final Friday celebration. It will also be available at River Action, SIS International and Crafted Q-C in Davenport, Artworks in LeClaire, and Quad-City Arts and MidCoast Gallery West in Rock Island.

It will also be available at select Hy-Vee stores in the Quad-City area. Depending on the location, the cost varies from about $10-$11.