The Left Bank Art League believes the visual arts are enhanced through the gathering of artists to encourage each other in their pursuits of fine art and by reaching out to the community through support of educational and charitable endeavors.
LBAL was founded in February of 1956 by a group of Quad City artists gathered together by Jean Huber and later headed by Leon Wright, both local teachers. The group began meeting in the East Moline Library, East Moline, Illinois. Over the years, the group has met at the Garden Center of Moline, the Butterworth Garage, and Christ Anglican Church.
LBAL is committed to supporting, expanding and encouraging interest in the visual arts among its members and throughout the greater Quad City community. To these ends, LBAL regularly sponsors workshops taught by nationally and locally known artists.
The League also offers scholarships to promising high school and college-aged artists. Many of the members volunteer time and artistic talent to non-profit organizations. Many teach art in various venues including local schools. We are a non-profit, 501(c )(3) organization.
The League welcomes all adult individuals who create fine art or who are interested in the advancement of fine art opportunities in the community. Membership is also available to students who receive LBAL scholarships or who are sponsored by a Left Bank member.
To join LBAL, please complete the Contact Us form. You will be contacted for further information. Dues for 2013 are $25 for an individual; $40 for household. Dues are paid annually and run from January 1 to December 31.
The League holds ten monthly meetings usually on the fourth Wednesday of the month (November is the third Wednesday).
At each meeting, members are invited to showcase work and stay for a program presented by various artisans in the community.
On Fridays, members are encouraged to gather for Open Studio, where anyone can come and work on art, or enjoy fellowship with other members.