Two Bettendorf businesswomen team up for interior design

As people look for ways to refresh and improve their living spaces, two Bettendorf businesswomen are collaborating to make the process easier and more inspiring.

The opening of a major new art exhibition, “Dialogues Within” by acclaimed artist Philip Laber, at the Beréskin Gallery & Art Academy, 2967 State St., gives gallery owner Pat Bereskin and Michelle Blunk , owner of WITHIN, an interior design studio at 1729 State St., the opportunity to showcase the strengths of their individual businesses.

“I called Michelle and said I think it’s a great time to collaborate because people are going out, the weather is nice and people are starting to invest in their homes because for two years they’ve been stuck inside and they’re tired of looking at the same things,” Bereskin said in a gallery statement.

Art by Philip Laber accented with interior accessories.

Some of Laber’s colorful works were photographed at WITHIN, among the various furniture and home accessories offered there to give potential buyers an idea of ​​how Laber’s art can be integrated into their living spaces.

“There’s no better time than now to embrace local and regional art,” Bereskin said.

Blunk said the beauty of buying local is that it eliminates long wait times caused by common supply chain issues and labor shortages when items are ordered.

“We need to find a piece that you are passionate about for your project,” she said. “We’re building something you’re in love with, passionate about, and connected to.”

Colorful art by Philip Laber of Long Grove, Iowa.

There is much to be excited about the works of Philip Laber, said Bereskin. “It’s alive with color, texture, line and mood,” she said, calling the style a cross between “Marc Chagall and Vasily Kandinsky.” The majority of the works in the exhibition, which runs until April 28 and is sponsored by WITHIN, have never before been seen by the public.

“A room can be designed around its signature pieces, or a room can nestle within a room,” she said.

Originally from Iowa, Laber was a longtime professor and former chair of the art department at Northwest Missouri State University and is a master printmaker and photographer. More detailed information about his work is available at www.phililaber.com. He recently moved to the Quad Cities area and resides in Long Grove.

Bereskin and Blunk have long collaborated as founding members of Downtown Bettendorf Business Women, often referring clients to each other’s businesses. This is the first time, however, that the collaboration has centered around a specific art exhibition.

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  • The Beréskin Gallery & Art Academy is open Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call to make an appointment at 563-508-4630. Visit their website HERE.
  • WITHIN is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 563-359-1655. Visit their website HERE.

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