Pat Bradley Bereskin is a native of Bettendorf, Iowa. She acknowledges her sight and artistic ability as gifts from God. The direction and encouragement that she received from the art teachers in the Bettendorf public school, created a life long dream to share her gift.
In 1977, after graduating from the University of Northern Iowa, she entered the teaching profession and has taught art to children in grades pre-k through adult. For 15 years she and her family lived in Hinsdale, Illinois, where she studied with Caroline Lyford Catalano and Nina Weiss. In addition to creating and showing her own artwork in Chicago and the mid-west, she has been teaching Art for 26. As an “Artists in Residence” for the community school district she works with the art educators and brings in contemporary artists to inspire students. She serves as an educator for the special needs community artists, Inspiration Studios.
Besides spending the summer teaching Art Camps and seminars, Pat has been studying in Italy each summer for the past 15 years. In 2013, she opened her first gallery in Davenport. Six months ago the gallery moved to an 8,000 sq. ft. building in downtown Bettendorf. The now hosts a gallery, an Art academy, and studio space, which allow guests to view not only the regional artworks, but experience the artist creating before their eyes. Each month a Midwestern artist, or two, are featured and exhibit. The gallery now host 20 artists and will celebrate it’s 5th anniversary in April.