I profoundly feel that the art of living is the art of giving. You're fulfilled in the moment of giving, of doing something beyond yourself. ~ Laurance Rockefeller
MidCoast Musings
MidCoast has a mission to support regional visual arts and artists--and yet now it is up to ALL OF YOU artists to step up and participate! The Call for Entries for Riverssance is out earlier than in the past in order to help artists plan their art fair seasons. Additionally, the Call for Entries for exhibitions in three different MidCoast venues will provide opportunities for artists ranging from the novice to the professional. MidCoast offers friendly, seasoned experience with installations by staff members Carolyn Krueger and Tony Seabolt. Publicity is placed in this newsletter for all exhibitions. Receptions are provided at Gallery West and Bucktown. No commission is charged. Full details below. Give it a try!

The year 2016 has seen some amazing MidCoast synergy and fun. For Riverssance, chair Michele Darland wanted wings for the "art angels" volunteers and she brought them--see photo for results. Rock Island High School took top prize in the ArtWorks Expo, moving the honor to Illinois from Iowa where it had been for many years. The Gallery HOP! evenings included unique creations by body painter Kimberly Miller of Celestial by Design. Bucktown was fiber bombed, Gallery West was draped with driftwood, and we continued to enjoy and grow from a myriad of interactions with the artistic vitality of the Quad Cities region. Thank you to our supporters, including Jack Wilhoit for all his behind-the-scenes work, and to the hard-working MidCoast board members. In 2017, drop in, participate and find a deeper connection with the visual arts.
~ Sherry
You Love Us, You Really Love Us!

Four years and counting...

Your very own Bucktown Center for the Arts has won Locals Love Us "Best Art Dealer" in the Quad Cities for four years in a row! Thank you! Thank you!
Support the Arts. Support MidCoast.

Please consider donating to MidCoast this holiday season.

We're a non-profit community arts agency founded and run by artists. Our mission to stimulate our community's cultural and economic vitality through the support of regional visual arts and artists is accomplished by having amazing art-focused programming and events like Final Fridays, ArtWorks Expo and Riverssance Festival of Fine Art.
Call for Artists: Riverssance Festival of Fine Art
September 16-17, 2017 | Lindsay Park, Davenport
Submission deadline: January 16, 2017

MidCoast invites artists to participate in Riverssance Festival of Fine Art's 30th year as the premier fine arts festival of the Quad Cities, showcasing more than 100 of the top artists throughout North America--artists like you!

We're proud of our reputation of treating artists like friends. We provide easy access onto the park for booth set up, "art angels" for booth breaks, lunch order delivery, complimentary water, commemorative festival t-shirt, AND we buy ART!

Organized and run by art enthusiasts, Riverssance continues to be recognized for its careful attention to artists' success, community partnerships, great buyers, beautiful location, and a fun weekend.

Your artwork sales will be complemented by regional stage entertainment, a children's art tent, quality food vendors and regional wine tasting. Artists' awards include:
  • one $500 Best of Show award
  • ten $200 merit awards
  • one $150 People's Choice award
  • one $100 Student's Choice award
Questions can be directed to Jodean Meleski, 309-737-8910 or jodean@midcoast.org.
Call for Artists: Exhibition at MidCoast Galleries 2017-2018
Submission deadline: January 28, 2017

We live in a community infused with artistic vitality and MidCoast wants to show it! This Call for Entries will slot exhibitions for mid- 2017 through mid-2018. Our exhibition spaces are open to all Iowa and Illinois artists living within 90 miles of the Quad Cities. Entered works must be original or prints in a limited edition. Half of exhibited art should have been completed within the last five years. Works must be of high quality, framed and/or display ready. Due to the high visibility of our galleries, artists should enter work that's appropriate to all audiences.

Questions can be directed to Sherry Maurer, 563-424-1210 or info@midcoast.org.
MidCoast Gallery West / The ARTery
1629 2nd Avenue, Rock Island
Open: Wed - Sat, 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

Margery Franklin, photography
through December  
Margery Franklin combines two loves--world travel and photography. Wild animals from overseas abound in this exhibition.

Lisa Francescon, photography
Barbara Toner, glass
January - February
Opening reception - January 14, 6-9 p.m.

by Lisa Francescon
Lisa Francescon has been capturing the relationships and personalities of families and children with her camera since 2004. Over the past three years, her focus has changed and her primary clients now have fur, a tail and whiskers. She creates portrait art of family pets, as well as service and therapy animals.

Francescon received a Master's Degree in Education from Western Illinois University and taught in the public schools for many years. She continues to teach photography classes in her studio. She's a Certified Professional Photographer and will receive her Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman degrees through the Professional Photographers of America in January of 2017, as well as a member of the American Society of Photographers, one of the most prestigious photographic associations in the world and an association that one must be invited into through photographic achievement.
by Barbara Toner

Among her many awards and accolades, she's been recognized as one of the top ten photographers in Illinois in both 2015 and 2016 from the Associated Professional Photographers of Illinois. MomentsByLisa.com.

Barbara Toner was born in Philadelphia, but has lived in Bettendorf, for more than 30 years. She discovered the lure of fused glass creation after her retirement, first dabbling in jewelry, then mosaics and plates, and now, new types of bowls. Her coral bowls, created with strips of fused glass, are reminiscent of delicate reef structures. The floriform styles are bowls of rippling folded glass. Toner notes "each is a surprise."
Moline Centre Station
1200 River Drive, Moline
Open: Mon -Fri, 6 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.; Sat, 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; and Sun, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  
Jeanne O'Melia
through January

Jeanne O'Melia infuses charm into her watercolors, drawings, paintings, cyanotypes and mixed media works. 
Bucktown Center for the Arts
225 East 2nd Street, Davenport
Open: Wed - Sat, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Holiday hours:
Closed December 24, some galleries open and some closed during holiday week, closing at 4 p.m. on December 31; if you have a definite purchase need contact 563-424-1210. 

The vintage train display has returned for the holiday season
Suite 103

To augment the wonders of the season, Bucktown offers a retro working  train display generously built and provided by Bucktown's Mrs. B. of  Bereskin's Fine Art Gallery & Studio and "gandy dancer" Dr. B. The train display consists of two separate systems. Dr. B concludes "These are modern scale models with a high level of detail." Thank you Dr. B. for this fun holiday addition!

QC Calendar makes the perfect gift 
Get the 2017 Art Meets the River calendar that features river-themed art by six Bucktown artists. It's available in the Boho Chic and Bereskin Galleries. Purchase online at HeidiBrandt.com. Proceeds benefit River Action.
Final Friday and Wine Walk
December 16, 6-9 p.m.

Hosted by the artists of Bucktown Center for the Arts, wine walk guests may purchase a hand-painted wine glass for $20, which entitles them to a tasting of five wines and light snacks. The evening will include strolling carolers from the Black Hawk College Community Chorale directed by Jon Palomaki, a reception for the Lee Kimball exhibition (see below) and the retro train display.

A percentage of participating gallery sales from the evening will be donated to NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. This 36-year old affiliate of the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization provides free education and support programs locally to individuals and families living with a serious mental health condition.

Beréskin Fine Art Gallery and Studio Presents the Art of Lee Kimball  
by Lee Kimball
December 14 - January 21

I have been blessed to have lived in the country for most of my life. Doing so has allowed me to develop a deep and abiding love of nature in all the seasons...especially of winter.
~ Lee Kimball

Lee Kimball will be showing a body of recent artwork Near to Nature. He's a master at portraying the gentle dignity of our rural scene. His pastels have been exhibited widely and received many awards.

Alexander Iaccarino and Raphael Iaccarino at Bucktown
through December 31 | Second Floor

A Quad Cities dynamic duo of art, Ralph (Raphael) Iaccarino has been a Quad Cities watercolor leader for over 40 years and his grandson, Alex (Alexander) Iaccarino, is getting national attention for his limited edition screen print posters.

 by Raphael Iaccarino 
by Alex Iaccarino 
Bucktown Suite 101 for Rent

This suite will be leased to a visual artist (or artists) who can add a congenial, professional approach to the Bucktown community. The lessee is required to keep Bucktown business hours.

The 351 square-foot space has valuable Second Street frontage. The optimum tenant will be able to manage a successful blend of on-site studio practice and gallery display, although there may be other possibilities.

For details, please contact Sherry Maurer at info@midcoast.org.
2017 Calendar: Save the Date

January 27, 6-9 p.m.

Bucktown Valentine Celebration Final Friday
Sherry Maurer will discuss Images of Love in Art at 7:30 p.m.
February 24, 6-9 p.m.

Black History Month Observation Final Friday
May 5

Gallery HOP!
May 27

ArtWorks Expo High School Pastel Competition
September 16-17

Riverssance Festival of Fine Art

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  MidCoast Fine Arts
PO Box 4142 Rock Island, IL 61204-4142
225 East 2nd Street Davenport, IA 52801
(563) 424-1210 | midcoast.org
MidCoast Fine Arts programs are partially supported by operational grants
from the Riverboat Development Authority and the Illinois Arts Council.