History has remembered the kings and warriors, because they destroyed;
art has remembered the people, because they created. 
~ William Morris
MidCoast Musings
Burnett (center) celebrating the wrap of
The Trumpet Player
"It goes back to a high school assignment to do a book report on the Scarlet Letter," says filmmaker Jonathan Burnett, a Rock Island native. He thought it would be easier to do a film than write the report. Later, he realized "O.K., not so easy. Create a script and get friends to collaborate as actors...find costumes, check lines, edit...and the film had to be shot in one day with my mother's camera." The teacher and class loved the results. He's been expressing himself with film ever since that project.

Burnett has wrapped up running the second year of the Urban Exposure Film Program in the Quad Cities. The program has been partially based in the Bucktown Center for the Arts suite of the Azubuike African American Arts Council & Center for the Arts, which also is the studio of artist Gaye Shannon Burnett, his mother. The program teaches young adults about many aspects of filmmaking, including directing, screenwriting, cinematography, acting, crew, and editing. Participants make their own films, which have been screened at the Figge Art Museum.

Currently, Burnett is completing his MFA in film production at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. He holds a BFA in film production from The Academy of Art University, San Francisco. He spent eight months in 2013-2014 working on location for a feature film in Algeria and Paris, where he learned a lot about "film politics and ethics." For the remainder of 2014, he worked in Atlanta learning about location scouting, casting and auditions.

His most recent film, The Trumpet Player, just aired at the Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles. Burnett notes, "The film is about a bad trumpet player who finds an unlikely friend who liberates his potential for the instrument, shot in L.A." He also created Odds Against Honor, where "a hit man given a job to murder someone's wife has a change of heart." Odds Against Honor won the 2016 Best Dramatic Short Film Award at the Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles.

What distinguishes film as an art medium? Burnett shares that one of his teachers assigned an exercise where students had to produce a film that explained a situation without any dialog. He adds, "How do you show someone getting fired without dialog? You have to understand how to push the body language. It is show and don't tell."

For now, Burnett sees studying in Los Angeles as the best place to interact with the film industry. His teachers are working or retired Hollywood professionals. He needs to learn in Los Angeles, but says "you can shoot film anywhere." He will be back to visit his mother, who has had her own Hollywood film industry experiences. Burnett concludes, "Thanks to her, I've caught the bug."
~ Sherry
Last Call! Gallery HOP! Artists Wanted
Friday, December 9, 6-9 p.m.
Deadline for submission: November 4, 2016

In partnership with The District of Rock Island, MidCoast is coordinating booth spaces for visual artists at Gallery HOP!

The District will host local artists at a multitude of different venues. A map will guide 'Hoppers' to each site. If possible, artist demonstrations encourage interactive participation between artists and art lovers.
Spaces (all indoors) are approximately 10 x 10'. Artists may need to provide tables and extra lights. There is NO CHARGE to participate.

Deadline to register and be included in the Gallery HOP! map is Friday, November 4. To register, or for questions, please contact Sherry Maurer at info@midcoast.org or call (563) 424-1210.

When registering, please provide the following:
Please let us know if you need a larger load-in space and close vehicle access.

Artists will receive a confirmation email. A final email with set-up details, locations, etc. will be sent by November 15. 
MidCoast Gallery West / The ARTery
1629 2nd Avenue, Rock Island
Open: Wed - Sat, 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. 
P hotograph by Margery Franklin

Margery Franklin
Nov 11, 6-9 p.m.

Join us for Margery Franklin's extraordinary showing of her animal photographs from all over the world. We'll have live music, tasty snacks and drinks!
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.

Simple Pleasures by Iyla Thill Ferguson
Iyla Thill Ferguson
through November
Iyla Thill Ferguson notes, "When you gaze upon my work, you feel the healing energies of nature's landscape" as the source of her inspiration.
Bucktown Center for the Arts
225 East 2nd Street, Davenport
Open: Wed - Sat, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Special hours through 2016: Saturdays open at 10 a.m.; Festival of Trees Nov 20 and 27, noon to 4 p.m.

Bucktown Center for the Arts and Bereskin Fine Art Gallery and Studio have been featured in " 20 Best Things to Do in Davenport

Congratulations to Pat Beréskin, winner of a Lloyd Schoeneman Community Impact Award. She is recognized, in the words of Quad City Arts, as an outstanding visual artist for "her many years serving as a mentor to and teacher of her fellow artists, and for the creation of her multi-functional gallery space in the Bucktown Center for the Arts."

Final Friday - Artoberfest
September 30, 6-9 p.m.

This month's Final Friday includes numerous events not to be missed!   Artoberfest includes an inter-suite chili cook-off. Artist-decorated glasses will be sold for craft beer tastings courtesy of Front Street Brewery, the oldest brew pub in Iowa. There's no admission charge.

Lisa Mahar, MidCoast Bucktown Gallery
through October 29
M ixed media
by Lisa Mahar

Lisa Mahar's mixed media works are a kaleidoscope of color. Quirky combinations of found objects and painted furniture delight the eye.

Mahar best describes her vison: "My goal is to produce art that people can identify with. Each piece tells a story. Whimsical, functional and layered with bits and pieces of the past; all make my work one-of-a-kind."

Half of her exhibition sold during the opening reception; new additions are on display for the October Final Friday closing.

Beréskin Fine Art Gallery and Studio and Boho Chic present Art Meets the River
Nine Midwest Regional Artists at Beréskin
through November 19
Art Meets the River calendar by Heidi Brandt

You may have seen them during the past three seasons in creation mode along our waterways. Boho Chic artists Heidi Brandt and Dee Schricker are partnering with Beréskin Gallery artists to present the Mississippi River through artists' eyes.

Photographer Heidi Brandt is collaborating on her 2017 calendar with six other artists represented in the exhibition. The calendar will makes its debut, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit River Action , a non-profit organization that strives to foster the environmental, economic, and cultural vitality of the Mississippi River and its riverfront in the Quad City region.
by Alex Iaccarino

The Mississippi River Valley is explored in works by Dave Anderson, Pat Beréskin, Brad Bisbey, Gene Brack, Heidi Brandt, Lee Kimball, Dee Schricker, David Zahn and Bob Zeidler.

Second Floor Casement Hosts Davenport Handicapped Development Center Art Club
through October 29

The Bucktown second floor casement is displaying works by the Art Club of the Davenport Handicapped Development Center, including a remarkable collage led by Amber Williams.

Alexander Iaccarino and Raphael Iaccarino at Bucktown
November 17 - December 31

"For as long as I can remember, I have had a palpable sense of the magical, a strong intuition that there is more than what we see" states Raphael (Ralph) Iaccarino about his watercolors. In turn, his grandson, Alexander (Alex), has said "It was my grandfather who invested the time to teach me his techniques and beliefs, most of which are still the foundations of who I am as an artist today."
by Ralph Iaccarino

The second floor casement will feature a selection of Ralph's new original watercolor series he calls Abstract Exstencilism --a play of words on the stencil-like matrices of each design. The MidCoast Gallery will host Alex's dazzling posters that have their own magical fantasy. His work has gained national attention from publishers such as New York-based Grey Matter Art , a limited edition, studio licensed film and entertainment poster company (Marvel's 2014 Captain America: The Winter Soldier , more in the November newsletter).
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 (see above).

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.
Save the Date: Upcoming Events

November 17, 6-9 p.m.
Third Thursday
The vintage train display returns for the holiday season to Bucktown, suite 103
November 28, 6-9 p.m. Final Friday
Exhibition reception for Alexander Iaccarino and Raphael Iaccarino
December 16, 6-9 p.m. Final Friday and Holiday Wine Walk

Support the Arts. Support MidCoast.
We are 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.

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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.