MidCoast Musings
While MidCoast and Bucktown Center for the Arts made national news unfortunately it was for the wrong reasons.

On April 30, when a portion of the levee collapsed a half block away, Bucktown was hit with a water surge that filled the basement. MidCoast basement items had been packed into plastic bins and moved to tables and platforms in the event of a flow over the levee. Ten minutes before the levee opened, our gallery director, Tony Seabolt, had checked the basement to ensure the pumps were working. Luckily, he was not in the basement and the wall of water did not reach the first floor and art displays.

The first week was surreal as we gauged needs and boated over to Bucktown with the help of the Davenport Fire Department, the U.S. Coast Guard and even the Downtown Davenport Partnership staff who ran a boat Friday evening to help tote out trash. Kyle Carter, thank you for persevering with help at the end of a challenging week. Jack Wilhoit and the QC Nighthawks football players and friends helped sandbag the first floor. At one time or another, almost all of the Bucktown artists have lent a hand in preparedness and clean up, especially new MidCoast board member Gwen Patton and her daughter, Rose. Thanks everyone!

Replacement loss of basement items plus loss of income for MidCoast now exceeds $20,000, excluding items that have been replaced through grants or donations. We had to dispose of all of our supplies stored in the basement due to contact with flood water. Three 33-foot wide dumpsters were filled. The building owner covered the clean-out, and was then informed by city inspectors that the wiring in the basement and the fire alarm panel, for the entire building, had to be replaced before legal return to occupancy. Given upcoming inspections, we're hopeful Bucktown will re-open to the public by mid-July.
We had an immediate event on the horizon, the annual ArtWorks Expo High School Pastel Competition that usually takes place at Bucktown. This year's event would not have taken place without the help of the organizations and individuals. We're forever grateful.

The initial insurance report we received was that our contents were not covered for flood. We applied for and received a Quad Cities Community Foundation emergency grant for $1,310 to cover specific lost Riverssance signage supplies. We have another grant request pending with the Grow Quad Cities Business Relief Fund. We participated in the June 7 Flood Fest Concert and thank you to the sites that hosted us for fund raisers—Panera and Texas Roadhouse—and the Clubhouse that welcomed us for a pop up exhibition.

If you're feeling generous, and we hope you are, there's one more pop up exhibition/fund raiser is scheduled:
Saturday, July 20, 6-9 p.m.
1340 31st Street, Rock Island

Mingle, play Bingo and enjoy pop up art displays.

Two Bingo hours: 6:30 and 8 p.m. ($5 per card). We have 25 seats for each hour's game.

Grand prizes include original artworks by Amber Williams and Corrine Smith, along with other great items.
Craft beer and Streets of Italy wood-fired pizza will be available for sale. 

Pre-register before July 20 at info@midcoast.org if you want a guaranteed seat. Proceeds help MidCoast.

Thanks to Karolyn Williams for helping with the event.

Some artists have donated cash, some time, and some art. One of the poignant gifts is a watercolor by Tom Hempel made immediately after April 30 showing the flooded Bucktown. We're selling $5 raffle tickets for a chance to win this original watercolor, with the drawing at 8 p.m. on the August 30 Bucktown Final Friday. Tickets can be purchased at the BIN-(van)GO(gh) event, or at the Artists’ Market at Bucktown Center for the Arts.

The flood has set us back and yet we are determined to meet program and financial goals for this year to ensure that MidCoast can continue its important support of area visual artists.

~ Sherry Maurer
I’m glad we have MidCoast and want it to stick around! ~ Rowen
How do we do it without your support?
MidCoast receives funding from several sources including grants, sponsorships and donations. Our largest source of funding -- operating grants -- has dried up.

We provide exhibition opportunities for approximately 300 artists per year. In addition, MidCoast runs:
  • Three exhibition galleries in Moline, Rock Island and Davenport with no admission charge! Only a $35 entry fee to the artists, with monthly receptions/programs/local music at Gallery West and Bucktown. Exhibits change every two months.
  • ArtWorks Expo High School Pastel Mural competition for area students to feel that being a visual artist matters as they earn cash awards for their art departments.
  • Riverssance Festival of Fine Art, a weekend with 90 quality visual artists, live local music, children’s activity tent and great food in beautiful Lindsay Park, Village of East Davenport.
  • Support for every level of artist at Bucktown Center for the Arts, from mentored sales spaces run by a gallery manager to suites for studios/classes/sales. 

It's up to YOU to see MidCoast continue. Only a handful of you have responded to our requests asking for financial support. For that we thank you.

More still needs to be done. Without MidCoast, what would remain of visual arts opportunities in our community?

Support the Visual Arts. Support MidCoast because we can’t continue without your support—really!

MidCoast projects are partially supported by funds contributed from the Illinois Arts Council Agency and the Regional Development Authority.
Please help with a Census of Community Visual Artists
MidCoast is happy to announce receipt of Illinois Arts Council funding that gives the opportunity to undertake a long-needed project for our community – building a better picture of our community’s talents.

Our task is to determine the number of self-declared visual artists who are active in the area we serve (the QCA and a 90-mile radius around it). This information is crucial for grant applications, as many grants are awarded based on where artists reside.

Please help us collect this information by filling out and returning the Census of Community Visual Arts form (or sharing with artists in the area) by September 15.

Your participation will help our community receive better recognition from state and federal agencies. We’ll share the results with other agencies if requested. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
September 21-22
Lindsay Park, Village of East Davenport
Would you be an art angel? Or perhaps help with information or tickets? We'd love to have you help us out at this year’s Riverssance Festival of Fine Art. 

This year's shirt reflects The Countdown has Begun by Tammy Mutka.

All volunteers receive a free artist-designed t-shirt and entry. Daily shifts of two-hours start at 9:45 a.m. The last shift on Saturday afternoon is 3:45 to 5:15 and Sunday afternoon is 1:45 to 4.
If you can help, please send us the following information: 
1. First and last name
2. Your phone number and best email contact
3. Preferred day (Saturday or Sunday) and shift time
4. Your t-shirt size (S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL)
5. Any preference in type of work: art angel (help artists with breaks), information tent, wine tent or ticketing.  

To volunteer, please send the above information to info@midcoast.org. Questions? Please email or call us at 563-424-1210.
THANK YOU to our 2019 supporters
$5,000 to $12,000
Illinois Arts Council for visual artist support operations and innovations
Quad City Arts Dollars Capacity Grant
Regional Development Authority for gallery operations, innovations
Rock Island Art Guild for ArtWorks Expo
Wells Fargo for Bucktown Artist’s Market, operations

$1,000 to $2,500 
Medix Dental for Riverssance
Quad City Community Foundation Q2030 Grant for Riverssance 
Quad City Community Foundation for emergency flood relief 
University of Iowa Community Credit Union for Riverssance
US Bank Foundation for programming, Bucktown Artists’ Market

Blick Art Materials
Tom Hempel
Corrine Smith
Amber Williams
Up to $1,000
Ericksen Chevrolet Three Degree Guarantee with WQAD
Flood Fest Concert
Heartfelt Appeal campaign
Panera fundraiser
Quad City Bank & Trust in honor of Eileen Roethler
Quad City Storm partnership fundraiser
Russell Construction
Texas Roadhouse fund raiser
Bucktown Artists’ Final Friday Raffles
Les Bell for Gallery West
Gary & Gloria Burlingame
Dr. Kurt Christoffel
Mr. & Mrs. Cleve
Diane Von Dresky
Linda Hardin
Katie Kiley
Craig Miller, artist
Kent Olson in honor of Sherry Maurer
Dr. Alta L. Price
Elaine Rexdale for Gallery West
Rowen Schussheim-Anderson
Mark Schwiebert for Gallery West
Patrick Stolley for Gallery West
Zaiga Thorson
Dewitt Young
Peter Xiao and Li Guo
First floor
Two wall spaces in the Artists' Market are available. Contact Tony at tony@midcoast.org.  

Second floor suites
Suite 203: 966 sq. ft. $725/month or $75/day
Suite 205: 815 sq. ft. $611/month
Suites 202-206: 2,030 sq. ft., $1,523/month

Leases will run through December 2019, with the option of month-to-month rental. Access 24/7, utilities included. Suites do not have individual sinks. There's access to second floor restrooms, as well as first-floor mail delivery. Visual artists are encouraged, other activity options, including office space, will be considered.

If interested, please contact Sherry at info@midcoast.org or 563-424-1210.
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MidCoast Gallery West / The ARTery
1629 2nd Avenue, Rock Island
Open: Wed. - Sat., 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
ArtWorks Expo High School Pastel Exhibition
through July 20

Teamwork and creativity reign at the annual challenge for high school student teams who complete a pastel mural during one day. Nine teams competed for awards to fund and improve education in the participants’ art departments.

We thank Eastern Iowa Community Colleges and Alan Campbell for hosting the pastel competition day. Jack Wilhoit, Tony Seabolt and Austin Griffiths assisted. Participating schools received over $2,300 in awards, an increase from 2018: 

First Place: North Scott (pictured above)
Second Place: Davenport North
Third Place: Davenport Central
Honorable Mentions: Alleman, Assumption, Moline, Pleasant Valley, Rock Island and Davenport West

The 2019 juror was Zaiga Thorson, art professor and assistant to the chair in Communication and Fine Arts at Black Hawk College, where she has taught since 1999. She has a BFA in painting, with an additional concentration in graphic design, from Western Michigan University and an MFA in painting from Northern Illinois University. 

This project has been supported with funding from the Rock Island Art Guild. Drawing supplies provided by Blick Art Materials and friends of the Left Bank Art League. The Home Depot discounted drawing boards.

Friday, July 12, 6-9 p.m.
Closing reception

People’s Choice Award Announced at 7 p.m. Don’t miss your chance to vote for the $100 prize and this exhibition filled with so much budding talent! Enjoy snacks, drinks and live music by Chris Stevens.
Davenport North, second place
Davenport Central, third place
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.; Sun., 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

This is the only art gallery in town that is open every day of the week!
Nathaniel Kraft
through July

Nathaniel Kraft is topping off his graduation from Western Illinois University with an exhibition of his abstract acrylic paintings. He states, “My art process is driven by the desire to bring suppressed feelings, memories, and ideas to the surface through abstraction. Specific themes being explored in the work deal with personal and public space around family dynamics and individual growth.”

His inspiration draws from works of art of the Surrealist and Abstract Expressionist movements that explore the subconscious.

Kraft recently received his MA in Museum Studies, and has a BA in Art History and Studio Art from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN.
Peggy Gratton
August - September

Noting that she is mostly self-taught, Peggy Gratton describes her artistic goal as:

I hope that my audience comes away from my work
with a connection to the subject
an emotional bond that makes them
want to experience the image
over and over again.
Bucktown Center for the Arts
225 E. 2nd St., Davenport
Open: Wed. - Sat., 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Bix 7 Final Friday
July 26, 6—9 p.m.
Free Admission
Enjoy the opening for Mark Stegmaier’s exhibition of photographs, including many related to the Bix 7 run, in its 45th year.
MidCoast Gallery at Bucktown
Mark Stegmaier Photography
July 24 - August 10
The show includes many aerial photos of Quad city running events but also includes collages, portraits and diverse images from a lifetime of photography.

Scheduled this year for July 27, the Bix 7 Road Race was founded in 1975, covers seven miles of Davenport and draws runners from around the world. A Davenport native and a runner, Stegmaier has a unique perspective on the sport.
Mark Your Calendars!
Aug 9
Opening reception, David Genac and Annie Oldenburg, photography
Gallery West / The ARTery

Aug 17 - Sep 28
Dick Oberg, photography exhibit focusing on events at The Mark
MidCoast Gallery at Bucktown

Aug 24, 12-5 p.m.
Paper Fest, as part of Alternating Currents

Aug 30
Final Friday Wine Walk

Sep 21-22
Riverssance Festival of Fine Art
Lindsay Park, Village of East Davenport
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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 programming is accessible to the community, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation including gender identity, disability, age, marital status, education, military status, unfavorable discharge from the military, or citizenship status.

MidCoast Fine Arts programs are partially supported by operational grants