MidCoast Musings
We all know time is money, but have you ever considered the actual costs to having an exhibit with MidCoast?

Based on a typical 24-piece 2D exhibit, it takes roughly 30 hours and costs about $515. Here's a quick breakdown:

  • Pre-planing (1 hour)
  • Signage and exhibit prep (3 hours + $40 materials)
  • 1 5-gallon bucket flat white paint ($135)
  • Unpacking and installation (8-10 hours + $50 supplies)
  • Opening and closing receptions (6 hours + $70 food/beverage)
  • Marketing and promotion (4 hours)
  • De-installation and patch work (4 hours)

Some of the things not taken into consideration of the breakdown above:
  • Artwork doesn't just hang itself. There's a lot that need to be determined before the first piece is even hung (arrangement, spacing,
  • Once everything is hung, lighting is adjusted to make all the pieces stand out.
  • Basic overhead costs (light bulbs, utilities, rent, security)

For the Rock Island, Moline and Davenport galleries, MidCoast needs to cover about $2,500 each month. We ask artists to pay a $35 entry fee for a two-month exhibition. For the rest, we need your donations and community grants. It’s a bargain when the full budget is considered.

One day last week, during two different conversations, people suggested to me that MidCoast had not directly asked artists to contribute to support our exhibitions and programs. Here goes.

Artists and art supporters of the Quad Cities region, MidCoast needs your financial contributions (of whatever size) to allow us to continue—would you please donate what you can?

~ Sherry
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!
A Thank You to Departing Board Members and Announcing a New One
With gratitude and regret we thank two MidCoast board members who have left. We hope they'll stay in touch. 

William Hannan was a long-time voice of wisdom for MidCoast as well as other community arts organizations. He is truly retiring. He initially participated in MidCoast’s early program of installing art in empty city storefronts, displaying his artwork in all of the venues MidCoast has had, including Le Claire, The Mark, The Commons, Adler, and more. He joined the board about 2005 and has supported MidCoast in so many ways. Thank you, Bill!

Harry Walker, who had been with the board since August 2016, has just completed a lively new video for MidCoast (co-created with board member Ryan Orr) that was shown at the March 2 Quad City Storm game. He is headed to a new gig in Nashville. Good luck Harry!

We also want to give a heart-felt welcome to our newest board member, Gwen Patton, owner of Seven Orchids studio in Bucktown. Welcome, Gwen. Thanks to all of you for your help!
First floor
Casements are all rented, but applicants will be placed on a waiting list.  

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.
Shop Amazon. Support MidCoast.
We know you love shopping on Amazon. It's ok, we do too.

Did you know when you shop through AmazonSmile ( smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to MidCoast Fine Arts.

How cool is that?!?!

We'll make it SUPER easy, just click on the AmazonSmile button or go to smile.amazon.com and search for MidCoast Fine Arts.

Happy shopping and thanks in advance for your support!
Partner with us at Panera
Tuesday, April 9
4-8 p.m.
3410 Elmore Avenue, Davenport

Take a tax prep break, or any kind of break, and have dinner out! To qualify, show this flyer in as a paper sheet or an electronic version. The flyer also has a promo code for online ordering. A percentage of proceeds will be donated to MidCoast.
Thank you for your support!
Thank you, Eriksen Chevrolet of Milan and WQAD Three Degree Guarantee Program!
Due to incredible forecasting accuracy during a wintry February, MidCoast received a $480 check. That was 24 days of three-degree accuracy out of 28. We are grateful to Ericksen Chevrolet for the funding and recognition.

Thank you to Bucktown artist Michael John for connecting us. This funding will sponsor Bucktown’s April Final Friday.

MidCoast and Quad City Storm partnered on March 2
MidCoast volunteers bagged and sold pucks and an autographed hockey stick to raise $477.

Thank you to our hockey staff partners and to volunteers Andrew Arnold, Gary and Gloria Burlingame, Christian Elliott, Summer Lawrence, Paul Lange, Glen Lowry, Jodean and Mark Meleski, Craig Miller, Amy and Ryan Orr, Sue Sambdman, Tony and Marcia Seabolt, Jack Wilhoit, and to Carolyn Krueger who got the hug from the Storm mascot Radar.
Support the Arts. Support MidCoast.
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. 

Donations can be mailed to:
MidCoast Fine Arts
225 East 2nd Street
Davenport, IA 52801

MidCoast projects are supported by funds contributed from the Hubbell-Waterman Foundation, the Regional Development Authority and the Scott County Regional Authority, and from Quad City Arts Dollars, provided by the Illinois Arts Council Agency, Hubbell-Waterman Foundation, and John Deere.
MidCoast Gallery West / The ARTery
1629 2nd Avenue, Rock Island
Open: Wed. - Sat., 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Leslie Bell
through March

Karen Blomme and Elaine Rexdale
April - May

Friday, April 12, 6 - 8 p.m., Opening reception

Join us for a very colorful opening reception in Gallery West with Elaine Rexdale and Karen Blomme. We'll have live music by Roger Carlson & Friends. Snacks and drinks as always!
Pretty by Karen Blomme
Rocky's Do Wop Tap by Elaine Rexdale
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!
Laura Vincent-Arnold
through mid-May

Saturday, April 6, 3:30-5 p.m., Reception

Of her paintings, Laura Vincent-Arnold says:

I’ve always been drawn to the softness that comes from a reflection of a face or interior space on an evening window or the way a landscape becomes one with the fog and the dance of light and shadow as things move through it. There is a quietness; I imagine how life outside these moments continues to speed along and I, for a moment, am able to push pause or a “slowmo” button on life. Much of what I create is a combination of images, emotions, and experiences that I have collected in my subconscious.
Affected by Laura Vincent-Arnold
Bucktown Center for the Arts
225 E. 2nd St., Davenport
Open: Wed. - Sat., 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Final Friday: Freshen up your perspective
March 29, 6-9 p.m.
Free Admission
What a winter! We're going to jump-start your spring perspective with a chance to win some great gift baskets with goodies from area neighbors and artists.

To be eligible for the gift basket drawing, stop in at Bucktown on Final Friday. Neighbors who have donated include: Abernathys, Barrel House restaurant, Bombers Tap (Bennett, IA), Bootleg Hill Honey Meads, Chocolate Manor, Heartland Healing (Pam Kaufman), Lamrim Kadampa Buddhist Center, One Tree Hot Yoga, Roam restaurant, Wide River Winery.

Studios donating are: Black Line Fine Art Studio & Gallery (Dan Johnson and Katie Roemer), B.R.A.T Design (Dawn Bird), Estate of Grace (Karolyn Williams), Seven Orchids (Gwen and Rose Patton) and Sunrise River Gallery East (Jane Doty, Jim Elias and Michelle Servadio).

Additional Bucktown artists who have contributed include Linda Hardin, Gary Harris, Debra Rexroth, Chris Snyder, Elizabeth Wakita and Dewitt Young (Obvious Front).

For Women’s History Month, Azubuike African American Council For The Arts will be showing films by emerging women artists.

Final Friday Gallery Talk at 7:30 p.m.
Tom Hempel will have some supplies on hand to demonstrate and talk about his watercolors.
MidCoast Gallery at Bucktown

Tom Hempel Retrospective
through March

CREATE: A celebration of Davenport Community Schools Art Teachers
April 11 - May
Last Portrait Workshop at M.H.S. by Nick Digioia
MidCoast will be representing over 238 years of collective service to Davenport Community Schools.

Organized by David Schaeffer, this exhibition includes works by an impressive list of 22 teachers:

Clint Balsar (Creative Arts Academy)
Anna Blackburn (Walcott Intermediate)
Leana Carter (Jefferson Elementary)
Nicholas Neil Vito Digioia (Central High/Creative Arts Academy)
Nikki Gillette (Blue Grass Elementary)
Heidi Hernandez (Creative Arts Academy)
David Houk (Munroe Elementary)
Stacey Houk (Jackson Elementary)
Andrew Lehn (West High)
Adam Little (Wilson Elementary)
Dan MIlburn (Wood Intermediate)
Alexandria Naughton (Sudlow Intermediate)
Brian Nickell (Madison Elementary)
Michele O'Brien (North High)
Renee Ott (Central High)
Juan Rangel (Central High)
Anthony Ryder (Adams Elementary)
David Schaeffer (North High)
Sherry Smith (Garfield Elementary)
Colleen Tomlinson (Creative Arts Academy)
Lisa Weideman (Buchanan Elementary)
Brian White (F. L. Smart Intermediate)
Mark Your Calendars!
April 12, 6-9 p.m.
Opening reception for Karen Blomme & Elaine Rexdale
Gallery West

April 26, 6-9 p.m.
Final Friday: Mother's Day Wine Walk, photo booth and card making,
opening reception for CREATE: A celebration of Davenport Community Schools Art Teachers

May 25
ArtWorks Expo High School Pastel Competition
with support from the Rock Island Art Guild

May 31
Final Friday. Wine Walk and demo by artist Paula Crandell
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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