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MidCoast Fine Arts

$540 of $10k goal

Raised by 4 people in 28 months
Amy Miller Orr  DAVENPORT, IA
MidCoast Fine Arts is a leading nonprofit 501(c)3 organization stimulating the Quad Cities cul­tural and eco­nomic vital­ity through the sup­port of regional visual arts and artists. Simply put we are artists helping artists.

Through spaces like Buck­town Cen­ter for the Arts, Mid­coast Fine Arts, increases traf­fic in our met­ro­pol­i­tan cen­ters, enhances our community's val­u­a­tion of our down­towns, and fos­ters arts and culture in the Quad Cities. We con­tin­u­ally work to pro­mote the Quad Cities as an arts des­ti­na­tion.

Without your support, great events like ArtWorks Expo and Riverssance Festival of Fine Art can't happen.

For more information please visit our website or follow us on Facebook .

Your donation is tax deductible.
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Posted by Amy Orr
4 months ago
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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.
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Posted by Amy Orr
10 months ago
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MidCoast Musings: Call for Volunteers - from Sherry Maurer, MidCoast Executive Director

MidCoast Fine Arts is a platform for grassroots support of our community's visual artists. It was founded by artists who volunteered their time because they had a passion to support the cause. While the MidCoast board wants to compensate artists for their artistic services, we appreciate generous help. During the summer months we look for many volunteers.

In fact, Bucktown Center for the Arts has been fiber bombed by local fiber volunteers! See our front and back entrances. Bucktown is celebrating fiber arts during May.

In May, for the annual ArtWorks Expo, the juror and mentor will have an honorarium but eight high school art teachers will volunteer some time to guide their students while they create mural-sized pastel drawings. For that matter, the 80 or so students are volunteering their time as well-they compete for cash awards that go back to their art departments, not to themselves. It's a lot of fun to watch the creative energies unfold-you are welcome to drop in to watch.

For the June 24 anniversary BASH, we're very grateful for the donation of evening concerts from Bucktown Revue and Waking Robots. We look forward to Bucktown at Bucktown (their winter headquarters are at the Davenport Nighswander Junior Theater). The Streets of Italy wood-fired pizza folks helped us out last year by donating a portion of their proceeds from sales at the anniversary concert, so please join us, enjoy the music, browse the suites and bring your appetite. Volunteers are needed to help with various organizational tasks.

The Riverssance Festival of Fine Arts will take place again in the splendid locale of Lindsay Park, perched across from the Mississippi River, in the East Village of Davenport, Sept 17-18. We expect over 90 exhibiting artists and visitors also can enjoy music, wine sampling, carefully-selected food vendors and the view. For this outdoor art fair event, we depend on approximately 65 volunteers over the Saturday and Sunday schedule. Want to enjoy the cultural fare and get an artist-designed t-shirt too? For two hours of volunteering, you also have free admission. We need folks to help as "art angels" who assist with the exhibiting artists, and need volunteers to take gate entry fees, assist with wine sampling and other duties.

Contact info@midcoast.org if you would be interested and available to help as a MidCoast volunteer. If we have the help, all we need is the good weather.
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Posted by Amy Orr
15 months ago
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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 including:

Riverssance Festival of Fine Art
Bucktown Center for the Arts / Gallery
Gallery West / The ARTery
Centre Station
Gallery HOP! in The District
Final Fridays and Third Thursdays at Bucktown
ArtWorks Expo
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Posted by Amy Orr
16 months ago
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MidCoast Musings - from Sherry Maurer, MidCoast Executive Director

"The whole is more than the sum of its parts." -- Aristotle

What does MidCoast Fine Arts mean for you and what do you envision it could be? That's the essential beginning conversation we need to have, so talk to me about your thoughts. Hey! We have a wine walk and Winter Wonders reception coming up on Friday evening, December 18 -- that would be a great time for a conversation.

MidCoast began as an enterprise to meet the exhibiting needs of an ever-broadening Quad Cities area artistic community. I became aware of art displayed in windows of vacant buildings that haunted our downtowns. Some of the liveliest art parties were MidCoast events. MidCoast thought outside the box.

Over the past year, I have become more deeply familiar with MidCoast. To persevere as an artist, you have to sell your work, and some of the region's hardest-working artists are renting suites or display spaces underwritten by MidCoast, or participating in the Riverssance Festival of Fine Arts. MidCoast has sites in three of the Quad Cities to rotate exhibitions and support artists. Bucktown suite leasers hold classes for all ages; they host a weekly open life drawing session, and support young film makers and African American culture. Twice a year, Gallery HOP! in the Rock Island District provides a free opportunity for artists to set up sales displays. Annually, our high schools vie for cash prizes for their art departments with the pastel Art Expo. That's a lot of activity, yet we are a creative voice that draws so much less attention than area sports.

People are willing to do amazing things for MidCoast. Please join us in continuing to make MidCoast a supportive, accessible, flexible, thinking-outside-the-box visual arts community enterprise. Where to start? Buy one gift of original art this season; acquaint yourself with one new artist. You'll be supporting a life-long passion. Your attention to art matters and builds to something more.
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$540 of $10k goal

Raised by 4 people in 28 months
Created November 20, 2014
TK
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Timothy Kerofsky
15 months ago

It is my honor to help support local artists!

TK
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Timothy Kerofsky
21 months ago

I support all the local artist!

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