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The Riverssance Festival of Fine Art 2019 weekend has 90 quality visual artists drawn from a national Call for Entries, live local music, a children’s activity tent and great food. The event takes place in scenic Lindsay Park in the Village of East Davenport (Davenport Iowa). Hours are Saturday, September 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, September 22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year, thanks to support from the Quad Cities Community Foundation, Riverssance also will feature demonstrations by local artists and Riverssance exhibitors. There will be free admission for high school and college students with id.
The new feature begins Saturday morning with a collaborative sculpture by Steve Banks, Heidi Hernandez and Terry Rathje. That afternoon will have a wheel-thrown ceramics demo by Carolyn Krueger. On Sunday morning Josh Malone will draw dinosaurs; at 1:00 p.m. Tim McGuire, Wild Cherry Spoon Company will carve wooden spoons; at 1:30 p.m. Pamela Brown shows weaving, and from 2:30 -3:30 p.m. David Schaeffer shows hotwire Styrofoam sculpture.
General admission to Riverssance is $4 for the day or $6 for a weekend pass. Children 12 and under with an adult have free entry, as well as high school and college students. Entry gates are on 11th Street. Parking is in a lot across River Drive on Mound Street.
This year’s Riverssance local music line-up organized by River Music Experience includes: (Saturday) Whoozdads, Barley House Band, and David G. Smith; (Sunday) Lojo Russo, Songbird Quartet, and Lewis Knudsen. The Children’s Activity Tent is operated by Rivermont Collegiate, sponsored by Green State Credit Union. Adults may enjoy sampling wines from Tabor Home Vineyard and Winery from artist-decorated glasses, many painted by Dee Schricker. Food vendors on site will include Lagomarcino’s, Pete’s Concessions, Streets of Italy Wood Fired Pizza and Tiffany’s Mexican Food.
At 5:30 p.m. on Saturday there will be a public reception to honor this year’s recipient of the Harley Award for outstanding support of the visual arts, Terry Rathje. The reception is sponsored by Medix Dental.
Riverssance is a fund raiser for MidCoast Fine Arts to support visual art programs through the year for the community. On April 30, when the levee collapsed a half block away, MidCoast’s Bucktown Center for the Arts was hit with the water surge that filled the basement where over $18,000 in event supplies were stored. MidCoast thanks private donors, the Quad Cities Community Foundation and Grow Quad Cities for flood relief funds, and Zimmerman Honda for logistical support for Riverssance.MidCoast Fine Arts operations and growth opportunities also are supported by our individual donors and by: the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs; the Illinois Arts Council Agency; Quad City Arts Dollars, provided by the Illinois Arts Council Agency, Hubbell-Waterman Foundation, and John Deere; the Regional Development Authority; the Rock Island Art Guild and Wells Fargo. For more information see midcoast.org, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 563-424-1210.